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									                                           SECTION 6

                                      ROLES WITHIN THE IAF

This section sets out the three main roles within the Integrated Assessment
Framework (IAF). The same person may hold these roles or the person holding a role
may change as circumstances develop.



6.1             The Relevant Professional

6.2             The Lead Professional

6.3             The Key Worker




IAF Manual Version 0.1 – April 2008
                                       SECTION 6.1

                                THE RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL

1.    Who can be a Relevant Professional?
The Relevant Professional is a person within an agency who has an adequate level of
experience or professional training to take on the role. It is recommended that the
Relevant Professional has at least done the 2 ½ days Child Protection Training.

2.    What is the role of the Relevant Professional?
The Relevant Professional will have identified or received the worry/concern
regarding the child/young person. The Relevant Professional will take responsibility
for progressing the worry/concern through the Integrated Assessment Framework
(IAF) process.

Should the worry/concern raise child protection concerns, the Relevant Professional
MUST follow the Shetland inter-agency Child Protection Procedures.

The Relevant Professional is responsible for following the IAF process (see Section
7). In summary, the Relevant Professional’s role is to:-

    (i)         Identify or receive a worry/concern.
    (ii)        Consider Child Protection at each stage of the process.
    (iii)       Decide whether the IAF is appropriate.
    (iv)        Check if the IAF process has already been started.
    (v)         Contact the Lead Professional where the IAF process has been started.
    (vi)        Begin the IAF process where it has not been started –
                       Obtain consent
                       Complete the biographical details
                       Complete the chronological record
                       Arrange the initial meeting, including a Chair & minute taker
                       Meet with the family before the initial meeting
                       Attend the initial meeting.

3.    When does the Role of the Relevant Professional end?
The role of the Relevant Professional ends at the Initial Meeting where responsibility
for the IAF process passes to the Lead Professional. However, the Relevant
Professional may remain involved in the IAF process and will continue to work with
the child/young person in their professional role.

N.B. The Relevant Professional may become the Lead Professional.




IAF Manual Version 0.1 – April 2008
                                           SECTION 6.2

                                      THE LEAD PROFESSIONAL

1.    Why have a Lead Professional?
Evidence from practice suggests that the Lead Professional role is a key element of
effective frontline delivery of integrated children’s services. It ensures that
professional involvement is rationalised, coordinated and communicated effectively
thus preventing overlap.

More importantly, it provides a better experience for children, young people and
their families involved with a range of agencies.

The Lead Professional may change in the light of circumstances e.g. at transition
from one stage to another. Where practicable, changes should be kept to a minimum.
Changes will be agreed and documented at the planned meetings.

2.    Who can be a Lead Professional?
There are no set criteria for identifying the Lead Professional.             The Lead
Professional is identified at the initial meeting and must be able to perform their role
as summarised below.

3.    What is the role of the Lead Professional?
The Lead Professional is responsible for following the IAF process (See Section 7).
In summary, the Lead Professional’s role is to:-

    (i)         Consider Child Protection at each stage of the process.
    (ii)        Inform Duty Social Work that the IAF process has begun.
    (iii)       Ensure consent is obtained to the Actions from the Initial Meeting.
    (iv)        Maintain and update the IAF documentation.
    (v)         Arrange meetings as necessary to complete the IAF documentation.
    (vi)        Co-ordinate the implementation of agreed actions.
    (vii)       Analyse information gathered and feedback to review meetings.
    (viii)      Co-ordinate the review process.
    (ix)        Work and effectively liaise with the Key Worker.
    (x)         Distribute IAF documentation in line with the Information Sharing
                Procedure.
    (xi)        Follow the review process until the IAF is no longer required.
    (xii)       End the IAF.

4.    When does the role of the Lead Professional end?
The role of the Lead Professional ends when a new Lead Professional is identified or
the IAF is closed.

IAF Manual Version 0.1 – April 2008
                                         SECTION 6.3

                                      THE KEY WORKER

1.          Why have a Key Worker?

A Key Worker will be necessary where the Lead Professional does not have the
appropriate relationship with the child/young person and/or their parent(s)/carer(s)
to be the single point of contact.

2.          Who can be a Key Worker?

The Key Worker is agreed at the initial or any subsequent meeting.

A Key Worker must have:-

           Regular contact with the child/young person and/or their parent(s)/carer(s).

           A positive relationship and trusting relationship with the child/young person
            and/or their parent(s)/carer(s).

3.          What is the role of the Key Worker?

The Key Worker is responsible for following the IAF process (See Section 7). In
summary, the Key Worker’s role is to:-

     (i)          Act as the single point of contact.

     (ii)         Observe progress of the Child/Young Person’s Plan.

     (iii)        Report on progress to the Lead Professional.

4.          When does the role of the Key Worker end?

The role of the Key Worker ends when a new Key Worker is identified or the IAF is
closed.




IAF Manual Version 0.1 – April 2008

								
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