TAC

TAC (Together Achieving Change)

What is TAC?

The TAC (Together Achieving Change) process is a way of organising and co-ordinating extra help for children, young people and their families between the ages of 0–25 years who have a number of different additional needs but whose difficulties are not serious enough to involve Social Services.

Who Starts the TAC?

The TAC can be started by anyone who is working with a child, young person or their family e.g. School Teacher, Education Social Worker, School Nurse, Youth Worker, Counsellor, Community Health Team, Welfare Rights etc.

A young person or parent can also ask for a TAC themselves by contact the TAC Support Team directly.

How does the Together Achieving Change (TAC) work?

The person who has spoken to the family/individual about the TAC process (usually the Class Teacher or School Nurse, will need to have their consent to complete a Common Assessment Form (CAF). This will highlight areas where they may need some extra support.

Once the CAF has been completed, a family/individual Contact is identified to be the main point of contact for the family/individual. The family/individual must be in agreement as to who is identified.

After the family/individual contact has been chosen and the CAF completed, the family/individual and all practitioners working with them will meet together and be part of a TAC Team.

The TAC Meetings

TAC meetings are chaired by either the TAC Co-ordinator, TAC Officer or a practitioner in the TAC Team. TAC meetings will not go ahead if the family/individual cannot attend and will be re-arranged at their convenience. Everyone in the meeting will read through the CAF and a discussion will be held regarding what extra help can be offered to the family/individual.

At the end of the meeting, everyone will be asked if they are in agreement with the decisions made, then an action plan will be completed to see who is doing what to support the family and signed. The action plan will be reviewed at further meetings.

Below are some quotations from the Launch Day about TAC

Parents Comments (Dad)

A explained to the group that a TAC has been opened on his son B. They had been struggling with B’s behaviour for 9 years and eventually got a diagnosis of ADHD. B had problems socialising, making friends and had been excluded from school due to his behaviour.

Since the TAC has been open B has attended supervised play schemes and works with a TAC support worker who visits once a week and supports the family and does one to one work with B.

Both A and B have needed extra support as the last few years have been difficult and resulted in A having a breakdown. Things have become so much better for the family. A is now attending college learning to read and write and is going to the gym. His relationship with B is better and they are learning to express their emotions.

B now has a place in the dyslexia unit at school and receives extra support.

Parent Quotes (Mum)

‘TAC has been fantastic they have helped with schooling for D and have been a great support for my husband.

We have a family worker who takes D out and this relieves pressures on family.

With the support of the TAC Co-ordinator we were able to get diagnoses from CAMHS for D and if this hadn’t happened D would have always been the ‘naughty boy’. Our TAC Co-ordinator has been amazing, nothing has been too much trouble and she continues to be a constant support.

I can always contact the Team with any problems and they will answer any questions.’

Parent Comments

School referred to TAC due to ongoing medical appointments being missed and mum’s initial fears of social services intervention. Working with the TAC team had built mum’s confidence around the barriers she had. Mum had 1:1 support from Supporting People for diet and routines, which came to an end when mum had built up her confidence around her ability to manage, and has made excellent progress. Mum felt TAC gave her the reassurance and determination to succeed as a parent, and felt there was a light at the end of the tunnel.

Evaluation Comments

Family Contact

TAC process was very beneficial to family, having a knowledgeable yet impartial Co-ordinator to facilitate the process’.

‘It allows much improved co-ordination and communication between agencies which may otherwise be unaware of each other.’

‘It appears to have given the parent a great deal of support and guidance and a regular opportunity to share concerns and successes’.

If you would like any further information, please contact the TAC Support Team or ask in school.

 

Borras Park Community Primary School

Borras Park Road

Wrexham, LL12 7TH

Tel: 01978 346890