Lead professional

Explains what the role of the lead professional is and where to go for further information.

What is a lead professional?

A lead professional is appointed when a number of different services need to be brought together to support a child or young person.

The Lead Professional can come from any service and must be agreed with the child, young person or their parent/carer.

The role of the Lead Professional is to:

  • act as a single point of contact for the family
  • coordinate the package of support and monitor progress
  • reduce overlap and inconsistency in the services received.

What do you need to consider when identifying a lead Professional?

The following should be considered when identifying which practitioner should take the role of Lead Professional:

  • A clear statutory responsibility to lead on work with the child, young persons or family
  • The wishes of the child, young person or family
  • The predominant needs of the child, young person or family
  • The skills, ability and capacity to provide a leadership and coordinating role in relation to other practitioners involved with the child or family
  • The level of trust built up with the child, young person or family
  • Previous or potential relationship with the child or young person
  • An ability to draw in and influence universal and specialist services
  • An understanding of surrounding support systems available to support the universal and specialist services.

Where can I go for further information?

For further information, guidance and support contact:

Safeguarding and Partnership Hub (SaPH)
Room EG4
County Hall
Cross Street
HU17 9BA.

Tel: (01482) 395500
Email: irt@eastriding.gcsx.gov.uk

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