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Lead practitioner

The lead practitioner is the main contact for a child and their family when professionals from a number of different agencies (e.g. the school, doctor, health visitor or children’s services) are involved in a child’s life.

The lead practitioner should undertake an early help assessment of the child and family’s needs. They should co-ordinate delivery of support from all involved agencies.

The lead practitioner can come from any of the agencies working with the child. It will usually be the person who has the most contact with the child and their family.

Once children’s services have accepted a referral for a child because they think they may be in need or at risk of significant harm, the social worker becomes the lead practitioner.

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