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Team Around Locality Cluster

Team Around the Locality Cluster (TALC) Easter 2022 Update:

We would like to thank you for your continued engagement and interaction with the Team Around the Locality Cluster (TALC) multi-agency forum. We are incredibly thankful to have a wide range of agencies who continue to prioritise engagement with TALC multi-agency forums to ensure that educational barriers for the children and young people discussed can be addressed in an effective multi-agency manner.

We are pleased to report that for the academic year to date (Winter and Spring term 2021-2022) the TALC multi-agency forums across Gloucestershire have been able to support schools to address educational barriers for 55 children and young people. The number of referrals we have received is up year to date on the previous academic year (51) which shows there is still a significant number of children and young people who require the support of the multi-agency group.

The 55 referrals progressing to operational group meeting have been received from schools across Gloucestershire with referrals representing each of the six locality areas (Gloucester, Forest, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Stroud and Cotswolds). We have seen referrals from 37 different school settings with a good variety of primary (21) and secondary (24) age children and young people being supported. Agencies taking the lead following these meetings range from education focused support services such as Advisory Teaching Service and Educational Psychology to health and home focused services such as School Nursing Service and Social Care.

In addition to the 55 children and young people progressing to operational group meetings we have been able to support a further 25 children and young people following referrals by linking their school through signposting to appropriate agencies.

If you feel there is a child or young person who would benefit from a wider multi-agency discussion to help unpick and remove educational barriers at your educational setting, please consult the ‘TALC Flowchart’ and ‘Ready Reckoner’ to explore if it would be an appropriate referral. If you would like to discuss a referral prior to completing the TALC Referral Form please don’t hesitate to phone one of our Multi-Agency Forum Coordinators on 01452 427434 to discuss your referral further. Additional information about the TALC can be found in the ‘Downloads’ section of this webpage.

Team Around Locality Cluster model

As part of the wider Joint Additional and High Needs Transformation programme, the Team Around the Locality Cluster (TALC) supports schools to provide additional help to those who need it, when they need it.

The TALC is a multi-agency team that has direct contact with schools, providing an opportunity for agencies to meet virtually and help schools to support the unment needs of children and young people at the earliest opportunity.

The Team Around the Locality Cluster model aims to:

  • Work collaboratively to provide inclusive early help and support at the earliest opportunity as soon as concerns emerge that prevents children/young people from accessing a full and appropriate education, through the creation of multi-agency Operational Groups.
  • The focus is on prevention rather than crisis intervention using the Graduated Approach and Trauma Informed practice to provide an opportunity for early conversations to take place about children and young people that schools are worried about.
  • Prioritise support for children/young people and avoid duplication of services.
  • Support schools to meet the needs of children/young people and wider family units by providing access to specialist advice and guidance.

Agencies involved in the TALC model include:

  • Gloucestershire County Council’s (GCC) Early Help Advice, Guidance and Targeted Support Service.
  • GCC Education Inclusion and Specialist Support Service.
  • GCC Education Health and Care Plan Team.
  • GCC Early Years Team.
  • GCC Social Care Teams.
  • Neighbourhood and Community Harm Reduction Policing Teams.
  • Primary Mental Health – Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and Young Minds Matter.
  • Domestic Abuse Services – Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) and STREET Gloucestershire.
  • Housing Providers.
  • Prospects Youth Support and Criminal Justice Teams.
  • Local Borough Councils.
  • GCC Relational Practice Team.
  • School Nursing Team.

Test and Learn Approach

TALC has adopted a 'Test and Learn' approach that enables it to remain agile and be informed by stakeholder feedback.  For this reason, schools are encouraged to take documents directly from this webpage as new versions of documents are uploaded regularly.

Advice and support available to all schools

We recognise that when schools look for advice and support regarding vulnerable children and young people, it is often confusing as to where support can be accessed from.  This is often because emerging behaviours can be complex and can be a combination of unmet school and home needs.

We want to make finding the right support for a child much easier for a school, which is why we have developed new guidance which identifies the agencies that may be able to provide support.  This can be found on the Multi-Agency Ready Reckoner, which can be accessed HERE.

When making decisions about the support needed for a child, you must take in to account the views of parents/carers, children and young people, relevant professionals and support services.  This allows practitioners to make informed and proportionate responses to a child/young person's needs.

How to get support from TALC

It’s important to engage with an Early Help Co-ordinator  (Early Help Team) or Outcome Co-ordinator (Education Inclusion Team) before you make a TALC referral. They should be your first point of contact if you haven’t engaged with any other support previously and will help schools explore various early intervention methods.

If following that conversation a school feels that a TALC referral may be the most appropriate next step they should use the TALC Flowchart to confirm that decision. If the flowchart instructs you to, or a child is at imminent risk of exclusion, you should complete a TALC Referral.

Step 1: Review the Ready Reckoner

Step 2: Contact your Early Help/ Outcome Co-ordinator & follow the TALC Flowchart

Step 3: Submit a TALC referral form

* Referrals can only be made to the TALC with the informed consent of the child/young person and/ or a parent – See the Terms of Reference and appendices 1a & 2a

The TALC Triage and Operational Group Process

Once your referral is received it will be triaged by the TALC team. The triage process will involve initial research taking place and may result in you being contacted for additional information. The process will also require that we look at what early intervention has taken place prior to your referral and so may result in us making contact with other agencies or the family themselves.

Following the triage process we will either progress the child/ young person for a conversation at the multi-agency operational group or we will liaise with you in school and signpost you to a more appropriate intervention if that is what’s best for the individual who has been referred – Either way we will communicate with you along the way.

When a young person is to be discussed at multi-agency operational group meeting, there will be a requirement for the schools TALC Operational Lead to attend the virtual meeting and present succinctly the current needs of the child/ young person - Information Governance allows the TALC team to share the full referral with agencies who (through triage) are believed to have a ‘likely agency involvement’, and with all other partners Names, Address and Dates of Birth are shared ahead of the meeting. A link to the schools operational lead prompt sheet that will support with considering what needs to be shared can be found HERE.

By submitting a TALC referral a school is agreeing to the TALC Terms of Reference, in conjunction with Appendices 1a and 2a, which include adhering to Information Sharing requirements.

TALC Guidance Videos

Hear the latest updates, including the impact that TALC has been having for children and young people across Gloucestershire: 

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Hear all about the latest developments with the Team Around the Locality Cluster (TALC), and the strategic context in which it is rooted, in this webinar hosted by Phil Haslett (Head of Education Strategy and Development), James Saunders (Inclusion Strategy and Relationship Manager and TALC Lead) and Ben Jordan (Head Teacher, Lakeside Primary): 

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Paul Smith, a senior leader at a Gloucestershire School, has praised the Team Around Locality Cluster (TALC) intervention and encouraged other schools in the County to use the support: 

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This short video will support schools to understand which young people are appropriate for a TALC referral:



This case study highlights the benefits of TALC involvement when an appropriate referral is made:

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This video provides an overview of the TALC – Where it is rooted, which agencies are involved, how schools access the pilot and the potential benefits for a young person: 

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This short video with Ben Jordan (Head Teacher at Lakeside School in Cheltenham) highlights a school’s perception on the benefits of engaging with TALC: 

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This short video provides an update for school and community colleagues on the changes to the TALC as we transition into the new dual locality model post Easter 2021: 

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News Updates

27th September 2021 - Newsletter

8th September 2021 - Newsletter

9th July 2021 - Newsletter

22nd June 2021 - Newsletter

May 2021 - The operating model of TALC will transfer into a dual locality model at the beginning of term 5. This will align with many county council and county wide partners’ working practices and means the TALC operational group will have the benefit of a local agency response to local needs (the Universal model couldn’t offer this).The localities will be Cheltenham & Tewkesbury, Cotswold & Stroud, and Gloucester & The Forest of Dean. 

Please see the new timetable on the left of this page under ‘Downloads’.

You will also find useful short videos to inform your decision about a TALC referral in the external links section on the left of this page. 

31st March 2021 - Newsletter

10th March 2021 - Newsletter

8th March 2021 - Return to School - we recognise this has been a particularly challenging time for schools and families, and we want to reiterate that TALC is here to support schools with the transition of pupils returning.  If you have any children in mind that would benefit from being referred to us we would encourage you to reach out to your Outcome Co-ordinator or Early Help Co-ordinator for a discussion or make direct contact with the TALC team at the earliest opportunity.

November 2020 - As of Monday 30.11.20 TALC referrals will no longer be accepted for Children/ Young People who are in receipt of an EHCP or for whom a school has submitted an EHCP Assessment request. This change to eligibility has been reflected in the TALC/TALC+ Flow Chart and has been amended as part of the TALC’s ‘Test and Learn’ approach.

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