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Anyone sacked their key worker?

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StarlightMcKenzie Tue 01-Sep-09 18:00:52

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daisy5678 Tue 01-Sep-09 18:09:02


What is a key worker? They don't have them here. Is it an attempt to pretend that parents don't have to do everything themselves?

StarlightMcKenzie Tue 01-Sep-09 18:15:45

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StarlightMcKenzie Tue 01-Sep-09 18:16:37

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feelingbetter Tue 01-Sep-09 18:43:07

Yes, I am my DSs keyworker. Don't trust anyone else to do it grin

daisy5678 Tue 01-Sep-09 19:00:29

Oh, right. Read that link and it seems that this is for pre-school age, at first glance. J has a Lead Professional for the Child In Need procedures who chairs Child In Need meetings (which seems to be the school age alternative - multi-agency, resulting in a plan etc.)

J's LP is very good but very over-stretched. I do everything myself and then use her for the bits where nobody will listen to a mere parent hmm so your plan makes sense!

Glitterknickaz Tue 01-Sep-09 20:31:58

See... every child is SUPPOSED to have one, but only one of my three SN kids does.

Makes sense that.

glitteryb6 Tue 01-Sep-09 20:32:08

we dont have "team around the child" or "child in need" meetings! although to be fair i do everything myself so maybe thats why hmm

Glitterknickaz Tue 01-Sep-09 20:36:16

I only got a CAF because of my PND after DD. Since then I've been ordered to delegate, and this is one of the things.

They reckon it'll save me chasing all the different paeds.... shyeah right I won't hold my breath....

daisy5678 Tue 01-Sep-09 20:54:40

Yeah, we got a CAF. To be fair to J's LP, people like the social worker do listen to her, so if I ask for more respite, I get a blah blah no money blah blah, but if she asks, it happens. Not right, but I'm too tired of it all to argue.

nuru Tue 01-Sep-09 20:58:09

we have team around the child meetings (of a sort) but don't have a key worker - would just end up being another person for me to chase up as wouldn't trust them to do the job properly!

StarlightMcKenzie Tue 01-Sep-09 21:08:33

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TheDMshouldbeRivened Wed 02-Sep-09 09:35:29

we dodn't have one or 'team around the child' meetings shock

r3dh3d Wed 02-Sep-09 09:43:00

Hmm. You could try asking for a different one?

We had a most excellent key worker, but she recently went off to run some major initiative. Then we didn't have one for a bit, now we've got a new one, no idea how much use she is going to be.

I think the concept is sound, our good one was excellent at knowing people, where they could be found, when they were in, what their other phone number was (the one they actually answered ... ) etc. Yes, I had to chase too, but my chasing could be targetted iyswim. Plus of course if she had a meeting re: kid A she could badger them in the corridor afterwards about kid B, hard to evade someone when they are face to face and you know you'll be seeing them again next week.

But I imagine it's v tricky to get reallocated. Any chance of getting a recommendation on the grapevine and then requesting a switch to the right person, based on some fictitious specialisation of theirs in something unique to your child?

AngryWasp Wed 02-Sep-09 10:03:54

I want the ed psych to be our key worker. Don't suppose she'll ever agree though. I take up so much of her time already.

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