Introducing the Locality and Community Support Service (LCSS)

The Locality and Community Support Service (LCSS) has been created as part of Oxfordshire County Council’s, Children’s Services Integration Programme. The Programme will deliver an alignment of Children’s Social Care and the Early Intervention Service.

LCSS will work with professionals and provide the following services:

v Advice and guidance to all community professionals who have concerns about a child or family, which is not an immediate safeguarding concern  (these should be referred straight to the MASH)
v A named link worker to specific organisations for example schools and GP
v A No Names Consultation service which enables professionals to talk through concerns for children where there is no consent from the family
v Support professionals when a MASH enquiry does not lead to a Statutory Children’s Services referral , to ensure that Early Help Assessment (EHA) (previously CAF)/Team Around the Family (TAF) processes are in place within the community
v Support professionals to access targeted support within Children’s Services to ensure children get the right support at the right time
v Audit all Early Help Assessments and support professionals to complete them where appropriate, and offer feedback to support on-going professional  development
v Provide support to Lead Professionals, including the provision of advice and attendance at Team Around the Family meetings where appropriate
v Deliver Early Help Assessment & Team around the Family training to ensure plans are child centred and family focussed. In addition the team will facilitate local network and  training events in response to your area’s need
v Share  information of the services/resources available to partners which can be used to support children and families within their locality
v If the family has an EHA/TAF and non-immediate safeguarding concerns arise that require a referral to Children’s Social Care the LCSS worker, if in support,  will make the referral to the MASH

The LCSS is currently in its induction period and will be fully operational from the 1st March 2017. Over the next couple of months you will start to see or have contact with members of the team as they start to pick up different strands of work. These strands are outlined below

Timescale for Implementation

No Names Consultations
A No Names Consultation enables professionals to talk through concerns they have for children when there is not an immediate safeguarding concern and where there is no consent from the family. This service is currently provided by the Senior Locality Social Workers but will move to the LCSS Teams.

Please continue to contact your Senior Locality Social Worker directly for a No Names Consultation, until 31st January 2017. From the 1st February 2017, LCSS will take on the role of providing No Names Consultations. From this date please contact your local LCSS Team on:

LCSS North Tel: 0345 2412703
LCSS Central Tel: 0345 2412705
LCSS South Tel: 0345 2412608

Early Help Assessment & Team around the Family Advice & Support
The LCSS Teams will start to provide advice and support to professionals on Early Help Assessments (EHA-formerly CAF’s) and Team around the Family (TAFs). They will also be responsible for the storage, auditing and feedback to professionals on EHAs and TAFs completed.

This role is currently provided by the Early Intervention Hubs. Please continue to follow current practice and call your local Early Intervention Hub for CAF/TAF advice and support, and send all CAF and TAF minutes to them until 28th February 2017. From the 1st March 2017, LCSS will take on this role and EHA’s and TAF minutes will need to be sent to your local LCSS  team. Their details are:


LCSS North Samuelson House, Tramway Rd, Banbury OX16 5AU


LCSS Central Knights Court, Between Towns Road, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 3LX


LCSS South Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 3JD


New Early Help Assessment & Threshold of Need
As part of the Children’s Service’s Integration Programme, the current CAF, TAC and Thresholds of Need has been reviewed and redesigned. We will be moving to a new Early Help Assessment (EHA) and Team around the Family (TAF) Plan. All have received full sign-off, approval and backing from the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB).

We are currently working on the roll out of all of these new documents as well as redesigning the Early Help Assessment Training to support these documents. We are planning to roll these all out from the 1st March 2017. The Early Help Assessment Training will shortly be available to book via the OSCB website.

Until this time please use current CAF/TAF and Threshold of Need documents and follow the above processes.

Further information will follow about the roll out and launch of the new Early Help Assessment, Team around the Family Plan, Threshold of Needs, Early Help Assessment Training and LCSS link workers for your area.