What is a Joint Access Team (JAT)?
A JAT consists of members of the Children's Trust for Nottinghamshire (e.g. social care, education, healthcare, Police, voluntary sector). JATs work in local areas that geographically serve a family of schools. This way of working enables services to work in an integrated way to support children, young people and families. 42 Joint Access Teams have been established across Nottinghamshire.
You can find more details about local JATs in - Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Broxtowe, Gedling, Mansfield, Newark and Sherwood, and Rushcliffe, as well as relevant resources related to Joint Access Teams and the Common Assessment Framework.
On 24 August 2010, the Nottinghamshire Pathway to Provision[PDF 1.2MB], along with the Common Assessment Framework and Joint Access Team Handbooks were approved by the Improvement Safeguarding Board on behalf of the Children's Trust Board and the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board. These three separate resources aim to provide clear guidance for the children's workforce to ensure consistent practice across Nottinghamshire.
The JAT handbook has been produced to reflect best practice amongst the JATs. It is important that all children, young people and their families receive a consistent service regardless of the location. The JAT Handbook provides key guidance on a range of areas including:
- The process of a JAT meeting
- The core membership of the JAT
- The roles and responsibilities of the JAT Chair and the JAT Administrator
- Information sharing
- The involvement of children, young people and their families in the JAT process.