Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 ‘A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children’ requires Local Safeguarding Children Boards to publish a threshold guidance to ensure that practitioners understand and identify levels of help and are able to communicate using a common language.
Working Together 2015 is clear that effective safeguarding is underpinned by two key principles
- safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part; and
- a child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.
This threshold guidance document builds on the excellent work already undertaken in this regard within Cambridgeshire and Peterborough; it is important that all practitioners working with and on behalf of children and families need to take responsibility for ensuring everything possible is done to prevent the unnecessary escalation of issues or problems by seeking early intervention. This document aims to provide guidance about thresholds to help ensure that the right response is given, by the right services, at the right time, whilst also ensuring compliance with statutory responsibilities. It also stresses the need for practitioners to share information effectively so the best outcomes for children can be achieved.
We need to work together if we are able to continue to make the improvements in outcomes for children, young people and families, within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.
Working with children and families in identifying their needs is not an exact science. The ‘needs indicators’ are a guide and are by no means exhaustive. There is no substitute for professional judgement or discussion with others and this guidance aims to assist practitioners and managers in determining levels of need in order to consider the appropriate responses to address needs.
Click here to view the Peterborough Threshold Document (updated September 2016)
Click here to view the Cambridgeshire Threshold Document (Updated 2017)