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The Right Help at the Right Time - Swindon’s Multi-Agency Threshold Guidance

The Swindon Safeguarding Partnership is responsible for publishing a ‘thresholds document’ setting out levels of need and access to Children’s Social Care.

The right help at the right time threshold guidance is a guide to assessing levels of need and identifying the most appropriate support for children, young people and their families. The threshold document document provides a quick reference guide to the levels of need, it can help to inform decision making and evidence levels of need when you are considering a referral to MASH. Referral form - RF1.

Swindon Safeguarding Partnership has developed this guidance in order to encourage an approach to working with children and their families that ensures they receive the right support at the right time and for the right duration. 

The guidance looks to help professionals to assess a child’s level of need and identify which if any additional services are required. It is not a rigid set of procedures as each child is unique and their needs will change over time. Professionals can seek further advice from their agency safeguarding lead or the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Professionals must ensure there is no delay in offering support that can help to prevent problems escalating. If a child is at imminent and significant risk of harm contact the emergency services on 999 in the first instance and then contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Prompt action is required in order to avoid delay in protecting children and to facilitate the gathering of evidence where a crime may have been committed.

The Right Help at the Right Time information PowerPoints can be accessed here. 

Additional information on early help assessments and plans, and the associated forms, can found on the Local Offer website.

Graphic showing four levels of support.

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