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Multi-agency thresholds document

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, a guide to assessing levels of need and identifying the most appropriate support document, is currently under review. The threshold framework 2019 document provides current details.

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 document provides guidance to help practitioners 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. Practitioners can seek further advice from their agency safeguarding lead or the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Practitioners must ensure that there is no delay in offering support that may 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​.

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

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