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1.2.1 Thresholds for Children's Services

This chapter outlines the thresholds for services which have been jointly agreed with Derby City and also the process for requesting a service.

AMENDMENT

This guidance was reviewed and updated throughout in June 2016 to reflect the Stronger Families Safer Children Model® and the Safety and Wellbeing Scale which is a tool to help assess need and to assist practitioners in ensuring that families, children and young people access the correct services (and assessments as required) in a timely and appropriate way.


Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The Safety and Well-being Scale


1. Introduction

This section outlines the thresholds that staff in Derbyshire Children’s Services use to determine the level of need.

We have agreed a joint Threshold document with Derby City. The Stronger Families Safer Children Model® aligns to the Threshold document via the Safety and Wellbeing Scale. The scale is a tool to help assess need and to assist practitioners in ensuring that families, children and young people access the correct services (and assessments as required) in a timely and appropriate way.


2. The Safety and Well-being Scale

The Safety and Wellbeing Scale is a useful tool, however, it does not remove the need for professional judgement and rigorous, respectful challenge and ensuring practitioners and managers remain curious and vigilant.

Safety and Wellbeing Scale

If practitioners, including the local authority, are to intervene in family life it needs to be proportionate to the level of need and risk.

A threshold is described as the point in which ‘we weigh up’ what is happening and what action is needed in order to meet a child’s needs. This involves professional and personal values. The Derby City & Derbyshire Thresholds Document supports practitioners to assess levels of need and risk and any action needed. The document outlines the following four levels of support:

  1. Low level needs where need is relatively low and where individual services and universal services may be able to address the child's needs without the involvement of other services;
  2. Emerging needs where a range of early help services may be required, co-ordinated through an early help assessment where there are concerns for a child's well-being or a child's needs are not clear, not known or not being met;
  3. Complex or serious needs where without intervention the child would become at risk of significant harm or the needs are such that without intervention the child's health or development would be seriously impaired. Help is provided as a "child in need" under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 via a specialist in-depth assessment and following this at least initial co-ordination of services via a social worker;
  4. Child protection concerns where there is reasonable cause to suspect a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm because of abuse or neglect. Under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989 local authority children's social care must make enquiries and decide if any action must be taken to protect the child.

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