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.
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.
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.
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:
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