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Thresholds document & Early Help

Accessing Services for Children in Buckinghamshire – Thresholds Document

**Please be aware that the threshold document is currently being reviewed. Please check our website or newsletter for updates**

To ensure that we all take responsibility for safeguarding children and considering their welfare, we want to identify vulnerable children and young people as early as possible, and work in a coordinated and integrated way to help them before things reach crisis point. We also want to ensure that children who are being abused or who are at risk of significant harm, are promptly referred to Children’s Social Care. The Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board has published a Thresholds document which helps identify when a child may need additional support to reach their full potential. This is described through four levels of need:

  • Level 1 – children whose needs are met within universal services
  • Level 2 – children with additional needs showing early signs of vulnerability requiring early help
  • Level 3 – children in need who require statutory or specialist services and targeted early help
  • Level 4 – children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm

Thresholds document (updated Sept 2018 to change First Response contact number only)

Thresholds Guidance – Nov 2015

Referral Flowchart

Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF) 

Safeguarding cards for professionals and volunteers

Alongside our Thresholds document and referral flowchart, we have now developed some additional tailored resources to help professionals understand what to do if they have a concern about a child.

  • Fold up wallet sized card detailing the 3 steps laid out in the referral flowchart: Consult, Consent and Contact at each level of need. This is for more mobile workers who need easy access to information on thresholds and how they should respond to a concern about a child dependent upon the level of need.
  • Credit sized card for workers who have less frequent contact with vulnerable children/young people, simply stating safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and to contact your line manager/safeguarding lead in the event of a concern about a child.
    These are also very useful to give to visitors to your organisation.

Contact the BSCB Admin team for copies of the cards, referral flowchart or laminated Thresholds documents (See the Contact Us page for emails / phone numbers etc.)

Early Help

Early Help in Buckinghamshire is now provided by the Family Support Service
(launched 2nd September 2019) www.bucksfamilyinfo.org/familysupport

The Family Support Service provides a wide range of support to children, young people and families in Buckinghamshire. This includes open sessions for early years children and parents/carers at Family Centres and you can drop in anytime during the week at our three Family Centre Plus sites. All activities at Family Centres are free for children, young people and families.

The Service has been carefully designed to provide better, more targeted support for vulnerable families who face a range of issues or more complex challenges. The service provides one-to-one support to families and individuals in a setting that is most comfortable to them, like their home, a local community setting or somewhere else.

The service offers open-access sessions and health services for early years children and parents from a network of 16 Family Centres across the county, which also offer a range of support for parents with children aged up to 19 years (or up to 25 years for young people with special educational needs and disabilities).

The Service is there for the whole family, not just children but for parents and young people too. Families are able to refer themselves to the service or may be supported by a school, health or other professional who will do that on their behalf.

Further Information

Early Help Strategy – April 2019 – 2022

Buckinghamshire Family Information ServiceThe website has a directory of organisations that can provide support at different levels or call 01296 383065.