What was commonly known as the ‘threshold’ document has been purposely renamed to ‘Level of Need’ which is a more accurate description of this document’ intention for supporting the work force in their practice considerations.
We want to support a workforce that does not feel the need to ‘break through a threshold barrier’ to gain access to a particular service but rather a workforce that is successful in meeting the needs of our community members through appropriate interventions.
Our collective drive is to have one plan, the right plan, at the right time for the right reasons.
We expect all children, young people and families to receive the support and interventions that they are entitled to based on their level of need identified through evidence based practice. Although this guidance is of significant importance to support the decision making process it should not be used in isolation. It does not replace peer discussion, management oversight or consultation with a professional safeguarding lead.
To paraphrase Lord Laming – Chairman of the Victoria Climbie Inquiry (2003) “…..practitioners’ responsibilities do not end at the point of referral to children’s social care, but ends at the point where their professional concern is resolved….”
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