The Government sets out the duties of every Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) in their document 'Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013)'.
The purpose of all LSCBs is to ensure that local services provided to children are effective and well coordinated. Working Together 2013 also states that The LSCB should publish a threshold document that includes:
- the process for the early help assessment and the type and level of early help services to be provided; and
- the criteria, including the level of need, for when a case should be referred to local authority children's social care for assessment and for statutory services.
Blackpool’s Thresholds for Intervention can be found within the 'Thresholds' tab on the left of this screen.
These were launched on 2nd October 2013. This is guidance to assist practitioners in providing an appropriate service response based on a child/ young person or families level of need. There may still be discussion and debate over interpretation of eligibility, however discussions must not lose sight of the principle “The welfare of the child is paramount” (1989 Children Act ).
Please remember that this is a multi agency, not a single agency responsibility, and often the agency which has the best relationship with the child / young person / family, are the best placed to develop an appropriate plan to meet the identified needs.
Multi agency safeguarding procedures, which include the thresholds document, can still be found at http://panlancashirescb.proceduresonline.com/chapters/contents.html