At RVA, we strive to make certain our partners have the tools and training available to achieve their goals and meet the needs of residents across the town. All practitioners that work with children, young people and families are responsible for Safeguarding and Early Help. Both RVA and the local authority host safeguarding training for professionals to attend throughout the year. Check our RVA training page for upcoming sessions.
The Berkshire West Thresholds Guidance explains the thresholds (including risk factors and protective factors) and includes suggested pathways for further support. The latest version of the guidance can be found at the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership website here: https://www.berkshirewestsafeguardingchildrenpartnership.org.uk/scp/reading/reading-threshold-criteria.
A thresholds briefing is in development and will be offered to professionals to review the thresholds in detail. In addition to this, RVA have developed services guides to help partners identify key services and resources that could be used to support young people and families at each Threshold. More information about the threshold briefing and services guides will be shared via RVA News and the One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership Newsletter (subscribe here).
Professionals with safeguarding concerns about a child or family should continue to contact the Children’s Single Point of Access (CSPOA). There are three ways to do this:
- Using a web form that can be found at: www.reading.gov.uk/childrensreferralform.
- Calling the team on 0118 937 3641.
- Emailing the team on CSPOA@brighterfuturesforchildren.org.
Professionals with concerns about families at Tier 2A should contact One Reading Children and Young People’s Partnership (firstname.lastname@example.org) to explore potential support available through the Family Hub.
Universal advice and information about Tier 1 services is available for all families and professionals through the Family Information Service.