Updated Reading Threshold Guidance

Updated Threshold Guidance is now available on the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership website. The guidance has been updated to focus on areas such as:
  • Child exploitation – including gangs, criminal and sexual exploitation.
  • Children or young people missing from home, or education, and/or believed to be engaging in risky behaviour.
  • Private fostering.
  • A clear statement on consent.
  • Threshold Level 2 split to better enable partners to recognise that some. additional help (2a) can be provided at a single agency level and those with multiple needs (2b) may require a multi-agency response.

This guidance describes the threshold of need and intervention and is a vital tool for all agencies, practitioners and volunteers to consider how best to meet the needs and vulnerabilities of individual children in Reading and the actions required to meet those needs. The document aims to:

  • Clarify circumstances in which additional support is required for children, young people and their families, to prevent problems escalating.
  • Promote a common understanding of the range and scale of the needs of children.
  • Create a shared awareness of the different services and interventions available.
About the update

This is a partnership-owned document, therefore all partners who are key referrers into the Children’s Single Point of Access (CSPoA) have been involved in the review. As well as the statutory safeguarding partners, colleagues in the One Reading Partnership were asked to comment, and School Designated Safeguarding Leads spent time in a meeting reviewing the draft document.  Discussions have also taken place with managers within Brighter Futures for Children, with discussions at the Children’s Services Senior Management Team meeting, Early Help Managers meeting and the Children’s Leadership Team meeting. All comments were taken into account, and appropriate changes made.

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