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Whole Family Working Strategy & Thresholds Consultation

Our Consultation on the draft Whole Family Working and Threshold Strategy will be open from Tuesday 6 February to Friday 2 March 2018.  We very much look forward to hearing from you and receiving your feedback to help in taking this work forward.

Working Together 2017 makes clear the responsibility of all agencies to work together to support and safeguard children and young people. This includes ensuring that help and support is provided to children and their families at the earliest opportunity available and when concerns first start to emerge.

The LSCB has been working with partners across the city to pull together our Whole Family Working Strategy to capture our jointly held priorities and to collectively emphasise our commitment to providing help and support as early as possible to prevent risk and vulnerabilities from escalating. Alongside our Whole Working Family Strategy we have been reviewing and refreshing our Threshold Document to make this easier to understand and a more useful guide to help in assessing levels of need in children and families in the city and to help explain how we come together to help and support.

We have added a Threshold Framework to our documents to help explain the different levels and to act as a web-based interactive guide to find more information and links through to services.  The Threshold Framework also prints off as an A3 document so that it can be used as a quick reference poster when thinking about a child or family who need additional help and support and what needs to happen next.

The Threshold Framework also helpfully links you through to the Early Help Strengthening Families Assessment and Plan.  Completion of these assessments are for consideration at Early Help (level 2) and need to be completed at the Early Help Partnership Plus (level 3).  Through adopting a common tool for assessment and planning across the thresholds we are hoping that this will help professionals to develop a common language when thinking about strengths, needs and risk in a family and to reduce confusion for children and families.

As these documents belong to everyone, it is very important to the LSCB that we consult with you and hear your views and feedback, before they are finally agreed in March 2018.  We are inviting you and your teams to provide feedback via the short survey below to help us get these documents right for your use:

If you would like to give us any further feedback on these important documents please email us at LSCB@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call the office on 01273 292379




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