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Whole Family Working & Thresholds

Children should have the best possible start in life, growing up happy, healthy and safe with the opportunity to reach their potential, with no one left behind.

Most children, young people and families in Brighton & Hove have a good quality of life. However there are some who find life more difficult for a variety of reasons including families who face complex, multiple problems needing expensive specialist services.

Safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s responsibility; everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play


Whole Family Working Strategy

With our partners in the city we have developed a Whole Family Working Strategy. This captures our joint priorities and emphasises our collective commitment to providing help and support before risk and vulnerabilities escalate. We are committed to supporting families through the challenging times and to work alongside them to help them thrive by building their capacity to cope with life’s difficulties.The strategy is a collective commitment that whole family working and early help is the responsibility of everyone who works with children and families, and it aims to improve outcomes for vulnerable families whilst reducing the demand for high cost services.


Threshold Document

All Local Safeguarding Children Boards are required to publish a threshold document to help explain the different levels of support that a family may require. This document and associated guidance covers expectations and statutory duties upon all agencies to work together to safeguard and protect children, and to take measures to ensure that all agencies are working to offer Early Help to prevent matters from getting worse for a child or their family.

Please read our Helping Children and Families, Threshold Document to find out more and view our interactive thresholds framework which contains more information and links to further support and guidance. The framework can also be printed as an A3 poster for quick reference. The needs of children and their families do not always easily fit into a category or a tick box. A child’s circumstances can change quickly and a child may move across the levels of need dependent on a number of different variables. Making a judgement about the level of need is not an exact science, but our Threshold Document  seeks to provide a degree of clarity and guidance to support a consistent understanding and application of thresholds.


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Quick Contacts:

  • If you are worried about a child in Brighton & Hove contact the Front Door For Families on 01273 290400 
  • The Family Information Service can signpost families to support and advice on a range of issues, contact them on 01273 293545 or view the Family Service Directory
  • Young people may want to visit Where to go for… for information on services in Brighton & Hove for those aged 13-25, or they can visit Find, Get, Give for mental health and emotional wellbeing support and advice.