Levels of Vulnerability and Need
The purpose of the above Levels of Vulnerability and need model is to help practitioners identify children or young people's degree of vulnerability and need and respond appropriately.
This model should be used in conjunction with the Local Safeguarding Childrens Board (LSCB) document: Continuum of Need
If you believe the needs of the child(ren) reach Statutory Level, you can contact Children's Social Care through the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and/or use the Inter Agency Referral form.
The Local Children's Safeguarding Board (LCSB) gives guidance with an Escalation Policy; which aims to prevent disputes and outline procedures to be followed when threshold disputes cannot be resolved through discussion and negotiation.
Please contact the following services if you would like to talk through the needs you have identified to help clarify your next step.
If you are not sure about the level of need, please contact the service you think is the closest to the level of need you have identified.
Children's Information Service
for advice and guidance at Universal Level
for advice and guidance at Universal and Universal Plus Levels
Family Support Hub
for advice, guidance and support at the Plus Partnership Level
BDP Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and Out of Hours
for advice, guidance and support at the Statutory Level
An Out of Hours Guide for Professionals