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Multi-Agency Thresholds Document

Please note that following the formation of the Swindon Safeguarding Partnership on 28th July 2019 the LSCB no longer exists. This page will be updated to reflect the new partnership shortly. 

Swindon LSCB Multi-Agency Thresholds Document

The LSCB is responsible for publishing a ‘thresholds document’ setting out levels of need and access to Children’s Social Care. (Working Together 2015) 

​​Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board has developed this guidance in order to encourage an approach to working with children and their families that ensures they receive the right support at the right time and for the right duration. 

The document provides guidance to help practitioners to assess a child’s level of need and identify which if any additional services are required. It is not a rigid set of procedures as each child is unique and their needs will change over time. Practitioners can seek further advice from their agency safeguarding lead or the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).​​​

Practitioners must ensure that there is no delay in offering support that may prevent problems escalating. If a child is at imminent and significant risk of harm contact the emergency services on 999 in the first instance and then contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Prompt action is required in order to avoid delay in protecting children and to facilitate the gathering of evidence where a crime may have been committed​.

Although you should be familiar with the whole of the guidance this Quick Start Guide is intended to help you in your day to day work with children and their families. If you do print it out or save it to your own computer be sure to check regularly that you are working from the most up to date version.

Additional information on Early Help Records and Plans and the associated forms can be accessed at

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