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The aim of helping children and families is to offer help at the earliest point and at the lowest level of service so that children and families receive the help they need to become independent of services.

Helping Children and Families provides clear guidance about the principles and ambitions of early help and threshold five levels of need.

This threshold document outlines:

  • how professionals should in the first instance offer help and encouragement to children and young families to find their own solutions, offering support when needed.
  • that professionals should look to themselves and families for solutions and enable children and families to build upon the strengths
  • the criteria, including the level of need, for when a case should be referred to local authority children’s social care for assessment and or for statutory services under:
  • Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 (children in need);
  • Section 47 of the Children Act 1989 (reasonable cause to suspect that a child  who lives, or is found in their area is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm);
  • Section 31 (care orders); and
  • Section 20 (duty to accommodate a child) of the Children Act 1989.

Below are supporting documents and guidance:

The Early Help Offer [PDF 262Mb] -This supports the vision and priorities set out in the North Lincolnshire Council Strategy, the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and the Children’s Strategy (The Children’s Challenge). This document provides staff working with children, young people and families with a summary of the early help offer available in North Lincolnshire in support of achieving improved outcomes.

Practice Guidance Section 85 and 86 [PDF 104Kb] -This guidance outlines the responsibilities of agencies to notify Children’s Social Work Services of where a child has been placed, or with the intention of being placed for 3 months or more in a care home, hospital or independent hospital. Children Act 1989. 

CSE Warning Signs and Vulnerabilities checklist [PDF 45Kb] – The checklist lists typical vulnerabilities and warning signs. Guidance to consider and recognise/identify children who are vulnerable to, at risk of, or who are already been sexually exploited as part of the risk analysis and information considered gathered for an assessment. 

Neglect Guidance [PDF 326Kb] – This guidance supports professionals in working with families where neglect is a factor. 

Safeguarding Arrangements for Escalation (SAfE) – Challenge & Resolution procedure [PDF 399Kb] – This procedure outlines the action to take to resolve professional differences of opinion on cases.

Family Support Services and Contacts [PDF 159Kb]- This document details the family support service and contacts available for children / young people.