Reporting a concern about a child or young person - guidance for professionals

 

If a child is in immediate danger, left alone or missing, you should contact the police directly and/or an ambulance using 999.

Report a concern

If there is no immediate danger, you will need to establish the level of need and risk before you take action. Thresholds and Pathways will help you to do this.

Thresholds and Pathways

Features

​Features at this level indicate existing resilience factors in the child, young person and their family which need to be considered in all assessments at all levels of need.

You can use the document below to help assess the child or young person's level of need:

What action you should take

No additional assessment is needed – direct the family to the appropriate service for advice or support.

Menu of services

The menu of services is a guide for all practitioners about services available for children, young people and families.

Features

Children and young people needing some early help or intervention support fall into this category.

Without intervention they are likely to be at risk of not reaching their full potential.

You can use the document below to help assess the child or young person's level of need:

What actions you should take

To address the needs of the child or family, follow the:

If you have any case at Level 2 or Level 3 which is proving complex to resolve and where additional advice or an additional or alternative intervention may be helpful please refer to the:

Menu of services

The menu of services is a guide for all practitioners about services available for children, young people and families.

Features

​Children and young people who fall into this category have significant additional needs. In some cases their development is further impaired by an additional unmet need, such as compromised parenting or environmental factors.

Due to the nature, complexity, range or intensity of the needs, children and young people will require intervention from specialist or statutory services.

This will include situations where current or previous interventions have not achieved desired outcomes. In a number of cases they may require longer term intervention from those specialist and/or statutory services.

You can use the document below to help assess the child or young person's level of need:

What action you should take

To address the needs of the child or family, follow the:

If you have any case at Level 2 or Level 3 which is proving complex to resolve and where additional advice or an additional or alternative intervention may be helpful please refer to the:

Menu of services

The menu of services is a guide for all practitioners about services available for children, young people and families.

Features

​There will be a small number of children and young people with presenting needs which are so enduring, complex, intense and/or unpredictable that they impact upon all areas of functioning and require a coordinated response from all key agencies.

The presenting needs of these children and young people will be such that they require an immediate response or statutory intervention from specialist services.

This will either be a safeguarding response or a coordinated urgent support response.

You can use the document below to help assess the child or young person's level of need:


 

What action you should take

Complete the multi-agency referral form:

Complete the referral form

What if I need advice about identifying levels of need?

If you need advice about the levels of need and whether to make a referral, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Training on child safeguarding

​We deliver child safeguarding training in partnership with Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children's Board (NSCB) and Barnado's.

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