Understanding child protection thresholds

'Thresholds of Need and Response in Salford' is published by Salford Safeguarding Children Board.

Case transfer between teams within children's services is designed to ensure children and families move up and down across the thresholds as seamlessly and safely as possible.

To refer a child to children's services you should download, complete and submit the appropriate referral form using the secure upload page. The referral form ensures clear information is collected so the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can determine appropriate next steps.

If you are not sure whether to refer a child to children's services, please call the MASH on 0161 603 4500.

CAF (Common Assessment) forms should also be uploaded through the secure upload page. A practice manager from a locality team will discuss with a manager from children's social care any CAF forms that may indicate a higher level of intervention is required. CAF co-ordinators are on hand to support partner agencies to complete CAF forms, ensure the quality of CAFs are of a high standard and to assist in chairing some meetings.

For all CAF and TAC training, please visit CAF and TAC training courses.

Finally, the single point of entry assures that every referral is seen by a duty manager at point of entry and a decision swiftly made. If we receive a referral that has the information requested then an assessment will be undertaken with the caveat that if it is identified to be at CAF level then it will be returned with a revised plan and the social worker will complete a handover returning the case back down to level 2a (single agency) or team around the child (TAC - 2b). The social worker will follow the transfer protocol in place for transfer of cases down from children's social care to 2a or 2b.

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This page was last updated on 11 September 2014

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