Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and Children’s Trust thresholds chart

Clearly defined thresholds and a range of effective, evidence-based services in place to address assessed needs

Read this guidance alongside the Hampshire early help intervention pathway 

Has needs met within universal provision. May need limited intervention within the setting to avoid needs arising.

Level 1 developmental needs

  • Achieving learning targets
  • Good attendance at school
  • Meeting developmental milestones
  • Has psychological well-being
  • Socially interactive and skilled
  • Ability to protect self and be protected

Level 1 family and environment

  • Supportive relationships
  • Housed, good diet and kept healthy
  • Supportive networks
  • Access to positive activities

Level 1 parents and carers

  • Protected by carers
  • Secure and caring home
  • Receive and act on information, advice and guidance
  • Appropriate boundaries maintained

Level 1 next steps

No formal assessment

Go direct to the Family Information and Services Hub (FISH).

Early help

Has additional needs identified within the setting that can be met within identified resources through a single agency response and partnership working.

Level 2 developmental needs

  • Absence or truancy from school
  • Incidence of absence or missing from home
  • Use of fixed term exclusions
  • Risk of social exclusion
  • Poor attachment
  • Language and communication difficulties
  • Reduced access to core needs
  • Disability or additional special need
  • Potential for becoming NEET
  • Potential not to attain
  • Slow in meeting developmental milestones
  • Missing health checks or immunisations
  • Minor health problems
  • Early signs of offending or anti-social behaviour
  • Underage sexual activity
  • Early signs of drug and or alcohol misuse
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Low level emotional and or mental health issues

Level 2 family and environment

  • Young carers
  • Poor parent child relationships
  • Children of prisoners or parents subject to community orders
  • Bullying
  • Poor housing and poor home environment impacting on child's health
  • Community harassment or discrimination
  • Low income affects achievement
  • Parent advice needed to prevent needs escalating
  • Poor access to core services
  • Risk of relationship breakdown
  • Concerns about possible domestic abuse

Level 2 parents and carers

  • Inconsistent care arrangements
  • Poor supervision by parent or carer
  • Inconsistent parenting
  • Poor response to emerging needs
  • Historic context of parent or carer's own childhood
  • Parent or other family member involved in offending behaviour or subject to supervision within the criminal justice system

Level 2 next steps

Referral to agency for support to meet identified needs. For further advice or guidance in respect of early help, contact your local team.

Targeted early help

Has multiple needs requiring a multi-agency coordinated response.

Level 3 developmental needs

Following level 2 intervention:

  • Persistent absence from school
  • Missing from school or home regularly with no explanation
  • Permanent exclusions or no school place
  • Social exclusion
  • Poor attachment
  • No access to core services
  • Significant disabilities
  • NEET
  • Developmental milestones not being met due to persistent parental failure or inability
  • Chronic and or recurring health problems
  • Regular missed appointments affecting developmental progress
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Drug and or alcohol misuse impacting negatively
  • Risky sexual behaviour (e.g. unprotected sex)
  • Offending or anti-social behaviour resulting in risk of entering Youth Justice System
  • Emotional or mental health issues
  • Community harassment or discrimination

Level 3 family and environment

  • Housing tenancy at risk
  • Community harassment/discrimination
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Domestic abuse
  • Transient families

Level 3 parents and carers

  • Parental learning or physical disability, substance misuse or mental health impacts on parenting
  • Inconsistent care arrangements
  • Poor supervision by parent or carer
  • Poor response to identified needs
  • Historic context of parent/carer's own childhood

Level 3 next steps

Early help assessment

If you require advice or guidance about the child or young person's needs, submit an inter-agency referral form.

Children's Social Care

Has a high level of unmet and complex needs, or is in need of protection.

Level 4 developmental needs

  • Chronic persistent absence, permanent exclusions or no school place that risks entry to the care system
  • Frequently missing from home, resulting in self-neglect
  • Persistent social exclusion
  • Poor attachment
  • Complex or multiple disabilities
  • Teenage parent or pregnancy under the age of 13
  • Drug and or alcohol use severely impairing development
  • Offending and in the criminal justice system
  • Complex mental health issues affecting development needs, including self harm
  • Very low self-esteem
  • Non-organic failure to thrive
  • Sexually inappropriate or aggressive behaviour
  • Sexual exploitation or abuse
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Unaccompanied minors

Level 4 family and environment

  • Suspicion of physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect
  • Community harassment or discrimination
  • Domestic abuse resulting in child being at risk of significant harm
  • Homeless child or young person
  • Family intentionally homeless
  • Extreme poverty affecting child well-being
  • Forced marriage, honour-based violence, female genital mutilation

Level 4 parents and carers

  • Edge of care
  • Parental encouragement of abusive or offending behaviour
  • Continuing poor supervision in the home
  • Parental non-compliance, disguised non-compliance or co-operation
  • Inconsistent parenting affects child's developmental progress
  • Private fostering

Level 4 next steps

Child and Family Assessment / Child Protection (S47) investigation

Use the inter-agency referral form to refer to the Children's Reception Team, or phone if the matter is an urgent safeguarding issue.

  • Hampshire professionals number: 01329 225379
  • Hampshire public number: 0300 555 1384
  • Isle of Wight professionals number: 0300 300 0901
  • Isle of Wight public number: 0300 300 0117
If at immediate risk, ring the police on 999.