Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board and Children’s Trust Thresholds Chart

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

The following circumstances and key features are for guidance and should always be considered in respect of the impact on the child or young person.

1 Universal

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

2 Early Help

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

3 Targeted Early Help

Has multiple needs requiring a multi-agency coordinated response.

4 Children's Social Care

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

Developmental needs

Achieving learning targets

Good attendance

Meeting developmental milestones

Has psychological well-being

Ability to protect self and be protected

Family and environment

Supportive relationships

Housed, good diet and kept healthy

Supportive networks

Access to positive activities

Family and environment

Young carers

Poor parent/child relationships

Children of prisoners/parents subject to community orders


Poor housing and poor home environment impacting on child's health

Community harassment/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

Parents and carers

Protected by carers

Secure and caring home

Receive and act on information, advice and guidance

Appropriate boundaries maintained

Parents and carers

Inconsistent care arrangements

Poor supervision by parent/carer

Inconsistent parenting

Poor response to emerging needs

Historic context of parent/carer's own childhood

Parents and carers

Parental learning or physical disability, substance misuse or mental health impacts on parenting

Inconsistent care arrangements

Poor supervision by parent/carer

Poor response to identified needs

Historic context of parent/carer's own childhood

Parents and carers

Edge of care

Parental encouragement of abusive/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

Next steps

No formal assessment

Go direct to service or see Supporting Families

Next steps

Early help checklist/commencement of early help assessment

Consider early help checklist and commencement of early help assessment.

Referral to agency for support to meet identified need. For further advice or guidance contact your local team.

Next steps

Early help assessment and plan

If you require advice or guidance about the child or young person's needs, phone Children's reception team on 0300 555 1381

Next steps

Child and family assessment and plan

Contact Children's Reception team on 0300 555 1381, or police on  999 if at immediate risk.