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

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. Including unborn and newly born. Each child's case will be individually considered, taking into account the child's circumstances and the strength of the family.

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 at school

Meeting developmental milestones

Has psychological well-being

Socially interactive and skilled

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

Parent or other family member involved in offending behaviour/subject to supervision within the criminal justice system

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

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Next steps

Early Help Checklist to be considered 

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

Next steps

Early Help Assessment

Early Help Assessment to be considered. If you require advice or guidance about the child or young person's needs, submit an Inter-Agency Referral Form to the Children's Reception Team.

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. Alternatively, ring the police on 999 if at immediate risk.

  • Refer via Inter-Agency Referral Form (IARF)
  • 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
  • Emergencies: 999