Durham LSCB recognises Neglect as a key priority area. Our Neglect Multi-Agency Strategy provides an overarching framework for the work of all partners in County Durham. The aim of this strategy is to ensure that early signs of neglect and hidden harm are identified so that supported intervention can be provided at the earliest opportunity, preventing needs escalating. It links to a suite of more detailed practice tools to enable practitioners to respond effectively to identified need.
This page provides links to a range strategies and toolkits to help partners to improve responses to early help and Neglect. Intervention can range from appropriate advice and support from a single agency, through to a coordinated, multi-agency response and intensive support, sometimes from specialist services.
Go to the Single Assessment Procedures page.
Go to the Toolkits and guidance for practitioners page.
Got to the Chronologies page.
This is a key document concerning the vision for the Local Authority’s Children’s Services on Early Help, and will also be found through the Toolkits and Guidance link above. Strategic Partnership Approach to Early Help for Children, Young People and Families
The Home Environment Assessment Tool and the HEAT Analysis and Action Plan are available to download from the links and the Toolkits and guidance for practitioners webpage. The HEAT should be used by all staff and enables an assessment of the suitability of the home in relation to basic amenities, health and safety issues, supervision etc. The Home Environment Assessment Guidance (Updated)