Durham Thresholds Guidance 2020
This threshold document sets out the local criteria for action and includes links to additional information which may assist with professional judgement in understanding, and subsequently meeting a child and family’s needs.
Across Durham we expect everyone to take a child-centred approach. Anyone working with children should see and speak to the child, listen to what they say and take their views seriously.
The best way to address a concern is through a conversation with the family (if this does not increase the risk for the child or anyone else) and with all the other practitioners involved. If you are uncertain about the level at which the concern needs addressing and need advice, you can use the threshold document to support your conversation with Durham’s First Contact Team.
As a professional you can request support for a child and family by either: –
Contacting the Early Help Triage Workers for advice and information about services and support for children and families available in the community on 03000 267979 (listen to the options and select ‘Early Help’)
Completing the new on-line Early Help Request Form at the following link: https://doitonline.durham.gov.uk/service/Early_Help_Referral
Where there is an immediate risk to a child ring First Contact on 03000 267979 (listen to the options and select ‘Safeguarding’) or ring 999 and speak to the Police if risk of harm is imminent.
If you have a safeguarding concern and are worried about a child, use this threshold guidance, complete the Children’s Service Referral Form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org