Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families in Bexley

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023 states that safeguarding partnerships should publish a threshold document that sets out the local criteria for action in a way that is transparent, evidence-based, accessible, and easily understood. This should include:

  • the process for early help assessments, and the type and level of early help and targeted early help services to be provided under sections 10 and 11 of the Children Act 2004
  • the criteria, including the level of need, for when a case should be referred to local authority children’s social care for assessment and for statutory services under:
    • section 17 of the Children Act 1989 (children in need, including how this applies for disabled children)
    • section 47 of the Children Act 1989 (reasonable cause to suspect a child is suffering or likely to suffer significant harm)
    • section 31 of the Children Act 1989 (care and supervision orders)
    • section 20 of the Children Act 1989 (duty to accommodate a child)
  • clear procedures and processes for cases relating to:
    • the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of children
    • children managed within the youth secure estate
    • disabled children

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023 can be found here:


Bexley’s ‘Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families in Bexley: Shared guidance to help all practitioners working with children, young people, families and carers to provide additional and early help, intensive and specialist support’ document was refreshed in February 2020:


The document contains the following:

  • Our vision for effective support in Bexley
  • Understanding need, support and help
  • Consulting with other services, schools and setting
  • Levels of need and help
  • Children in special circumstances
  • Access to Level 2 services – Additional
  • Access to Level 3 services – Intensive
  • Access to Level 4 services – Specialist Children’s Social Care
  • Effective support at a glance
  • Indicators of possible need.

As part of the London wide MASH review, the London Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (LSCP) has produced a revised thresholds document in 2023 which provides a framework for professionals who are working with children, young people and families:



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