Hounslow Thresholds Guidance & Assessment Protocol
The Hounslow Threshold Guidance and Assessment Protocol provides revised and up-dated guidance to determine local thresholds and an assessment protocol to assess and support children with additional needs, and their families.
The guidance has been developed by Hounslow Children’s Services in consultation with Hounslow Safeguarding Children’s Board (HSCB) and includes Children’s Services assessment protocol to clarify professional responsibilities, expectations and ensure that children and young people receive timely:
Early help services to prevent problems escalating, and;
Statutory services to safeguard and promote their welfare
The guidance is primarily targeted at professionals who come into contact with children and families and have a concern about a child’s development, welfare or safety. Understanding and appreciating how local thresholds are applied will help professionals decide what to do and inform the action that they take. This will enable services to work well together and in the best interests of children and families.
It is expected that practice across all agencies within Hounslow is underpinned by the following two key principles;
safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part, and;
a child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.