Working Together to Safeguard Children (HMGov, 2013) sets out a clear expectation that local agencies will work together and collaborate to identify children with additional needs and provide support as soon as a problem emerges.
Research strongly supports the need for effective early help if children and their families are to avoid longer term problems. The Bracknell Forest thresholds guidance provides a framework for professionals who are working with children, young people and families; it aims to help identify when a child may need additional support to achieve their full potential.
The Really useful guide to recognising neglect has also been widely disseminated to practitioners across Bracknell Forest. The document has been linked to the Pan Berkshire Policies and Procedures and is also available on the council’s safeguarding web pages.
The LSCB’s Early Intervention Sub Group meets on a quarterly basis to focus on early intervention and through regular receipt of reports and data monitors the work of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and Early Intervention Hub. The sub group also oversees the work undertaken across the borough to tackle neglect.
As with all dilemmas in respect of safeguarding children and young people, concerns can never be shared too early and making contact with your line manager or agencies’ lead officers, the CAF Coordinator or directly with Bracknell Forest Children’s Social Care department will help you establish an appropriate response.