West Sussex Threshold Guidance and Continuum of Need

The West Sussex Continuum of Need has been produced as a tool to assist practitioners working with children and young people. The aim of the tool is to help practitioners identify a child’s level of need and consider whether additional support may be necessary to help them achieve their potential and keep them safe. It will be used by all agencies, including MASH, and provides a common language and approach that will enable all practitioners to work together effectively and consistently.

The tool is made up of three parts:

  • The Continuum of Need windscreen: this shows the levels of need and their relationship to each other
  • The Continuum of Need indicators: these help you in thinking through where a child might sit on the continuum. They can be used to support your conversations with other professionals and guide your professional decisions. There will still always be grey areas and they do not replace professional judgement
  • Guidance: this includes step up and step down process flows and more information on key areas of safeguarding

An inter-agency group representing the wide range of services working with children and families across West Sussex has been instrumental in developing and shaping this guidance. Meeting the needs of children who require additional support can be complex, and this guidance attempts to provide a shared and agreed range of thresholds for targeted and specialist services across the county. It aims to ensure that children will get the help they need as and when they need it.

Supporting documents:

West Sussex Continuum of Need Threshold Guidance 2018

West Sussex Continuum of Need Poster 2018