01733863744 pscb@peterborough.gov.uk

Threshold Document

The Threshold Document is intended to assist practitioners in identifying a child’s level of need and what type of service/resource may meet those needs. Using their professional judgement along with this guide, practitioners will feel better equipped to direct families to appropriate resources at the appropriate time.

Before you make a referral

If a professional has a concern regarding a child or young person they must follow their agency’s policy, including communicating with the safeguarding lead or a safeguarding professional within their organisation.  If that is not possible your Safeguarding Lead should contact Peterborough Children’s Social Care (CSC) for advice on safeguarding concerns (01733 864180 or 864170).  However, the family should be aware you are seeking advice, it will be formally recorded and they may have to act on the information you share with them if they assess a child as being at immediate risk.

Data protection law applies when making a referral.  The parents/carers of a child should be aware of the referral and the information it contains unless informing them places the child or children at a substantial level of risk.  Parental consent will always be required to share their information and to seek additional information from other agencies unless a child is at risk of serious harm.  If parents/carers have not given consent, best practice would be that they have been informed and you will need to provide evidence showing a risk of serious harm for CSC to be able to respond effectively.

The Government has issued Information sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers

Safeguarding children is the paramount responsibility of all.  If you have evidence that a child is at risk of significant harm please contact the numbers above for a telephone discussion with a Team Manager or Advanced Practitioner.

To make a referral to Peterborough Children’s Social Care, please use the referral form below

The Joint Safeguarding Referral Form provides a standardised referral format for professionals and volunteers to use when they think a child or young person is at risk of significant harm.

Click the link below to find out how to complete the referral form

IF YOU THINK THAT A CHILD OR YOUNG PERSON IS AT IMMEDIATE RISK OF SERIOUS HARM CALL THE POLICE ON 999 OR CONTACT

CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Professionals Number: 0345 045 1362 (Mon – Thurs) 8am – 5:30pm; (Friday) 8am – 4:30pm

Emergency Duty Team (Out of Hours) 01733 234724.

MASH.C&F@cambridgeshire.gcsx.gov.uk

PETERBOROUGH

Telephone:  01733 864170 or 01733 864180 (Mon – Fri 9am to 5pm).

Emergency Duty Team (Out of Hours) 01733 234724.

PDCSC@peterborough.gcsx.gov.uk

Cambridgeshire Constabulary have produced a YouTube video aimed at encouraging people to make contact if they have concerns about the safety of a child.

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