Family Support Pathway 2018/20 – Threshold for Support and Safeguarding

We are pleased to launch the refresh of the Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board Family Support Pathway 2018/20.  

It sets out the threshold for access to support and services for professionals working with children and families, to promote welfare, safeguard and achieve positive outcomes, so that children and young people are safe from harm, inside their home, outside their home and online. It is a framework to provide a pathway and practice guidance to ensure children and families receive the right help at the right time.  

Revisions to the Family Support Pathway are: 

  • Introduction and key developments which includes:
    • New Safeguarding Children Partnership arrangements which commence on 1st April 2019
    • Giving Children the Best Start in Life 0-5 arrangements
    • Contextualised Safeguarding
    • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
    • Re-working of the Nottingham model for prevention, early help and specialist services diagram
  •  Review of accessing support and decision making  
  • Update to Children & Families Direct Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub 
  • Updates to early help assessment, and responsive immediate protection indicators  
  • Updates to the Family Support Pathway levels of need and indicators

The purpose of the Family Support Pathway is to ensure that children and families receive the right help, at the right time. It shows the level of support and safety that may be needed by children and families from universal, early help, specialist and protective services.  

The Family Support Pathway is a guide for all practitioners and managers in every agency working with children, young people and their families. It will enable practitioners within the Children’s Partnership and Adult Services to work in collaboration and have a shared responsibility to support children and families.

It highlights the need for professionals to engage in good quality and effective conversations with children, their families, networks and other professionals, and to undertake good quality assessments to ensure children and families get the right help, at the right time.

Click here to download: Family Support Pathway 2018-20