Across both the City of London and the London Borough of Hackney, the approach and expectation is that local agencies will work together and collaborate to identify children with additional needs and provide support as soon as a problem emerges.
Under the statutory guidance issued in Working Together 2015, the CHSCB has approved and published guidance for all professionals and volunteers working with children and young people that covers:
The process for early help assessment and the type and level of early help services to be provided.
The criteria, including the level of need, when a case should be referred to local authority children’s social care for assessment and for statutory services under:
- section 17 of the Children Act 1989 – children in need;
- section 47 of the Children Act 1989 -reasonable cause to suspect children suffering or likely to suffer significant harm
section 31 of the Children Act 1989 -care orders
section 20 of the Children Act 1989 – duty to accommodate a child.