Torbay’s Safeguarding Children’s Board has an agreed vision, driven by key corporate ambitions to ensure that Torbay has strong families, strong schools, strong children’s services and strong communities. The development of integrated and localised services focuses on early intervention, together with effective targeted service for children and young people with additional needs, is a key element for improving outcomes for children and young people.

Torbay’s Safeguarding Children Board is undertaking a critical review and refresh of early help and integrated working arrangements at all levels. We are working with our partners, local communities, children, young people and their families to reshape the delivery of integrated early and preventative interventions and to ensure that there is a smooth continuum with specialist and statutory services. The development of this guidance, a comprehensive Family Information Service that includes a Service Directory and associated practitioner tools, and the implementation of the Child's Journey underpin the changes underway in how we can work together more effectively.

Torbay’s Safeguarding Children Board (TSCB) has developed the Continuum of Need model (windscreen) to provide a multi-agency, whole systems approach to assessment, prevention and intervention for children, young people and their families and directly supports the full implementation of the CAF. This dynamic model provides a needs led, outcome driven matrix of need and vulnerability which, when used effectively, can match the child/young person’s needs with the appropriate assessment and provision.

The Continuum of Need Model describes the spectrum of support and the relationship between the different levels of need. It illustrates how a child’s level of need can move forward and backwards across the continuum, highlighting the importance of integrated service delivery. It also reinforces the need for an effective seamless process to ensure continuity of care when a child or young person moves between different levels of support.

The view of a ‘whole systems’ approach highlights the importance of there always being a practitioner in place to co-ordinate service activity and to act as single point of contact whenever a child or young person requires integrated support.

The TSCB’s Child’s Journey model identities four levels of vulnerability and This tool can also be used to prioritise and develop a range of support and need to assist practitioners to identify the most appropriate service response intervention strategies matched to the needs and strengths of the child, for children, young people and their families. young person, and family.

Levels of Vulnerability and Need

  • Level 1 (Universal) - Children with no additional needs. Children who make good overall progress in all areas of development and receive appropriate universal services.
  • Level 2 (Additional Needs) - Children with additional needs. Children whose health and development may be adversely affected and who would benefit from extra help in order to make the best of their life chances.
  • Level 3 (Complex Additional Needs) - Children with complex needs. Children whose health and/or development is being impaired or there is a high risk of impairment.
  • Level 4 (In Need of Protection) - Children who are experiencing significant harm or where there is a likelihood of significant harm.
Threshold of Need and Intervention Criteria
Tables showing the threshold of need and intervention criteria
Continuum of Need Model (Windscreen)
Windscreen diagram showing the child's journey