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Levels of Intervention Guidance

Launching Gloucestershire’s revised ‘Levels of Intervention Guidance

All staff working with children and young people need to be aware of this guidance; to help them make clear decisions based on the child or young person’s level of need.  This will help to ensure that children and young people are given access to the right level of support in order to improve their life chances and keep them safe. 

About the revised guidance 

It is everybody’s responsibility to safeguard children and promote their welfare, so we want to ensure that all children and young people with additional needs or at risk of harm are identified at the earliest possible opportunity to prevent them from reaching crisis point. 

We have revised and updated the ‘Levels of Intervention Guidance’ to provide practitioners with a common understanding of the type and level of support that is needed for children and young people based on their need, in line with introduction of the Early Help Graduated Pathway and changes to the ‘Front Door’. 

What it means for you 

This guide will continues to help support your decision making based on the child’s level of need by: 

  • enabling you to take action with confidence
  • giving examples of some of the concerns that you might have and the appropriate action that should be taken
  • signposting you to other guidance and support, such as the GSCB website, Family Information Service and South West Child Protection Procedures 

What do you need to do? 

Always access the guidance from the GSCB website. It will be regularly updated to keep it consistent with changes to practice, process and legislation.  You can access it here.

You can also download an ‘at a glance’ poster of ‘The Windscreen’ from the same section.

For full details on Safeguarding in Gloucestershire visit the external link to the right of this page. 

Safeguarding Chronology Guidance

Children and young people are most effectively safeguarded when professionals work together and share information.  Locally, we know that when a timeline of significant events (chronologies) from agencies are drawn together for the purpose of case reviews, information emerges that was not known or shared previously.  The purpose of a chronology is to record significant events and changes for a child; rather than including the more detailed information that is recorded in case notes. 

This guidance document has been produced to support practitioners to produce chronologies within their own agencies and to provide clarity of when a multi-agency chronology should be started.

The guidance is available to download from the GSCB website using the external link on this page or clicking here

Resources for Practitioners

NSPCC Whistleblowing advice line for Professionals

NSPCC CASPAR newsletter subscription - free weekly awareness newsletter for practice, policy and research

NSPCC Safeguarding in Education - monthly education practice, policy and research updates

Safeguarding in Schools - weekly safegusrding briefing for schools and colleges

Resources for Parents

NSPCC advice for parents - online safety, parental controls, online games, sexting, relationships, mental health and talking about difficult topics

Talk PANTS - the underwear rule

Think You Know - online safety advice from Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)

Resources for Young People

Childline - online videos, creative space and mood journals


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