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Right Help Right Time

Message from David Peplow
Independent Chair, Coventry Safeguarding Children Board

On 23 April, Coventry’s Safeguarding Children Board launched its new Right Help Right Time guidance.

The guidance is there to help you, as a practitioner, to understand and assess risk consistently and appropriately so that children and families can receive the right help at the right time.  

It will help professionals to identify the support that a child, young person or family might need and how best this support can be provided. It replaces all previous threshold guidance or levels of need documents.

The guidance can be found in the CSCB Policy & Procedures Manual.

I would urge you to read through it all but would particularly like to draw your attention to several aspects:

  • There is a focus on providing early interventions for children, young people and families that require support in order to prevent them moving towards higher levels of need, and to reduce the levels of need once these have been identified
  • Note the focus on gaining consent from children and families to work with them both in Early Help in a statutory setting
  • You will see a change in terminology from Thresholds Guidance/Levels of Need to Right Help Right Time guidance and also from CAF to Early Help
  • Please also note that CAF assessments and associated guidance still need to be used until the new EH assessment and guidance are available

I would also encourage you to book yourself on to one of a series of multi-agency workshops running throughout June and July. These workshops will use case studies to help you to use the guidance to support your decision making in a way that increases professional confidence in managing risk and enables concerns about children to be addressed at the earliest possible stage. Please see details of the workshops.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact

You can also see our workshop slides and case studies.

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