It is every professional’s responsibility to ‘problem-solve’. The aim must be to resolve a contested threshold at the earliest possible stage as swiftly as possible, always keeping in mind that the child’s safety and welfare is the paramount consideration. 

An Integrated Approach to Escalation
Local Safeguarding Children Boards are required by government guidance to set out the action to be taken where there are concerns about a child’s safety or welfare, including thresholds for intervention.  

WSCB have produced an integrated Escalation Process which provides clear guidance for practitioners where there could be:

  • Disagreement between agencies about threshold judgements
  • Disagreement within agencies about the appropriate course of safeguarding action
  • Situations where there are concerns about professional practice
  • Children the subject of a child protection plan exceeding 9 months and 21 months
  • Children the subject of more than 1 child protection plan 

Taken together, these five parts should be seen as forming an integrated approach to escalation processes in Warwickshire.  This approach should be seen in conjunction with Warwickshire’s Threshold for Services, which describes the relationship between agencies in meeting the needs of children.  

All organisations should have a policy for internal escalation of disagreements about safeguarding issues which is made known to staff in their induction and refresher safeguarding training. 

To access the Escalation Process, select the Interagency Safeguarding Procedures tab or click here.

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