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Continuum of Need

The West Cheshire Continuum of Need was revised and relaunched in October 2016 and sets out how to access early support, the thresholds for single and multi-agency agency interventions at all levels, and when to consider a referral for a social care led ‘single assessment’. If you click on the interactive Continuum of Need below, you will be able to access further information about each of the Levels, what action should be taken and what support services are available within each level of need.

Please Note: From 02 October  2018  in the absence of an early help assessment (Team Around the Family being recommended and progressed) and an evidenced based referral which is supported by the use of an SCP endorsed assessment tool, contacts will not be accepted into iART, with the exception of those that clearly meet threshold for statutory social work intervention.


Please click on the levels to reveal further information.

Statutory Social Work Partnership Plus Universal Plus Universal

Professionals working with children and families will often be asked for advice about a child’s health. The documents below are two useful guides to give to parents and carers, outlining when medical help should be sought for their child.