1.1 MK Levels of Need
The MK Levels of Need document has been reviewed and revised by MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) colleagues to reflect current terminology, eg Early Help Assessment (EHA) replaces CAF. The 'Levels tables' have also been updated to include safeguarding concerns reported to MASH. The windscreen has also been slightly amended, again to reflect current terminology.
The Levels of Need document seeks to clarify levels of need and processes and the relationship between early help processes and child protection procedures. It aims to provide practitioners with guidance for taking action and providing help across this full continuum. Having clear thresholds for action which are understood by all professionals, and applied consistently, should ensure that services are commissioned effectively and that the right help is given to the child at the right time.
The 2020 Levels of Need version replaces all previous versions; any earlier versions of the document should be deleted from agency systems.