Framework for decision-making: Right help, at the right time by the right person
The “Framework for decision-making: Right help, at the right time by the right person” has been developed to help and support practitioners working with children across all agencies and organisations, when faced with a decision about the safety and wellbeing of a child or young person. It is a collaborative approach to support and drive our shared ambition of the right help, at the right time from the right service and, importantly, from the right person.
The guidance sets out which agencies and which levels of intervention may be needed to keep children safe, support families, build on their strengths, promote resilience and overall outcomes for children, young people and their families.
The Framework should be used by practitioners to aid decision making and identify next steps but not replace the conversations when concerns about a child or young person are raised. All practitioners should use their safeguarding leads and Early Help Consultants for support, guidance and reflection.
The Framework supports practitioners with thresholds and also embeds the North Yorkshire’s relationship based model of practice using a Signs of Safety methodology to understand past and potential harm, along with safety and strengths to develop what needs to happen next (see www.safeguardingchildren.co.uk/Resources/one-minute-guide-signs-of-safety)