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Accessing Services for Children in Buckinghamshire

To ensure that we all take responsibility for safeguarding children and considering their welfare, we want to identify vulnerable children and young people as early as possible, and work in a coordinated and integrated way to help them before things reach crisis point. We also want to ensure that children and young people who are being abused or who are at risk of significant harm, are promptly referred to Children’s Social Care. The Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board has published guidance for accessing safeguarding services for children (below) which helps identify when a child or young person may need additional support to reach their full potential. This is described through four levels of need:


  • Level 1 – children whose needs are met within universal services
  • Level 2 – children with additional needs showing early signs of vulnerability requiring early help
  • Level 3 – children in need who require statutory or specialist services and targeted early help
  • Level 4 – children who are suffering or likely to suffer significant harm