The Local Authority (LA) has a duty to safeguard children and young people in Torbay. This includes children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
The Early Help Service guides and assists children and families and professionals through the process of getting the right help to meet need. The Early Help Co-ordinator and team screens all assessments and ensures that Early Help is the right level of support to offer. Information on thresholds and levels of need can be found in The Child’s Journey document, and a brief Pathway for Early Help Service is also available as a guide to the assessment. Where a child appears to be at risk, the assessment will go directly to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01803 208100.
Assessments may be directly allocated to a service, or may go to our Early Help Panel. This uses the knowledge and experience of a range of services to decide which service should take the lead on the case, and deciding who will make contact with the family to arrange a Team Around the Family meeting. At this meeting, all relevant people and services will work together to draw up a Single Plan.