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Threshold tool

The Devon Children and Families Partnership (DCFP) has adopted a multi-agency model to help professionals assess safeguarding needs for children and young people.

The DCFP has adopted the continuum of need model (based on the Torbay Safeguarding Children Board threshold tool) to provide a multi-agency, whole system approach to assessment, prevention and intervention for children, young people and their families and directly support the and directly support the Early Help framework and process.

This threshold tool has been adopted to provide consistency for professionals working across geographical areas. This dynamic model provides a needs led, outcome driven matrix of need and vulnerability which, when used effectively, can match the child/young person’s needs with the appropriate assessment and provision.

You can download the Threshold Tool and the interactive threshold matrix.

You can also watch a training video about the Threshold Tool below. Please note that the video refers to an older version of the tool, but much of the information is still relevant.


If you are concerned that a child is being abused please call

0345 155 1071

or email

Professionals should complete the MASH contact form.

If it’s an emergency call 999