Across children’s services you will often hear the phrase ‘threshold criteria’ or ‘threshold analysis’ being used, but unsurprisingly, anyone who isn’t a lawyer or social worker is often uncertain about what it means.

It is part of a set of documents and tools designed to provide clear guidance to practitioners working with children, families and young people. It ensures there are consistent approaches, practice and use of terminology across all agencies.

If you work with children, young people and families, the documents below will help you to:

  • identify levels of need

  • identify and assess risk
  • understand procedures for information sharing

If you are a parent or carer it will assist I understanding the process of risk assessment

Below you will find the revised threshold document and information on the new pathways to childrens services. We do not intend to produce hard copies of this document.



Threshold document 2017.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [907.6 KB]

Worried about a child?


Contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

You can phone, or write.

if you believe it is urgent ring immediately:


Thurrock MASH 
Civic Offices

New Road, Grays,


              RM17 6SL


  • 01375 652802


  • Thurrock Council Emergency Duty Team (for out of hours)


  • 01375 372468


  • Police Child Abuse Investigation Team
    CAll 101

Call 999 if you are concerned a child needs immediate protection


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