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Trafford threshold criteria for social care support

There are four levels of need within Trafford's threshold criteria. At each level there are different types of assessments as well as different types of services or activities to help you and your family. You can read more in Trafford threshold guidance.


Tier 1 Universal and prevention

Tier 1 is aimed at children whose needs can be fully met by Universal services or activities. This includes things like GPs, Schools or leisure services that can be accessed without assessment and no specific targeted support, though it does include prevention services. 

You can find out about a wide variety of activites, events and services here on our directory.


Tier 2 Targeted and coordinated

Some children or young people need more support from services such as speech therapy, physiotherapy or housing. At this level services or activities will be targeted to those particular needs.

Some targeted services or activities can only be accessed after an assessment has been carried out, whilst others do not need. You should be able to find out what is needed under the 'Referral' or 'Eligibility' sections of each listing here on the Local Offer.

If an assessment is carried out at this level, it will be a Single Agency Referral Form (SARF) or Early Help Assessment. This helps coordinate a multi-agency response to the needs that are currently not being met.

Tier 3 Targeted and specialist for medium-high complex needs

Medium-complex: If your child has more complex needs, or if other targeted services or activities are not helping, then a further part of the Early Help Assessment will be completed and a multi-agency plan of support developed.

High-complex: If the needs continue to escalate or interventions are not working, this is the point where social care support might become appropriate. Referral to social services is through MARAT. At this level other 'specialist' assessments may be carried out.

The services and activities at this level are called Specialist and are there to support children and families with more complex needs. 

Tier 4 Specialist for acute and complex needs

Children and young people at this level will have the highest level of complex and additional needs. This also includes children who are in the care system or are going through adoption procedures, children subject to child protection plans and those who are in the criminal justice system.

At this level social care will become the main agency for support. The activities and services that are for a child at this level are also called specialist but can only be accessed as part of social care support, and only after a Statutory or Specialist assessment has been carried out.

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