Levels of Need Framework

The revised Halton Levels of Need Framework aims to support agencies to meet the needs of children, young people and their families to ensure the best possible outcomes. 

The framework is a starting point to assist people who work with children young people and families to come to a common understanding of what the family needs. It is not intended to give professionals ‘the answer’. Professional dialogue is essential if we are to make informed decisions in the best interests of the child. Talk to the family, talk to your safeguarding lead, talk to other professionals.

Integrated Contact And Referral Team (iCART)

iCART is the single front door for access to all Children’s Social Care services. For further information please visit: http://haltonsafeguarding.co.uk/contact-and-referral-team/ 


Detailed information on safeguarding is available on the Halton Safeguarding Children Board website – www.haltonsafeguarding.co.uk.

Multi-Agency Plan

MAP can be used by the children’s workforce when a family is identified as requiring support at the Multi-agency planning stage of the Halton Levels of Need Framework.

MAP is used as a catalyst to employ and co-ordinate early help and support to children and families in order to prevent escalation of needs and the necessity for specialist services.

The suite of associated MAP documentation and guidance can be accessed below: