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These tools and interventions are for use by any professional working with families and many can be used as soon as concerns emerge.

If you need guidance or support in using any of these tools, please contact the Locality Community Support Service.

Childcare and Development Checklist/ Neglect Toolkit

Child care and development checklist 2019, or Neglect Toolkit, assists early identification of neglect, informs decision making, supports assessments and planning and can also be used to track improvements, deterioration or drift. It should be used alongside, not instead of, whole family assessments such as the Early Help Assessment or Children’s Social Care Initial Assessment.

Multi-Agency Chronology (MAC)

This allows information to be systematically shared and merged across agencies, particularly within Child Protection Planning. It provides a quick view of a family’s history, gives crucial information about a child’s life experience, and helps identify patterns of risks and positives within a family. There are four documents to support you:

The Parenting Daily Hassles Scale

Framework for Recording the Condition of a Home

This framework is designed to assist practitioners to identify the home conditions that children and their families are experiencing – it should be undertaken with parents to establish areas where improvements are required and areas where a good standard is being achieved so that a clear baseline can be evidenced and tracked over time.

Case Mapping Tools

Case Mapping is a suite of tools within the Signs of Safety/Wellbeing Approach to case management, which has its roots in the work of Dr Andrew Turnell and Steve Edwards. They are particularly useful for:

  • Helping stuck/complex cases to move forward
  • Improving risk and needs assessment
  • Making sense of chaotic situations

‘Completing a case mapping is, in the end, simply a process of creating a map of the circumstances surrounding a vulnerable child. As with all maps, the Signs of Safety map needs always to be seen as a mechanism to arrive at a destination.’  (Dr Andrew Turnell and Terry Murphy).

Please use all the tools below in conjunction with the Oxfordshire Signs of Safety / Wellbeing Guidance.

Trilogy of Risk (Domestic Abuse, Mental Health and Substance Misuse)

Domestic Abuse, Mental Health and Substance Misuse are often contributory factors in neglect cases. Check out the relevant themed pages for tools to support these issues or see here

OSCB Multi-Agency Toolkit

See this page for a range of multi-agency tools for working with children and families across a range of identified concerns, such as the Early Help Assessment, Multi-agency Chronology and Threshold of Needs.

Identifying and naming neglect in education settings

The following additional tools and resources have been developed for use in education settings in response to the learning from safeguarding reviews involving neglect:

Please also see the

External Online Resources