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What to do if you're worried a child is being abused: summary

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Department of Health
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a5 final What To Do If You’re Worried A Child Is Being Abused Summary What to do A5 leaflet a/w 17/05/03 17:56 pm Page 2 What To Do If You’re Worried A Child Is Being Abused Summary Children’s Services Guidance What to do A5 leaflet a/w 17/05/03 17:56 pm Page 3 CONTENTS Introduction – Safeguarding Children 2 Everyone working with children and families should… 3 If you have concerns about a child’s welfare… 5 Everyone should… 5 Social workers and their managers, in responding to a referral, should… 7 Police officers should… 8 What should happen later in the child protection process… 8 Social workers and their managers should… 8 Police officers should… 8 Everyone else should… 9 If you need more information… 9 Flow chart 1 Referral 10 Flow chart 2 What happens following initial assessment? 11 Flow chart 3 Urgent action to safeguard children 12 Flow chart 4 What happens after the strategy discussion? 13 Flow chart 5 What happens after the child protection conference, including the review process? 14 Appendix 1 Information Sharing 15 What to do A5 leaflet a/w 17/05/03 17:56 pm Page 1 INTRODUCTION – SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN All those who come into contact with children and families in their everyday work, including people who do not have a specific role in relation to child protection, have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. You are likely to be involved in three main ways: you may have concerns about a child, and refer those concerns to social services or the police (via your designated teacher in the case of staff in schools); you may be approached by social services and asked to provide information about a child or family or to be involved in an assessment or to attend a child protection conference. This may happen regardless of who made the referral to social services (for more about sharing information, see the appendix, which explains how you should share information in order to safeguard children); you may be aske

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