Information For Professionals
All the Agencies who come into contact with
children or their families have a duty to be aware of children who
may be in need or suffering harm.
Professionals in these agencies must be aware
of their own professional and Agency resources to help children in
need and they must be aware when they need to contact other
agencies to provide appropriate help. This is particularly
important when professionals encounter children who are in need of
What To Do If You Are Worried About A Child
If you are concerned that a child is being
abused or neglected you can discuss your concerns with an adviser
from the Access Centre and they will help you to decide whether a
referral should be made to Children's Social Care.
More detailed guidance on making child protection referrals is
chapter 3 (External Website) of our Inter-Agency Child
Telephone: 0845 607 2000
Post: Social Care, PO Box 585, Worcester WR4 4AD.
Fax: 01905 728744
Minicom: 01905 768052
Text: 07939 572 850
Warning signs can be rare or hard to spot when a child is being
abused. So if you have seen something that concerns you, please
don't leave it, remember Safeguarding is Everyone's
Abuse can take many different forms, such as neglect, sexual
abuse, physical abuse and even emotional abuse. There are many
possible signs of abuse and neglect, ranging from physical injury
to changes in appearance or behaviour. Please click on the
NSPCC (External Website) link for signs of abuse.
Legal Framework For Safeguarding Children
The Children Act 1989 came into force on 14 October 1991. It
provides a framework for the care and protection of children and
has been amended since its initial introduction, most recently by
the Adoption and Children Act 2002 and the Children Act 2004.
Working Together To Safeguard Children (PDF) sets out how
organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and
promote the welfare of children and young people in line with
primary legislation and associated regulations and guidance.
Research for the Department of Children,
Schools and Families and the Department of Health (Carpenter et al
2009) has shown that inter-agency training is highly effective in
helping professionals understand their roles and responsibilities
in relation to safeguarding children. Working Together to Safeguard
Children (2010) Chapter 4 states that safeguarding training
develops "a shared understanding of the tasks, processes,
principles, roles and responsibilities outlined in national
guidance and local arrangements for safeguarding children and
promoting their welfare."
Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board
works closely with statutory and voluntary organisations within
Worcestershire to provide a wide programme of multi-agency
safeguarding training at all levels. This programme of
training links to agencies induction and single-agency training
programmes. For more information about the training and how
to access it please use the link to the Training pages on the right
hand side of this page.
Working With Children & Young People
The Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board
(WSCB) has formed a Young People's Panel. The purpose of the group
is to work through all Child Protection processes and for the young
people to recommend changes and improvements to make them more
child and young person friendly. The young people also act as a
reference point for WSCB and can be consulted on a range of
safeguarding children issues.
The panel is made up of young people aged
12-18 who have experienced Child Protection proceedings. So
far the group has looked at child protection conferences and
considered how to get children and young people more engaged in
their meetings. They have been involved in the development of
an information leaflet for young people about child protection
conferences and a feedback form for young people to complete after
attending their conference.
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This page was last reviewed 6 November 2013 at 12:03.
The page is next due for review 5 May 2015.