Within the context of this Strategy, it is recognised that there are different levels of assessment carried out by professionals and specialists. The Strategy acknowledges that social workers, police, health, youth offending, and specialist third sector groups will all use assessment processes with victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse. Schools and other community settings have a significant role to play when considering changes in behaviour or demeanour of children. Assessments are most effective when information is shared between agencies to create a complete picture of the child’s experiences.
There are potential statutory responsibilities for health, police, children’s social care, youth offending and probation within each case which may require a referral. In addition, multi-agency response is needed for each situation to ensure a needs-led and child focused response is provided.
Local Safeguarding Children Partnership contacts
In an emergency, or if you suspect someone is in immediate danger, call 999.
Public: 023 8083 3336
Out of Hours (5:00pm – 8:30am): 023 8023 3344
Professionals should complete the online referral form or contact the Children’s Resource Service on 02380 83 3004 (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm) or 02380 23 3344 (weekends, bank holidays and outside of office hours).