Before you make a referral
If a professional has a concern regarding a child or young person they must follow their agency’s policy, including communicating with the safeguarding lead or a safeguarding professional within their organisation. If that is not possible your Safeguarding Lead should contact Peterborough Children’s Social Care (CSC) for advice on safeguarding concerns (01733 864180 or 864170). However, the family should be aware you are seeking advice, it will be formally recorded and they may have to act on the information you share with them if they assess a child as being at immediate risk.
Data protection law applies when making a referral. The parents/carers of a child should be aware of the referral and the information it contains unless informing them places the child or children at a substantial level of risk. Parental consent will always be required to share their information and to seek additional information from other agencies unless a child is at risk of serious harm. If parents/carers have not given consent, best practice would be that they have been informed and you will need to provide evidence showing a risk of serious harm for CSC to be able to respond effectively.
Safeguarding children is the paramount responsibility of all. If you have evidence that a child is at risk of significant harm please contact the numbers above for a telephone discussion with a Team Manager or Advanced Practitioner.
PREVENT & RADICALISATION
If you have a concern that a child or young person is at risk of illegal extremist activity you should complete the usual Joint Referral Form. The form will ask you to identify this concern as “Prevent (Violent Extremism)”
There is a hyperlinked checklist covering vulnerability to exploitation that includes factors linked to extremism designed to assist you in identifying risk. Referral to a specialist provision such Channel will be made by the MASH.
To make a referral to Peterborough Children’s Social Care, please use the referral form below
The Joint Safeguarding Referral Form provides a standardised referral format for professionals and volunteers to use when they think a child or young person is at risk of significant harm.
Click the link below to find out how to complete the referral form