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Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards' Procedures Manual

Worried About a Child or Young Person

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or young person or are worried they are being abused, you should make a referral to Children's Social Care.

More information on how to make a referral can be found in the procedure for Making a Referral to Social Care.

The Derby City and Derbyshire Thresholds Document (in Documents Library, Guidance Documents) contains information on how to respond most appropriately to concerns about children and young people.

RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

What to do if you're worried a child is being abused: Advice for Practitioners (Department for Education)

In Derby City

Where an urgent response is required, contact the First Contact Team by telephone. This must be followed up within 48 hours via the Derby Children's Social Care Online Referral System. In non urgent situations or where there is no current assessment which could be submitted to the weekly Vulnerable Children's Meeting (VCM), an online referral can be submitted via the Derby Children's Social Care Online Referral System.

In Derbyshire

Referrals can be made by telephone to Starting Point or online at Derbyshire.gov.uk.