CONCERNED ABOUT A CHILD?

Professionals

Concerned about a child or young person?

If you are a professional with a serious concern about a child or young person that needs immediate protection contact one of the teams below depending on the area/location of the child or young person you are concerned about. The referral form can be found within the Pan Dorset Procedures

Bournemouth – Children’s First: 01202 458101
Poole – The Hub: 01202 735046

If you are concerned that a child or young person is in an emergency situation, you should contact the Police urgently on 999.

If you are worried a child is being abused, there are some government guidelines and advice for practitioners: What to do if you are worried a child is being abused

Outside office hours

The Out of Hours Team operates an out of hours service. This service is an emergency only response with the social worker available to provide a response where the needs of the child indicate this. To contact the out of hours service, please call 01202 657279.

Where immediate protection is not required you will be expected to complete a interagency referral form, informed by an Early Help Assessment where possible, in the first instance.

Please see the LSCB Information Sharing Policy for good practice notes and details for sharing confidential information.

Early Help

Early Help is the support that can be provided for a child, young person or family who may have additional needs that cannot be met by universal provision and there is perceived to be no risk of significant harm.

REMEMBER: Early Help can be put in place without contact with Bournemouth or Poole Children’s Social Care.

Multi-agency Thresholds Guidance

To be clear about the thresholds for the continuum of need for children and young people in Bournemouth and Poole, please refer to the thresholds document within Pan Dorset Procedures.

The Thresholds Guidance will help with:

• Better understanding of how to respond to lower levels of need.
• Early identification of vulnerability and better support to prevent escalation.
• Better understanding of when to refer to specialist services.
• Improved decision making based on multi-agency information sharing and Early Help knowledge of family strengths and vulnerabilities.