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Making a referral about a child you are concerned about

All referrals from professionals must be made in writing.

This process does not exclude the continued offer of professional advice from a duty social worker or include referrals from members of the public.

On occasions where there are concerns about the immediate risk of harm the referring agency should act quickly and contact Children's Social Care by telephone and follow the referral up in writing within 24 hours.

Download the referral form (100Kb).

The two documents below have also been prepared to assist practitioners to best identify whether a child is experiencing difficulties or has additional needs. An indicators of need framework has been produced as a guide to help determine at what level or by what agency any additional needs can be met.

Indicators of Need guidance (28Kb)

Indicators of Need framework (33Kb)