Information for Professionals (Child Safeguarding)

The Safeguarding Partnership Board aims to support the learning and development of professionals.


The Multi-agency child protection procedures are web enabled and are available by following the link. The procedures include:

  • Core procedures
  • Safeguarding Practice Guidance
  • Learning and Improvement
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Safeguarding Partnership Board

Serious Case Reviews

A Serious Case Review (SCR) should be considered when:

(a)  abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and

(b)  either (i) the child has died; or (ii) the child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.

Referrals for SCRs can come from any professional or partner agency or other interested parties, if they believe that there are important lessons for inter-agency working. The Independent Chair of the SPB has the responsibility for making the decision whether or not to undertake an SCR.

The purpose of SCRs is to identify learning and to share good practice. When things go wrong there needs to be an objective analysis of what happened and why, so that important lessons can be learnt and services improved to reduce the risk of future harm to children.


If you have concerns about a child or young person and need advice, please contact the designated safeguarding lead in your own organisation, or ring MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) for advice.

It is important that children are signposted to the appropriate services. There are a variety of organisations and initiatives which would provide early help and support for children and their families. You can contact the Early Help Coordinator at for advice or to find out about making a referral.

If you have concerns about an adult, please contact SPOR (Single Point of Referral).