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Child Protection Process

If children's social care are given information that makes them believe a child is 'at risk' they will undertake a child protection enquiry. This may lead to an investigation to find out whether the child needs protection.

A social worker or police officer may need to visit the parents' or carers' home. Social workers can visit without an appointment but if they do, they must:

  • provide identification
  • explain why they are visiting
  • discuss the concerns with the parents or carers and ask their views
  • arrange to see the child
  • assess any immediate risk to the child.

After the enquiry it may be that there is no reason for any further concern. If that is the case, the family will be told as soon as possible. Alternatively it may be that a Child Protection Conference is required.

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