Communications / Assessment
Carried out by the (duty) social work team that has received the referral. Information from Agency Checks inform what further action may be necessary. Consent from the child's parent(s) may be needed prior to making checks, dependant on whether such consent is likely to cause risk of harm to the child or to another. It may be necessary to decide on what further action is necessary prior to information being received from Agency Checks.
Strategy discussions can be through telephone discussion or through a face to face meeting. The purpose of this discussion is to make decisions about whether to initiate joint/single police/social work investigation. The strategy discussion also considers what information is to be given to others, especially to parents. Decisions made at the strategy discussion need to be clear and recorded.
Joint/Single Police/Social Work Enquiry
The initial joint/single police or social work investigation/enquiry into incident will include discussions with parents and child. This investigation/enquiry may lead to medical examination by paediatrician/GP as appropriate.
An initial assessment is carried out by the social worker to explore what further action should be taken. This further action could be:
- the child/family to receive child in need services
- there is likely continued risk of significant harm and a need for a child protection conference
- there is a need to move onto a core assessment*
- there is no need for any further action.
- * It is possible to move onto a core assessment , without completing an initial assessment if it becomes obvious that this is what is needed.
A core assessment provides a structured, in-depth assessment of a child's needs where their circumstances are complex. The Core Assessment Record provides a structured framework for social workers to record information gathered from a variety of sources to provide evidence for their professional judgements, facilitate analysis, decision making and planning. The core assessment must address the My World Triangle in depth.
- Worried about a child?
- Case Conference
- After the Initial Case Conference
- Supplementary Guidance