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Safeguarding Children

What to do if you have a safeguarding concern about a child

If the child is in immediate danger, call the emergency services using 999

If you are worried about the safety of a child or young person, please contact the Central Referral Unit on 03000 41 11 11 or e-mail: social.services@kent.gov.uk to make a referral

If you need to make contact out of working hours please call the Out of Hours Service on 03000 41 91 91


Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children:

Sheridan Morrison | Tel: 07920 246898  | E-mail:  sheridanmorrison@nhs.net

  1. Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) Procedures and Referral Forms
  2. Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) Threshold Criteria for Children and Young People



If you are unsure what to do, have you considered the following?

  • Have you discussed the matter with your Practice Safeguarding Lead?
  • Have you reviewed the records to check if there have been previous safeguarding concerns or any other concerns that may be relevant e.g. parent records may have information which may impact on children such as substance misuse or Domestic Abuse?
  • Have you reviewed the Kent Inter-Agency Threshold Criteria?


When making a referral:

  • Remember to include all relevant information as the person receiving the referral may have to make a decision based on the information you provide
  • Have you been clear about your concerns?
  • Have you discussed the issue with the parent and gained their consent?
    • It is good practice to seek consent and discuss your concerns openly. There are occasions when it would not be advisable e.g. if gaining consent could place a child at further risk or impede a criminal investigation. If consent is not given, this should be recorded and a decision made about whether to refer without consent.   In this case, the child’s welfare is paramount and a lack of consent should not deter you from making a referral if you have concerns about a child’s welfare. If you are unsure, seek advice  


The General Medical Council in Protecting Children and Young People, 2012, offers the following guidance on information sharing:

  • Ask for consent to share information unless there is a compelling reason for not doing so
  • Information can be shared without consent if it is justified in the public interest or required by law
  • Do not delay disclosing information to obtain consent if that might put children or young people at risk of significant harm

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