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Concerns about a child

2. Information for professionals

Everyone who comes into contact with children and families in their everyday work has a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Find out more by visiting the Department of Health website. You are likely to be involved in three main ways:

  • You may have concerns about a child, and refer those concerns to social services or the police
  • You may be approached by social services and asked to provide information about a child or family. Or you may be asked to be involved in an assessment or to attend a child protection conference
  • You may be asked to carry out a specific type of assessment. Or you may be asked to provide help or a specific service to the child or a member of their family as part of an agreed plan and contribute to the reviewing of the child’s progress