The referral process
As you would expect, the local authority (Children’s Social Care) takes all reports of abuse – also known as ‘Referrals’ – seriously. This summarises the procedures that will be followed if Children’s Social Care receive a referral that a child may suffer or has suffered abuse.
Stage 1 - Statutory Assessment
Stage 2 - Strategy Discussion
Stage 3 - Child Protection Enquiry
Stage 4 - Initial Child Protection Conference
You have rights too…
If parents/carers are unhappy about any aspect of the meeting, they should talk to the chair of the meeting to discuss their views. If parents feel they have not been properly informed or involved, they should seek advice from a Solicitor, Calderdale Citizens Advice Bureau or make a complaint.