The Different Agencies Involved in Safeguarding

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The different agencies involved are:
Social Services
Police
Health Services
NSPCC
Children’s social care

Social Services
They are there to work with the families. They are there to decide whether a child is to be removed into the care system. They meet and conduct interviews with families and children and liaise with other agencies.

Health Services
These include the school nurse, doctors, local clinics and hospitals. They will carry out observations of any child who is thought to be at risk. They liaise with social services.

NSPCC
The NSPCC set up help for parents and carers. They give advice and provide a helpline.

Police
Within the police force they have implemented Child Abuse Investigation Units (CAIU) they have access to databases that quickly check information on particular individuals. They provide regular updates with a ‘vetting and barring’ scheme. It is also their responsibility to share information with other agencies regarding children who may be suffering or likely to suffer harm. The police are committed to sharing information and intelligence with other agencies where this is necessary to protect children. This includes a responsibility to ensure that those officers representing the Force at a child protection conference are fully informed about the case as well as being experienced in risk-assessment and the decision making process. They can also expect other agencies to share with them information and intelligence they hold be enable the police to carry out their duties. The police should be notified as soon as possible where a criminal offence has been committed, or is suspected of having been committed against a child. Area Child Protection Committees (ACPC’s) should have in place a protocol agreed between social services department and the police, to guide both agencies in deciding how child protection enquiries should be conducted.

Children’s social care
Children’s social care has been set up under the provisions of...
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