What to do if you think a child maybe at risk of abuse/neglect
Very few adults harm children deliberately and most often, when harm does happen, families need support, not punishment or the removal of their children.
Many myths exist, so for the record:
- Parents are responsible for their children's safety.
- Children's Social Services become involved once concern is shared.
- Decisions about abuse need careful assessment.
- Children are best cared for by their own families.
- Professionals want to work in partnership with families.
- Very few children are removed from home following abuse.
Birmingham social workers and other professionals get involved when parents may be unable to protect their child from harm and need some help. In some cases Birmingham Police Child Protection Units will investigate with social workers to help protect children and decide whether an offence has been committed against a child.
If you have concerns regarding a child please contact the office covering the area where the child lives (please see below).
Birmingham Children, Young People and Families Directorate
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub
For further information on the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub please click here
Contact Telephone: 0121 303 1888
Outside normal office hours;
Please contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0121 675 4806.
Children's Social Care Interagency Referral Form
- For the Children Social Care inter-agency referral form - click here
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Referral Form
- To download a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Referral Form click here
Child Sexual Exploitation
To download the Child Sexual Exploitation Screening Tool - Click Here
To download the Child Sexual Exploitation referral form to MSET Operational Group - Click Here
If you would like further information, please visit www.dfes.gov.uk