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Protecting Children and Looked After Children

Information about children in care, care leavers and our Child Protection Conference system.

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Every local authority has a duty to make enquiries where there is reason to believe that a child is at risk of significant harm.

Harm is defined as ill treatment, impairment of health, or impairment of physical, emotional, intellectual, social or behavioural development.

If you think a child or young person is suffering harm, or is at risk of harm, you can contact the Referral and Assessment Team on 01635 503090.  Referrals from a member of the public can be made anonymously.

All Child Protection matters are taken seriously and we will carry out an inquiry under Section 47 of the Children Act 1989. We can only intervene if there is clear evidence that the child is in need of protection. We will usually tell parents/carers that we are making enquiries, and what our concerns are, and they will be asked for their views and opinions.

In these circumstances we may also carry out an assessment of the child's and their family's needs, and we will consider what help we could provide to support them in order to keep the child safe.

If the Child Protection enquiries progress there may be an opportunity for a Child Protection Conference to be held. For more information about this please click on the page link below.

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Help and guidance on attending a child protection conference.

Children become looked after when their birth parents are unable to provide ongoing care in either a temporary or permanent capacity. Children can either be looked after as a result of voluntary agreement by their parents or as the result of a care order. Children may be placed with their family, their extended family / friends, with foster carers or occasionally within a children's home, depending on individual circumstances.

This page was created on 30/08/2007 and last updated on 14/08/2012. - Print this page.
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