Forms & guidance for practitioners
The Manchester MASH operate a consultation line for partner agencies – the number is 0161 219 2895 and is available between 8.45am and 4.30pm on weekdays.
Referrals for social work support
Children & Families Practitioners should complete a multi-agency referral form for social work support:
The Request for social work support – guidance should also be consulted.
(Note: this form was formerly known as the ‘Multi-agency Safeguarding Children Referral Form’)
The consultation line enables agencies considering making a referral to discuss any concerns they may have for a child with a senior social worker within the MASH. The social worker will reference the Levels of Need (multi-agency Decisions Framework) and where the threshold for social work intervention is not met the Social worker will be able to have an informed discussion with the referrer as to why not, and where appropriate advise that an Early Help Assessment is undertaken, or direct the professional to a local Early Help Hub.
Allegations Management (LADO ) referral form
- LADO – Managing Allegations referral form & guidance
Child Protection Conference reports
- Signs of Safety – Resources for partners – reports for CP conferences
CSE referral form
- CSE – use request for Social Work Support form
Domestic Violence & Abuse assessment and referral form
- Domestic Violence & Abuse – DVA Assessment & Referral form
Early Help referral form
- Early Help – request for Early help Support form
SAR referral form
- SAR – Safeguarding Adult Referral form
SCR referral form
- SCR – Serious Case Review referral form or ‘pack’
Trafficking referral process
- Trafficking – Independent Child Trafficking Advocate Service and referral process
Guidelines for reporting concerns about children & young people
Tips for completing forms
- Type or print the form – in the past many have been illegible and contained insufficient information to enable Children’s Social Care or other agencies to make decisions of what action is required
- Complete the form as clearly and fully as possible; however, do not delay the referral if you do not have all the information required in a situation where a delay may place the child at further risk
- Ensure you are sending the form to the right agency – all requests for social care support should go to the Manchester Contact Centre via:
- For further information visit www.manchester.gov.uk
- Do not email the requests for social care support to the MSCB.
Government Guidance – What to do if you are worried about a child
- social care practitioners
- health practitioners
- early years practitioners
- school staff (both teaching and non-teaching)
- police officers
- local authorities.
It applies to people working in the:
- statutory sector (organisations set up, controlled and funded by the government)
- voluntary sector (not for profit organisations)
- independent sectors (organisations funded by the clients who use the service).
- the signs of abuse and neglect to look out for
- the action to take if you think a child is being abused or neglected.
Note: This advice replaces the previous version of ‘What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused‘ published in 2006, and complements the Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) statutory guidance.