Forms & guidance for practitioners

Referrals for social work support

Adults Practitioners
Practitioners should complete the online form available on the MCC website at secure.manchester.gov.uk

Children & Families Practitioners
From 12 noon on Tuesday, 26th March Manchester Children’s Services will host a quicker and more effective system to replace written requests for children’s social work intervention when practitioners have identified a child in need of help, support or protection.

Instead of making a written request, all practitioners need to do is ring 0161 234 5001 and they will get through to specialist social care and early help staff.

Practitioners will be able to discuss their request promptly, efficiently and securely – and will be able to access social work advice and guidance about the next steps and the right option for the child and their family.

Practitioners calling the service can help to make the most of the conversation by having the following details ready:

  • the child’s presenting needs
  • what they or their service have already done or where they have accessed support
  • ensuring that they have consent from the family to talk to Children’s Services.

Also, before calling practitioners should consider the MSB levels of need framework; and if contact with an Early Help Hub is appropriate.

Other  points to note:

  • during the transition period the service will still act on written referrals to ensure continuity of support
  • this new telephone referral service is for practitioners only
  • the changes do not affect the public – it will be business as usual
  • these changes are only for children’s referrals.

Non-practitioners should continue to complete a request for social work support:

(Note: this form was formerly known as the ‘Multi-agency Safeguarding Children Referral Form’)

Allegations Management (Designated Officer) referral form

Information and the referral form can be found on the resource page using the link below:

Child Protection Conference reports

Information and the from for practitioners can be found on the resource page using the link below:

CSE referral form

Information and form for practitioners can be found on the resource page using the link below:

  • CSE – contact Children’s Services as above.

Domestic Violence & Abuse assessment and referral form

Information and form for practitioners can be found on the resource page using the link below:

Early Help referral form

Information and form for practitioners can be found on the resource page using the link below:

SAR referral form

Information and a form for practitioners can be found on the resource page using the link below:

  • SAR – Safeguarding Adult Review referral form

SCR referral form

Information and form for practitioners can be found on the resource page using the link below:

  • SCR –   Serious Case Review referral form

Trafficking referral process

Information and form for practitioners can be found on the resource page using the link below:

  • Trafficking – Independent Child Trafficking Advocate Service and referral process

Guidelines for reporting concerns 

The MSB Guidelines Request for social work support – guidance contains guidance for people working with children and young people on what to do if you have safeguarding concerns.

Tips for completing forms:

  • type or print the form – if it is illegible or contains insufficient information it may hamper decisions on what action is required
  • complete the form as clearly and fully as possible; however, do not delay the referral if it may place the adult or child at further risk
  • ensure you are sending the form to the right agency.

Government Guidance – what to do if you are worried about a child

What to do if You’re Worried a Child is Being Abused (March 2015) is guidance for anyone who comes into contact with children and families while working, including:

  • 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).

It explains:

  • 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.

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