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Referral to Children’s Services:

Our Pan Sussex Child Protection Procedures details provide details on how and when to make a referral to children’s social care services.

Children’s Services Single Point of Advice (SPoA) is the new service for advice, information, and referrals to Children’s Social Care:

Phone: 01323 464222

Email: 0-19.SPOA@eastsussex.gov.uk

Mon-Thurs 8.30am-5pm and Fri 8.30am-4.30pm

Children’s Services uses a Continuum of Need to determine the level of need relating to concerns about a child or family. For needs on Level 1 and 2 it may be useful to see the advice for families page. For professionals making referrals to Children’s Social Care, it is expected that you will discuss the concerns about a child/family with your organisation’s safeguarding lead and consider the likely level of need before contacting SPoA.

You can report a child protection concern manually by form, download the Statement of Referral Form (May 2016). The SPoA team will advise you if you need the form or not.

Concerns about Child Sexual Exploitation:

Where child sexual exploitation, or the risk of it, is suspected, frontline practitioners should discuss the case with a manager or the designated member of staff for child protection. If after discussion there remain concerns, local safeguarding procedures should be triggered, including referral to East Sussex Children’s Social Care and the Police. As set out above, SPoA is the first point of contact to report these concerns, unless it is an emergency in which case contact the Police on 999.

If you are a member of the public, including a family member or relative, please contact SPoA on the above number (but if you feel it is an emergency please contact the Police).

For our latest ESCC CSE Multi-Agency Operational Instructions & Practice Guidance 2016

Serious Incident Referral Form:

Agencies can refer cases or serious incidents to the LSCB Case Review subgroup for review. The LSCB-CASE-REVIEW-Serious-Incident-Referral-Form should be completed by the referring officer following a discussion with their line manager and Designated Child Protection professional, and where appropriate, the Case Review Panel member from their organisation. For organisations without a Case Review Panel representative, cases can be discussed with the Head of Safeguarding for the Local Authority.