To get the best help for you and your child, different
professionals who know you or your child best may be involved.
Agencies likely to be involved include:
Social Work have a duty to investigate any alleged incident of
child abuse and to assess the risk to a child and their need for
protection. Social Work are responsible for co-ordinating
investigations in conjunction with the Police and to invite all
relevant agencies to contribute to a risk assessment and any plans
to protect a child. Social Work will often work closely with the
child and the family to provide supports that ensure a child's
safety and help to promote their welfare.
The Police have a duty to investigate any alleged offence against a
child and will often do so in cases of alleged child abuse in
conjunction with Social Work. As part of an investigation the
Police may require to interview witnesses and any alleged suspect.
The Police will also share relevant information with the other
agencies to contribute to a risk assessment.
There are many Health staff who could be involved in a child's
care, or with the care of adults, who have a responsibility for
children. Health staff will often contribute to any assessment of
risk and at times assist with an investigation into allegations of
abuse. Health staff, for example a Health Visitor, may work closely
with a family to provide support, if necessary.
Education professionals can play a key role in identifying and
reporting concerns about a child. If a child is felt to be at risk,
or in need of additional supports, education may also contribute to
this support and also often monitor the progress of the child as
part of the Child Protection Plan.
Other Service / Voluntary
Many professionals work with children, and/or their parents,
outwith the statutory services such as Social Work and Education.
In some instances, their involvement may be focussed on providing a
therapeutic service to a child, and/or their parent. They may be
asked, or feel the need, to share relevant information with other
agencies if there are concerns about a child's welfare.