Multi-agency work to support children, promote their welfare and ensure they are safeguarded requires different types of services from universal (such as school and health), early intervention , services for children in need and child protection services; and other specialist services such as looked after services or child and adolescent services.
The need for services should be based on assessments of need.
Merton Safeguarding Children Board is responsible, with its Partners, for agreeing the local child protection procedures and has adopted the
London Child Protection Procedures The MSCB, with the Merton Children’s Trust agreed the core principles for early intervention and children in need services.
Where you think a child or family may be in need of additional support or help you should use the
Merton's Child and Young Person Well-Being Modelto assist in the assessment of service and make referrals as needed. The Merton Well-Being Model pages include a matrix and indicators to help you assess what additional help child or family may need.
If you think a child is at risk of being harmed by neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation or being encouraged to be involved in terrorism or being radicalised you should use the child protection procedures or specialist child protection procedures. See the MSCB Procedures and Protocols or the
London Child Protection Procedures, for additional advice
Where a child is being cared for by people who are not the child’s parents or very close relatives or who or who do not have parental responsibility you should consider whether the child is being privately fostered.
Private fostering regulations
To make a referral you should contact the
Merton SCB Administrators
Children, Schools and Families Department
Tel: 020 8545 4866