If you have any reason to suspect that a child in your care is being abused, or is likely to be abused, you have a duty of care to take action on behalf of the child, by contacting the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
The online Multi Agency Referral Form is available via the Dudley Children's Portal site.
As a provider you will want to make sure the children you care for are protected. Please visit the Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership website for more information on:
- Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership training
- Dudley Early Help
- Dudley Neglect Strategy
- Management of Allegations
- Multi Agency Professional Challenge and Resolution
- Bruising Protocol
- Online Safety and Use of Images and more.
You will also find information on 'working together to safeguard children' on the GOV.UK website.
Children and the court system
There are a number of occasions when children may be directly, or indirectly, involved in the court system and they will often require support through the process.
Involvement with the courts can be stressful. In both criminal and civil courts, the decision rests with someone else and the outcome of which could significantly change the child's life. We have identified resources that may be of help if you are supporting children and families through court proceedings.
Please see below for more information and appropriate links.