SEFTON LSCB Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    6.7 Concerns about significant harm of a child who has a disability

    Last updated 12/11/2018

    6.7  Concerns about significant harm of a child who has a disability

    There will be situations where there are significant concerns about a child or young person, and it will be necessary clarify their risk of significant harm under Part 111 of the Children’s Act, 1989

    In these circumstances the objective of the Local Authorities involvement is to determine whether action is required to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child or children who are subjects of the enquiries.

    A Children and Families assessment is the means by which a Section 47 enquiry is carried out. Sefton children’s social care has the lead responsibility for the Children and Families under section 47 of the children’s Act, 1989.

    The assessment is undertaken in accordance with the ‘Framework for Assessment of Children in Need and Their Families’ (DoH). It should be led by a qualified and experienced social worker.