Everyone shares responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, irrespective of individual roles. Nevertheless, in order that organisations and practitioners collaborate effectively, it is vital that all partners who work with children, including local authorities, the police, the health service, the courts, professionals, the voluntary sector and individual members of local communities are aware of, and appreciate, the role that each of them play in this area.
If you are worried that a child is being harmed or abused, then you should contact Trafford's Multi Agency and Referral and Assessment team (MARAT) on 0161 912 5125 or out of hours to the Emergency duty team 0161 912 2020.
Working Together to Safeguard Children has been updated (2018). This statutory guidance for inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The link below links to the government webpage where the current version of the document will always be available.
The Department of Education's advice to help practitioners identify the signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what action to take is provided in the 2015 guidance 'What to do if you are worried a child is being abused'.
The National Institute for Care and Excellence (NICE) also provides guidance in how to recognise abuse and neglect. They have an interactive flowchart and guidelines which cover recognising and responding to abuse and neglect in children and young people aged under 18. It covers physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect.