Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership recognises the importance of keeping designated leads up to date with the latest legislation, knowledge and best practice available in child protection.

With this in mind, this page has been created to provide a central resource for designated safeguarding leads.

For details of training opportunities for Designated Leads and those with lead safeguarding roles see the – Training Programme

Consultation line for DSLs & GPs0300 123 3078

Safeguarding leads and GPs should phone the consultation line when they are unsure whether or not to make a referral to Children’s Social Care (see definition of Level 4 of the Effective Support for Children and Families document).

This could be because you are unsure whether it meets the Children’s Social Care threshold for a statutory Children and Families assessment, although you are clear about the situation you are dealing with, or you want to discuss your analysis/understanding with an experienced child protection social worker.

  OSL Consultation Line FAQs 

Organisation Safeguarding Leads (OSLs)  and GPs should phone the consultation line when they are unsure whether or not to make a referral to Children’s Social Care (See definition of Level 4 of the Effective Support for Children and Families document).

Early Help Advice Line 01823 355803

The Advice Line offers help to all practitioners who need support and guidance with Early Help Assessments – for more information see the documents below.