Safeguarding Children

Sheffield Safeguarding Partnership for Children & Young People (SCSP)

SCSP Information can be found at

How to make a referral

Making a referral to Children's Social Care or for Early Help support

If you are concerned that a child or young person is being abused or neglected you have a responsibility to do something about it. The Thresholds of Need Guidance may help you in determining the level of support needed. (See documents below)

  • Consider Threshold of Need and level
  • Contact Sheffield Safeguarding Hub (SSH) on 0114 271 4855 - this is a 24 hour number

You will be put through to a trained social worker who will:

  • Take information from you
  • Offer advice and make a decision on how the concern will be dealt with
  • Tell you what will happen next
  • Verbal referrals should always be followed up in writing using the Multi-Agency Confirmation Form (MACF) (see documents below) which should be sent by secure email (e.g. to 

If you are not sure whether to make a referral or not you should seek advice from your Safeguarding Leads or Named/Designated Professionals

Alternatively, you can contact the Safeguarding Team in the CCG:

(Currently vacant - TBC) - Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children 

Dr Anna Ramsbottom – Designated Doctor – 0776 6112526

Diane Shahlavi – Deputy Designated Nurse – 07971263021

Named GPs for safeguarding children

For non-safeguarding or early help concerns, a referral can be made to the Multi-agency Support Team that covers your locality (Level 2-4). Referrals should be made using the Early Help Part 1 form (see documents below)

North MAST team -

West MAST team -

East MAST team -

The Mast Areas now have a central telephone number which is 0114 2037485

Safeguarding Children Training

CCG Staff and GPs should identify their training needs based on their professional role from the Safeguarding Adults and Children Policy. Multi-agency training (Level 3 and above) is accessed via SCSP


Last updated on 23/07/2021 by RachelLeach

Safeguarding Children and Young People

All NHS service and commissioned services have a key role to play in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of unborn babies, children and young people.  This is a statutory duty under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 and in accordance with government guidance in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013.  In this guidance children are defined as those under the age of 18 years.  NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Groups (SCCG) is committed to all policies, procedures and practice which safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people through their commissioning and partnership functions. 

SCCG has designated professionals who lead on issues of safeguarding children across Sheffield Health economy and ensure there are performance and assurance controls in place for healthcare providers.

Under the UN Convention on Rights of the Child - 1989, Children have a right to have their best interests as the primary concern when decisions are being made about them (Article 3)

They also have a right under the UN Convention to:

  • Life and health development (Article 6)
  • Be protected from hurt and mistreatment, physically or mentally (Article 19)
  • Be properly care for and protected from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents and anyone else who looks after them (Article 19)
  • Be protected from activity which takes advantage of them and could harm their welfare and development including sexual exploitation, sale and trafficking (Article 36)

All staff who come into contact with children and young people including staff working primarily with adults who have dependent children have a minimum responsibility to recognise what constitutes child abuse and know how to act when they have concerns about the welfare of a child or a young person.

Child Abuse is a form of maltreatment. Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent harm. Children may be abused in a family, or in an institutional or community setting by those known to them or, more rarely, by others (e.g. via the internet). They may be abused by an adult or adults or another child or children. There are 4 categories of abuse which are defined in Working Together to Safeguard Children (DoE 2013) as:

Physical Abuse – May involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child. Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces illness in a child.

Emotional Abuse – The persistent emotional maltreatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional development. It may involve conveying to a child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only insofar as they meet the needs of another person. It may include not giving the child opportunities to express their views, deliberately silencing them or “making fun” of what they say or how they communicate. It may feature age or developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. These may include interactions which are beyond the child’s developmental capability, as well as overprotection and limitation of exploration and learning, or preventing the child participating in normal social interaction. It may involve seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another. It may involve serious bullying (including cyber bullying), causing children frequently to feel frightened or in danger, or the exploitation or corruption of children. Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of maltreatment of a child, though it may occur alone.

Sexual Abuse - Involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving high levels of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including penetration (e.g. rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such as masturbation, kissing, rubbing or touching outside of clothing. They may also include non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet). Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children.

Neglect - Is the persistent failure to meet a child's basic physical and / or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of a child's health and development. Neglect of an unborn baby can occur as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to

  • provide adequate food, clothing or shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment);
  • protect  a child from physical and emotional harm or danger;
  • ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers); or
  • ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.

It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

The following Safeguarding Children Guidance has been developed to inform and support the CCG and its staff and any Health Services that have been commissioned by the CCG including what you should do if you are concerned about a child or young person.


Child protection conference reports for General Practitioners (GPs)

The form is already accessible on the clinical system for SystmOne users:  “Child Protection Conference report for Safeguarding”

For EMIS users, the blank conference report (link below) can be used.

If unable to complete the report on the template, a letter may be sent that contains all the relevant information.

Blank report

Blank Conference Report

Read Codes

A list of read codes recommended by the RCGP for recording concerns about Child Maltreatment in Primary Care is below. These are for both Version 2 read codes (EMIS) and CTV3 read codes(SystmOne). 

Child Safeguarding Read Codes

Conference reports can be emailed securely from an address to Please also copy in 


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