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Other professionals

Social workers

Social workers take a lead role in;

  • responding to children and families in need of support and help
  • undertaking enquiries following allegations or suspicion of abuse
  • undertaking initial assessments and core assessments as part of the assessment framework
  • convening strategy meetings and initial and subsequent child-protection conferences
  • court action to safeguard and protect children
  • coordinating the implementation of the child protection plan for children on the child protection register
  • looking after and planning for children in the care of the council
  • ensuring that looked after children are safeguarded in a foster family, children’s home or other placement
  • acting as a ‘corporate parent’ and supporting the education of children in care

Useful documentation

Social workers guide to EPEP (PDF, 1.70 MB)

OFSTED’s social care annual report 2016