If you’ve called a protection agency or the police, they will take your report and act on it accordingly. If you’ve given your report to a DSL, they may simply contact a further authority while making sure the head of your organisation is aware of the issue. Furthermore, these parties may:
- Make efforts to gain more information surrounding the concern.
- Inquire with any relevant social worker about historical information or ask them to seek out evidence.
- Take immediate action if they think the child is severely at risk.
Within one day of an official report being made, a local social worker will decide which type of response to the concern is required.
If a social worker decides to carry out a statutory assessment, staff members and the DSL must support this with their full capabilities.
Depending on the situation after this point, the process may be escalated to a higher authority.