Is it an emergency?
- 0808 800 4005 if you're worried that a child or young person is at risk of neglect or harm, abuse
- the Police on 999
- the NSPCC child protection helpline on 0808 800 5000.
The Local Safeguarding Children Board
The Local Safeguarding Children Board is made up of partners and stakeholders from a range of agencies. They are committed to the work of ensuring that all partner organisations are aware of the safeguarding arrangements that apply to all children up to the age of 18 years including unborn babies.
The board also engages with members of the local community, to increase their understanding of the work that is being carried out to help keep children safe, and what's expected of everybody when there's a concern about a child's safety in Suffolk.
Find further information, policies and guidance on the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) website.
Support for professionals
If you work with children or adults, follow the guidance on the LSCB website about referring concerns to social care and how to use the Multi Agency Referral form, often referred to as a MARF or MAR form.
For LADO allegations or concerns, follow the Local Authority Designated Officer guidance on the LSCB website
Professionals and paid carers working with children can contact the MASH professional consultation line. This consultation line is available for professionals who may be unclear about what action they should take to access support for a child at risk of abuse.
MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) consultation line - telephone 0345 6061499. Available Monday – Thursday 9:00am to 5:00pm and Fridays: 9:00am to 4:25pm
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