Report a Concern – Professional
This page explains how to report a concern if you are a professional (paid or voluntary) working with children in Buckinghamshire.
If there is immediate risk of harm to a child, call the Police on 999
Buckinghamshire Council – First Response Team
For any concerns about a child – including foster placements, notification of offenders in area, etc. you can make a referral to Buckinghamshire Council’s First Response Team by completing a Raise a Concern Online Form
First Response Team Contact Details
Telephone: – 01296 383962 between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.
If you need an urgent response outside of these hours, contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0800 999 7677.
There is a Referral Flowchart which can be printed and displayed in your organisation.
The Threshold Document assists professionals in identifying the scale of need and engagement with children and young people. Use the Thresholds document – discuss with your safeguarding lead and use your professional judgement to identify the level of need of the child
Please be aware that the threshold document is currently being reviewed. Please check our website or newsletter for updates.
Education Safeguarding Advisory Service
If you are a school and need some advice, you can consult the Education Safeguarding Advisory Service (ESAS) on 01296 382912 or speak with your dedicated Family Support Service School Link Worker.
Concerns about staff working with children
If you have a concern about a member of staff working with children (in either a paid or voluntary capacity) please contact the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) on 01296 382070 or secure-LADO@buckinghamshire.gov.uk
If you are concerned a child or young person is being criminally or sexually exploited you must report it.
There is a Child Exploitation Indicator Tool that can be used alongside the established referral process and should be attached to the MARF when referring to First Response.