Safeguarding Children

Child protection and safeguarding children

If you have concerns that a child is at risk of harm you must act.

You may not have enough information to determine this and may need to speak to other agencies or professionals involved with the child and family, these may include teachers, health visitor , GP, other carers, childrens centres. You should still share your concerns

Do not assume someone else will act, safeguarding is your business.

Find online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.

Warwickshire Safeguarding Children

REPLACEMENT of Multi-Agency Referral Form for children's safeguarding referrals (MARF) with NEW Multi-Agency Contact form (MAC) - effective 5 October 2020

Warwickshire MASH has introduced a new form to replace the current MARF which is used by partners to raise safeguarding concerns.  The new MAC form (attached) has been developed to reflect the new 'Pathway to Change' approach and will focus on what is working well for the family, as well as issues of concern.  It also contains links to other services which can be considered by the person completing the form. 

Officers from the MASH have consulted widely with partners to ensure the form captures the essence of their concerns and what they would like to emphasise. The previous term 'referral' was not accurate. Those submitting the MARF assumed that by submitting the referral form that the case would automatically be allocated; whereby when it was received in the MASH a decision would be made about whether it constituted a referral or not.  Therefore, the term Multi-Agency Contact is more accurate. 

The new MAC form goes live with effect from Monday 5 October 2020 and will replace the current MARF from this date onwards and will be available to download from the website then onwards.  I would kindly request your support in communicating this change to staff within your respective organisations.  

For further information on the new MAC form please contact Sally Parma, MASH Service Delivery Lead via

 REINSTATEMENT of timescales for reviews

Further to advice received from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, the Department for Education, the Home Office and the Department for Health and Social Care please note that with effect from 1 October 2020, requirements and timescales for all rapid reviews and child safeguarding practice reviews will revert back to those outlined in the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, and the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: practice guidance. 

All new rapid reviews for referrals received after today will now revert to being held and reported to the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 15 working days; these timescales were relaxed during the initial COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.  

What are the roles of the Designated and Named Professionals for Safeguarding? 

Designated and Named Professionals have specific roles and responsibilities for safeguarding children. Coventry and Rugby CCG have a Designated Doctor and Designated Nurse for Child Protection who are the professional and strategic lead on all aspects of the health service contribution to safeguarding children.

If you have a concern about a child you should follow guidance above and contact the relevant Coventry or Rugby Referral and Assessment Team/MASH team.

 Who do I discuss my concerns with?

All NHS Trusts have a Named Doctor and Nurse for Child Protection/Safeguarding, who will provide advice and expertise for fellow professionals and promote good practice within their organisation.  The CCG will monitor that these roles are in place.

Each GP Practice has a Lead GP for Safeguarding.

Coventry Safeguarding Children Partnership

Signs of Safety

Family Hub Information

Modern Slavery Act

The statement comprises the slavery and human trafficking statement of NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (the organisation) for the financial year ending 31st March 2018 in accordance with Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities.

Please see the following link to read:

Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull Statutory Child Death Review Arrangements

The death of a child is a devastating loss that profoundly affects all those involved. A sensitive approach is critical in meeting the needs of those parents, siblings, families, friends and professionals involved in caring for the child.

The child death review process seeks to respect the rights of the child and their family with the intention of learning what happened and why, and whether there are any lessons to be learned, with the aim of preventing future child deaths.

You can read our review process here: The Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull Statutory Child Death Review Arrangements Process

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