Remember: If you are concerned about a child in Norfolk and want to speak to someone, contact us on 0344 800 8020. If you consider the incident to be an emergency, call 999.
When a professional, family member or member of the public is concerned about a child’s welfare or safety, they can contact us so we can look into it. This is called making an enquiry or referral.
The enquiry or referral will be handled by the Children’s Advice and Duty Service (CADS). The CADS team is a team of experienced social workers, working in partnership with police, probation services and health service to safeguard children and vulnerable adults in the community.
When they receive an enquiry or referral, partners will share information to decide if:
Usually you will be told if an enquiry or referral has been made about a child in your care. If this has been made by a professional, for example a social worker, doctor, teacher or other professional, they will usually inform you of their concerns and ask your permission to contact us. However in exceptional circumstances, such as risk of significant harm to the child, an assessment can be made without your consent.
Your information will only be used to decide whether:
Your information will be held in a safe place and will not be shared with other people unless they have the legal power to see it.
Yes. Information may be shared without your permission if:
Yes, you can see the information Children’s Services holds about you. The Data Protection Act 1998 lets you ask for a copy of the information held about you. If you would like to request this, please contact us in writing.
If the child is thought to have been hurt or is at risk of significant harm they will be referred to the appropriate team. Information may be shared with the police to help stop or solve a crime.
If there are no safeguarding concerns but we think your child or you would benefit from extra support, we will ask for your consent to share your child’s name, address, reason for the enquiry and outcome with other agencies and services to offer you the support you need.