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Where a child is suspected to be suffering, or likely to suffer, significant harm, the local authority is required by s47 of the Children Act 1989 to make enquiries, to enable it to decide whether it should take any action to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child. Responsibility for undertaking s47 enquiries lies with LA children’s social care in whose area the child lives or is found. Whenever a child is harmed or concerns are raised that a child may be at risk of harm or neglect, the host authority is responsible for informing the home authority immediately. Only once agreement is reached about who will take responsibility is the host authority relieved of the responsibility to take emergency and ongoing action. Each agency has a duty to assist and provide information in support of child protection enquiries.
Emergency action may be necessary as soon as the referral is received from a member of the public or from any agency involved with children or parents. Alternatively, the need for emergency action may become apparent only over time as more is learned about a child or adult carer’s circumstances. Neglect, as well as abuse, can pose such a risk of significant harm to a child that urgent protective action is needed. Appendix 1: Links to relevant legislation for the range of emergency protection powers available.
Gaining entry to the household under police powers and to assess the situation. The LA children’s social worker must seek the agreement of their relevant line manager and obtain legal advice before initiating legal action. Police powers of protection should only be used in exceptional circumstances where there is insufficient time to seek an EPO or for reasons relating to the immediate safety of the child. When police powers of protection are used, an independent police officer of at least inspector rank must act as the Designated Officer. 1 working day of the emergency action to plan the next steps. It should be followed quickly by a s47 enquiry and an assessment of the needs and circumstances of the child and family as necessary.
Following an EPO or the use of police powers of protection is initiated. The threshold criteria for a s47 enquiry may be identified during an early assessment, but may be apparent at the point of referral, during the multi-agency checks or in the course of the assessment. A multi agency assessment should be initiated following referral and should continue whenever a s47 enquiry has commenced. Local authority social workers have a statutory duty to lead enquiries under section 47 of the Children Act 1989. The police, health professionals, teachers and other relevant professionals should support the local authority in undertaking its enquiries.
Determine if legal action is required. Agreeing who should be interviewed, by whom, for what purpose and when. There are concerns about the future risk of harm to an unborn child. Where it is decided that there are grounds to initiate a s47 enquiry, decisions should be made about whether this is a single or joint investigation. Protocols in place in local areas should be followed.