Occasions may arise where one professional disagrees with the actions of another professional in the context of safeguarding children.

The WSCB Escalation Policy (Resolution of Professional Disagreements in Safeguarding Work) outlines a set of agreed processes that should be used by professionals where there are concerns that a child or young person’s safety is compromised and the current action(s) of one or more other agencies does not support effective safeguarding of the child or young person in question.

Click here for the WSCB Escalation Policy.

 Examples of some of these situations are as follows (please remember this list is not exhaustive):

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  • Where one professional disagrees with the action of another in relation to a particular course of action, such as closing involvement with a child or family
  • Where one worker or agency considers that another worker or agency has not completed an agreed action for no understandable or acceptable reason.
  • Where one agency considers that the threshold for action is inappropriate to support a child’s needs and /or places a child at further risk.
  • A disagreement as to whether a particular agency needs to be involved in the safeguarding process.
  • Where a member of staff or an agency considers that the child’s safeguarding needs are better met by a Child Protection Plan and have requested that a Child Protection Conference be called and feel that this has been refused.
  • Where a range of professionals have concerns about an agency’s response to safeguarding concerns relating to a specific child/ren
  • There is disagreement over the sharing of information and/or provision of services.

The WSCB Escalation Policy aims to assist workers and organisations to resolve disputes as close to the individuals involved in the dispute as possible without causing any unnecessary delay, or in anyway compromising the safety and wellbeing of the child(ren) concerned

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