4. Initiating Child Protection Procedures
Child protection procedures are initiated when police, social work or health determine that a child may have been significantly harmed or may be at risk of significant harm. All concerns which may indicate risk of significant harm must lead to an inter-agency referral discussion (IRD). Practitioners in police, social work and health must participate in IRDs and education/early learning and childcare may have an essential contribution. The child protection process is outlined in page 138 of the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021.
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