What to do if you are worried about a child.
Worried about a child?
Go to our Front Door for Families section to tell us if you are concerned about a child or a young person, or to get some advice and support.
Front Door for Families
Front Door for Families is made up of professionals with different areas of expertise who work together to assess, decide and coordinate how best to support children, young people and their families where there are concerns.
We created Front Door for Families to bring together:
- Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
- Early Help Hub
- Family Information Service
For more information, please download our threshold document (PDF 366KB).
Brighton & Hove's Local Safeguarding Children Board
The Children Act 2004 requires every local authority to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). The role of the LSCB is to
- coordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of the authority
- ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for that purpose
The government's statutory guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as
- protecting children from maltreatment
- preventing impairment of children's health or development
Brighton & Hove's LSCB has an independent chair, Graham Bartlett, and has senior representatives from statutory and voluntary sector agencies.
New pan-Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures have been introduced. The procedures are used across Sussex and were drawn up by a working group made up of representatives from West and East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, using feedback from practitioners.
The board's procedures are available in the Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures Manual.
Clermont Family Assessment Centre
The Clermont Centre is a joint agency, specialist child protection unit with a multi-disciplinary team of experienced professionals.
Access to the Clermont Centre is by professional referral only. If you are a member of the public worried about a child's welfare please contact Front Door for Families.
The team consists of specialist social workers and senior health professionals and includes a child and family psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist.
The Clermont Centre provides a service for all aspects of child protection work. The centre provides specialist risk assessments for the courts and in child protection procedures. Other work includes individual, group and family therapy, treatment programmes and consultation and training for professionals.
The Clermont Centre keeps a small library of books and journals on child protection and related matters for professionals and a range of resources for direct work with children that can be borrowed.
Seminars and Conferences
The Clermont Centre also organises local seminars and national conferences in conjunction with the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN).