Child protection

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, you can​ read our threshold document.

Brighton & Hove's Safeguarding Children Partnership

The Brighton & Hove Safeguarding Children Partnership (BHSCP) brings together the key agencies in the city to help keep children, young people and their families safe.

In response to Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), our partners – Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, and Sussex Police – published local Safeguarding Arrangements for Children and Young People in Brighton & Hove.

It details how the partnership will:

  • work together to identify and respond to the needs of children in the area
  • commission and publish local child safeguarding practice reviews
  • make sure the effectiveness of the arrangements are independently scrutinised

Chris Robson, BHSCP’s independent scrutineer, chairs the partnership and is responsible for considering how effectively the local safeguarding arrangements are working for children and families as well as for practitioners, and how well the safeguarding partners are providing strong leadership.

To keep children safe from harm, it's important that the workforce of practitioners and managers in Brighton & Hove, including volunteers and those who work in faith settings, are fully informed and understand the national and local child protection procedures.

Children are best protected when there is a culture of well-coordinated multi-agency working and information sharing.

These 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.

Read the Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures Manual.