Are you worried about a child?
If you suspect that a child or young person is being, or is at risk of being significantly harmed you must report this to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) immediately:
Telephone: You can call MASH on 0161 770 7777
Online referral: You can send a referral to MASH using the Online referral form
You should be given feedback by MASH on the outcome of your referral. Where appropriate, this feedback should include the reasons why a case may not meet the statutory threshold and offer suggestions for other sources of more suitable support. You should always follow up your concerns if you are not satisfied with the response and should escalate your concerns if you remain dissatisfied.
Concerns about modern slavery or human trafficking
If you have concerns that a child may be a potential victim of modern slavery or human trafficking then a referral should be made to the National Referral Mechanism, as soon as possible.
Allegations against professionals
What is an allegation?
"A suspicion or concern that a trusted individual within an organisation or establishment has mistreated or abused a child, or may be about to do so”.
It is essential that any allegation of abuse made against a professional who works with children and young people or other member of staff or volunteer in any setting is dealt with fairly, quickly, and consistently, in a way that provides effective protection for the child or children and at the same time supports the person who is the subject of the allegation.
Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO
The LADO provides management and oversight of individual cases of allegations of abuse made against those who work with children. .
Their role is to give advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations; liaise with the Police and other agencies, and monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible consistent with a thorough and fair process.
All allegations and concerns must be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) within the same working day.
Oldham's LADO is Colette Morris - 0161 770 8870/ 07583 101 863
Safer Working Practices
Guidance for Safer Working Practices May 2019.pdf
Private fostering happens when a child is being looked after by someone other than a close relative for 28 days or more.
It is different to a fostering arrangement that is organised by the council and applies to any child up to the age of 16, or under 18 if the young person has a disability.
When parents make plans for their child to be cared for like this, regardless of how the arrangement came about or how good it may be for the child, it is private fostering.
By law the Local Authority must be notified when parents make arrangements for their child to be cared for by someone other than a close relative (for example; friends, neighbours or extended family) for more than 28 days.
Professionals who identify a private fostering arrangement must notify MASH directly via online referral form
When the Local Authority becomes aware of a privately fostered child it has a duty to assess the suitability of the arrangement and to make regular visits to the child and the private foster carer.
The Oldham Safeguarding Partnership procedure for Privately Fostered children can be found here