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Child in Need of Additional Services

A referral to Social Services is not required unless a Child in Need is also in need of protection or additional services. Below is not an exhaustive list, but highlights common situations where a referral to Social Services should be considered. In such instances, a child may be at risk of Significant Harm from abuse or neglect or may have a high level of need for additional services, for example:

In addition, some children may be particularly vulnerable in specific circumstances:

Children living away from home, e.g. in foster care (including private fostering) or residential care – see also Safeguarding Children in Private Foster Care Procedure;

This list is not exhaustive. More information can be found in Part 4, Children in Specific Circumstances of these Procedures.

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