Think Family

The Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board has endorsed the Somerset Think Family Strategy. In all adult safeguarding work staff working with the adult at risk must establish whether there are children in the family, and whether checks should be made on children and young people who are part of the same household, irrespective of whether they are dependent on care either from the adult at risk or the person alleged to have caused harm.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018)‘ as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment;
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development;
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care; and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Professionals or agencies working with children and young people have a key role in identifying adults who who need safeguarding, and adopting a ‘think family’ approach to their practice.

Similarly, if a professional or agency working with adults becomes aware that a child is or may be at risk of harm, they have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of the children.

Everyone must be aware that in situations where there is concern that an adult at risk is or may be at risk of abuse and neglect and there are children in the same household, they too could be at risk.

Reference should be made to the Somerset Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual if there are concerns about abuse or neglect of children and young people under the age of 18.

Adult services and services working with children should work jointly to safeguard the adult at risk and/or children and young people.

If there are concerns regarding the safety or welfare of children in the household, or you are worried about a child or young person who could be in danger, please contact:

  • Children’s Social Care on 0300 123 2224
  • Email: childrens@somerset.gov.uk
  • Or the Police by dialling 101 or, in an emergency, call 999.

If you would like to speak to a social worker outside of office hours please phone the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0300 123 23 27.

More information on how to make a referral can be found here.

Effective Support for Children and Families in Somerset Guidance

This guidance aims to make existing levels of need clearer for professionals so they can identify if a child or family might need some help and support; previously this document was known as Thresholds for Assessments and Services.

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