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CPSLO Consultation Service (which do not meet threshold for a referral to social care)

As you may be aware in recent years a member of the Child Protection School Liaison Team has been present (during term time) in the Targeted Advice Service (TAS) and then the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) to complete consultations with schools who have rung with concerns about children (where they have not been clear on the appropriate actions after consulting the Meeting the Needs document and the HSCB Child Protection Procedures).

As of the 1st December 2016 the CPSLO team will be managing this service independent from MASH.  The practical change for schools is that there will be a new telephone number (FROM THE 1ST DECEMBER 2016) for the consultation service only  – (01992) 555980.  The service at point of call remains the same.

The basic structure of the service is as follows:

  • It is available in the term time (apart from INSET days).  9.30am – 5.30pm (Monday to Thursday) and 9.30am-4.30pm (Friday).
  • This is not an emergency service, where there is clear evidence of risk of significant harm to a child a referral should be made immediately to children’s services.  Schools can expect a call back within one working day of contacting the service.

We hope these changes will cause limited disruption to you, please can we ask you share the new number with the Designated Senior Person for Child Protection/Designated Safeguarding Lead

PLEASE NOTE – this telephone line is only for professional consultations as of 1st December. DSPs with other queries should contact their relevant CPSLO or the CPSLO administrator, whose details can be found at here.

November 2016

Appendix 1 - Guidance and Terms of Reference for Child Protection School Liaison Consultation
Appendix 2 - Child Protection Schools Liaison Team Contact Details
Appendix 3 - DSP Check List / preparation for Consultation with Child Protection School Liaison Service

Please note , the CPSLO consultation service is for Reception aged children and above (up to age of 18). For Nursery aged children, please call the Early Help Advice line on 01438 737511.

When calling for a CPSLO consultation for a statutory school aged child , the child should not be open to Safeguarding or Specialist Services* , Families First Triage/Panel, Targeted Youth Support Service or Intensive Family Support Team.

*The CPSLO service will give a consultation to children open to the 0-25 Together team as a CIN for a care package (for example Short Break Local Offer/brokerage) but not if they have a CIN plan. Consultations will also be provided for children open to the Post Adoption Support Team.*