Level 4 Statutory

The child’s needs are complex and enduring, and a statutory response is required.

If the level decreases

  • A 'step down’ from Children’s Social Care takes place because the needs have been met and/or the risks to the child have decreased.
  • Plans to step down and transfer a child/young person and their family to Early Help should be discussed by the social worker with the family at the end of a Single Assessment or agreed at a Child in Need review meeting.
  • When a decision has been made that a child or young person is no longer in need of social work or other specialist intervention (‘step down’) a review meeting should identify the Lead Practitioner and agree the on-going plan.

Is a child or young person at risk?

If you are not sure whether a child or young person is at risk, you can call us and discuss the circumstances. 

We have a dedicated Practitioners Advice and Guidance telephone number to share information of any concerns you have about a child or young person within the Bradford District or to make a referral.

Before making a referral

Prior to making a referral, all practitioners need to:

  • Speak with their Safeguarding Lead within their own organisation
  • Ask themselves “Have I/we done everything I/we can to help and support the family?”
  • Refer to the Continuum of Need document 
  • Contact the allocated Social Worker directly if Children’s Services are already working with the child or young person

Contact Us

During office hours:

Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5pm & Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Call us on 01274 433999

Out of office hours

Practitioners: share information or make a referral using our online forms.

Call our Emergency Duty team 01274 431010

The Emergency Duty Team (for emergencies outside of office hours) will make an assessment, on the telephone, of any immediate need or risk and take appropriate action to ensure that child or young person is safe until the next working day.

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