Guidance

SAFER communications between health visitors and social care teams

Guidelines for communication between health visitors and local authority children’s social care teams using the SAFER process.

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SAFER communications guidelines

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SAFER communication guidelines are for those relatively new to safeguarding responsibilities and to help communications between health visitors and local authority children’s social care teams.

All spoken communications can be carried out using the SAFER process, which can also be used for ‘no name consultations’. The use of SAFER will ensure a consistent approach to communicating the level of risk a child or children face.

The booklet gives guidance on what should be considered before referral and provides support for efficient and appropriate telephone referrals of children who may be suffering, or are likely to suffer significant harm.

Published 21 June 2013