Forms & guidance for practitioners

Referrals for social work support

Adults Practitioners
Practitioners should complete the online form available on the MCC website at

Children & Families Practitioners
Practitioners who have identified a child in need of help, support or protection should telephone 0161 234 5001 to speak to specialist social care and early help staff.

Practitioners will be able to discuss their request promptly, efficiently and securely – and will be able to access social work advice and guidance about the next steps and the right option for the child and their family.

Practitioners calling the service can help to make the most of the conversation by having the following details ready:

  • the child’s presenting needs
  • what they or their service have already done or where they have accessed support
  • ensuring that they have consent from the family to talk to Children’s Services.

Before calling practitioners should consider the MSCB levels of need framework; and if contact with an Early Help Hub is appropriate.

Allegations Management (Designated Officer) referral form

Information for practitioners can be found in our Allegations management resource page.

Child Protection Conference reports

Information for practitioners can be found in our Signs of Safety resource.

Domestic Violence & Abuse assessment and referral form

Information for practitioners can be found in our Domestic Violence & Abuse resource.

Early Help referral form

Information for practitioners can be found in our Early Help Assessment Journey resource.

SAR referral form

Information for practitioners can be found in our SAR resource.

CPR / SCR referral form

Information  for practitioners can be found in our CPR / SCR resource.

Trafficking referral process

Information for practitioners can be found in our Trafficking resource.

Government Guidance – what to do if you are worried about a child

What to do if You’re Worried a Child is Being Abused is guidance for anyone who comes into contact with children and families while working, including:

  • social care practitioners
  • health practitioners
  • early years practitioners
  • school staff (both teaching and non-teaching)
  • police officers
  • local authorities.

It applies to people working in the:

  • statutory sector (organisations set up, controlled and funded by the government)
  • voluntary sector (not for profit organisations)
  • independent sectors (organisations funded by the clients who use the service).

It explains:

  • the signs of abuse and neglect to look out for
  • the action to take if you think a child is being abused or neglected.

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