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If you have concern that a child is being harmed as a result of abuse or neglect, you must not keep these concerns to yourself.


In the Bradford district, these are the numbers that you can ring for advice and to make a referral:

  • During office hours (8.30am - 5pm Monday to Thursday, 4.30pm on Friday) call Children's Social Services Initial Contact Point - 01274 437500

  • At all other times, Social Services Emergency Duty Team - 01274 431010

  • If you have reason to believe that a child is at IMMEDIATE RISK OF HARM, contact the police on 999

  • For all general enquires, please contact Children's Specialist Services on 01274 435600

You need to ensure that you speak to the appropriate organisations who can listen to and record your concern, and then take appropriate action.


NEW - 10 Point Briefing Note: Private Fostering - August 2015 - Private Fostering Briefing

NEW - Safeguarding Week 2015 Ė itís everybodyís business

This year, safeguarding week will take place from 19th to 23rd October 2015.

The week starts with a launch event at Bradford College on Monday 19th October from 10am, with exciting performances and presentations on safeguarding themes from children, young people, people who use our services and guest speakers.

During the week, there are series of informative and thought provoking learning events, conferences and more that have been developed to help organisations understand their safeguarding duties and how to implement them in practice.

This week brings a great opportunity to inspire individuals working with children, young people, adults and families that safeguarding is everybodyís business.

Everyone can get involved and learn something new!

For more information visit our website

Council Calls for Public to be Aware of Private Fostering

Bradford Council and Bradford Safeguarding Children Board are marking Private Fostering Week, which runs from Monday 6 to Friday 10 July, by raising awareness among parents, carers and professionals of what private fostering means, and what action people who are privately fostering need to take. Click here for more details

Change of Office Address

As of 19 December 2014, the new office address is:

Sir Henry Mitchell House
4 Manchester Rd

Telephone contact details remain unchanged.

Learning and Improvement Framework - Revised April 2015

Improving services through learning will be done by using learning from the activities in this framework to inform the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) business plan, so that training, revision of guidance and policies, work programmes, future learning activities and challenge to partners are focussed on priority concerns.

Click here for a PDF copy

Non-Engaging Pathway (NEP)

The pathway has been developed in response to Bradfordís recent Serious Case Review.

It provides a sequential pathway to follow when working with families who are failing to engage, leading to professional concern about unknown or emerging risk.

Final NEP - March 2015 (PDF)

NEP Guidance (PDF)

NEP Agency Letter (Word)

It is also included in the multi-agency procedures at "Reluctant and Hostile Families 1.4.26"

5 new Government publications regarding Safeguarding Children

During March 2015 the government issued five new or updated documents each of which is significant for organisations and individual professionals working with children and families - click here to find out more

Important changes to Child Protection Unit duty system

Our Child Protection Unit has been under growing pressure because of the continued rise in the number of children becoming subject to a child protection plan.

Bradford Safeguarding Children Board has considered a review of the unitís processes and agreed to the following changes, which will be effective from 1 December 2014.

Takeover Day 2013

Young people from the Children in care council and the Healthy Minds group took over senior managers from BSCB, Bradford Councilís Specialist Childrenís Services and Barnardoís. In this video, young people and managers reflect on this experience and young people set out their views about their future involvement in the work of BSCB.

Safeguarding and Dangerous Dogs

NEW - BSCB Procedure for dealing with Dangerous Dogs

NEW - Dogs Trust advice on safety and dogs

NEW - RSPCA advice on keeping kids safe

BSCB Annual Report 2013-14

The BSCB Annual Report 2013-14 addresses key issues: Children who go Missing, Safeguarding Looked After Children, Allegations against People who Work with Children, the 2014 Ofsted Inspection, Auditing, Early Help, Child Sexual Exploitation, Mosques and Madrassahs, Learning from Serious Case Reviews - Hamzah Khan, the work of Sub-groups, Safeguarding in the Voluntary and Community Sector, Participation and the Views of Children and Young People, Lay Members, Child Injury Prevention, and the work of the Child Death Overview Panel.

The Report will be presented to: the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Bradford Children's Trust Board, Bradford Health and Wellbeing Board, and West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Click here for a PDF copy

Ofsted Inspection

On May 23, 2014 Ofsted published its report into an inspection of Bradford Councilís services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers. It also reviewed the effectiveness of the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB). The inspection took place between 18 February and 12 March this year. 

Read more here.

Bradford Single Child Assessment

Bradford Single Child Assessment (BCSA) is Bradfordís new statutory assessment for children in need, children subject to child safeguarding concerns and children who become looked after. It came into use for new assessments commenced during May 2014 and it replaces the initial and core assessment arrangements - see more here

Hamzah Khan Serious Case Review Documents

The Hamzah Khan SCR documents are available here as from Wednesday 13 November at 10.00am.

Child Death Alert for Bradford

A small number of deaths in young babies have occurred in the Bradford area in the past few years where babies and or toddlers have been left in a bath unattended. There have also been a number of similar cases around the country. There are potentially more Ďnear missesí of which we are not notified - read more here

Stuck in Chains (Official Domestic Abuse Music Video 2013)

Stuck in Chains is a video and music track created by young people in Bradford. It raises awareness of domestic abuse in teenage relationships and where young people can get help and support.

See the video here

Find out more about domestic abuse within young people's relationships and where you can get help by visiting youthfax

Click here to see a full press release.

Safeguarding Week 2013

Bradford's Safeguarding Week - 30 September - 4 October 2013 will be a series of drop-in events, morning, afternoon and evening sessions.

Click here for a PDF with details of all events

NEW - The Safeguarding Report for Madaaris provides recommendations drawn from consultations with key organisations including the Council for Mosques, BSCB, NSPCC, West Yorkshire Police, Bradford City Centre Project and representatives from Masajid/Madaaris in Bradford and Keighley as well as parents and young people - more information here

NEW - Working Together to Safeguard Children - The Department for Education has published the revised version of the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013), and this comes into force on Monday April 15th.  This replaces the previous version which was published in 2010. The full document can be downloaded here.

A short briefing document is also available here - this summarises the key points from the document and highlights the changes between this document and the previous version. 

BSCB has organised four short briefing sessions about the new guidance. These are open to staff from all BSCB agencies. Details about the briefings, and including how to book a place, can be found here.

The PowerPoint presentation from these briefings can be downloaded here.

Take Over Day 2012 took place on November 23rd. Young people from the Children in care council and the Healthy Minds group took over senior mangers from BSCB, Bradford Councilís Specialist Childrenís Services and Barnardoís. In this video, young people and managers reflect on this experience and young people set out their views about their future involvement in the work of BSCB.


Bradford's Safeguarding Week (29 October-2 November 2012) has been organised between a range of partners, organisations and Council departments.  The overall object is to raise awareness on safeguarding children and people in the Bradford district.

Events are at various venues and are aimed at a range of people including practitioners and first line managers who work with adults, children and families.  Click here for the PDF with more information, contacts and booking details.

Two documents have been added to the BSCB website - Common Referral Form: Bradford Children's Social Care and The Child Death Review: A Guide for Parents and Carers. There is also a new section covering the Child Death Overview Panel.

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