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Child Protection and Safeguarding

If you have immediate concerns about a child or young person's safety please telephone the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116

Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU)

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The MARU provides a multi disciplinary response to concerns about the welfare or safety of a child / young person. This is in line with Statutory Guidance from Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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The MARU will try to help you by signposting you to the service that can best help meet your child’s needs.  Sometimes they will recommend you speak to the Early Help Hub and they will complete an Early Help assessment.  If you, or someone else, is concerned about the safety or welfare of your child (ren), the Children and Families Service will do an assessment. to consider the most appropriate help.  The assessment allows us to talk to you and your child(ren) about any problems and, if appropriate, to plan the right help for you to solve these problems.

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A child protection conference is a meeting to discuss concerns which have been raised about the safety and well being of your child(ren). It is set up by social care. The social worker will explain the particular reasons for the meeting in your case.

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You can view the child protection procedures in the Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures Manual. These are managed by Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  The procedures provide information about the nature of child abuse and the legal framework.

The Children Act 2004 (Section 16E) sets out the need for the provision of ‘local arrangements for safeguarding and promoting welfare of children’. Our Safeguarding Children Partnership (OSCP) is the local organisation that fulfils this for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The partners in the OSCP are:

The members of the OSCP work together to safeguard children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. They also provide assurance that the arrangements are effective to bring about good outcomes for children. 

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