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Escalation Policy

Pan Berkshire Escalation Policy

Following consultation with all Berkshire LSCB Boards in April 2019, the agreed revised Escalation Policy has now been uploaded by Tri.x onto our Pan Berkshire Child Protection Procedures Manual. The local links to the ‘Resolving Professional Disagreement and Escalation’ page are below.

West Berkshire: http://berks.proceduresonline.com/west_berk/p_conflict_res.html

Reading: http://berks.proceduresonline.com/reading/p_conflict_res.html

Wokingham: http://berks.proceduresonline.com/wokingham/p_conflict_res.html

Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare is a responsibility shared by all organisations which often requires collaboration.  This includes appropriate information sharing and working to multi-agency agreed decisions/plans.  Occasionally situations arise when workers within one organisation may believe or consider that the actions, inactions or decisions of another do not adequately safeguard a child. Learning from local and national Serious Case Reviews has highlighted the need for a clear escalation policy that all practitioners can feel confident to use.

Professionals in all agencies including schools have a duty to act proactively and assertively to ensure that a child’s welfare is the paramount consideration. The Local Safeguarding Partners recognise that good practice will sometimes include constructive challenge between workers. Therefore, when a professional disagrees with the practice of another professional on the grounds of the child’s welfare they should work with the colleague to first seek to understand the rationale for the decision. However, if concern still exists for the child’s safety and wellbeing the professional concerned should challenge the practice using this policy. This policy provides workers, Designated Safeguarding Leads and managers with the means to raise concerns they have about decisions made by other professionals or agencies by:

  • Avoiding professional disputes that put children at risk or obscure the focus on the child;
  • Resolving the disagreements between agencies quickly and openly;
  • Identifying problem areas in working together where there is a lack of clarity and promote resolution via amendments to multi-agency protocols and procedures.

Please contact BWSCP@westberks.gov.uk if you have any questions regarding this policy.

Download Related Documents:

7 Minute Briefing Professional Escalation
7 Minute Briefing Jan 2018


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