Effective safeguarding of children is absolutely predicated on practitioners and frontline staff wanting the very best for children and being ready to stand up in their best interests even if this brings them into disagreement with other practitioners, with other organisations or with their own managers and employing bodies. (There are individual organisational and partnership whistle blowing policies that cover these latter areas).

The document below sets out how significant case disagreements will be managed within Devon Children and Families Partnership (DCFP). In doing so, it seeks to be more than an escalation procedure – essentially it seeks to set out an approach to resolving conflict and to ensuring children’s needs remain at the heart of all we do.

PSCP Case Resolution Protocol

Stage 4/5 notification form