Electronic Multi-Agency Referral Form (eMARF)

Walsall Safeguarding Partnership - Electronic Multi-Agency Referral Form (eMARF)

This form should be used to make a referral to Walsall Children’s Social Care where there is a safeguarding concern for a child or young person who lives in Walsall.

If you believe a child or young person to be at immediate risk of harm, please contact the police on 999, followed by a referral to Walsall Children’s Social Care. MASH can also be contacted on 0300 555 2866 option 2 for more imminent safeguarding concerns to be reported.

Prior to making a referral to Walsall Children’s Social Care, please consider the Right Help, Right Time Threshold Guidance to ensure that the right support and intervention is offered to children, young people and their families in Walsall at the right time and discuss your concerns with your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).

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Right Help, Right Time, Threshold Guidance, Safeguarding Partnership 2019

(Right Help, Right Time, Threshold Guidance, Safeguarding Partnership 2019)

Before you continue with a referral to Walsall Children’s Social Care, please consider the following:

  1. Can the child or young person’s needs be met by your own agency or another professional already known to the family? (Single agency Early Help – Level 2 RHRT)
  2. Does the child or young person have multiple or complex needs that require a lead professional to coordinate a multi-agency support? (Targeted Multi-agency Early Help – Level 3 RHRT) Consider a referral to Early Help for Early Help Assessment
  3. If your concern relates to a child or young person who is being exploited, please complete the exploitation assessment instead of the eMARF
  4. Have you discussed your concerns for the child or young person with their parents and/or carer and gained consent to make a referral to Walsall Social Care? If not, please have an open and transparent conversation with parents/carers about the concerns/worries you have and obtain their consent to the referral being made.

At every stage of need, professionals must discuss their concerns with the family and request consent to share information to get the right help and support at the right time unless doing so will significantly increase the risk of harm to the child.

*If parental consent is not obtained, this referral will not be processed and will be closed to MASH unless there is evidence of significant harm to a child or young person*.

(Please note that by obtaining consent, parents would be consenting to a referral to Children’s Social Care and checks with agencies across the partnership)

In the absence of parental consent, parents/carers will be notified by MASH of the receipt of this referral and informed that no action will be taken and to contact the referrer for further information/support if required.