Social workers have a key role in working alongside other professionals to ensure that a looked after young person receives appropriate care, education and health services.

Their responsibilities include:

  • responding to children and families in need of support and help
  • undertaking enquiries following allegations or suspicion of abuse
  • carrying out initial and core assessments as part of the assessment framework
  • convening strategy meetings and initial and subsequent child protection conferences
  • taking action to safeguard and protect children
  • co-ordinating the implementation of a child protection plan for those on the Child Protection Register
  • looking after and planning for children in the care of the local authority
  • ensuring that looked after children are safeguarded in a foster family, children’s home or other placement
  • acting as a ‘corporate parent’ and supporting the education of children in care.

Further information

Social Workers and Designated Teachers User Guide to ePEP Online

Ofsted Social Care Annual Report 2016