Walsall's Early Help Guide For Lead Professionals

This page contains the information that professionals in Walsall need to help ensure the safety of children in the borough.  You can view and download the documents and guidance by clicking on the relevant titles.


Walsall Right for children inclusion Strategy 18-19

This document sets out our aims and responsibilities in ensuring the the right children are in the right place, at the right time for the right amount of time. 

Guide for Lead professionals January 2017

This guide aims to give Lead Professionals and Social Workers information to support children, young people and their families to access the full range of services available as part of a Child Protection/Child in Need or Early Help Assessment plan or step down. 

Walsall's Early Help Step Up / Step Down Guidance booklet (PDF 1.1MB)

This guidance helps professionals reflect on how they can help families step down from the need for social care intervention and gives best practice guidance to help with this.


Walsall's Early Help - What we do and how overview (PDF 233KB)

This is an overview of the Early Help Assessment process


Walsall's Early Help / Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Path overview (PDF 337KB)

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Gives an overview of the process after a referral is made to MASH. 


Multi-Agency Referral Form MARF (Weblink)

This is the form that you must use to make a referral to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Team (MASH). Please remember that all urgent child protection referrals should initally be made by telephone to MASH on 0300 555 2866 / out-of-hours 0845 111 2922 or 0845 111 2836. In an emergency please call the Police on 999.


Walsall's Early Help - Information for Families leaflet (PDF 990KB)

This leaflet gives an overview of how Walsall's Early Help can help their families.


Walsall's Early Help Assesment - Review of Plan (August 2018) (Word 241KB)

This document should be used to review the progress of children who are currently being helped by Walsall's Early Help process.


Walsall's Early Help - End of Intervention Form (April 2018) (Word 61KB)

A professional will use this form when a family has been stepped down and no longer needs involvement from Walsall Early Help.


Walsall's Early Help Assesment Quality Assurance Tool - Update November 2017 (Word 242KB)

This tool helps ensure that all Early Help Assesments are quality assured to the same standard.


Walsall Safeguarding Children Board - Child Sexual Exploitation Resource Pack (Weblink)

A reource pack providing information, guidance and the screening tool, to help professionals quickly and consistently assess a child's risk of child sexual exploitation. You can download it from the links on the left of the page after the jump.

Walsall Safeguarding Children Board Multi-Agency Threshold Guidance booklet (weblink)

Guidance to professionals about the thresholds for referrals, common language and the roles and responsibilities of individual professionals, agencies and support available.


Child Sexual Exploitation /Multi-Agency Sexual Exploitation (MASE) /CSE Missing process (PDF 148KB)

The process for referrals if you suspect a child is at risk of sexual exploitation.


Walsall Children with Disabilities Team (Weblink)

The team offers a social work assessment and care planning service for children and young people aged 0-18 years with 'permanent and substantial' (Equality Act 2010). Below are details of the eligibility criteria for accessing the team and details of the assessment of need matrix that they use.