Information for professionals

Key local information

When making a referral practitioners can identify a child’s / young person’s level of need and indicate what the most appropriate referral pathway is to access and meet those need by referencing the SSCP Multi Agency Guide to our Thresholds of Need

How to make a referral to Children’s Services

If you are worried about a child – report your concerns

Emergency: If a child is in immediate danger or left alone, you must contact the police or call an ambulance on 999.

If this is a new Child in Need or Child Protection referral then please:

  • ring Together for Children Sunderland ICRT 0191 561 7007
  • complete the Referral to Social Care form sending it to

Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team

0191 520 5552 – after office hours, weekends and on public holidays, please contact the Emergency Duty Team for immediate child protection concerns

Early Help Assessments

To make a request for additional Early Help support, please send a Registration and Consent Form, signed by the parent, and your current Early Help Plan and any Reviews to:

For enquiries about Early Help Assessments please ring: 0191 561 4084