Information for professionals

If you are unsure whether to make a referral, please have a discussion with the designated child protection officer within your organisation.

For all general enquiries please continue to call 0345 140 0845 between 8am and 6pm.

If you would like to have a consultation with a social worker prior to making a referral through to Children’s Social Care call the MASH Team on 0151 934 4388.

Once you have determined that a referral is required, please complete the online Child Referral Form. Upon completion, this form is automatically submitted. It should be noted that the form may time out, to prevent you losing information and to prepare you for what information is required see the ”Child Referral Form - Example". If, after referring to this example, you still require further assistance you can speak to a MASH Contact Officer on the following numbers 0151 934 3801/2533/4200/3596.

For urgent advice/response outside of office hours (from 5.30pm Mon to Thurs, 4pm Friday and weekends) contact the emergency duty team on 0151 920 8234. If you think a child is in immediate danger then call for police assistance.

For more information about the safety of children and young people see the Sefton Safeguarding Children Board website.

Child Sexual Exploitation

For referrals specifically in relation to concerns about Child Sexual Exploitation, please also complete the following two forms, in addition to the Child Referral form and securely email them to

CSE referral form (word 94KB)
Referral risk assessment form (word 632KB)

Last Updated on 24 January 2017