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When it may be necessary to contact statutory agenciesThe most important issue to keep in mind is that your sense of suspicion that a child or vulnerable adult is experiencing abuse should be related to the comprehensive definitions, behaviours and experiences of abuse—physical, emotional, neglect, bullying, sexual—that we listed in assessment criteria 4.3 and 4.4. However, bear also in mind these are broad and general categories and that in the real world rarely do behaviours clearly and neatly ‘fit’ one category. Therefore, you need to be constantly aware of the definitions, behaviours and experiences of abuse and be vigilant to spot and behaviours and experiences of abuse and be vigilant to spot and question them. If you do suspect, or sense, there is a serious issue, the rest of this assessment criterion is designed to give you advice as to what you should/could do.In the previous assessment criterion, a host of agencies with safeguarding responsibilities were presented. In fact, you might be forgiven for wondering why there are so many agencies with these safeguarding responsibilities. The simple and resounding answer is that in spite of these many agencies, abuse, neglect and serious harm to children, vulnerable adults and adults still occurs at alarming rates.orking together. Therefore, a key and fundamental theme underpinning all of these agencies is that many children and vulnerable adults can only be kept safe if the agencies—and us—all work together. In point of fact this ‘working together’ is such a strong theme in safeguarding children/vulnerable adults that a further agency was created after the Children Act (2004) to make sure that all local agencies work together—Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs). It’s not just working together that this board ensures, it’s also helping the agencies improve their collective services and enabling them to adapt their practices to become constantly more effective, so that fewer and fewer children are at risk or suffer from abuse.The point to make about the LSCBs is that while they work with the vast majority of the agencies that we listed on the previous assessment criterion, there stated aims are to support and promote the safeguarding procedures in all organisations working with children. They achieve this aim by providing advice and guidance in relation to your organisation’s safeguarding policies and procedures, and also by providing training courses for organisations in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.Obviously a key point about LSCBs is that they are local to specific communities and so will have their own addresses. However, the national network is an excellent reference point and will always be able to point you in the right direction, should you need that assistance. Therefore, the link to the national LSCB website is here: Click hereIn addition, because these LSCBs are local to specific communities, linking with your local LSCB is highly likely to give you more local knowledge of specific safeguarding issues in your community.Additional advice. In spite of the usefulness of this resource, it may be that you want advice before contacting them. If you have concerns, the general first point of contact should be your local social care team. However, be mindful that this agency is generally speaking extremely overworked, understaffed (and often undervalued). Also bear in mind that social care teams, by their nature, have to take every accusation or piece of evidence extremely seriously.Given the lack of resources and the serious nature of the work, in the first instance you may be better placed consulting with another key person. This person might be anyone who is better placed than you to know the child/vulnerable adult (e.g., teacher, head teacher, child protection officer at the school, priest, parent, guardian, youth worker, community leader etc…). Alternatively, you might consider getting advice form someone you trust to give sensible advice (colleague, line manager, duty