Duty and Assessment team

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The Duty and Assessment Team (DAT) are the first point of contact for the public and professionals who are making referrals with concerns for children who are at risk of significant harm or who are children in need.

“There are good support networks with the coach mentor post for newly qualified social workers and support for those who may need additional support with practice issues” Social Worker

 

The team processes a variety of enquiries from requests for information and services to concerns about the welfare or safety of a young person between the ages of 0 – 18 years, including unborn children.

 

Normally the DAT only work with children and young people on a short term basis up to 12 weeks (maximum) after the initial referral. 

Cases transfer from the DAT to other teams usually at the conclusion of an assessment or at a conference or review if they are in need of longer term support from a social worker.

The team is based at the Information Station.

The Duty and Assessment Team (DAT) are the first point of contact for the public and professionals who are making referrals with concerns for children who are at risk of significant harm or who are children in need.