Information for Professionals


The email address for a referral is

This information is for professionals only.

If you are unsure whether to make a referral, please discuss your concerns with the designated child protection officer/ safeguarding lead within your organisation.

Prior to making a referral through to Children’s Services, if you would like to have a consultation with a Social Worker please call Sefton’s MASH Team on either 0151 934 4013/ 4481.

Please note a Child Referral Form should be completed in all cases unless you deem the child to be at risk of immediate significant harm to which MASH Contact Officers will receive information via the telephone in the first instance but following this a Child Referral Form must be completed. 

MASH Referral Form (word 363KB)
Information For Professionals (word 189KB)
MASH Information sharing working agreement 2020 (word 126KB)

Once you have completed the referral form please email it to:

You can view the 'Information for Professionals Working in Partnership to Safeguard Children in Sefton' document.

If you have any technical issues relating to the online referral form and your IT support is provided by Agilisys, please contact the Helpdesk to relay your issues on 0151 934 4999. If your IT is not provided by Agilisys, please contact your own internal IT provider. 

For sharing information on children and families within the Sefton Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) view the MASH information sharing working agreement.

For any out of hours advice/ emergencies (Mon – Thurs from 5.30pm, Fri from 5pm, weekends and bank holidays) please contact Sefton’s Emergency Duty Team on 0151 934 3555.

If you think a child is in immediate danger please call the Police.

Please call the Sefton Contact Centre for all general enquiries on 0345 140 0845.

Child Exploitation

For all referrals specially relating to Child Exploitation please complete the Multi Agency Screening Tool. Here is a helpful guide  on  when to complete a screening. This is in addition to the child referral form and securely email to:

Last Updated on Friday, March 3, 2023

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