A new mobile app, ‘the Child Protection and Safeguarding App’, uses simple flow diagrams to help professionals in England, without specific child protection expertise, to understand what a child protection concern is, when to report a child protection concern to Children’s Social Care, how to report a concern and what happens after a concern is reported. The app also includes a Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) finder.

The app was developed by sector skills council, Skills for Care and Development with co-investment from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills through the Employer Investment Fund.

Development was supported by sector employers and associations including The British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Essex County Council, CareTech Community Services; National Day Nurseries Association; Pre-school Learning Alliance, Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) and Safe Network.  The app includes information from the NSPCC and is informed by Working Together to Safeguard Children.

The smartphone app is available now from the Apple App Store https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/child-protection-safeguarding/id849020668?mt=8 and at Playstore https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.org.skillsforcareanddevelopment.safeguarding