Professionals: Children's social care referrals

Children at risk (MARF referrals)

Referrals by professionals

In an emergency

Call the Police on 999.

Urgent concerns about a child

If you are a professional with an urgent child protection concern and need to tell us about it, please make an immediate referral by calling Careline on 0151 233 3700.

You will then be asked to follow up your call by submitting an online Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) using the button below. You will receive an automated acknowledgement once the MARF has been successfully submitted which will include a unique reference number.

Please note you will not be able to submit a MARF until all mandatory fields have been completed.

Read our privacy notice which tells you how we use your data.

Submit a MARF online

How to assess a child's levels of need

Our online tool will help you assess a child’s levels of need.

Use the online levels of need slider

Report a concern about an adult who works with children

If you have concerns about adult an who works with children and believe they may have caused, or could cause them harm, please contact us.

Our Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) is responsible for coordinating a response to any concerns you report to us.

Although our LADO works in children’s services, they also give advice and guidance to employers, organisations and other individuals in Liverpool. In the first instance, please contact us and tell us you require LADO advice.

Liverpool Safeguarding Children Partnership

Find out what we are doing in Liverpool to protect children and improve their wellbeing by visiting the Liverpool Safeguarding Children Partnership website. The site has information and guidance for:

  • Professionals working with children and young people.
  • Parents and carers.
  • Young people.