The map below provides a detailed overview of the child protection system in England and its various entry points. Note that the stages of this process as reflected in the map do not necessarily follow on from each other. For instance, you do not need to complete a CAF form to make a referral to children’s services. Similarly, a child in the child protection system will not always be subject to a court order.
For information on the CP system in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales visit the NSPCC Inform website.
To find out more about each of the topics included in the map, click on the corresponding heading in the list below.