Once social work and the police have agreed a joint investigation is necessary they must have an initial referral discussion IRD. This may:
- identify that further information is needed, or
- that further checks need to be carried out, or
- it may identify immediate risks, in which case urgent action will be needed.
An Initial Referral Discussion IRD is an agreed procedure between health, social work and police whereby in every child protection investigation the responsible social worker will phone the relevant health child protection advisors who will start to gather and share additional health information on the child/ren and adult/s available from data searches across health record systems.
See flowchart below: