Talk to us about a child or young person – practitioners

We have a dedicated Practitioners Advice and Guidance telephone number to share information about any concerns you have about a child or young person within the Bradford District or to make a referral.

Before making a referral

Prior to making a referral, all practitioners need to:

  • Speak with their Safeguarding Lead within their own organisation
  • Ask themselves “Have you done everything you can to help and support the family?”
  • Refer to the Continuum of Need document (PDF) on the Bradford Safeguarding Partnership Website
  • Contact the allocated Social Worker directly if Children’s Services are already working with the child or young person

Contact us

During office hours

Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm
Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm
Practitioners need to call us on 01274 433999

Out of office hours

Practitioners can share information or make a referral using our online forms.

If you are worried about a child and would like to make a referral out of hours or if you need some further information or advice, use our Children’s Services portal.

Emergency Duty team

Call our Emergency Duty team 01274 431010.

The Emergency Duty Team (for emergencies outside of office hours) will make an assessment, on the telephone, of any immediate need or risk and take appropriate action to ensure that child or young person is safe until the next working day.


If you have reason to believe that a child is at immediate risk of harm, contact the police on 101 or 999 for emergencies.

If you are not a practitioner

Please visit our talk to us about a child page for members of the public if you do not work or volunteer with children.