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Universal Health Checks form for Safeguarding

The Serious Case Review for Child F was undertaken in 2018 as a result of the death of Child F. The recommendations from this SCR highlighted again that information sharing was suboptimal. Multiple opportunities to safeguard Child F were missed due to suboptimal information sharing.

Social workers undertaking a social care assessment are expected to gather all relevant information on the child and relevant family members/carers. This information should be sought from all agencies, including general practices.

To facilitate this information gathering a Universal Health Check form is in use. The LMC has worked with the Safeguarding Boards to make these forms user friendly and brief. This form will be sent to practices for completion when a social worker is gathering information into safeguarding concerns. It is incumbent upon practices to complete these Universal Health Check forms to enable social workers to carry out their statutory duties. A copy of the UHC form is available in the attachment above for your use and information.