This chapter considers the experiences of school staff in relation to information gathering and decision making regarding safeguarding, including making a referral to children’s social care services. It first considers how staff in schools collect and share information regarding children they are concerned about within school. Advice and support available to schools to support this decision making, including through multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASHs), threshold documents, and from local authority education safeguarding leads are discussed in the second section. Then the process of making a referral and the experiences of schools’ staff in doing so are considered. The final section considers schools’ perceptions of rising threshold levels for children’s social care in the context of austerity and increased pressure on children’s social care.
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