We work closely with Reading Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) to ensure that children and young people are safeguarded from harm. RCVYS represents the views and safeguarding needs of the voluntary, community and faith sector on Reading LSCB.
Reading LSCB, in conjunction with the 5 other LSCBs representing the other Unitary Authorities in Berkshire, produces a set of child protection procedures for work within Berkshire. These are available to view online here.
Safeguarding Children training
Details of Safeguarding Children Training courses at a variety of levels in Reading, Wokingham and West Berkshire are available. Please click here for details of the latest training opportunities.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
For more information, visit their website here.
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child, please call the following numbers, or click here:
In an emergency, the Police can be contacted 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
Reading Borough Council Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Providing advice and a gateway for child protection referrals between 9am and 5pm during weekdays (except public holidays).
0118 937 3641
Wokingham Borough Council Referral & Assessment Team
West Berkshire Council – Referral & Assessment Team
Berkshire Children’s Social Care Emergency Duty Team
Providing a gateway for emergency child protection referrals between 5pm and 9am 365 days of the year.
01344 786 543
Reading Early Help Hub
The single ‘front door’ for all Early Help and Early Intervention referrals, which do not meet the threshold for Social Care.
0118 9376545 – www.reading.gov.uk/ehcontactform
LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer for Allegations Management)
Provides advice and management of allegations against members of staff and volunteers between 9am and 5pm during weekdays (except public holidays).
(Contact via Reading Borough Council’s Access & Assessment Team)
West Berkshire LADO
(Referral via West Berkshire’s R&A Team)
Other sources of Support & Advice:
0808 800 5000
Family Lives Parentline
0808 800 2222
Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS)
0845 120 45 50
Contact details updated February 2015