The importance of conducting pre-birth assessments has been highlighted by numerous research studies and Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews which have shown that children are most at risk of fatal and severe assaults in the first year of life, usually inflicted by their carers. Pre-Birth Assessment is a sensitive and complex area of work. The Bexley Pre-Birth Assessment protocol applies to all agencies but particularly to all Children’s Services staff (including Social Care and Education), Police, Health, Mental Health (including CAMHS, Perinatal Team and other mental health teams) and relevant Adult Services including Adult Social Care.

Read the protocol here.