Local Keywords

Children in Hospital

Children in hospital are particularly vulnerable and should be cared for in an appropriate location and in an environment that is safe and well suited to the age and stage of development of the child.


The term Keyworker is used to describe the social worker responsible for a child who is subject to a multi-agency Child Protection Plan.

Paediatric Assessment

In this manual, the term Medical Assessment is used to refer to a Paediatric Assessment which is carried out as part of the Section 47 Enquiry.

School Nurse

School Nurses work as part of a team of professionals from Health and Education; with their skills and knowledge of child health and development, they are able to promote, assess and monitor the health needs of children and young people. This is done in partnership with the child, parent or carer to enable each child to reach their full potential.

Single Asssessment

This Single Assessment has replaced Initial and Core Assessments as the means by which Children's Social Care will, following acceptance of a referral, determine whether the child is in need and the nature of any services required. Across the five authorities which make up the West Yorkshire Consortium, the Single Assessment is known as:

  • Bradford – Bradford Single Child Assessment;
  • Calderdale – Child and Family Single Assessment;
  • Kirklees – Single Assessment;
  • Leeds – Child and Family Assessments;
  • Wakefield – Single Assessment.