What is Pre-birth Safeguarding?
When supporting prospective parents through antenatal care, professionals should be alert to any concerns regarding parents' capacity to care for their baby. Where any concerns arise, professionals must take action. Midwives complete a Midwifery Safeguarding Assessment which may result in an Early Help Assessment Plan or a referral to the Integrated Referral Hub. Other professionals or anyone with concerns, can also make a referral to the Integrated Referral Hub.
Like any safeguarding concern, referrals regarding pre-birth concerns should be made without delay. The earlier the assessment, the more opportunity to build positive relationships with parents and offer effective support and guidance ahead of the birth.
Use the flowchart below to aid decision-making.