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Managing immediate concerns about the safety of a child

The safety of the child at risk is paramount. Therefore:

Example: Medical staff in a hospital are concerned that the discharge of a child to their parents may put the child at immediate risk of harm.

Example: The parents of a child who is in hospital are threatening to remove the child. Hospital staff believe this would place the child in immediate physical danger.

Example: An adolescent, during a contact visit, is threatening to attack his mother and young brother with a knife. He is also threatening staff who have entered the room.