Escalation: Resolving Professional Differences

Safeguarding children and adults is a complex process that requires collaborative working across a range of professions and disciplines. At times there may be disagreement about the best course of action to take, and the need to resolve professional differences through proportionate use of escalation. The purpose of the Safeguarding Partnership Escalation Policy is to provide a framework for practitioners and managers across the whole professional network to resolve professional differences. 

Reviews of practice frequently identify the need for practitioners to make use of escalation. All agencies are responsible for ensuring that their staff are competent and supported to escalate appropriately intra-agency and inter-agency concerns and disagreements about a child or adult’s wellbeing.