All referrals are received into the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) team who will triage referrals and make decisions about the most appropriate service for the child and young person.

Needs are met by universal services

You do not need to make a referral if the child or young person's need is being met by universal services – for example, their GP or school.

Low level support

If the child or young person has additional needs that are not being met by universal services, or they are vulnerable to abuse or neglect you will need to tick 'Early Help' in the SPOC referral form. SPOC will then assess and triage the referral to Early Help Family Solutions, if appropriate.

Multiple and complex needs

You will need to submit the SPOC referral and tick either:

  • Children Social Care (CSC) – if it's a concern over the child or young person's safety
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service – for example, they're suffering from anxiety, depression or have emotional and behavioural difficulties

Immediate need or danger

If there is an immediate threat to life or the child's safety, you should call the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) team immediately or call 999.

Single Point of Contact (SPOC)
Phone: 0208 255 2888
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Within 3 hours of the call, you must submit an immediate SPOC referral to Children Social Care (CSC).

If you experience difficulties contacting the SPOC on the number above, please email your referral to and mark the email as urgent.

Out of hours contact for urgent concerns

If you need an immediate response at night or on a weekend, you'll be put through to an operator who will take basic information and then pass this on to a social worker to contact you.

We are currently experiencing some telephony problems. If you cannot get through to the Emergency Duty Team via the number below, please email.

Emergency Duty Team
Telephone: 0208 726 6000 
Monday to Friday, 5pm to 9am
Weekends and bank holidays, 24 hours

For children outside of the Croydon area

All notifications of looked after children placed in Croydon should be sent to:

    If you're not sure what level of intervention is needed

    If you are unsure about whether or not to make a referral, or which service will best help the family and safeguard the child you can:

    • consult your safeguarding lead
    • call the SPOC consultation line
    • refer to the Croydon's Safeguarding Children Board Threshold document

    View or download the Croydon's Safeguarding Children Board Threshold document (PDF, 1.1MB)

    Consultation line

    If you need professional advice on whether or not your should submit a referral, you can call our SPOC consultation line.

    Before you contact, make sure:

    • the case isn't already allocated to another social work and,
    • the child lives in Croydon

    SPOC consultation line
    Telephone: 020 8726 6464
    Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

    Children social care service information

    To see more information about each service, visit: