Single Point of Access (SPA) team
Achieving for Children's Single Point of Access (SPA) allows professionals and/or families to refer a child, young person or parent/carer that needs support in some way by contacting our SPA Team. Referral is made by telephone or e-mail via the Kingston or Richmond Council websites.
However protecting children and young people from harm is one of the most important things we do. We are committed to ensuring that all children with additional needs are identified early, referred to appropriate services and monitored through effective information sharing between agencies and professionals. The Single Point of Access (SPA) acts as a central information hub. The SPA streamlines and rationalises any contact we receive, whether it is from a member of the public or a professional, relating to support, information and including child protection or safeguarding.
You can tell us about a child, young person or parent/carer that needs support in some way by contacting the SPA Team. You may be concerned about the child's developmental needs, issues that the parent or carer is experiencing, or you may suspect a child is being neglected or subjected to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse.
The location of the SPA is Guildhall 2, Kingston. Call 020 8547 5008 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, or 020 8770 5000 out of hours.
Call 999 if you think a child or young person is in immediate danger.
The Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership
The Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership KRSCP is a statutory body which is responsible for ensuring that all agencies working with children, young people and families work well together to promote children’s safety and welfare. The boards coordinate the work of local agencies and check their quality to ensure children’s safeguarding is effective.
The KRSCP monitors and reviews child protection and child safety policies, procedures and practices. They coordinate and provide inter-agency training for staff across the boroughs who work with children and families. Their job is to have an overview of how effectively children are safeguarded and identify improvements where necessary.
Local Partners in Kingston and Richmond have responded to the statutory changes outlined in the Wood Review by refreshing our local partnership safeguarding children arrangements. These arrangements were published in June 2019 and will came into full effect at the end of September 2019. The Partnership will now be known as Kingston and Richmond Safeguarding Children Partnership and will ensure that everyone working in Kingston and Richmond with children and their families, as outlined in Working Together 2018.