IRD (Inter Agency Referral Discussion)
In Fife the four core agencies engaged in the IRD process are Social Work Service, Police Scotland, Education and NHS Fife.
An IRD is not a single event, but rather a series of discussions and exchanges of information between Police, Social Work, Education and Health and any other service and/or agency which may be involved with the child and/or have relevant information relating to that child.
The possible outcomes from an IRD are as follow:-
- Single agency action
- Joint Investigative Interview (Police and Social Work)
- Specialist or Joint Paediatric Forensic Medical Examination
Further information is available in the Fife Inter agency Child Protection Guidance 2011 at the link below.