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 2016 at the link below.



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