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May 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
LSCB Escalation Procedure This chapter has been updated.

March 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Agency Roles and Responsibilities Updated links have been added to section 6 Early Years (Day Care Providers and Child Minders) with regard to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) and a link to Ofsted Guidance: ‘Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings (2016)’ was added. This states that during term time, or when the setting is in operation, the designated safeguarding lead or an appropriately trained deputy should be available during opening hours for staff to discuss safeguarding concerns.
Children Moving Across Boundaries

This chapter has been amended by linking to updated:

  • North West ADCS Protocols: North West Children in Need Moving across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure;
  • North West Notification and Transfer of Children Subject of Child Protection Plans across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure; and
  • North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure.
Domestic Violence and Abuse This chapter has been updated in March 2018 by adding a link to Domestic Abuse: A Resource for Health Professionals (DoH, 2017) (see Relevant Guidance).
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Multi-Agency Protocol

This chapter has been amended to update the GOV.UK guidance ‘Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM’.

This links to ‘Female genital mutilation risk and safeguarding: guidance for professionals (2016)’ but also includes the ‘FGM risk assessment templates’; ‘FGM safeguarding and risk assessment: quick guide for health professionals’, and ‘FGM safeguarding pathway’ (flowchart).

These documents provide guidance to support an NHS organisation when they are developing or reviewing safeguarding policies and procedures around female genital mutilation (FGM).

They can be used by health professionals from all sectors, particularly designated and named safeguarding leads, and local safeguarding children board members. It is based on existing best practice within the NHS.

They have been developed in partnership with health and social care professionals, and professional bodies.
Safeguarding Children from Abroad

This chapter has been amended in to add links to current guidance 'Care of unaccompanied migrant children and victims of modern slavery (November 2017) (statutory guidance)' and 'DfE/Home Office, Safeguarding Strategy Unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children, (November 2017)'. (See Related Guidance).

In addition, a link has been added to Coram Children’s Legal Centre ‘Supporting asylum-seeking children joining their family under the Dublin Regulation Factsheet’ (See Section 2, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)).
Safeguarding Children and Young People who may have been Trafficked

This chapter has been amended to update the links and Guidance: DfE, Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery (November 2017); NCA Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU); Royal College of Nurses, Modern Slavery, guide for nurses and midwives (2017). (See Related Guidance).

Section 8, International and UK Legislation has also been updated to reflect more current legislation and guidance, viz. Modern Slavery Act (2015); NCA Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU); Immigration Act (2016).
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation

A new Section ’Further Information’ was created to separate additional information/resources from statutory and local guidance. New links were added in this section to:

  • The Centre of expertise on Child Sexual Abuse – Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation;
  • Child sexual exploitation: Practice Tool (2017) (open access) - further background information about child sexual exploitation and additional commentary around some of the complexities of practically responding to the issue;
  • Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: A Resource Pack for Councils;
  • Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse; Child sexual exploitation: Practice Tool (2017) (open access);
  • National Crime Agency, Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU);
  • College of Policing, Responding to Child Sexual Exploitation;
  • The Children’s Commissioner, Preventing Child Sexual Abuse; Barnardo’s, Child sexual Exploitation - resources and research on Child Sexual Exploitation.
Please reference.
Safeguarding Children Affected by Gang Activity and/or Serious Youth Violence This chapter has been updated to include a link to the National Crime Agency report County Lines Gang Violence, Exploitation and Drug Supply (2016) in ‘Relevant Guidance’. Further text was added to Section 2, Gang Activity to define the use of ‘county lines’ by organised criminal groups.
Safeguarding Children from Dangerous Dogs This chapter has been updated by adding a link to ‘Institute of Health Visiting, Parent Tips – Keeping babies and children safe around dogs in the home’. Please reference.
Child Death Overview Panel

This chapter was updated by adding a link to 'The Royal College of Pathologists and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy and Childhood - Multi-agency Guidelines for Care and Investigation' (see Relevant Links).

This is a revision of the 2004 report and encompasses the statutory duties of individual professionals and agencies to investigate all sudden and unexpected deaths in infancy and childhood with due thoroughness, care and compassion, according to 'Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children' (Department for Education, 2015) and best evidence.

These guidelines have been produced with input from all professional groups involved in the investigation of sudden unexpected death in infancy and childhood, and are based on the best current international research.
Serious Case Reviews This chapter has been updated to reflect ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015’ which says that reviews of serious cases should be led by individuals who are independent of the case under review and of the organisations whose actions are being reviewed. See Section 5, Appointing Reviewers.

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