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September 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Childhood Protocol This Merseyside Joint Agency Protocol has been amended and updated. Please reference as required.
Removed Chapters
  • Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Infancy Protocol.

August 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Early Help Assessment This chapter has been significantly amended to link to Liverpool’s Early Help Assessment Tool (EHAT). See Section 3, Links to Related Documents. The link provides access to Practitioner Information and FAQ for practitioners, as well as The Early Help Presentations. Please re-reference.
Initial Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been updated to confirm that the child’s social worker who has met the child should attend the ICPC unless unavailable and delay would be detrimental. The Team Manager should discuss this with the chair of the Conference (see Section 5, Who Should Attend?).
Careline Children's Referral Process (Local Flowchart) This updated flowchart has been significantly changed to reflect the current processes, notably the issue of gaining consent. Please re-reference.
Careline Children's Services - Referral Process for Pre-Birth Assessment (Local Flowchart) This updated flowchart has been significantly amended to ensure that the ‘pregnancy at 12 weeks’ matter is considered much further along the process and that concerns, irrespective of the dates around the pregnancy, are fully evaluated at the point of referral. The consideration of Early Help is also identified. Please re-reference.
Careline Children's Services: 'Missing / Absent Away from Care' and 'Found' - Notification Processes (Local Flowcharts) The Missing /Absent Process flowchart has been updated, whilst the Found Process Flowchart is introduced in to this chapter that combines both processes.
Abuse Linked to Spiritual and Religious Beliefs This chapter has been updated to acknowledge that so-called honour based violence and forced marriage can be associated with spiritual and religious beliefs (see Section 5, Forms of Abuse). A link has also been added to ‘CPS, Honour-Based Violence and Forced Marriage’.
Safeguarding Children Affected by Gang Activity and/or Serious Youth Violence This chapter has been updated and amended to add the 'Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines guidance (Home Office, 2017)', see Relevant Guidance. This guidance outlines what county lines (and associated criminal exploitation) is, signs to look for in potential victims, and what to do about it. Information has also been added throughout to describe how organised criminal groups exploit young people and use them to distribute money and illegal drugs along ‘county lines’.
Safeguarding Children from Dangerous Dogs This chapter has been updated to add some emphasis to the importance of professionals making routine enquiries regarding dogs in the household whenever they are working with children and families. See Section 1, Aims of this Guidance; Section 3, The Dog and the Child and Section 5, Practitioner Guidance. Please re-reference.
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) This chapter has been updated by adding an updated link to the Ministry of Justice MAPPA Guidance.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
LSCB Responding to Need This chapter has replaced a previous, similar chapter to provide a very accessible resource to key information and concepts that are cornerstones to safeguarding children. Note the ‘Safeguarding Windscreen’ and ‘Level Indicators’ have been updated.
Please reference.
Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation

This procedure is concerned with children arriving into the UK:

  • Alone;
  • In the care of adults who, whilst they may be their carers, have no Parental Responsibility for them;
  • In the care of adults who have no documents to demonstrate a relationship with the child;
  • In the care of agents.

This is a broad cohort of children, and it may include (but is not limited to) children who have been subject to trafficking and/or modern slavery, and/or may have been exposed to the additional risks of commercial, sexual or domestic exploitation. It may also include children who have been trafficked internally within the UK.

Part 1 of this chapter covers issues which will apply across this cohort.

Part 2 of this chapter covers the additional issues which will apply where children are identified as being potential victims of trafficking and/or modern slavery.
PAN Merseyside Multi-Agency Child Exploitation Protocol This chapter recognises both criminal and sexual exploitation of children and young people as an overarching term – which is used throughout the chapter. It seeks to establish a set of multi-agency principles for tackling Child Exploitation across Merseyside and recognises links with other safeguarding issues such as trafficking and radicalisation.
It is supported by a number of Appendices which includes a Multi-Agency Assessment Tool, Referral Form and Information Sharing Agreement.
Liverpool Missing Children Policy This chapter replaces a similar chapter dealing with missing children and has the most up to date definition of missing and absent from the Police College as relevant in Liverpool. The Children’s Services responsibilities and actions are defined by the length and frequency of the child missing and their status in terms of being children in need, subject to a child protection plan or looked after. The chapter also has useful appendices including: a process flowchart; police contacts; a return interview form with guidance and a Missing Strategy Meeting Proforma.
Please reference.

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