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Quick Guide

February 2017

This 'Quick Guide' must be read before accessing the body of the manual.


Contents

  1. Display and Browser Options
  2. Structure of the Manual
  3. Amendments
  4. How to find a Chapter
  5. Terminology
  6. Keywords
  7. Compliance
  8. Register for Updates
  9. Copyright
  10. Printing and Retaining Copies


1. Display and Browser Options

People with a visual impairment may have difficulty accessing this Manual.

To change the size of the text/layout - please use these accessibility buttons

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which are on menu bar on the left side of every screen. Click a larger button to increase your text size, the very largest being high visibility mode.


2. Structure of the Manual

This manual contains the policies, procedures and guidance for Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board.

The underlying Policies, Values and Principles for the Board are located in a Chapter called 'Values' - available from the left hand side of the screen. Users are required to familiarise themselves with this chapter before proceeding to the main body of the Manual.

Procedures and Guidance 'Procedures' summarise how Managers and Staff must act in given circumstances. 'Guidance' provides direction or advice to a decision or course of action.


3. Amendments

Amendments Table

The table of amendments includes a comprehensive list of the updated and new chapters for this edition of the manual and the nature of the amendments.

Click here to view details of updates made to this manual.

Updates to this manual

The next update to the manual is due in August 2017, and a planning meeting for that update will take place approximately 12 weeks before.

If you wish any amendments or additions to be included in an update, please send the information to Jacqueline.taylor2@liverpool.gov.uk.


4. How to find a Chapter

Procedures and guidance are located in individual 'Chapters' which are available from a 'traditional' Contents List - on the left hand side of the screen.

4.1 Using the Contents List

Chapters are categorised or grouped together as follows:

PARTS: The manual contains procedures categorised under a number of Parts, like 'Managing individual Cases where there are concerns about a Child's Safety and Welfare'.

CHAPTERS: Under each Part, you'll find individual Chapters/Procedures e.g. Single Assessments.

If you are not sure which service or section to look in, try 'Search' which will help you identify specific Chapters and sub headings within Chapters


5. Terminology

We believe it is crucial to use consistent terminology, which we agree with individual customers, for example:

'Child' or 'Young Person' Both these terms are used to mean any child under the age of 18
'Staff' or 'Carer' Means all Staff and Carers (including) whether employed or not
'Parent' Includes person with Parental Responsibility
'Regulatory Authority' Regulatory Authority is the generic term used in this manual to describe the independent regulatory body responsible for inspecting and regulating services e.g. Ofsted.
'Social Worker' This means the worker allocated to the child/family. If there is no allocated worker, the Duty Social Worker or Team Manager is responsible.


6. Keywords

The manual is accessed by practitioners from varying agencies, who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a large glossary (Keywords) of terms is available such as Significant Harm (Try it: click on the highlighted text). We call them 'Keywords'. Once clicked, the definitions will appear in a new window or tab, depending on your browser. You can leave it open for reference, or close it using the "close" button at the bottom.

Many Keywords are highlighted in the body of procedures, but you can search for the Keyword you need: Go to the Keywords Index, on the left hand side of the screen.


7. Compliance

7.1 Regulatory Compliance

Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or mistakes, please alert your manager.


8. Register for Updates

If you ‘Register for Updates' by clicking on the blue button on the left hand tab, you will be notified by email whenever any updates are made to the manual. You will also receive our regular Policy Briefings.


9. Copyright

The content of this website can be accessed, printed and downloaded in an unaltered form, on a temporary basis, for personal study or reference purposes. However any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in whole or in part in any manner or in or on any media to any person without the prior written consent of tri.x and Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board.


10. Printing and Retaining Copies

The Manual should normally be viewed on line but can be printed, for reference only.

To print a chapter, click on the print icon icon which is in the top right hand corner of the relevant procedure

Please note, the Manual will be updated regularly, so staff should avoid retaining printed versions - hard copies are only valid for 72 hours.

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