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February 2019

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This contents list is sub divided into the following sections, each Section contains relevant Chapters/Procedures: (Click on the title to jump to the Section you require):

  1. Policy Framework
  2. The Local Safeguarding Children Board
  3. Managing Individual Cases where there are Concerns about a Child's Safety and Welfare - Procedures
  4. Managing Individual Cases where there are Concerns about a Child's Safety and Welfare - Flowcharts
  5. Children in Specific Circumstances
  6. Safe Workforce
  7. Individuals Who Pose a Risk to Children
  8. Complaints and Resolving Professional Differences
  9. Child Death
  10. Serious Case Reviews
  11. Learning and Improvement
  12. Regional Protocols
  13. Local Protocols
  14. Appendices

1. Policy Framework

1.1 Preface and Introduction  
1.2 Underlying Policy, Principles and Values  
1.3 Recognition of Significant Harm  
1.4 Responding to Abuse and Neglect  
1.5 Information Sharing and Confidentiality  
1.6 Early Help Assessment  
1.7 Multi-Agency Working  
1.8 LSCB Responding to Need  
1.9 Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families  
1.10 Family Group Conferences Updated
1.11 Legal Framework for Child Protection  
1.12 Good Practice Supporting the Voice of the Child  
1.13 Race, Ethnicity and Culture  
1.14 Use of Interpreters, Signers or Others with Communication Skills  

2. The Local Safeguarding Children Board

2.1 Local Safeguarding Children Board - Role and Function  
2.2 Agency Roles and Responsibilities  

3. Managing Individual Cases where there are Concerns about a Child's Safety and Welfare - Procedures

3.1 Referral, Investigation and Assessment  
3.2 Strategy Discussion / Child Protection Referrals – Safeguarding (s.47) Referrals  
3.3 Single Assessments (including Section 47 Enquiries)  
3.4 Initial Child Protection Conferences Updated
3.5 Implementation of the Child Protection Plan - Lead Social Worker and Core Group Responsibilities  
3.6 Child Protection Review Conferences Updated
3.7 Child Protection Conference Appeal  

4. Managing Individual Cases where there are Concerns about a Child's Safety and Welfare - Flowcharts

4.1 Careline Social Care Pathway (Local Flowchart) - to follow  
4.2 Careline Children's Referral Process (Local Flowchart)  
4.3 Careline Children's Services - Referral Process for Pre-Birth Assessment (Local Flowchart)  
4.4 Careline Children's Services: 'Missing / Absent Away from Care' and 'Found' - Notification Processes (Local Flowcharts)  

5. Children in Specific Circumstances

5.1 Abuse Linked to Spiritual and Religious Beliefs  
5.2 Abuse of Disabled Children  
5.3 Children who Abuse Others  
5.4 Bullying  
5.5 Child Abuse and the Internet  
5.6 Children and Families who go Missing  
  See also: Children Who Run Away or Go Missing from Home or Care Strategy  
5.7 Children in Custody  
5.8 Children Who Self Harm  
5.9 Children Living Away from Home (Including Children and Families Living in Temporary Accommodation)  
5.10 Children Moving Across Boundaries  
5.11 Complex (Organised or Multiple) Abuse  
5.12 Domestic Violence and Abuse  
5.13 Fabricated and Induced Illness  
5.14 Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Multi-Agency Protocol  
5.15 Forced Marriages  
5.16 Race and Racism  
5.17 Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation  
5.18 PAN Merseyside Multi-Agency Child Exploitation Protocol  
5.19 Children of Drug/Alcohol Misusing Parents  
5.20 Mental Illness of a Parent or Carer  
5.21 Working with Sexually Active Young People under the Age of 18  
5.22 Safeguarding Children Affected by Gang Activity and/or Serious Youth Violence  
5.23 Protection of Children from Harm on Licensed Premises  
5.24 Young Carers  
5.25 Abandoned Babies  
5.26 Children whose Behaviour Indicates a Lack of Parental Control  
5.27 Begging  
5.28 Licensing, Employment, Performance and Entertainment  
5.29 Safeguarding Children from Dangerous Dogs  
5.30 Safeguarding Children and Young people against Radicalisation and Violent Extremism  
5.31 Cross Border Child Protection Cases under the Hague Convention  

6. Safe Workforce

6.1 Safe Recruitment, Selection and Supervision of Staff Updated
6.2 Allegations Against Persons who Work with Children  

7. Individuals Who Pose a Risk to Children

7.1 Persons Identified as Posing a Risk to Children  
7.2 List of Relevant Offences  
7.3 Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)  
7.4 Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) - draft  
7.5 Visiting of Psychiatric Patients by Children  
7.6 Visiting of Prisons by Children Updated

8. Complaints and Resolving Professional Differences

8.1 LSCB Escalation Procedure  

9. Child Death

9.1 Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Childhood Protocol  
9.2 Child Death Overview Panel  
  See also: DfE, Child death reviews: forms for reporting child deaths  

10. Serious Case Reviews

10.1 Serious Case Reviews  
10.2 Serious Case Reviews: Features and Learning - to follow  

11. Learning and Improvement

11.1 Learning and Improvement Framework (LIF)  

12. Regional Protocols

12.1 Merseyside Forced Marriage & Honour Based Violence  

13. Local Protocols

13.1 Private Fostering
(Liverpool Children's Services Procedures Manual)
13.2 Liverpool Missing Children Policy  

14. Appendices

14.1 Local Contacts  
14.1 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
14.2 NICE Guidelines 'When to Suspect Child Maltreatment'  
14.3 GMC Guidance for Doctors ‘Protecting children and young people - the responsibilities of all doctors’ (GMC 2012)  
14.4 Amendments