Procedures Manual

Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures Manual Contents

1. Policy Framework

1.1 Introduction
1.2 Underlying Policy, Principles and Values
1.3 Recognition of Significant Harm
1.4 Family Support Process and Forms (Previously Common Assessment Framework)
1.5 Assessment Framework
1.6 Statutory Framework (Appendix B – Working Together 2015)
1.7 Information Sharing and Confidentiality 
1.8 GDPR Guidance & Notices
1.9 Norfolk Thresholds 

2. The Safeguarding Children Partnership

2.1 Local Safeguarding Children Partnership – Role and Function
2.2 Agency Roles and Responsibilities 
2.3 Voluntary Agencies and Sports, Cultural and Recreational Activities

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

3.1 Referrals
3.2 Sharing Information to Safeguard Children
3.3 Norfolk Local Assessment Protocol
3.4 Strategy Discussions
3.5 Child Protection Enquiries – Section 47 Children Act 1989
3.6 Initial Child Protection Conferences
3.7 Recording that a Child is the Subject of a Child Protection Plan
3.8 Transfer in Child Protection Conferences
3.9 Implementation of the Child Protection Plan – Lead Social Worker and Core Group Responsibilities
3.10 Child Protection Review Conferences
3.11 Video Interviews/Achieving Best Evidence 
3.12 Protocol for undertaking dynamic joint assessments by Children’s Services Social Care Workers, Health Practitioners and Midwives
3.13 Child Protection Medical Examinations including injuries to non-mobile children
3.14 Managing Concerns about Children and Young People (C&YP) where there are Medical and/or Complex Health issues and Escalating Safeguarding Concerns
3.15 Framework to Support Multi-agency Working Together in Norfolk
3.16 Joint Agency Group Supervision Procedure

4. Flowcharts from Working Together 2018 – Managing Individual Cases Where there are Concerns about a Child’s Safety and Welfare

4.1 Flowchart 1: Action taken when a child is referred to local authority children’s social care services
4.2 Flowchart 2: Immediate protection
4.3 Flowchart 3: Action taken for an assessment of a child under the Children Act 1989
4.4 Flowchart 4: Action following a strategy discussion
4.5 Flowchart 5: What happens after the child protection conference, including the review?
4.6 Flowchart 6: Children returning home from care to their families

5. Children in Specific Circumstances

5.1 Abuse by Children and Young People who Display Sexually Harmful Behaviour
5.2 Abuse Linked to Spiritual and Religious Beliefs
5.3 Abuse of Disabled Children
5.4 Intimate Care Good Practice Guidelines
5.5 Allegations of Harm Arising from Under Age Sexual Activity
5.6 Bullying
5.7 Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology 
5.8 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Child Sexual Exploitation: Policy, Procedures and Guidance
5.9 Complex (Organised or Multiple) Abuse
5.10 Fabricated or Induced Illness
5.11 Children and Young People who Misuse Substances
5.12 Children from Abroad (including Migrant Children and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children)
5.13 Children Living Away from Home (including Children and Families living in Temporary Accommodation)
5.14 Female Genital Mutilation
5.15 Forced Marriages and Honour Based Violence
5.16 Harm to Animals and Possible Implications for Children (IA Issues)
5.17 Safeguarding Welfare of Norfolk Children and Young People in Police Custody and the Secure Estate
5.18 Pre-Birth Protocol
5.19 Guidance On Safeguarding Individuals Vulnerable To Radicalisation
5.20 Safeguarding Children and Young People Who May be Affected by Gang Activity
5.21 Self Harm
5.22 Children at risk of suicide
5.23 Neglect
5.24 Safeguarding Response to Obesity when Neglect is an Issue
5.25 Practice Guidance for the Effective Safeguarding of Children from Minority Ethnic, Cultural and Faith Communities, Groups and Families
5.26 Cross Border Child Protection Cases
5.27 Joint Protocol between Health Services & Schools in respect of the management of pupil absence from school when medical reasons are cited

6. Children and Families Who Go Missing or Who Don’t Engage: Off or Under the Radar

6.1 Children Missing from Care and Home
6.2 Children Missing from Education
6.3 Safeguarding Children and Young People who may have been Trafficked
6.4 Families Who Go Missing Where Safeguarding Concerns Exist
6.5 Children and Families Moving Across Boundaries
6.6 Safeguarding Foreign National Children Who Go Missing

7. Complex Families and Working with Parents/Carers

7.1 Children At Risk Where A Parent/Carer Has a Learning Disability
7.2 Children At Risk Where A Parent Has A Mental Health Problem
7.3 Children of Parents who Misuse Substances
7.4 Domestic Violence and Abuse
7.5 Reluctant and Hostile Families

8. Safer Workforce

8.1 Safer Recruitment Guidance
8.2 Safer Working Practice, Supervision and Culture
8.3 Allegations Against Persons who Work with Children

9. Individuals who Pose a Risk to Children

9.1 Risks Posed by People with Convictions Against Children
9.2 Home Office Circular 15/2005 – Guidance on Offences Against Children (Including List of Offences)
9.3 Children’s Visits to Prisons/Special Hospitals/Psychiatric Units – Relevant Government Orders and Circulars

10. Complaints and Professional Disagreements

10.1 Complaints and Appeals
10.2 Resolving Professional Disagreements
10.3 Raising Concerns At Work: Whistleblowing Guidance for Workers and Employers in Health and Social Care

11. Management of Unexpected Child Death

11.1 Managing Child Deaths
11.2 Reviewing All Childhood Deaths

12. Learning and Improvement

12.1 Learning and Improvement (Including Serious Case Reviews)