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Welcome to the Pan Lancashire Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Children Manual

May 2017

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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
  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. Professional Disagreements
  9. Child Death
  10. Serious Case Reviews
  11. Regional Protocols
  12. Local Protocols
  13. Safeguarding Policy Templates
  14. Appendices


1. Policy Framework

1.1 Preface and Introduction  
1.2 Underlying Policy, Principles and Values  
1.3 Recognition of Significant Harm Updated
1.4 Information Sharing and Confidentiality  
1.5 Common Assessment Framework  
1.6 Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families  
1.7 Legal Framework for Child Protection  
1.8 Use of Interpreters, Signers or Others with Communication Skills
See also chapter on Diversity in Part 5
 
1.9 Procedure for Updating this Manual  


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

3.1 Making a Referral to Children's Social Care  
3.2 Single Assessments - Assessments under Children Act 1989  
3.3 Strategy Discussions  
3.4 Section 47 Enquiries  
3.5 Initial Child Protection Conferences  
3.6 Developing the Child Protection Plan  
3.7 Child Protection Review Conferences  
3.8 Complaints in Relation to Child Protection Conferences  
3.9 Multi-Agency Pre-Birth Protocol Updated


4. Managing Individual Cases where there are Concerns about a Child's Safety and Welfare - Flowcharts. These flowcharts link directly to Chapter 1: Assessing Need and Providing Help of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

4.1 Action Taken When a Child is Referred to Local Authority Children's Social Care Services  
4.2 Immediate Protection  
4.3 Action Taken for an Assessment of a Child under the Children Act 1989  
4.4 Action Following a Strategy Discussion  
4.5 What Happens After the Child Protection Conference, including the Review Process?  


5. Children in Specific Circumstances

5.1 Abduction  
5.2 Alcohol Misusing Parents/Carers  
5.3 Bullying  
5.4 Child Sexual Exploitation - Pan Lancashire Standard Operating Protocol  
5.5 Children from Abroad (including Unaccompanied and Separated Children and the International Tracing and Messaging Service)  
5.6 Children Living Away from Home (including Children and Families living in Temporary Accommodation)  
5.7 Community, Voluntary and Faith Sector  
5.8 Complex (Organised or Multiple) Abuse  
5.9 Concealed Pregnancies New
5.10 Dangerous or Out of Control Pets  
5.11 Disabilities and Learning Difficulties  
5.12 Diversity  
5.13 Domestic Violence and Abuse Updated
5.14 Drug Misusing Parents/Carers  
5.15 Fabricated or Induced Illness  
5.16 Female Genital Mutilation  
5.17 Forced Marriages  
5.18 Gambling  
5.19 Gang and Group Activity  
5.20 Historical Abuse Allegations  
5.21 Honour Based Abuse  
5.22 Hospital Stays for Children Where there are Welfare Concerns  
5.23 International Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
5.24 Learning Difficulties and Disabilities of a Parent/Carer  
5.25 Licensed Premises  
5.26 Mental Illness of a Parent or Carer  
5.27 Missing Children and Families  
5.28 On-line Safeguarding  
5.29 Peer Abuse  
5.30 Private Fostering  
5.31 Radicalisation  
5.32 Religious Beliefs and Linked Abuse  
5.33 Safeguarding Children and Young People in the Youth Justice System  
5.34 Safeguarding Guidance for Early Years Settings  
5.35 Self-Harm or Suicidal Ideation  
5.36 Sexually Active Young People Under the Age of 18  
5.37 Trafficked Children and Modern Slavery Updated
5.38 Transfer Across Local Authority Boundaries  
5.39 Uncooperative Families  
5.40 Visiting Prisons  


6. Safe Workforce

6.1 Safe Recruitment, Selection and Supervision of Staff  
  See also: Support for Staff Following the Death of a Child  
6.2 Multi-Agency Standards for the Supervision of Staff  
6.3 Training and Development for Inter Agency Work  
6.4 Allegations Against Persons who Work with Children (including Carers and Volunteers)  
6.5 Developing a Whistleblowing Policy  


7. Individuals who Pose a Risk to Children

7.1 Persons Identified as Posing a Risk to Children Updated
7.2 Processes for Managing Risk Updated
7.3 Children Visiting Psychiatric Wards and Facilities  
7.4 Visiting of Prisons by Children  


8. Professional Disagreements

8.1 Resolving Professional Disagreements Updated


9. Child Death

9.1 Child Death Overview Panel  
9.2 The Management of Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Childhood (SUDC) *
*(Children aged under 18)
 
9.3 Support for Staff Following the Death of a Child  


10. Serious Case Reviews

10.1 Serious Case Reviews  


11. Regional Protocols

11.1 Joint Protocol - Children and Young People who Run Away and Go Missing from Home and Care  
11.2 Procedure for the Referral and Transition of Young People with Mental Health Problems into Lancashire Adult Mental Health Services  
11.3 Pan Lancashire Safer Sleeping Guidance for the Integrated Workforce  
11.3a NICE Clinical Guideline 37 – Postnatal Care up to 8 Weeks After Birth  
11.4 Pan-Lancashire Procedure for Children and Young People Who Display Sexually Harmful Behaviour Updated
  See also: Child Sexual Exploitation - Pan Lancashire Standard Operating Protocol  
11.5 Pan-Lancashire Procedure for the Supervision of Parents/Carers in Hospital Settings when there are Child Protection Concerns  
11.6 Child Sexual Exploitation Multi-Agency Strategy 2015- 2018  


12. Local Protocols

12.1

Blackburn with Darwen

 
12.1.1 Blackburn with Darwen Continuum of Need and Response Framework  
12.1.2 Common Assessment Framework Form (CAF)  
12.1.3 Procedures and Protocol for Children Missing from or not Receiving a Suitable Education  
12.1.4 E-Safety Charter  
12.1.5 E-Safety Policy and Guidance  
12.1.6 Notifications And Transfer Of Children Subject To Child Protection Plans Moving From/To Other Local Authority Areas  
12.1.7 Blackburn with Darwen Safeguarding Disabled Children  
12.1.8 Resolving Inter-Agency Disagreements - Protocol for the Resolution of Professional Disagreement Between Agencies Working with Children in Blackburn with Darwen  
12.1.9 Blackburn with Darwen LSCB Information Sharing Protocol  
12.1.10 Information for Parents and Carers about Bruising or Injuries to Immobile Children Leaflet  
12.1.11 Blackburn with Darwen Children’s Social Needs and Risk – Local Assessment Protocol  
12.1.12 Referral Form for Consideration of a Case Review  

   

12.2

Blackpool

 
12.2.1 Thresholds  
12.2.2 Getting it Right Forms and Information (BlackpoolSafeguarding.org)  
12.2.3 Core Group Guidance  
12.2.4 Cessation of a Child Protection Plan for Looked After Children  
  See also: Private Fostering Procedure  
12.2.5 Notifications And Transfer Of Children Subject To Child Protection Plans Moving From/To Other Local Authority Areas  
12.2.6 Confidential Report for Child Protection Case Conference  
12.2.7 Multi Agency Guidance for Completing Case Conference Reports  
12.2.8 Children Missing From or Not Receiving a Suitable Education  

12.2.9

Children at Risk of Sexual Harm

 
  Pathway for Assessing Children and Carers at Risk of Sexual Harm  
  Risk of Sexual Harm Consultation Form  
  Guidance and Purpose of Risk of Sexual Harm Consultation Form  
12.2.10 Blackpool Safeguarding website - Safeguarding Children: E-Safeguarding  
12.2.11 Safeguarding Children and Young People in Leisure Services – Policy and Implementation Procedures  
12.2.12 Blackpool Children’s Services Concerns Resolution Protocol - to follow  
12.2.13 Practice Guidance: Medical Examinations for Children Suspected of Being Abused  
12.2.14 Assessing the Impact of Alcohol Use on Children and Families: Signposting Guidance for Practitioners who Work with Parents and Carers  
12.2.15 E-Safety Social Media Guidance For Those Who Work With Children, Young People And Adults Who May Be At Risk  

   

12.3

Lancashire

 
12.3.1 Lancashire Continuum of Need and Thresholds Guidance  
12.3.2 Common Assessment Framework (CAF) Form  
12.3.3 Team Around the Family (TAF) Form  
12.3.4 Early Support - Request for Support Form  
12.3.5 E-Safety Strategy  
12.3.6 Multi-Agency Neglect Strategy  
12.3.7 Lancashire Child Protection Conference Complaints and Appeals Procedure  
12.3.8 Problem Resolution Protocol for Children and Young People Subject of a Child Protection Plan  
12.3.9 Notifications And Transfer Of Children Subject To Child Protection Plans Moving From/To Other Local Authority Areas  
12.3.10 Handle with Care: A Guide to Keeping Baby Safe  
12.3.11 Risk Assessments Toolkit for Younger Children  
12.3.12 Risk Assessment Toolkit for Older Children and Young People  
12.3.13 Risk Assessment Template  
12.3.14 Strategy Meeting Agenda  
12.3.15 Strategy Meeting Decision Sheet  
12.3.16 Guidance on the Use of Written Agreements by Social Care Staff  
12.3.17 Safeguarding Children Referral Form  
12.3.18 Safeguarding Children Referral Form Guidance  


13. Safeguarding Policy Templates

  The Safe Network Website - Help with writing child protection policies and procedures (This redirects to the NSPCC website)  

13.1

Blackpool

 
  13.1.1 Template Safeguarding Children Policy for Organisations  
  13.1.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People "Self Audit Tool"  
  13.1.3 Policies for Schools/Educational Settings  

13.2

Blackburn with Darwen

 
  13.2.1 Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Policy (Schools Template Policy)  

13.3

Lancashire - to follow

 


14. Appendices

14.1 Local Contact Details Updated
14.2 Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
14.3 NICE Guidelines 'When to suspect child maltreatment'  
14.4 Protecting Children and Young People – the Responsibilities of all Doctors (GMC 2012)  
14.5 Amendments  

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