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Quick Guide

May 2017

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

This manual update incorporates a number of additions and amendments, which are summarised in the Amendments table. The Contents List also highlights where additions and changes have been made.


Contents

  1. Display and Browser Options
  2. Structure of the Manual
  3. Amendments and the Next Update
  4. How to Find a Chapter
  5. Terminology
  6. Keywords
  7. Compliance
  8. Copyright
  9. Printing and Retaining Copies


1. Display and Browser Options

In order to make this manual as accessible as possible, you can 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. This may be especially useful for people with a visual impairment.


2. Structure of the Manual

This manual contains the policies, procedures and guidance for the Pan Lancashire Consortium:

Blackburn with Darwen Local Safeguarding Children Board

Blackpool Safeguarding Children Board 

Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board

In this manual, all the Consortium’s Policies, Values and Principles are located in one Chapter, which users are required to familiarise themselves with before proceeding to the main body of the manual. This chapter is available from the left hand side of the screen, by clicking on the button, “Values”.

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 and the Next Update

This manual will be regularly updated. The next update will be issued in November 2017. There will be a planning meeting for the next update in September 2017. If you have any changes or additions which you wish to be included in the next update please send them to:

See also Procedure for Updating this Manual.

Amendments

Click here to view the Amendments made to this version of the manual

Editing Guide

If you have any queries or suggestions, please contact your Manager.


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. Female Genital Mutilation.

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

4.2 You can search for a Chapter

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' means 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.


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. 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 members of the Pan Lancashire Consortium.


9. 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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