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Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards' Procedures Manual

Amendments

December 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Child Protection Conferences

This procedure has been revised to reinforce the following practice points:

  • When a child is being returned to carers in whose care the significant harm originally occurred, a Child Protection Plan should be considered appropriate for a minimum of 6 months. If the child is placed out of county notification should also be sent to the host authority;
  • When a child, who is the subject of a Child Protection Plan and is also Looked After by the Local Authority, is being returned to the circumstances where there were previous concerns around their care, an early review of the Child Protection Plan may be appropriate and should be discussed with relevant managers. In these circumstances, a Child Protection Plan should be considered appropriate for a minimum of 6 months.

Implementation of Child Protection Plans

This procedure has been updated to reinforce the following practice point:

  • When a child is being returned to carers in whose care the significant harm originally occurred, a Child Protection Plan should be considered appropriate for a minimum of 6 months

September 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Investigating Complex (Organised or Multiple) Abuse

This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect learning from a local Serious Case Review. Section 3, Investigation is new and emphasises the importance of thorough planning, good inter-agency working, and attention to the welfare needs of the children victims or adult survivors involved when investigation complex and organised abuse cases. Additional detail has been added into Section 6 The Bronze Group (Frontline Staff and Managers) and Section 9, End of Enquiry/ Investigation Meeting and Report is also new.

 

July 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Providing Early Help

Section 8, Escalating Concerns and Differences in Professional Opinion, has been updated to include a new subsection on Professional Meetings.

The new subsection explains how professional meetings can be useful including to share information and to help determine the direction of a case or the plan for a child/young person. They can also be a useful way of resolving uncertainty and can be helpful when working with complex family concerns and/or extensive professionals/networks.

Guidance is also provided in relation to informing families about the professional meeting and the decisions and recommendations that were made. In line with other multi-agency meetings, professional meetings should be chaired by an appropriate person, have minutes taken along with clear actions/recommendations and review timescales.

The Family Safety Advice Guidance which has been written to support practitioners when completing the "Your family's safety advice" section of the Early Help Assessment has also been rewritten.

Child Protection Section 47 Enquiries

The Derby City and Southern Derbyshire; Local Guidance on Medical Examinations in Cases of Suspected Child Abuse (see Document Library) - which is linked from Section 9, Paediatric Assessments - has been reviewed and updated locally. The document sets out the procedure to be followed after a strategy discussion to include social care, police and health.

Child Protection Conferences

Section 14, Administrative Arrangements for Child Protection Conferences and Parents Recording Conferences has been updated to include a new subsection on Audio Recordings. This new subsection provides guidance for the Conference Chair when responding to requests from parents or carers to make an audio recording, and outlines some of the practical difficulties inherent in making audio recordings of meetings which concern sensitive and confidential information.

Abuse of Disabled Children

Information on how to make a referral contained in Section 2, Recognition and Assessment of the Child's Needs has been updated to reflect current local processes in Derby City and Derbyshire.

Child Abuse linked to Belief in Possession or Witchcraft

This guidance has been reviewed and updated as required.

Children Abused Through Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

This procedure has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated to reflect processes for responding to concerns in relation to CSE in Derby City and Derbyshire. The Child Sexual Exploitation Toolkit (found in the Documents Library) has been reissued and now covers both Derby City and Derbyshire. The toolkit contains information on indicators of CSE and vulnerabilities and  other CSE resources, including the CSE Risk Assessment Matrix.

Domestic Abuse

This procedure has been reviewed throughout and updated as required. In particular Section 3, Assessment of the Child's Needs has been updated to reinforce that when practitioners identify that a child or children are living in a household where there is domestic abuse, parental/carer mental ill health and parental/carer substance misuse (drugs and/or alcohol), the interaction between these complex issues, also known as the 'toxic trio', must be fully considered. The 'toxic trio' are indicators of increased risk to children and the likelihood of poor outcomes into adulthood, therefore effective assessment to clearly identify risk, strengths and resilience is required. Practitioners must ensure that all cases where the 'toxic trio' are present are discussed with their line manager and/or designated safeguarding lead to ensure that appropriate support and interventions are identified.

Safeguarding Children at Risk of Abuse Through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

This procedure has been reviewed throughout and updated as required. Additional information has been added into Section 2, Identifying Female Children and Women at Risk to help identify women and female children who are at imminent risk of FGM. The Appendices (found in the Documents Library) have also been updated.

Working with Parents who are Misusing Substances

This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required. In particular Section 2, Assessment of the Child's Needs has been updated to reinforce that when practitioners identify that a child or children are living in a household where there is domestic abuse, parental/carer mental ill health and parental/carer substance misuse (drugs and/or alcohol), the interaction between these complex issues, also known as the 'toxic trio', must be fully considered. The 'toxic trio' are indicators of increased risk to children and the likelihood of poor outcomes into adulthood, therefore effective assessment to clearly identify risk, strengths and resilience is required. Practitioners must ensure that all cases where the 'toxic trio' are present are discussed with their line manager and/or designated safeguarding lead to ensure that appropriate support and interventions are identified

Working with Parents / Carers Who Have Mental Health Needs

This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required. Section 2, Assessment of the Child's Needs has been updated to include guidance on how to assess the likely impact of a parent/carer's mental problem and its treatment on their parenting ability and the child's development. A reminder has also been added that whenever practitioners identify that a child or children are living in a household where there is domestic abuse, parental/carer mental ill health and parental/carer substance misuse (drugs and/or alcohol), the interaction between these complex issues, also known as the 'toxic trio', must be fully considered.

Recruitment and Selection

Section 11, Use of Volunteers and Section 12, Use of Agency Staff have been added and summarise the checks and induction processes which must be carried out in relation to volunteers and agency staff before they commence working with children and families. Guidance in relation to support and supervision of agency staff and volunteers is also provided.

Organisational Roles and Responsibilities

Section 12, Early Years and Childcare has been updated to reflect the safeguarding requirements placed on Early Years and Childcare Providers in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the Ofsted Inspection Framework for Early Years.

Multi-Agency Guidance on Home Visits

The Multi Agency Guidance which outlines key safeguarding issues that practitioners may need to consider when carrying out home visits has been updated as required in April 2017.

Local Contacts

Key local contacts have been reviewed and updated as required.

Removed Chapters
  • Children Whose Behaviour Indicates a Lack of Parental Control.

Next update: January 2018

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