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Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards' Procedures Manual

Using this Manual

July 2017

Welcome to the current edition of the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards Procedures Manual.

Before proceeding to the body of the manual, please read this 'Quick Guide'.

Contents

  1. About this Manual
  2. Amendments
  3. Local Resources / Documents Library
  4. Glossary and National Contacts
  5. Register for Updates
  6. Copyright
  7. Accessibility
  8. Printing and Retaining Copies
  9. Browser Recommendations
  10. Mobile/Tablet Compatibility

1. About this Manual

Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards and tri.x work in partnership to produce and maintain this Procedures Manual.

Carol Woods, Policy Officer, Derby Safeguarding Children Board, and Amanda Ratcliffe, Policy and Audit Officer, Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board are the lead officers for the maintenance of this manual.

As the reader and user of the manual, you might have comments on possible ways to improve the manual and make it more user friendly. Whatever it is that you have to say about the manual, your comments are valuable. Please bring them to the attention of Carol (carol.woods@derby.gov.uk) or Amanda (amanda.ratcliffe@derbyshire.gov.uk)

Using the Contents List

Chapters are categorised or grouped together as follows:

  • Parts:¬†The manual contains procedures categorised under a number of areas, e.g. 'Children in Specific Circumstances';
  • Chapters:¬†Under each Part, you will find individual chapters/procedures e.g. Children and Families who go Missing.

2. Amendments

This manual will be updated twice a year. The next updated manual will be published in January 2018.

Click here to view details of updates made to this manual.

If you are involved in writing new or editing existing chapters for this manual or would like to make a contribution, please ensure that you liaise with Carol Woods (carol.woods@derby.gov.uk) and Amanda Ratcliffe (amanda.ratcliffe@derbyshire.gov.uk), prior to making any submission. Any changes will need to be with Carol and Amanda 2 months prior to the publication date above.

3. Local Resources / Documents Library

This manual contains a Local Resource section which can be accessed via the Resources / Documents Library menu. This library is populated and maintained locally. If there is a resource that you think should be added talk in the first instance to your manager.

4. Glossary and National Contacts

The manual is accessed by readers who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a glossary of definitions is available under the resource tab.

There is also a National Contacts resource populated with details of key national agencies and organisations likely to be relevant to procedures users.

5. Register for Updates

We recommend that you register with us to automatically receive notification when this manual is updated, and to receive a monthly newsletter containing articles which may be of interest. Click on the 'Register for Updates' button on the home screen, to complete and send your details to us.

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. 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 Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards.

7. Accessibility

This website aims to achieve Double-A conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines in accordance with government guidelines. In order to change font size or manual colour use the highlighted Accessibility button at the top right hand corner of any page.

8. Printing and Retaining Copies

The Manual is intended to be viewed on line to ensure only the most up-to-date version of procedures are being used. It will be updated regularly so, in the unlikely event there is a requirement for hard copies they should be destroyed after 72 hours.

9. Browser Recommendations

It is recommended that this manual is viewed with the latest browsers, with JavaScript and cookies enabled for maximum compatibility and functionality.

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10. Mobile/Tablet Compatibility

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If you would like the text to be larger, resize the text under the accessibility options, alternatively if you would also like the buttons and the rest of the layout to be enlarged you can use the zoom function within your browser.

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