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Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards' Procedures Manual


January 2019

Please Note: Working Together to Safeguard Children – Following publication in July of the revised statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards' Procedures will be reviewed by local partner agencies, and updated as required to reflect the new guidance. In the meantime these procedures continue to reflect practice locally and must be followed when responding to safeguarding concerns about a child. Under the Children and Social Work Act 2017, Serious Case Reviews will be replaced by new national and local arrangements for reviewing serious cases. LSCBs must continue to carry out all their statutory functions, including commissioning SCRs, until the point at which safeguarding partner arrangements begin to operate in a local area.

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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):

Introduction to these Procedures - Updated

  1. Assessing and Providing Help
  2. Children's Workforce
  3. DSCB and Organisational Responsibilities
  4. Learning and Improvement
  5. Guidance Documents
  6. Appendices

1. Assessing and Providing Help

1.1 Providing Early Help  
1.2 Making a Referral to Social Care Updated
1.3 Child Protection Section 47 Enquiries Updated
1.4 Child Protection Conferences  
1.5 Implementation of Child Protection Plans  



Children in Specific Circumstances

1.6.1 Children who Present a Risk of Harm to Others  
1.6.2 Abuse of Disabled Children  
1.6.3 Child Abuse linked to Belief in Possession or Witchcraft  
1.6.4 E-Safety and Internet Abuse  
1.6.5 Adults who Disclose Non Recent Abuse  
1.6.6 Derby and Derbyshire Runaway or Missing from Home or Care Protocol (Documents Library, Protocols)  
1.6.7 Working with Sexually Active Children and Young People Under the Age of 18  
1.6.8 Children in Whom Illness is Fabricated or Induced (FII)  
1.6.9 Children Living Away from Home  
1.6.10 Children Abused Through Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)  
1.6.11 Domestic Abuse  
1.6.12 Safeguarding Children at Risk of Abuse Through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)  
1.6.13 Forced Marriage  
1.6.14 Honour Based Abuse and Violence  
1.6.15 Investigating Complex (Organised or Multiple) Abuse  
1.6.16 Managing Individuals who Pose a Risk of Harm to Children  
1.6.17 Working with Parents who are Misusing Substances  
1.6.18 Working with Learning Disabled Parents  
1.6.19 Working with Parents / Carers Who Have Mental Health Needs  
1.6.20 Safeguarding Children Who May be Victims of Modern Slavery (have been Trafficked) Updated
1.6.21 Safeguarding Children and Young people against Radicalisation and Violent Extremism Updated

2. Children's Workforce

2.1 Recruitment and Selection  
2.2 Allegations Against Staff, Carers and Volunteers  
2.3 Whistleblowing (see Documents Library, Guidance Documents)  

3. DSCB and Organisational Responsibilities

3.1 The Legal Framework - under review  
3.2 Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards (DSCBs) Roles and Functions - under review  
3.3 Organisational Roles and Responsibilities - under review  

4. Learning and Improvement

4.1 Learning and Improvement Framework (Documents Library, Local Strategies) - under review  
4.2 Serious Case Reviews - under review  
4.3 Child Death Reviews - under review  

5. Guidance Documents

The following documents can be found in the Documents Library, Guidance Documents:  
5.1 Derby City and Derbyshire Thresholds Document  
5.2 Derby and Derbyshire Escalation Policy and Process  
5.3 Multi-Agency Guidance on Home Visits  
5.4 Self-Harm Practice Guidance  
5.5 Guidance to Support Safe Sleeping Practices in Babies and Infants  
5.6 Prevention of Non-Accidental Head Injury in Infancy Guidance  
5.7 Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Boards' Information Sharing Agreement and Guidance for Practitioners - under review  
5.8 Safeguarding Children from Dangerous Dogs Guidance  
5.9 Use of Written Agreements by Professionals Working with Children and Families (see Documents Library, Guidance Documents)  

Other Documents

5.10 Death of, or Serious Injury to, a Child  
5.11 Deprivation of Liberty (DoL)  

6. Appendices

6.1 Local Contacts Updated
6.2 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
6.3 What to do if you're worried a child is being abused - Advice for Practitioners (Department for Education, 2015)  
6.4 Information Sharing: Advice for Practitioners Providing Safeguarding Services to Children, Young People, Parents and Carers (Department for Education, 2018)  
6.5 NICE Guidance - When to Suspect Maltreatment in Under 18s  
6.6 GMC Guidance - Protecting Children and Young People: The Responsibilities of all Doctors  
6.7 Local Keywords  
6.8 Amendments