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Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children Procedures Contents

April 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. Introduction, Policy Framework, Principles and Values
  2. Core Procedures
  3. Practice Guidance
  4. Kent and Medway Local Safeguarding Children Boards
  5. Appendices

1. Introduction, Policy Framework, Principles and Values

1.1 Introduction and Overview / Purpose and Scope of the New Procedures  
1.2 Statutory Framework  
1.3 Information Sharing and Confidentiality  
1.4 Kent Inter-Agency Threshold Criteria for Children in Need  
1.5 Medway Inter-Agency Threshold Criteria for Children in Need  

2. Core Procedures


Managing Individual Cases – The Child’s Journey

2.1.1 Responding to Abuse and Neglect  
2.1.2 Recognition of Significant Harm  
2.1.3 Referrals  
2.1.4 Child and Family Assessments  
2.1.5 Strategy Discussion/Meetings  
2.1.6 Child Protection (Section 46) Enquiries  
  See also: Child Protection Enquiries in School Holidays  
2.1.6 Initial Child Protection Conferences  
2.1.8 Recording that a Child is the Subject of a Child Protection Plan  
2.1.9 Implementation of the Child Protection Plan - Lead Social Worker and Core Group Responsibilities  
2.1.10 Child Protection Review Conferences  



Recognition of Additional Vulnerability

2.2.1 Introduction  
2.2.2 Children Who Exhibit Harmful Behaviour including Sexual Harm (Assessing and Providing Interventions) - Kent Only  
2.2.3 Spiritual Cultural and Religious Beliefs Updated
2.2.4 Disabled Children  
2.2.5 Adoption  
2.2.6 Working with Sexually Active Young People  
2.2.7 Blood Borne Viruses  
2.2.8 Bullying  
2.2.9 Online Safety, Child Abuse and Technology  

Safeguarding Children Abused through Sexual Exploitation

See also:

2.2.11 Missing Children and Families  
2.2.12 Parental Learning Disability  
2.2.13 Mental Ill Health of Parent or Carer  
2.2.14 Children from Abroad  
2.2.15 Children Living Away from Home (including Children and Families living in Temporary Accommodation)  
2.2.16 Children Missing from Education / Not Attending School Updated
2.2.17 Children Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries  
2.2.18 Parental Substance (Drugs and Alcohol) Misuse (including pregnancy)  
2.2.19 Diplomats Families  
2.2.20 Domestic Violence and Abuse  
2.2.21 Complex (Organised or Multiple) Abuse Updated
2.2.22 Elective Home Education  
2.2.23 Fabricated or Induced Illness  
2.2.24 Female Genital Mutilation Updated
2.2.25 Firesetting  
2.2.26 Forced Marriages  
2.2.27 Foreign Exchange Visits Updated
2.2.28 Children Affected by Gang Activity or Youth Violence  
2.2.29 Harm to Animals and Possible Implications for Children  
2.2.30 Historical Abuse Allegations  
2.2.31 Honour Based Violence  
2.2.32 Hospital Pre-discharge Arrangements  
2.2.33 Language Schools Updated
2.2.34 Child in Care(Kent) / Looked after Child (Medway)  
2.2.35 Male Circumcision  

Pre-birth Procedures

2.2.37 Pregnancy and Motherhood for a Child  
2.2.38 Psychiatric Care for Children
2.2.39 Reducing the Risks to Babies  
2.2.40 Concealed Pregnancies New
2.2.41 Surrogacy  
2.2.42 Temporary Accommodation and Transient Lifestyles  
2.2.43 Safeguarding Children Who May Have Been Trafficked  
2.2.44 Self Harming and Suicidal Behaviour  
2.2.45 Young Carers  
2.2.46 Interpreters, Signers and others with Special Communication Skills  
2.2.47 Safeguarding Foreign National Children Who Go Missing  
2.2.48 Safeguarding Children and Young People against Radicalisation and Violent Extremism  



Safe Workforce

2.3.1 Safe Recruitment, Selection and Supervision of Staff  
2.3.2 Allegations Against Persons who Work with Children Updated



Individuals Who Pose a Risk to Children

2.4.1 Identified Offenders and Others who may Pose a Risk to Children  
2.4.2 Guidance on Offences Against Children  
2.4.3 Children Visiting Psychiatric Wards and Facilities  
2.4.4 Children Visiting Prisons  
2.4.5 Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)  
2.4.6 Release of Prisoners Convicted of Offences Against Children  



Child Deaths and Serious Child Care Incidents

2.5.1 Unexpected Death of a Child Updated



Complaints and Professional Disagreements


Complaints and Representations about / Appeals against the Conference Decision and about the Conference Process

2.6.2 Whistleblowing or Raising Concerns at Work New

Resolving Professional Disagreements and the Escalation of Professional Concerns


3. Practice Guidance

3.1 Cross Border Child Protection Cases (Hague Convention)  
3.2 Working with Foreign Authorities: Child Protection Cases and Care Orders (Non-Statutory DfE Guidance)  
3.3 Babysitting  
3.4 Child Witnesses in Therapy  
3.5 Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children  
3.6 Intimate Care Good Practice Guidelines  
3.7 Non-Compliance  
3.8 Kent - Out of Hours Service for Specialist Children’s Services/Social Care  
  Worried About a Child – Information, help, support and advice if you are worried about a child in Medway New

4. Kent and Medway Local Safeguarding Children Boards

4.1 LSCB/s – Role and Function  
4.2 Agency Roles and Responsibilities Updated
4.3 The Responsibilities of All Doctors (GMC 2012)  

5. Appendices

5.1 Amendments  

Contact Details



5.3 Nice Guidance – When to Suspect Child Maltreatment  
5.4 Working Together 2015