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Gateshead Safeguarding Children Board Procedures Manual


November 2017

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Child Protection Plans

Minor amendments have been made in line with local practice.

Added in to Section 1, Introduction: Please Note: Members of the Core Group may change dependent upon any emerging needs requiring specific intervention.

In Section 4, The Core Group - Timing, the timescale was changed from six weeks to four weeks.

Child Sexual Exploitation

Section 1, Definition, has been updated to take account of the change of definition in : Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and Guide for Practitioners (DfE February 2017).

Children Affected by Gang Activity and Youth Violence

This chapter has been updated to include a link to the National Crime Agency report County Lines Gang Violence, Exploitation and Drug Supply (2016). Further text has been added to Section 1, Definition to define the use of 'county lines' by organised criminal groups.

Children Missing from Home and Care

In Section 4, Children Missing from Care and Care Leavers, in the guidance on Independent Return Reviews, a small amendment has been added clarifying the importance that a Return Interview should be offered and provided within 72 hours of the child being located or returning from absence. In Section 6, Children Missing from Education (CME), clarification has been added that if a child is missing from school for more than four weeks the pupil can be removed from the admission register when the school and the local authority have failed, after jointly making reasonable enquiries, to establish the whereabouts of the child.

Children and Families Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries

Minor amendments have been made in line with local practice. Additional information has been added in to Section 2, Where there are Concerns about Significant Harm, in relation to children of compulsory school age.

Children of Parents with Mental Health Problems

This chapter has been amended throughout in line with local practice.

Children of Parents who Misuse Substances

Added into Section 2, Risks, in relation to matters which need to be taken into account when considering the impact on the child: the financial implications of substance use on the household.

E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media

This chapter has been updated and now includes information on 'outcome 21'. Where young people are voluntarily sending/sharing sexual images or content with one another the police may use this new recording code to record that a crime has been committed but that it is not considered to be in the public interest to take criminal action against the people involved. This chapter also links to LawStuff which is run by Coram Children's Legal Centre and gives free legal information to young people on a range of different issues.

Female Genital Mutilation

This chapter has been updated with information about the four types of FGM as defined by the WHO. Links have been added to both the new Home Office FGM protection orders factsheet, and to the guidance to the 'Statement opposing female genital mutilation' (often referred to as a health passport).

Forced Marriage

This chapter has been updated with further detail in the Risks, Indicators and Issues sections, to reflect relevant points from the 'Protocol on the handling of 'so-called' Honour Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Offences between the National Police Chief's Council and the Crown Prosecution' (November 2016). In Further Information, links were added to Multi-Agency practice guidelines: Handling cases of forced marriage 2014 and to Apply for a forced marriage protection order (GOV.UK)

Honour Based Violence

This chapter has been reviewed and further detail has been added in line with the 'Protocol on the handling of 'so-called' Honour Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Offences between the National Police Chiefs' Council and the Crown Prosecution Service' (November 2016). Links have been added to Forced Marriage Guidance (Home Office)- information and practice guidelines for professional protecting, advising and supporting victims and to SafeLives Dash risk checklist for the identification of high risk cases of domestic abuse, stalking and 'honour'-based violence.

Agency Roles and Responsibilities

Section 4.12, Specific Roles and Responsibilities of Agencies, has been updated in relation to Early Years settings.

New Chapters
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Good Practice Supporting the Voice of the Child

The aim of this chapter is to assist practitioners to ensure that safeguarding systems are child-centred.

Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children

The aim of this chapter is to assist practitioners to assess risk and take action to protect children from serious injuries which can be inflicted by dogs that are prohibited, dangerous or badly looked after by their owners.

Modern Slavery

This chapter sets out guidance on how to identify and respond to a child or young person where there are concerns that they are a victim or a potential victim of modern slavery.

Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy and Childhood - Multi-agency Guidelines for Care and Investigation (Royal College of Pathologists, endorsed by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health)

A link has been added to this guidance.
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