This quick guide explains how the manual works.
This manual is devised to provide you with a set of chapters which comply with Co-operating to Safeguard Children and Young People (August 2017). The content has been written in a succinct style which is intended to be accessible to a wide range of users from all the agencies that are partners with the SBNI and the third sector.
The manual has been organised with the Core Procedures in the most prominent place. These chapters explain the actions that must be taken when there are concerns about the welfare of a child/young person and follows a natural sequence from responding to abuse through to Child Protection Case Conference processes.
This manual replaces the ACPC Regional Child Protection Policy and Procedures that were issued in 2005. The ACPC Regional Policy and Procedures 2005 should therefore be stood down.
It is acknowledged that a number of the linked guidance documents make reference to the 2005 ACPC Regional Policies and Procedures. It is recognised that these need to be amended in light of these Regional Core Policy and Procedures and that organisations will need to review their own internal guidance documents to ensure that these align with the Regional Core Child Protection Policy and Procedures.
Please see Co-operating to Safeguard Children and Young People (August 2017), which is an important reference document.
Work will continue to take place between the SBNI and tri.x to edit and amend the content of this manual to ensure that it reflects local practices and arrangements (see Section 2, About this Manual).
Work has been undertaken to produce the Regional Core Policy and Procedures and further work is planned.
For further details, please contact SBNI.Info@hscni.net.
This manual will be updated on a regular basis and a summary of the changes can be accessed via the 'Amendments' button on the Home page.
The next update is due to be published in November 2018.
If you would like to suggest a change to the procedures manual discuss your suggestion with your line manager in the first instance.
This manual contains a Local Resources section which can be accessed via the navigation bar. 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.
Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or omissions, please alert your manager.
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