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Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children Procedures Contents

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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 Partnerships
  5. Appendices

1. Introduction, Policy Framework, Principles and Values

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1.1 Introduction and Overview / Purpose and Scope of the New Procedures  
1.2 Statutory Framework  
1.3 Information Sharing Updated
1.4 Kent Support Levels Guidance  
1.5 Medway Inter-Agency Threshold Criteria for Children in Need  
1.6 Good Practice Supporting the Voice of the Child  

2. Core Procedures

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  See also: Early Intervention: Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library)  


Managing Individual Cases – The Child’s Journey

2.1.1 Recognising Abuse and Neglect Updated
2.1.2 Referrals  
2.1.3 Recognition of Significant Harm  
2.1.4 Child and Family Assessments  
2.1.5 Strategy Discussion/Meetings  
2.1.6 Child Protection (Section 47) Enquiries  
  See also: Child Protection Enquiries in School Holidays  
2.1.7 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 Child Abuse linked to Faith or Belief  
2.2.3 Disabled Children Updated
2.2.4 Adoption  
2.2.5 Kent and Medway Working with Children and Young People who are Sexually Active or Displaying Harmful Sexual Behaviour Procedure Updated
2.2.6 Blood Borne Viruses  
2.2.7 Kent and Medway Protocol for the Management of Actual or Suspected Bruising in Infants and Children who are not Independently Mobile Updated
2.2.8 Bullying  
2.2.9 Kent and Medway Safer Professionals Practice with Technology: Frequently Asked Questions Updated
2.2.10 Kent and Medway Responding to Nude and Semi-Nude Image Sharing: Guidance for Professionals New
2.2.11 Child Sexual Exploitation  

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2.2.12 Pathway for Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Medicals (under 18-year-olds)  

Children Missing from Home and Care

2.2.14 Parents with Learning Disabilities  
2.2.15 Mental Ill Health of Parent or Carer  
2.2.16 Children Living Away from Home (including Children and Families living in Temporary Accommodation)  
2.2.17 Children Missing Education Updated
2.2.18 Children Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries or Abroad  
2.2.19 Parental Substance (Drugs and Alcohol) Misuse (including pregnancy)  
2.2.20 Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children  
2.2.21 Diplomats Families  
2.2.22 Domestic Abuse Updated
2.2.23 Child Criminal Exploitation  
2.2.24 Complex (Organised or Multiple) Abuse  
2.2.25 Elective Home Education  
2.2.26 Fabricated or Induced Illness  
2.2.27 Female Genital Mutilation Updated
2.2.28 Firesetting  
2.2.29 Forced Marriage  
2.2.30 Foreign Exchange Visits Guidance and Procedure Updated
2.2.31 Gang Activity, Youth Violence and Criminal Exploitation Affecting Children Updated
2.2.32 Harm to Animals and Possible Implications for Children  
2.2.33 Historical Abuse Allegations  
2.2.34 'Honour' Based Abuse  
2.2.35 Hospital Pre-discharge Arrangements  
2.2.36 Language Schools  
2.2.37 Child in Care (Kent) / Looked after Child (Medway)  
2.2.38 Male Circumcision  
2.2.39 Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation Updated
2.2.40 Kent and Medway Pre-Birth Procedure Updated
2.2.41 Pregnancy and Motherhood for a Child  
2.2.42 Having a Child Through Surrogacy  
2.2.43 Psychiatric Care for Children  
2.2.44 Reducing the Risks to Babies
2.2.45 Concealed Pregnancies  
2.2.46 Surrogacy  
2.2.47 Temporary Accommodation and Transient Lifestyles  
2.2.48 Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour  
2.2.49 Young Carers  
2.2.50 Interpreters, Signers and others with Special Communication Skills  
2.2.51 Safeguarding Foreign National Children Who Go Missing  
2.2.52 Safeguarding Children and Young People against Radicalisation and Violent Extremism Updated
2.2.53 Transitional Safeguarding Updated
2.2.54 Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment  
2.2.55 Safeguarding Children with a Social Worker, Looked After Children and Previously Looked After Children at School New



Safe Workforce

2.3.1 Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers Updated
2.3.2 Allegations Against Staff or Volunteers  

Allegations Against Persons who Work with Children:




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 Child Death Reviews  
  See also: Kent and Medway Child Death Review Partners Arrangements (June 2019)  
2.5.2 Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews  



Complaints and Professional Disagreements


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

  Kent - Complaints and Representations about the Child Protection Conference Decision and Process Procedures  
  Medway - Complaints and Appeals against the Conference Decision and about the Conference Process  
2.6.2 Whistleblowing or Raising Concerns at Work  

Resolving Professional Disagreements and the Escalation of Professional Concerns


3. Practice Guidance

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3.1 Cross Border Child Protection Cases (Hague Convention)  
3.2 Cross-border Child Protection Cases: The 1996 Hague Convention (GOV.UK)  
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 Children Social Work Services/Social Care  
  Worried About a Child – Information, help, support and advice if you are worried about a child in Medway.  

4. Kent and Medway Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships

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4.1 Local Safeguarding Children Partnership - New Arrangements  
4.2 Agency Roles and Responsibilities Updated
4.3 The Responsibilities of All Doctors  

5. Appendices

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5.1 Amendments  

Contact Details

5.3 Nice Guidance - When to Suspect Child Maltreatment  
5.4 Working Together to Safeguard Children