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Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures Manual

Amendments

These Child Protection Procedures are reviewed and updated on a 6 month rolling program and all amendments are noted here with the exception of minor text spelling errors or similar. Urgent updates may be added where the outcome of a Case Review or inspection requires and amendment. Alerts will be sent out for any changes.

October 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Responding to Abuse and Neglect

This guidance has been reviewed and refreshed throughout as required to ensure consistency with terminology used in current DfE publications, including Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Information has also been added regarding schools’ responsibility to safeguard children in accordance with the latest DfE guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Assessment

This chapter has been revised to reflect updated guidance on Assessment in Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Child Protection Enquiries - Section 47 Children Act 1989

This procedure has been revised to reflect updated guidance for organisations, agencies and individuals to ensure that their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are carried out with regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as set out in Chapter 2: Organisations Responsibilities in Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Child Protection Conferences

This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice. See Section 7, Information for the Conference.

Allegations Against Staff or Volunteers

This procedure has been updated to reflect updated guidance for organisations, agencies and individuals to ensure that their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are carried out with regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as set out in Chapter 2: Organisations Responsibilities in Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Organised and Complex Abuse

This procedure has been slightly updated to reflect local guidance.

Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment

A definition has been added for Child Sexual Abuse within the family environment (also known as Intra-familial Child Sexual Abuse) see Section 1, Definition. In Section 2, Risk and Indicators, a model suggested by the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse outlining some of the likely impacts of Child Sexual Abuse has been included.

Children Visiting Prisons

This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect the latest Prison Service publications covering the provision of visits, including visits to prisoners who are identified as posing a risk to children and additional guidance in Chapter 2, Working Together to Safeguard Children on the statutory duties which apply to the Prison Service to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

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

This guidance has been reviewed and refreshed as required. In the Further Information section a link has been added to the Catch 22 publication Social Media as a Catalyst and Trigger for Youth Violence.

Female Genital Mutilation

This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice and should be re-read. See Section 5, Protection and Action to be Taken.

Forced Marriage

This procedure has been updated, Section 5, Protection and Action to be Taken has been updated to reflect local practice.

Agency Roles and Responsibilities

This procedure has been significantly updated and should be re read.

Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers

This chapter has been updated. In the Further Information section, a link has been added to Statutory Guidance:  Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006.

Case / Conflict Resolution Procedure

This procedure has been significantly updated and should be re read.

Complaints in Relation to Child Protection Conference

This procedure has been updated to reflect local practice.

Removed Chapters
  • Learning and Improvement Framework.
Next Update: April 2020

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