Amendments

March 2022

Caption: March 2022 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Child Protection Enquiries - Section 47 Children Act 1989 Contact details in Section 8, Medical Assessments have been updated.
Bullying This chapter has been updated and the definition of sexting was expanded to include taking and distributing nude or semi-nude images.
Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation This chapter has been refreshed throughout. Information has been added on piloting devolving decision making for child victims of modern slavery and on Independent Child Trafficking Guardians (ICTG). Links to Further Information have been added and updated, and a link added to the Independent Child Trafficking Guardians Referral Form. In areas where the ICTG service has been implemented, if the first responder considers a child to be a potential victim of modern slavery, they should refer them to the ICTG service by completing the online referral form.
Children of Parents with Learning Disabilities Section 3, Indicators of Concern has been updated to include information in relation to pre-birth assessments and planning. Links to guidance have been updated.
Perplexing Presentations (PP) / Fabricated and Induced Illness The link to this practice guidance has been updated.
Child Criminal Exploitation This chapter has been substantially updated and should be re-read.
Honour Based Abuse The link to the Tackling Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy has been updated.
Online Safety This chapter has been amended and the definition of sexting expanded to include taking and distributing nude or semi-nude images. The Further Information section has also been revised.
Underage Sexual Activity This chapter has been amended to include information on sexual harassment and violence following the Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (Ofsted, June 2021) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021). See the Ofsted report in Section 5, Issues.
Next Update: October 2022

October 2021

Caption: October 2021 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Referrals This chapter has been updated. Minor amendments have been made in line with local practice.
Child Protection Enquiries - Section 47 Children Act 1989 Section 8, Medical Assessments has been revised throughout in line with revised local practice.
Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been updated. Minor amendments have been made throughout in line with local practice.
Children and Families Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
Child Sexual Exploitation This chapter has been revised throughout.
Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation Minor amendments have been made to this chapter in line with the UK's exit from the EEA.
Children of Parents with Mental Health Problems Links to Further Information have been updated.
Children Visiting Psychiatric Wards and Facilities This chapter has been given a general refresh throughout.
Concealed, Denied or Late Presentation of Pregnancy This chapter has been updated.
Domestic Abuse This chapter has been updated.
Fabricated or Induced Illness This chapter has been updated.
Female Genital Mutilation This chapter has been updated.
Criminal Exploitation and County Lines Practice Guidance This chapter has been updated.
Managing Injuries to Non-Independently Mobile Children This chapter has been updated.
Neglect This chapter has been updated.
Non-Recent, Organised and Complex Abuse This chapter has been updated.
Online Safety This chapter has been revised throughout and information added in line with Domestic Abuse Act 2021.
Prevent: Working with Individuals Vulnerable to Extremism This chapter has been updated.
Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation Pathway This chapter has been updated.
Substance Misuse in Parents This chapter has been updated.
Safeguarding Unborn Babies This chapter has been updated.
Arrangements for the North Yorkshire Safeguarding Partnership This chapter has been updated.
Agency Roles and Responsibilities Section 4, People in Positions of Trust has been updated as a result of a revision to the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children. Policies for responding to allegations against a person who works with children must now cover situations where an individual has behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children. This is to capture concerns around transferable risk; for example where a person who works with children is involved in a domestic abuse incident at home and this may have implications for their suitability to work with children.
Professional Resolutions Practice Guidance This chapter has been updated.
Whistleblowing This chapter has been updated.
Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers This chapter has been updated to reflect legal changes following EU exit, including guidance on checking the past conduct of individuals who have lived or worked overseas.
Local Contacts Amended: National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS); North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership.

March 2021

Caption: March 2021 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Responding to Abuse and Neglect The definition of safeguarding has been updated to reflect the latest amendments to Working Together to Safeguard Children. A note was also added to the Early Help Section, highlighting that children with a parent or carer in custody may be benefit from Early Help provision.
Referrals This chapter has been updated to reflect changes from the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children
Managing Allegations Against Those Who Work Or Volunteer With Children The link to this Practice Guidance has been updated.
Information Sharing This chapter has been refreshed throughout and updated in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children revisions (December 2020).
Bullying This chapter has been updated with new links added to resources for addressing bullying linked to race/faith, and resources to help make schools, colleges or other settings LGBT inclusive. See Section 6, Further Information.
Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation

A link has been added in the Further Information section, to the statutory guidance Modern Slavery: how to identify and support victims 2020.

This guidance replaces:

  • Duty to Notify the Home Office of potential victims of modern slavery;
  • Victims of modern slavery: frontline staff guidance;
  • Victims of modern slavery: competent authority guidance.
Children Living Away from Home This chapter has been given a general refresh and the section on Children in Custody updated.
Children and Custodial Settings Practice Guidance The link to this Practice Guidance has been updated.
Children and Young People who Display Sexually Harmful Behaviour The link to this Practice Guidance has been updated.

September 2020

Caption: Sept 20 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Bullying This chapter has been updated to reflect updated Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance, and to reference Upskirting which is a specific example of abusive behaviour which has been linked to on-line bullying and grooming. Upskirting is a criminal offence and, as such, should be reported to the Police.
Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation This chapter has been updated to take account of the new NRM digital referral form and the change to a Single Competent Authority (SCA).
Children Missing Education Links have been updated to national guidance.
Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers This chapter has been given a general refresh.