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August 2021


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Child Protection Plans

The timing of Core Group meetings has been altered.
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Information Sharing Guidance (Pan Cheshire)

This guidance has been added.


June 2021

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Responding to Abuse and Neglect

The definition of safeguarding children contained in this guidance 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 guidance has been updated to reflect changes from the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Assessments

This procedure has been updated to reflect changes from the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Child Protection Conferences

A note has been added into Section 1, Child Protection Conferences to remind all practitioners of the importance of establishing the nationality and immigration status of children and families. This will ensure they can be signposted for immigration advice and support where required. Furthermore - if as EU / EEA nationals they have been granted pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme - it will ensure that they can be supported to apply for settled status when they accrue 5 years’ continuous residence in the UK.

North West Notification and Transfer of Children Subject of Child Protection Plans across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure

This procedure which aims to:

  1. Promote the safe and efficient transfer of children subject of Child Protection Plans in and out of the Local Authority area

  2. Promote consistent action and responses to the transfer of cases where children are subject of a Child Protection Plan to and from other Local Authority Areas

  3. Ensure a quality assessment informs case transfer to avoid drift or delay and evidenced based, defensible decision-making has been reviewed and updated as required. All North West local authorities are signatories.

Children in Need Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries

This procedure sets out the steps which should be taken when the following circumstances exist in respect of a child:

  1. The child is known to the Children’s Social Care service of one local authority area, and

  2. The child has moved to stay in another local authority area, whether on a permanent or temporary1 basis, or

Where any other agency is notified of a Child in Need that moves in or out of their area then they must make arrangements for information to be shared with/received from the equivalent agency in the other area consistent with their agency’s procedures.

This procedure is intended to apply to a child and their brothers and sisters, including unborn children. Specific reference should be made to North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure where care proceedings are being considered. The document has been agreed by all local authorities across the North West.

Domestic Abuse

Section 1, Definition has been updated to reflect that, with effect from 29 April 2021, section 71 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 removed the so-called ‘rough sex gone wrong’ defence. Where a person inflicts serious harm (wounding, actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm) on another person, it is not a defence that the victim consented to the infliction of the serious harm for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification. With effect from 29 June 2021, section 69 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 expanded so-called ‘revenge porn’ to include threats to disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.

Online Safety

Section 1, Definition has been updated to reflect that, with effect from 29 June 2021, section 69 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 expanded so-called ‘revenge porn’ to include threats to disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.

Procedure for Multi-agency Professional Challenge and Escalation

This section which contains the process for resolving inter-agency professional challenges when working with children and families has been reviewed and updated throughout.

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

This guidance has been updated as a result of the UK’s exit from the European Union. Information was added on how employers can now check that an individual has the right to work in the UK during the recruitment process.

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