|Regional Protocol regarding Bruising/Marks (which could be due to Injury) on Pre-Mobile Babies||The Frequently Asked Questions protocol has been updated.|
|Protocol for Joint Investigation by Social Workers and Police Officers of Alleged and Suspected Cases of Child Abuse – Northern Ireland||This protocol has been updated.|
|New Chapters and Features|
|Regional Protocol regarding Bruising/Marks (which could be due to Injury) on Pre-Mobile Babies||This protocol has been added to the manual.|
|Working Arrangements for the Welfare & Safeguarding of Child Victims & Potential Child Victims of Human Trafficking||This chapter replaces Notification Report on Separated Children and Pathwat for Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Separated Children.|
|Practice Guidance on Actions to be Taken when a Child/Young Person is Subject to a Threat to Life||This guidance has been added to the manual.|
|Understanding the Needs of Children in Northern Ireland (UNOCINI)||The diagram outlining the UNOCINI process after a referral is made to Children's Social Services has been added. The links to the Thresholds of Need documents have been inserted.|
|Child Protection Investigation||This chapter has been updated.|
|Child Protection Case Conferences||
Section 10, Attendance at a Child Protection Case Conference information has been added with regards to the Team Manager must ensure that in advance of the Case Conference his/her views about the case are discussed with the Child Protection Case Conference Chairperson.
Also at Section 10, Attendance at a Child Protection Case Conference the following has been added, 'Prior to a Child Protection Case Conference the social worker should ascertain from the AHP Professional Lead/Head of Service, Health Visitor or GP, what professionals have been involved with the child/young person, for example, if there has been any paediatric or Allied Health Professional involvement'.
After Senior Social Worker/Team Leader, Family and Child Care Team the following has been added, 'Non-attendance of the Senior Social Worker/Team Leader must only take place in exceptional circumstances or where there is a requirement to attend court. In these exceptional circumstances non-attendance of the Team Manager must be approved by the Service Manager/Head of Service'. 'Senior Social Work Practitioners can deputise for a Team Manager in such circumstances'.
Additionally at Section 10, Attendance at a Child Protection Case Conference after 'Relevant Police Officer from the Public Protection Unit', the following has been added, 'Invitations should be sent electronically via CJSM to the PSNI Central Referral Unit providing details of the HSC Trust area; subjects name; investigating officer (if known); and context of the Child Protection Case Conference'.
After 'Named Paediatrician for Child Protection/Paediatrician with knowledge of the child/young person' the following has been included, 'However in some specific circumstances where the child/young person is not known, consideration can be given to inviting a Community Paediatrician if Public Health Nursing and/or Social Services are concerned that there is impairment of the child/young person's health or development resulting from abuse and have a view that Paediatric input would be of benefit. In such situations this should be discussed with the Community Paediatrician in advance of the Child Protection Case Conference and their view sought on the potential benefit of their input to the Child Protection Case Conference and/or whether they have a role in assessing the child/young person'.
At Section 11, Quorum the following has been added at the end of the second paragraph, 'The HSC Trust Safeguarding Children Nurse Specialist is a separate discipline when considering if a Child Protection Case Conference is quorate'.
Also at Section 11, Quorum the last paragraph has been amended to read 'A decision to place a child/young person's name on the Child Protection Register cannot be made in these situations', has been changed to, 'A decision to place a child/young person's name on the Child Protection Register cannot be made if a Child Protection Case Conference does not proceed.'At Section 17, Information for the Child Protection Case Conference the following has been added in the first paragraph, 'The social worker should make contact with all professionals invited to attend a Child Protection Case Conference to obtain information to incorporate into the relevant section of the UNOCINI Child Protection Assessment Report'.
|The Child Protection Register||
Section 5, Risk Assessment and Analysis has been amended to state that any changes made to Register Custodians should be notified to the HSCB and not to the DoH.At Section 7, Failure to See a Child/Young Person on the Child Protection Register and Subject to a Child Protection Plan has been amended at the beginning to state, 'Children/young people subject to a Child Protection Plan must be seen at least every four weeks, and more often if specified in the Child Protection Plan'.