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Amendments

November 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Joint Protocol for Homeless 16-17 Young People in Cumbria and Local Area Commitment This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.

August 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Title Details
Responding to Abuse and Neglect A new Section 12, Non-recent (Historical) Abuse has been added. Information has also been added with reference to 'peer on peer' abuse. The definition of Abuse has been expanded in line with that as identified in WT 2015 and Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016).
Child Sexual Exploitation Appendix 1.4: CSE Flowchart Child not on an EHA, CiN, CP or CLA plan and is open to Youth Offending Service has been added.
Appendix 1.1: CSE Flowchart Child not on EHA CiN CP or CLA Plan and Appendix 1.2: CSE Flowchart Child has EHA in Place have been updated.
Children who go Missing from Care or Home This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Domestic Violence and Abuse This chapter has been updated to include when responding to incidents of domestic abuse, what the practitioner must find out and the Police or other agencies must ensure that children present are seen and if awake, must ask they child if they feel safe. The Police Officer or other professional must identify all other children living in that home and all children connected to the parties involved that live elsewhere or who come to visit and record their details. The Police Officer or other professional must put safeguarding measures in place before leaving the situation if harm is happening or is likely to happen once they leave. They must record what they have put in place and refer all parties accurately and appropriately. This information is included in the Protection and Action to be Taken section. A link has also been added to the Royal College of Nursing – Domestic Abuse: Professional Resources in the Further Information section.
E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media This chapter has been updated and also includes information on the recently introduced ‘outcome 21’. Where young people are voluntarily sending/sharing sexual images or content with one another the police may use this new recording code to record that a crime has been committed but that it is not considered to be in the public interest to take criminal action against the people involved. This chapter also links to LawStuff which is run by Coram Children’s Legal Centre and gives free legal information to young people on a range of different issues.
Female Genital Mutilation Links have been added to Home Office FGM Protection Orders Factsheet (GOV.UK) and the 'Statement opposing female genital mutilation' (often referred to as a health passport) (GOV.UK) in the Further Information section.
Forced Marriage This chapter has been updated with further detail in the Risks, Indicators and Issues sections, to reflect relevant points from the ‘Protocol on the handling of ‘so-called’ Honour Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Offences between the National Police Chief’s Council and the Crown Prosecution’ (November 2016). In Further Information, links have been added to Multi-Agency practice guidelines: Handling cases of forced marriage 2014 and to Apply for a forced marriage protection order (GOV.UK).
Harmful Sexual Behaviour This chapter has been updated with a revised definition of Harmful Sexual Behaviour and information regarding a continuum of sexual development as an aid to understanding sexual behaviour in children. Additional links to external guidance have also been added.
Honour Based Violence This chapter has been reviewed and further detail has been added in line with the ‘Protocol on the handling of ‘so-called’ Honour Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Offences between the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Crown Prosecution Service’ (November 2016). Links have been added to Forced Marriage Guidance (Home Office) - information and practice guidelines for professional protecting, advising and supporting victims and to SafeLives Dash risk checklist for the identification of high risk cases of domestic abuse, stalking and ‘honour’-based violence.
Trafficked Children In Protection and Action to be Taken information has been added about the National Referral Mechanism and the Police should be contacted immediately if there is any indication that at child has been trafficked. This will ensure that the safeguarding of all is considered and any available evidence preserved.
Agency Roles and Responsibilities Section 4.12, Early Years and Childcare has been updated to reflect that during term time, or when the setting is in operation, the designated safeguarding lead or an appropriately trained deputy should be available during opening hours for staff to discuss safeguarding concerns.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Title Details
Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children This chapter deals with the legislation relating to dangerous dogs, assessing risks and action where required to be taken.
Modern Slavery This chapter sets out guidance on how to identify and respond to a child or young person where there are concerns that they are a victim or a potential victim of modern slavery.
Young People who use Substances This guidance is for use by specialist substance misuse professionals, and for professionals from all safeguarding agencies. It is intended to help promote young people’s health & wellbeing within the context of substance misuse.
Removed Chapters
  • Guidance for Practitioners Working with Children and Families in which Neglect is or may be a Factor.

Next Update: February 2018


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