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Introduction to the Procedures Manual

Contents

  1. Format
  2. Accessing and Updating Procedures
  3. Terminology
  4. Context
  5. Relevant Staff


1. Format

Welcome to the online Procedures Manual for the West Yorkshire Consortium of Local Safeguarding Children Boards. The consortium is made up of all five West Yorkshire LSCBs (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield).

The online format is designed to make the procedures easy to access and allows you to skip readily between linked sections via hyperlinks.

The Using This Manual section explains the key features which have been included to assist you in navigating the chapters.


2. Accessing and Updating Procedures

The Manual is permanently available via the websites for each LSCB to facilitate ready access and permit regular updating.

The websites are:

Bradford Safeguarding Children Board Website

Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board Website

Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board Website

Leeds Safeguarding Children Board Website

Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board Website

The procedures will be updated regularly; when amendments to procedures are made, they will be highlighted on the Contents page to draw your attention to where they are. The changes for each version will be listed at the top of the Quick Guide.

If you do come across any errors or omissions when using the Manual, or if you become aware of a necessary revision to the Manual, please contact the relevant Safeguarding Children Board Manager for your area who will be collating the information for updates (see Local Contacts).


3. Terminology

A glossary of terms which have a technical significance or for which abbreviations may be used in the text, is provided in the Keywords Appendix - use the button at the left hand side of each chapter to access this resource.


4. Context

The development of inter agency procedures for staff and volunteers is one of the core functions of each LSCB in its role to coordinate local work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The procedures have been written so as to be part of the wider goal of improving the overall wellbeing of children and achieving the five outcomes as specified in the Children Act 2004. They focus on the ‘Staying Safe’ outcome, however, and provide a framework for an integrated approach to safeguarding children from harm.

The procedures reflect current legislation, accepted best practice and comply with the government guidance: Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

Further professional guidance is available from "What to do if you're worried a child is being abused - advice for practitioners" (Department for Education, 2015).

5. Relevant Staff

The contents of this Manual are for application by those working, whether paid or unpaid, in LSCB member agencies and in private or voluntary sector organisations with responsibilities for children living or present in the LSCB areas.

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