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Using this Manual

May 2017

Welcome to the West Yorkshire Consortium Inter Agency Safeguarding and Children Procedures Manual. This guide provides information on how the manual works, explains some of the key features and contains a summary of the most recent updates and amendments.


Contents

  1. Display and Browser Options
  2. Structure of the Manual
  3. Amendments
  4. Planned Updates
  5. How to find a Chapter
  6. Terminology
  7. Keywords
  8. Register for Updates
  9. Copyright
  10. Printing and Retaining Copies


1. Display and Browser Options

People with a visual impairment may have difficulty accessing this Manual.

To change the size of the text/layout - please use the accessibility buttons

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These can be found on the menu bar on the left side of every screen. Click a larger button to increase the text size, the very largest being high visibility mode.


2. Structure of the Manual

This manual contains policies, procedures and guidance for the West Yorkshire Consortium which consists of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Boards.

In this manual, The Consortium’s Underlying Policies, Values and Principles are located in a chapter called 'Values' - available from the left hand side of the screen.


3. Amendments

At each update of the manual, chapters which are new or which have been amended significantly will be marked as such on the Contents Page, at the top of the relevant chapter and in the Amendments Table (which can be accessed by clicking on the link below).

Amendments

Click here to view details of updates made to this manual.


4. Planned Updates

The manual is updated twice a year. The next update will be published during December 2017.

If you wish to suggest any changes in the next planned update, please contact your Local Safeguarding Children Board, who will present your ideas to the other consortium members.


5. How to find a Chapter

Procedures and guidance are located in individual 'chapters' which are available from a 'traditional' Contents List - on the left hand side of the screen.

5.1 Using the Contents List

Chapters are categorised or grouped together as follows:

PARTS: The manual contains procedures categorised under a number of Parts, like ‘Assessing Need and Providing Help'.

CHAPTERS: Under each Part, you'll find individual chapters/Procedures e.g. Initial Child Protection Conferences.

5.2 You can Search for Information

If you aren't sure which service or section to look in, try 'Search' which will help you identify specific information within chapters.


6. Terminology

We believe it is crucial to use consistent terminology, which we agree with individual customers, for example:

'Child' or 'Young Person' both these terms are used to mean any child under the age of 18
'Staff' or 'Carer' means all Staff and Carers (including) whether employed or not
'Parent' includes any person with Parental Responsibility
'Regulatory Authority' Regulatory Authority is the generic term used in this manual to describe the independent regulatory body responsible for inspecting and regulating services e.g. Ofsted.
Children’s Social Care This generic term is used to describe the service with responsibility to carry out the child protection and safeguarding duties of the local authority under the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. See Local Contact details.


7. Keywords

The manual is accessed by practitioners from varying agencies, who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a large glossary (Keywords) of terms is available such as Significant Harm (try it: click on the highlighted text). We call them 'Keywords'. Once clicked, the definitions will appear in a new window or tab, depending on your browser. You can leave it open for reference, or close it using the "close" button at the bottom.

Many Keywords are highlighted in the body of procedures, but you can search for the Keyword you need: Go to the Keywords Index, on the left hand side of the screen.


8. Register for Updates

You can register with us to receive automatic notifications about manual updates. You will also receive information about the briefing papers we regularly publish. To register please click on the 'Register for Updates' button on the left of the screen and send us your details.


9. Copyright

The content of this website can be accessed, printed and downloaded in an unaltered form, on a temporary basis, for personal study or reference purposes. However any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in whole or in part in any manner or in or on any media to any person without the prior written consent of tri.x and the Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield Safeguarding Children Boards.


10. Printing and Retaining Copies

The Manual should normally be viewed on line but can be printed, for reference only.

To print a chapter, click on the print icon icon which is in the top right hand corner of the relevant procedure

Please note, the Manual will be updated regularly, so staff should avoid retaining printed versions - hard copies are only valid for 72 hours.

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