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December 2020

CAPTION: December 2020
   
Updated Chapters
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Bullying This chapter has been updated, with new links added to resources for addressing bullying linked to race/faith, and resources to help make schools, colleges or other settings LGBT inclusive. See Section 5, Further Information and Sources of Support.

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Next Update: June 2021

August 2020

CAPTION: August 2020
   
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Child Exploitation: Policy, Procedures and Guidance This chapter contains information about child exploitation (CE) including how to recognise indicators that a child or young person is being exploited, the roles and responsibilities of relevant agencies and the procedures practitioners should follow to ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people where there are concerns that they have been, or are at risk of, being exploited. It also links to relevant local resources for each local authority in West Yorkshire.
New Chapters
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Interpersonal Violence and Abuse (IPVA) Young People’s Relationships West Yorkshire Practice Guidance This practice guidance covers situations where a young person under 18 years of age has been harmed through interpersonal domestic abuse from a partner (boyfriend or girlfriend) or is causing harm to a partner.
Accumulation of Minor Injuries Protocol (Kirklees only) This protocol, written by Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnership for practitioners working with children and families in Kirklees, sets out action to be taken by professionals when they identify that a child has suffered ‘an accumulation of minor injuries’ which may indicate abuse or neglect.
Removed Chapters
  • Child Criminal Exploitation

June 2020

CAPTION: June 2020
   
Updated Chapters
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Single Assessment The link the digital referral system for reporting potential victims of Modern Slavery has been updated.
Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation This guidance has been updated to take account of the new NRM digital referral form and the change to a Single Competent Authority (SCA).

December 2019

CAPTION: December 2019
   
Updated Chapters
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Initial Child Protection Conferences Information in relation to the timescales for submitting reports to the Chair of the Child Protection Conference has been updated to reflect processes in each of the consortium areas.
Child Protection Review Conferences Information in relation to the timescales for submitting reports to the Chair of the Child Protection has been updated to reflect processes in each of the consortium areas.
Resolving Multi Agency Professional Disagreements and Escalation A new Section 4, Immediate / 24 hour Escalation has been added to explain the process for escalation when a professional is concerned that the situation presents a significant risk to the child and the usual escalation process of 5 days is not viable. Section 3, Process of Resolving Professional Disagreements, has been amended to allow 14 working days for the resolution of disagreements at step 6 in the process. Steps 1 -5 in the process should not exceed 5 working days.

September 2019

CAPTION: September 2019
   
Updated Chapters
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Fabricated or Induced Illness This guidance has been completely rewritten and added to the procedures manual. Please note - The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) guidance 'Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) by Carers - A Practical Guide for Paediatricians' 2009 is currently being updated. Once this review is complete the following guidance will be reviewed and updated as required in line with the revised RCPCH guidance.

June 2019

CAPTION: June 2019
   
New Chapters and Features
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Pre Birth

This guidance which provides information for practitioners on what to do if they have concerns about a pregnant woman and /or her unborn baby has been added to the procedures.

May 2019

CAPTION: May 2019
   
Updated Chapters
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Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology This guidance has been reviewed and refreshed as required. In the further information section, a link has been added to the Catch 22 publication Social Media as a Catalyst and Trigger for Youth Violence.
Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation This guidance has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated.
Harmful Sexual Behaviour This chapter has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated. Information was added with regard to Technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour (TA-HSB) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2018. The Further Information section has been reviewed and updated.
Parents with Learning Disabilities This guidance has been reviewed throughout and extensively updated to reflect best practice when working with parents who have a learning disability.
New Chapters and Features
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Deprivation of Liberty online


Mental Capacity Act online
These new online resources provide information on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty in relation to children and young people.

January 2019

CAPTION: January 2019
   
Updated Chapters
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Joint Protocol for Children Missing from Home or Care The Joint Protocol for Children Missing from Home or Care has been updated.

December 2018

CAPTION: December 2018
   
Updated Chapters
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Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief This guidance, which is intended to help raise awareness of Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief (CALFB) has been extensively updated and should be read in full.
Information Sharing and Confidentiality This guidance has been reviewed and updated in line with the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children and DfE, Information Sharing Advice for Safeguarding Practitioners.
Allegations Against Persons who Work with Children The Leeds Allegations / Concerns Against Staff and Volunteers Flowchart has been updated. See Section 16, Flowcharts.
New Chapters and Features
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Child Criminal Exploitation This new chapter contains information on risk factors / indicators for Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE). It also explains the process for referring on any concerns, and the action that will follow to safeguard the children and young people concerned.
Self Harm This guidance has been written to help practitioners support young people who have self harmed, who or who may be at risk of self harming. It explains some of ways in which young people may harm themselves and the reasons why they do this. It contains useful advice on how to respond to a young person who has self harmed, as well as links to local and national sources of support and specialist advice / interventions.
Suicidal Behaviour This guidance has been written to help practitioners support young people who experiencing suicidal thoughts. It explores issues which can increase vulnerability to suicide, as well as identifying risks and warning signs. It contains links to advice on how to respond to a young person who expresses suicidal thoughts, as well as links to local and national sources of support and specialist advice / interventions.

September 2018

CAPTION: September 2018
   
New Chapters and Features
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Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment This new guidance has been added to the online procedures. It contains advice for practitioners on how to identify and respond to concerns in relation to Child Sexual Abuse in the family environment.

May 2018

CAPTION: May 2018
   
Updated Chapters
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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) The Bradford SCB Multi Agency Female Genital Mutilation Pathway has been added to Appendix 1: Local FGM Protocols, Pathways and Strategies.
Forced Marriage This guidance has been updated 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 Service' (November 2016).
Gang Activity, Youth Violence and Criminal Exploration Affecting Children This chapter has been updated to include a link to the Home Office publication Criminal Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults: County Lines. Information has also been added throughout to describe how organised criminal groups exploit young people and use them to distribute money and illegal drugs along 'county lines'.
Safeguarding Children who Move Across Local Authority Boundaries / Abroad This guidance has been reviewed throughout and substantially updated, new sections have been added in relation to children who are receiving Early Help services and Children in Need. (See Section 3, Children who were Receiving Early Help / Early Intervention Services, and Section 4, Children in Need).
Allegations Against Persons who Work with Children This document has been reviewed locally and updated throughout.
New Chapters and Features
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Concealed Pregnancies This chapter has been added to the manual.
Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children This chapter has been added to the manual.
West Yorkshire Guidance for Families who are Relocating Due to Risk This chapter has been added to the manual.

February 2018

CAPTION: February 2018
   
Updated Chapters
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Resolving Multi Agency Professional Disagreements and Escalation This protocol, which sets out the steps to be taken to resolve Multi Agency Professional Disagreements when working with children and families, has been reviewed and updated throughout. The process it describes should be followed whenever there is a disagreement between professionals / agencies regarding the best course of action to safeguard a child.

December 2017

CAPTION: December 2017
   
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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) A new Appendix 1: Local FGM Pathways has been added containing links to Local FGM Protocols, Pathways and Strategies.
Trafficked Children

This guidance has been updated to include links to the following:

Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children Child Victims of Modern Slavery: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (DfE, 2017);

Modern Slavery Duty to Notify - Factsheet and posters that explain what you need to do if you think someone has been a victim of modern slavery.

May 2017

CAPTION: May 2017
   
Updated Chapters
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Bullying This guidance has been reviewed throughout and updated as required.
Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology This guidance has been updated to include a reference to Outcome 21 which can be used by the Police in situations where young people are voluntarily sending/sharing sexual images or content with one another. Outcome 21 records 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. Thereby reducing stigma and distress for children and helping to minimise the long term impact of the situation.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Child Sexual Exploitation: Policy, Procedures and Guidance The definition of Child Sexual Exploitation contained in this guidance has been updated to reflect the 2017 Department for Education publication Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and Guide for Practitioners.
Safeguarding Children Affected by Gang Activity and Youth Violence This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout as required.
Safeguarding Children and Young people against Radicalisation and Violent Extremism Section 4, Protection and Action to be Taken, has been updated to include a link to information for use by practitioners in Calderdale when referring concerns about an individual who may be at risk of radicalisation or violent extremism.

December 2016

CAPTION: December 2016
   
Updated Chapters
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Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology A link has been added to recently published Government guidance for parents and carers whose children use social media.
Children Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries / Abroad A new Section 5, Moving Abroad has been added to provide guidance for professionals who have concerns that a child they are working with (for whom there are outstanding welfare concerns) has been taken abroad.
Safeguarding Children and Young people against Radicalisation and Violent Extremism Section 5, Issues, has been updated to include a link to the GOV.UK website to report online material promoting terrorism or extremism.
Information Sharing and Confidentiality The Inter Agency Information Sharing Protocol which is linked from Appendix 1: Local Information Sharing Protocols has been updated. The protocol contains a general agreement on information sharing between several organisations and bodies across the West Yorkshire region, and signatories include Leeds City Council, City of Bradford MBC, Calderdale MBC, Kirklees MBC, Wakefield MBC and West Yorkshire Police.
Removed Chapters
  • Race and Racism;
  • Bradford Protocol for the Review of Children on a Child Protection Plan for 2+ Years.

August 2016

CAPTION: August 2016
   
Updated Chapters
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Local Contacts Contact information has been reviewed locally and updated as required.

May 2016

CAPTION: May 2016
   
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Child Protection Review Conferences Section 2, Criteria for Discontinuing the Child Protection Plan has been reviewed by the Consortium and updated as required to reflect local practice.
Children from Abroad (including Migrant Children and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children) This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout. Links to new practice guidance developed by the ADCS Asylum Task Force and the Home Office for frontline workers on conducting age assessments and sharing information have been added into Section 7, Establishing the Child's Identity and Age. Section 15, National Referral Mechanism is new and sets out the requirements for practitioners to inform the National Referral Mechanism if they have concerns that a child is a victim of trafficking.
Domestic Violence and Abuse This procedure has been reviewed and updated throughout. Information on the new offence of coercive or controlling behaviour where perpetrated against an intimate partner or family member introduced by the Serious Crime Act 2015 has been added into Section 1, Introduction.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Section 5, Law Relating to Female Genital Mutilation has been updated to include a link to the revised reporting form which regulated professionals should use when reporting known cases of FGM to the West Yorkshire Police. A note has also ben added reminding professionals that, in line with safeguarding best practice, they should notify the girl and / or her parents / guardians as appropriate to explain the report, why it is being made and what it means. However should professionals have any concerns that informing the parents or child of the report may result in the risk of serious harm to the child or anyone else, or that then family may flee the county, then they should not be notified.
Information Sharing and Confidentiality The Inter Agency Information Sharing Protocol which is linked from Appendix 1: Local Information Sharing Protocols has been updated. The protocol contains a general agreement on information sharing between several organisations and bodies across the West Yorkshire region, and signatories include Leeds City Council, City of Bradford MBC, Calderdale MBC, Kirklees MBC, Wakefield MBC and West Yorkshire Police.
Allegations Against Persons who Work with Children This procedure has been reviewed and updated as required to reflect practice across the consortium area.
Reviewing All Childhood Deaths This chapter has been reviewed locally and updated as required to reflect local practice in reviewing child deaths.
Local Contacts Contact information has been reviewed locally and updated as required.
New Chapters and Features
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Multi-Agency Protocol for the Assessment of Bruising, Burns and Scalds in Non Mobile Babies

Bruising is the most common accidental injury experienced by children. However, it is extremely rare for a non-mobile baby (for example one that is not yet crawling) to sustain accidental bruising. Therefore bruising in non mobile babies should considered as an indicator of physical abuse and thoroughly investigated in a multi agency setting.

This protocol requires that all actual or suspected bruising, burns or scalds to babies who are not yet independently mobile are subject to multi-agency investigation in order to assess risk of harm. In particular, any decision that a child has not suffered abuse must always be a joint decision, and not taken by a single agency.

The protocol contains guidance for staff working across the Consortium areas on how to respond when they become aware of a non mobile baby with suspected bruising, burns or scalds. The protocol goes on to describe the process which be followed to ensure a prompt and thorough multi agency investigation of any such injuries.

February 2016

CAPTION: February 2016
   
Updated Chapters
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Local Contacts Local contacts have been updated.

November 2015

CAPTION: November 2015
   
Updated Chapters
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Referrals This procedure has been amended to reflect a change of practice in the Wakefield area; any professional in Wakefield who makes a telephone / verbal referral to Children's Social Care Services must now follow this up in writing within 24 hours (rather than 48 hours as previously required). Practice within the other four authorities making up the West Yorkshire Consortium is unchanged.
Single Assessment Single Assessment Guidance for practitioners in Kirklees has been added.
Child Protection Enquiries - Section 47 Children Act 1989 This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout. It should be read in full.
Abuse by Children and Young People who Display Sexually Harmful Behaviour This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout; it should be read in full.
Bullying Links have been added to advice documents on online (or cyber) bullying for Headteachers, school staff, parents and carers which have been issued by the Department of Education.
Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout. It should be read in full.
Children Missing from Education This chapter has been updated throughout to reflect revised Statutory Guidance on Children Missing Education (2015).
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) This guidance has been updated throughout, and should be read in full. Information on the new mandatory reporting requirements for FGM have been added into Section 5, Law Relating to Female Genital Mutilation.
Forced Marriages A link to an information leaflet produced by HM Courts and Tribunal Service explaining how Forced Marriage Protection Orders work has been added.
Trafficked Children This guidance has been updated to include information on changes to the process for referring suspected trafficking or modern slavery cases to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). The West Yorkshire Police area is one of a number of areas piloting the introduction of Slavery Safeguarding Leads. Cases of suspected trafficking or modern slavery should be reported to the Slavery Safeguarding Lead, who will then make a decision as to whether or not there are reasonable grounds to believe the child / young person has been trafficked. See Section 4.1, Identification of Trafficked Children for further details.
Safeguarding Children and Young people against Radicalisation and Violent Extremism This guidance has been revised throughout to reflect the updated Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales. It should be read in full.
Local Safeguarding Children Board - Role and Function This chapter has been updated to reflect the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Agency Roles and Responsibilities This chapter has been updated to reflect publication of Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Statutory Framework This section explains the legislation most relevant to work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It is taken directly from Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
Allegations Against Persons who Work with Children This guidance has been updated throughout,  following publication of the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Learning and Improvement Framework This chapter has been updated to reflect the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children. Links to updated Local Learning and Improvement Frameworks published by Bradford, Leeds and Wakefield SCBs have also been added.
Serious Case Reviews Guidance in this section of the procedures has been reviewed and updated to reflect the publication of Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Local Contacts Contact information has been reviewed and updated.

April 2015

CAPTION: April 2015
   
Updated Chapters
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Early Help / Common Assessment Framework Updated information has been added in Section 2, Assessing Children and Families with Additional Needs, linking to the different processes used in each of the West Yorkshire authorities.
Implementation of the Child Protection Plan - Lead Social Worker and Core Group Responsibilities A link has been added to recently published Departmental Advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children's services lawyers on Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders.
Abuse Linked to Spiritual and Religious Beliefs A link has been added to the Safe Network Multi Faith Safeguarding Hub which provides support and resources with a multi faith focus.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Child Sexual Exploitation: Policy, Procedures and Guidance Section 1, Introduction and Links to Local Resources has been updated to include links to the most up to date CSE resources available in each LSCB area.
Children from Abroad (including Migrant Children and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children) This chapter has been updated to reflect new Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities on the Care of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking and Trafficked Children. Additional information has been added into Section 6, Establishing the Child's Identity and Age emphasising that where the age of a person is uncertain and there are reasons to believe that they are a child, they are presumed to be a child in order to receive immediate access to assistance, support and protection in accordance with Article 10(3) of the European Convention on action Against Trafficking in Human Beings.
Children Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries This chapter has been reviewed throughout and updated as required. Section 2, Ensuring Continued Access to Universal Services is new.
Female Genital Mutilation A link has been added to the Home Office Female Genital Mutilation Resource Pack. The Resource Pack contains comprehensive information for practitioners is, including free e-learning on how to recognise and prevent FGM, case studies, examples of good practice from around the country and suggested questions for local areas when developing responses to FGM.
Trafficked Children This chapter has been updated to reflect new Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities on the Care of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking and Trafficked Children, Information has been added into Section 2, Definitions explaining that where the age of a person is uncertain and there are reasons to believe that they are a child, they should be presumed to be a child in order to receive immediate access to assistance, support and protection in accordance with Article 10(3) of the European Convention on action Against Trafficking in Human Beings. Age assessments should only be carried out where there is significant reason to doubt that the claimant is a child. In Section 4.3, Referrals, the importance of carrying out any assessment of a child who has been trafficked immediately is emphasised, as the opportunity to intervene is very narrow. Many trafficked children go missing from care, often within the first 48 hours.
Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention A link has been added to guidance produced by the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) (see above). The guidance summarises how the ICACU can help by making a request for co-operation to another country, in particular for the collection and exchange of information and provides details of how to contact the Unit and to make a request for co-operation.
Joint Protocol for Children Missing from Home or Care

This revised protocol has been produced jointly by West Yorkshire Police and Children's Social Care Services in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. It This protocol defines the roles and responsibilities of parents and carers (including kinship carers and foster carers), residential staff, the Police, Children's Social Care Services and other relevant practitioners when a child goes missing. Children who go missing from home or care place themselves and, at times, others at risk; they are also at increased risk of being harmed.

Every individual absent episode should warrant professional attention, and practitioners need to offer a consistent and coherent response to safeguard a child from harm. It is therefore important for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people using services in West Yorkshire, that all practitioners who work with children are familiar with this protocol and its contents.
Investigation Strategy for Harbourers of Children and Young People This chapter has been updated in light of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policy Act 2014. Under the Act, Risk of Sexual Harm Orders and Sexual Offences Prevention Orders have been replaced with Sexual Risk Orders and Sexual Harm Prevention Orders. See Section 2, Relevant Legislation for more information.
Information Sharing and Confidentiality This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout. It should be re-read in full.
Safer Recruitment, Selection and Supervision of Staff A link has been added to Raising Concerns at Work which is recently published whistle blowing guidance for workers and employers in health and social care.
Learning and Improvement Framework A link to the new Calderdale Multi Agency Learning and Improvement Framework has been added to this chapter.
Investigation of Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Childhood A link has been added to the most recent ACPO guidance on Investigating Child Deaths.
Local Contacts Contact information has been reviewed and updated.
New Chapters and Features
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So Called 'Honour' Based Violence This chapter contains information to help practitioners from all agencies to recognise and respond to Honour Based Violence.

October 2014

CAPTION: October 2014
   
Updated Chapters
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Referrals References to Initial and Core Assessments have been replaced with Single Assessment throughout to reflect the Single Assessment Process introduced by Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013.
Section 47 Enquiries This chapter has been amended throughout to reflect the introduction of the Single Assessment under Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013.
Abuse by Children and Young People who Display Sexually Harmful Behaviour References to Initial and Core Assessments have been replaced with Single Assessment throughout to reflect the Single Assessment Process introduced by Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013. Additional Guidance and tools for use by professionals when assessing Sexually Harmful Behaviour have also been added (see above). It should be read throughout.
Bullying A link to the updated Department for Education Guidance for Headteachers, Staff and Governing Bodies on Preventing and Tackling Bullying has been added.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation: Policy, Procedures and Guidance A link has been added to recently issued guidance on Sex and Relationships Education in the 21st Century). This is advice for schools (written by Brook, the PSHE Association and the Sex Education Forum) which supplements, and should be read alongside, Sex and Relationship Education Guidance for schools The new guidance provides information for teachers on topics that are missing from the 2000 document, including pornography, the safe use of technology, sexual consent, violence and exploitation.
Children Missing from Education A link has been added to new statutory guidance for local authorities on Children Missing from Education.
Domestic Violence and Abuse This chapter has been updated to include information on Domestic Violence Protection Orders and the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme ('Clare's Law') which came into force March 2014.
Female Genital Mutilation Section 4, NHS Actions is new, and outlines new data recording and reporting requirements for NHS Hospitals which have been introduced in April 2014.
Forced Marriages Section 3, Legal Position, has been updated to reflect the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014) which makes it a criminal office to force someone to marry.
Reluctant and Hostile Families A link to the Non-Engagement Pathway developed for workers in Bradford wad added.
Agency Roles and Responsibilities Links to new Statutory Guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education, and recently published guidance from the Royal College of Paediatrics on Role and Competences for Health Care Staff in Safeguarding Children and Young People have been added to this chapter.
Information Sharing and Confidentiality A link to the updated Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield Information Sharing Protocol has been added to the chapter.
Learning and Improvement Framework Links to the Learning and Improvement Frameworks developed locally in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield have been added to this chapter.
Local Contacts Contact information has been reviewed and updated.
New Chapters and Features
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Thresholds This new chapter provides links to thresholds guidance produced in Bradford, Calderdale, Leeds and Kirklees.
Single Assessment This new chapter provides an overview of the Single Assessment process which has been introduced by Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013. This Single Assessment replaces Initial and Core Assessments as the means by which Children's Social Care will, following acceptance of a referral, determine whether the child is in need and the nature of any services required. The chapter should be read alongside relevant local guidance.