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Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual - Contents

June 2017

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This contents list is sub divided into the following sections, each Section contains relevant Chapters/Procedures: (Click on the title to jump to the Section you require):

  1. Overarching Policy Framework, Principles and Values
  2. Early Help and Multi Agency Working
  3. Managing Cases Where there are Concerns About a Child's Safety and Welfare - Procedures
  4. Children in Specific Circumstances
  5. Managing Individuals who Pose a Risk of Harm to Children
  6. Complaints
  7. Case Review Processes
  8. Child Deaths
  9. Guidance
  10. Appendices and Local Contacts


1. Overarching Policy Framework, Principles and Values

1.1 Procedure for Updating this Manual  
1.2 Underlying Principles and Values  
1.3 Agency Roles and Responsibilities Updated
1.4 Information Sharing and Confidentiality  
1.5 Policy for the Secure Handling of Protected Information  
1.6 Electronic and Digital Recording of Meetings and Conversations New
1.7 Legal Framework for Safeguarding Children in Individual Cases  
1.8 Safeguarding Children Board – Role, Functions and Membership  
1.9 The Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership (GMSP)  
1.10 Guidance for Culturally Appropriate Practice  
1.11 North West Protocol for Standards in Supervision of Children and Families Social Workers  
  See also: Whistleblowing  


2. Early Help and Multi Agency Working

2.1 Early Help Updated
2.2 The Common Assessment Framework / Early Help Assessment Updated
2.3 North West CAF Group Cross Border Process (revised 2014)  
2.4 Thresholds for Children’s Social Care Updated
2.5 Resolving Professional Differences/Escalation Policy  


3. Managing Cases Where there are Concerns About a Child's Safety and Welfare - Procedures

3.1 Signs and Indicators of Abuse Updated
  See also: Bruising Protocol for Immobile Babies and Children  
  See also: Neglect Procedure  
3.2 Making Referrals to Children’s Social Care  
3.3 Single Assessment  
3.4 Strategy Discussions  
3.5 Section 47 Enquiries Updated
3.6 Initial Child Protection Conferences Updated
3.7 Record of Children with a Child Protection Plan  
3.8 Implementation of Child Protection Plan - Lead Social Worker and Core Group Responsibilities  
3.9 Child Protection Review Conferences Updated
3.10 Child Protection Conferences: Guidance for Partner Agencies on the Use, Recording, Dissemination and Handling of Police Information  
3.11 Pre-Birth Assessments  
3.12 Accommodating Children under Section 20 Children Act 1989  


 

3.13

Court Proceedings

 
3.13.1 Care and Supervision Proceedings and the Public Law Outline  
  See also North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  
3.13.2 Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Direction Hearings  


 

3.14

Cases with a Foreign Element

 
3.14.1 Working with Foreign Authorities: Child Protection Cases and Care Orders - Departmental Advice for Local Authorities, Social Workers, Service Managers and Children’s Services Lawyers (July 2014)  
3.14.2 Guidance: The International Child Abduction and Contact Unit  


 

3.15

Cases Crossing Local Authority Boundaries

 
  North West Protocol in Relation to Children in Need Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries  
  North West Protocol in Relation to Notification and Transfer of Children with a Child Protection Plan Across Local Authority Boundaries  
  North West Pre-Care and Care Proceedings Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure  
  North West Safeguarding Children and Young People Placed by other Local Authorities Protocol  


 

3.16

Provision of Accommodation under PACE

 
3.16.1 Joint Protocol for Considering Requests for the Provision of Accommodation under PACE (Greater Manchester Local Authorities and Greater Manchester Police)  
3.16.2 Pace Contacts for Greater Manchester Updated


 

3.17

Hospitals

 
3.17.1 Supervision of Parents of Children and Young People in Hospital (including the new-born baby) - Multi-agency Protocol New
3.17.2 Hospital Discharge Guidelines for Vulnerable Children  
3.17.3 Children Visiting Psychiatric Wards and Special Hospitals  
 

See also:

 


4. Children in Specific Circumstances

4.1 Bullying  
4.2 Safeguarding Children and Young People Online  
4.3

E-Safety Working Practices for Staff

See also:

 
4.4 Abuse Linked to Spiritual and Religious Beliefs  
4.5 Safeguarding Children and Young People Abused Through Sexual Exploitation Updated
4.6 Children Living Away from Home  
4.7 Children Missing from Home and Care - A Standardised Approach to Dealing with Missing and Absent Children and Young People Across Greater Manchester  
4.8 Children of Alcohol/Substance Misusing Parents/Carers  
4.9 Children of Parents with Learning Difficulties  
4.10 Children of Parents with Mental Health Difficulties  
4.11 Children Visiting Custodial Settings  
  See also Guidance for Working with Children who have a Parent (or Significant Family Member) in Prison  
4.12 Harmful Sexual Behaviours Presented by Children and Young People Updated
4.13 Children with Disabilities  
4.14 Institutional, Organised or Multiple Abuse  
4.15 Concealed Pregnancies  
4.16 Domestic Violence and Abuse Updated
4.17 MARAC  
4.18 Fabricated or Induced Illness  
4.19 Female Genital Mutilation Multi-Agency Protocol Updated
4.20 Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence  
4.21 Homeless 16 and 17 Year Olds Updated
4.22 Adults who Disclose Childhood Sexual Abuse  
4.23 Photographing Children  
4.24 Privately Fostered Children  
4.25 Safeguarding Children from Abroad  
4.26 Safeguarding Children from Trafficking and Modern Slavery  
4.27 Children Affected by Gang Activity or Serious Youth Violence  
4.28 Threat to Life New
4.29 Safeguarding Young People in the Armed Forces  
4.30 Safeguarding Young People in the Secure Estate  
4.31 Sleep Safe Guidance  
4.32 Young People and Self-Harm Updated
4.33 Dealing with Persistent Non-Engagement with Services by Uncooperative Families  
4.34 Working with Sexually Active Young People Under the Age of 18  
4.35 Safeguarding Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism Updated
4.36 Bruising Protocol for Immobile Babies and Children  
4.37 Neglect Updated
4.38 Safeguarding Children from Dangerous Dogs  
4.39 Guidance for Working with Children who have a Parent (or Significant Family Member) in Prison  
4.40 Breast Ironing  
4.41 Safeguarding Children as they Become Adults Guidance  


5. Managing Individuals who Pose a Risk of Harm to Children

5.1 Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers  
5.2 Managing Allegations of Abuse Made Against Adults Who Work with Children and Young People  
5.3 Risks Posed by People with Convictions Against Children, including Bail Arrangements for Adults Charged  
5.4 List of Offences  
5.5 Release of Prisoners Convicted of Offences Against Children  
5.6 Protocol between the Greater Manchester (GM) MAPPA Strategic Management Board (SMB) and the GM Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs)  
5.7 Licensed Premises  


6. Complaints

6.1 Complaints About Child Protection Conferences  


7. Case Review Processes

7.1

Learning and Improvement Framework

 
7.1.1 Introduction  
7.1.2 The North West Learning and Improvement Framework  
7.1.3 Greater Manchester Serious Case Review Systems Approach  
 

Additional Local Information:

Other local procedures - to follow
 


8. Child Deaths

8.1 Child Deaths – Introduction  
8.2 Child Death Overview Panels  
8.3 SUDC Procedure - Greater Manchester Procedure for the Management of Sudden Unexpected Death In Childhood (Rapid Response)  
8.4 Rapid Response Service Specification  
8.5 Greater Manchester Domestic Homicide Review Policy  
8.6 ACPO: A Guide to Investigating Child Deaths
 


9. Guidance

9.1

General

 
  Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015  
  Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of Information in Cases of Alleged Child Abuse and Linked Criminal and Care Directions Hearings (October 2013)  
  Whistleblowing  
  Safeguarding in Sports  


 

9.2

Health

 
  NICE Guidelines – ‘When to Suspect Child Maltreatment'  
  Guidance on Role of Dentists in Child Protection  
  General Medical Council Guidance to Doctors Regarding 0-18s  
  NICE Guidelines  - Depression in Children and Young People: Identification and Management in Primary, Community and Secondary Care (March 2015)  


 

9.3

Education

 
  Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015)  
  Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years - Statutory Guidance for Organisations who Work with and Support Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities  
  Useful Guidance for Schools - Sex Relationships Education  
  Help When We Need it Most: How to Prepare for and Respond to Suicide in Schools and Colleges (Samaritans)  
  Briefing Note For Schools  - How Social Media Is Used To Encourage Travel To Syria And Iraq  
  Parent Info - Parent Info is a collaboration between CEOP and The Parent Zone and provides information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience. Schools can host the content on their own website and use it in any other ways (in letters to parents etc) that they want.  
  Project Phoenix - Positive Relationships and Online Safety: Guidance for Primary Schools  
  Educate Against Hate - This website gives parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.  
 

Transgender Guidance for Schools (Intercom Trust, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council) provides useful guidance for schools on internal school procedures, changing names and gender markers, and Exam Certificates. It has been adopted as national good practice by the Department for Education.

New


 

9.4

Guidance for Community and Voluntary Sector

 
  NSPCC Multi-faith Safeguarding Hub Updated


10. Appendices and Local Contacts

10.1 Local Contacts Updated
10.2 Amendments  

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