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Amendments

October 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Pan Bedfordshire Practitioner's Guide to information sharing to safeguard children and young people An updated Pan Bedfordshire Practitioner's Guide to information sharing to safeguard children and young people has been added.
Child Protection Medical Assessments Changes were made to this chapter including updated versions of, Multi-Agency Referral Pathway for Child Protection Medicals for children 0-18 years living in Bedford or Central Bedfordshire (Except South) and Child Abuse Medical Pathway.
Child Protection Medical Assessments: Luton and South Central Bedfordshire Protocol An updated version of Appendix 2: Multi-Agency Referral Pathway for Child Protection Medicals for children 0-18 years living in Luton or Central Bedfordshire (South) has been added and an addition of Appendix 4: Child Abuse Medical Pathway.
Historical Abuse Allegations Section 2, Response has been updated to include a Section 47 Enquiry should be initiated if the alleged perpetrator is known currently to be caring for, or has access to children (and may require making the necessary referral to the area where the alleged perpetrator is now known to live or referred to LADO if it is suspected that they may have access to children in a professional capacity.)
Child Protection Plans and Core Groups A link has been added to Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) Guidance for Core Groups - Practice Guidance Leaflet.
Forced Marriage This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
So Called 'Honour' Based Abuse This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Safeguarding Children who Run Away and Go Missing from Home and Care An updated version of Safeguarding Children who Run Away and Go Missing from Home and Care has been added.
Female Genital Mutilation This chapter has been updated with information about the four types of FGM as defined by WHO. Links have been added to both the new Home Office FGM protection orders factsheet; and to the guidance to the 'Statement opposing female genital mutilation' (often referred to as a health passport).
Safeguarding Children Vulnerable to Gang Activity This chapter has been updated to include a link to the Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines (GOV.UK). Further text has been added to Section 2, Definition of a Gang to define the use of ‘county lines’ by organised criminal groups.
E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media This chapter has been updated and now 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.
Safeguarding Individuals Against Radicalisation or Violent Extremism: Practice Guidance The Model Flowchart for referral of Children and Young People for Concerns of Radicalisation in Children's Services in Section 3, Referral and Intervention Processes has been updated.
Safeguarding Children from Dangerous Dogs: Practitioner Guidance This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Working with Problematic use of Drugs or Alcohol within Families This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Luton Child Death Overview Panel Processes and Procedures A link has been added to, Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy and Childhood - Multi-agency Guidelines for Care and Investigation (Royal College of Pathologists, endorsed by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health) in the Related Information section.
Agency Roles and Responsibilities Updated links were added to Section 4.12, Early Years and Childcare with regards to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) and a link to Ofsted Guidance: Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings (2016) has been added which states 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.
Local Contact Details

This chapter has been amended.

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Bruising Protocol for Immobile Babies and Children Unexplained bruising (or bruising without an acceptable explanation) in a child not independently mobile must always raise suspicion of maltreatment and should result in an immediate Referral to Children’s Social Care Services and an urgent paediatric opinion. This chapter deals with the process and involving parents or carers.
Photographing Children This chapter provides guidance and covers the legal position and looked after children being photographed.
Removed Chapters
  • Pre-Birth Child Protection Procedure;
  • Child Protection Medical Assessments: Bedfordshire Protocol;
  • Joint Guidance for Working with Families in which the Problematic Use of Drugs or Alcohol is an Issue.


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