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April 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Responding to Abuse and Neglect This chapter was updated including the addition of a new Section 12, Non-recent / Historical Abuse.
People Posing a Risk to Children - Guidance and Procedure This chapter was updated including an updated link to the MAPPA Guidance.
Child Protection Conferences Procedure

This chapter was updated. Section 3.4, Information for the Conference was updated to reflect that it should be organised using the Strengthening Families headings and all professionals should use the Strengthening Families Report to Conference format or the Agency Report Conference checklist. Social Workers must use the Report to Conference Template.

It now covers Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton.

Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked A link was added to Modern Slavery: Duty to Notify (Home Office 2016) which provides factsheets and posters that explain what you need to do if you think someone has been a victim of modern slavery.
Children Missing from Education This chapter has been amended to encompass the updated statutory guidance ‘Children Missing Education’ (DfE, September 2016). Section 1, Definition and Overview has been expanded to include an overview as well as the definition. Section 2, Risks, has been updated to include some specific groups of children who are vulnerable. Section 3, Indicators, has been expanded to reflect the duties and requirements of schools and LAs. Links have been updated in the whole chapter.
Fabricated and Induced Illness / Disorders in Children This chapter was extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Child Sexual Exploitation Section 1, Introduction was updated to take account of the change of definition in: Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and Guide for Practitioners (DfE February 2017).
Neglect Practice Guidance This chapter previously called, Safeguarding Children and Young People from Neglect has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
Agency Roles and Responsibilities This chapter was extensively updated including the addition of Section 5, Organisations without Statutory Duties.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Procedure and Guidance in relation to Pre-Birth Planning and Assessments This guidance is for managers and practitioners involved in work with families prior to the birth of a child where there are indications of identified needs / risk.
Removed Chapters
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People from Neglect Procedure;
  • Child Neglect: Practice Guidance.

Next update: October 2017


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