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Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Safeguarding Children Boards Procedures Manual

October 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. Assessing Need and Providing Help
  2. Learning and Improving Framework
  3. Child Deaths
  4. Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Safeguarding Children Boards and Organisational Responsibilities
  5. Appendices

1. Assessing Need and Providing Help


Early Help

1.1.1 Early Help Assessment (EHA)  
1.1.2 Responding to Abuse and Neglect  
1.1.3 Pan Bedfordshire Practitioner's Guide to information sharing to safeguard children and young people Updated



Referral, Investigation and Assessment


1.2.1 Child Protection Enquiries  
1.2.2 Action to be taken where a Child is Suffering or Likely to Suffer Significant Harm  
1.2.3 Management of Bruise, Bite And Suspicious/Unexplained Mark In Children  
1.2.4 Children who Move Across Local Authority Boundaries - under review  
1.2.5 Child Protection Medical Assessments Updated
  See also: Child Protection Paediatric Examination (NHS Bedfordshire and Bedford Hospital)  
1.2.6 Organised and Complex Abuse  
1.2.7 Historical Abuse Allegations Updated
1.2.8 Guidance for Practitioners Completing Chronologies and Genograms  



People Posing a Risk to Children

1.3.1 People Posing a Risk to Children - Guidance and Procedure  
1.3.2 Allegations and Concerns regarding Staff, Carers and Volunteers Working with Children and Young People  



Child Protection Conferences and Child Protection Plans

1.4.1 Child Protection Conferences Procedure  
1.4.2 Child Protection Plans and Core Groups Updated



Children in Specific Circumstances

1.5.1 Forced Marriage Updated
1.5.2 So Called 'Honour' Based Abuse Updated
1.5.3 Private Fostering Policy  
1.5.4 Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children: East of England Protocol  
1.5.5 Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked  
1.5.6 Safeguarding Children who Run Away and Go Missing from Home and Care Updated
1.5.7 Children Missing from Education  
1.5.8 Fabricated and Induced Illness / Disorders in Children  
1.5.9 Female Genital Mutilation Updated
1.5.10 Safeguarding Children in Faith Settings  
1.5.11 Safeguarding Children Vulnerable to Gang Activity Updated
1.5.12 E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media Updated
1.5.13 Children Visiting Prisons  
1.5.14 Safeguarding Individuals Against Radicalisation or Violent Extremism: Practice Guidance Updated
1.5.15 Neglect  
1.5.16 Procedure and Guidance in relation to Pre-Birth Planning and Assessments  
1.5.17 RSPCA, Social Care and Police Referral Protocol  
1.5.18 Safeguarding Children from Dangerous Dogs: Practitioner Guidance Updated
1.5.19 Bruising Protocol for Immobile Babies and Children New
1.5.20 Photographing Children New



Safeguarding Children from Sexual Abuse

1.6.1 Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation Updated
1.6.2 Assessing Children and Families affected by Adults Viewing Child Sexual Abuse Images on the Internet: Practice Guidance - under review  
1.6.3 Children and Young People with Harmful Sexual Behaviours  
1.6.4 Guidance for Professionals Working with Sexually Active Young People under the age of 18 in Bedford Borough Central Bedfordshire and Luton  (Including Risk Assessment)  
1.6.5 Young People who post Self-Taken Images: ACPO Guidance  



Parents and Families

1.7.1 Children of Parents with Mental Health Problems  
1.7.2 Working with Vulnerable Families Where One or Both Parents have Mental Health Problem: Joint Agency Protocol  
1.7.3 Children of Parents with Learning Difficulties  
1.7.4 Working with Parents or Carers with Learning or Physical Disabilities: Protocol - under review  
1.7.5 Safeguarding Children abused through Domestic Abuse - under review  
1.7.6 Working with Hostile, Non-Compliant Clients and those who use Disguised Compliance  



Local Safeguarding Children Board Protocols: Bedford and Central Bedfordshire

1.8.1 Children of Parents who Misuse Substances  
1.8.2 Working with Problematic use of Drugs or Alcohol within Families Updated
1.8.3 Investigative Interviews with Children: Practice Guidance  
1.8.4 Investigative Interviews with Disabled Children: Practice Guidance  
1.8.5 Procedure for Children that have a Dual Status (Bedford Borough Council) - under review  



Local Safeguarding Children Board Protocols: Luton

1.9.1 Consent to Share Information - Pro Forma  
  See also: Child Protection Medical Assessments: Luton and South Central Bedfordshire Protocol  
  Flowchart for Seeking Specialist Medical Opinion in Cases of Child Abuse & Neglect (Except Acute Sexual Abuse)  
1.9.2 Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Abuse and Children  
1.9.3 Memorandum of understanding in response to the trafficking of children through Luton Airport: Practice Guidance - under review  
1.9.4 A Risk and Resilience Model to Support the Assessment of Safeguarding and Welfare Concerns Involving Children - under review  
  See also: Investigative Interviews with Children: Practice Guidance  
1.9.5 Investigative Interviews with Disabled Children: Practice Guidance  

2. Learning and Improvement Framework

  Click here to access the Learning from Local Area SCR’S  
2.1 Serious Case Reviews  
2.2 Learning and Improvement Framework  
  See also: Child Death Overview and Rapid Response Arrangements  

3. Child Deaths

3.1 Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Luton Child Death Overview Panel Processes and Procedures Updated

4. Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Safeguarding Children Boards and Organisational Responsibilities

4.1 Local Safeguarding Children Boards  
4.2 Agency Roles and Responsibilities Updated
4.3 Statutory Framework  
4.4 Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers  
4.5 Complaints arising from Child Protection Conferences  
4.6 Escalation Procedures  

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5. Appendices

5.1 Local Contact Details Updated
5.2 Nice Guidelines - 'When to suspect child maltreatment'  
5.3 Protecting children and young people - the responsibilities of all doctors’ (GMC 2012)  
5.4 Amendments