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Quick Guide

November 2016

This 'Quick Guide' must be read before accessing the body of the manual.


Contents

  1. Display and Browser Options
  2. Structure of the Manual
  3. Amendments
  4. Planned Updates
  5. How to Find a Chapter
  6. Terminology
  7. Keywords
  8. Compliance
  9. Register for Updates
  10. Copyright
  11. Printing and Retaining Copies


1. Display and Browser Options

People with a visual impairment may have difficulty accessing this manual.

To change the size of the text/layout - please use these accessibility buttons

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which are on menu bar on the left side of every screen. Click a larger button to increase your text size, the very largest being high visibility mode.


2. Structure of the Manual

This manual contains the inter-agency policies, procedures, protocols and guidance for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Safeguarding Children Boards. To clarify:

  • Procedures and protocols are sets of rules - they are MUST DO's;
  • Practice guidance is a tool for reflective practice, and identifies the best of current practice using current research.


3. Amendments

When the manual is updated and a chapter has been significantly amended or is new, it will be indicated in the Contents List and at the top of the relevant Chapter.

Click here to view details of updates made to this manual.

Where chapters have been changed solely to reflect terminology changes they have not been marked as updated.

Therefore, please see:

For further information please contact your LSCB:


4. Planned Updates

The manual will be updated approximately every six months. If you have any queries or suggestions, please contact your Manager.

The next update will be available by April 2017.

If practitioners which to suggest any amendments or additions for the manual, they should contact their Local Safeguarding Children Board:


5. How to Find a Chapter

Procedures and guidance are located in individual 'Chapters' which are available from a 'traditional' Contents List, which can be accessed by clicking on the button - on the left hand side of the screen.

5.1 Using the Contents List

The manual is divided into 'Parts' as described in Section 2, Structure of the Manual

CHAPTERS: In each Part, you'll find individual Chapters/Procedures e.g. ' Child Protection Conferences’.

5.2 You can search for a Chapter

If you are not sure where to find the information you are looking for, try the 'Search' button available on the left side of the screen, which will help you find the Chapter/s you require.


6. Terminology

We believe it is crucial to use consistent terminology, which we agree with individual customers, for example:

'Child' The term 'child' is used to mean any child or young person under the age of 18
'Staff' or 'Carer' Means all Staff and Carers whether employed or not
'Line Manager' Means the first Line Manager of a team/service
'Parent' Includes any person with Parental Responsibility
'Regulatory Authority' Regulatory Authority is the generic term used in this manual to describe the independent regulatory body responsible for inspecting and regulating services e.g. Ofsted.
'Children's Social Care' This term is used throughout the manual to mean the local authority Children's Social Care department with lead safeguarding children responsibilities under the Children Acts 1989 and 2004.


7. Keywords

The manual is accessed by practitioners from varying agencies, who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a large glossary (Keywords) of terms is available such as Significant Harm (try it: click on the highlighted text). We call them 'Keywords'. Once clicked, the definitions will appear in a new window or tab, depending on your browser. You can leave it open for reference, or close it using the "close" button at the bottom.

Many Keywords are highlighted in the body of procedures, but you can look for the Keyword you need: go to the Keywords Index, on the left hand side of the screen.


8. Compliance

Regulatory Compliance

Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or mistakes, please alert your manager.


9. Register for Updates

If you wish to be alerted when the manual is updated, please register with us by using the button on the left hand side of the screen 'Register for Updates'. You will also be notified about the briefing papers we regularly publish.


10. Copyright

The content of this website can be accessed, printed and downloaded in an unaltered form, on a temporary basis, for personal study or reference purposes. However any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in whole or in part in any manner or in or on any media to any person without the prior written consent of tri.x, Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board, Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board and Luton Safeguarding Children Board.


11. Printing and Retaining Copies

The manual should normally be viewed on line but can be printed, for reference only.

To print a chapter, click on the print icon icon which is in the top right hand corner of the relevant procedure

Please note, the manual will be updated regularly, so staff should avoid retaining printed versions - hard copies are only valid for 72 hours.

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