Amendments

December 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour The Pan Bedfordshire guidance - ‘What to do if you believe a child or young person might be at risk of suicide has been added.

November 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Responding to Abuse and Neglect This guidance has been reviewed and refreshed throughout as required to ensure consistency with terminology used in current DfE publications, including Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Forced Marriage

This chapter has been updated to add a new section on Transition from Children's to Adults' Services.

So Called 'Honour' Based Abuse

A new section on Transition from Children's to Adults' Services has been added.

Private Fostering Policy

Links have been added to the Private Fostering webpages for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire SCB and Luton Council.

Children Missing from Education This chapter has been updated with links to Local guidance (see Local Guidance section above), refreshed where required and updated to add a new Section 6, Elective Home Education to reflect the DfE updated guidance on Elective Home Education for local authorities. A further Section 7, Unregistered Schools has been added.
Female Genital Mutilation This chapter has been updated to add a new section on Transition from Children's to Adults' Services.
Visits to Prisons by Children This chapter has been substantially updated and should be re-read.
Safeguarding Individuals Against Radicalisation or Violent Extremism: Practice Guidance This chapter has been substantially updated and should be re-read.
Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation This chapter has been reviewed and revised throughout.
Working with Sexually Active Young People This chapter has been substantially updated and should be re-read.
Children of Parents with Mental Ill Health This chapter has been reviewed and updated.
Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews This resource has been added to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Local Contact Details These details have been amended.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour This chapter has been added to the manual.
Bullying This chapter has been added to the manual.
Working with Interpreters and Others with Special Communication Skills This chapter has been added to the manual.
Visits to Psychiatric Wards and Facilities This chapter has been added to the manual.
Child Death Reviews This resource has been added to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children and statutory guidance.
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements This link to chapter 3 of Working Together to Safeguard Children has been added to the manual.
Whistleblowing or Raising Concerns at Work This chapter has been added to the manual.
Removed Chapters
  • Assessing Children and Families affected by Adults Viewing Child Sexual Abuse Images on the Internet: Practice Guidance;
  • Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

Next update: May 2020

June 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Responding to Abuse and Neglect Information has been added regarding schools' responsibility to safeguard children in accordance with the latest DfE guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Pan Bedfordshire Practitioner's Guide to Information Sharing to Safeguard Children and Young People This document has been updated.
Allegations and Concerns regarding Staff, Carers and Volunteers Working with Children and Young People This chapter has been updated.
Female Genital Mutilation A link has been added to the FGM Assessment Tool.
E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media This guidance has been reviewed and refreshed as required. In the further information section, a link has been added to the Catch 22 publication Social Media as a Catalyst and Trigger for Youth Violence.
Children Visiting Prisons This guidance has been reviewed and updated throughout to reflect the latest Prison Service publications covering the provision of visits, including visits to prisoners who are identified as posing a risk to children and additional guidance in Chapter 2, Working Together to Safeguard Children on the statutory duties which apply to the Prison Service to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Injuries and Bruising Protocol for Children not Independently Mobile This chapter has been fully reviewed and should be re-read throughout.
Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation Identifying and responding to Child Sexual Exploitation in Bedfordshire has been updated.
Harmful Sexual Behaviour This chapter has been updated and is currently under review.
Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment A definition has been added for Child Sexual Abuse within the family environment (also known as Intra-familial Child Sexual Abuse) see Section 1, Definition. A model suggested by the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse outlining some of the likely impacts of Child Sexual Abuse has been included in Section 2, Risk and Indicators.
Agency Roles and Responsibilities This chapter has been significantly updated to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers A link has been added to Statutory Guidance: Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Information Sharing This chapter has been added to the manual.
Voice and Lived Experience of Children and Young People Guidance for Practitioners This document has been added to the manual.
Children Subject to Section 47 Enquires and Child Protection Plans when Travelling Abroad This chapter has been added to the manual.
Hard to Engage Families: Working Effectively with Resistance, Hostility or Disguised Compliance Amendments have been made throughout this chapter, and it should be re-read in its entirety.
Parental Conflict Guidance This chapter has been added to the manual.
Removed Chapters
  • Management of Bruises, Bites And Suspicious/Unexplained Marks in Children;
  • Trafficking of Children and Adults through Bedfordshire (including London Luton Airport).


January 2019

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Child Protection Medical Assessments This chapter has been updated to include the revised 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.

November 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Child Protection Enquiries This chapter has been revised to include Child Protection Medical Assessment Pathway.
Child Protection Conferences Procedure This chapter has been reviewed and updated following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Organised and Complex Abuse This chapter has been amended to reflect changes in the manner and extent of Child Protection responses to organised and complex abuse.
People Posing a Risk to Children - Guidance and Procedure This chapter has been updated including an updated link to the MAPPA Guidance.
Allegations and Concerns regarding Staff, Carers and Volunteers Working with Children and Young People The LADO practice guidance has been added to this procedure.
Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation

This chapter has been amended to reflect and include local resources for those affected by modern slavery

Neglect This chapter has been revised and updated to capture the requirements of Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation This chapter was amended to include Multi-Agency Information Submission Form Guidelines and submission form.
Children of Parents with Learning Disabilities This chapter has been revised throughout in line with case-law and updated good practice guidance.
Serious Case Reviews This chapter has been linked linked to Working Together to Safeguard Children and therefore has been significantly amended and should be fully re read.
Escalation Procedures The chapter has been updated to reflect and capture the revised escalation process.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Safeguarding Children and Young People Online This chapter has been added to the manual.

April 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Responding to Abuse and Neglect A link has been added to the NSPCC Core Information Leaflets on aspects of Physical Child Abuse on the RCPCH website. This series of resources details aspects of physical child abuse and will be of use to a wide range of professionals in different disciplines who work with young people and their families.
Pan Bedfordshire Practitioner's Guide to Information Sharing to Safeguard Children and Young People

A note has been added with regards to NHS - CPIS (Child Protection Information Sharing).

The East Of England Region Children's Services Joint Protocol on Children Subject to Child Protection Plan Moving Between Local Authority Boundaries

This chapter has been extensively updated and replaces the previous chapter entitled Children Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries

Trafficking of Children and Adults through Bedfordshire (including London Luton Airport) This chapter has been extensively updated and replaces the previous chapter entitled Safeguarding Children who May have Been Trafficked.
Safeguarding Children Vulnerable to Gang Activity This chapter has been updated to include a link to the Home Office publication Criminal Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults: County Lines. Information has also been added throughout to describe how organised criminal groups exploit young people and use them to distribute money and illegal drugs along 'county lines'.
Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children This chapter has been reviewed and updated.
Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation Procedure has been updated and should be read throughout.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation The Further Information section has been revised and updated with a link to the Centre of expertise on Child Sexual Abuse – Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation. A further link has been added to Child sexual exploitation: Practice Tool (2017) (open access) - further background information about child sexual exploitation and additional commentary around some of the complexities of practically responding to the issue.
Safeguarding Children abused through Domestic Abuse Practice Guidance This guidance has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Modern Slavery (including the Exploitation of Children) This chapter has been added to the manual.
Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment This chapter has been added to the manual.
Removed Chapters
  • Working with Parents or Carers with Learning or Physical Disabilities: Protocol;
  • Procedure for Children that have a Dual Status (Bedford Borough Council);
  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Abuse and Children;
  • Memorandum of understanding in response to the trafficking of children through Luton Airport: Practice Guidance.

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 have been 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 Protection Medical Assessments (Physical/Neglect Concern) 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 have been 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.

April 2017

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

This chapter has been updated. Section 3.4, Information for the Conference has been 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 has been 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 has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Child Sexual Exploitation Section 1, Introduction has been 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 has been 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.

November 2016

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Responding to Abuse and Neglect An updated Management of Bruises, Bites and Suspicious or Unexplained Marks on Children has been added and a new Section 13, Schools and Educational Establishments has also been included.
Management of Bruise, Bite And Suspicious/Unexplained Mark In Children This chapter has been updated.
Children who Move Across Local Authority Boundaries This chapter has been updated including the addition of a new sub section Moving Abroad.
Child Protection Medical Assessments An updated version of Process for Child Protection Medicals in Bedfordshire (excluding Luton) has been added. Bedfordshire and Luton - Suspected Cases of Sexual Abuse, Child & Young Person Pathway Acute (up to 3 weeks) has been added.
Allegations and Concerns regarding Staff, Carers and Volunteers Working with Children and Young People This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Forced Marriage Section 10, First Contact: Imminent Travel Overseas has been updated to reflect that if the person is a foreign or dual national then they can travel within Europe with their national ID card and the same guidance applies as per passports. Appendix 1: Local and National Contacts has also been updated.
Private Fostering Policy Section 2, Policy Statement has been updated to reflect that the responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of privately fostered child in Luton is the responsibility of two teams: Rapid Intervention and Assessment Team (soon to be known as Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub from January 2017) and the Fostering team. In Central Bedfordshire the statutory duties for privately fostered children are fulfilled by the Family Support Service and in Bedford Borough Council the responsibility is handled by the Fostering Team.
Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children: East of England Protocol This chapter has been updated.
Female Genital Mutilation This chapter has been extensively updated including the addition of a link to Female Genital Mutilation Risk and Safeguarding – Guidance for Professionals (DoH).
Safeguarding Children Vulnerable to Gang Activity Links to Statutory Guidance Injunctions to Prevent Gang-Related Violence and Gang-Related Drug Dealing,  (Home Office) and Injunctions to Prevent Gang-Related Violence and Gang-Related Drug Dealing A Practitioners' Guide Revised Guidance May 2016  have been updated in the Related Guidance section.
E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media A link has been added to Child Online Safety, a practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media in the Related Information section.
Children Visiting Prisons This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
Safeguarding Individuals Against Radicalisation or Violent Extremism: Practice Guidance A link has been added to Working with Adults and Children who are Vulnerable to Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Central Bedfordshire in the Related Local Guidance section. Section 3, Referral and Intervention Processes has been updated to reflect that reporting online material, which promotes extremism such as illegal or harmful pictures or videos, can be done through GOV.UK, Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism. Although professionals should follow the Referral procedures, non professionals may make a report anonymously.
Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation

Pan Bedfordshire Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Identification Tool, Pan-Bedfordshire Child Sexual Exploitation Group (Cseg) and Guidance For Practitioners have been updated. The Intelligence Sharing Form has been added.

Child Protection Medical Assessments: Luton and South Central Bedfordshire Protocol This chapter has been updated.
Complaints Arising from Child Protection Conferences Section 4, Outcomes of the Complaint - information has been added with regards to all families should be made aware and reminded of this procedure at Child Protection Conferences.
Local Contact Details This chapter has been amended.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
So Called 'Honour' Based Abuse This chapter contains information to help practitioners from all agencies to recognise and respond to Honour Based Abuse.
Child Protection Medical Assessments: Bedfordshire Protocol The areas covered by this protocol are: Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Borough Council. Due to geographical considerations, some Bedfordshire children will need to be assessed by the paediatricians in Luton. Local Authorities who need this service from Luton will need to consult the Luton Child Protection Medical Policy. This does not cover acute sexual abuse/assault cases where forensic sampling is needed nor cases of historic sexual abuse. For this please refer to the SARC protocol.
Removed Chapters
  • Managing Allegations and Concerns about Adults who work with Children Practice Guidance for LADOs.

September 2016

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Safeguarding Individuals Against Radicalisation or Violent Extremism: Practice Guidance Section 3, Referral and Intervention Processes has been updated to reflect protecting children from the risk of radicalisation should be seen as part of organisations' wider safeguarding duties, and is similar in nature to protecting children from other forms of harm and abuse. Staff should use their professional judgement in identifying children who might be at risk of radicalisation and act proportionately, which may include making a referral to the Channel programme or a referral to early help. Information has also been added with regards to as set out in the flowchart, the named or designated professional may discuss any such concerns with the local police if, after proper assessment of the concerns raised, the named or designated professional considers further action is required.

May 2016

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Early Help Assessment (EHA) Section 6, How Can I get Training and Support? A link has been added to Central Bedfordshire Early Help Information.
Responding to Abuse and Neglect An updated Management of Bruises, Bites and Suspicious or Unexplained Marks on Children has been added and a link to Central Bedfordshire Assessment and Threshold Guidance.
Child Protection Medical Assessments: Luton and South Central Bedfordshire Protocol Appendix 2: Multi-Agency Referral Pathway for Child Protection Medicals for children 0-18 years living in Luton or Central Bedfordshire (South) has been updated.
Guidance for Practitioners Completing Chronologies and Genograms This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout. It replaces the former chapter entitled Chronologies: Practice Guidance.
Female Genital Mutilation A link has been added to the Pan Bedfordshire Practice Guidance for practitioners on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a new Appendix 1, Pan Bedfordshire FGM Pathways and Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation 2016.
Safeguarding Children Vulnerable to Gang Activity This chapter has been extensively updated and should be read throughout.
E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media This guidance has been updated to include information on 'sexting' and young people's use of technology to share indecent images or videos they have taken of themselves. Children and young people should be warned about the risks of taking sexually explicit pictures of themselves and sharing them on the internet or by text. The Serious Crime Act (2015) introduced an offence of 'sexual communication with a child'. This applies to an adult, who communicates with a child and where the communication is sexual or, if it is intended to elicit from the child a communication, which is sexual and the adult reasonably believes the child to be under 16 years of age. The Act also amended the Sex Offences Act 2003 so it is now an offence for an adult to arrange to meet with someone under 16 having communicated with them on just one occasion, previously it has been on at least two occasions.
Safeguarding Individuals Against Radicalisation or Violent Extremism: Practice Guidance A link has been added to Educate Against Hate website.
Children and Young People with Harmful Sexual Behaviours Additional guidance has been added to this chapter - Sexually Harmful Behaviours Pathway - Flowchart.
Serious Case Reviews A link has been added to Bedford Safeguarding Children Board - Learning and Improvement Framework and the Local Commissioning of Serious Case Reviews - Support for Independent Chairs of Safeguarding Children Boards and Serious Case Review/Serious Incident Notification Panels/Sub Groups.
Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Luton Child Death Overview Panel Processes and Procedures The Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough and Luton Child Death Overview Panel Processes and Procedures has been updated.
Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers A link has been added to Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers – Safer Recruitment Consortium.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Children Missing from Education This chapter deals with the definition, risks and action to be taken when a child is missing from education.
Guidance for Professionals Working with Sexually Active Young People under the age of 18 in Bedford Borough Central Bedfordshire and Luton  (Including Risk Assessment) The guidance provides a framework for assessing the risk of significant harm to sexually active young people and is designed to guide the response of all professionals who have a responsibility for children within the statutory, private or voluntary sector within Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton who come into contact with children and young people under the age of 18 who are sexually active in a relationship that appears consensual.
Children of Parents with Mental Health Problems National Serious Case Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews have identified domestic abuse, parental mental ill health and drug and alcohol misuse as significant factors in families where children have died or been seriously harmed. This chapter deals with the definition, risks and action to be taken when a child has suffered, or is likely to suffer Significant Harm or whose well-being is affected by parental mental illness.
Children of Parents with Learning Difficulties This chapter deals with the definition, risks and action to be taken when a child of a parent with learning disabilities appears not to be able to meet her/his child's needs.
Children of Parents who Misuse Substances National Serious Case Reviews and Domestic Homicide Reviews have identified domestic abuse, parental mental ill health and drug and alcohol misuse as significant factors in families where children have died or been seriously harmed. This chapter deals with the definition, risks and action to be taken when a child has suffered, or is likely to suffer Significant Harm or whose well-being is affected by parental misuse of substances.
Removed Chapters
  • Managing Allegations and Concerns regarding Staff, Carers and Volunteers;
  • Underage Sexual Activity.

March 2016 - minor amendment to December 2015 publication

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Children and Young People with Harmful Sexual Behaviours This document replaces the previous guidance - Distinguishing between Healthy and Abusive Sexual Behaviours in Children and Young People: Practice Guidance and Procedures.
Underage Sexual Activity This chapter replaces the previous guidance - Working with Sexually Active Children and Young People: Protocol and Guidance.

December 2015

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Early Help Assessment (CAF) This chapter has been significantly amended throughout and should be re-read in full.
Information Sharing Protocol This chapter has been updated.
Forced Marriage Appendix 1: Local and National Contacts has been updated.
Female Genital Mutilation This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
Safeguarding Individuals Against Radicalisation or Violent Extremism: Practice Guidance This chapter has been significantly amended throughout and should be re-read in full.
RSPCA, Social Care and Police Referral Protocol This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
Safeguarding Children from Dangerous Dogs: Practitioner Guidance This guidance has been adopted by Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough Council.
Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation The Related Guidance and Information section has been added.
Core Groups - Practice Guidance Leaflet (Bedford Borough only) This guidance has been updated.
Safeguarding Children and Young People From Neglect This guidance has been updated.
Agency Roles and Responsibilities This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Pre-Birth Child Protection Procedure A link has been added to this chapter in the Bedford Borough Children's Services Procedures Manual.
Removed Chapters
  • Archiving Child Protection Records: Practice Guidance.

June 2015

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Escalation Procedures A link has been added to Raising Concerns at Work: Whistleblowing Guidance for Workers and employers in Health and Social Care (2014).
Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked This chapter has been amended in line with Care of Unaccompanied and Trafficked Children: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities on the Care of Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking and Trafficked Children (2014). It should be re-read in its entirety.
Safeguarding Children who Run Away and Go Missing from Home and Care A link has been added to The International Child Abduction and Contact Unit.
Female Genital Mutilation A link has been added to the Female Genital Mutilation Resource Pack - GOV.UK.
Safeguarding Children in Faith Settings A link has been added to the Safe Network - Multi-faith Safeguarding Hub in Related Information.
Working with Problematic use of Drugs or Alcohol within Families A link has been added to the Postnatal Care NICE Clinical Guideline 37 in Related Information.
Agency Roles and Responsibilities This chapter has been updated to take account of the changes in Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.
Local Contact Details This chapter has been amended.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Neglect This chapter has been added to the manual.
Learning from Local Area SCR'S This chapter has been added to the manual.

December 2014

Updated Chapters
Chapter Details
Common Assessment Framework / Early Help This chapter has been significantly amended throughout and should be re-read in full.
Children who Move Across Local Authority Boundaries This chapter deals with children and their families where they may move to another local authority area, the process of assessing the impact of the change in circumstances on the child/children. It has been extensively updated and should be re-read in its entirety.
Child Protection Medical Assessments This chapter has been significantly amended throughout and should be re-read in full.
Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been significantly revised and should be re-read in full.
Safeguarding Children who Run Away and Go Missing from Home and Care This chapter has been significantly amended throughout and should be re-read in full.
Fabricated and Induced Illness/Disorders in Children Section 11.5 has been amended with regard to contact details for the National Crime Agency.
Abuse Linked to Spiritual and Cultural Beliefs/Faith Groups This chapter has been significantly amended throughout and should be re-read in full.
Supporting Individuals Vulnerable to Violent Extremism: Practice Guidance This chapter has been significantly amended throughout and should be re-read in full.
Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation This chapter has been significantly amended throughout and should be re-read in full.
Working with Vulnerable families where one or both parents have Mental Health Problem: Joint Agency Protocol This chapter has been significantly amended throughout and should be re-read in full.
Safeguarding Children abused through Domestic Abuse This chapter has been significantly amended throughout and should be re-read in full.
Joint Guidance for Working with Families in which the Problematic Use of Drugs or Alcohol is an Issue This chapter has been significantly amended throughout and should be re-read in full.
Archiving Child Protection Records: Practice Guidance Section 5, Additional information for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton schools / educational establishments has been added.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Details
Responding to Abuse and Neglect This chapter gives an overview of the concept of significant harm, early help, definitions of abuse and making a referral. It replaces the previous chapter Recognising and Responding to Concerns about the Welfare of a Child.

Bedford Single Assessment

Bedfordshire Child and Family Assessments

Luton Protocol for Single Assessments in Children's Social Care
Links have been included to the Single Assessment process for each area.
Child Protection Enquiries This chapter provides the steps for how to undertake a Strategy Discussion / meeting and how to conduct Section 47 Enquires and replaces the previous chapter Action to be taken where a Child is Suffering or Likely to Suffer Harm.
Organised and Complex Abuse This chapter provides a procedure for agencies about the investigation of complex and organised abuse and information about what action they should take if they suspect such abuse.
Historical Abuse Allegations This chapter deals with the significance and response to historical abuse.
Female Genital Mutilation This chapter deals with the definition, the law and action and protection.
E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media This chapter deals with the definition, risks and action to be taken.
Children Visiting Custodial Settings This chapter sets out the procedures for managing risks and safeguarding the wellbeing of children and young people, who may be visiting or having contact with adults or other young people who are in a custodial setting.
Working with Hostile, Non-Compliant Clients and those who use Disguised Compliance This chapter replaces Understanding and Responding to Uncooperative and Confrontational Families.
Procedure for Children that have a Dual Status (Bedford Borough Council) This deals with the process of assessment for the discontinuation of a Child Protection Plan when child is subject to both a Child Protection Plan and Child Looked After.
Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board 'Safeguarding Children and Young People From Neglect' This guidance has been produced because it is recognised that neglect is a complex and multifaceted issue, which can often be difficult for professionals to address effectively.
Flow Chart for Seeking Specialist Medical Opinion in Cases of Child Abuse & Neglect (Except Acute Sexual Abuse) This flowchart has been added to the manual.
Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers This guidance applies to all adults who have contact with children, young people and Adults at Risk through their work whether in a paid or voluntary capacity. It applies to permanent, temporary and agency staff and to those recruited from overseas. It also applies to staff who do not have direct responsibility for children, but who will have contact with children within the organisation and will be seen as safe and trustworthy and/or have access to confidential and sensitive information e.g. administrative staff, receptionists, caretakers, maintenance workers.
People Posing a Risk to Children - Guidance and Procedure This guidance has been added to the manual.

LSCB websites:

  • Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board;
  • Central Bedfordshire Safeguarding Children Board;
  • Luton Safeguarding Children Board.
Links have been added to access the websites.
Learning and Improvement Framework Links have been added to all areas frameworks.