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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).

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