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May 2017

New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Concealment and Denial of Pregnancy and Birth

The purpose of this guidance is twofold in that, firstly, it is primarily aimed at raising awareness amongst practitioners in all organisations and encouraging vigilance and professional curiosity when it comes to concealed and denied pregnancy. Secondly, it is in response to learning from a Serious Case Review. The chapter contains information from : Evidence from research and Serious Case Reviews and Factors Associated With the Occurrence of a Concealed/Denied Pregnancy (see Appendices).

A range of agency responsibilities are highlighted and a link to Lincolnshire’s Community health Services NHS Trust’s ‘Standard Operational Procedure for Universal Service (Health Visiting and School Nursing) for Core Offer Appointments where the client does not attend’ has also been added.

April 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Agency Roles and Responsibilities This chapter has been updated to reflect Ofsted recommendation that Early Years providers have a designated person to take lead responsibility for safeguarding children on the premises at all times the provision is open, (see Section 3, Agencies Working Under the Auspices of the LSCB).
Section 47 Enquiries and Social Work Assessments This chapter has been updated to reference the Initial Child Protection Conferences Procedure - Audio Recording of Conferences section, (see Section 11, Outcome of the Section 47 Enquiry).
Initial Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been amended to add a link to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and Code of Conduct in respect of solicitors attending Children Act meetings, (see Section 4, Who Should Attend?). Please reference as required to clarify solicitors role in this context. Additionally, Section 14, Audio Recording of Conferences, has been updated to ensure all professionals are aware of covert recordings (and therefore to be careful in respect of having some ‘private conversations’) and to add a link to ‘Parents recording social workers - A guidance note for parents and professionals’ (the Transparency Project) for additional information.
Safeguarding Children and Young People at risk of Sexual Exploitation Policy

This chapter has been reviewed and amended to add the DfE, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ February 2017 definition of Child Sexual Abuse, (see Section 3, Definitions). Additionally, a link to the updated guidance, DfE, Definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decision makers working to protect children from child sexual exploitation, (2017) has been added.

Appendix 1: Child Sexual Exploitation Guidance and Risk Assessment now includes links to the Risk Assessment Toolkit guidance; Model Practice Guidance and Risk Assessment, Factsheets and ‘Be Smart Be Safe’ Resource Pack - together with other publicity information.
LSCB Joint Protocol for Missing Children and Young People This chapter has been updated by adding a link to HMIC, Missing children: who cares? - the police response to missing and absent Children, (2016), and also by updating the government guidance link to DfE, Definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decision makers working to protect children from child sexual exploitation (2017) in Section 2, Legislative Framework.
Female Genital Mutilation This chapter has been updated to add Appendix 3: Female Genital Mutilation Flow Chart of Information Sharing. This Flow chart particularly highlights information sharing actions for health professionals – but noting that if the female is under 18 years then reference should be made to the safeguarding policies.
Cross Border Child Protection Cases under the Hague Convention

This chapter has been updated to link to the updated  ICACU document and to add a separate link to GOV.UK International child abduction unit: request for co-operation form, (2016).

(The ICACU is the operational Central Authority for England and Wales for Council Regulations (EC) Brussels 11 Regulation. It provides a standard response to enquiries for co-operation from local authorities explaining other sources of assistance and information and contact details of other bodies).

Complaints about Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been updated to identify that complaints should be made within 6 months of the Child Protection Conference decision (see Section 1, Introduction) and that at the immediate stage, there is an expectation that the Conference chair should seek to speak directly to the complainant in order to fully understand the context of the complaint being made, (see Section 6, Complaint Stages).
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Banned Items in Lincolnshire Schools and Academies This new chapter highlights the importance given to providing a ‘safe, stimulating and successful learning environment’ for pupils, with the policy being one aspect of providing this. The policy has been developed to reflect relevant DfE policies for schools. The chapter details the items that are required to be banned and highlights possible consequences for any breach. Schools are invited to link the policy with their own ‘behaviour policy’ and to develop clear practices that reflect this strategic approach. Please reference.
Model Drugs Policy for Schools Academies This new chapter seeks to ensure a consistent approach across Lincolnshire schools when there are drug related concerns. The policy is developed from relevant national guidance and includes procedures for managing incidents. The policy also acknowledges then need for support as well as sanctions, and reflects there will be pupils whose parent/carers have drug problems. The policy reflects that pupils should be able to talk to staff about any difficulties they have without being judged and within a confidential framework.
SCIE/NSPCC Serious Case Review Quality Markers (2016) This chapter links to the Social Care Institute for Excellence and NSPCC paper which has developed 18 Quality Markers covering the whole process of Serious Case Reviews from Referral to Implementation and Evaluation and have been developed and tested by an experienced group of ‘Leads’ against five SCRs. Each ‘Quality Marker’ has a quality statement itself and is structured through a series of indicators.
NICE Guidance, Post natal care up to 8 weeks after birth This chapter is a link to the NICE guidance. The guidance includes: care planning and delivery; maternal health; infant feeding and maintaining infant health. The guidance also includes ‘Parenting and emotional attachment’, a range of childhood physical health problems and ‘Co-sleeping and sudden infant death syndrome’.
Removed Chapters
  • Domestic Violenece and Abuse.

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