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December 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Recognition of Significant Harm This chapter has been updated to reflect the inclusion of sexual abuse by the family (see Section 2, Categories of Abuse and Neglect); the Joint Targeted Area Inspection Report in respect of neglect (see Section 9, Impact of Abuse and Neglect) and to add further points in Recognising Emotional Abuse and Recognising Neglect. Please re-reference.
Putting Children First (Meeting the Needs of Children and Families in Lincolnshire) This chapter replaces the previous Lincolnshire chapter and has been fully refreshed. It seeks to provide a shared framework for assessment, planning, delivering services and reviewing in the early stages of concern, as well as an understanding about the four tiers (‘thresholds’) of concern and involvement. Please fully re-read.
Protocol on Sharing Information in Order to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children This chapter has been updated throughout to fully reflect the impact of the data protection Act 2018 and European 2018 General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Note: The GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 does not prevent, or limit, the sharing of information for the purposes of keeping children and young people safe. Please re-reference.
Initial Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been amended to recognise that children are sometimes subject to being accommodated as well as having a Child Protection Plan. In order to ensure there is a single process for this, the Child Protection Conference and Review have separate Agendas (see Appendix 6: Child Protection Conference and Looked After Review Combined Agenda). In addition, the Chair of the Conference has their own agenda which acts as an aide memoir, (see Appendix 7: Child Protection Conference and Looked After Review Combined Agenda (for Chairs)). Note also: the amendment updating the Audio Recording of Conferences which reflects the Data Protection Act 2018. Please re-reference.
Child Protection Review Conferences This chapter has been amended to recognise that children are sometimes subject to being accommodated as well as having a Child Protection Plan. In order to ensure there is a single process for this, the Child Protection Conference and Review have separate Agendas (see Appendix 1: Child Protection Conference and Looked After Review Combined Agenda). In addition, the Chair of the Conference has their own agenda which acts as an aide memoir (see Appendix 2: Child Protection Conference and Looked After Review Combined Agenda (for Chairs)). Please re-reference.
Children from Abroad This chapter has been amended to update Section 6: Establishing the Child's Identity and Age, noting the change of approach as identified in the Modern Slavery Act 2015. A note to the 'ADCS Age Assessment Guidance' is included. In Section 11, Legal Status a link to The Modern Slavery Act 2015 and ‘The Home Office Circular – Modern Slavery Act’ have been included. A link to the ‘DfE, Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities’, is in Related Guidance.
Working with Sexually Active Young People This chapter has been amended to update contact details and additional resources – particularly for young people with special educational needs (see Section 3.7, Young People with Special Educational Needs (SEND)). Information has also been updated in Section 3.2, Consent and Section 3.3, Contraception. A link to the Lincolnshire Quality Standards for Relationships and Sex Education Training in Lincolnshire has also been added (see Relevant Guidance).
Supporting Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism This chapter has been amended to update Appendix 1: Prevent Duty Guidance for Lincolnshire Schools and registered childcare providers. Please re-reference.
Multi Agency Self Harm Pathway Flowcharts This chapter has been updated by adding Lincolnshire’s Self Harm Initial Response Pathway that compliment the current self-harm and suicidal Pathways for children. The Pathway highlights three levels of risk with associated appropriate responses.
Mobile Families Guidance This chapter has been refreshed and updated throughout to reflect the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018 and the current Lincolnshire Picture including those families that tend to move frequently. In addition Section 8, Agency Response / Responsibilities has been updated and includes a new Section 8.4, Youth Offending Service.
Joint Lincolnshire Protocol to Reduce Offending and the Criminalisation of Children in Care This guidance has been refreshed and updated. Please re-reference.
Risk Posed by People with Convictions Against Children This chapter has been updated to reflect the MAPPA Guidance arrangements. A link to the Guidance is in ‘Related Links’.
Local Contacts These details have been updated. Please re-reference as required.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Good Practice Guidance on Authorising Absence in Educational Establishments without Parental Consent

The purpose of this guidance is to support education establishments should they be asked to make a decision about releasing students from education to attend appointments without the knowledge and consent of their parents / carers – recognising these situations are infrequent.

The chapter seeks to provide a framework for decision-making to identify where this is deemed as appropriate and in the best interests of the child or young person or where there this may not be the case. It notes a range of details required regarding any appointment and suggests a range of practicalities that need to be considered.

The chapter identifies a number of key approaches, considerations and tasks, (including possible safeguarding and early help), and advises of some of the key legal issues – recognising also of the head teacher’s responsibilities under the Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005 / Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010.

The chapter contains a helpful flowchart.
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Policy to Support Young Carers and their Families This new chapter reflects Lincolnshire’s policy for supporting young carers aged up to 25 years and the transition from Children’s Services to adult care and support. The Policy relates to care for any family member who is physically or mentally ill, frail, elderly, disabled or misusing alcohol or substances.

There is recognition that assessments may reveal concerns of significant harm where appropriate action should be undertaken by either the Adults and/or Children’s Services.

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