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January 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Children and Young People who Display Sexually Inappropriate or Harmful Behaviours This chapter has been updated to ensure the chapter reflects current terminology and practice in this area and to include NICE Guidance NG 55 ‘Harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people’. This includes guidance on early help assessment; risk assessment; engaging with families; developing and managing a care plan, and supporting a return to the community for accommodated children.

November 2017

Updated Chapters
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Female Genital Mutilation This chapter has been updated to add links to DoH, Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM (2017); FGM Protection Order Factsheets and Statement opposing female genital mutilation (2016).

October 2017

Updated Chapters
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Agency Roles and Responsibilities Updated links have been added to Section 3.1, 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). This states that 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.
Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked This chapter has been updated to add a link to GOV.UK Modern Slavery Duty to Notify - factsheet and posters that explain what you need to do if you think someone has been a victim of modern slavery.
Multi Agency Self Harm Pathway Flowchart This chapter has been updated by replacing the single Pathway Flowchart and providing two Flowcharts: one with regard to a pathway for self-harm and the second with respect to suicidal thoughts.
Managing Allegations of Abuse Made Against Persons who Work with Children and Young People This chapter has been amended and updated to detail further the role of the Local Authority Designated Officer with respect to referring to the LADO; to then ensure professional professional bodies the person may belong to, together with the DBS, are informed and that where required the escalation process in respect of other organisations is used. Nevertheless, where appropriate, alternatives to staff being suspended should be used and care should be undertaken with regard to sharing information.
Professional Resolution and Escalation Protocol This chapter has been reviewed and amended throughout, particularly Section 3, Professional Disagreement where it is appropriate to use this procedure for disagreements about a child’s placement or care setting and Section 4, Core Principle when a child should remain in a care placement where there is a disagreement about discharge arrangements and planning until the procedure can reach a resolution. An updated Flowchart has been added, (see Appendix 1: Escalation to Resolution Process Flowchart).
Investigation of Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Childhood This chapter has been updated to add a link to United Lincolnshire Hospitals: SUDDEN UNEXPECTED DEATH IN CHILDREN (SUDIC) protocol for sudden infant deaths, which includes flow charts to promote understanding the processes.
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Visitors to Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (LPFT) This procedure seeks to address how the LPFT effectively manages visitors to its sites. Of particular relevance, are visits by children where the welfare of the child is paramount and the Trust has a statutory responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children (in line with The Children Act 2004). Appendix 1 provides a Flowchart and Framework combined as to how children’s needs can be evaluated with respect to safeguarding and meeting their welfare needs.
Joint Lincolnshire Protocol to Reduce Offending and the Criminalisation of Children in Care

Whilst there has been success in Lincolnshire in addressing youth offending and therefore improving the outcomes for a number of young people, children in care continue to be over represented in youth justice data, and sometimes because children in care are treated differently – even at the point of reporting. Research suggests that police can be involved in minor incidents that occur which would not be the case where children are part of more conventional families.

As a partnership, Lincolnshire are committed to a multi-agency approach to: support young people; recognise their complex needs; divert them away from criminal and anti-social behaviour; re-offending  and escalation of offending, in order to help them achieve their best outcomes.

Next Update: April 2018


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