Amendments

November 2022

Caption: November 2022 Amendments
   
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Initial Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been updated to include information from the Equality Act 2010 in Section 6, Enabling Parental Participation.

October 2022

Caption: October 2022 Amendments
   
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Child Protection Review Conferences This chapter has been amended to include documents in the Appendix Section.
Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology This chapter has been updated to include a Further Information Section.
Children from Abroad This chapter has been updated to include a link to Lincolnshire Children's Services Procedures Manual, Lincolnshire's Operation Innerste Process within the Relevant Guidance section.
Safeguarding Children Affected by Problematic Drug and Alcohol Use (Parental and Child use) A link has been added in Further Information to NICE Quality Standard QS 204 Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked This chapter has been amended to include information regarding the CPS Guidance on Victims of Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Smuggling.
Child on Child Sexual Harassment, Sexual Abuse and Sexually Harmful Behaviours This chapter has been updated.
Multi-Agency Self Harm Pathway Flowcharts This chapter has been updated by updating Lincolnshire's Self Harm Initial Response Pathway.
Neglect Strategy This document has been updated.
Good Practice Guidance on Authorising Absence in Educational Establishments without Parental Consent This chapter has been updated.
Joint Lincolnshire Protocol to Reduce Offending and the Criminalisation of Children in Care This chapter has been updated.
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) Policy to Support Young Carers and their Families This chapter has been updated.
Managing Allegations of Abuse Made Against Persons who Work with Children and Young People This chapter has been updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education regarding allegations that can relate to an adult's behaviour outside work known as transferable risk, and in relation to the importance of sharing any concerns about the behaviour of a person who works with children. Information has been added on the differences between an allegation and a concern. See Section 1, Introduction and Criteria.
Children and Young People who Display Sexually Inappropriate or Harmful Behaviours This chapter has been amended to include a link to Harmful Sexual Behaviour Support Service for the Children's Workforce (Marie Collins Foundation) to the Further Information Section.
Removed Chapters
  • Police Guidance Regarding Indecent Images of Children and the Issuing of Police Cautions.
Next Update: April 2023

May 2022

Caption: May 2022 Amendments
   
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Local Contacts These details have been updated.

April 2022

Caption: April 2022 Amendments
   
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A Model for Assessment This chapter has been updated to align to the revised Early Help Strategy. This strategy is a live document which will be reviewed and updated on a 3 monthly basis. It is recommended that the strategy is viewed on a regular basis. The chapter has also been refreshed and restructured.
Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation Policy This chapter has been amended to include links to Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy (GOV.UK), Tackling Child Exploitation: Resources Pack (Local Government Association), The Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (Ofsted) and the NSPCC Report Remove Tool. The tool enables young people under the age of 18 to report a nude image or video of themselves which has appeared online. The Internet Watch Foundation will review these reports and work to remove any content which breaks the law.
These can be found in Section 9, Further Information.
Children Living Away from Home This chapter has been significantly amended to include guidance in relation to regulated children's home, unregulated housing providers, secure local authority children's homes and to update the section related to children in custody. The chapter has also been refreshed to include links to the Lincolnshire County Council Housing Protocol and Pathways and recognise specifically vulnerable groups of children and young people.
Safeguarding Children Affected by Problematic Drug and Alcohol Use (Parental and Child use) Section 11, Further Information has been added to the chapter.
Fabricated or Induced Illness/Perplexing Presentation This chapter has been refreshed and a link has been added to revised guidance from the RCPCH Perplexing Presentations (PP)/Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) in Children Guidance.
Forced Marriage This chapter has been refreshed.
Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked This chapter has been amended to include additional information documents in the Appendices.
Recognising Disguised Compliance & Disengagement Among Families: Practice Guidance This chapter has been amended to include Related Chapters.
Working with Sexually Active Young People This chapter has been amended to include information on sexual harassment and violence following the Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (Ofsted) and Keeping Children Safe in Education.
Supporting Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism This chapter has been amended as part of general refresh, to include links to local contacts in Section 4, Local Support and signpost to the relevant PREVENT referral form.
Concealment and Denial of Pregnancy and Birth This chapter has been updated to include up to date local statistics and hyperlinks to the LSCP Professional Curiosity Briefing.
Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children This chapter has been refreshed.
Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Criminal Exploitation This chapter has been amended to add a link to Tackling Child Exploitation: Resources Pack (Local Government Association) into Section 8, Further Information.
Managing Allegations of Abuse Made Against Persons who Work with Children and Young People This chapter has been updated to provide clarification regarding section 47.
Risk Posed by People with Convictions Against Children This chapter has been refreshed.
Serious Incident Review Guidance This link has been updated.
Local Contacts These details have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
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Early Intervention: Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library) This link has been added to the contents list.
Visits to Prisons by Children This chapter has been added to the manual.
Removed Chapters
  • Putting Children First (Meeting the Needs of Children and Families in Lincolnshire);
  • Pre-Trial Therapy Protocol for Children Standing Trial for Criminal Offences.

September 2021

Caption: September 2021 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
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Introduction This chapter has been updated as part of the three year review process. Minor changes have been made to language and terminology.
Being Alert This chapter has been updated as part of the three year review process. Minor changes to language and terminology have been made.
Safeguarding Referrals Procedure This chapter has been updated to align with the updated Pre Birth Protocol and provide further clarification about the role of the customer service advisors when a verbal safeguarding referral is made.
Immediate Protection This chapter has been updated and should be re-read in its entirety.
Section 47 Enquiries and Social Work Assessments This chapter has been updated in line with the three year review process. Minor changes to language and terminology have been made. Hyper links have also been included to the Professional Resolution and Escalation Protocol and the Lincolnshire Paediatric Sexual Assault Referral Pathway.
Initial Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been updated to align to the revised LSCP Pre Birth Protocol and the new Teenage Pregnancy Pathway Procedure.
Arrangements for Children who are Subject to a Child Protection Plan This chapter has been amended as part of the three year review process. Minor changes to language and terminology have been made. It also includes hyperlinks to the LSCP Mobile Families Guidance and the Child Exploitation Screening Tool.
Child Protection Review Conferences This chapter has been amended to update the guidance surrounding the Child Protection 18 month meeting. A new Appendix 3: Record of Meeting – Child Protection 18 Month Meeting/Group Supervision have been added.
Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation Policy This chapter has been amended to reflect that, with effect from 29 June 2021, section 69 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 expanded so-called 'revenge porn' to include threats to disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.
Children from Abroad Minor amendments have been made to this chapter in line with the UK's exit from the EEA.
Complex Safeguarding (Organised or Multiple) Abuse also known as Gold Group This chapter has been updated and should be re-read in its entirety.
Female Genital Mutilation This chapter has been reviewed and should be re-read in its entirety.
Pre-Birth Protocol

This chapter has been significantly reviewed to update the timescales during which a strategy meeting must be held for the Child Protection Pathway.  In cases which seem likely to follow the child protection pathway the strategy meeting must take place at 28 weeks gestation and where the significant harm threshold is deemed met and ICPC should be convened but no earlier than at 30 weeks gestation.

Regarding the Pre Proceedings pathway the LSCP have taken the decision that within the pre-birth protocol cases in this pathway do not require an ICPC to be convened. However a multi-agency strategy meeting must be convened which all involved agencies must be invited. This strategy meeting must be chaired by a senior social worker (G11 or above)will be chaired by a member of the Quality and Standards Team (an IRO), and as a bare minimum must include the police, children's health and the safeguarding midwifery lead.
Pre-Trial Therapy or Pre-Proceedings Protocol This chapter has been reviewed to align with current terminology.
Managing Allegations of Abuse Made Against Persons who Work with Children and Young People This chapter has been updated to include updated versions of the LADO Information Leaflet and the LADO referral form. Further amendments in relation to linking into section 47 investigations are in the process of LSCP governance and will be included in the April 2022 update.
Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers This chapter has been updated to reflect legal changes following EU exit, including guidance on checking the past conduct of individuals who have lived or worked overseas.
Complaints about Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been reviewed as part of the three year review process. No changes have been made. The next review will take place in 2024.
Local Contacts These details have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
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Teenage Pregnancy Pathway This chapter has been added in the manual.
Children Missing Education This document has been added.
Preventing and Responding to Bullying and Stalking Toolkit This document has been added.
Joint Working Protocol for Lincolnshire's Joint Diversionary Panel (JDP) This document has been added.

April 2021

Caption: April 2021 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
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Referrals Procedure This chapter has been updated to update terminology, replacing CAF with Child and Family Early Help Assessment.
Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation Policy This chapter has been reviewed significantly reviewed to include teenage relationship abuse in Section 1, Introduction.
Model Drugs Policy for Schools Academies This policy has been updated.
Private Children's Homes Strategy This strategy has been updated.
Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Criminal Exploitation This chapter has been updated to include teenage relationship in the Section 1, Introduction.
LSCP Joint Protocol for Missing Children and Young People This chapter has been amended to reflect changes to when Assistant Directors in Children's Services will be notified that a child has been reported missing.
Managing Allegations of Abuse Made Against Persons who Work with Children and Young People This chapter has been updated to align with amendments made to Working Together to Safeguard Children. This includes updates to the leaflet and referral form.
Safeguarding Compliance Checklist for Governors This document has been updated.
Local Contacts These details have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
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Safer Sleep for Infants Guidance This chapter has been added to the manual to provide advice, guidance and support to practitioners. The purpose of guidance is to provide a consistent message to parents and carers regarding safer sleeping arrangements for infants.

November 2020

Caption: November 2020 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Underlying Policy, Principles and Values This chapter has been reviewed and updated as part of a general review of section 1 of the policy and procedure manual.
Recognition of Significant Harm This chapter has been updated as part of a general update to section one of the policy and procedure manual.
Faltering Growth This chapter has been updated.
A Model for Assessment This chapter has been updated as part of a general review of section 1 of the policy and procedure manual.
Statutory Framework This chapter has bee updated to recognise the Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Quality Assurance Framework This chapter has been updated.
Lincolnshire Paediatric Sexual Assault Referral Pathway This chapter has been updated.
Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation Policy This chapter has been reviewed significantly reviewed to align with the revised LSCP approach to child exploitation.
LSCP Joint Protocol for Missing Children and Young People

The following have been replaced:

  • Appendix 6: Process for when a Child has been missing 3 times in 90 day period and is not open to Children's Services Social Care;
  • Appendix 7: Process for when a Child has been missing 3 times in 90 day period and is open to Children's Services Social Care.
Children from Abroad This chapter has been significantly amended to include updated links to the LSCP Modern Slavery and Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked polices. These changes have been undertaken as part of a wider review of the LSCP multi-agency response to child exploitation.
Fabricated or Induced Illness This chapter has been significantly reviewed and updated in line with practice and process and should be re-read.
Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked This chapter has been fully reviewed and amended to update to reflect the local approach to safeguarding children who may have been trafficked and to include statutory legislative guidance.
Modern Slavery This chapter has been significantly reviewed to align with the revised LSCP approach to child exploitation
Working with Sexually Active Young People Appendix 1: Information Sharing and Consent Leaflet has been updated.
Police Guidance Regarding Indecent Images of Children and the Issuing of Police Cautions This chapter has been updated
Pre-Birth Protocol This chapter has been significantly reviewed and includes an updated protocol flowchart. The earliest date for a referral to Children's Services for unborn children is now at 14 weeks gestation. The process has also been significantly amended to enable separate pathways for Child Protection and Care Proceedings.
Multi Agency Self Harm Pathway Flowcharts This chapter has been updated by updating Lincolnshire's Self Harm Initial Response Pathway.
Bruising in Babies and Children who are Not Independently Mobile Section 5, What to do if Bruising/Unexplained Marks are seen on a Non-Mobile Child/Baby has been updated.
Investigation of Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Childhood This chapter has been updated to provide updated guidance for joint home visits. See Appendix 1: SUDI - Guidance note for Joint Home Visit.
Local Contacts These details have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
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Residential Children's Home Guide for Children and Young People This chapter has been added to the manual.
Private Children's Homes Location Assessment Template This chapter has been added to the manual.
Discharge Planning from Physical Healthcare Hospitals when there are Safeguarding Concerns about a Child This chapter has been added to the manual.
Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Criminal Exploitation This chapter has been added to the manual.
Gender Identity Guidance This chapter has been added to the manual.
Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers This chapter has been added to the manual.

July 2020

Caption: July 2020 Amendments
   
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Initial Child Protection Conferences Appendix 9: Multi-Agency Child Protection Conference Report Template has been added.

June 2020

Caption: June 2020 Amendments
   
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Initial Child Protection Conferences Appendix 5: Child Protection Conferences – Complaints Procedure has been replaced.
LSCP Joint Protocol for Missing Children and Young People

This chapter has been reviewed with significant changes being made to Section 7, Response to Escalating and On-going Concerns - Children Who Run Away or Go Missing from Home. Response to Escalating and Ongoing Concerns - Children Who Run Away or Go Missing from Home. This section also has two appendices:

  • Appendix 6: Process for when a Child has been missing 3 times in 90 day period and is not open to Children's Services Social Care;
  • Appendix 7: Process for when a Child has been missing 3 times in 90 day period and is open to Children's Services Social Care.
Local Contacts These details have been updated.

March 2020

Caption: March 2020 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
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Initial Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been updated to further amend Appendix 2: Conference Distribution List and Escalation Guidance. Appendix 8: Invite Template has also been added.
Child Protection Review Conferences This chapter has been updated to further add Appendix 4: Conference Distribution List and Escalation Guidance and Appendix 5: Invite Template.
Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation Policy This chapter has been reviewed to provide updated links to the Partnership Information Report (Operation Insignia).
Parental Mental Health Guidance This chapter has been updated and replaces a previous chapter: Working with Parents with Mental Health Problems.
Safeguarding Children Affected by Problematic Drug and Alcohol Use (Parental and Child use) This chapter has been updated to update local arrangements and referral documents.
Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked This chapter has been reviewed and adjusted to include National Referral Mechanisms guidance.
Procedures for Video Recording Interviews with Children This chapter has been updated throughout in line with local practice and terminology.
Mobile Families Guidance Information in regard to LCHS (mobile families guidance) has been added to this chapter.
Banned Items in Lincolnshire Schools and Academies This guidance has been updated and should be re-read.
Managing Allegations of Abuse Made Against Persons who Work with Children and Young People This chapter has been updated to include the LADO referral form and LADO information leaflet.
Professional Resolution and Escalation Protocol This chapter has been reviewed and amended to give further guidance about the Child Protection Escalation process.
Local Contacts These details have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
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Responding to Abuse and Neglect This chapter has been added to the manual.
Professional Curiosity Briefing This briefing has been added to the manual.
Quality Assurance Framework This Quality Assurance Framework seeks to combine all current documentation, produced by the LSCP, which makes reference to quality assurance principles and methodology.
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership This document sets out the arrangements in Lincolnshire for all safeguarding partners to work together and with other agencies, to and identify and respond to the needs of children and young people in Lincolnshire.
Private Children's Homes Strategy The purpose of this document is to set out the strategic objectives of the LSCPs approach to supporting, engaging with and gaining assurance from Private Children's Homes in Lincolnshire.
Surrogacy This chapter has been added to the manual.

October 2019

Caption: October 2019 Amendments
   
New Chapters and Features
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Lincolnshire Paediatric Sexual Assault Referral Pathway This PDF has been added to the manual.

September 2019

Caption: September 2019 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
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Strategy Discussions This chapter has been updated.
Child Protection Review Conferences This chapter has been amended to further amend the Child Protection Conference and Reviews 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)). A further document has been devised to allow for a 12 months review to be completed (see Appendix 3: 12 Month Meeting Template).
Working with Sexually Active Young People This chapter has been updated.
Children and Young People who Display Sexually Inappropriate or Harmful Behaviours This chapter has been updated.
Local Contacts These details have been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Sexual Harassment at School This chapter has been added to the manual.
Child Death Reviews This chapter has been added to the manual.
Improving Child Protection and Safeguarding Practice Overview This chapter has been added to the manual.
Removed Chapters
  • Reviewing All Childhood Deaths;
  • Serious Case Review Procedure;
  • A Toolkit for Conducting Serious Case Reviews (Guidance, Templates and Alternative Learning Methods).

June 2019

Caption: June 2019 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
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LSCP Joint Protocol for Missing Children and Young People This chapter has been significantly updated and should be re-read.

March 2019

Caption: March 2019 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
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Putting Children First (Meeting the Needs of Children and Families in Lincolnshire) This chapter has been updated by adding an additional document regarding more detail on the thresholds and levels of support: universal services; early help; child in need and immediate safeguarding. The document seeks to provide a framework of the child's needs, parenting capacity and family/environmental factors for each with the exception of 'immediate safeguarding', where parental capacity and safeguarding from significant harm are the key factors. Please re-reference.
Protocol on Sharing Information in Order to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children This chapter has been refreshed. A link has been added to the GOV.UK - Child sex offender disclosure scheme guidance (see Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme).
Agency Roles and Responsibilities This chapter has been revised to reflect updated guidance for organisations, agencies and individuals to ensure that their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are carried out with regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as set out in Chapter 2: Organisational Responsibilities in Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Child Protection Review Conferences This chapter has been updated to recognise child protection plans should not be ended when significant assessments and pieces of work have not been completed (see Section 2, Criteria for Discontinuing the Child Protection Plan).
Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology This chapter has been updated to add a link to 'Catch 22 Social Media as a Catalyst and Trigger for Youth' (see Relevant Guidance). This report focuses on the link between young people's use of social media and youth violence. By highlighting the ways in which social media is acting as both a catalyst and trigger for serious incidents of violence by glamorising, displaying and incitement. The report seeks to provide a springboard for action and collaboration.
Female Genital Mutilation This chapter has been updated to add a link to FGM Assessment Tool for Social Workers. It has two elements: Best Practice Guidance and an Online FGM Assessment Tool to help guide the assessment of cases where FGM is a concern.
Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked This chapter has been reviewed and adjusted. A link has been added to the LSCB Policy - Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation Policy.
Bruising in Babies and Children who are Not Independently Mobile This chapter has been reviewed and updated. In particular it has new material: a new Section 3, Congenital Dermal Melanocytosis (Blue grey spots) and a new Appendix 1: Pathway for Birthmark, Congenital Dermal Melanocytosis (Blue grey spots), Bruise or Unexplained Mark in a Child.

An LSCB leaflet on Congenital Dermal Melanocytosis (Blue grey spots) has also been included.

Please fully re-reference.
Neglect Strategy: Getting It Right First Time - Keeping It Going 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. Official definitions of neglect and The Role of Early Help in Addressing Neglect have been added.
The Scope Box now also contains Relevant Guidance for further, more in-depth references.
Managing Allegations of Abuse Made Against Persons who Work with Children and Young People This chapter has been amended to highlight that any settlement or agreement for a person to resign must not prevent a referral to the DBS to consider whether to add the individual to the barred list. It is an offence to fail to make a referral without good reason (see Section 3.5, Resignations and 'Compromise/Settlement Agreements'). Note also: teachers should be reported to the teachers Regulating Agency (see Section 9, Post Investigations).
A Toolkit for Conducting Serious Case Reviews (Guidance, Templates and Alternative Learning Methods) This chapter has been updated to reflect the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and the updated Data Protection Act 2018 (see Section 4.11, Role and Functions of the Serious Case Review Panel).
Local Contacts These details have been updated. Please re-reference as required.
Removed Chapters
  • Blue grey spots.

December 2018

Caption: December 2018 Amendments
   
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.

November 2018

Caption: November 2018 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
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LSCB Joint Protocol for Missing Children and Young People This chapter has been updated to reflect current practice in organisations with regard to the missing children return interviews (referenced throughout the chapter and including 4 updated Appendices). A new 'Media Releases during Missing Episodes' has also been added (see Section 7, Initial Procedures for a Child Who Has Run Away or Gone Missing from the Community (Home or Care)). Note also Section 11, Return Interviews: Safety, Assessment and Information Gathering has been significantly amended. Please fully re-reference.

April 2018

Caption: April 2018 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
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Recognition of Significant Harm This chapter has been updated to add a new Section 8, Non-Recent (Historical) Abuse). Please reference.
Protocol on Sharing Information in Order to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children This chapter has been updated to add a link to 'NHS Child Protection – Information Sharing project (CP-IS)', designed to enable social care staff to securely share information with health staff.

Managing Individual Cases where there are Concerns about a Child's Safety and Welfare –

Introduction

This chapter has been updated to add a link in Relevant Guidance to NSPCC flyers for health professionals working with children (part of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath Child Protection Evidence – guidance and resources site). These resources detail aspects of physical child abuse and are based on collaborative work by the NSPCC and Cardiff Child Protection Systematic Reviews at Cardiff University. The information contained within the resources will be of use to a wide range of professionals in different disciplines who work with young peoples and their families.

Managing Individual Cases where there are Concerns about a Child's Safety and Welfare –

Referrals Procedure

This chapter has been updated to add a link in Relevant Guidance to NSPCC flyers for health professionals working with children (part of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath Child Protection Evidence – guidance and resources site). These resources detail aspects of physical child abuse and are based on collaborative work by the NSPCC and Cardiff Child Protection Systematic Reviews at Cardiff University. The information contained within the resources will be of use to a wide range of professionals in different disciplines who work with young peoples and their families.
Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology

This chapter has been updated to note that where young people are voluntarily sending/sharing sexual images or content with one another, the police may use the recently introduced 'outcome 21' 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. Also, to note that Coram Children's Legal Centre provides free legal advice/guidance for children.

The guidance also seeks to reflect the recent establishment of the Lincolnshire Joint Diversionary Panel (JDP) which is a partnership approach to addressing the behaviour of children and young people and is underpinned by restorative approaches (see Section 5, Measures to Safeguard Young People Online).
Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation Policy

This chapter has been updated to add new links to:

  • Children's Commissioner, 'Preventing Child Sexual Abuse' (2017);
  • College of Policing, 'Responding to Child Sexual Exploitation';
  • NCA, Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU);
  • Home Office, Tackling child sexual exploitation: Progress report (2017);
  • LGA, Child sexual exploitation: A resource back for councils (2017);
  • Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse, Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation;
  • Research in practice, Child sexual exploitation: Practice Tool (2017);
  • Barnardo's - Child Sexual Exploitation.
These, together with existing links to guidance and information, can be found in 'Further Information'.
LSCB Joint Protocol for Missing Children and Young People This chapter has been updated to reflect current organisations' practice (note the SAFE Hub) and to acknowledge that Lincolnshire adhere to the East Midlands regional Protocol for Missing Children (see Appendix 7: East Midlands Protocol for Missing Children). The chapter re-emphasises that 'Return Interviews' (see Section 11, Return Interviews: Safety, Assessment and Information Gathering) are conducted by Barnado's, a commissioned service independent of the Local Authority.
Children Living Away from Home

This chapter has been updated to add several relevant links:

  • Section 2, Basic Standards: Working Together to safeguard Children and ChildLine;
  • Section 5, Private Fostering: Lincolnshire County Council Private Fostering (Information leaflet) and Children Act 1989: private fostering';
  • Section 6, Children in Hospital: 'Statutory visits to children with special educational needs and disabilities or health conditions in long term residential settings, DfE/DHSC (2017)' and The National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services (NSF) (2004) including Standard 6, DfES/DHSC, Children and Young People who are ill';
  • Section 7, Children in Custody: National Standards for Youth Justice Services; Action to be taken if there are concerns about the child's safety or welfare in 'Children Act 1989 Guidance and Regulations - Volume 2: Care Planning, Placement and Case Review' and R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte Howard League for Penal Reform (2002) EWHC 2497.
Female Genital Mutilation This chapter has been amended by updating Appendix 3: Female Genital Mutilation Flowchart of Information Sharing. Please reference.
Forced Marriage This chapter has been amended to add a further note regarding the Warning Signs and to add links to HM Government, Multi-Agency guidelines: Handling cases of Forced Marriage (2014) (see Relevant Guidance).
Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked This chapter has been updated to add a link to DfE, Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities (November 2017)' (which replaced previous 2014 statutory guidance on Safeguarding trafficked children).
Recognising Disguised Compliance & Disengagement Among Families: Practice Guidance This chapter has been adjusted to recognise the issue of 'disguised compliance' and link to an NSPCC Factsheet on this (see Recognition and Understanding) as well as re-titling the chapter itself. This is a detailed and candid chapter regarding the relationships that can emerge when working with some professionals and challenging families, and it explores the range of responses and challenges that can occur when families seek to avoid engaging. All professionals should be aware of the dimension their own behaviour might have to play which may impact on the outcome. Recognition of openness and support is essential to ensure continued effective safeguarding of children. Please re-reference.
Supporting Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism This chapter has been updated to particularly add links to 'Advice for Local Authorities – Safeguarding Children Returning to the UK from Syria' and 'DfE Home Office Letter on safeguarding British minors returning from Syria & Iraq' (see National Guidance and Strategies). The Prevent Duty Guidance for Lincolnshire Schools and registered childcare providers has been updated also (see Appendix 1: Prevent Duty Guidance for Lincolnshire Schools and registered childcare providers).
Pre-Birth Protocol This chapter has been significantly updated to reflect current organisational changes and terminology and to include an updated protocol Flowchart. Note: the professional who is first made aware of the pregnancy should initiate the pre-birth protocol and complete an Early Help Assessment (see Section 2, The Roles and Responsibilities of Professionals in Respect of Unborn Children).
Concealment and Denial of Pregnancy and Birth This chapter has been updated to reflect current terminology i.e. Child & Young Person Nurse, and to acknowledge that when professionals talk to women about their circumstances and are seeking to find out what support they need, an Early Help Assessment and TAC should be initiated if required – including an education setting if the woman is under 18 (and therefore a 'child' themselves).
Joint Lincolnshire Protocol to Reduce Offending and the Criminalisation of Children in Care Minor adjustments have been made in this chapter; it recognises that addressing youth crime enables young people to make a positive contribution to their communities. Working together in partnership to address youth crime, also enhances community safety.
Managing Allegations of Abuse Made Against Persons who Work with Children and Young People This chapter has been adjusted to note that referrals should be made to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) via the Lincolnshire LSCB website (see Local Authority Designated Officer) and to advise that there is Guidance provided by the DBS regarding the Barring Service (see Section 9, Post Investigation).
Local Contacts These details have been updated. Please reference as required.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Male Circumcision

The British Association of Paediatric Surgeons advises that there is rarely a clinical indication for circumcision. Doctors should be aware of this and reassure parents accordingly. Where parents request circumcision for their son for assumed medical reasons, it is recommended that circumcision should be performed by or under the supervision of doctors trained in children's surgery in premises suitable for surgical procedures.

See also Section 5, Principles of Good Practice. Please reference as required.
Modern Slavery This chapter seeks to set out guidance on how to identify and respond to a child or young person where there are concerns that they are a victim or a potential victim of modern slavery. It should be read in conjunction with the Trafficked Children and the Referrals Procedure. The chapter contains an Information Report Form with guidance (see Appendix 1: Human Trafficking / Modern Slavery: Information Report and Guidance).
Working with Sexually Active Young People

This chapter has been fully and comprehensively changed and amended – replacing a similar, previous chapter.

There are two parts to this document: Part One is a Protocol and should be followed and embedded within all Agencies processes; it is designed to assist staff to identify where sexual relationships may be abusive and whether a child or young person may need the provision of protection or additional services in relation to sexual activity.

Part Two is broader Guidance/information that Practitioners may find useful when supporting young people who are sexually active. Both Parts are relevant to Practitioners working with children and young people.
Pre-Trial Therapy Protocol for Children Standing Trial for Criminal Offences This chapter seeks to establish a multi-agency protocol for professionals working with children who are alleged perpetrators and who are identified themselves to require therapy prior to a criminal trial. It is recognised that there is a tension between minimizing delay in meeting a child's needs for such therapy against prejudicing / tainting evidence for a criminal trial. This chapter seeks to provide some key steps. The chapter is not appropriate for private family proceedings.
Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children As well as providing information and comment on The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (see Appendix 1: Dangerous Dogs), this new chapter provides guidance on situations where children may be vulnerable and making an effective assessment of risk. Appendix 2: Useful Resources and Contact Numbers also contains some useful resources and Contacts. Please reference.

January 2018

Caption: January 2018 Amendments
   
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

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

October 2017

Caption: October 2017 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
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 flowcharts 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.

May 2017

Caption: May 2017 Amendments
   
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

Caption: April 2017 Amendments
   
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' 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 Flowchart 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 Violence and Abuse.

September 2016

Caption: September 2016 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Statutory Framework This chapter has been updated to recognise the impact of the Serious Crime Act (2015) which creates a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships.
Initial Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been comprehensively amended to add a new Section 14, Audio Recording of Conferences. It is thought that this will become an increasing feature and focuses on parents who may wish to do this. The section identifies legal and human rights issues and reflects upon the material being published on one of the social media sites.
Arrangements for Children who are Subject to a Child Protection Plan This chapter has been amended throughout to reflect the organisational roles and responsibilities including revised contacts and local practice detail.
Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology This chapter has been updated to add a link to Child Safety Online: A practical guide for parents and carers whose children are using social media (see Relevant Guidance). Please reference as required.
Domestic Violence and Abuse This chapter has been updated to add a link to The Serious Crime Act (2015) paragraph in the Legal Framework Procedure. The Act creates a new offence of controlling or coercive behaviour in intimate or familial relationships (see Section 1, Definition).
Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked This chapter has been updated to add a link to Home Officer Circular (2015), Modern Slavery Act 2015 and to reference the issue in 'Social Work Assessment' where there is a link to GOV.UK Human trafficking/modern slavery victims: referral and assessment forms.
Supporting Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism This chapter has been updated to a link to HM Government, Educate Against Hate. Please reference.
Keeping Children Safe in Education A link to the 'Safer Recruitment Consortium, Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings (October 2015)' has been added and should be used in conjunction with the new DfE statutory guidance 'Keeping children safe in education' - which came into force in September 2016.
Reviewing All Childhood Deaths This chapter has been comprehensively amended throughout. Please re-read.
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated. Please reference as required.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Complaints about Child Protection Conferences This chapter reflects that a parent/carer or child subject to a Child Protection Conference, or their advocate, may wish to complain about the outcome of a Conference and distinguishes this from both the professionals escalation/resolution process and single agency complaints. The chapter details the issues that can form a legitimate complaint together with the investigative process and the stages that the complainant can pursue if still not satisfied with the outcome. Please reference when required.
Removed Chapters
  • Children and Families who go Missing.

August 2016

Caption: August 2016 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Multi-Agency Domestic Abuse Protocol - Resource Pack for Practitioners This chapter has been further developed to reflect practice experience and contains additional and updated key resources, including for FGM; it reflects the importance of working with all victims in sharing information for MARAC to promote their safeguarding and emphasises that agencies need to engaging in effective 'safety planning'. In respect to this, the revisions seek to provide more in-depth advice and areas that should be covered – including safety planning for children – as well as highlighting teenage relationship abuse ('Disrespect Nobody' campaign). This chapter should be fully re-read by all who are involved with working with children and families.

March 2016

Caption: March 2016 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Recognition of Significant Harm This chapter has been updated to amend the definitions of abuse and neglect to ensure they reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children (see Section 2, Categories of Abuse and Neglect).
Statutory Framework

This chapter has been updated to recognise the impact of the Serious Crime Act (2015):

  • It is now a criminal offence of sexual communication with a child which has been introduced. This applies to an adult who communicates with a child and 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;
  • Amends the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003:
    • Creating a new offence of failing to protect a girl from FGM with a penalty of up to 7 years in prison or a fine or both. A person is liable if they are "responsible" for a girl at the time when an offence is committed. This will cover someone who has "parental responsibility" for the girl and has "frequent contact" with her and any adult who has assumed responsibility for caring for the girl in the manner of a parent;
    • Introduced the Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders ("FGMPO");
    • breaching an order carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
Initial Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been comprehensively amended to include a fully revised Purpose of Initial Child Protection Conference and Looked After Children who are the subject of a Child Protection Plan. However, the chapter includes a range of amendments throughout and now includes Appendices to support the Conference process itself, including a Booking Process Flowchart.
Arrangements for Children who are Subject to a Child Protection Plan This has been amended to update terminology and add an Appendix that describes the Transfer in Process from another local authority (of a Child Protection matter).
Child Protection Review Conferences This chapter has been updated throughout but in particular the 'Criteria for Distributing a Child Protection Plan' and 'Outcomes'. The chapter links strongly to the Initial Child protection Conferences to promote consistency and to reflect key similar process and procedures that should be adhered to.
Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology This chapter has been updated to identify the implementation of the Serious Crime Act (2015): Criminal Offence of Sexual Communication with a Child (which links to an entry in the Statutory Framework chapter).
LSCB Joint Protocol for Missing Children and Young People

This chapter has been been comprehensively updated and amended to offer a new definition and some reasons why children go missing and to update the return interview process. The Appendices, which offer greater clarity regarding the processes, have been fully renewed and four additional new appendices have been included; Process for Notification of MISSING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE; Return Interview Pathway FOR LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN PLACED OUTSIDE OF LINCOLNSHIRE; Referral for Return Interview; Return Interview Pathway for Missing Children and Young People.

The chapter also contains a link to the updated Statutory guidance 'Children missing education' (2015).
Multi-Agency Domestic Abuse Protocol - Resource Pack for Practitioners This chapter has been further developed to reflect practice experience and contains additional and updated key resources, including for FGM; it reflects the importance of working with all victims in sharing information for MARAC to promote their safeguarding and emphasises that agencies need to engaging in effective 'safety planning'. In respect to this, the revisions seek to provide more in-depth advice and areas that should be covered – including safety planning for children – as well as highlighting teenage relationship abuse ('Disrespect Nobody' campaign). This chapter should be fully re-read by all who are involved with working with children and families.
Female Genital Mutilation

This chapter has been updated to reflect the Serious Crime Act 2015 has amended the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 making it an offence of failing to protect a girl from FGM, creating a civil law measure Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order ("FGMPO") and offering lifelong anonymity to victims' where an alleged offence may have been committed. The Female Genital Mutilation and its Management: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidelines has been included (see Section 2, NHS Guidelines).

Local Guidance is provided: Appendix 1: Advice for Regulated Professionals in Lincolnshire – FGM Mandatory Reporting and Appendix 2: URGENT SAFEGUARDING – FGM REPORT - CALLING POLICE ON 999.

A Scope Box Note has been added to confirm the international rights of women and girls.
Supporting Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism This chapter has been amended by updating Appendix 1: Prevent Duty Guidance for Lincolnshire Schools and registered childcare providers. Some Contact details have been revised.
Pre-Birth Protocol

This chapter has been significantly updated to reflect current organisational changes and to recognize the impact of Female Genital Mutilation. An updated Appendix 1: Pre-Birth Protocol Flowchart is provided.

Please fully re-read.
Managing Allegations of Abuse Made Against Persons who Work with Children and Young People

This chapter has been comprehensively amended and updated to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children and current legislation. A part of the update has included a restructure of the chapter itself to enhance accessibility and clarity around roles and responsibilities in this complex area of work. All agencies should be familiar with this protocol and ensure their own internal processes and procedures reflect this.

Information is provided about dealing with allegations against people who work with children and young people in either a paid or voluntary capacity. This procedure should be used by all organisations where the people work with children and young people, including organisations that provide staff or volunteers who work with or care for children. It also takes into account the requirements laid out in the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

All references in this document to 'staff or members of staff' should be interpreted as meaning all paid or unpaid professionals and volunteers, including for example agency staff, foster carers, approved adopters and child minders. This chapter also applies to any person, who manages or facilitates access to an establishment offering services to children or young people.
Reviewing All Childhood Deaths This chapter has been updated with regard to the notification of a child death (see Section 2.2, Notification).
Safe Workforce The link to the DBS now goes to the DBS site which enables access to a number of key DBS documents and guidance.
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Multi-Agency Domestic Abuse Protocol - Resource Pack for Practitioners

This chapter details the issues and complexities that surround Domestic Violence and Abuse and is generic as it is relevant for Adults too. The chapter acknowledges and links to a number of relevant tools and sites and highlights key questions - the answers to which the professional should feel they have sufficient answers to.

Domestic Violence and Abuse can have a devastating impact upon both children and adults and the opening remarks identify that for some communities it appears to be embedded – so that those who experience it may not recognise it as an issue and will be reluctant to seek help.

Please ensure this chapter is fully read.
Mobile Families Guidance 2015

The purpose of this guidance is twofold in that it is primarily aimed at raising awareness amongst practitioners in all organisations and encouraging vigilance and professional curiosity when it comes to families that move frequently and appear to live very transient lifestyles. Secondly it is in response to learning from Serious Case Reviews, which have highlighted how families, that frequently move house and area, can be difficult to engage and subsequently difficult to assess in terms of need.

The chapter seeks to provide clarity and assistance to key professional groups who are likely to be engaged, or have concerns with such families, and acknowledges the balances that need to be made with respect to privacy and confidentiality: a number of families move relatively frequently for legitimate reasons.

September 2015

Caption: September 2015 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Protocol on Sharing Information in Order to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children This chapter has been updated to add a link to the 'DfE, Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers'. Quotes from 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' and 'DfE, Information Sharing (2015)' have been added in 'Purpose and Principles' to emphasise the importance of sharing information in respect to safeguarding a child.
Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology Section 2, Safeguarding Children and Young People Using Technologies has been fully revised to provide current and relevant information. Throughout the chapter, references and links have been updated (see also Section 5, Measures to Safeguard Young People Online).
Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation Policy

This chapter has been amended to update references within the chapter including the Lincolnshire SCB Multi-Agency Guidance: Analysing and responding to risks and vulnerabilities in relation to the sexual exploitation of children and young people (2015). Links between sexually exploited children and children who go missing are made, together with of course, trafficking. A number of new links have been made with research and other statutory guidance. A link has been added in the Scope Box to HM Government, Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation (2015).

Note also that the Serious Crime Act (2015) has introduced an offence of sexual communication with a child (see Section 5, The Legal Framework). Please fully read.
Forced Marriage This chapter has been amended to include a new link to HM Courts & Tribunals Service, Forced marriage Protection orders: How can they protect me?
Supporting Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism

This chapter has been amended to update key links Prevent duty guidance, CONTEST and to add ADCS resources on Radicalisation and Extremism.

Two new Appendices have been added: a Referral Form and extended Prevent guidance for schools and registered childcare providers. This emphasises a partnership approach that seeks to identify children and young people (together with others where this becomes apparent), who may be vulnerable to extremism, as well as promoting a balanced approach to British culture and values and which can offer support to individuals. Education settings should use, but extend, existing policies and practices that safeguard children to take into account current concerns. This appendix contains a number of relevant and useful links to Lincolnshire resources.
A Toolkit for Conducting Serious Case Reviews (Guidance, Templates and Alternative Learning Methods)

This chapter has been updated to add links to two new appendices: Significant Incident Notification Form and Incident Notification Form.

Local Contacts This has been updated to reflect the current postholders.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Bruising in Babies and Children who are Not Independently Mobile This chapter highlights that babies who are not yet mobile, but are observed to have bruising, should be of particular concern in terms of child protection as the evidence shows this is very rare. Nevertheless, caution is advised even in children who are mobile: where there are concerns or doubts, a Consultant Paediatrician should be asked to evaluate the evidence. Emphasis is made on looking at any injury within the context of the child's social history and the parental/carer explanation. Please fully read.
Neglect Strategy: Getting It Right First Time – Keeping It Going This strategy document for Lincolnshire on Neglect, details the considerable extent to which 'neglect' features as part of, or only category of concern for children. The chapter seeks to identify / define what neglect is, the serious impact it can have upon children and, whilst recognising the difficulties in identifying it, supports an Early Help approach to families. Each family should have a 'Keep it Going' Plan, designed to maintain standards of care, and each agency should audit their work in this area of family concern.

March 2015

Caption: March 2015 Amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Underlying Policy, Principles and Values This chapter has been reviewed and updated to reflect current thinking and values.
Failure to Thrive Policy This chapter has been updated by adding a link to the Early Help Lincolnshire website with regard to the 'Management of Risk'. A link has also been made to the 'DHSC, Using the new UK-World Health Organisation 0-4 years growth charts, 2009' for additional information.
Meeting the Needs of Children A further updated version of this chapter, which seeks to provide a shared framework for assessment, planning, delivering and reviewing in the early stages of concern, is now available. Please fully re-read.
A Model for Assessment This chapter has been updated to reflect the Early Help Assessment and make links to the Lincolnshire website. A new diagram of the Model of Children's Needs has been added.
Statutory Framework This chapter has been updated in line with the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (see section 19) but which has also amended The Sexual Offences Act 2003. New sections have been added: Sexual Offences Prevention Orders, Risk of Sexual Harm Orders and Foreign Travel Orders, have been updated to Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Sexual Risk Orders) (see section 20). Note also that the chapter cross references with the: Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme, The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme and Domestic Violence Protection Order.
Membership and Meetings This chapter has been updated to reflect the current organisation and responsibilities. An updated Appendix 1: Individual Members' Responsibilities has been added.
Team Around the Child Supporting Documentation This chapter now links to the 'Lincolnshirechildren.net' to ensure access to the most up-date documents. Please reference as required.
Being Alert This chapter has been updated to reference 'Early Help' and Team Around the Child (Lincolnshire TAC Handbook).
Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation Policy This chapter has been updated to reference Sexual Harm Prevention Orders and Sexual Risk Orders which replace Sexual Offences Prevention Orders, Risk of Sexual Harm Orders and Foreign Travel Orders. A link is also made to the 'DfE, Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children. Statutory guidance for local authorities on the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children (July 2014)' (see Section 5, The Legal Framework). A link to Ofsted, 'The Sexual Exploitation of Children: it couldn't happen here, could it? (November 2014)' is made in the Scope Box.
Children from Abroad This chapter has been updated to add a link to 'DfE, Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children. Statutory guidance for local authorities on the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children (July 2014)'.
Fabricated or Induced Illness Section 13, Covert Video Surveillance has been revised following the change of contact for advice for the Police in respect of Covert surveillance.
Female Genital Mutilation This chapter has been updated to add a link to the Home Office, Female genital mutilation: resource pack (2014). Please reference as required.
Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked This chapter has been updated to add a link to 'DfE, Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children. Statutory guidance for local authorities on the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children (July 2014)'.
Cross Border Child Protection Cases under the Hague Convention This chapter has been updated by adding links to 'DfE, Working with foreign authorities: child protection cases and care orders. Departmental advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children's lawyers (July 2014)' and the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU).
Multi Agency Self Harm Pathway Flowchart This chapter has been updated by adding a link to Royal College of Psychiatrists, Managing self- harm in young people (2014).
Children and Young People who Display Sexually Inappropriate or Harmful Behaviours This chapter has been slightly updated to include Appendix 1: Overall Care Pathway: Therapy Services – Victims of Sexual Abuse; Sexually Harmful Behaviour Flowchart. Some additional links have been made also to enhance the current text.
Professional Resolution and Escalation Protocol This chapter has been reviewed. Adjustments have been made in the 'Escalation and Resolution' Process and an updated Flowchart has been included.
Investigation of Sudden Unexpected Deaths in Childhood This chapter has been updated by adding a link to 'ACPO, A Guide to Investigating Child Deaths (2014)'.
Local Contacts This chapter has been reviewed and updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Social Care Assessments This chapter now links to the Children Services manual chapter, Social Care Assessments. Please read as required.

Pre-trial Therapy or Pre-Proceedings Protocol

The chapter seeks to detail the protocol and practice in respect of providing children with the relevant support they need whilst ensuring the careful balance is maintained in respect of ensuring this does not prejudice the outcome of any other court proceedings. It should be carefully read by all professionals involved in situations where a child needs to have therapy as a result of abuse and where there are ongoing criminal and / or care proceedings.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE Guidance, April 2014) This new chapter is a direct link to current DfE Guidance. It has replaced the DfE Guidance, 'Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (2007)' but is a new chapter to this Manual. A link to the current DBS, 'A guide to eligibility for criminal record checks' is made in the Contents page.