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Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures Manual - Contents

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This contents list is sub divided into the following parts, each Parts contains relevant Chapters/Procedures: (Click on the title to jump to the Section you require):

  1. Introduction, Policy Framework, Principles and Values
  2. The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP)
  3. Guidance on Keeping Children and Young People Safe in Partner Organisations
  4. Managing Individual Cases – Procedures and Guidance
  5. Children in Specific Circumstances – Additional Procedures and Guidance
  6. Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
  7. Child Death Reviews
  8. Appendices

1. Introduction, Policy Framework, Principles and Values

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1.1 Foreword and Introduction to the Manual  
1.2 Policy, Principles and Values  
1.3 Legal Framework for Child Protection  
1.4 Information Sharing and Confidentiality  
1.5 Agency Roles and Responsibilities Updated

2. The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP)

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The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

2.1.1 Duty to establish a Local Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP)  
2.1.2 Chairing  



The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Structure and Arrangements

2.2.1 The HSCP Groups  
2.2.2 The HSCP Structure Chart  

3. Guidance on Keeping Children and Young People Safe in Partner Organisations

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3.1 Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers  
3.2 Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges  
3.3 Protecting Children and Young People: The Responsibilities of all Doctors (GMC)  
3.4 Good Practice in Supporting the Voice of the Child  
3.5 Supervision Strategy  

4. Managing Individual Cases – Procedures and Guidance

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  See also: Social Work Procedures: Children in Need and Safeguarding  
  and Hertfordshire Multi-Agency Children in Need Protocol and Procedures  


Contacts, Referrals and Assessment

4.1.1 Contacts and Referrals Updated
4.1.2 Families First and Early Help  
4.1.3 Single Assessment  
4.1.4 Pre-Birth Protocol, Procedure and Guidance for Pre-Birth Assessment  
4.1.5 Scheduled/Unscheduled Admissions to Acute Hospitals and Discharge Procedures  
4.1.6 Hertfordshire Multi-Agency Protocol for Working with Vulnerable Adolescents  
4.1.7 See the Adult - See the Child  
  See also: Early Intervention: Policy and Provision (House of Commons Library)  



Child in Need Protocol and Procedures

4.2.1 Hertfordshire Multi-Agency Children in Need Protocol and Procedures  



Strategy Meetings, Section 47 Enquiries

4.3.1 Strategy Discussion and Meetings Updated
4.3.2 Section 47 Enquiry  



Child Protection Conferences and Implementing the Child Protection Plan

4.4.1 Child Protection Conferences Updated
4.4.2 Implementing the Child Protection Plan, Core Group and Lead Social Worker  
4.4.3 Child Protection Plans (CPP) when the Child is also Subject of Care Proceedings  
4.4.4 Practice Guidance in Regard to Children and young People Subject to a Child Protection Plan that Travel Within and Outside the United Kingdom  
4.4.5 Family Group Conference
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4.4.6 Children Looked After  
4.4.7 Children Living Away From Home  



Complaints and Professional Disagreements in Child Protection Processes

4.5.1 Complaints in Relation to Designated Officer Strategy Meetings  
4.5.2 Complaints in Relation to Child Protection Conferences  
4.5.3 Escalation of Concerns and Professional Disagreements about Decisions, including Convening an ICPC  



Support During Meetings

4.6.1 Interpreters, Signers and Others with Special Communication Skills  
4.6.2 Guidance for Parents and Carers - Recording Meetings Updated



Children and Young People Moving Across Local Authorities

4.7.1 Children Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries  
4.7.2 East of England Region Joint Protocol on Supervision Orders  

5. Children in Specific Circumstances – Additional Procedures and Guidance

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Child Abuse, Neglect & People Posing a Risk to Children

5.1.1 Definitions and Recognition of Abuse and Neglect  
5.1.2 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme  
5.1.3 Children within the Diplomatic Services  
5.1.4 People Posing a Risk to Children  
5.1.5 Managing Allegations Against Adults who work with Children and Young People  
5.1.6 Management of Suspicious Bruises / Marks in Infants Under 6 Months Old  
5.1.7 Children who Abuse Others  
5.1.8 Complex (Organised or Multiple) Abuse  
5.1.9 Domestic Abuse  
5.1.10 Fabricated or Induced Illness and Perplexing Presentation  
5.1.11 Historical Abuse Allegations  
5.1.12 Child Abuse Linked to Spiritual or Religious Belief  
5.1.13 Bullying  
5.1.14 Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology  
5.1.15 Faltering Growth (previously known as Failure to Thrive)  
5.1.16 Children with a Disability and Child Abuse  
5.1.17 Female Genital Mutilation Procedure and Pathway  
  See also: Female Genital Mutilation - GOV.UK  
5.1.18 Male Circumcision  
5.1.19 Breast Ironing  
5.1.20 Dangerous Dogs  
5.1.21 Neglect  
5.1.22 Guidelines for the Provision of Care in the Presentation of Concealed/Denied/Unknown Pregnancy or Late Booking in Pregnancy  
5.1.23 Children who have been the Subject of Safeguarding Concerns in School and who are then Removed from School for Elective Home Education (EHE)  
5.1.24 Medical Neglect Policy Updated
5.1.25 Guidance for Children Travelling in the UK and Abroad with Complex Medical Needs  
5.1.26 Joint Housing Needs Protocol  
5.1.27 Transitional Safeguarding  
5.1.28 Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment New



Children and Young People Exhibiting Sexualised Behaviour

5.2.1 Guidance for Professionals Working with Sexually Active Young People Under Age 18 in Hertfordshire (Including Risk Assessment)  
5.2.2 Safeguarding Sexually Active Young People  



Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) / Contextual Safeguarding

5.3.1 Forced Marriage Updated
5.3.2 Modern Slavery and Trafficking  
5.3.3 Multi-Agency ‘Honour’ Based Abuse and Forced Marriage Policy and Procedure  
5.3.4 Hertfordshire's Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Exploitation  
5.3.5 Modern Slavery: Safeguarding Children Who May Have Been Trafficked  
  For Children’s Services staff, please see the PGN entitled Safeguarding Children Who May Have Been Trafficked (July 2021) for more information about the need to initiate a strategy discussion for children who may have been trafficked and Operation Innerste in relation to unaccompanied minors.
Practice Guidance Notes - HCC (
5.3.6 Safeguarding Children from Abroad (including Children who are Victims of Trafficking and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children)  
5.3.7 Safeguarding Children Abused Through Sexual Exploitation  
5.3.8 Harmful Sexual Behaviours  
  See also: Policy document for the referral of Children and Young People to Herts Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)  
5.3.9 Prevent Guidance  
5.3.10 Online Safety  
5.3.11 Children and Young People Affected by Exploitation and Serious Violence Updated



Missing Children and Young People

5.4.1 Children and Young People Who Go Missing form Home or Care, or Who are Vulnerable to Exploitation  
5.4.2 Children Who Go Missing, including from School  



Safeguarding the Mental Health of Children and Young People / Harmful Behaviours

5.5.1 Interagency Working between Hertfordshire Children’s Services and Tier 4 Children and Young People's Mental Health Services  
5.5.2 Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviours Updated
5.5.3 Fire Setting  
5.5.4 Deprivation of Liberty - Under 16's  



Children of Parents /Carers with Additional Needs/Concerns

5.6.1 Non Compliance or Disguised Compliance by Parents or Carers  
5.6.2 Children and Young People of Parents with Learning Disabilities  
5.6.3 Children of Parents who Misuse Drugs or Alcohol  
5.6.4 Children of Parents with a Mental Health Problem  
5.6.5 Children Visiting Prisons  
5.6.6 Children Visiting Psychiatric Wards and Facilities  

6. Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

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6.1 Policy and Procedures  

7. Child Death Reviews

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Unexpected Child Death

7.1.1 HSCP Joint Agency Response to Unexpected Child Deaths  



Hertfordshire Child Death Overview Panel

7.2.1 Child Death Overview Panel  
7.2.2 Child Death Review - A Guide for Parents and Carers Updated
7.2.3 Hertfordshire Joint Agency Response Leaflet  



General Information

7.3.1 Form A DSCF Information Leaflet for Parent and Carers on Child Death Review Processes  

8. Appendices

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8.1 Age Assessment Joint Working Guidance  
8.2 Processing an Asylum Application from a Child  
8.3 Local Contacts Updated
8.4 NICE - Quick Reference Guide: When to Suspect Child Maltreatment  
8.5 NSPCC Leaflet "Bruises on Children"  
8.6 NSPCC Leaflet "Fractures in Children"  
8.7 NSPCC Leaflet "Oral Injuries and Bites on Children"  
8.8 NSPCC Leaflet "Thermal Injuries on Children"  
8.9 Practice Standards for Family Group Conferences  
8.10 Recognition of Child Abuse 6th Edition  
8.11 Body Chart Template  
8.12 NSPCC (England) Concerns Resolution Procedures including use of Authorised Person Status - Summary Document for Partner Agencies  
8.13 Child Protection Model Policy for Voluntary, Community and Faith Groups  
8.14 Amendments  
8.15 Hertfordshire Health Contacts  
8.16 Learning and Improvement Framework New