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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. Managing Individual Cases - Procedures
  4. Children in Specific Circumstances - Additional Procedures
  5. Persons Posing a Risk to Children
  6. Children in Specific Circumstances - Guidance
  7. Complaints and Professional Disagreements
  8. Serious Case Reviews and Partnership Case Reviews
  9. Child Death Reviews
  10. Protocols
  11. Appendices

1. Introduction, Policy Framework, Principles and Values

1.1 Foreword and Introduction to the Manual  
1.2 Policy, Principles and Values  
1.3 Definitions and Recognition of Abuse and Neglect  
1.4 The Family CAF (Common Assessment Framework) and Thresholds  
1.5 Legal Framework for Child Protection  
1.6 Information Sharing and Confidentiality  
1.7 Protecting Children and Young People: The Responsibilities of all Doctors (GMC)  
1.8 Good Practice in Supporting the Voice of the Child  
1.9 Supervision Strategy New

2. The Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (HSCP)


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 - under review  
2.2.2 The HSCP Structure Chart - under review  




2.3.1 Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers  
2.3.2 Keeping Children Safe in Education: Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges (2015)  
2.3.3 Guidance for Parents and Carers - Recording Meetings  

3. Managing Individual Cases - Procedures

  See also: Social Work Procedures: Children in Need and Safeguarding  
3.1 Contacts and Referrals New
3.2 Single Assessment  
3.3 Strategy Discussion and Meetings  
3.4 Section 47 Enquiry - under review  
3.5 Child Protection Conferences Updated
3.6 Implementing the Child Protection Plan, Core Group and Lead Social Worker Updated
3.7 Family Group Conferences (FGCS)  
3.8 Hospital Appointments, A&E Attendance and Discharge Procedures  
3.9 Non Compliance or Disguised Compliance by Parents or Carers  
3.10 Interpreters, Signers and Others with Special Communication Skills  
3.11 Children Looked After  
3.12 Child Protection Plans (CPP) when the Child is also Subject of Care Proceedings  
3.13 East of England Region Joint Protocol on Supervision Orders  

4. Children in Specific Circumstances - Additional Procedures

4.1 Managing Allegations Against Adults who work with Children and Young People New
4.2 Complaints in Relation to Designated Officer Strategy Meetings  
4.3 Children Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries  
4.4 Children who Abuse Others  
4.5 Complex (Organised or Multiple) Abuse  
4.6 Domestic Violence and Abuse  
4.7 Fabricated or Induced Illness  
4.8 Forced Marriage  
4.9 Children who go Missing Including from School  
4.10 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme  
4.11 Children within the Diplomatic Services  
4.12 Historical Abuse Allegations  
4.13 Practice Guidance in Regard to Children and Young People Subject to a Child Protection Plan that Travel Within and Outside of the United Kingdom  
4.14 Hertfordshire Multi-Agency ‘Honour’ Based Abuse and Forced Marriage Policy & Procedure New

5. Persons Posing a Risk to Children

5.1 People Posing a Risk to Children - Guidance and Procedure  

6. Children in Specific Circumstances - Guidance

6.1 Child Abuse Linked to Spiritual or Religious Belief  
6.2 Bullying  
6.3 Child Abuse and Information Communication Technology  
6.4 Children who may have been Trafficked  
6.5 Safeguarding Children from Abroad (including Children who are Victims of Trafficking and Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children)  
6.6 Safeguarding Children Abused Through Sexual Exploitation  
6.7 Children Living Away From Home  
6.8 Children of Parents who Misuse Drugs or Alcohol  
6.9 Pre-Birth Protocol, Procedures and Guidance for Pre-Birth Assessment  
6.10 The Identification and Management of Failure to Thrive in Infants and Young Children  
6.11 Children of Parents with Learning Disabilities  
6.12 Children of Parents with a Mental Health Problem  
6.13 Children with a Disability and Child Abuse  
6.14 Female Genital Mutilation - under review  
6.15 Breast Ironing  
6.16 Safeguarding Sexually Active Young People  
6.17 Guidance for Professionals Working with Sexually Active Young People under the age of 18 in Hertfordshire (Including Risk Assessment)  
6.18 Children Visiting Prisons  
6.19 Children Visiting Psychiatric Wards and Facilities  
6.20 Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour  
6.21 Fire Setting  
6.22 Male Circumcision  
6.23 Guidance for the Provision of Care in the Presentation of Concealed Pregnancy or Late Booking in Pregnancy  
6.24 Children who have been the Subject of Safeguarding Concerns in School and who are then Removed from School for Elective Home Education (EHE)  
6.25 Prevent Guidance  
6.26 Deprivation of Liberty - Under 16's  
6.27 Harmful Sexual Behaviour  
6.28 Dangerous Dogs  
6.29 Modern Slavery  

7. Complaints and Professional Disagreements

7.1 Complaints in Relation to Child Protection Conferences  
7.2 Escalation of Concerns and Professional Disagreements About Decisions, Including Convening an ICPC  

8. Serious Case Reviews and Partnership Case Reviews

8.1 Learning and Improvement Framework  
8.2 Performance Management Framework  
8.3 Partnership Case Reviews Guidance for Conducting a PCR  

9. Child Death Reviews


Unexpected Child Death

9.1.1 Child Death Review and Response Arrangements - Rapid Response Protocol Updated



Hertfordshire Child Death Overview Panel

9.2.1 Child Death Overview Panel  
9.2.2 Child Death Review - A Guide for Parents and Carers  
9.2.3 Hertfordshire Rapid Response Team Leaflet  



General Information

9.3.1 Form A DSCF Information Leaflet for Parent and Carers on Child Death Review Processes  
9.3.2 Form B Child Death Core Data Collection  

10. Protocols

10.1 Neglect Protocol  
10.2 East of England Joint Protocol on Supervision Orders
10.3 Children and Families Living with Substance Misuse Protocol HSCP  
10.4 Children Who Go Missing from Home or Care, or Who are Vulnerable to Sexual Exploitation HSCP Protocol Updated
10.5 Hertfordshire Multi-Agency Protocol for Working with Vulnerable Adolescents  
10.6 Bruising Flowchart and Multi-Agency Protocol for the Management of Bruising, Bites and Suspicious/Unexplained Marks in Children (0-17) Updated
10.7 Hertfordshire's Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Exploitation  
10.8 Hertfordshire Trafficking Protocol  
10.9 Interagency Working between Hertfordshire Children’s Services and Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services  
10.10 See the Adult - See the Child  
10.11 Hertfordshire Multi-Agency Children in Need Protocol and Procedures  

11. Appendices

11.1 Age Assessment Joint Working Guidance  
11.2 Processing an Asylum Application from a Child  
11.3 Local Contacts  
11.4 NICE - Quick Reference Guide: When to Suspect Child Maltreatment  
11.5 NSPCC Leaflet "Bruises on Children"  
11.6 NSPCC Leaflet "Fractures in Children"  
11.7 NSPCC Leaflet "Oral Injuries and Bites on Children"  
11.8 NSPCC Leaflet "Thermal Injuries on Children"  
11.9 Practice Standards for Family Group Conferences  
11.10 Recognition of Child Abuse 5th Edition  
11.11 Body Chart Template  
11.12 Guidance on Safeguarding Children and Young People Affected by Gangs in Hertfordshire - under review  
11.13 NSPCC (England) Concerns Resolution Procedures including use of Authorised Person Status - Summary Document for Partner Agencies  
11.14 Amendments