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Amendments

March 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Responding to Abuse and Neglect A link has been added to NSPCC Core Information Leaflets on Aspects of Physical Child Abuse. This information will be of use to a wide range of professionals in different disciplines.
Paediatric Safeguarding Medicals This chapter previously called Paediatric Medical Assessments has been updated and should be read throughout.
Initial Child Protection Conferences Section 12.2, Other Agency Reports to Conference and the Agency Report for Child Protection Conference Template has been updated with regards to the secure electronic methods that should be used to send  sensitive and personal information.
Multi-Agency Report to Conference: Guidance Notes Section 3, What Needs to Happen? has been updated with regards to the secure electronic methods that should be used to send  sensitive and personal information.
Historical (non recent) Abuse Allegations

Section 3, Action to Safeguard has been updated to reflect that Adult Social Care should also be informed if the victim has needs for care and support now and it will have met a safeguarding threshold if the victim is currently experiencing, or is at risk of, abuse or neglect, and as a result of those needs is unable to protect himself or herself against the abuse or neglect or the risk of it.

All practitioners involved in an allegation should ensure that support is offered, particularly with consideration to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre based in Leicester, which can take place even if the individual does not wish to pursue a criminal investigation.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Child Sexual Exploitation A link to the Centre of expertise on Child Sexual Abuse – Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation. A further link has been added to Child sexual exploitation: Practice Tool (2017) (open access) - further background information about child sexual exploitation and additional commentary around some of the complexities of practically responding to the issue.
Children Moving Across Boundaries Section 8, A Child (not Looked After or Subject of a Child Protection Plan) in Receipt of Services from Originating Authority has been updated particularly in relation to children in need, early help and private fostering. The notification form has also been updated.
Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children This chapter has been reviewed and updated.
People Posing a Risk to Children - Guidance and Procedure This chapter has been extensively updated and includes the addition of new Section 5, Disclosure of Information by Local Authority and Section 6, Disclosure Process.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Sexual Abuse This chapter deals with the definition, risk and indicators. It also covers action to be taken and learning from Serious Case Reviews.
Gangs, Group Activity, Youth Violence and Criminal Exploitation Affecting Children This chapter deals with the definition, risk and indicators. It also covers action to be taken and links to related guidance.

Next update: September 2018


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