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

  1. Assessing Need and Providing Help
  2. Children in Specific Circumstances
  3. Leicester and Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Boards and Organisational Responsibilities
  4. Child Deaths
  5. Appendices

1. Assessing Need and Providing Help


Thresholds and Principles of Assessment

1.1.1 Thresholds for Access to Services for Children and Families in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Children's Social Care  
1.1.2 Principles of Assessment Updated
1.1.3 Assessment Protocol  



Early Help

1.2.1 Responding to Abuse and Neglect Updated
1.2.2 Failure to Thrive Policy  
1.2.3 Early Help Assessment  



Referral, Investigation and Assessment

1.3.1 Referrals to Children’s Social Care  
1.3.2 Child in Need Assessment and Plan  
1.3.3 Strategy Discussions  
1.3.4 Section 47 Enquiries  
1.3.5 Conducting a Section 47 Investigation: Use of the Community Paediatric Service and Strategy Discussions  
1.3.6 Paediatric Safeguarding Medicals  
1.3.7 Joint Enquiries / Investigations between Children’s Social Care and the Police Updated
1.3.8 Safeguarding Procedures on Pre-Birth  
1.3.9 Concealment and Denial of Pregnancy  
1.3.10 Management of Marks of Concern in Pre-Mobile Babies and Non-Independently Mobile Children New



Child Protection Conferences and Child Protection Plans

1.4.1 Initial Child Protection Conferences Updated
  See also: Multi-Agency Report to Conference: Guidance Notes  
1.4.2 Recording that a Child is the subject of a Child Protection Plan  
1.4.3 Implementation of the Child Protection Plan - Lead Social Worker and Core Group Responsibilities  
1.4.4 Child Protection Review Conferences  



Think Family / Whole Family Approach

1.5.1 Think Family / Whole Family Approach Protocol  
1.5.2 Children at Risk where a Parent has a Learning Disability  
1.5.3 Children of Drug and Alcohol Misusing Parents  
1.5.4 Children At Risk Where A Parent/Carer Has A Mental Health Problem/Disorder  
1.5.5 Adult Mental Health and Child Protection Guidance  
1.5.6 Parental Personality Disorder  



Practice Guidance

1.6.1 Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings  
1.6.2 Bullying  
1.6.3 Children’s Participation in Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups  
1.6.4 Intimate Care Good Practice Guidelines  
1.6.5 Neglect Practice Guidance  
1.6.6 Uncooperative and Hostile Families  
1.6.7 Historical (non recent) Abuse Allegations  
1.6.8 Harmful Sexual Behaviour Updated

2. Children in Specific Circumstances

  NOTE: All Safeguarding Practice Guidance should be read in conjunction with:
Good Practice Supporting the Voice of the Child
2.1 Safeguarding Disabled Children  
2.2 Spiritual, Cultural and Religious Beliefs  
2.3 Allegations of Harm Arising from Under Age Sexual Activity  
2.4 E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media Updated
2.5 Safeguarding Children and Young People from Child Sexual Exploitation  
2.6 Sexual Abuse  
2.7 Children and Families who go Missing  
2.8 Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation  
2.9 Children Living Away from Home (including Children and Families living in Temporary Accommodation and Private Fostering)  
2.10 Children Missing from Education or with Issues Regarding School Attendance/Poor School Attendance  
2.11 Children Moving Across Boundaries  
2.12 Children Visiting Prisons  
2.13 Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children  
2.14 Domestic Abuse/Violence  
  See also: Honour Based Violence  
2.15 Complex (Organised or Multiple) Abuse  
2.16 Fabricated or Induced Illness  
2.17 Forced Marriage  
2.18 Pre-Trial Therapy  
2.19 Safeguarding Children at Risk of Abuse through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)  
  See also: Breast Ironing (tri.x Policy Briefings)  
2.20 People Posing a Risk to Children - Guidance and Procedure  
2.21 Children's Visits to Special Hospitals/Psychiatric Units  
2.22 Cross-Border Child Protection Cases Under the 1996 Hague Convention  
2.23 Children and Young People who go Missing from Home or Care  
  See also: Children and Young People who go Missing from Home or Care: Joint Protocol  
2.24 Safeguarding Children and Young People who Self-Harm  
2.25 Safeguarding Children and Young People with Suicidal Behaviour  
2.26 Safeguarding Children Vulnerable to Violent Extremism (PREVENT)  
2.27 Gangs, Group Activity, Youth Violence and Criminal Exploitation Affecting Children  

3. Leicester and Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Boards and Organisational Responsibilities

3.1 Local Safeguarding Children Board - Role and Function  
3.2 Agency Roles and Responsibilities Updated
3.3 Underlying Policy, Principles and Values  
3.4 Statutory Framework  
3.5 Information Sharing and Confidentiality Updated
  See also: Appendix 1: Information Sharing Agreement for the Purposes of Safeguarding Children  
3.6 Appeals by Parents / Carers and Children against Child Protection Conference decisions  
3.7 Resolving Practitioner Disagreements and Escalation of Concerns  
3.8 Safer Recruitment, Selection and Supervision of Staff Updated
3.9 Allegations Against Persons who Work with Children  
3.10 Whistleblowing  
3.11 Statement on Positive Parenting  
3.12 Learning and Improvement Framework  

4. Child Deaths

4.1 Responding to Child Death  
4.2 Child Death Overview Panel Procedures  
4.3 Support for Staff following the Death of a Child  

5. Appendices

5.1 Local Contacts Updated
5.2 NICE Guidance - When to suspect child maltreatment  
5.3 GMC Guidance - Protecting Children and Young People: The Responsibilities of all Doctors  
5.4 Working Together to Safeguard Children  
5.5 Amendments