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London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance

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Updated 31st March 2017

Revised Guidance

The Editorial Board would like to highlight that a number of chapters have been significantly revised and all amendments can be accessed in the section Amendments and Archives.

Part A of the London Child Protection Procedures

A PDF of Part A of the London Child Protection Procedures is now available

Proposed Amendment to the Procedures:

The Editorial Board of the London Child Protection Procedures is carrying out a consultation regarding the use of the four categories of abuse (neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse) as the basis of the decision to make a child the subject of a child protection plan. The consultation asks whether the London CP Procedures should be amended to allow child protection conferences NOT to decide a category of abuse and, instead, close with the identification and analysis of the family’s risks and/or strengths. This process could take different forms according to the practice model adopted in the local authority area. For example, the Signs of Safety practice model would use a danger statement as the conclusion of the risk analysis and the basis of the protection plan; a Strength-based approach would identify Strengths and how the plan will further build upon them. N.B. if these changes are agreed they would be in addition to, and not instead of, the existing procedure – it would still be possible to use the categories of abuse in the conference if that was preferred.

The use of the 4 categories of abuse is not a statutory requirement it is, however, data which is collected annually by the Department of Education. The categories can also provide an overview of the harm or risk of harm experienced by children and, hence, the consultation asks whether and how the data could be collected separately from the conference.

This survey closes on 30th April 2017 and is available here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7GWLQ3F

Six Monthly Updates:

The London Child Protection Procedures are updated on a six monthly basis with the relevant changes to legislation, statutory guidance and local guidance. The most recent update took place on 31st March 2017 and the changes can be viewed in the section Amendments and Archives. Urgent changes are sometimes made in response to recommendations from Serious Case Reviews or inspections of agencies.

Users of the manual are advised to sign up for regular notifications of any changes made to the manual contents and to receive useful Briefing notes on a range of topics relevant to LSCBs. This can be done by clicking on the 'Register for Updates' button located at the top of this page.

The next update will be the 31st September 2017. Any comments or suggested changes for this update should be forwarded to Alison Renouf by July 17th 2017.

If you have any queries regarding the London Child Protection Procedures please contact Alison Renouf, Board Manager for the London Safeguarding Children Board: alison.renouf@londoncouncils.gov.uk or call 020 7934 9714.

Thresholds: A Continuum of Help and Support can be accessed here and via the tab above. This is a tool intended to assist practitioners to make decisions about the best course of action, when they have concerns about a child.


Chair of the Editorial Board


Steve Liddicott

Interim Head of Service
Access and Assessment
Children and Young People's Service

London Borough of Hackney

London SCB