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London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance

Updated: 30th September 2020

Website Changes

On 30th September the procedures moved to this new website. To mark the occasion, we have moved to the 6th Edition of the procedures. Whilst previous editions have followed updates to Working Together, this change was to conform with new requirements for accessibility and will be the first of a series of improvements to be introduced over the course of the next few months. The content of the Core Procedures [Part A] and the Practice Guidance [Part B] has not changed, other than the amendments set out below. However, the layout and structure has changed significantly. Ideally, the London Child Protection Procedures Editorial Board would have wanted to consult on the new website prior to launch - this was not possible on this occasion – so we would encourage you to send in any comments to Alison Renouf, London Safeguarding Children Partnership Manager (

We will be reverting to the Practice Guidance being presented online rather than as downloadable word documents over the course of the next few weeks.

The following changes were made to the Core Procedures [Part A]:

Part A 3.4.6 More than one strategy meeting / discussion may be required.

Additional wording to 3.4.6 – see below:

Reconvening a strategy discussion should not be a routine process and, if it is reconvened, there should be a clear rationale for doing so. Where more than 1 strategy discussion is necessary, the reconvened discussion should take place in a timely manner. Attendance requirements are the same as for the first strategy discussion.

Part A 6. Children and Families moving across Local Authority boundaries.

6.1 Introduction

Additional paragraph – see below:

6.1.6 Where a pregnant woman has moved or is likely to move repeatedly (more than twice) between local authority areas for short periods of time (less than 4 weeks), it would be good practice for the originating authority to retain case responsibility until the woman has settled i.e. has been placed in housing for a period that will exceed 4 weeks. This is to ensure some continuity in the arrangements for the protection of the unborn child.

Six Monthly Updates:

The London Child Protection Procedures are updated on a 6-monthly basis. The most recent update took place on 30th September 2020 and the changes can be viewed in the section Amendments & Archives. The next update will be the 31st March 2021 - or the nearest working day. Any comments or suggested changes for this update should be forwarded to Alison Renouf, London Safeguarding Children Partnership Manager ( for the London Safeguarding Children Partnership, by 1st February 2021.

The Editorial Board is co-chaired by: Steve Liddicott and Henrietta Quartano.

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