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30th September 2020

 

Caption: September 2020
   

 

Next Update: March 2021

31st March 2020

Caption: March 2020
   
 
Part A amendments:

 

  • Responding to Concerns of Abuse and Neglect. A link to the National Referral Mechanism Digital Referral System has been added.
  • Child Protection Conferences. References to HCPC have been updated to Social Work England.
  • Allegations Against Staff or Volunteers, who work with Children. References to HCPC have been updated to Social Work England.
Part B amendments:

 

  • Roles and Responsibilities. The link to the Ofsted guidance Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings has been updated and a link to Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 has been added.
  • Children Missing from Care, Home and Education. A link to the National Crime Agency has been added to Section 3.4, and a link to Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Centre added to Section 3.10.
  • Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation. A link to the National Referral Mechanism Digital Referral System for reporting Modern Slavery has been added.
  • Safeguarding Trafficked and Exploited Children. A link to the National Referral Mechanism Digital Referral System for reporting Modern Slavery has been added.
  • Safeguarding Children affected by Gang Activity / Serious Youth Violence. The link to further information regarding Gangs and Girls has been updated.
  • Bullying. Information about cyber bullying and Upskirting has been added.
  • Safeguarding children at risk of abuse through female genital mutilation (FGM). Further information about mandatory reporting has been added.

30th September 2019

Caption: September 2019
   
 
Part A amendments:

 

  • The terminology used in Part A has been updated to reflect the replacement of Local Safeguarding Children Boards with Safeguarding Children Partnerships.
  • Referral and Assessment - this chapter has been slightly amended to acknowledge the responsibility to consider whether or not checks should be undertaken on social media.
  • Child Protection s47 Enquiries - this chapter has a new section on accessing open source information about children and adults for safeguarding purposes which provides guidance on which type of information may be accessed legally for safeguarding purposes.
Part B amendments:

 

  • Safeguarding Children from Child Sexual Exploitation - revisions have been made to the section concerning strategy meetings for Looked After Children.

29th March 2019

Caption: March 2019
   
 
Part A amendments:

 

  • Responding to Concerns of Abuse and Neglect – This chapter has been updated to reflect the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 (KCSIE), also information about Contextual Safeguarding has been added.
  • Referral and Assessment - Clarification regarding the responsibility for undertaking a pre-birth assessment where the mother is homeless or in custody has been added.
  • Child Protection s47 Enquiries – This chapter has been updated to reflect 'Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018'.
  • Child Protection Conferences – The section on Children with child protection plans who become looked after has been amended to clarify the review arrangements.
  • Children and Families moving across Local Authority boundaries – This chapter has been amended to clarify which authority has responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of a child where the child and family move between local authority areas. Also clarification regarding the responsibility for undertaking a pre-birth assessment where the mother is homeless or in custody.
  • Allegations against staff or volunteers, who work with children - This chapter has been updated to reflect 'Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018'.
Part B amendments:

 

  • Roles and Responsibilities – This chapter has been revised to reflect updated guidance for organisations, agencies and individuals to ensure that their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are carried out with regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as set out in Chapter 2: Organisations Responsibilities in Working Together to Safeguard Children.
  • Serious Case Reviews – This chapter has been updated to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.The criteria for Notifiable incidents has been added and reference made to the transitional arrangements for the shift for LSCB's to Safeguarding Partnerships.
  • Children Visiting Prisons - This chapter has been reviewed and updated to reflect the latest Prison Service publications covering the provision of visits, including visits to prisoners who are identified as posing a risk to children.
  • Honour based violence – The definition of Honour Based Violence has been amended to clarify that the term does not refer solely to murder, but has a wider definition to include crimes of violence which has, or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community.

21st September 2018

Caption: September 2018
   
 
Part B amendments:

 

  • Self-harming and Suicidal Behaviour - the links to additional guidance and information have been updated.
  • Safeguarding Children Affected by Domestic Abuse - this chapter was previously titled “Safeguarding children affected by domestic abuse and violence” and has been re-named. References to domestic violence have been amended throughout the manual to reflect this (except where “violence” is integral to the meaning of a phrase such as “independent domestic violence advisors (IDVA).

29th March 2018

Caption: March 2018
   
 
Part A amendments:

 

  • Child Protection Conferences - the text at 4.1.21/4.1.22 has been amended to clarify the timing of Review Conferences.
Part B amendments:

 

  • Safeguarding Training Competency Framework - this chapter is designed to assist all employers, voluntary organisations and Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs)/multi-agency safeguarding partnerships, to meet the minimum requirements for the provision of multi-agency safeguarding children training.
  • Safeguarding children at risk of abuse through female genital mutilation (FGM) - links to current DoHSC have been added to the guidance section. This now links directly to 'Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM', which includes the guidance for professionals plus additional resources including a safeguarding pathway and risk assessment tools.
  • Parenting Capacity and Learning Disabilities - the linked information on Good practice guidance on working with parents with a learning disability has been updated.

30th September 2017

Caption: September 2017
   
 
Part A amendments:

 

  • Child Protection Conferences - the purpose of the change in Section 4.1.22, is to encourage good practice in holding pre-birth Child Protection Conferences at an early stage in a pregnancy, thereby allowing Public Law Outline proceedings to start if necessary.
  • Allegations against staff or volunteers, who work with children - this chapter has been significantly updated and replaces the previous version.
Part B amendments:

 

  • Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation - London Operating Protocol for CSE (MPS) 2015 links have been updated to the June 2017 version.
  • Safeguarding Children affected by Gang Activity / Serious Youth Violence - a new, brief section about 'Organised criminal groups' (12.4.1) has been included.

31st March 2017

In the most recent update to the London Child Protection Procedures on 31st March 2017, changes were made to the post-birth procedures where a child has been subject to a pre-birth child protection plan [Part A: Child Protection Conferences - 4.1.22]. These changes were an initial draft and the intention was to consult on the revised wording before the changes were made. Unfortunately, there was a breakdown in communication and the changes went live as part of the March update. The Editorial Board of the London CP Procedures has decided to revert back to the pre-March version of the post-birth procedures in order that the consultation on the changes can take place as planned.

Caption: March 2017
   
 
Part A amendments:

 

  • Responding to Concerns of Abuse and Neglect - a brief paragraph has been added to Section 1.1, 'Concept of significant harm' as paragraph 1.1.6 and briefly references 'peer on peer' abuse.

    A new section has been added as 1.9, Non-recent (Historical) Abuse.
  • Child Protection Conferences - the previous timescale of '3 months' in paragraph 4.1.17 as defining 'permanently' has been removed.

    A bullet point has been added in paragraph 4.9.8 about hospital admissions.

    In the previous update, Section 4.2 dealing with 'Children Looked After and Children subject of Child Protection Plans' the review process, was amended to clarify the importance of keeping the two planning processes aligned and in the best interest of the child as set out in a range of statutory guidance linked in the chapter.
  • Implementation of Child Protection Plans - a new paragraph has been added as 5.2.3 relating to hospital admissions.
  • Allegations against staff or volunteers, who work with children - in Section 7.1 the first paragraph has been reworded for clarification. In paragraph 7.2.11, text was added at the end of paragraph 1 and new paragraph at the end. A sentence has been added to paragraph 7.2.19 at the end and 'Historical abuse is now referred to as Non-recent (Historical) abuse'. In paragraph 7.7.6 a bullet point was added: 'Education and Library Boards'.
Part B amendments:

 

  • Roles and Responsibilities - paragraph 3.10.7, Early Years Service was amended.
  • Risk Management of Known Offenders - minor amendments to the text have been made as some agencies and legal orders have been updated. Similarly links have been updated. Some new sections have been added such as paragraph 12.3.5, and Section 3 has been updated throughout. Paragraphs 12.4.7 and 12.4.17 have been amended and added to. The text in paragraphs 12.7.34 and 12.7.39 has been updated.
  • Children with Disabilities - a link to the Equality Act 2010 has been added in Section 1.1 but the definition of disability remains the same.
  • Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation - the definition of Child Sexual Exploitation has been updated in Section 7.2 as the DfE definition was updated in February 2017. See Child sexual exploitation Definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decision makers working to protect children from child sexual exploitation February 2017.
  • Safeguarding Trafficked and Exploited Children - a new link has been added in paragraph 9.13.2 in relation to the Duty to notify in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
  • Children Visiting Prisons - this has been replaced by a new chapter as the national guidance has been updated.
  • Safeguarding children at risk of abuse through female genital mutilation (FGM) - this chapter has been updated in the following sections:
    • Section 25.2, Definitions – where the WHO most recent definitions have been applied;
    • Section 25.6 and Section 25.9 – where the text under the heading 'Mandatory reporting' has been expanded to clarify the current legislation.
    • Appendix 2: Guidance - The following documents were added:
      • National FGM Centre: an evaluation (Research report) January 2017;
      • The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime Female Genital Mutilation Early Intervention Model: An Evaluation (Research report) January 2017.
  • Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children - this is a new chapter.
Updated Terminology
 
  • Historical abuse - this is now referred to as Non-recent (Historical) abuse.

30th September 2016

Caption: September 2016
   
 
Part A amendments:

 

  • Responding to Concerns of Abuse and Neglect - an additional quote which defines Abuse has been included in Section 1.3. 'Definitions of child abuse and neglect'. Links have been updated in Section 1.7.1 Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016 and Section 1.9.1 Safeguarding Vulnerable People in the NHS. Updated version;
  • Referral and Assessment - a reminder about arrangements in LAs such as MASH in Section 2.1.3 has been added. A new paragraph has been added in Section 2.1.14 referring to social workers in other work settings such as voluntary/charitable /private organisations;
  • Child Protection s47 Enquiries - links to 'Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2016' have been updated. A link to' the Electronic and Digital recording' guidance in the Conference chapter has been added in Section 3.7.1. and in Section 3.10.1, a link has been added to the 'Code of practice for victims of crime';
  • Child Protection Conferences - significant changes have been made to the text in Section 4.2 from 4.2.1 to 4.2.3 and 4.3 where a new Section has been added as 4.3.8 'Electronic and digital recording';
  • Children and Families moving across Local Authority boundaries - The text has been updated;
  • Allegations against staff or volunteers, who work with children - links to 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' have been updated. Section 7.2.11 relating to reporting restrictions has been updated. In Section 7.3.10 the third bullet point has been updated. Section 7.3.19 has been updated. Section 7.7 'Substantiated allegations and referral to the DBS' has been amended;
  • Unexpected Death of a Child - the text has been updated.

 


Part B amendments:

 

  • Part B 3. Chapters 19.1 to 19.10 - an Introduction has been added to Section 19. The whole Section 19 has been edited, amended and updated and should be read in full to consider the guidance;
  • Safeguarding children at risk of abuse through female genital mutilation (FGM) - the chapter has been updated in relation to the multi-agency statutory guidance issued April 2016. Links have been updated. Section 25.6 'Legislation and Statutory Guidance' the text has been updated under 'Mandatory reporting';
  • Safeguarding children affected by domestic abuse and violence - in Section 28.11.1 'Police response'. The text has been updated. The links in this chapter have been updated.

March 2016

Caption: March 2016
   
 
Part A amendments:

 

  • Responding to Concerns of Abuse and Neglect updated in Section 1.7 with a link to Keeping Children Safe in Education; statutory guidance for schools and colleges (July 2015);
  • Referral and Assessment updated in Section 2.1.12  in relation to the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 which also includes duties for the assessment of young carers and parent carers of children under 18;
  • Child Protection s47 Enquiries updated in Section 3.1.4 in relation to the statutory guidance 'Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015';
  • Children and Families moving across Local Authority boundaries - this is a new chapter;
  • Allegations against staff or volunteers, who work with children - minor corrections to the text.

 


Part B amendments:

 

  • B3 6. Safeguarding children exposed to extremist ideology: practice guidance - this is a new chapter;
  • B3 7. Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation: Practice Guidance - this is a new chapter;
  • B3 9. Safeguarding Trafficked and exploited children – the chapter has been updated with references and links to the Modern Slavery Act and the National Referral Mechanism;
  • B3 25. Safeguarding girls at risk of abuse though FGM: Practice guidance - this is a new chapter.

October 2015

Caption: October 2015
   
 
Part A amendments:

 

  • The Responding to Concerns of Abuse and Neglect chapter has been updated and text from WT 2015 has been added in Section 1.2.1 Early help; in Section 1.2.4, a note about the purpose of the document has been added and in 1.9.2, a comment about email use has been added arising from the findings in a Serious Case Review 2015.
  • The following additions to the previous text have been made in Referral and Assessment:

    Related assessments:

    2.1.12 Where a local authority is assessing the needs of a disabled child, a carer of that child may also require the local authority to undertake an assessment of their ability to provide, or to continue to provide, care for the child, under section 1 of the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995. The local authority must take account of the results of any such assessment when deciding whether to provide services to the disabled child.

    2.1.13 Under provisions in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, local authorities have established Channel panels,which will assess the extent to which identified individuals are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism or extremism and arrange for support to be provided to those individuals. Local authorities and their partners should consider how best to ensure that these assessments align with assessments under the Children Act 1989.

    2.6.9 The following sentence has been added to the penultimate bullet point: "These actions should be set out in a clear plan to be provided to the relevant professionals in good time prior to birth."

    Minor changes in the terminology have been made in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
  • The following additions to the previous text have been made in Child Protection s47 Enquiries:

    3.9.4  "Particular attention to assessments of infants under the age of one, who can be divided into two groups: non-mobile and  mobile or partially mobile are needed as there are certain injuries that do not usually occur as a result of an accident in non-mobile infants." 

    3.8.5  "Consideration of the use of video recorded evidence should take in to account situations where the child has been subject to abuse using recording equipment."

    Minor updates to terminology have been made in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
  • The Unexpected Death of a Child chapter has been updated throughout in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and should be read in full.

 


Part B amendments:

 

  • A new paragraph has been added to the end of chapter A Child Focussed Approach to Safeguarding;
  • The Neglect chapter has been reviewed and some additional links have been inserted into Section 2.6 Further information;
  • Sharing Information - All references to the government 'Information sharing guidance and leaflet for practitioners' have been updated to reflect current national guidance;
  • Accessing information from abroad - a new paragraph has been added as 5.3 with a link to Working with Foreign Authorities: Child Protection Cases and Care Orders Departmental advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children's services lawyers July 2014;
  • Local Safeguarding Children Boards - has been updated in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015;
  • Serious Case Reviews - Section 1.1.4 and Section 1.2.2 have been updated. In Section 1.4.1 NHS Serious Incident Investigations - a paragraph has been added at the end of the section. Section 1.10.1 has been updated;
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based Forms of Abuse - this chapter has been updated in Section 7.8;
  • Safeguarding Children Policy for Licensed Premises - Section 12.1.5 has been updated to include a reference to 'sexual exploitation'.
  • Young Carers - please note that the chapter has been significantly changed and needs to be read again;
  • Children Visiting Psychiatric Wards and Facilities - this chapter has been updated to reflect changes in national guidance. The changes are throughout the chapter, which should be read in full;
  • Parents who Misuse Substances - links and references have been updated.

March 2015

Caption: March 2015
   
The Threshold document has been updated and can be accessed via the tab above or in links in chapters.
 
Part A amendments:

 

  • In Section 2.1.9 in Chapter 2. Referral and Assessment a link has been added to: Working with Foreign Authorities: Child Protection Cases and Care Orders Departmental advice for local authorities, social workers, service managers and children's services lawyers July 2014;
  • Text has been added in Section 2.6.3 relating to the timescales for pre-birth assessments;
  • Links to websites and documents have been updated.

 


Part B amendments:

 

  • The ordering, numbering and headings in Part B have been rearranged and some chapters have been removed.

New chapters have been added or have replaced previous chapters:

  • In Roles and Responsibilities; Section 3.11 The NHS and independent and third sector health services in London is new;
  • Children Missing from Care, Home and Education - this is a new chapter.