Policies and Joint Protocols

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This page provides information on policies and procedures adopted or provided by the BSCB. These policies and procedures have been agreed by all partner agencies and should be used to support the work to safeguard children and promote their welfare. Policies and procedures are subject to regular review.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (Revised version published July 2018)

This is the statutory guidance for multi-agency working to safeguard children.

Safeguarding Procedures

Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families in Bexley

Relationship based practice

Assessment protocol

Child Sexual Exploitation

Modern Day Slavery

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM

Neglect

Self Harm

Information Sharing

Resolving Professional Differences - Escalation of Issues

Multi Agency reports to Child Protection Conferences

Early Intervention & Help

Serious Incidents

Managing Allegations Against Staff & Volunteers Working with Children

Private Fostering

Adults with Substance Misuse Problems

Children who go Missing from Home and Care and Education

Bullying

e-safety - Be Safe Online


Safeguarding Procedures

The London Child Protection Procedures are available on http://www.londoncp.co.uk/. The procedures set a standard for best practice for professionals who deal individually and collectively with children and their families. All individuals and agencies are expected to comply with these procedures.


What to do if you are worried that a child is being abused.

Click here: Are you worried about a child? page


Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families in Bexley

Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families in Bexley - Bexley's 'Threshold' document (updated November 2019)

Relationship based practice

Relationship based practice - Guidance for social worker and other professionals

Assessment protocol

Bexley's Assessment protocol sets out the arrangements for how cases will be managed once a child is referred into children’s social care. Each child who has been referred into children's social care should have an individual assessment to identify their needs and to understand the impact of any parental behaviour on them as an individual.

Child Sexual Exploitation

See the BSCB Child Sexual Exploitation page

Modern Day Slavery

The Council along with the Bexley Adults Safeguarding Board, Bexley Community Safety Partnership and Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. has developed the Bexley Modern Day Slavery Strategy and Toolkit for use by all professionals to enable them to understand this issue and to provide the right help and support to people who may be a victim of Modern Day Slavery.


Neglect

See the BSCB Neglect page

Multi Agency reports to Child Protection Conferences

The form below is a template and guidance for all agencies attending the Child Protection conferences in Bexley. Forms should be submitted at least two days before the conference date.

Child Protection Conferences multi agency report form (Updated Jan 2020)

Core Group meetings

A new leaflet is available with advice on Core Groups and Core Group meetings

Core Group meetings (updated October 2019)

Information Sharing

BSCB Information Sharing Guidance - 2015

Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners (Department for Education, July 2018)
Guidance on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.
The advice is for practitioners and senior managers to help decide when and how to share personal information legally and professionally. It replaces ‘Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (2015)'.

Resolving Professional Differences - Escalation of Issues

If there are serious differences of views on how best to manage risk and safeguarding, and protect vulnerable children and young people, then the escalation policy can provide a useful framework for exploring and resolving professional disagreements.

The policy can be downloaded here: Multi-agency Escalation Policy


Early Intervention & Help

For information see the Bexley Council Page: Early help and prevention

For the Bexley Inter-agency Referral Form please see the CAF and referral form page


Serious Incidents

Bexley SHIELD Serious Incident Procedures

Bexley SHIELD Serious Incident Procedures- Nov 2019

Bexley SHIELD Serious Incident Procedures - Summary

These procedures seek to support Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. and its partners to ensure robust systems are in place for reporting, investigating and responding to serious incidents so lessons are learned and appropriate action taken to prevent future harm. They comply with statutory guidance set out in Chapter 4, Working Together 2018 and with the National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: practice guidance issued in April 2019.

Any member of staff may make a notification to Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. regarding a serious incident, however, it is advisable to first discuss this with the safeguarding lead in your organisation. The Serious Incident Notification Form must be completed as fully as possible and emailed to shield@bexley.gov.uk no later than five working days of becoming aware that a serious incident has occurred. A copy of the notification form is available at Appendix 1 of the procedures.

For further information see the Serious Case Reviews page


Managing Allegations Against Staff & Volunteers Working with Children

See the Allegations against staff - LADO page

Private Fostering

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative'.

This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity).

For more information see Bexley Council's Private Fostering page


Multi Agency Protocol to Safeguard Children whose Parents or Carers have Mental Health Problems

This joint protocol has been developed by the BSCB involving Children's Social Care, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Bexley Care Trust. It provides guidance on working with parents with mental health problems. This protocol replaces previous guidance and protocols.

Leaflet – Information for Professionals. Children’s Social Care & Adult Mental Health


Multi-Agency Protocol to Safeguard Children whose Parents or carers have Substance Misuse Problems

Multi-Agency Protocol to Safeguard Children whose Parents or carers have Substance Misuse Problems


Children who go Missing from Home and Care and Education

BSCB Children Missing from Home, Education and Care Procedures - revised Nov 15

Bexley Missing Children Procedures - revised Oct 15

Bullying

See the Bexley Anti-Bullying Project page


Be Safe Online

In conjunction with LB Bexley and partner agencies Bexley LSCB has supported the development of guidance for young people using online services and social media. Further information can be found on Bexley Council's Be safe online page.

There is also advice for young people on the BSCB's Staying safe online page