Using these Procedures
1. About this Manual
This manual provides Child Protection Procedures compliant with the current version of Working Together to Safeguard Children. The content has been written in a style intended to be accessible to a wide range of users from all of the agencies that make up the London Safeguarding Children Partnership, the voluntary sector and members of the public.
The manual has been organised with the Core Procedures in the most prominent place. These chapters explain the actions that must be taken when there are concerns about the welfare of a child.
The Safeguarding Practice Guidance section provides more detailed information about identifying risks and responding to children abused in specific circumstances. All chapters contain links to additional information and statutory guidance where appropriate.
2. Amendments & Archives
This manual will be updated twice annually in September and March, and a summary of the changes can be accessed via the 'Amendments' button on the Home page. You will also find the detail of the next planned manual update in this section.
If you would like to suggest a change to the procedures manual discuss your suggestion with your agency's representative on your local safeguarding partnership in the first instance.
Agencies, partnerships or regional groups may send comments or suggested changes for this or subsequent updates update to Sukhneet Kaur Athwal (firstname.lastname@example.org), London Safeguarding Children Partnership Co-ordinator Children’s Services for the London Safeguarding Children Partnership.
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3. Glossary and National Contacts
The manual is accessed by readers who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a glossary of definitions is available under the resource tab.There is also a National Contacts resource populated with details of key national agencies and organisations likely to be relevant to procedures user.
4. Regulatory Compliance
Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or omissions, please alert your safeguarding partnership representative or your manager.
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8. Printing and Retaining Copies
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