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Welcome to the Multi-agency Child Protection Procedures for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board. These contain the latest updated policies and procedures for safeguarding children and is for professionals from all agencies and members of the public across Peterborough who have concerns about a child.

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Cambridgeshire Multi-agency Policies and Procedures 

PSCB Threshold DocumentUpdated September 2016
See Also - principles for working with children and families
1. Assessing Need and Providing Help
1.1 Early HelpEarly Help (previously known as eCAF)
1.2 Referral, Investigation and Assessment
1.2.1Making Referrals to Children's Social Care
See also Bruising in pre-mobile Babies: A protocol for Assessment, Management and Referral by Health and Professionals
1.2.2Child and Family Assessment
1.2.3Action to be taken following a Referral to Children's Social Care
1.2.4Action to be taken where a Child is suffering or likely to suffer Significant Harm
1.2.5Urgent or Emergency Situations where a Section 47 Enquiry has or will commence (Both Cross Border and Inter Hospital)
See also Children Who Move Across Local Authority Boundaries
1.2.6Pre-Birth Assessment Guidance and FlowchartUpdated February 2017
1.3 Child Protection Conferences and Child Protection Plans
1.3.1Child Protection Conferences
1.3.2Implementing Child Protection Plans
See also Escalation and Conflict Resolution Policy
1.4 Children in Specific Circumstances
1.4.1Neglect StrategySeptember 2016
1.4.2Protecting Children in Specific Circumstances
1.4.3Peterborough Children and Young People Missing from Home and Care ProtocolUpdated August 2016
1.4.4Child Witnesses: Guidelines on Prosecuting Cases of Child Sexual Abuse, Crown Prosecution Service
1.4.6Hidden Children Guidance
1.4.7Fabricated or Induced Illness
1.4.8Safeguarding Disabled ChildrenUpdated March 2016
1.4.9Managing Individuals who Pose a Risk of Harm to Children
1.4.10Bruising in Pre-Mobile Babies ProtocolUpdated September 2017
1.4.11Children Visiting Custodial Settings
1.4.12Children Visiting Psychiatric Wards and Special Hospitals
1.4.13Self Harm and Suicidal BehaviourUpdated October 2014
See Also Understanding and responding to children and young people at risk of self-harm and suicide A guide for practitioners in CambridgeshireUpdated September 2014
1.4.14Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims for Looked After Children
1.4.15Preventing and Tackling Bullying - Advice for Headteachers, Staff and Governing Bodies
1.4.16Model School Policy Where a Pupil has a Parent or Close Relative in Prison
1.4.17Safeguarding children and young people at events
1.5 Child Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Relationships
1.5.1Guidance for Professionals Working with Sexually Active Young PeopleUpdated November 2015
1.5.2Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation
1.5.3Children & Young People Displaying Sexually Harmful Behaviour
1.6 Parents and Families
1.6.1Safer Peterborough Partnership Domestic Abuse Strategy 2012-15(pdf)September 2012
1.6.2Safeguarding Children who have a Parent or Carer with Mental Health Problems - Guidance for Effective Joint Working V5 (pdf)Updated February 2014
1.6.3Practice Guidance – Working with Hostile, Non-Compliant Clients and those who use Disguised Compliance within the Context of Safeguarding Children
1.6.4Assessing The Impact Of Parents/Carers Who Are Involved In The Misuse Of Alcohol And/Or Drugs
1.6.5E-Safety Policy and Guidlines - Nov 2014
1.7 Cultural Competence in Safeguarding
1.7.1Practice Guidance for the Effective Safeguarding of Children from Minority Ethnic, Cultural and Faith Communities, Groups and FamiliesUpdated: March 2016
Safeguarding children and young people within faith settings
1.7.2Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked
See Also Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked - Practice Guidance - DfEPublished October 2011
See Also East of England Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) Safeguarding ProtocolUpdated June 2016
1.7.3Safeguarding Children at Risk of Abuse through Female Genital MutilationUpdated April 2016
1.7.4Forced Marriages – Practice Guidance
See also Forced Marriage and Adults with Learning Disabilities – Information from the Forced Marriage Unit for staff.
1.7.5Forming a Belief (FAB)
1.7.6Child Abuse Linked to a Belief in Spirit Possession
1.7.7Supporting Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism
See Also Prevent and Safeguarding Guidance: Supporting individuals vulnerable to violent extremism (ACPO)
1.8 Protocols
1.8.1Children Who Move Across Local Authority Boundaries
1.8.2East of England Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) Safeguarding ProtocolUpdated June 2016
1.8.3East of England Region Joint Protocol on Supervision OrdersNew January 2017
1.9 National Guidance
1.9.1Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015)Web enabled version
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015, HM Government (PDF)March 2015
1.9.2NICE Guidelines: Child Maltreatment (2009)
1.9.3Preventing unintentional injuries among the under-15s in the home
1.9.4Safeguarding Children and Young People who may be affected by Gang Activity, DfE (2010)
1.9.5Protecting Children and Young People - the Responsibility of all Doctors, General Medical Council, (2012)
1.9.6Prevent and Safeguarding Guidance: Supporting individuals vulnerable to violent extremism (ACPO)
See Also Revised Prevent Duty Guidance for England and WalesUpdated July 2015
See Also Protecting children from radicalisation: the prevent dutyUpdated July 2015
1.9.7What to do if you’re worried a child is being abusedUpdated March 2015
1.9.8Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding servicesUpdated March 2015
1.9.9Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat- Improving Outcomes for People Experiencing Mental Health Crisis, HM Government (2014)
1.9.10Keeping children safe in education, DfE July 2015
1.9.11Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settingsUpdated October 2015
1.9.12Working with Foreign Authorities: child protection cases and care orders
1.9.13Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children: Statutory guidance for local authorities on the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked childrenJuly 2014
1.9.14Provision of Therapy for Child Witnesses Prior to a Criminal Trial
1.9.15 Postnatal Care NICE Clinical Guideline 37 (January 2015)
1.9.16Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationshipDecember 2015
1.9.17NICE Guidance: Domestic violence and abuse in adults and young people aged 16 years and overFebruary 2016
2. Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board and Partner Organisation Responsibilities
2.1Working Together to Safeguard Children Chapter 3: Local Safeguarding Children Boards
2.2Working Together to Safeguard Children Chapter 2: Organisational Responsibilities
2.3Information Sharing Framework
2.4Key employment standardsUpdated January 2013
2.5Multi-agency Safeguarding Children Training
2.6Managing Allegations or Serious Concerns in Respect of any Adult who Works or Volunteers with ChildrenDecember 2015
2.7Escalation and Conflict Resolution PolicyUpdated June 2017
3. Learning and Improvement Framework
See Also Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) Chapter 4: Learning and Improvement Framework
3.1Learning and Improvement Framework
3.2Performance Management Framework 2014-15
3.3Training Strategy 2014/2015
4. Child Death Reviews
4.1Child Death Overview Panel ProtocolUpdated September 2015
4.2Multi Agency Protocol for the Management of Unexpected Childhood DeathsUpdated September 2015
See Also Guidance for Coroners: supply information about the death of a child
5. Serious Case Reviews
5.1Serious Case Reviews
See Also Liaison and information exchange when criminal proceedings coincide with Chapter Four Serious Case Reviews or Welsh Child Practice ReviewsMay 2014

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