Child Protection Conference Report
Sefton LSCB identified that some agencies were experiencing difficulty in structuring and providing a written report to Child Protection Case Conferences. The template below, with guidance notes, is designed to assist agencies in providing key relevant information for conference
Sefton LSCB Agency Report to Child Protection Conference Template
Also see Sefton LSCB 7 Minute Briefing on Agency Report to CP Conference
Level of Need Guidance
Sefton LSCB's revised Level of Need Guidance 2020
Sefton LSCB has produced a presentation to formally launch the refreshed guidance. Please click HERE to view the presentation and hear what is new within the guidance. You can share this presentation with staff teams across your organisation.
The Level of Need Guidance is intended to assist the children's workforce and all those who come into contact with children in Sefton to respond appropriately to concerns and make timely decisions about how to respond to the needs of the child/ren and families they are working with.
Download a copy of the Level of Need Guidance 2020.
ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE (LEVEL OF NEED) UNBORN CHILD
Sefton LSCB has developed additional guidance on the specific considerations for the 'unborn' child (safeguarding the unborn baby).
Click HERE to download a copy.
Child Protection Standards Updated (2019)
Sefton LSCB has developed Child Protection (CP) Standards which are about the roles and responsibilities of practitioners who are involved in the Child Protection process.
Organisations committed to child protection must aim to achieve the highest level of protection for children with whom they come into contact and to work towards achieving the standards.
The CP Standards have been developed by Sefton LSCB Policy and Procedures Sub-Group and the Sefton Safeguarding Children Review & Quality Assurance Unit.
We recognise that all organisations coming into contact with children have a fundamental duty of care towards them, and we acknowledge our responsibilities to keep children safe.
Click to view the Child Protection Standards (updated 2019)
Multi-Agency Reflective Reviews / Practice Briefings
Sometimes Sefton LSCB undertake Multi-Agency Reflective Reviews on cases where multi-agency learning and/or good practice has been identified. Upon completion of the Reviews, Sefton LSCB publishes briefings containing the findings to share the learning and good practice with the workforce. This is to support practitioners in their work to further improve safeguarding children practice in Sefton.
Latest Multi-Agency Reflective Reviews / Practice Learning Briefings
10. Multi-Agency Reflective Review (Flora) & June 2021
Partnership Code of Conduct Pledge June 2021
9. Multi-Agency Reflective Review (Robinson Family) June 2021
8. Multi-Agency Reflective Review (Dora) May 2021
7. Practice Learning Briefing (Multi-Agency Meetings) January 2021
6. Briefing - Think Family December 2020
5. Briefing - Genogram December 2020
4. Practice Learning Briefing (Enid) October 2020
3. Practice Learning Briefing (April) October 2020
2. Practice Learning Briefing (George) August 2020
1. Practice Learning Briefing (Dickens Family) August 2020
Materials for Child Protection
Materials for Child Protection (Developed by Sefton Young Advisors)
Sefton Young Advisors have developed materials and resources to use with Children, Young People and Families who may become involved in the child protection system. These materials are to support practitioners who work with children and families.
Child Protection Conference
For Parents & Carers - A guide to Child Protection Conferences - Information Pack
For Children & Young People - A guide to helping you understand your plan
For Children & Young People - Child/Young Persons report for the Child Protection Conference (Your chance to share your views)
A guide to 'Who's Who' - (template to record who everyone is at meetings)
Expectations of agencies contributing to child protection conferences - Poster
For use by Practitioners
My Report (for looked after children & young people to use within LAC Reviews)
Letter to Young Person (for use by Independent Reviewing Officer)
Core Group Agreement
The purpose of the Core Group Agreement is to strengthen partnership working for each partner to be more accountable and responsible for their role in child protection planning, to improve attendance and delay and ultimately improve better outcomes for children and young people, who are subject to a child protection plan.
Click to view Sefton's CORE GROUP AGREEMENT (endorsed by Sefton LSCB)
Information for parents/carers when making a referral to Children's Social Care
As a professional, you may identify safeguarding children concerns and need to make a referral to Children's Social Care. To support professionals when informing a family that a referral is being made, Sefton MASH have produced a postcard which can be provided to families to explain 'what happens next'....
This simple postcard will explain the possible next steps and a telephone contact number.
Download and print off copies and keep them to hand when required.
MASH Postcard (click to download)
Sefton Children's Social Care have produced information for Professionals Working in Partnership to Safeguard Children in Sefton on Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). The document guides professionals through what to do if you have a concern about a child.
Information for Professionals Working in Partnership to Safeguard Children in Sefton (click to download)
Sefton's Neglect Strategy
Sefton has a strong commitment to partnership working with children and young people and their families. We have a clear strategy led by the local authority and supported by partners regarding Early Help and Intervention. Neglect is an issue that requires a detailed strategic approach to assist partners to be clear on what neglect is.
The impact of neglect on children and young people is enormous. Neglect causes great distress to children, potential injury, developmental delay, increased risk of teenage pregnancy and increased risk of sexual, domestic or physical abuse, leading to poor health, educational and social outcomes and is potentially fatal. Lives are affected and their ability to attend and attain at school is reduced. Their emotional health and wellbeing is often compromised and this impacts on their success in adulthood and their ability to parent in the future. Neglect is unacceptable because of the lasting damage it can have and also because it is avoidable harm which is within our power to address.
Sefton's Neglect Strategy
View Sefton's Neglect Screening Tool
Child Neglect - Be Professionally Curious (Investigators/Practitioners Guidance Note)
Early Help Strategy/Pathway
Early Help is about taking action as soon as possible to tackle problems for children and families before they can grow into something that is more difficult to overcome. It is about identifying children and families that may be at risk of running into difficulties and providing timely and effective support.
Sefton has a good offer of Early Help which means that families get help when they first need it. All information on Early Help can be found on Sefton Council's website.
Sefton have recently updated the Early Help Strategy and this can be accessed and downloaded from Sefton Council's website under 'Useful Documents'
Click here to download the Early Help Pathway
Early Help Pathway - Referral Process for Early Help Front Door
Referral process for Early Help Front Door
Following a period of significant change new referral processes has been established for Early Help. This process refers to cases that are not thought to be safeguarding but instead sit at level 2 or 3 in terms of levels of need. The routes to gain support from early help depend on the referring organisation.
- For GP’s, emergency services, probation, Faith and community groups we ask that a pre Early Help Assessment is completed and forwarded to the email address for the early help front door.
- For professionals from Education and North West Boroughs (who still don’t have access to EHM) we ask that a full early help assessment is submitted
- Any professional or family can also refer direct to the Family Wellbeing Centres
- The following email address should be used Early.firstname.lastname@example.org
CSAFE Strategy - (Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment)
Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment (CSAFE) may be perpetrated by a family member (including extended family) or by a person close to, or known to, the family, such as a neighbour, family friend, partner of a parent or another trusted adult. Children under the age of 18 may also sexually abuse others within the family environment.
Sefton LSCB has undertaken work locally on CSAFE and agreed it is a partnership priority. A CSAFE strategy has been developed and briefings on CSAFE will be delivered by Sefton LSCB to the children's workforce in Sefton to support understanding, preventing and responding to CSAFE. Experiencing sexual abuse can have a long-lasting negative impact on a child’s wellbeing that can reach into adulthood.
Click to access Sefton LSCB CSAFE Strategy 2020-22
Prevent Duty Guidance
Prevent Duty Guidance for Schools
The Prevent Duty Guidance (under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 ) was released by the Government in March 2015 which places a duty on schools, and other agencies, to “have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. The duty placed on schools covers 4 areas:
- Risk Assessment
- Working in Partnership
- Staff Training
- IT Policies
The Prevent Duty Guidance can be accessed here: Prevent Duty Guidance and a letter to the Director of Children’s Services can be found here: Safeguarding pupils from extremism and radicalisation.
The DfE, Prevent Duty departmental advice and DfE, Social Media guidance has been issued to help schools keep children safe from the risk of radicalisation and extremism. This departmental advice complements the statutory guidance and intends to help schools and childcare providers by:
- clarifying what the prevent duty means for schools and childcare providers
- outlining what they can do to help protect children from the risk of radicalisation
- making clear what schools and childcare providers should do to demonstrate compliance with the duty
- informing them about other sources of information, advice and support
In addition to this, you can also access the free NCALT Channel/Prevent General Awareness E-Learning Module by clicking on the link below:
This online piece of training includes information on how Channel links to the government’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) through the Prevent strategy. It also provides guidance on how to identify people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and how to refer them into the Channel programme. It does not replace the WRAP training that schools will be required to ensure staff have received, but it is a good starting point in the interim period for key staff. There is an expectation from the Board that all key school Safeguarding staff will have completed this online training.
The Department for Education has published a new policy paper outlining how it is tackling extremism through the education and children’s services sectors. Examples of the work covered includes the Prevent duty, guidance for schools and childcare providers and inspections. You can find the link here:
Within this paper, there is also a link to some additional resources that the DfE has produced that are available to schools via the TES website.
Domestic Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional or financial and committed by an intimate partner or family member
If you are forced to alter your behaviour because you are frightened of your partner or family member’s reaction, you are being abused.
The Home Office (March 2013) defines domestic abuse as:
“Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or are or who have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality.
This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:
Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.
Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim"
This definition includes so called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.
Please see Sefton Council's website for more information about domestic abuse
What Support is Available?
Sefton Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) Team can:
- offer free crisis intervention support to high risk victims of domestic abuse.
- provide practical help including safety planning for the whole family, support through the Criminal Justice System, and home security checks.
- work with male and female victims aged 16+
- work with victims even if they chose to remain in their relationship.
- The team are available:
Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Phone: 0151 934 5142
Email: IDVA.Team@sefton.gov.uk - please note this is not a secure email address
"Ask me" is a quote from the Roddy Doyle novel "The woman who walked into doors" about a victim of domestic abuse. Sefton LSCB hopes this quote promotes professional curiosity when working with potential victims of abuse.
Managing Allegations (Local Authority's Designated Officer)
Role of the Local Authority's Designated Officer
The role of the Designated Officer for the Local Authority (DO) is set out in Government guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children (DfE).
Local Authorities should have a Designated Officer for the Local Authority (DO) to be involved in the management and oversight of individual cases. The Designated Officer for the Local Authority (DO) should provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations, liaising with the police and other agencies and monitoring the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible, consistent with a thorough and fair process;
- any allegation should be reported immediately to a senior manager within the organisation. The Designated Officer for the Local Authority (DO) should also be informed within one working day of all allegations that come to an employer’s attention or that are made directly to the police; and
- if an organisation removes an individual (paid worker or unpaid volunteer) from work such as looking after children (or would have, had the person not left first) because the person poses a risk of harm to children, the organisation must make a referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service. It is an offence to fail to make a referral without good reason.
The Designated Officer for the Local Authority (DO) role applies to paid, unpaid, volunteer, casual, agency and self-employed workers. The Designated Officer for the Local Authority (DO) is involved from the initial phase of the allegation through to the conclusion of the case.
Their role is to give advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations; liaise with the Police, when necessary and other agencies, and monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with in a timely manner and consistent with a thorough and fair process.
The Designated Officer for the Local Authority (DO) helps co-ordinate information-sharing with the right people and will also monitor and track any investigation, with the aim to resolve it as quickly as possible.
The Designated Officer for the Local Authority (DO) should be alerted to all cases in which it is alleged that a person who works with children has:
- behaved in a way that has harmed, or may have harmed, a child
- possibly committed a criminal offence against children, or related to a child
- poses a risk of harm to children
What does the Designated Officer for the Local Authority (DO) do?
Provides an ‘Initial Discussion’ which allows for the giving of advice and guidance relating to the most appropriate way of managing the allegation or concern, and most importantly will help establish what the ‘next steps’ should be in terms of investigating the matter further. See flowchart regarding managing allegations process.
To contact Sefton's Designated Officer for the Local Authority (DO) tel: 0151 934 3783.
Sefton's Designated Officer for the Local Authority REFERRAL FORM Please return completed referral form via secure email to email@example.com
On conclusion of an internal investigations, a senior manager from within the employing agency of the adult concerned, should complete and submit a feedback form to the Designated Officer for the Local Authority (DO).
Managing Allegations Information Leaflets:
Leaflet for Employers
Leaflet for Employees
Leaflet for Parents/Carers
To view the Managing Allegations Procedures, see Section 15 of Sefton LSCB Multi-Agency Safeguarding Procedures.
Making Safeguarding Referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
If you dismiss or remove a person from regulated activity (or may have done so had they not left)’ because they have harmed or posed a risk of harm to a child or vulnerable adult, then you have a LEGAL duty to refer the person to the DBS.
The DBS’ role is to make barring decisions about people who are referred to it (usually following an employer’s disciplinary process), with the possible consequence of the person being barred from working or volunteering with children and/or vulnerable adults. The DBS uses a fair, thorough and consistent process that ensures that the decision it reaches is both proportionate and appropriate to the risk the person poses to children or vulnerable adults.
On 1 December 2012 the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) merged to form a new organisation, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The legal duty to make referrals remains, however referrals should now be addressed to the DBS.
The DBS’ website is www.homeoffice.gov.uk/DBS and provides a range of materials to help you to consider or make a referral. This includes a Referral Form, Referral Guidance, FAQs and a series of Fact Sheets.
You may also contact the DBS Helpline on 01325 953795 for information or advice about making a referral.
i-HOP- Supporting all professionals to work with the children and families of offenders. The i-HOP service, provides a free to access one stop website with all the information necessary for working with these potentially vulnerable families. Find local and national targeted services, training and events, case studies, quality assessed research and policy as well as practice models and case studies to inspire you. i-HOP is run by Barnardo’s and funded by the Department for Education.
I-HOP offer a useful resource (see below) that has been devised for multi agency professionals to develop their work with this group.
i-HOP Quality Statements and Toolkit. This free practical resource is structured around 8 central aspects of work with offenders’ children and families. It includes check lists for you to self assess your service’s work with this group and a template to enable you to develop a realistic work plan.
Sefton Safeguarding Children Unit is responsibile for matters relating to the protection of children from harm under the Licensing Act 2003, it must be notified of all license variations and new applications for the sale and supply of alcohol and public entertainment.
Safeguarding children – from birth to their 18th birthday – is a national licensing objective. This is not only about selling alcohol to children, but concerns wider safeguarding concerns such as:
- Sexual exploitation
- Substance Misuse
- Witnessing or being victims of crime
- Anti-social Behaviour
Licensed premises are those that have been have been licensed under The Licensing Act 2003, and include:
- Department stores
- Hot Food Takeaways
- Off Licenses
- Sports venues
To view Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council Licensing Policy Statement