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August 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Recognition of Significant Harm and Categories of Abuse This chapter has been updated with a new Section 9, Non-Recent (Historical) Abuse. Information was added with reference to 'peer on peer' abuse. The definition of Abuse has been expanded in line with that as identified in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016.
E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through Digital Media This chapter has been updated and now includes information on the recently introduced ‘outcome 21’. Where young people are voluntarily sending/sharing sexual images or content with one another the police may use this new recording code to record that a crime has been committed but that it is not considered to be in the public interest to take criminal action against the people involved. This chapter also links to LawStuff which is run by Coram Children’s Legal Centre and gives free legal information to young people on a range of different issues.
Children Missing Education This chapter has been updated throughout.
Domestic Violence and Abuse Additional information has been added in to Related Guidance.
Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence This chapter has been updated with further detail to reflect relevant points from the ‘Protocol on the handling of ‘so-called’ Honour  Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Offences between the National Police Chief’s Council and the Crown Prosecution’ (November 2016). In Further Information, links have been added to relevant guidance.
Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked A link has been added to Modern Slavery: Duty to Notify (Home Office 2016).
Children Affected by Gang Activity and Youth Violence This chapter has been updated to include a link to the National Crime Agency report County Lines Gang Violence, Exploitation and Drug Supply (2016). Further text has been added to Section 1, Definition, to define the use of ‘county lines’ by organised criminal groups.
Working with Sexually Active Young People A link has been added to Practice Guidance: Supporting Young People with HIV Testing and Prevention.
Working with Children and Young People who Display Sexually Harmful Behaviour (includes flow chart) This chapter has been updated with a revised definition of Harmful Sexual Behaviour and information regarding a continuum of sexual development as an aid to understanding sexual behaviour in children. Additional links to external guidance have also been added.
Guidance for Writing Child Protection Policy and Procedures Links have been updated to the NSPCC Safeguarding Tool.
MAPPA (Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements) Guidance (updated 2016) This link has been updated.
Partner Agencies: Roles and Responsibilities Section 15, Early Years and Childcare, has been updated.
Child Death Review Processes A link has been added to Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy and Childhood - Multi-agency Guidelines for Care and Investigation (Royal College of Pathologists, endorsed by The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health).
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children The aim of this chapter is to assist practitioners to assess risk and take action to protect children from serious injuries which can be inflicted by dogs that are prohibited, dangerous or badly looked after by their owners.
Modern Slavery This chapter sets out guidance on how to identify and respond to a child or young person where there are concerns that they are a victim or a potential victim of modern slavery.
Good Practice Supporting the Voice of the Child This chapter sets out guidance on enabling children to feel respected, to have their views heard, to have stable relationships with practitioners built on trust and to have consistent support provided for their individual needs.
Removed Chapters
  • Cross Boundary Procedure for North East England LSCBs (Children who move from one authority’s area to another);
  • Trafficking of Unaccompanied Minors Protocol.

Next update: March 2018


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