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December 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Knowsley Threshold of Need Guidance (2018) This Knowsley Threshold of Need chapter has been updated with the presentation and criteria amended. Please re-reference.
North West ADCS Notification and Transfer Protocols: Children Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries Procedures
(Knowsley Children's Social Care Operational Procedures Manual)

This chapter links to the Children’s Services Manual; links to:

  • North West ADCS Pre-care and Care Proceedings - Notification and Transfer across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure;
  • North West Children in Need Moving across Local Authority Boundaries Procedures: and,
  • North West Notification and Transfer of Children Subject of Child Protection Plans across Local Authority Boundaries Procedure, have all been updated.
Please re-reference.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Multi-Agency Protocol The chapter has been updated: the previous 'DoH, FGM Risk & Safeguarding: Guidance for professionals' (2016) has been retitled and updated ‘DoH, Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM (2017)’ and now includes the guidance plus additional resources including a safeguarding pathway and risk assessment tools.
Child Sexual Exploitation - A Framework for Professionals Working with Children who Experience, or are at Risk of, Sexual Exploitation

This chapter has been updated to add a new section ’Further Information’ which provides additional material and guidance:

  • DfE, Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners (2015);
  • Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse;
  • Barnardos - Child Sexual Exploitation – resources and research on CSE;
  • Child sexual exploitation: Practice Tool (2017);
  • Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: Progress Report - gives an update on action the government is taking to deal with child sexual exploitation (2017);
  • Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: A Resource Pack for Councils includes case studies; Child Sexual Abuse – The Children’s Commissioner.
Please note also that the ‘Merseyside Multi Agency Protocol – Child Sexual Exploitation (2016 – 2107’) has been added in Relevant Guidance.
Children who Display Inappropriate and Harmful Sexual Behaviour: Procedural Guidance This chapter has been comprehensively revised throughout and ‘offers detailed guidance for professionals when differentiating between normal inappropriate and harmful sexual behaviour’. The chapter reflects those children who become subject to offending behaviour and sometimes MAPPA processes. It also includes extended sections on the Panel (Sexual harmful Panel (level4)), Home Safety Plans and the School/education setting, together with updated Key Contact Agency details. The appendices include a useful checklist for understanding young people with learning difficulties who become a source of concern in this area. Please fully re-reference.
Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked Section 2, Definitions the statutory guidance has been updated to link to the DfE 2017 Care of unaccompanied and migrant children and child victims of modern slavery – statutory guidance for local authorities. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is referenced in relation to age assessments.
Modern Slavery The updated statutory guidance Care of unaccompanied migrant children and child victims of modern slavery Statutory guidance for local authorities (2017) has been added. (See Section 6, Further Information).
Domestic Violence and Abuse

This Chapter has been updated by adding a link to ‘GOV.UK, Domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals (2017)’. This resource aims to support continuing improvement in the response from health and care services and allied healthcare partners. Note it replaces the ‘DoH Handbook for health professionals (2005)’ and ‘Domestic Violence: A Resource Manual for Health Care Professionals (2006)’ and ‘Improving Safety, Reducing Harm: CYP and DV – a toolkit (2010)’.

An updated Knowsley Partnership ‘Domestic Abuse Reduction Strategy (2017-2020) has also been included.
Safeguarding Children from Abroad Section 6, Establishing the Child's Identity and Age the statutory guidance has been added to link to the DfE 2017 Care of unaccompanied and migrant children and child victims of modern slavery – statutory guidance for local authorities. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is referenced in relation to age assessments.
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.
Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children This chapter has been updated by adding a link to ‘Institute of Health Visiting, Parent Tips – Keeping babies and children safe around dogs in the home’. Please reference.
Merseyside Joint Agency Protocol: Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood (SUDiC) (for Children aged 0 to under 18 yrs) This Protocol have been further updated by adding a section for Early Years. Please re-reference as required.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Knowsley Engaging Families Toolkit The Engaging Families Toolkit aims to provide practitioners and managers with guidance to assist support across all levels of intervention from early help and targeted services through to statutory services. The toolkit includes a Family Engagement Risk Assessment tool which will be completed by the Lead Practitioner and or collaboratively with the ‘Multi Agency Meeting’, and uses the ‘GROW’ model whilst also exploring strategies when engagement is difficult.
The Role of the Team around the Family (TAF) and Lead Practitioner The ‘Team Around the Family’ (TAF) is a multi-agency model of working that brings together a range of practitioners who, in Knowsley, seek to deliver a ‘solution-based’ approach to meeting the needs of a family. This approach depends on the role of the ‘Lead Practitioner’- who may themselves come from one of a range of disciplines working with the family and are best placed, and identified, as having the co-ordinating role.
Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment This chapter has been added to the manual to provide a focus for the nature of sexual abuse that in fact is still the most prevalent in terms of multi-agency working. The chapter highlights a definition, risk indicators and protective action to be taken, as well as recognising the barriers that exist against disclosure and learning from serious case reviews. Please reference.

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