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Amendments

July 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
The Concept of Significant Harm This chapter has been amended to add a link to Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), Guidance and resources for Child Protection Evidence, (see Relevant Guidance). In particular, look for ‘NSPCC Flyers’ (Core Info) on a range of topics: ‘Bruises on Children’; ‘Fractures in Children’; Neglect and emotional abuse in children’ and ‘Thermal injuries on children’ etc. Please reference.
Forced Marriage This chapter has been updated to add a link to NPCC/CPS, Protocol on the handling of ‘so-called’ Honour Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Offences between the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Crown Prosecution Service. The protocol contains a range of links and tools for Constabularies and Prosecution Services; protection orders etc. and highlights nationally agreed process for investigating, referring and case preparation for so-called Honour-Based Violence and Forced Marriages. See Section 7, Further Information.
Honour Based Violence This chapter has been updated to add a link to NPCC/CPS, Protocol on the handling of ‘so-called’ Honour Based Violence/Abuse and Forced Marriage Offences between the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Crown Prosecution Service. The protocol contains a range of links and tools for Constabularies and Prosecution Services; protection orders etc. and highlights nationally agreed process for investigating, referring and case preparation for so-called Honour-Based Violence and Forced Marriages. See Section 6, Further Information.
MAPPA This chapter has been updated by adding a link to updated 'Ministry of Justice MAPPA Guidance’.
Anti-Bullying Strategy This chapter has been adjusted to enable a link to Anti–Bullying Alliance: Cyberbullying and SEN / disability to be added, as well as also accessing Knowsley’s Anti-Bullying Strategy.
Domestic Violence and Abuse This chapter has been updated to add Knowsley Guidance - Working with children affected by domestic abuse. This new document provides key information for those working with children and families where there is domestic abuse and violence, including: Signs and symptoms; the effect of domestic abuse and coercive control on children; dealing with disclosure and Support and interventions.
Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout and confirms the importance of professionals making routine enquiries regarding dogs in the household whenever they are working with children and families.
Pan Merseyside - Local Safeguarding Children Boards: Missing Children Procedure This Pan Merseyside side chapter replaces a local chapter on children missing and covers a range of key circumstances, including children missing from home and also from care - including those who have been placed from outside Pan Mersey Authorities; Care leavers; Foreign Nationals and Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers, etc.
Pan Merseyside Protocol: Bruising in Children who are Not Independently Mobile - A Protocol for Assessment, Management and Referral by Health Practitioners This document has been reviewed and updated and identifies the importance of diagnosing / considering ‘Mongolian Blue Spot’ when undertaking an examination of a child. Also to note that there must be a credible explanation as to why a non-mobile child has bruising in order to discount the issue of none accidental injury; ‘lying on a surface or object is not sufficient to cause trauma….’
Local Contacts This has been updated. Please reference as required.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Child Protection – Information Sharing Project

When a child is known to social services and is a Looked After Child or on a Child Protection Plan, basic information about that plan is shared securely with the NHS. If that child attends an NHS unscheduled care setting, such as an emergency department or a minor injury unit:

  • The health team is alerted that they are on a plan and has access to the contact details for the Social Care team;
  • The Social Care team is automatically notified that the child has attended; and
  • Both parties can see details of the child's previous 25 visits to unscheduled care settings in England.
Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation

This procedure is concerned with children arriving into the UK:

  • Alone;
  • In the care of adults who, whilst they may be their carers, have no Parental Responsibility for them;
  • In the care of adults who have no documents to demonstrate a relationship with the child;
  • In the care of agents.

This is a broad cohort of children, and it may include (but is not limited to) children who have been subject to trafficking and/or modern slavery, and/or may have been exposed to the additional risks of commercial, sexual or domestic exploitation. It may also include children who have been trafficked internally within the UK.

Part 1 of this chapter covers issues which will apply across this cohort.

Part 2 of this chapter covers the additional issues which will apply where children are identified as being potential victims of trafficking and/or modern slavery.
Pan Merseyside Multi-Agency Child Exploitation Protocol

This broad ranging and strategic chapter recognises key issues and themes across a range of safeguarding concerns around sexual and criminal exploitations – including radicalisation. The protocol highlights the use of the Multi-agency Child Exploitation meeting (MACE) to reduce harm to children who experience this. The chapter also establishes the aims and purpose of the protocol, together with a set of principles and describes the roles of the agencies in MACE.

A number of Appendices are provided to support the work and provides tools and referral information/guidance. Please reference.
Having a Child Through Surrogacy This chapter links to the GOV.UK site which contains information for intended parent, surrogates and health professionals. There are two documents from the Department of health and Social Care: The surrogacy pathway and Care in surrogacy. Please reference where required.
Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour Any child or young person, who self-harms or expresses thoughts about this or about suicide, must be taken seriously and appropriate help and intervention should be offered at the earliest point. Any practitioner, who is made aware that a child or young person has self-harmed, or is contemplating this or suicide, should talk with the child or young person without delay.
Serious Case Review Process Practice Guidance This chapter identifies the statutory nature and duty of Serious Case Reviews defines; seeks to define what a Notifiable Incident is, and reflects the key stages and processes, including the commissioning of an independent report and learning process.
Multi-Agency Reflective Review Policy This chapter identifies the role of the Reflective Review and where it sits within a range of processes where there is concern about an outcome for a child. Reflective Reviews can be conducted speedily and cost effectively, harnessing the high level of willingness of professionals to learn. Cases will be identified where there is significant learning to be gained across the multi-agency network but the process sits under the Serious Case Review and Critical Incidents.

Next Update: December 2018


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