Local protocols

The list below contains the local protocols which have been agreed in Leeds to support local arrangements to safeguard children and young people. These protocols are developed using agreed principles and standards.

The Policy and Procedures subgroup has developed a Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation (JFDI) of all multi-agency policies (local and regional) to ensure that all members of the children’s workforce are aware of policies which may impact on their work, and are implementing them as appropriate.

The framework sets out the responsibilities of the LSCP Business Unit and Partner Agencies with regards to disseminating and implementing multi-agency policies, procedures and guidance under three levels (level 1 – information and dissemination; level 2 – information, dissemination and action; level 3 – information, dissemination, action and assurance).

At the point of ratification each policy is assigned a level which is clearly displayed on the front of the policy. The framework is then generated to reflect the level, and sent along with the policy, procedure or guidance to appropriate partner agencies, as identified within the framework, asking them to implement it.

The framework also sets out how the LSCP Policies and Procedures Subgroup (through the LSCP Business Unit) will seek assurance that policies, procedures and guidance have been disseminated and implemented. This will usually be through direct contact with appropriate partner agencies requesting assurance by responding to specific questions. Responses will be reported to the Policies and Procedures Subgroup for consideration and discussion.

 


 

Burns and Scalds

The assessment of burn and scald injury presents specific difficulties. Accurate assessment of such injuries will ultimately influence the nature of any intervention capable of safeguarding the injured child and any vulnerable siblings. It is therefore imperative that a comprehensive and timely assessment is undertaken. The purpose of this protocol is to provide guidance to practitioners with regard to their responsibilities when dealing with a child who has sustained a burn or scald injury. 

To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.

 


Children travelling abroad with complex needs

Any travel abroad, for children with complex medical needs, may place the child at significant risk of harm. This guidance provides all agencies with a clearly defined procedure, addressing the management of travel abroad, ensuring consideration of the implications of any forthcoming travel for those children.

To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.
 


 

Concerns Resolution

On occasions practitioners will disagree as to the best way to address concerns regarding a child, young person or their family. Such disagreements should, where possible, be resolved between the practitioners to ensure the most appropriate course of action, however where this is not possible this process should be followed. Any disagreements regarding concerns should not stand in the way of safeguarding a child or young person.

To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.

 


Domestic Violence and Abuse: School and Further Education Notifications (Leeds Joint Agency Protocol)

This updated protocol sets out a joint-agency approach to provide, by early intervention, appropriate support for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse in their household. It draws on the principles of Operation Encompass which is established in a number of areas nationally. The protocol identifies how information shared by Police in relation to Domestic Violence incidents where a child is present in the last 24 hours, is shared with a safeguarding lead in the school or educational setting. This sharing of information (by means of a telephone call) allows schools and educational settings to take appropriate steps to support their pupil during what could be an emotionally difficult day.


To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.
 


 

Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a collective term for procedures which include the removal of part or all of the external female genitalia for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons. The practice is medically unnecessary, extremely painful and has serious health consequences, both at the time when the mutilation is carried out and in later life. The procedure is typically performed on girls aged between 4 and 13, but in some cases it is performed on new-born infants or on young women before marriage or pregnancy.

If practitioners are aware, or suspect that a child or young person has undergone, or may be undergoing the procedure they should follow the West Yorkshire procedures which can be found here.

From the 31st October 2015, regulated professionals in health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales have a duty to report 'known' cases of FGM in under 18s which they identify in the course of their professional work to the police. Practitioners should complete the West Yorkshire Police FGM Reporting Form and email to cib@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk. This will provide practitioners with an audit trail and a response email for their files. Alternatively reports can also be made by calling 101.

 


 

Front Door Processes

This practice guidance on the interface between Children’s Services Front Door and Early Help activity (including Common Assessment Framework CAF) is for use by the multi-agency team at the Front Door when a contact is made, along with all Children’s Services practitioners when a case transfers from CSWS to universal and or targeted services and the need for an Early Help Assessment (including CAF) is indicated.

To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.

 


 

Guidance for The Relocation of Families due to risk

This guidance has been developed to support the relocation of families due to risk into or out of a local authority area, and assist agencies and professionals in supporting this process and to ensure information is shared across local authorities appropriately and safely. 

 


 

Interpersonal Violence and Abuse (IPVA) Young People’s Relationships

The domestic violence definition was altered in 2013 to include 16 & 17 year olds in the hope that this would encourage young people to come forward to report abuse.  National research shows that the most at risk age group for domestic abuse are 16-24 years old. This guidance is for practitioners and managers who may encounter situations where a young person under 18 years of age has been harmed through interpersonal domestic abuse from a partner (boyfriend or girlfriend).

To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.

 


 

Intimate Care Policy

It is recommended that where children require intimate care, good practice guidelines are drawn up within the establishment and disseminated to all staff. Parents / carers should also be made aware of how intimate care for their child will be managed. These guidelines should be viewed as expectations upon staff, which are designed to protect both children and staff alike. In situations where a member of staff potentially breaches these expectations, other staff should be able to question this in a constructive manner.

To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.

 


 

Multi-Agency Procedure for Professionals Requesting Child Protection Medicals Pathway

If a professional is concerned about a child who may have suffered abuse

 


 

Multi-agency Bruising Protocol for Children NIM

The aim of this protocol is to provide frontline staff with a knowledge base and action strategy for the assessment, management and referral of children who are Not Independently Mobile (NIM) who present with bruising or otherwise suspicious marks. This protocol is the process by which such children should be referred to Children’s Social Work Services (CSWS) and to a consultant paediatrician for further assessment and investigation of potential child abuse.

To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.

 


 

Neglect - Recognising, Responding and Assessing

This document supports the Neglect Strategy and provides guidelines for the recognition, assessment of, and the response to neglect for all staff working with children and their families across Leeds.

To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.

 


 

Paediatric Examination Guidance

Following comments made in judgements in care proceedings by two local circuit judges (including the Designated Family Judge for Leeds, His Honour Judge Hunt), the following guidance is being issued to remind staff of the legal position in relation to paediatric examinations, and in particular, the need for the examining doctors to have appropriate legal authority for such examinations, both during and outside care proceedings.

 


 

Pathway 1 - Flowchart

Pathway (1) for arranging forensic medical examinations for leeds children who are sexually assaulted outside normal working hours

 


 

Pathway 2 - Flowchart

Pathway (2) for arranging transfer of information and follow up for Leeds children who have had forensic sexual abuse medicals performed outside normal working hours

 


 

Recording of meetings by parents and carers

This guidance supports practitioners and agencies in responding when birth parents and others with parental responsibility want to record a multi-agency meeting such as a looked after child review or a child protection conference, including the use of both audio and visual media. This is not guidance about the local authority or other agency making a recording of a meeting.

To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the associated LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.

 


 

Removal at Birth Inter-Agency Procedures

When a decision has been reached to remove a child at birth following a multi agency assessment the following procedure must be followed by all agencies involved.

 


 

Safeguarding children and young people from the threat of violent extremism

The current threat from terrorism in the United Kingdom can involve the exploitation of vulnerable people, including children, young people and vulnerable adults in terrorism or activity in support of terrorism. This exploitation should be viewed as a safeguarding concern. The protocol will support practitioners in identifying people vulnerable to people extremism and how to respond and support them.

To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.

 


 

Safeguarding Children and Young People through Restorative Engagement

Leeds LSCP and its partner agencies believe that a restorative approach can enable practitioners and families to develop appropriate relationships to ensure children and young people are safeguarded and the needs of the family met. This policy focusses on supporting practitioner engagement with families, parents and carers in order to form restorative relationships and in turn support the safeguarding of children and young people.

To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.

 

 


 

Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour

This booklet offers guidance for staff working with children and young people in Leeds under the age of 18 (under 25 for those with learning disabilities or for care leavers) who self-harm or feel suicidal. It is not aimed at people who work within the mental health sector; instead it is targeted at people who work with children/young people in a wide range of settings such as schools, youth work or community groups.

 


 

Supervision: Policy and Guidance

Minimum standards for the supervision of staff and volunteers working with children, young people and families.

This guidance identifies the minimum standards for the supervision of staff and / or volunteers who work directly with children, young people and families and / or those whose work brings them into regular contact with children, young people and their families.

It can be used as a stand-alone document in order to develop an agencies supervision policy, or as a cross reference to ensure an agencies current supervision policies include these minimum standards. All managers undertaking supervision should ensure they follow their own agency supervision policy and use the associated paperwork.

To understand your agencies responsibilities with regards to the dissemination and implementation of this policy please see the LSCP Policies and Procedures Joint Framework for Dissemination and Implementation.

 


 

Think Family, Work Family Protocol

Updated from the 2010 Protocol, the protocol outlines the need for all agencies and their workers to identify and respond appropriately to the needs of all members of a family unit. It recognises the impact of certain vulnerabilities within a family and the potential impact on individual family members in relation to their safety and welfare, especially when parenting capacity is affected. These identified vulnerabilities are Domestic Abuse, Parental Mental Health, Parental Learning Disability and Substance Misuse. In addition it underlines the roles and responsibilities of all workers to ensure that they are thinking of, and working with, a family in the broadest sense. This protocol is supported by a Practitioner Guidance.

 


Think Family, Work Family Guidance

This guidance supports the Think Family, Work Family protocol and is intended for generic use by any practitioners who work with individual family members (children or adults) or family units. It provides guidance on assessment processes, joint working and action planning applicable to all workers in any agency. In addition there is specific guidance in relation to each aspect of vulnerability which impacts on parenting capacity and ultimately family functioning (Domestic Abuse, Parental Mental Health, Parental Learning Disability and Substance Misuse).