Guidance and Protocols

Local protocols are guidance and procedures which all practitioners in Leeds should follow to support their work with children and young people in Leeds.

These local protocols have been developed in a multi-agency task and finish approach and reflect current legislation, accepted best practice and comply with the government guidance: Working Together to Safeguard Children. These protocols are developed using agreed principles and standards which are available on request.

The responsibilities for partner agencies and organisations with regards to dissemination and implementation of the guidance is identified at the beginning of each policy. If you are the safeguarding lead for your organisation, please ensure that you disseminate and implement each local protocol as per the instructions and update your section 11 audit to provide assurance to the LSCP.

The following protocols have been recently updated:

  • Bruising in Non-independently Mobile Children - updated to reflect the change in terminology from Mongolian Blue Spot to Congenital Dermal Melanocytosis (CDM)
  • Concerns Resolution Process
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse: School and Further Education Notifications (Leeds Joint Agency Protocol)
  • Intimate Care Policy

West Yorkshire Consortium Inter Agency Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures

In addition to the local protocols, the West Yorkshire Consortium Inter Agency Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures have been developed. This provides policies, procedures and guidance for the West Yorkshire Consortium which consists of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnerships.

The West Yorkshire Consortium Inter Agency Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures were updated June 2021.

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