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This manual contains the inter-agency policies, procedures, protocols and guidance for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board. To clarify:

  • Procedures and protocols are sets of rules – they are MUST DO’s;
  • Practice guidance is a tool for reflective practice, and identifies the best of current practice using current research.

In each Part, you’ll find individual Chapters/Procedures e.g. ‘ Child Protection Conferences’.

1. Assessing and Providing Help

1.1Effective Support for Children and Families (Threshold) Document
1.2Recognising Abuse and Neglect
1.3Responding to Abuse and Neglect
1.4Child Protection Enquiries – Section 47 Children Act 1989
1.5Action to be taken where a Child is suffering or likely to suffer Significant Harm
1.6Urgent or Emergency Situations where a Section 47 Enquiry has or will commence (Both Cross Border and Inter Hospital)
1.7Action to be taken following a Referral to Children's Social Care
1.8Child and Family AssessmentChild and Family Single Assessment Framework (Cambs)
1.9Cambridgeshire Local Protocol for Assessment
1.10Child Protection Conferences (updated Apr 2019)
1.11Complaints about a Child Protection Conference
1.12Working with Foreign Authorities: Child Protection Cases and Care Orders
1.13Child Protection Plans (updated Apr 2019)
1.14Guidance for Core Group Members
1.15Children Who Move Across Local Authority Boundaries
1.16East of England Region Joint Protocol on Children Subject to a Child Protection Plan Moving Between Local Authority Boundaries
1.17Policy Document for the referral of Child and Children to SARC

2. Children-in-specific-circumstances

2.1Breast Ironing
2.2Child Abuse Linked to Faith and Beliefs
2.3Bruising In Pre-Mobile Babies: A Protocol for Assessment, Management And Referral By Professionals
2.5Child Witnesses: Guidelines on Prosecuting Cases of Child Sexual Abuse, Crown Prosecution Service
2.6Advice Relating to Police Investigations
2.7Provision of Therapy for Child Witnesses Prior to a Criminal Trial
2.8Children Visiting Prisons
2.9Children Visiting Psychiatric Wards and Special Hospitals
2.10Supporting Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism
2.12Children from Abroad
2.13Policy and Procedure in respect of Private Fostering and Language Schools using Host Families within Cambridgeshire
2.15Organised and Complex Abuse
2.16Concealed Pregnancies
2.19Practice Guidance for Safeguarding Children from Dangerous Dogs
2.20Safeguarding Disabled Children
2.22Fabricated or Induced Illness
2.23Practice Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation
2.25Forced Marriage
2.27Honour Based Violence
2.32Looked After Children
2.33Managing Individuals who Pose a Risk of Harm to Children (Including MAPPA)
2.34Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Children Missing from Home or Care
2.35Neglect Strategy
2.37Safeguarding Children who have a Parent or Carer with Mental Health Problems - Guidance for Effective Joint Working V5 (pdf)
2.38Children of Parents who Misuse Substances
2.39Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Pre-Birth Protocol
2.40Safeguarding children and young people at events
2.41Safeguarding Children and Young People who may be affected by Gang Activity
2.42Self-harm and Suicidal Behaviour
2.43Supporting Schools and Colleges in responding to suicides in teenagers: A multi-agency guide for practitioners.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy
2.44Cambridgeshire LSCB Child Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol
MET HUB Information Guide Final
2.45Guidance for Professionals Working with Sexually Active Young People Under the Age of 18
2.46Children & Young People Displaying Sexually Harmful Behaviour
2.47Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked
2.48Modern Slavery
2.49Working with Uncooperative or Hostile Parents
2.50Working with Interpreters and others with Special Communication Skills
2.51E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse Through the Digital Media
2.52East of England Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) Safeguarding Protocol
2.53East of England Region Joint Protocol on Supervision Orders
2.54Practice Guidance for the Effective Safeguarding of Children from Minority Ethnic, Cultural and Faith Communities, Groups and Families
2.55Safeguarding children and young people within faith settings (NSPCC)
2.56Policy Document for the referral of Child and Children to SARC

3. Children Workforce

3.1Guidance for safer working practice for those working with children and young people in education settings
3.2Managing Allegations or Serious Concerns in Respect of any Adult who Works or Volunteers with Children

4. Safeguarding Partnership Responsibilities

4.1Organisational responsibilities
4.2Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements
4.3Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Partnership Arrangements

5. Learning and Improvement

Child Death Overview Panel Protocol
5.6Guidance for Coroners: supply information about the death of a child

6. Guidance

6.1Resolving Professional Differences (Escalation) Policy
6.2Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Information Sharing Framework - July 2019
6.3Multi Agency Protocol for the Management of Unexpected Childhood Deaths
6.4Policy for the Education of Children with a Parent or Close Relative in Prison or at Risk of a Custodial Sentence
6.6Lived Experience of the Child (Voice of the Child) Practice Guidance

7. Appendices

7.1Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
7.2What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused
7.3Information Sharing: Advice for Practitioners Providing Safeguarding Services to Children, Young People, Parents and Carers 2018
7.4Keeping children safe in education, DfE
7.5NICE Guidelines: Child Maltreatment (2009)
7.6Preventing unintentional injuries among the under-15s in the home
7.7NICE Guidance: Domestic violence and abuse in adults and young people aged 16 years and over
7.8Postnatal Care NICE Clinical Guideline 37 (January 2015)
7.9Transition from Children’s to Adults’ Services for Young People using Health or Social Care Services
7.10Protecting Children and Young People - the Responsibility of all Doctors, General Medical Council, (2012)
7.11Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat- Improving Outcomes for People Experiencing Mental Health Crisis, HM Government (2014)
7.12Preventing and Tackling Bullying - Advice for Headteachers, Staff and Governing Bodies
7.13Protecting children from radicalisation: the prevent duty
7.14Revised Prevent Duty Guidance for England and Wales
7.15Controlling or coercive behaviour in an intimate or family relationship
7.16Care of unaccompanied and trafficked children: Statutory guidance for local authorities on the care of unaccompanied asylum seeking and trafficked children (2017)
7.17Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

Updates and Amendments

This manual is regularly updated at six monthly intervals. If you are involved in writing new or editing existing chapters for this manual or would like to make a contribution, please contact the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Children Board Business Manager,

When the manual is updated and a chapter has been significantly amended or is new, it will be indicated in the Contents List and at the top of the relevant Chapter.

Where chapters have been changed solely to reflect terminology changes they have not been marked as updated.

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