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August 2017

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Female Genital Mutilation Multi-Agency Protocol This chapter was updated when the definition of FGM by the World health organisation was added to the introduction.
Child Sexual Exploitation This chapter was updated when the definition of Child Sexual Exploitation was amended in line with the definition in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.
Children Missing from Care and Home This chapter was updated. In Section 4, Children Missing from Care and Care Leavers in the guidance on Independent Return Interview a small amendment was added clarifying the importance that a Return Interview should be offered and provided within 72 hours of the child being located or returning from absence. This is in line with the Statutory Guidance on Children Who Run Away or Go Missing from Home or Care (2014) and is important to reduce the risk of the loss of important information or evidence.
Children Missing Education A new Section 6, Children Missing from school for more than four weeks has been added. This clarifies that if a child is missing from school for more than four weeks the pupil can be removed from the admission register when the school and the local authority have failed, after jointly making reasonable enquiries, to establish the whereabouts of the child.
Serious Case Reviews and Other LSCB Audits Section 1.10, Appointing Reviewers was updated to clarify the criteria for appointing reviewers.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Good Practice Supporting the Voice of the Child This new chapter stresses that effective safeguarding systems must be child centred. Problems can arise in safeguarding systems when practitioners in agencies lose sight of the needs and views of the children within them, or place the interests of adults ahead of the needs of children. Everyone working with children and families must seek the voice of the child and reflect and respond to it in all aspects of work. This is rooted in legislation and good practice.
Modern Slavery This new chapter stresses that victims of modern slavery should be given protection, get the help they need to recover from their experiences and access to the justice they deserve. It sets out guidance on how to identify and respond to a child or young person where there are concerns that they are a victim or a potential victim of modern slavery. It should be read in conjunction with the Trafficked Children Procedure and the Referrals Procedure.

Next Update: Planned for November 2017


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