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Amendments

October 2020

Caption: October 2020
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Assessment This chapter has been updated in line with the new digital referral system for reporting potential victims of Modern Slavery.
Child Sexual Exploitation A link to The Child Exploitation toolkit has been added.
Gang Activity, Youth Violence and Criminal Exploitation Affecting Children Further Information links have been updated.
Safeguarding Unborn or Newborn Babies This chapter has been reviewed and updated. It should be read in its entirety.
Children of Parents who Misuse Substances A link has been added to Pan-Dorset Needle Exchange Services for Young People who Inject Substances.
Children Missing from Care, Home and Education This chapter has been updated in line with new NRM digital referral form to report Modern Slavery.
Safeguarding Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation This chapter has been updated to take account of the new NRM digital referral form and the change to a Single Competent Authority (SCA).
Managing Individuals who Pose a Risk to Children This chapter has been reviewed and updated. Previously a single chapter, it has now been set out in four parts to help professionals more easily identify what they need. It should be re-read in its entirety.
Allegations Against Staff, Carers and Volunteers This chapter has been updated to include the outcome of ‘unfounded’ and to clarify timeframes of initial evaluation meeting/discussion.
Agency Roles and Responsibilities The link to the Ofsted Guidance: Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings. How effectively leaders and governors create a safeguarding culture in the setting, has been updated.
Key and Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
Next Update: February 2021

March 2020

Caption: March 2020
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Pan Dorset Continuum of Need This link has been updated.
Sexually Harmful Behaviour Levels of Need This link has been updated.
Neglect A link to the Neglect Toolkit has been added.
Child Protection Plans and Core Groups Section 4, The Core Group has been updated in regards to timing.
Child Sexual Exploitation This chapter has been substantially updated and should be re-read.
Bullying This chapter has been updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education statutory guidance (updated September 2019) and reference to Upskirting which is a specific example of abusive behaviour which has been linked to on-line bullying and grooming. Upskirting is a criminal offence and, as such, should be reported to the Police.
Gang Activity, Youth Violence and Criminal Exploitation Affecting Children A link to the Child Exploitation Toolkit has been added.
Domestic Violence and Abuse A link to the refreshed HM Government Strategy for Ending Violence against Women and Girls Strategy 2016 – 2020, has been added into Section 1, Definition.
Children Missing Education This chapter has been substantially updated and should be re-read.
Engaging Families This chapter has been substantially updated and should be re-read
Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews This chapter has been completely rewritten and should be read in its entirety.
Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership - Role and Function This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout and should be read in its entirety.

August 2019

Caption: August 2019
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Responding to Abuse and Neglect This chapter has been refreshed to ensure consistency with terminology used in current DfE publications, including 'Working together to Safeguard Children' and 'Keeping Children Safe in Education'.
Safeguarding Children where a Parent has a Learning Disability A revised Multi-agency Protocol for Working with Parents with Learning Disabilities Living in Dorset has been added to Local Resources.
Safeguarding Girls and Young Women at Risk of Abuse through Female Genital Mutilation A link has been added to the Further Information section to the FGM Assessment Tool (National FGM Centre), which provides best practice guidance and an online tool to help guide the assessment of cases where FGM is a concern.
Children Missing Education

This chapter has been updated with a new Section 6, Elective Home Education to reflect the updated DfE guidance on Elective Home Education for local authorities.

A new Section 7, Unregistered Schools has also been added.
Escalation Policy

This chapter has been placed in Local Resources but can still be accessed via a link on the contents list.

It is planned that a specifically Pan Dorset chapter will be placed in Local resources in due course.
Safer Recruitment and Employment This chapter has been updated as required. A link has also been added to the Further Information section to the Disqualification under the Children Act 2006.


February 2019

Caption: February 2019
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Referrals

Links have been added to:

  • Where's your head at - CAHMS in Dorset;
  • Dorset MASH - Guide to making a contact to Children's Services via Dorset MASH;
  • Dorset MASH - Quick Guide - What makes a good referral?
  • NHS - CPIS (Child Protection Information Sharing).
Responding to Abuse and Neglect This chapter has been updated to reflect the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) Statutory Guidance.
Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment This chapter has been updated to acknowledge that Child Sexual Abuse within the family environment is known also as Intra-familial CSA. Information has been added from the model on CSA used by the Centre of Expertise, describing the impacts of CSA. The Further Information section has also been updated.
Assessment This chapter has been updated to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children and includes a new Section 10, Contextual Safeguarding.
Child Protection Enquiries This chapter has been updated to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Child Protection Conferences A new Section 3.4, Multi Agency Attendance at Conference which clarifies issues relating to Quoracy and Chair Person decision making replaced the previous heading 'Conference Quorum'.
Online Safety - Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media This chapter has been refreshed. In Further Information, a link has been added to the Catch 22 publication 'Social Media as a Catalyst and Trigger for Youth Violence'.
Supporting Children and Young People Vulnerable to Violent Extremism A link to 'Prevent Notification to the Safeguarding Referral Unit (SRU)' has been added into the Local Guidance section.
Sexually Harmful Behaviour This chapter has been reviewed and updated to add information with regard to Technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour (TA-HSB) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE). The Further Information section has also been reviewed and updated.
Safeguarding Unborn or Newborn Babies A link to Dorset Health Care - Safe Sleeping has been added.
Safeguarding Children where a Parent has a Learning Disability

Links to the Local Resources have been added for the following documents:

  • Dorset - Multi Agency Protocol Working with Parents with Learning Disabilities;
  • Dorset - Multi Agency ALD Protocol Appendix A: Adult Flowchart;
  • Dorset- Multi Agency ALD Protocol Appendix B: Children's Flowchart;
  • Dorset - Multi Agency ALD Protocol Appendix C: Screening Tool.
Children Visiting Prisons This chapter has been reviewed and updated to reflect the latest Prison Service publications covering the provision of visits, including visits to prisoners who are identified as posing a risk to children.
Safeguarding Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation This chapter has been updated to reflect Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Modern Slavery: statutory guidance for Local Authorities (2017). It replaces 3 previous procedures called: 'Children from Abroad', 'Modern Slavery' and 'Trafficked Children'.
Information Sharing This chapter has been updated throughout in line with the revised versions of Working Together to Safeguard Children and Information Sharing: Advice for Practitioners Providing Safeguarding Services to Children, Young People, Parents and Carers.
Hard to Engage Families A link has been added to 'Survival Guide to Child Protection for Roma Parents' guidance in Local resources
Managing Individuals who Pose a Risk to Children Previously a single chapter, this chapter has now been set out in four parts to help professionals more easily identify what they need. It should be re-read in its entirety.
Allegations Against Staff, Carers and Volunteers Section 3, General Considerations Relating to Allegations Against Staff has been updated to make it clear that in situations where there are either resignations or 'compromise agreements' the duty to refer remains and failure so to do without good reason is an offence.
Safeguarding Practice Reviews This chapter has been updated to reflect the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018.
Agency Roles and Responsibilities This chapter has been revised to reflect updated guidance for organisations, agencies and individuals to ensure that their functions, and any services that they contract out to others, are carried out with regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children as set out in Chapter 2: Organisations Responsibilities in Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Removed Chapters
  • Pan Dorset Child Death Protocol.