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Removed Solihull reference

04-07-2017

Children are best protected when professionals are clear about what is required of them individually and understand how they need to work together. Research has also demonstrated that every day counts for children who need additional help and co-ordinated multi-agency action can be crucial to safeguard and promote their welfare.

This document describes the core procedures that should be followed by professionals (including unqualified staff and volunteers) and managers in agencies who provide services for children, families or parents in the participating LSCB areas.

For these purposes a child is defined as any child or young person who has not yet reached their 18th birthday and the participating LSCB areas cover the following nine local authority areas: Birmingham, Dudley, Herefordshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire.

These procedures are in line with the guidance in Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2015) and underpinned by two key principles:

  1. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part.

Children live in families and communities so everyone potentially has information that is important including: the child, family, neighbours, school, early years, NHS, and other services involved including adult services, private and third sector organisations, housing, police and probation services.

  1. A child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.

Working Together to Safeguard Children defines safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children's health or development
  • ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care, and
  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

Removed Solihull and changed 10 boards to nine

04-07-2017

For more detailed information on child protection enquiries, see the West Midlands Joint Protocol: Child Protection Enquiries and Related Criminal Investigations or West Mercia Police and Children Services Protocol - Section 47 Enquiries and Criminal Investigations (please note that this document is under review during 2017).

 

Changed text regarding review of West Mercia Police and Children's Servcies Protocol in 'Summary'

31-03-2017

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This page is correct as printed on Monday 11th of December 2017 07:18:06 PM please refer back to this website (http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk) for updates.
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