Policies, procedures and guidance
Policies, procedures and guidance
On this page you will find the Children’s MARS Policies and Procedures.
Working Together 2018 provides statutory guidance on inter-agency working and outlines how agencies should respond individually and collectively to concerns related to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
It also includes guidance on, organisational responsibilities, multi-agency safeguarding arrangements, child safeguarding practice reviews and child death reviews. It provides links to relevant supplementary guidance that practitioners should consider. Our procedures reflect Working Together 2018 and are in two sections – statutory and supplementary.
Individual agency procedures must be compliant with the statutory Working Together guidance
In December 2020, the government issued an updated version of Working Together 2018. References to domestic abuse have been strengthened throughout the document with explicit reference to controlling and coercive behaviour. The new guidance also includes a new section on the homeless duty under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.
The briefing below has been put together as a handy guide to the new additions and recent changes.
Helping Children and Families in North Lincolnshire
Under the auspices of the Integrated Children’s Trust partners, our North Lincolnshire Children’s Commissioning Strategy 2020/24 clarifies our integrated One Family Approach and commissioning intent in relation to health, social care and education for children, young people and families.
Children, young people, families and communities are at the heart of what we do and we are proud to acknowledge and celebrate the positive outcomes achieved to date and the strength of partnership working. We are ambitious for the future and for our children and young people, and we have high expectations of ourselves as partners, working with children, families and communities, to improve outcomes (to be safe, well, prosperous and connected). We want to build on the collective strengths of our people and place to innovate and change through integration and system redesign. In North Lincolnshire, our One Family Approach aims to create a system that works for all children, young people and families where we work together to provide and commission integrated services for children and young people.
Our ambition is for children to be in their family, in their school and in their community. As partners take a One Family Approach across North Lincolnshire, we want children, young people and families to be able to build upon their strengths and their resilience to find or be enabled to find solutions when things are not going so well. They should be able to access available information, advice, guidance and be enabled to maximise their potential and enhance their life chances. We want all children and families to have a sense of belonging and equality of opportunity and through our integrated working, we will address inequalities and enable those more in need to achieve positive outcomes. Where there are significant concerns, we want children, young people and families to be able to access swift, creative and flexible help so they can remain independent. We will protect children and young people with an aim to build resilience and help them live within their family, attend their school and be a part of their community.
This One Family Approach – Helping Children and Families in North Lincolnshire 2020/24 sets out how services support children, young people and families to participate, find help online and in their networks and communities, to be resilient, stay safe and independent. This includes a key role for the three statutory partners – Humberside Police, North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and North Lincolnshire Council – and other relevant partners on how we safeguard children.
- Assessing Need and Providing Help [pdf 2472KB]- this chapter outlines early help, information sharing, making a referral, statutory assessments and child protection conferences
- Organisational Responsibilities [pdf 551 KB]– this chapter outlines the safeguarding duties for agencies and individual organisations.
- Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements [pdf 459 KB] – this chapter outlines the roles and functions of the safeguarding partners, agencies and individual organisations in relation to the Children’ MARS Board and dispute resolution.
- Child Death Reviews [pdf 762KB] – this chapter outlines the processes to be followed by multi agencies when a child has died.
- Child Death Review Process and Child Death Overview Panel: Until the new child death review partner arrangements are published these LSCB policy and procedures remain in place.
- Improving Child Protection and Safeguarding Practice [pdf 828KB]- this chapter outlines the Children’s MARS arrangements for child safeguarding practice reviews and local learning reviews
- Protocol for multi-agency assessment of child in need, child protection and children in care [pdf 360KB]
- Statutory Framework [pdf 528KB]- this chapter sets out the legislation relevant to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
- Managing Allegations against People who work with Children [pdf 663KB] – this chapter outlines what professionals must do in circumstances where there is an allegation against someone who works with children
- Keeping children safe in education – statutory guidance for schools and colleges which sets out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
- Children who Runaway or go Missing from Home & Care Protocol [PDF 903KB] – the protocol outlines our multi-agency approach to children who runaway or go missing from home and care.
- Protocol on Perplexing Presentations and Fabricated Induced Illness [PDF 1212KB] – this protocol outlines our multi-agency approach to perplexing presentation and fabricated induced illness
- Escalation and Resolution Policy and Procedure [PDF 271KB ] – this sets out what North Lincolnshire will do to resolve differences of opinion in individual cases and cases that may be serious child safeguarding cases
- Information sharing guidance [pdf 505KB] – the protocol provides information on the effective and legitimate sharing of information between professionals and agencies
- PVI safeguarding policy template [80KB] – exemplar safeguarding policy for private voluntary and independent nurseries/early years provision
- Childminder safeguarding policy template [82KB] – exemplar safeguarding policy for childminders
- Multi-agency protocol for the assessment of injuries to non-mobile babies and children [1087KB] – this chapter outlines the responsibilities of practitioners operating in North Lincolnshire who may come into contact with babies and children who have sustained physical injuries, with particular reference to the assessment and management of injuries to Non-Mobile Babies, and Children who are not Independently Mobile.
- Practice guidance for working with families who are reluctant to engage [802KB] – this guidance is to assist professionals where they are working with families who are reluctant to engage.
- Guidance on the code of conduct for people working with children and young people [362KB] – this guidance describes the standards of conduct and practice that should be followed by professionals.
- Standards of Safer Recruitment [264KB] – this document sets out the standards for safer recruitment and minimum standards of staff induction
- Good practice use of interpreters [453KB] – this document is for the use of schools and other agencies
- Guidance and procedure for identifying and responding to concerns about FGM [1042KB] – this guidance and procedure explains the duties and actions to be taken regarding recognising and responding to children who are at risk of/who may have suffered FGM, and is for professionals to help them identify and respond to concerns or disclosures about FGM
- Honour based abuse and forced marriage protocol [836KB] – the protocol provides practitioners in North Lincolnshire with information about HBA and FM, and guidance about what to do if they are concerned about a child or young person
- Neglect guidance [575KB] – this guidance supports professionals in working with families where neglect is a factor.
- No access visits [751KB] – this guidance assists practitioners in determining the most appropriate course of action to take in situations where the child is unseen.
- Practice guidance section 85 and 86 [321KB] – this guidance outlines the responsibilities of agencies to make referrals to Children’s Services where a child has been placed for or with the intention of being placed for 3 months or more in a care home, hospital or independent hospital
- Guidance and checklist for child protection policies [280KB] – this document is for the use of voluntary and community organisations to develop a child protection policy
- Policy statement – children who live in households where there is domestic abuse [232KB] – sets out what North Lincolnshire will do to protect children from the effects of domestic abuse.
- Policy statement – protecting disabled children from harm [233KB] – sets out what North Lincolnshire will do to protect disabled children from harm.
- Policy statement – reducing the harm from neglect [137KB] – sets out what North Lincolnshire will do to reduce the harm from neglect.
- Joint Safe Sleeping Guidance for Babies [PDF 1169Kb] – the guidance supports all organisations and their workers in a consistent message and approach to safe sleeping to prevent baby / child deaths.
- Child Sexual Exploitation: Definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decision makers working to protect children from child sexual exploitation [PDF 1569Kb] CSE Vulnerabilities and Risk Indicators[PDF 411Kb] – this guidance outlines the policy and procedures for how organisations and agencies should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people from sexual exploitation.
- Supplementary Guidance: Child Criminal Exploitation: Definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decisions makers working to protection children from child criminal exploitation [PDF 1393kb] Child Criminal Exploitation Vulnerabilities and Risk Indicators Guide [PDF 243KB] – this guidance outlines the policy and procedures on how organisations and agencies should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people from child criminal exploitation.
- Integrated Multi Agency Partnership (IMAP) Information Sharing Agreement [PDF 919Kb] – The goal of IMAP is to improve safeguarding and promote the welfare of children and young people through the timely exchange of proportionate and accurate information following an enquiry by any professional or member of the public.
- Guidance for recognising and responding to breast ironing [PDF 626KB] – this guidance explains the actions to be taken regarding recognising and responding to children who are at risk of/who have suffered breast ironing.