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.

Working Together 2018 – 2020 updates briefing

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.


Statutory documents

Supplementary documents