Procedures & Guidance

HCYPSP Pan-Cheshire Procedures

Pan-Cheshire Child Death Review Process

Working Together 2018 and the accompanying transition document requires Child Death Review partners (the Local Authority and Clinical Commissioning Group) to publish their Child Death Review arrangements. This document sits alongside the Pan-Cheshire CDOP Terms of Reference 2019.

The SUDIC Proforma & Guidelines 2019 provides a framework for the investigation and care of families after an unexpected death of an infant or child.

HSCB Escalation Policy

If  in the process of multi-agency working professional disagreement are encountered when determing levels of need when working with children and families, professionals should follow the Escalation Policy:

Complex Case Discussion

This is a reflective group discussion model for Child Protection cases where the Plan is not improving the child’s life after a period of 9 months. This coincides with the second child protection review. Partner agencies will be asked to complete a reflective statement outlining what is working well for the child and their family and what needs to happen to improve the child’s life/reduce risk factors. This will enable partner agencies to be virtually represented during the Complex Case discussion. The Complex Case discussion explores alternative approaches with the family; offers support as well as professional challenge and enables senior management oversight in a timely manner. :

Managing Allegations against a person who works volunteers with children and young people

The review of Working Together to Safeguard Children in 2020 included a change to the criteria for referral to the Designated Officer for the Local Authority (LADO)

The criteria for LADO consideration is that the individual in a position of trust has

  1. Behaved in a way that has harmed a child or may have harmed a child.
  2. Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child.
  3. Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates he or she may pose a risk of harm to children; or
  4. Behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children.

The Forth criteria of suitability is a new addition and can be used in circumstances where a child has not been harmed or placed at harm but the risk may be transferrable, for example when the person in a position of trust has been involved in situations of

  • Domestic abuse
  • Offences against adults
  • Substance misuse

All referrals must be made in writing using the LADO Consultation Form.

To support understanding of the new criteria and to offer a refresher around the Management of Allegations Procedure (LADO) there are training sessions available through the Training page.

Step Up/Step Down Protocol: Interface between Early Intervention (Team Around the Family – TAF) and Children’s Social Care (CSC)

This protocol outlines the process where children move between levels 2 and 3 of the Halton levels of need framework.  The protocol details the processes and systems relating to:

i)  Cases which step up from Early Intervention to Children’s Social Care

ii) Cases which step down from Children’s Social Care to Early Intervention

Neglect Strategy

Modern Slavery

In support of the Pan Cheshire Modern Slavery Strategy agencies across Cheshire have signed up to the Cheshire Anti-Slavery Network Pledge.

National Guidance

National Referral Mechanism: guidance for child first responders

Child Trafficking is child abuse.  When an agency comes into contact with a child who may have been trafficked Children’s Social Care and the Police should be notified immediately.

This guidance, published by the Home Office, outlines the role of the first responder, the use of Children’s Services and how to refer a child who may have been trafficked into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM).  It also includes information on the steps after referral, including reasonable grounds test, decisions and reviews.

Female Genital Mutilation

Multi-agency statutory guidance for agencies and professionals involved in safeguarding and supporting women and girls affected by FGM published April 2016.

Child Abuse and Neglect NICE Guideline 76

A guideline for recognising and responding to abuse and neglect in children and young people under 18. This is for all practitioners whose work brings them into contact with children and young people; those with specific roles in assessing risk and need, providing early help and interventions to children, young people, parents and carers; commissioners and managers of services for children and young people.