HCYPSP Pan-Cheshire Procedures & Guidance

This site contains procedures and practice guidance which reflect the Statutory Guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.

The content has been written to be accessible to a wide range of users from all organisations and agencies working with children and families, including the voluntary, charity, social enterprise and faith based organisations and the private sector. The procedures have been organised with the Core  procedures in the most prominent place. These procedures explain the actions that must be taken whenever there are concerns about the welfare of a child.

Safeguarding Children Induction Booklet

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. This Safeguarding Children Induction Booklet sets out statutory responsibilities and guidance for safeguarding for the workforce in Halton. It will help you to understand the role you have in safeguarding children in Halton, whether you are a frontline worker supporting children, or adults who may be parents or carers, on a day to day basis; a volunteer working with children and young people on a less frequent basis; or someone who only comes into contact with children and young people occasionally whilst working with adults or the public, this guide will help you build up your knowledge base. From the first day of your employment you will know who to go to for advice and support and how to access appropriate levels of training. Please note: The purpose of this foundation booklet is to provide you with information in your initial induction period. It is not a substitute for the training and development activity that you should access as part of your ongoing development. The foundation booklet is complementary to your own organisations safeguarding children policy and procedures and those of Halton Children & Young People Safeguarding Partnership which you should refer to if you have a concern regarding the welfare of a child.

Children with Disabilities

Children with a disability are children first and foremost, and entitled to the same rights and protection as all other children. By definition, any child with a disability should also be considered as a Child in Need. A child can be considered to be disabled if they have significant problems with communication, comprehension, vision, hearing or physical functioning.
The Disabled Children (proceduresonline.com) page link details further together with links to Governmental Practice Guidance and Protecting Disabled Children Thematic Inspection

Pan Cheshire Procedure for Multi-agency Professional Challenge and Escalation

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

When using the procedure at step 3, you are asked to escalate to your Safeguarding Partnership representatives.

For your reference we have detailed those representatives below;

  • Education – Local SCIES Officer
  • Early Years – Early Years Officer
  • Police – DCI for Safeguarding (PPD)
  • Probation – Head of Probation Delivery Unit
  • Health Hospitals –Head of Safeguarding
  • Bridgewater Community HC – Halton Safeguarding Children Team
  • Primary Care – GP -Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children & Children in Care
  • Merseycare – Named Nurse Safeguarding Children- Mental Health Division
  • Children’s Social Care – iCART/ Children in Need/Child Protection – Divisional Manager CiN/CP.
  • Children’s social Care – Children in Care/Care Leavers – Divisional Manager CiC/CL
  • Youth Justice Service – Senior Manager
  • Early Help – Divisional Manager Early Help
  • WeAreWithYou – Pan Cheshire MFH Service Manager

If you are unsure who your representative is then please refer to our SWAY https://sway.office.com/8LHpax2OiDAbdvEw?ref=Link

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