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Policy, procedures and protocols


Local policies, procedures and protocols

  • Protocol for Assessment and Threshold GuidanceThis document sets out arrangements for assessing children with additional needs and providing child centred effective help that is proportionate to the child’s needs and risks to their welfare. The Protocol describes the arrangements for how cases will be managed once a child is referred into children’s social care. Its aim is to support practice across the professional network so that good assessments form the foundation for effective action that has a positive impact for children. The document also sets out threshold criteria for professionals around making appropriate referrals to children’s social care.
  • Inter-agency Escalation Policy. Do you have concerns about children’s social care services? Click here to access guidance on whistleblowing about children's social care services to Ofsted.
  • The NSPCC also launched a Whistleblowing Advice Line. This has been developed to provide support to employees wishing to raise concerns over how child protection issues are being handled in their own or other organisations. The NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line can be reached on 0800 028 0285.The advice line is not intended to replace any current practices or responsibilities of organisations working with children. Professionals are encouraged to raise any concerns about a child to their own employer in the first instance. However, the advice line offers an alternative route if whistleblowing internally is difficult or professionals have concerns around how matters are being handled.
  • Prevention and Early Help Strategy
  • Core Group StandardsThe core group meeting is the key multi-agency mechanism for achieving effective implementation of the child protection plan. The board has also produced a Core Group Members Leaflet
  • Improving outcomes for children living in families affected by the ‘toxic trio’ of domestic abuse, parental mental ill health and substance misuse is a challenge for all agencies working with children and young people and their families in Royal Greenwich. The Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board set up a Work Group to look at the effectiveness of current arrangements and they have produced a multi-agency protocol and practice guidance for working with children living in families affected by domestic abuse, parental mental ill health and substance misuse.
  • GSCB CSE Strategy - This strategy signals our shared commitment to tackle child sexual exploitation and provide the right help to children and young people who are affected by it.  The strategy provides a definition of child sexual exploitation, outlines the challenge we face locally, the principles that will inform what we do, our priorities and objectives, local arrangements for working together and how we will monitor progress in achieving our ambition of fewer children and young people being affected by this appalling form of exploitation and abuse.

If you have concerns that a child may be at risk of being groomed for, or may be experiencing sexual exploitation you should:

o Consult with your designated safeguarding lead officer or line manager 

o Consider completing the CSE Risk Assessment Tool.

  • GSCB Neglect Strategy - Neglect is the most prevalent child maltreatment issue in Royal Greenwich and tackling neglect is a key GSCB priority. This strategy is relevant to practitioners, their supervisors, managers, educators, commissioners and providers of services for children and parents including adult services. The strategy is also about making best use of resources - there is some evidence that there is a cohort of children experiencing neglect who are subject to a lot of professional assessment, planning and activity that does not achieve sustainable change for them. We have also published multi-agency practice guidance to support the delivery of this strategy.
  • GSCB Self-harm protocol.
  • Greenwich Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation Protocol - The guidance has been produced for those who engage directly with children and young people in their day to day work and who may become aware of a young person's, risk of self-harm, actual self-harm or suicidal thoughts or intentions
  • Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing: Symptoms and Services Guide - This guide brings together information about the range of mental health conditions and the local and national services available to provide support to children, young people and families.

National and Pan-London procedures