Policies & Practice Guidance

For children to be kept safe from harm it is essential that the local workforce of practitioners and managers, including volunteers and workers in faith settings, are well informed and understand the agreed local child protection procedures.

Workers and volunteers in all services (including adult-focused services) need to know:

  • how to recognise signs of need or possible abuse, harm or neglect to children (up to 18 years);
  • what actions to take;
  • how and where to seek advice;
  • how to refer children in need and children in need of protection to the relevant protection services;
  • what to say to children and their families;
  • rules about sharing confidential information; and
  • what records to keep.

Research has shown that children are best protected through well-coordinated multi-agency working and information sharing.

London Child Protection Procedures

Merton Safeguarding Children Partnership and its member agencies are signatories to the London Child Protection Procedures (LCPP) as our local procedures.

You may access the London Procedures here:

London Child Protection Procedures website

The London Child Protection Procedures are based on current legislation and the latest edition of national statutory guidance: Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018

Our website brings together information for children and young people, parents and carers and volunteers and professionals.
Get in touch with the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Partnership here. 

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