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Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Procedures Manual

Amendments

These Child Protection Procedures are reviewed and updated on a 6 month rolling program and all amendments are noted here with the exception of minor text spelling errors or similar. Urgent updates may be added where the outcome of a Case Review or inspection requires and amendment. Alerts will be sent out for any changes.

 

 

February 2022

CAPTION: amendments February 2022
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details

Child Protection Conferences

A note has been added into Section 1, Child Protection Conferences to remind all practitioners of the importance of establishing the nationality and immigration status of children and families. This will ensure they can be signposted for immigration advice and support where required. Furthermore - if as EU / EEA nationals they have been granted pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme - it will ensure that they can be supported to apply for settled status when they accrue 5 years' continuous residence in the UK.

Bullying

This chapter has been amended to include information on sexual harassment and violence following the Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (Ofsted, June 2021) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021).

Child Sexual Exploitation

This chapter has been amended to include information on sexual harassment and violence and to note the Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (Ofsted, June 2021). See Section 6, Peer on Peer Abuse. This Report, together with Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy (GOV.UK 2021), can be found in Section 10, Further Information. A link has been been added in the Further Information section to Tackling Child Exploitation: Resources Pack (Local Government Association).

A link has also been added in Further Information to the NSPCC Report Remove Tool.

The tool enables young people under the age of 18 to report a nude image or video of themselves which has appeared online. The Internet Watch Foundation will review these reports and work to remove any content which breaks the law.

Section 5, Online Child Sexual Exploitation has been updated to reflect that, with effect from 29 June 2021, section 69 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 expanded so-called 'revenge porn' to include threats to disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.

Gang Activity, Youth Violence and Criminal Exploitation Affecting Children

Information has been added on Knife Crime Prevention Orders, Local information has also been updated.

Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation

This chapter has been refreshed throughout. Information has been added on piloting devolving decision making for child victims of modern slavery and on Independent Child Trafficking Guardians (ICTG). Links to Further Information have been added and updated, and a link added to the Independent Child Trafficking Guardians Referral Form. In areas where the ICTG service has been implemented, if the first responder considers a child to be a potential victim of modern slavery, they should refer them to the ICTG service by completing the online referral form.

Minor amendments have also been made to this chapter in line with the UK's exit from the EEA.

Children Missing from Care, Home and Education

This chapter has been updated. Links to further information have been updated in the Trafficking section

Children and Families Moving Across Local Authority Boundaries or Abroad

Information contained in this procedure has been reviewed and updated. A note from Working Together to Safeguard Children has been added into Section 1, Movement of Children and Families to remind all practitioners of the importance of sharing information when a child moves from one local authority into another; due to the risk that knowledge pertinent to keeping a child safe could be lost.

Children of Parents with Learning Disabilities

Section 3, Indicators of Concern has been updated to include information in relation to pre-birth assessments and planning.

Children of Parents or Significant Others who Misuse Substances

A link has been added in Further Information to Guidance: Parents with Alcohol and Drug Problems: Support Resources (GOV.UK).

Domestic Abuse

This chapter has been updated to add a link to Domestic Abuse Act Factsheets.

Section 1, Definition has been updated to reflect that, with effect from 29 April 2021, section 71 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 removed the so-called 'rough sex gone wrong' defence. Where a person inflicts serious harm (wounding, actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm) on another person, it is not a defence that the victim consented to the infliction of the serious harm for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification. With effect from 29 June 2021, section 69 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 expanded so-called 'revenge porn' to include threats to disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.

In Further Information, a link has been added to Domestic Abuse:  Specialist Sources of Support (GOV.UK).

Online Safety

Links have been added in Further Information to:

NSPCC Report Remove Tool - The tool enables young people under the age of 18 to report a nude image or video of themselves which has appeared online. The Internet Watch Foundation will review these reports and work to remove any content which breaks the law.

UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) Digital Passport – A communication tool to support children and young people with care experience to talk with their carers about their online lives.

Section 1, Definition has been updated to reflect that, with effect from 29 June 2021, section 69 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 expanded so-called 'revenge porn' to include threats to disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.

Fabricated or Induced Illness/Perplexing Presentations

This chapter has been refreshed and a link added to revised guidance from the RCPCH Perplexing Presentations (PP)/Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII) in Children Guidance.

'Honour' Based Abuse

A link has been added to the Further Information section Tackling Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy.

Pre-Birth Practice Guidance

Section 2, Risks has been updated to include information in relation to pre-birth assessments and planning where the mother has learning disabilities.

Harmful Sexual Behaviour

This chapter has been amended to reflect the Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (Ofsted, June 2021) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021). See the Ofsted report in Further Information together with Tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy (GOV.UK 2021).

A link has also been added to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children in Schools and Colleges in Further Information.

Underage Sexual Activity

This chapter has been amended to include information on sexual harassment and violence following the Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (Ofsted, June 2021) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2021). See the Ofsted report in Further Information.

Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

This chapter has been updated.

Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers

This chapter has been updated to reflect legal changes following EU exit, including guidance on checking the past conduct of individuals who have lived or worked overseas.

Next Update: August 2022

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