MSCB Pilot of SCIE Systems Approach
Resources are available for participants in the MSCB pilot of the new SCIE Systems Approach to Case Reviews.
Safeguarding Policy Guidance
MSCB has produced guidance for agencies to use when putting together their own safeguarding policy.
Download guidance here
Chapter 2 of Working Together 2015 outlines the responsibilities of agencies under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004. Download the extract here.
Use of Reasonable Force
Advice for head teachers, staff and governing bodies
This non-statutory advice from the DfE is intended to provide clarification on the use of force to help school staff feel more confident about using this power when they feel it is necessary, and to make clear the responsibilities of head teachers and governing bodies in respect of this power. Download here
Dual Process Guidance
Manchester Safeguarding & Improvement Unit updated their Dual Process Guidance in July 2014. This guidance is relevant to cases where a child or young person is looked after by the Local Authority AND is also subject of a child protection plan.
Channel Project - Safeguarding against Violent Extremism
The Channel Project is an early intervention strategy aimed at identifying and supporting individuals (including children) vulnerable to recruitment by violent extremists. It is a mechanism for ensuring these individuals are assessed and supported by professionals using statutory safeguarding frameworks and multi-agency working.
Free training is available for managers and front line practitioners. For further info contact the Channel Team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel 0161 856 6345 / 6362 / 6368
Anti-terrorist hotline 0800 789 321 or Textphone service 0800 032 4539
Child Protection Plans and Core Group function
This briefing note has been written by managers at the Safeguarding & Improvement Unit. It gives an overview of what should be included in a child protection plan, and the function of the core group. Download here
MSCB Escalation Procedure
This escalation procedure has been amended in December 2014 to take account of a recommendation from a Serious Case Review.
Practice Guidance for working with alcohol-using parents
A multi-agency audit was carried out on cases where alcohol was a feature. This practice guidance has been produced as a result of the findings of the audit and supplements the MSCB Safeguarding Children affected by Parental Substance Misuse protocol.
Download practice guidance here
The Protect Team have produced a multi - agency flowchart for use when dealing with Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) concerns.
Sleep Safe Guidance
Please see below for updated guidance on safe sleeping practice for infants. The risk of Sudden Unexplained Death of an Infant (SUDI) can be reduced by following the relevant advice.
Download guidance here.
MSCB Chronology Guidance
Guidance for how to put together a chronology for use when providing information for a multi-agency case review was approved by MSCB in July 2013.
Download guidance here
Child and Family Assessment
Children's Social Care have introduced a single child and family assessment in line with recommendations made in Working Together 2013 which states that the maximum timeframe for assessment should be 45 days.
Further information is contained in the documents below:
An additional risk assessment tool for Pre Birth Assessments is available here
MSCB Neglect Strategy
Neglect remains a high priority for the MSCB. The multi agency Neglect strategy was signed off by the MSCB Board partners in January 2014.
Download the Neglect Strategy document here
Dealing with Allegations of Abuse against Teachers and other Staff
Guidance for Local Authorities, Headteachers, School Staff, Governing Bodies and Proprietors of Independent Schools
This guidance is about managing cases of allegations that might indicate a person would pose a risk of harm if they continue to work in regular or close contact with children in their present position, or in any capacity. Download here
Working Together to Safeguard Children
Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out how individuals and organisations should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The guidance has been updated in March 2015.
The guidance is addressed to all practitioners and front-line managers who have particular responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and to senior and operational managers in organisations that are responsible for commissioning or providing services to children, young people, parents and carers.
Guidance for GPs when completing a Report for a Child Protection Case ConferenceClick here to download a copy of the guidance for GPs when completing a report for a child protection conference. An exemplar document is also available, click here to download a copy.
Initial Child Protection Case Conference Report ProformaClick here to download a copy of the Initial Child Protection Conference Report Proforma
Guidelines for Reporting Concerns
This booklet contains guidance for people working with children and young people on what to do if you have safeguarding concerns about a child / young person.
Please always check contact numbers with the agency website.
NEW Safeguarding Children Referral Form
We are pleased to launch the new Safeguarding Children Referral Form and associated guidance, links to both are shown below. The official 'Go live' date is the 1st November 2010 and agencies and organisations are strongly advised that as from this date any supplies of previous forms should be destroyed or deleted. The new form can actually be used with immediate effect.
HM Government Guidance - What to do if You're Worried a Child is Being Abused
This document provides best practice guidance for those who work with children in order to safeguard their welfare. It also contains an appendix to help practitioners with the legal issues affecting the sharing of information.
The guidance also provides general information for anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and families, focusing particularly on those who work in social care, health, education and criminal justice services.
Cyberbullying: Supporting school staff
Staff, as well as children and young people, may become targets of cyberbullying. It can seriously impact on health, well-being, and self-confidence and on home and work life. Dealing with incidents quickly and effectively is key to minimising harm in potentially highly stressful situations.
All employers have statutory and common law duties to look after the physical and mental health of their employees. Protecting staff is best done within a prevention framework, with whole school policies and practices designed to combat cyberbullying. Each school should have a designated cyberbullying lead, a member of the senior management team tasked with overseeing and managing the recording, investigation and resolution of all bullying incidents.
- Safeguarding Children Referral Form
- Safeguarding Children Referral Form Guidance
- Manchester City Council's Looked After Children Internet Policy
- Home Fire Risk Assessment Leaflet
- Home Fire Risk Assessment Priority Referral Scheme
- Information Sharing - Guidance for Practitioners and Managers
- Information Sharing - Pocket Booklet
- Useful Contacts
- BECTA - AUPs in Context
- BECTA - Safeguarding Children Online - A guide for school leaders