Useful Resources

MSCB Pilot of SCIE Systems Approach

Resources are available for participants in the MSCB pilot of the new SCIE Systems Approach to Case Reviews.


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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: 

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.

Download here

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


Protect Flowchart

The Protect Team have produced a multi - agency flowchart for use when dealing with Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) concerns.

Download flowchart

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:

Child and Family Assessment Guidance

Child and Family Assessment Form

Child and Family Assessment Diagram

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

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

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.

Related Documents:

Guidance for GPs when completing a Report for a Child Protection Case Conference

Click 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 Proforma

Click 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.

Download the January 2015 booklet

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.


Safeguarding Children Referral Form

Safeguarding Children Referral Form Guidance


HM Government Guidance - What to do if You're Worried a Child is Being Abused

HM Government Guidance - What to do if You're Worried a Child is Being Abused

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.

Summary / Full Guidance

Cyberbullying: Supporting school staff

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.