Inter-agency Procedures and Practice Guidance
Safeguarding children documents
The Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board (NCSCB) and the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) have joint safeguarding children procedures and practice guidance. These are regularly reviewed and updated.
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. There is a self-directed learning session that accompanies the guidance that was developed in Nottingham to support professionals to understand what their role is in safeguarding children.
In addition to the joint NCSCB / NSCB Practice Guidance that can be accessed above, there is some Practice Guidance which is for Nottingham City only:
Indicators of Child Abuse
Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board and Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board have made a leaflet to support people to identify when a child is experiencing or is at risk of experiencing abuse.
Excellence in Safeguarding Children Tool
NCSCB has developed the Excellence in Safeguarding Children Tool. This guidance includes learning from Serious Case Reviews and practice guidance and is designed to help practitioners address the issues raised.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Child Sexual Exploitation
The following Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Procedural Flowchart and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Tool have been developed to support practitioners in their work to protect children at risk of or experiencing CSE.
Appropriate Language Guidance
Guidance has been developed to help professionals to use appropriate language when communicating about children and young who are experiencing child sexual exploitation or criminal exploitation.
Language implying that the child or young person is complicit in any way, or responsible for the crimes that have happened or may happen to them, must be avoided. The guidance provides lots of suggestions on how to express concerns and describe what the child or young person is experiencing that avoid any suggestion that the child is to blame.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Concerns Network Information
Professionals can use the form below to provide the Concerns Network with information or concerns they have about CSE.
This form should be used to identify information concerning people, places, activities, or vehicles which you believe may be involved with, or connected to CSE.
Please note this is NOT a referral form and should not replace your usual practice of referring to Children and Families Direct or the Police.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Child Criminal Exploitation
The following Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) Pathway and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Tool have been developed to support practitioners in their work to protect children at risk of or experiencing CCE. Criminal exploitation involves taking advantage of and grooming children and young people, forcing them to engage in various forms of criminal activity (including county lines).
The Youth Justice Legal Centre has developed guidance on child criminal exploitation which explores the different ways in which children are exploited and clarifies that children who have been exploited and/or trafficked should be treated as victims rather than suspects.
The Home Office has issued guidance on ‘county lines’. Practitioners should familiarise themselves with the guidance. County lines is a cross-cutting issue which can involve drugs, violence, gangs, criminal and sexual exploitation, modern slavery and missing children or adults.
Child criminal exploitation can involve children experiencing physical, mental and/or sexual exploitation, often over a significant period of time.
Safer Sleeping for Babies
Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board and Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board have developed the Safer Sleeping Risk Assessment Tool to support practitioners to identify if parents or carers are putting a baby to sleep in an unsafe way.
A self-directed learning session has also been developed to help practitioners learn about:
- what guidance to give carers to ensure they are putting babies to sleep safely
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- the risk factors for SIDS