Southwest Child Protection Procedures

Somerset is one of the 12 Local Safeguarding Children Boards that make up the South West consortium* that have developed the Southwest Child Protection Procedures (in conjunction with Tri.x).

Each board has its own site, which provides a ‘gateway’ to the shared consortium procedures, with the facility to house information specific to individual boards avoiding confusion for users.  Materials will be updated twice yearly to ensure all guidance remains a current and relevant for practitioners.

*Devon; Plymouth; Cornwall; Torbay; Somerset; South Gloucestershire; Wiltshire; Bath and North East Somerset; North Somerset; Swindon; Gloucestershire and Bristol LSCBs.

Local Guidance

Alongside the overarching Southwest Child Protection Procedures, there are local practice guidance and protocols which compliment them:

pdf Somerset Neglect Strategy Somerset Safeguarding Children Board Strategy for tackling neglect.

pdf Somerset Neglect Toolkit  For assisting with the identification on Child Neglect.  

Somerset Think Family Strategy

The aim of the strategy is to encourage all partners to ‘Think Family’ and actively work together to secure better outcomes for children, young people and their families across Somerset.

Video introducing the Think Family Strategy, Richard Painter June 2018

Launched June 2018 

Somerset Pre-Birth Planning toolkit

This toolkit should be used in conjunction with the pre-birth (safeguarding unborn babies) guidance, detailed within the SSCB’s manual in South West Child Protection Procedures.

Updated March 2018 

Resolving Professional Differences Protocol

Previously known as Escalation Process

Reviewed December 2018


Voice of the Child Guidance