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.
Alongside the overarching Southwest Child Protection Procedures, there are local practice guidance and protocols which compliment them:
Resolving Professional Differences (RPD)
Previously known as Escalation Process. Reviewed December 2018
Somerset Neglect Strategy Somerset Safeguarding Children Board Strategy for tackling neglect.
Somerset Neglect Toolkit For assisting with the identification on Child Neglect.
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
Guidance to assist staff working with hostile/threatening and non-compliant parents/carers, and those who use disguised compliance. Published May 2019
Guidance to assist staff in recognising and responding to private fostering arrangements. Published July 2019
A quick guide to Strategy Discussions. Published May 2019
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
Updated September 2017