Southwest Child Protection Procedures

Somerset is part of the South West consortium* that has developed the Southwest Child Protection Procedures (in conjunction with Tri.x).

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

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

Local Guidance

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

Resolving Professional Differences (RPD)

pdf Resolving Professional Differences Protocol   Reviewed December 2018. Updated October 2019

pdf Resolving Professional Differences flow chart Updated April 2020

Previously known as Escalation Process.


pdf Somerset Neglect Toolkit  For assisting with the identification of Child Neglect.  Updated May 2020 – new interactive version which can be completed electronically.

 Somerset Neglect Strategy Somerset Safeguarding Children Board Strategy for tackling neglect is currently being updated

  Somerset Linked Professional Guidance Multi-Agency Linked Professionals – an approach to safeguarding during the Covid-19 pandemic.  May 2020.
  Somerset Pre-Birth Planning toolkit

This toolkit should be used in conjunction with the pre-birth (safeguarding unborn babies) guidance, detailed within the SSCP’s manual in South West Child Protection Procedures.  Updated November 2020.

pdf  Working with non compliance or disguised compliance by parents or carers

Guidance to assist staff working with hostile/threatening and non-compliant parents/carers, and those who use disguised compliance.  Published May 2019

pdf Private Fostering Arrangements – a quick guide

Guidance to assist staff in recognising and responding to private fostering arrangements.  Published July 2019

pdf Strategy Discussions

A quick guide to Strategy Discussions.  Published May 2019

pdf 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 

Prevent and Channel referral tools

Prevent toolkit version 2 Feb 2019

Prevent and Channel Referral guide

Prevent Leaflet for Professionals in Somerset

Prevent Referral Chart 2018

Elearning is accessible via the Home Office

If you’ve any questions please either email the Public Health Training Administrator at or contact the Local Authority Prevent lead 

Somerset Participation Strategy