Information for Practitioners
CHILDREN MISSING FROM HOME AND CARE
VOICE OF THE CHILD TOOLS
The NEL voice of the Child Tools and guidance will enable a consistent approach to capturing the voice of the child. It is a unitary wide tool for capturing the voice of children/young people from 0 to 18. It will provide an outcome based measure in respect of the child’s experience of interventions/ pieces of work.
AVOID LETTING BABIES GET TOO HOT!
It is important to make sure that a baby is a comfortable temperature – not too hot or too cold. The chance of SIDS is higher in babies who get too hot.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE WORRIED A CHILD IS BEING ABUSED
This advice is non-statutoty, and has been produced to help practitioners identify Child Abuse and Neglect and take appropriate action in response. This advice replaces the previous version of 'What to do if you are worried a child is being abused, published in 2006, and complements Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) statutory guidance. (March 2015).
This advice is for anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and families, including those who work in early years, social care, health, education (including schools), the police and adult services. It is relevant to those working in the statutory, voluntary or the independent sector, and applies in relation to all children and young people irrespective of whether they are living at home with their families and carers or away from home.
ANTI-BULLYING & E-SAFETY (Currently Under Review)
FAMILY SUPPORT PATHWAY
The Prevetion & Early Intervention Page provides information on Families First Access Point (FFAP), Family Support Pathway, Child Concern Model and Threshold of Need.
MASH & FFAP Multi-Agency Service Challenge, Support and Solution Meetings Invitation for all practitioners to attend.
CRIMINAL EXPLOITATION - COUNTY LINES GUIDANCE
This guidance is primarily aimed at frontline staff who work with children, young people and potentially vulnerable adults. This includes professionals working in education, health, social care services, housing, benefits, law enforcement (police) and related partner organisations. This guidance is also useful for carers and parents, although they are not the primary audience.
CHILD & ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE (CAMHS)
CAHMS provide specialist services for children and young people up to the age of 18. These services are designed to help with: Anxiety, Mood related disorders such as depression and bipolar, Trauma, Eating disorders, Self harm and Mental health difficulties associated with a physical health problem.
We have some pathways where we accept referrals via a multiagency panel, not from our usual sources of referrals. These are: Children in public care, Young people displaying harmful sexual behavior, Assessment for autistic spectrum condition and Asperger’s syndrome, Assessment and if necessary medication management for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Please see CAMHS Website for more information.
CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
North East Lincolnshire Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy. This strategy should be read in conjunction with the CSE procedure & guidance published to this site.
CONCERN & CONFLICT RESOLUTION ESCALATION PROCESS
Concern & Conflict Resolution Escalation Policy - replaces "Resolution of Professional Disagreement"
CONSENT AND INFORMATION SHARING
Guide to Gaining Consent: Practitioners have advised that there is some ambiguity around when it is appropriate to gain consent. This short document gives guidance as to when consent should be sought.
CHILDREN'S WORKFORCE CAPABILITIES FRAMEWORK
As part of the Council’s Creating Strong Communities Programme there was a recognition that its implementation would require a different way of working within the Council as well as with partners and the local community.
To support this requirement a Children’s Workforce Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) has been developed to define the knowledge, skills and behaviours required for anyone who works, volunteers or leads work with children, young people and families within North East Lincolnshire.
The PCF has been designed to improve the quality of early prevention and help work, whilst promoting and encouraging effective individual and professional practice between agencies. It also enables the building of respectful and collaborative relationships within North East Lincolnshire’s community as well as within its multi-agency workforce.
Implicit within the PCF are the four elements of the Creating Strong Communities Programme (Signs of Safety, Restorative Practice, OBA and Family Group Conferencing). This is to ensure that these form the basis of how we work now and in the future.
The PCF also includes key areas which workers need to demonstrate proficiency in. These areas include abuse, neglect, child sexual exploitation, emotional health, equality of opportunity for children with disabilities, bullying and healthy weight for children and young people.
The PCF can be used to commission services by the articulation of required capabilities; by learning providers to understand the workforce needs of employers and employees; by strategy leads, service managers and team leaders as the foundation for a performance management framework; by higher education institutions, to understand the needs of employers and students working in children’s services; by individuals to be used as a tool to further their personal and professional development.
Following development and consultation, the PCF is now ready for implementation and is being used within the 0-19 Programme for its workforce development, which will include a skills audit to identify any required developmental gaps as well as highlight any emerging skills requirements.
SAFETY IN SPORTS
In NEL, we want all children to be safe whilst having opportunities to take part in healthy activities they enjoy. Recent media reports on sexual abuse in football clubs however have shown that children can sometimes be more vulnerable when involved with sports and leisure. These reports serve to remind organisations about their safeguarding responsibilities and send out a message to children and families about staying safe whilst participating in sporting and leisure activity.
Troubled Families Fact Sheet - The Troubled Families Programme was initiated by David Cameron in 2012 to 'Turn Around' 120,000 families by 2015. That target was achieved and Phase Two is now in progress. See the Fact Sheet for more information.
FAMILY GROUP CONFERENCES AND FAMILY RIGHTS GROUP
Family Group Conference Referral Form - A family group conference is a process led by family members to plan and make decisions for a child who is at risk. Children and young people are normally involved in their own family group conference, although often with support from an advocate. It is a voluntary process and families cannot be forced to have a family group conference. For more information see the Family Rights Group Website
Family Group Conference: A Guide For Referrers
Please click on link to visit Foundations Website.
Foundations Young People's Service offers a specialist service for young people under the age of 19 with alcohol and substance misuse problems. Regular sessions for support will be offered and young people will be given a key worker who they will see at a suitable venue in the community. Young people can speak to a worker about their own or someone else's drug and / or alcohol use or just find out more information.
Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers. Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. A key factor identified in many serious case reviews (SCRs) has been a failure by practitioners to record information, to share it, to understand its significance and then take appropriate action. (March 2015).
POLICE PARTNERSHIP INFORMATION FORM
The Police have requested that the Partnership Information Form is shared with partner agencies. The form should be completed and submitted to the Police where:
There is information about Child Sexual Exploitation, Criminal Exploitation or any other similar concerns.
Examples would be information about what recreational drugs young people are using, names of people who are exploiting young people or information about criminality committed by young people in general or a person in particular.
If there is an immediate risk then the practitioner should contact CASS or call 999.
101 to obtain assistance and advise if not an emergency.
The NEL LSCB Safeguarding Children Procedures should also be followed where they are any concerns in respect of a child or young person’s welfare or safety
Children and Young Person Plan (Under Review)