BSCB Policies and Joint Protocols

This page provides information on policies and procedures adopted or provided by the BSCB. These policies and procedures have been agreed by all partner agencies and should be used to support the work to safeguard children and promote their welfare. Policies and procedures are subject to regular review.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (Revised version published 26 March 2015)

This is the statutory guidance for multi-agency working to safeguard children.

Safeguarding Procedures

Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families in Bexley

Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families in Bexley - the revised 'Threshold' document (June 2017)

Child Sexual Exploitation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Self Harm

Information Sharing

Resolving Professional Differences - Escalation of Issues

Multi Agency reports to Child Protection Conferences

Early Intervention & Help

Serious Case Reviews

Managing Allegations Against Staff & Volunteers Working with Children

Private Fostering

Adults with Substance Misuse Problems

Children who go Missing from Home and Care and Education

Sexually Active Young People under 18 years

Bullying

e-safety - Be Safe Online


Safeguarding Procedures

The London Child Protection Procedures are available on http://www.londoncp.co.uk/. The procedures set a standard for best practice for professionals who deal individually and collectively with children and their families. All individuals and agencies are expected to comply with these procedures.


What to do if you are worried that a child is being abused.

Click here: Are you worried about a child? page


Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families in Bexley

Effective Support for Children, Young People and Families in Bexley - the revised 'Threshold' document (June 2017)

This multi-agency guidance has been developed to help practitioners working with children, young people and their families to provide additional and early help, intensive and specialist support. It emphasises the importance of making sure children, young people and their families get the right support at the earliest opportunity, with the aim of ensuring that problems don’t escalate. It promotes the importance of consultation and advice between professionals including consultation with social workers in the MASH.

Child Sexual Exploitation

See the BSCB Child Sexual Exploitation page

Multi Agency reports to Child Protection Conferences

In January 2015 a new approach to CP conferences is being introduced in Bexley. The form below is a template and guidance for all agencies attending the conferences. Forms should be submitted at least two days before the conference date.

Child Protection Conferences multi agency report form June 15

Core Group meetings - a guide for professionals

A new leaflet is available with advice for childcare professionals if they are involved in a Core Group meeting, to help them understand their role and responsibilities as a Core Group member.

Core Group meetings - a guide for professionals (July 2017)

Information Sharing

BSCB Information Sharing Guidance - 2015

Safeguarding practitioners: information sharing advice (Department for Education March 2015)

There is very good information on data sharing at the Information Commissioner's Office data sharing webpage, including a downloadable data sharing checklist.

On 26 March 2015 the government published strategic guidance on information sharing: Departmental advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

A letter from key Secretaries of State was also published on 26 March:

Our joint commitment to share information effectively for the protection of children


Resolving Professional Differences - Escalation of Issues

If there are serious differences of views on how best to manage risk and safeguarding, and protect vulnerable children and young people, then the escalation policy can provide a useful framework for exploring and resolving professional disagreements.

The policy can be downloaded here: BSCB Escalation Policy


Early Intervention & Help

For information see the Bexley Council Page: Early help and prevention

For the Bexley Inter-agency Referral Form please see the CAF and referral form page


Serious Case Reviews

See the Serious Case Reviews page


Managing Allegations Against Staff & Volunteers Working with Children

See the Allegations against staff - LADO page

Private Fostering

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative'.

This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity).

For more information see Bexley Council's Private Fostering page


Multi Agency Protocol to Safeguard Children whose Parents or Carers have Mental Health Problems

This joint protocol has been developed by the BSCB involving Children's Social Care, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Bexley Care Trust. It provides guidance on working with parents with mental health problems. This protocol replaces previous guidance and protocols.

Leaflet – Information for Professionals. Children’s Social Care & Adult Mental Health


Multi-Agency Protocol to Safeguard Children whose Parents or carers have Substance Misuse Problems

Multi-Agency Protocol to Safeguard Children whose Parents or carers have Substance Misuse Problems


Children who go Missing from Home and Care and Education

BSCB Children Missing from Home, Education and Care Procedures - revised Nov 15

Bexley Missing Children Procedures - revised Oct 15


Sexually Active Young People under 18 years

Joint Service Protocol to meet the needs of Sexually Active Young People under 18


Bullying

See the Bexley Anti-Bullying Project page


Be Safe Online

In conjunction with LB Bexley and partner agencies Bexley LSCB has supported the development of guidance for young people using online services and social media. Further information can be found on Bexley Council's Be safe online page.

There is also advice for young people on the BSCB's Staying safe online page