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Safeguarding

The following pathway should not be read as stand-alone and MUST be read in conjunction with Section 3: Pathways.

  • This pathway builds on the Vulnerable Families Pathway and provides targeted intervention for children within the Child Protection arena.
  • The pathway is intricately linked to all the pathways due to its golden thread through all uni and multi- professional interventions/contacts.

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Preconception - Any Age

As soon as identified (All Ages)

Protection of vulnerable children.

Safeguarding.

Children in Need, Child Protection.

Health Visiting

Action planning in partnership with family establishing a therapeutic relationship. Agree additional contacts and support according to the age of the child and the identified needs of the family.

Liaison / communication with other health services e.g. GP’s, Paediatricians, Speech and Language Therapist.

Undertake Common Assessment Framework (CAF) including compilation of chronologies. Gain permission and consent to refer to local services in line with the CAF.

Refer to Child Protection (CP) / Children In Need (CIN) service providers. Attend Team Around the Child (TAC) meetings.

Production of 6 monthly conference reports and sharing report with the family prior to the conference.

Attendance at 6 monthly conferences.

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC).

Liaison with police and Rapid Response Team following any sudden unexpected death.

One off reports/court attendances requiring high level of input and expertise.

Childrens Centres & EYFS

Directed intervention for children and families within the CIN, Child Protection arena.

As part of a multi-disciplinary/agency team - with the family, play an active role in the compilation of the CAF, referral to Child Protection (CP) / Children In Need (CIN) service providers.

Attend Team Around the Child (TAC) /Family (TAF) meetings where appropriate.

Liaison / communication with other agencies in domestic abuse cases, substance and alcohol misuse.

Contribute to CP conference reports and attend conference and core groups where necessary.

Primary Care & GP

Targeted intervention for children and families within the Child Protection arena.

As part of a multi-disciplinary/agency team - with the family, play an active role where appropriate in compilation of the CAF, referral to Child Protection (CP) / Children In Need (CIN) service providers.

Attend Team Around the Child (TAC) meetings where appropriate.

Liaison / communication with other health services in domestic abuse cases.

Contribute where appropriate to 6 monthly CP conference reports and attend when necessary.

Liaison with police and Rapid Response Team following any sudden unexpected death.

One off reports/court attendances when required.

As soon as identified (All Ages)

Protection of vulnerable children.

Safeguarding.

Children in Need, Child Protection.

Health Visiting

Consider the above and following risk indicators:

  • Sexually Exploited Children
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Forced marriage and honour-based violence
  • Looked After Child (Young Person)
  • Parent subject to Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
  • Children (Young People) affected by gang activity
  • Child (Young Person) victim of trafficking
  • Previous child subject to a Child Protection Plan
  • Previous child removed from a parents care/subject to a Serious Case
  • Review
  • Parent has an offence against a child
  • Current Domestic violence/
  • Serious parental mental health/learning disability/drug misuse (that
  • impacts on their ability to parent safely)
  • Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC).
  • Children subject to a Supervision Order.