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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 age groups)

Protection of vulnerable children.

Safeguarding.

Children in Need, Child Protection

Health Visiting

Undertake Pre-CAF / CAF and plan sensitive services accordingly. 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.

Gain permission and consent to refer to local services in line with the CAF.
Liaison / communication with other health services e.g. GP’s, Paediatricians, speech and language.

Domestic abuse work including Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) reports.

Delivery of CONI programme to support the family with the increased anxiety caused by the death of a previous child.

Childrens Centres & EYFS

As part of a multi-disciplinary/agency team - with the family, play an active role where appropriate in compilation of the Pre- CAF / CAF, Children In Need (CIN) plan.

Liaison / communication with other health services e.g. HV’s, GP’s, speech and language.

Participate in Domestic violence work.

Primary Care & GP

As part of a multi-disciplinary/agency team - with the family, play an active role where appropriate in compilation of the Pre-CAF / CAF, Children In Need (CIN) plan.

Liaison / communication with other health services e.g. HV’s, Paediatricians, speech and language.

Participate in Domestic violence work where appropriate.

As soon as identified (All age groups)

Protection of vulnerable children.

Safeguarding.

Children in Need, Child Protection

Health Visiting

Consider the following risk indicators:

  • History of previous Domestic abuse (victim or perpetrator)
  • History of previous significant mental health issues in either/both parents
  • History of previous child protection concerns for a child of either/both parent/s
  • History of drug and or alcohol abuse
  • Parents with a history of criminal activity
  • Parent had a previous child die from a medical condition
  • Parents with learning disabilities
  • Parents with complex health needs
  • Unsupported teenagers
  • Parent previously a Looked After Children