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Information and support for professionals and volunteers

This section provides safeguarding information and advice for professionals and volunteers who deliver services to children, young people and their families.

As a professional or volunteer working with or for children you are in a good position to notice if a child is showing signs of abuse or neglect, or to suspect whether they have been a victim of bullying or have seen harmful content on the internet.

This website has advice and guidance, and links to other useful sites, to help you understand what action you can take to protect a child.

We also have a useful policies and procedures section to help professionals and volunteers to understand how they can safeguard children they work or come into contact with.

Click here to view the Neglect Strategy.

We also provide threshold guidance for professionals to help identify when a child may need support.

Practice Standards Group

The Practice Standards Group offers Appraisals of the ways in which Partner Agencies work together to safeguard children, and reviews Child Protection Conference Chair Vetoes’ .

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Practice Resolution Protocol


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Standards Group

Infant Crying and How to Cope (ICON)

The ICON public health message is all about helping people who care for babies to cope with crying. This includes professionals, volunteers, parents, and carers.

We provide training on how to support parents and carers with ICON. Find out more.

Female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a criminal offence in the UK under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

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Serious case reviews

Serious case reviews provide valuable lessons about how organisations are working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

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Practice Review Cases

Practice reviews provide valuable lessons about how organisations are working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

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Early Help

The Early Help Locality Teams bring together practitioners from; Family Recovery Programme, Targeted Family Support, Families for Change, Youth Offending, Integrated Youth Support Service, Children’s Centre’s and Education Welfare Officers.

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Schools Section 175 Audit

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Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP 2)

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The Local Authority Officer (LADO)

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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the movement of a person from one place to another for the purpose of exploitation.

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Safeguarding audit tool and guidance

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Safeguarding Children with a Disability

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Safeguarding and protecting children in sport

Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport.

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PREVENT is about safeguarding children, young people or adults who may be influenced into supporting terrorism or becoming involved in terrorism.

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Knife Crime and Serious Violence

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Hate Crime

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Multi-Agency Arrangements for Safeguarding Children and Review of Child Deaths

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