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Safeguarding children: Information for professionals

This applies to you if you work with, or care for, children and young people in an employed or voluntary capacity. This includes people whose job brings them into contact with children infrequently or on an ad hoc basis, such as members of the Emergency Services. It also includes a wide variety of people in a caring capacity, such as foster carers, child minders or youth workers.

South Tyneside Safeguarding Children Partnership

Children and Social Work Act 2017 replaces LSCBs with new local safeguarding arrangements led by the three named statutory safeguarding partners; Local Authorities, Chief Officers of Police, and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Health).

The three safeguarding partners will assume the responsibilities for safeguarding arrangements that currently sit with LSCBs, will have a shared and equal duty for new safeguarding arrangements and for working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in South Tyneside.

South Tyneside Safeguarding Children Partnership Plan477.25KB

Briefing - Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements25.86KB

Safeguarding Children Partnership Statement of Intent2.17MB

South Tyneside Multi Agency Threshold Guidance

The Multi-Agency Threshold Guidance has been revised following consultation and involvement with over 600 practitioners. Their contribution in this process has been invaluable and greatly appreciated.

The Multi-Agency Threshold Guidance is for practitioners and managers in all agencies that work with, or are involved with, children, young people and their families.

What are thresholds?

Thresholds are points at which something happens, stops happening or changes for a child or family.

They are a way of describing transitions between levels of need and types of services and support. They are also ways of identifying the points at which professionals might engage in dialogue with each other and with families to assess what has happened and what, if anything, needs to happen next.

Purpose of the guidance

The guidance will assist practitioners and managers in assessing and identifying a child's level of need and matching that need to the right service response.

The purpose of the guidance is to help us to provide the right support, at the right level, at the right time. We know that failing to do this often means that there is an escalation of need, poorer outcomes for children and families and increased risk for the child.

Early Help is incorporated into the Threshold Guidance and is key in the supporting of families where universal services alone are unable to meet their needs.

South Tyneside Multi Agency Threshold Guidance765.94KB

Bruised Baby Pathway

Bruised Baby Pathway372.51KB

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

CSE Guidance341.38KB

Missing, Slavery, Exploitation and Trafficked (MSET) Framework690.66KB

Early Help documentation

1. Early Help Strategy 2016-1812.55MB

2. Early Help Flowchart231.77KB

3. Early Help Registration, Consent, Assessment and Plan135.21KB

4. Early Help Review Tracking Form126.87KB

5. Early Help Outreach Request Form28.16KB

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

GOV.UK: Working together to safeguard children 

Keeping children safe in education

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges (commenced 5 September 2016).

This document contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply in order to keep children safe.  It should be read alongside statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children', and departmental advice 'what to do if you are worried a child is being abused - advice for practitioners'.

GOV.UK: Keeping children safe in education - for schools and colleges

GOV.UK: What to do if you're worried a child is being abused - advice for practitioners

Core groups and care team meetings

The Independent Reviewing Service, Children's Standards Unit would like to emphasise to all partner agencies the importance of professional attendance at Looked After Children's reviews and Child Protection reviews.

It is important to attend these meeting because:

  • The input of all members of the care team or core group is vital and valued by Independent Reviewing Officers in supporting us all to gather a complete picture of the young person being presented at these meetings.  
  • These meetings are platforms for the child's plan to be reviewed with independent oversight. This is vital to make sure all of the child's needs are considered at the same time as well as making sure that the plan remains effective in Safeguarding and promoting best outcomes for the child.
  • Changes to planning can be recommended at these meetings if needed, so it is a chance for all members of the care team or core group to speak openly and honestly about their views as to the effectiveness of the planning.
  • For young people who choose to come to their reviews, attendance by all the significant people in their lives sends a strong message to them, that everyone values their contributions and that we are all working together in their best interests. It is also an opportunity for young people to share their wishes and feelings and if key agencies are not present, this is a missed opportunity to work with children and young people directly and effectively.   
  • Attendance at core groups and care team meetings ensures good information sharing. This planning remains an active and dynamic process in line with the changing needs of the child or young person between each review period. The meetings immediately before a Looked After review or Child Protection review are significant and should be used to clarify the plan that is to be presented at the next review. This will help to make the reviewing process constructive even where differences of opinion exist.

For more information please contact Lewis Anderson, Independent Reviewing Officer
Postal address: 38 Laygate Place, Laygate Centre, South Shields, NE33 5RT
Telephone: 0191 424 4625

Children and Families Act 2014

What is the Children and Families Act 2014?

This is a new act, which amongst other things, aims to gives greater protection to vulnerable children.

Children and Families Act 2014  

Radicalisation and extremism 

Safeguarding Children Exposed to Extremist Ideology Booklet342.33KB

Prevent self-assessment matrix306.05KB

Prevent school evaluation180.31KB

For more information, see Keeping children and young people safe against radicalisation and extremism

Domestic violence and abuse

The national definition of domestic violence and abuse has recently been widened to include those aged 16-17. Although this is not a legislative change, it is intended that the new definition sends a clear message to victims about what does constitute domestic violence and abuse. Locally, every service is expected to review its guidance and policies on domestic violence and abuse to reflect the change in definition.

The guidance highlights issues to consider within:

  • teenage relationship abuse
  • how to respond to cases
  • services
  • young people using violence and abuse in close relationship
  • child to parent violence
  • harmful traditional practices

If you require any further information then you can contact South Tyneside Council's Domestic Violence Coordinators on  0191 424 7954.

Private fostering

For information visit Private fostering

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