Procedures, Local Protocols and Guidance
For statutory agencies and voluntary organisations in Kirklees
The safeguarding children procedures are to be used at all times when there is concern that a child is at risk of harm. Procedures must be followed to ensure prompt and effective help to children and their families. The manual is only available electronically. The manual is updated twice each year and updates are clearly indicated.
The procedures have the status of instructions to practitioners within Safeguarding Children Board member organisations and any inability or failure to comply with them should be clearly recorded.
All supplementary internal procedures developed by organisations should refer to, and comply with the safeguarding children procedures.
Local Protocols and Guidance
These local protocols have been developed to reinforce and complement the formal procedures for safeguarding children in Kirklees.
Integrated working where parental learning disability/difficulty is a factor in parenting ability
For health and social care professionals. This protocol describes how to get advice and support from the Community Learning Disability Teams in Kirklees. Download the Consultation Request Form (Word document) here.
Referral and notification of domestic violence incidents in Kirklees
For West Yorkshire Police, Children's Social Care and Health. This protocol covers the exchange of information and the thresholds of ‘referral' or ‘notification' between police, children's social care, and health when the police are called to incidents of domestic violence within the Kirklees area where children are present.
Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation
This protocol is for all agencies who come into contact with children and young people in particular police, education providers, all areas of children's social care, youth offending, all health providers, leisure services and housing. The protocol explains the steps to take to safeguard children and young people and how to ensure that effective action is taken to initiate appropriate investigative action against those who are believed to be perpetrators. Referrals should be made to West Yorkshire Police using the referral form.
Joint visits guidance
The Safeguarding Children Board has worked with the Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board to develop guidance to encourage and support staff to undertake joint visits with professionals from other disciplines as part of their work to support children and families.
SWANS - Support for women and ante-natal service
A partnership service offering support to pregnant women who have complex social issues. See leaflets 'Information to support professionals' and 'Information about the SWANS service' for service users. See also the information sharing agreement.
Working with parents who misuse Alcohol and/or Drugs Protocol
This guidance supports professionals from different disciplines and agencies in working together to share knowledge and expertise, assess the needs of children (including the unborn) and families, and provide the necessary support to ensure those needs are met. Professionals can, and should, work together to support families as issues begin to emerge, and support families to prevent problems from escalating. Posted 22 April 2013
Working witrh Parents and Carers who experience Mental-ill Health Protocol
This guidance supports professionals from different disciplines and agencies in working together to share knowledge and expertise, assess the needs of children (including the unborn) and families, and provide the necessary support to ensure those needs are met. Posted 16 May 2013