Procedures, Local Protocols and Guidance

For statutory agencies and voluntary organisations in Kirklees


Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual 
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.

Continuum of Need Response Framework

The Kirklees Children’s Continuum of Need and Response (CoNR) Framework is the local model to assist all those whose work brings them into contact with children, young people and their families to identify the level of help and protection required to assist children to grow up in circumstances that achieve their best outcomes.

The framework assists practitioners in different agencies to identify where they can work individually with families, and where it may be better to co-ordinate their efforts with other agencies to support children to achieve their full potential. In a very small number of cases, protective services co-ordinated by a range of services may be required, or a child may have to be removed from its family, to ensure the child can reach its full potential.

This document outlines some of the most common indicators of need and risk that practitioners will come across in their work with families, and provides a multi-level framework for practitioners to use in responding with service provision and ensuring both need and risk reduce.

Knowledge and application of the framework’s different levels of need must form a common language and culture in Kirklees, assisting agencies in all sectors to work together to meet children and young people’s needs. The common language and culture also recognises that service responses must be directed at preventing vulnerability and risk, and meeting children and young people’s needs at the lowest level of intervention.

The framework has been agreed by the Health and Well-Being Board and the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and will be used by all agencies, in the public, private and voluntary sectors that provide services for children, young people and their families.

Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF)

The MAR Form has been developed for partners to complete and send to MASH when there are concerns about a child. A three-week consultation with partners ended on 24th June and, as a result of the feedback, amendments were made to the MAR Form.

Partners are expected to complete the MAR Form with as much information as possible about the child and their family, the circumstances for the child, the nature of the concerns, and what support has already been offered. Consent to share information should always be sought from the child’s parents/carers unless to do this would increase the risk to the child.

However if there are concerns about a child’s immediate safety then MASH must be contacted immediately on 01484 456848 and/or contact the police.

View the document here.

View the guidance document here.

Learning and Improvement Framework
The aim of the framework is to enable local organisations to improve services for children and young people by being clear about their responsibilities to learn from experience and insight into the way they work together with other organisations to safeguard and protect the welfare of children.

Protocol for Assessment of Bruises Burns and Scalds 

Multi-Agency Protocol for the Assessment of Bruising, Burns and Scalds in Non Mobile Babies

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. 

Information about the SWANS service
A partnership service offering support to pregnant women who have complex social issues.  See leaflets 'Information to support professionals' for service users.  See also the information sharing agreement.  Please find on-line referral form for professionals to sign post pregnant women to SWANS service. 

SWANS Partnership Team includes: West Yorkshire Police - Safeguarding, Life Line, OnTrak, Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust, Integrated Domestic Abuse Team, Special Care Baby Unit, Children & Young People Service, Social Care (pre - birth team), SWEET Project, Adult Safeguarding and Sure Start Children Centres. Updated on 22/01/2016

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 27 May 2016

Working with 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 27 May 2016

Paediatric SARC/CSAAS Pathway For Children and Young People Aged up to 16 years Acute Pathways (up to 10 days from last incident)

Neglect and Early Help Strategy

This Neglect and Early Help Strategy commits all partners working with vulnerable children in Kirklees, to providing effective early help to children and their families. Many of these children will be at risk of or already experiencing neglect and all partners are committed to understanding and tackling neglect, together with its root causes, with the intention of securing better outcomes for children over their lifetimes. 

This strategy replaces both the KSCB’s Multi- Agency Strategy on Neglect (October 2015) and the Draft Integrated Early Intervention and Prevention Strategy (July 2016).  We have brought these two strands together to reflect our understanding that the long term impact of neglect on children is clearly evident from research. As professionals we need to recognise the signs of neglect early. We know that neglect can be difficult to identify in its early stages and its impact can be hidden. Therefore, identifying signs of neglect early is very important- as parents can more readily adopt changes, and in so doing secure better outcomes for their children.

Posters and wallet cards for staff and volunteers

Downloadable posters and wallet size folding cards are available for staff and volunteers across Kirklees, at any level in an organisation, as a quick reference guide of the process to be followed if there are concerns about a child or young person. The name of the designated or named senior person should be inserted so that it is clear who staff should speak to if they have concerns about a child in any circumstances.


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