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May 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Threshold of Need Framework and Guidance

The local thresholds guidance and framework has been reviewed to:

  • To reflect key developments in Targeted Early Help, particularly in relation to Early Help Assessment and the role of Lead Practitioner;
  • To clearly describe “stepping down” and “stepping up” arrangements and practices, particularly at the interface between ‘specialist’ and ‘targeted early help’;
  • To describe the role of the Early Help and Safeguarding Hub as the single point of contact where there are safeguarding concerns which require either a targeted early help response or referral to children’s social care; and
  • To ensure that our local guidance and framework reflects national changes to statutory guidance.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Targeted Early Help This chapter has been extensively updated and should be re-read throughout.

January 2018

Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

The following documents and resources having been added into the Further Information section:

  • Centre of expertise on Child Sexual Abuse – Key messages from research on child sexual exploitation;
  • Child Sexual Exploitation: Practice Tool (2017) (open access) - further background information about child sexual exploitation and additional commentary around some of the complexities of practically responding to the issue.
Children Affected by Gang Activity or Serious Youth Violence This chapter has been updated to include a link to the National Crime Agency report County Lines Gang Violence, Exploitation and Drug Supply (2017). Further information has been added to the Definition section, to cover the use of ‘county lines’ and criminal exploitation of young people by organised criminal groups.
Dangerous Dogs and Safeguarding Children A link to the Institute of Health Visiting publication ‘Parent Tips - Keeping Babies and Children Safe Around Dogs in the Home’ has been added into the further information section. The guide provides advice to parents looking forward to welcoming a new baby into the home, as well as those who already have children and a dog in the household. The advice provided should be shared with friends, neighbours, carers and relatives.
E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media A link has been added to the Hull Safeguarding Children Board Publication Staying Safe Online – Guide for Children and Young People. The guide provides information on how young people can minimise risks when they are online and contains links to other useful resources and websites.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) A new section has been added to this procedure outlining the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trust position on Labial Surgery. In summary, the Trust does not support labial reduction surgery (labiaplasty, labial trimming, female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS)) in girls under 18 years.
Modern Slavery and Child Trafficking A link has been added to the Hull Safeguarding Children Board introductory guide to Child Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery and the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). The guide provides concise information to help all practitioners readily understand what trafficking and modern slavery are and to be confident of the action they should take if they have any concerns.

This guidance has been updated to include links to the following Hull Safeguarding Children Board assessment tools:

  • Neglect Assessment Framework and Practice Guidance - this tool should be used to help assist in identifying neglect and to inform the development and planning of appropriate responses to professional concerns;
  • Neglect Observation Tool - this tool has been developed for practitioners, both from the children’s workforce and from other agencies who may have less frequent contact with children and families, to help them recognise possible neglect. Any concerns which are noted on the Observation Tool should be shared with the Safeguarding Lead for that organisation and agreement reached on the next steps.
Working with Interpreters

Links have been added to two new publications which have been written to support the provision of high quality interpreting services:

  • Interpreter Good Practice Guide; and
  • Interpreters Code of Practice.
Local Contacts Key local contact details have been reviewed and updated as required.

Next Update: July 2018


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