BSCB protocols for multi-agency action
BSCB is a member of the South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Group who provide the South West Child Protection Procedures (SWCPP) and they should be consulted by all agencies in the first instance.
Where the SWCPP do not provide guidance or a protocol or there is a local multi-agency protocol this should be followed in preference to the guidance offered in the SWCPP.
The child protection procedures within the SWCPP must be followed by all statutory and voluntary agencies who work with children and their families.
This section contains the BSCB multi-agency protocols and guidance, which must be followed by all agencies. Information on matters not included in this “must do” section may be found in Practice Guidance.
To ease navigation the information is grouped into five categories. The first two categories separate protocols relating to the individual child (About the Child) from those pertaining to the whole family (About the Family). The other three categories group together information on actions in relation to police, record keeping and staff.
All agencies must follow the multi-agency procedures for making a referral to children's social care. The BSCB Multi-Agency Referral Form and Guidance are also provided in the section on Information sharing.
About the child
- Child trafficking (pdf, 266 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 267k) (opens new window) Attached are the BSCB practice guidance and procedures for 'Preventing and Safeguarding Children Who Are at Risk or Have Been Trafficked or Exploited'. This is guidance for all professionals in Bristol whose work may involve children & young people who are at risk or have been trafficked or exploited.
Child trafficking involves the systematic exploitation of children usually for sexual purposes though also for financial exploitation and domestic servitude. Trafficked victims are coerced or deceived by the person arranging their relocation.
On arrival in the country of destination the trafficked child or person is denied their human rights and is forced into exploitation by the trafficker or person into whose control they are delivered.
- National referral mechanism (NRM) link to Serious and Organised Crime Agency website for the notification of "potential victims of trafficking" (PVoT).
- Child left alone (pdf, 44 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 45k) (opens new window) Procedures to be followed where a professional finds or suspects a child has been left alone.
- Children who abuse (pdf, 101 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 101k) (opens new window) Children can abuse other children in a variety of ways including sexual abuse and bullying the attached document provides guidance for different agencies in their response to allegations of abuse and bullying.
- Death in childhood (pdf, 73 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 73k) (opens new window) The information contained in this section outlines the procedures to be followed in the event of and 'Unexpected death of a child'. If you are seeking support following the loss of a child there are links in the attached document to organisations and charities that can provide specialist advice and support.
- Child Death Overview Panel 2015 - 2016 annual report (pdf, 0.9 MB) (opens new window) (pdf, 244k) (opens new window) The West of England Child Death Overview Panel produce an annual report detailing their activities in the preceding year. Previous annual reports can be requested from the BSCB, email@example.com
- Expected baby (pdf, 54 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 186k) (opens new window) Guidance for addressing concerns relating to an unborn baby.
- Multi-Agency Guidance for Injuries in NON-MOBILE Babies (pdf, 0.6 MB) (opens new window) (pdf, 359k) (opens new window) (2015) guidance issued jointly by BSCB and South Gloucestershire LSCB. Initially as a 6 month pilot to be reviewed in August 2015.
- Children Missing Education
- BSCB Strategy for Children missing from home and care (pdf, 0.7 MB) (opens new window) (pdf, 680k) (opens new window) . Multi-agency Strategy addressing the needs of children and young people who go missing from home or care.
Under 16 sexual activity
- Fraser and Bichard guidelines (pdf, 58 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 58k) (opens new window) Guidance in relation to responding to reports of sexual activity involving young people under 16.
Child Sexual Exploitation
- CSE Strategy 2015 (pdf, 269 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 272k) (opens new window)
- Barnardo’s BASE Project Young People’s Council Translation of the BSCB CSE-Strategy (pdf, 262k) (opens new window)
- Services for Children at risk of Sexual Exploitation (pdf, 473 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 474k) (opens new window)
- Safeguarding Children and Young People at Risk of Sexual Exploitation (pdf, 227 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 714k) (opens new window) All agencies working with children and young people have a role to play to ensure that children and young people are protected from being sexually exploited, Multi-agency guidance.
Suspects: police safeguarding notification form (word doc, 640k) (opens new window) . Use this form to send concerns about persons suspected of sexual exploitation to the police. You must use the secure email address on the form. If you do not have access to a secure email account please call 101. If it is an emergency dial 999.
www.barnardos.org.uk/cse-can-you-see-it new CSE resource about peer-on-peer sexual exploitation to raise awareness with professionals. Developed by NWG, Barnardo’s and the Met Police.
Domestic Violence and Abuse: MARAC
- Domestic Abuse/Violence (pdf, 67 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 67k) (opens new window) Domestic abuse can serious harm children of all ages, everyone working with women and children should be alert to the frequent inter-relationship between domestic abuse and the abuse and neglect of children.
MARAC (msword, 87 KB) (opens new window) (word doc, 87k) (opens new window) A MARAC is a meeting where information is shared on the highest risk domestic abuse cases between representatives of local police, health, child protection, housing practitioners, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) and other specialists from the statutory and voluntary sectors. After sharing all relevant information they have about a victim, the representatives discuss options for increasing the safety of the victim and turn these into a co-ordinated action plan. The primary focus of the MARAC is to safeguard the adult victim. The MARAC will also make links with other fora to safeguard children and manage the behaviour of the perpetrator.
At the heart of a MARAC is the working assumption that no single agency or individual can see the complete picture of the life of a victim, but all may have insights that are crucial to their safety. The victim does not attend the meeting but is represented by an IDVA (Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor) who speaks on their behalf. Specific Guidance and Checklist relating to Young people aged 13-17 who are victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse has been developed by CAADA- DASH and is available here:
- Referrals to MARAC should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (secure email only) or Fax: 0117 9529470
About the family
BSCB/Safer Bristol Joint practice guidance for children's services and adult substance misuse services: Children and families living with substance misuse (pdf, 279 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 279k) (opens new window) BSCB and Safer Bristol have produced revised guidance for professionals to support them in their work with families where drug and/or alcohol use is problematic.
Protocol for Joint working across adult mental health and children's services (pdf, 172 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 172k) (opens new window) Advice and guidance for those working with parents and children where the parents receive support from adult mental health services.
Female Genital Mutilation: Multi-agency guidance (2011) (pdf, 374 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 374k) (opens new window) Advice and guidance for professionals in responding to concerns and allegations relating to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
FGM: Rose CLinic Leaflets The Bristol Community Rose Clinic is a community-based service that provides specialist care and support for Bristol women who are experiencing problems because of FGM.
Female genital mutilation: resource pack (July 2014) resource published by Home Office to support Local Authorities
A new mandatory reporting duty for female genital mutilation (FGM) came into force on 31 October 2015 via the Serious Crime Act 2015. The duty requires regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds to the police. For more information, refer to the Government's procedural guidance.
Forced Marriage and Safeguarding: Practice Guidance (pdf, 331 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 331k) (opens new window) This guidance is designed to provide professionals and practitioners in Bristol with information and advice about how to respond to indications that a young person is at risk of a forced marriage. This guidance is only to be used in conjunction with victims of forced marriage who are under 18.
Concerns about abuse within faith communities
A short document on working effectively with faith/religion when Safeguarding Children.
- BSCB Guidance on the use of Multi-Agency Professionals Meetings (MAPM) (pdf, 44 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 44k) (opens new window) Guidance for all agencies on when it is appropriate and how to use multi-agency professionals meetings to discuss concerns and issues regarding a child or their family.
Information sharing, referrals and record keeping
- Information sharing (pdf, 151 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 152k) (opens new window)
- BSCB Multi Agency guidance on the use of partnership agreements and written undertakings (pdf, 0.6 MB) (opens new window) (pdf, 662k) (opens new window)
- Written Undertaking Template (vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 0.6 MB) (opens new window) (word doc, 602k) (opens new window)
- Partnership Agreement Template (vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 0.6 MB) (opens new window) (word doc, 602k) (opens new window)
BSCB escalation policy
To be used to formally raise concerns between agencies regarding work relating to children.
- BSCB Resolution of professional disagreements in work relating to the safety of children (pdf, 200 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 201k) (opens new window) to be followed when there are disagreements about the management of a case.
- BSCB Resolution of professional disagreements in work relating to the safety of children - Monitoring Form (vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document, 0.8 MB) (opens new window) (word doc, 770k) (opens new window) to be completed once stage 3 of the process is reached in order to keep a record of the outcome. A copy should always be sent to BSCB for monitoring.
Allegations against people who work with children
- Allegations against people who work with children (pdf, 94 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 95k) (opens new window) Guidance for professionals on how to manage allegations against a person who works with children.
- BSCB: Allegation notification form (msword, 2.2 MB) (opens new window) (word doc, 177k) (opens new window) To be completed in order to notify the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) of any allegation, send completed forms by fax.
- Managing allegations against foster carers (pdf, 104 KB) (opens new window) (pdf, 104k) (opens new window) Advice specific to the management of allegations relating to foster carers.