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March 2022

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Updated Chapters
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Initial Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been updated to note the first child protection conference will be scheduled within three months of the initial conference or within 20 working days after the birth of the baby, whichever is the sooner. (See Section 8, Prebirth Conferences).
Child Protection Review Conferences A note has been added into Section 1, Frequency that the first child protection conference will be scheduled within three months of the initial conference or within 20 working days after the birth of the baby, whichever is the sooner. 

February 2022

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Updated Chapters
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Responding to Abuse and Neglect This chapter has been amended to add a footnote in respect of the meaning of ‘sexting’, in that it is not always a term used by young people (see Section 4, Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect).
Initial Child Protection Conferences This chapter has been reviewed and updated throughout. Note also a note has been added to remind all practitioners of the importance of establishing the nationality and immigration status of children and families in Section 7, Information for the Conference. This will ensure they can be signposted for immigration advice and support where required. Furthermore, if as EU / EEA nationals they have been granted pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme - it will ensure that they can be supported to apply for settled status when they accrue 5 years’ continuous residence in the UK.
Child Protection Review Conferences A note has been added into Section 2, Reports identifying timescales for the social worker to submit their Conference Review Reports, together with a note to remind all practitioners of the importance of establishing the nationality and immigration status of children and families to ensure appropriate advice and support for the family if required and as part of the EU Settlement Scheme (see Initial Child Protection Conferences Procedure).
Bullying This chapter has been amended to include information on sexual harassment and violence following the Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (Ofsted) and Keeping Children Safe in Education.

It also includes a note on what many young people understand as ‘sexting’ (see Section 1, Definition).

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Child Abuse and the Internet This chapter has been updated to add an explanatory note on ‘sexting’ – noting that many young people do not recognise this term (see Section 1, The Internet).
Domestic Abuse Section 1, Definition has been updated to include the Working Together to Safeguard Children definition and to reflect that, with effect from 29 April 2021, section 71 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 removed the so-called ‘rough sex gone wrong’ defence. Where a person inflicts serious harm (wounding, actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm) on another person, it is not a defence that the victim consented to the infliction of the serious harm for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification.

With effect from 29 June 2021, section 69 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 expanded so-called ‘revenge porn’ to include threats to disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.

Links have also been added to: Domestic Abuse: Specialist Sources of Support (GOV.UK) and Liverpool City Council and Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services (see Relevant Guidance in the Scope Box).
Fabricated or Induced Illness/Perplexing Presentations This rare but potentially lethal form of abuse is freshly defined as: a clinical situation where a child is, or is very likely to be, harmed due to parents’/carers’ behaviour and action, carried out in order to convince doctors that the child’s state of physical and/or mental health or neurodevelopment is impaired, (or more impaired than is actually the case). The chapter includes a Sections on Risks; Indicators; Protective Action to be Taken and Further Information.

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Child Criminal Exploitation This chapter has been amended to add an updated definition of the Government’s Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults (see Section 1, Definition) together with a link in Further Information to Tackling Child Exploitation: Resources Pack (Local Government Association).
Children of Drug/Alcohol Misusing Parents This procedure has been updated to reflect on the issue of ‘contextual safeguarding’ (see Section 1, Implications) and working in a ‘think-family approach’ (see Section 2, Action to Safeguard). A link has been added to GOV.UK, Parents with Alcohol and Drug Problems: Support Resources (see Relevant Guidance).
Working with Sexually Active Young People under the Age of 18 This chapter has been updated to include information on sexual harassment and violence following the Review of Sexual Abuse in Schools and Colleges (Ofsted) and Keeping Children Safe in Education. Additional information has been added in respect of undertaking a Single Assessment (see Section 3, Process).
Safe Recruitment, Selection and Supervision of Staff A link has been added to the Addendum to the Guidance for Safer Working Practice for those Working with Children and Young People in Education Settings to cover Online Learning. Additionally, and as a result of the UK’s exit from the European Union, information has been added on how employers can now check that an individual has the right to work in the UK during the recruitment process and includes relevant and updated UK GOV links.

Note also in Section 2, Recruitment that If a person subscribes to the DBS update service, employers/prospective employers must also check the original DBS certificate. This is because the update service will not show the information found during the original check. (Disclosure and Barring Service: Guidance for Children's Social Care Providers and Managers).

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New Chapters and Features
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Harmful Sexual Behaviour This is defined as: 'Sexual behaviours expressed by children and young people under the age of 18 years old that are developmentally inappropriate, may be harmful towards self or others, or be abusive towards another child, young person or adult', (Hackett 2014, Children and Young People with Harmful Sexual Behaviours). The chapter has sections on Risks; Issues; Indicators and Protection and Action, together with a Further Information section.
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