Information for Practitioners
Resources and information for practitioners can be found below and by selecting the Safeguarding Topics options to the left.
The LLR Safeguarding Children Partnerships' guidance on thresholds for children's and family services in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland is available. It is intended to assist practitioners to identify suitable responses to needs and issues that they encounter amongst the children, young people and families they are working with.
A link to the LLR multi-agency referral form that should be used for making referrals to Children's Social Care and Early Help Services in Leicester City.
The Procedures will be compatible with "Working Together"(2018).
Notifying the Local Authority about a looked after child being placed into or outside Leicester
If a looked after child or young person is placed outside the geographical boundaries of their home local authority (called originating local authority), the local authority has a responsibility to notify agencies, including children's social care and health, of the move.
If the child or young person is subject to a Care Order or Interim Care Order, they remain the responsibility of the originating local authority until the order is discharged or expires. If the child or young person is accommodated they remain the responsibility of the originating authority until s/he is discharged from accommodation or agreement is reached.
When an originating local authority wishes to place a child in another authority (host local authority), the originating local authority will complete a notification form, including the risk assessment questions, and attach any additional information to support the risk assessments as negotiated. The form is then sent securely to the Nominated Point of Contact person in the host local authority where the child will reside.
A Regional Protocol has been agreed across the East Midlands LSCBs and Local Authorities.
The Nominated Points of Contact for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are:
Leicester City: Placements.firstname.lastname@example.org
Leicestershire County: NotificationsLAC@leics.gov.uk
Rutland County: Childrensreferrals@rutland.gov.uk
The Health Contact: email@example.com
Looked After Children (LAC) Pack
This pack has been designed by Leicestershire Police, in conjunction with partners involved in children's social care, health, education and local care providers. The pack includes useful information regarding police policy and procedure and also information around responding to risks faced by looked after children. The information pack aims to:
• Provide information to care providers and looked after children to promote awareness of the roles and responsibilities of all agencies involved in safeguarding.
• Build effective relationships between the police, care providers and looked after children in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
• Enable a consistent approach to all incidents involving looked after children.
• Improve partnerships to ensure positive outcomes for looked after children.
The LAC Pack, as well as the notification form and CPS 10-point checklist can be found in the Leicester and the Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Partnerships Procedures Manual in the local resources section: LLR Local Resources (proceduresonline.com)
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland LSCPB CRG Serious Child Safeguarding Incidents Referral Form
This process and form has been agreed through the Case Review Groups across LLR as the process that will be used by safeguarding leads in agencies/organisations.
The reason for having a standard referral process across agencies/organisations is to ensure that professionals working in operational, supervisory and support roles are aware of the process. They will be able to access a standard way of bringing suitable cases to the attention of the relevant CRG programme group through their children's safeguarding leads.
The referral form can be accessed on this page.
Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS)
CP-IS is the bridge for information to flow between the NHS and the Local Authority (being implemented nationally) in a 24 hour cycle. This guide will assist practitioners in making use of this information.
Nottingham City Council, NHS Nottingham City CCG and the NCSCB have jointly commissioned a video animation. The video animation aims to encourage practitioners to identify children as ‘Was Not Brought’ as opposed to ‘Did Not Attend’, when referring to them not being presented at medical appointments.
Do you DBS check your staff and volunteers?
Please note there have been changes to the ID checking guidelines. New guidelines were introduced on 24 October 2017.
The national guidelines can be accessed online.
Children at Risk of Serious and Organised Crime
Download Leicestershire Police's warning signs that a child may display when they are beginning to become involved in Serious and Organised Crime.
Contains contact details for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.