Information for practitioners
The safeguarding training programme can be found on the Safeguarding, wellbeing and behaviour page.
Information specifically for schools can be found on this page.
Procedures and guidance
Working Together to Safeguard Children and London Child Protection Procedures
Working Together sets out how individuals and organisations should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Working Together: www.workingtogetheronline.co.uk - Interactive version of the Working Together document (contains a link to a PDF version for download)
London Procedures: www.proceduresonline.com/londoncp
Supplementary procedures can be found on the London Procedures website by following the link under 'Contents'. They include: safeguarding children abused through domestic violence, children missing from school, children sexually active and children missing from care and home.
The links below reflect relevant legislation, current guidance from central government and lessons from research. Staff that are or may be involved in safeguarding children need to have a working knowledge of these documents and refer to relevant sections as needed.
- Richmond upon Thames children's social care procedures
- How to access social care services for children in need - duties, priorities and guidance(pdf, 175KB)
- Local authority children’s social care thresholds(pdf, 192KB)
- Ensuring adequate safeguards for children and young people while using allocated computer equipment(pdf, 94KB)
- London guidelines for assessing children and families affected by adults viewing child sexual abuse images on the internet(pdf, 232KB).
Issued by the London SCB, this is to be viewed as helpful guidance when assessing children and their families affected by this issue and not as guidance adopted by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
Find the local procedures on assessment here.
- General Medical Council - Advice to doctors on working with young people
- Safeguarding - child protection and vulnerable adults - London Ambulance Service guidance
- Resolution and Escalation Protocol(pdf, 83KB)
Vetting and barring
Changes to the law on vetting and barring should become law in early 2012. However, the regulations that were introduced in October 2009 still apply.
They state that:
- A person who is barred from working with children or vulnerable adults will be breaking the law if they work or volunteer, or try to work or volunteer with those groups.
- An organisation which knowingly employs someone who is barred to work with those groups will also be breaking the law.
- If your organisation works with children or vulnerable adults and you dismiss a member of staff or a volunteer because they have harmed a child or vulnerable adult, or you would have done so if they had not left, you must tell the Independent Safeguarding Authority.
Further information on vetting and barring: Independent Safeguarding Authority Vetting and Barring Scheme Guidance
Management of allegations against adults who work with children
Protocol document(pdf, 73KB) - for reporting allegations to the LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer)
If you have further queries please use this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Section 11 Self-Audit
The LSCB is making available this tool for the audit of safeguarding arrangements under section 11 of the Children Act 2004. It must not be used without first contacting the Quality Assurance Subgroup of the LSCB to arrange an audit: email@example.com
Child protection case conference templates
These documents are for practitioners making reports to child protection case conferences:
- GP report (MS Word, 96KB)
- Education initial report (MS Word, 94KB)
- Education - review report (MS Word, 94KB)
- Multi-agency report (MS Word, 87KB)
- February 2013(pdf, 100KB)
- October 2012(pdf, 233KB)
- July 2012(pdf, 350KB)
- January 2012(pdf, 674KB)
- October 2011(pdf, 868KB)
- August 2011(pdf, 659KB)
- May 2011(pdf, 337KB)
- March 2011(pdf, 443KB)
- November 2010(pdf, 293KB)
- October 2010(pdf, 172KB)
- July 2010(pdf, 165KB)
- London Safeguarding Children Board guidance on meeting the minimum requirements for the provision of safeguarding children training: Competence Still Matters(pdf, 236KB)
- Information sharing
- Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
- Youth Justice Board Review of Safeguarding in the Secure Estate 2008 - summary(pdf, 129KB)