2.1 Policies, Principles and Values


1. Agreed Policy


Production of these multi-agency procedures by the partner agencies of MKSCB reflects a consensus regarding best practice in the:

  • Prevention, detection and investigation of child abuse or neglect;
  • Risk management of offenders;
  • Support and treatment of those affected by abuse or neglect.

2. Principles Underpinning all Work to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children


Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility

Everyone who works with children - including teachers, GPs, nurses, midwives, health visitors, early years professionals, youth workers, police, Accident and Emergency staff, paediatricians, voluntary and community workers and social workers - has a responsibility for keeping them safe.

No single professional can have a full picture of a child's needs and circumstances and, if children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action.

In order that organisations and practitioners collaborate effectively, it is vital that every individual working with children and families is aware of the role that they have to play and the role of other professionals. In addition, effective safeguarding requires clear local arrangements for collaboration between professionals and agencies.

Any professionals with concerns about a child’s welfare should make a referral to local authority children’s social care. Professionals should follow up their concerns if they are not satisfied with the local authority children’s social care response.


Importance of a child-centred approach

Effective safeguarding systems are child centred. Failings in safeguarding systems are too often the result of losing sight of the needs and views of the children within them, or placing the interests of adults ahead of the needs of children.

Children want to be respected, their views to be heard, to have stable relationships with professionals built on trust and for consistent support provided for their individual needs. This should guide the behaviour of professionals. Anyone working with children should see and speak to the child; listen to what they say; take their views seriously; and work with them collaboratively when deciding how to support their needs.

Children have said that they need:

  • Vigilance: to have adults notice when things are troubling them;
  • Understanding and action: to understand what is happening; to be heard and understood; and to have that understanding acted upon;
  • Stability: to be able to develop an on-going stable relationship of trust with those helping them;
  • Respect: to be treated with the expectation that they are competent rather than not;
  • Information and engagement: to be informed about and involved in procedures, decisions, concerns and plans;
  • Explanation: to be informed of the outcome of assessments and decisions and reasons when their views have not met with a positive response;
  • Support: to be provided with support in their own right as well as a member of their family;
  • Advocacy: to be provided with advocacy to assist them in putting forward their views.
    (from Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2015).

3. Organisational Intentions


All MKSCB partner agencies will work to ensure:

  • Best use of agencies' resources so as to reduce the frequency and extent to which any child in the relevant areas suffer significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect;
  • A prompt and effective 'needs-led' response when it appears that a child may be suffering or at risk of suffering abuse or neglect;
  • Agency policies and practices reflect the fact that all children in need of safeguarding or protection are 'children in need' and are consequently entitled to family support services;
  • Staff are adequately trained, managed and supervised so as to operate efficiently to agreed procedures;
  • All services are provided in a manner which does not discriminate in any unlawful or unprofessional way and which, at organisational and individual levels, respects cultural diversity (race, religion, culture, ethnicity, language, gender, sexual orientation, age, health and any disability of child or family), the right to family life of all individuals involved and confidentiality of information generated;
  • Improve the effectiveness of inter-agency protection by building into case and

4. Commitments


Partner agencies will:

  • Develop and maintain effective quality assurance systems for monitoring the results of inter-agency and inter-authority child protection co-operation;
  • Develop formal processes for consultation with, and feedback from service users so as to improve the sensitivity and effectiveness of inter-agency work;
  • Provide an effective complaints procedure;
  • Develop and maintain forums for county-wide inter-agency and inter-authority discussions about the most effective ways of tackling the challenges of safeguarding and promoting welfare and contributing to children's well-being;
  • Develop, maintain and promote in appropriate media, information for service users about critical protection policies and procedures;
  • Develop and implement child protection policies and systems which facilitate the achievement of equality of opportunity and outcome for individual children;
  • Support initiatives which promote awareness of the need to safeguard children;
  • Provide and promote multi-agency training;
  • Ensure recruitment processes filter out unsuitable staff;
  • Enable all relevant staff to recognise factors associated with child abuse/neglect e.g. domestic abuse;
  • Share all relevant child protection information across agencies;
  • Ensure that help and support is provided to children in accordance with assessed need and that the assessment is reviewed on receipt of further information or in response to altered circumstances;
  • Maximise efforts to prevent abuse or neglect through multi-agency public protection arrangements, training and educational programmes as well as individual case management;
  • Ensure regular audits to confirm the above beliefs and intentions are reflected in the practice of staff in each agency.
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