Welcome to the updated version of the Berkshire West Safeguarding Children Partnership (in Reading) Procedures Manual.
This page explains how the manual works.
- About this Manual
- Local Resources
- Glossary and National Contacts
- Regulatory Compliance
- Register for Updates
- Printing and Retaining Copies
- Browser Recommendations
- Mobile/Tablet Compatibility
This manual is devised to provide you with a set of chapters which comply with Working Together to Safeguard Children. The content has been written in a succinct style which is intended to be accessible to a wide range of users from all the agencies within the Safeguarding Children Partnership and the third sector.
The manual has been organised with the Core Procedures in the most prominent place. These chapters explain the actions that must be taken when there are concerns about the welfare of a child.
Chapters which relate to guidance have been written in Safeguarding Practice Guides which capture the most significant points and avoiding a level of detail which put the reader off. Where more detailed guidance is required, this can be included either through a link from a Safeguarding Practice Guide or as a replacement for a Safeguarding Practice Guide.
At the end of each chapter there is a Local Information section which may contain additional information produced by your local Safeguarding Children Partnership in addition to the safeguarding guidance in the chapter.
Local Information may include practice guidance, local protocols including Threshold Documents or additional information. You should check the Local Information for each chapter to familiarise yourself with this content.
Work will take place between the Safeguarding Children Partnership and tri.x to edit and amend the content of this manual to ensure that it reflects local practices and arrangements (see Section 2, About this Manual).
2. About this Manual
This is the most recent update of the manual and has been developed through a close working partnership between tri.x and Pan Berkshire SCP. The manual will continue to be updated bi-annually.
The next planned update will be July 2021.
This manual is updated on a regular basis and a summary of the changes can be accessed via the 'Amendments' button on the Home page. You will also find the detail of the next planned manual update in this section.
If you would like to suggest a change to the procedures manual discuss your suggestion with your line manager in the first instance.
4. Local Resources
This manual contains a local resource section which can be accessed via the button bar on the left of your screen. This section is populated and maintained locally. If there is a resource that you think should be added talk in the first instance to your manager.
5. Glossary and National Contacts
The manual is accessed by readers who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a glossary of definitions is available under the resource tab.There is also a National Contacts resource populated with details of key national agencies and organisations likely to be relevant to procedures users.
6. Regulatory Compliance
Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or omissions, please alert your manager.
7. Register for Updates
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10. Printing and Retaining Copies
The Manual is intended to be viewed on line to ensure only the most up-to-date version of procedures are being used. It will be updated regularly so, in the unlikely event there is a requirement for hard copies they should be destroyed after 72 hours.
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12. Mobile/Tablet Compatibility
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