Child Protection Procedures
The CSCB follows the London Child Protection Procedures and related supplementary procedures. A PDF of the updated Part A of the London Child Protection Procedures will shortly be available. Other key documents:
The CSCB through the Independent Chairperson, Board Manager and delegated partner officers ensures we are represented on all relevant work streams of the London Safeguarding Children Board which coordinates work across all 32 London boroughs.
Local Assessment Protocol
The Local Assessment Protocol was published in April 2016 and sets out the London Borough of Croydon’s arrangements for how cases will be managed once a child has been accepted as requiring a referral to Children’s Social Care (CSC).
CSCB Early Help Pathways 2017 & Thresholds Documents
Effective Early Help relies upon local agencies working to provide targeted early help services for children and their families. Local authorities have a responsibility under Section 10 of the Children Act 2004 to provide inter agency cooperation to improve the welfare of children. In 2017, the CSCB revised the Early Help Pathways document. The provision of early help forms part of a continuum of help and support to respond to the different levels of need experienced by children and their families. The CSCB Thresholds Document (including the Indicators of Need Matrix) sets out the criteria for when a case should be referred to children’s social care for assessment and for statutory services.
Early Help Overview
Early Help Services is a key theme in the Croydon Children’s Social Care Improvement Plan. The following document has been produced to help inform all partners working with children, just what services are available and how to access them.
For details of the CSCB policy regarding the resolution of professional disagreements relating to the safety of children, please click here:
CSCB Joint Working Practice Guidance
The focus of this multi -agency guidance is on safeguarding children and young people whose parents/carers’ parenting capacity is impacted by mental health, substance misuse, learning disability and domestic abuse. It is written for practitioners working with adults whose complex problems might impact on their ability to care for children, as well as for those working with children whose parents or carers have complex problems.
You can view our Private Fostering Panel Procedures here: LB Croydon Private Fostering Panel Procedures_Nov 2014. If you are interested in learning about Private Fostering, contact Learning and Development about training, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information for professionals on domestic violence, including details of various resources and organisations within Croydon, can be found on the Practitioner Space webpages.
This multi-agency guidance helps professionals in meeting the needs of children and unborn children whose parents or carers have mental health, substance misuse issues or have a learning disability.
What Should Parents Expect?
What should practitioners do about informing and consulting with parents when there are safeguarding concerns about their child or children? What should parents expect?
Where practicable, professionals should discuss the concerns with the parent and agreement sought for a referral to LA children’s social care. Unless seeking agreement is likely to place the child at risk of significant harm through delay or the parent’s actions or reactions.
If you decide it is safe to speak to the parents first, be clear about what your concerns are for their child, your duty to report the concerns and to work in partnership to safeguard and promote their child’s welfare. Parents should be asked for their view of the situation.
If you decide not to speak to the parents in advance of making a referral because you have concerns about a parent’s ability to protect their child, consider carefully what the parents should be told when and by whom, taking account of the child’s welfare. Discuss this when you make your referral to children’s social care services and agree with the person taking the referral what the parents will be told, by whom and when.
The above intentions should be clearly outlined in any safeguarding information that is sent out to parents by agencies working with families. Parents can then expect that practitioners will take action in accordance with the information they have and receive a consistent response from any agency.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
FGM is an illegal practice, a form of violence against women and girls, a form of child abuse and a violation of human rights. It is estimated that FGM affects approximately 1% of females in Croydon and 3% of maternities in Croydon. In July 2015 a one year project to tackle FGM in Croydon commenced.