- Child Protection Procedures/ Information Sharing Agreement
- CSCP Child Protection Partnership Practice Framework
- Early Help & Thresholds Documents (including SEND)
- Reflective Safeguarding Supervision Standards – Supporting safe practice, enabling critical awareness and taking care of the safeguarding children workforce in Croydon
- CSCP Escalation and Resolution Policy – responding to professional disagreement in safeguarding children cases
- CLIP – Croydon Local Intelligence Programme
- CSCB Joint Working Practice Guidance
- Domestic Abuse
- Pre-Birth Assessment
- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
- Private Fostering
- Licensing Applications
- What Should Parents Expect?
Child Protection Procedures/ Information Sharing Agreement
The CSCB follows the London Child Protection Procedures and related supplementary procedures. Other key documents:
The CSCP through the Independent Chairperson, Partnership 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.
CSCP Child Protection Partnership Practice Framework
The CSCP Child Protection Partnership Practice Framework was developed with a range of front line safeguarding leads and managers.
The purpose of this framework is to help promote and maintain a set of core principles, standards and behaviours when working within the child protection systems in Croydon.
You can download the framework and include it in your own agency safeguarding policies.
Early Help & Thresholds Documents (including SEND)
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.
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 Pan London Thresholds Guidance sets out the criteria for when a case should be referred to children’s social care for assessment and for statutory services. (see below)
The Croydon Partnership Early Help Network Delivery Plan is the current version of the Early Help Strategy, recognising the move from a set of ambitions to a visible transformation programme for early help, delivered by a network of providers in our localities. (see below)
The partnership is determined to provide the right help at the right time to our most vulnerable children and families and is continuing to prioritise a preventative agenda across the borough.
Please click on the link for further information and resources about the Croydon Partnership Early Help offer.
More detail – can be found via these links:
- Early Help Locality Areas
- Croydon Partnership Early Help Delivery plan – updated January 2020
- CSCB Thresholds Guidance
- Child and Family Wellbeing Assessment
- Eligibility Criteria (LBC) Children with Disabilities (Jul 2019)
- Croydon SEND Strategy 2019-2022
- SEND Safeguarding Guidance FINAL (Sep21)
- Croydon Local Offer Website
For information and policies specific to Child Exploitation & Missing Children, see separate page:
Reflective Safeguarding Supervision Standards – Supporting safe practice, enabling critical awareness and taking care of the safeguarding children workforce in Croydon
Reflective supervision allows time to move from the often complex and challenging tasks related to safeguarding matters, to focussing on the staff member’s reflection on their own approach and practice, thoughts and emotional challenges. Effective support and supervision can:
- Keep a focus on the child’s safeguarding needs
- Acknowledge and help address the emotional impact of the work
- Provide support following particularly complex or distressing cases
- Provide a forum for challenging views and exploring other possibilities and perspectives
- Provide a forum for identifying what works and what needs to develop
- Avoid delays in taking or following up action
The CSCP Reflective Safeguarding Supervision Standards – aim to support organisations whose staff regularly deal with safeguarding children dilemmas and cases. It is recognised that each setting will have its own supervision policies and culture; these standards can therefore be used to inform or strengthen existing organisational supervision arrangements and policies.
CSCP Escalation and Resolution Policy – responding to professional disagreement in safeguarding children cases
CLIP – Croydon Local Intelligence Programme
The CLIP aims to support children and young people aged 8-16 who are coming to attention in communities and through the Youth Engagement team and are not getting any support as they do not reach a threshold for Early Help services. The CLIP is seen as an opportunity to make connections between a number of community and voluntary sector organisations who have a youth offer in the borough (including those funded by the council Community Fund and GLA Young Londoners Fund) and can accept referrals to work with young people and families in their communities. This is part of the Early Help and Prevention strategy.
Criteria for referral:
- Early indicators of ASB (anti-social behaviour) or identification by schools, community leaders/members and local police teams (including the schools team)
- 8-16 years old
- Living and/or educated in Croydon
- Not known to other council services (i.e. children’s social care or early help services)
- Consent must be sourced by the referring organisation/person and the family/carers must be aware of the referral
Referrals (with consent) can be made via the SPOC using this link:
More information can be found here: https://youngcroydon.org.uk/clip-croydon-local-intervention-programme/
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.
The strategy for Croydon can be found here: Croydon DASV Strategy 2018-21
The Annual Report can be found here: DASV Annual Report 17-18.docx
The FJC supports victims and practitioners with Domestic Abuse or Sexual Violence issues.
Croydon Council guidance can be found here
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. It considers specific issues, needs and pathways relating to FGM and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
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.
As a result the Croydon FGM Strategy was implemented
In August 2020 the Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance on FGM was published. You can access the information here:
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
We have a whole page dedicated to information for parents/carers and the public about Private Fostering: click here
To view the Private Fostering Report presented to the CSCB see here:
The CSCB reviews all licensing applications to ensure that the Licensing Objective 4 (the protection of children from harm) is taken into account when applying for a license.
The following documentation should be used as reference material when making an application for a license or when operating licensed premises.
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.