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London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance

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Updated 31st March 2017

Revised Guidance

The Editorial Board would like to highlight that a number of chapters have been significantly revised and all amendments can be accessed in the section Amendments and Archives.

Part A of the London Child Protection Procedures

A PDF of Part A of the London Child Protection Procedures is now available


Chapter 7 in Part A: The management of allegations against staff or volunteers who work with children

Following an extensive process of revision with the London LADO Network, significant changes have been made to this chapter. Hence, practitioners are asked to review the chapter to ensure they are aware of all the changes and make any comments. Feedback should be made via survey monkey which highlights key changes: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Z2LMP8C

The deadline for feedback is Thursday 27th July 2017

The timing of review conferences & core groups when a baby has been subject to a pre-birth child protection plan

It is suggested that the relevant section of the CP Procedures should be amended to say that:

  • If the initial conference was a pre-birth conference, a Review Conference or Core Group should be held within 10 days of the birth. If the decision is made to hold a core group then it is particularly important to ensure that all relevant health professionals attend.

The purpose of this change is to encourage good practice in holding pre-birth conferences at an early stage in a pregnancy, thereby allowing Public Law Outline proceedings to start if necessary.

Feedback should be made via survey monkey; https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZHT2FTM

The deadline for feedback is Thursday 27th July 2017

Update: The use of ‘Categories of Abuse’ in CP Conferences

The Editorial Board recently carried out a consultation regarding the use of the four categories of abuse (neglect, physical, sexual and emotional abuse) as the basis of the decision to make a child the subject of a child protection plan. This consultation closed at the end of April and the next steps are the subject of ongoing discussion.

The responses are summarised below:

  1. There were 88 responses from a range of professionals;
  2. To the question: Do you agree that the child protection procedures should be amended so that, at the conclusion of a child protection conference and where a protection plan is required, local areas can confirm the need for a protection plan and identify the specific risks and/or strengths that are applicable to that child and NOT identify a category of abuse
    RESPONSE 59 agreed. 33 disagreed;
  3. To the question: If a decision is NOT made in the child protection conference about the category of abuse, but after the conference the chair uses their professional judgement to record the most appropriate category of abuse for administrative and reporting purposes only, which of the following options would you prefer:
    RESPONSE 56 agreed that: The category of abuse is shared with the family and professional network and it is held on the case file.

Six Monthly Updates:

The London Child Protection Procedures are updated on a six monthly basis with the relevant changes to legislation, statutory guidance and local guidance. The most recent update took place on 31st March 2017 and the changes can be viewed in the section Amendments and Archives. Urgent changes are sometimes made in response to recommendations from Serious Case Reviews or inspections of agencies.

Users of the manual are advised to sign up for regular notifications of any changes made to the manual contents and to receive useful Briefing notes on a range of topics relevant to LSCBs. This can be done by clicking on the 'Register for Updates' button located at the top of this page.

The next update will be the 31st September 2017. Any comments or suggested changes for this update should be forwarded to Alison Renouf by July 17th 2017.

If you have any queries regarding the London Child Protection Procedures please contact Alison Renouf, Board Manager for the London Safeguarding Children Board: alison.renouf@londoncouncils.gov.uk or call 020 7934 9714.

Thresholds: A Continuum of Help and Support can be accessed here and via the tab above. This is a tool intended to assist practitioners to make decisions about the best course of action, when they have concerns about a child.


Chair of the Editorial Board


Steve Liddicott

Interim Head of Service
Access and Assessment
Children and Young People's Service

London Borough of Hackney

London SCB