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London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance

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Updated 23rd May 2018

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The Editorial Board of the London Child Protection Procedures has considered what changes are required to the Procedures to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) - implemented through the Data Protection Act 2018. As a result, the Board recommends that ‘legal obligation’ and ‘public task’ (as defined in the GDPR) are relied on as the primary basis for processing information to establish whether or not there is a need to safeguard the welfare of a child. This means that, whilst families will be informed when personal data is being shared or processed, their consent will not be required.

Over the coming weeks, the Editorial Board will be working to ensure the chapters in the Procedures are updated accordingly, but in the meantime, references to consent and information sharing will be highlighted with a link to this advice. In addition, the information sharing chapter (Chapter 4 in Part B1 Practice Guidance), will be withdrawn pending a full revision in line with the new legislation.

The significance of this change is that it is no longer necessary to seek consent to share information for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of a child (i.e. removing the distinction between information sharing for the purposes of assessing need or child protection). It does, of course, continue to be good practice to inform parents / carers that you are sharing information for these purposes and to seek to work cooperatively with them. Agencies should also ensure that parents / carers are aware that information is shared, processed and stored for these purposes.


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 29th March 2018 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.

A new addition to the manual is the Safeguarding Training Competency Framework which sets out the requirements for all agencies in meeting the training needs of their staff regarding safeguarding.

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 30th September 2018 - or the nearest working day following this date. Any comments or suggested changes for this update should be forwarded to Alison Renouf by 1st August 2018.

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.

Name

Chair of the Editorial Board

Organisation

Steve Liddicott

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

London Borough of Hackney


London SCB