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Interagency Safeguarding Children ProceduresNottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP)
Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership (NCSCP)

Using this Manual

This version of the manual was updated in January 2024. Please pay particular attention to Section 4, Amendments for an easy reference of what has changed in this version.

The manual is compliant with Working Together to Safeguard Children, and the Munro Review of Child Protection. It aims to provide relevant information on safeguarding procedures to statutory organisations and partner agencies. Further detailed guidance is available in the Safeguarding Guides and Local Resources.

CAPTION: further information contacts
For further information, contact:

Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

E-mail: info.nscp@nottscc.gov.uk
Tel: 0115 977 3935

Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Partnership

E-mail: safeguarding.partnerships@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
Tel: 0115 876 4762


  1. Introduction
  2. About this Manual
  3. Using the Search Function
  4. Amendments
  5. Local Resources
  6. Glossary and National Contacts
  7. Keywords
  8. Regulatory Compliance
  9. Register for Updates
  10. Copyright
  11. Accessibility
  12. Printing and Retaining Copies
  13. Browser Recommendations
  14. Mobile/Tablet Compatibility

1. Introduction

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 provide more detailed safeguarding guidance have been written to include the most significant points to ensure that the content is accessible to a wide, multi-agency readership.

More detailed guidance can be accessed in the Local Resources section.

2. About this Manual

The manual has been designed and constructed by a team of people from Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire in partnership with tri.x. The intention is to provide a user-friendly, clear structure which enables readers to find the section they are looking for more easily. We have also reduced duplication and potential confusion by integrating wherever possible, the safeguarding guides with local protocols. The aim, is to avoid readers having to look at several parallel procedures containing overlapping information.

All aspects of the manual are reviewed, when it is updated, including the links to external information. If for any reason you need to refer to an earlier version of the manual tri.x maintain archived versions of each edition which can be made available if necessary.

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The manual has a standard internet search engine, it will search all chapters and documents within the manual, including Word documents and PDFs - it will NOT search the internet.

The search engine does not prioritise or order the search results, so it is important to be as accurate as possible with the search terms.

For best results check spelling, as an incorrectly spelt word will not return any results – unlike some search engines this one will not make assumptions and suggest similar words to those you have misspelled.

There are two ways of improving accuracy and refining the number of hits. For example if we search the current manual for "assessment" there are 34 occurrences found, If we search for  parental assessment and make sure that "all search words" button is ticked this limits the results to those documents that contain both "parental" and "assessment". However if we also enclose the phrase "parental assessment" in inverted commas – there is only one hit – the Safeguarding Babies at Birth Practice Guidance.

The search also has a wild card (asterisk *) function if users are unsure of the spelling of a particular word. For example, when the word "ophthalmology" is searched for the results yield one match. However searches for "ophtholmology" or "ophthalmolopy" will not find any results, however searching for "oph*" will find the relevant chapter.

To use the wild card function successfully; spell as much as the word accurately as you can – the more letters the tighter the search parameters.

4. Amendments

This manual will be updated on a regular basis and a summary of the new and updated chapters will be located here.

The next edition of this manual will be published in July 2024.

If you have any suggestions or if you are working on procedures or guidance, please use the contact details above to ensure your comments are taken into consideration.

Click here to view details of updates made to this manual.

5. Local Resources

This manual contains a Local Resource section which can be accessed via the Resources menu. This library is populated and maintained locally. If there is a resource that you think should be added talk in the first instance to your manager. This section of the manual has also been reviewed and restructured to help users find the information they require quickly.

6. 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.

7. Keywords

The manual is accessed by practitioners from varying agencies, who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a large glossary (Keywords) of terms is available such as Significant Harm (try it by clicking on the highlighted text).

The intention of the keywords is twofold:

  • To ensure that definitions remain accurate and consistent throughout the manual;
  • To avoid cluttering the content of the chapters up with repetitive definitions.

The definitions will appear in a new window or tab, depending on your browser. You can leave it open for reference, or close it using the "close" button at the bottom.

Many Keywords are highlighted in the body of procedures however, you can also browse the full keyword resource using the menu bar on the left hand side of the screen.

8. Regulatory Compliance

Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or omissions, please alert your manager.

9. Register for Updates

We recommend that you register with us to automatically receive notification when this manual is updated, and to receive a monthly newsletter containing articles which may be of interest. Click on the 'Register for Updates' button under the resource tab, to complete and send your details to us.

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11. Accessibility

This website aims to achieve Double-A conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines in accordance with government guidelines. In order to change font size or manual colour use the highlighted Accessibility button at the top right hand corner of any page.

We have also taken steps to ensure that our site configuration supports the accessibility features of the recommended browsers (see below).

Each browser has different functions, and there is guidance available online about how to use these functions:

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12. 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 event there is a requirement for hard copies they should not be kept longer than necessary.

13. Browser Recommendations

It is recommended that this manual is viewed with the latest browsers, with JavaScript and cookies enabled for maximum compatibility and functionality.

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14. Mobile/Tablet Compatibility

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