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Policies, Procedures and Information for Professionals

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are highly stressful experiences that occur in early life that can have an impact of physical and mental health throughout life.

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A strategic partnership between Bristol City Council and Barnardo’s to work collaboratively to design and develop services relating to children who have experienced sexual and/or criminal exploitation.

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More than 310,000 children in the UK are affected by parental offending every year. The imprisonment of a household member is seen as one of the ten adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) known to have a significant impact on children.

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Information about Death in Childhood and CDOP annual reports

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Information covers Achieving Best Evidence and Inherent Jurisdiction

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Includes guidance on Referral Pathways to SARC and Harmful Sexual Behaviour

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Multi Agency Protocol for Children who present to the Children Emergency Department (CED) at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) who are medically fit but there is an unclear pathway for safe discharge

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Information about Domestic Abuse and MARAC

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Guidance to assist professionals working in the education sector to safeguard learners. Includes Offensive Weapons and Controlled Drugs in Educational Settings Guidance and information about the Safeguarding in Education website.

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The KBSP escalation policy should be used to formally raise concerns between agencies regarding work relating to children.

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Information on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Honour Based Violence, including Forced Marriage

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The Lead Practitioner role co-ordinates non-statutory interventions to ensure that children and families’ needs are responded to in a timely way, improving outcomes and reducing children’s exposure to harm. The aim of this protocol is to bring consistency to the Lead Practitioner role and ensure that Bristol agencies and safeguarding partners fulfil their responsibilities under Working Together 2018.

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These documents were developed to provide a clear outline of the multi-agency responsibilities and response to meeting the needs of children who go missing from home and care

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Guidance around multi-agency professionals meetings, MAPPA, strategies, and Child Protection conferences.

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All professionals should be working in line with national policy around safeguarding children.

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Neglect Strategy and supporting information

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Guidance for organisations or individuals who provide community activities including faith based establishments. On this page you will find national guidance from the Department of Education for those providing tuition or after-school clubs for children, also known as out of school settings (OOSS) providers. You will also find a multi-faith guide to child protection and adult safeguarding adopted from Faith Associates, Birmingham City Council for use in Bristol.

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Used effectively partnership agreements and written undertakings can provide clarity and direction in managing a risk or concern relating to a child.

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Policies and guidance relevant to pregnancy and infants including; perinatal mental health, unborn (expected) babies; injuries in non-mobile babies

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Guidance around the Prevent agenda, violent extremism and radicalisation, and information for safeguarding children who have returned from Syria after exposure to radicalisation.

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Following learning from a Serious Case Review 'Child H' completed by KBSP in 2019, the partnership produced a briefing note to support professionals making risk assessments around dogs and other pets.

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Information about extrafamilial harm and Bristol's response to it, including KBSP's strategy for keeping children safe in our communities. This page contains information about the contextual safeguarding approach and 'Safer Options', the coordinated whole system response to prevent serious violence and exploitation in Bristol. Find out more about the types of extrafamilial harm including; child sexual exploitation (CSE), child criminal exploitation (CCE), county lines drug dealing, modern slavery including trafficking, peer-on-peer abuse and serious youth violence.

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Guidance for working with parents and families who misuse substances

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Bristol's KBSP Threshold Guidance 2018 has been designed to help practitioners working with children and young people identify when additional support will help children achieve their potential, and keep them safe from harm. The 2018 refreshed document includes matrices to assist practitioners in their decision making. This page also contains the Bristol Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Process.

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