Procedures and guidance
Cheshire East SCP is required to provide a set of Child Protection Procedures to guide the work of all agencies in the locality. These have been agreed with neighbouring SCPs for Cheshire West & Chester, Warrington, and Halton, as some of our partner agencies cover more than one SCP area.
The Child Protection Procedures are provided in an on-line manual which can be accessed on Cheshire East Online Procedures website.
Prior to consulting ChECS (0300 123 5012, option 3) please read the Timely Support for Families in Cheshire East - Guidance on Thresholds of Need (PDF, 1.46MB) and review the levels of need poster (PDF. 5.93MB). It is advisable to read the latest S47 practitioners guidance (PDF, 447KB) that relate to Cheshire East as these now include updated guidance in relation to strategy discussions. Also see the Child Protection Planning when a child is cared for or in care proceedings (PDF,219KB) document for guidance.
How do I Make a Child Protection Referral?
If you have any concerns about the safety of a child, you should telephone
You will be asked to provide information to allow the necessary enquiries to take place, using the Multi-Agency Referral Form (MS Word, 127KB)
For more detailed information, see the Procedures Page 'How do I make a Child Protection Referral?', this also gives details of the other three Cheshire Local Authorities.
Whistleblowing to Ofsted
Ofsted have published a revised policy and guidance for whistleblowers: ' Whistleblowing to Ofsted about children's social care services'.
The policy and guidance outlines what Ofsted will do when they receive certain concerns about children's social care services from a whistleblower. Their previous whistleblowing policy referred only to safeguarding in local authority children's services, whereas their new policy extends to all matters relating to the inspection and regulation of children's social care establishments, agencies, services and providers (children's social care services).
You can find further information is on the GOV.UK whistleblowing page.
Any questions about the policy should be directed to: email@example.com
Child Protection Medical Assessment Procedures
A paediatric medical assessment should always be considered when there is a suspicion or disclosure of child abuse and/or neglect involving injury, suspected sexual abuse or serious neglect. This is often referred to as a Child Protection Medical Assessments Procedure August 2022 (PDF, 1.5MB) or section 47 medical.
The concealment and denial of pregnancy presents a significant challenge to professionals in safeguarding the welfare and wellbeing of the foetus (unborn child) and the mother. This guidance is for anyone who may encounter a woman who conceals the fact that she is pregnant or where a professional has a suspicion that a pregnancy is being concealed or denied.
Child Sexual Exploitation