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1.1.1 Welcome and Foreword

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This document was reviewed and updated in May 2018.


These procedures support front line practitioners and managers with the development of good practice and continue to play a pivotal role in progressing the quality and timeliness of our work in achieving best outcomes for children and their families. All staff are expected to follow them. They have been updated to reflect the requirements of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 and link to current LSCB procedures.

I am keen to ensure that the manual is used as a best practice framework to support all workers within their roles. For this to happen it is important that we ensure that they are accessed, owned and valued by all staff.

Key terms are defined throughout. Rather than repeating key guidance, hyperlinks to relevant local and national policy, guidance and legislation are made.

It is important that the procedures are clear and up to date. Whilst they are revised regularly to reflect changes in legislation, case law, etc, staff are encouraged to highlight any gaps or deficiencies by emailing Procedures.DevelopmentCSC@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

If there is any concern that following the requirements of a particular procedure might not be in the interests of a particular child, this must immediately be discussed with your line manager and a way forward agreed.

I advise you to familiarise yourself with all our procedures in order to maintain the most up-to-date standards of practice. It is against these procedures that the quality of our service may be judged or evaluated. The children and their families with whom we work should expect no less than our adherence to the standards of practice that we set ourselves.

Lou Williams
Service Director: Children and Safeguarding
(May 2018)

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