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Quick Guide

January 2018

This 'Quick Guide' should be read before accessing the body of the manual.

This manual is fully integrated with the Cambridgeshire Safeguarding Children Board manual of procedures and navigation between the manuals does not require the reader to enter and leave the respective websites.


  1. Display and Browser Options
  2. About this Manual
  3. Amendments
  4. Timetable for Planned Updates
  5. Register for Updates
  6. Keywords and Search
  7. Printing and Retaining Copies
  8. Compliance
  9. Copyright

1. Display and Browser Options

People with a visual impairment may have difficulty accessing this Manual.

To change the size of the text/layout - please use these accessibility buttons:


which are on the menu bar on the left side of every screen. Click a larger button to increase your text size, the very largest being high visibility mode.

If you have a colleague who may benefit from this facility, please bring it to their attention.

2. About this Manual

Welcome to this edition of the Cambridgeshire Children's Services manual produced by tri.x Ltd. This edition of the manual was published in October 2017 and then revised in January 2018. Please note that this edition of the manual has benefited from a significant reorganisation and is now structured as follows:

  1. The Cambridgeshire Context
  2. All Children
  3. Children in Particular Circumstances
  4. Looked After Children
  5. Fostering and Adoption
  6. Appendices

This reorganisation is part of an ongoing process of revision and updating which will be continued in the next manual update which is scheduled for April 2018.

As usual the details of amendments and additions applied to the manual in the current update are listed below.


The following terms are used in this manual:

Social Worker - this means the allocated social worker from the Placing Authority who is responsible for managing the child's case. This includes the Senior 16+ Adviser.

3. Amendments

Amendments Table

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

4. Timetable for Planned Updates

This manual was first published in November 2010 and is routinely reviewed. The next scheduled review of this manual is due in April 2018 and any suggested changes or developments should be notified to:

Sharon Hart ( - Business Support Officer Audit & Procedures
Direct Dial 01480 372638.

Any new or amended material for inclusion must be set out in MS Word format with all amendments set out using the “track changes” feature of MS Word. Documents set out in PDF format can also be published.

Urgent amendments (e.g. emanating from a Complaint or Serious Case Review) can be implemented at any time.

5. Register for Updates

We recommend that you register with us to automatically receive notification when the manual is updated. Click on the ‘Register for Updates’ button on the left side of the screen, to complete and send your details to us.

6. 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 Notifiable Disease (Try it: click on the highlighted text). We call them 'Keywords'. Once clicked, 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.

7. Printing and Retaining Copies

The Manual should normally be viewed on line but can be printed, for reference only.

To print a chapter, click on the print iconicon which is in the top right hand corner of the relevant procedure.

Please note, copies may be printed for reference only, they may not be retained for more than 3 working days or used for any other purpose (See Section 8, Copyright).

8. Compliance

8.1 Regulatory Compliance

Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance but as this update includes a number of new chapters you may discover errors or omissions. If you discover any errors or have other concerns, please alert your manager. You can also contact tri.x by using the 'Contact Us' button on your left.

9. Copyright

The content of this manual can be accessed, printed and downloaded in an unaltered form, on a temporary basis, for personal study or reference purposes. However any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in whole or in part in any manner or in or on any media to any person without the prior written consent of tri.x.