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Safeguarding Children Procedures

The Safeguarding Children’s Procedures for the West Midlands should be used where necessary to take action to protect a child from harm. This page details different documents and protocols to follow under different circumstances.

The Procedures apply to all children and young people aged 0 to 18 years and also unborn children.

They are addressed to all organisations, agencies and individuals who work with children and young people in Dudley, including those whose work with adults brings them into contact with children and young people.

They set out how agencies and individual professionals will work together to protect children and young people from significant harm, and safeguard and promote their welfare.

Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures

Visit the West Midlands Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures website to view the manual and find out how to make a child protection referral.

Local Procedures

The Dudley Threshold Framework document offers guidance on accessing the right help and support services for children, young people and their families at the right time. It sets out the different thresholds of need and intervention from early help to statutory intervention.

All organisations, agencies and individuals who work with children and young people in Dudley, including those whose work with adults brings them into contact with children and young people should understand these thresholds.

The Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF) is available via the Childrens Services Portal site.

Visit our MASH page for more information on the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub.

Early Help Strategy

Dudley’s Early Help Strategy and early help assessment has now been launched and sets out what is early help, its importance and what it means for the children and families of Dudley. The strategy has been approved by the cross partner/stakeholder Children and Young People’s Alliance CYPA. The assessment is used where a child’s needs do not meet the threshold.

For more information on Early Help visit our Early Help page.

Professional Challenge and Resolution is a process of formally challenging a decision made by another professional, group or organisation. This procedure ensures that all professionals have a quick and straightforward means of resolving professional differences in order to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults.

The Multi Agency Professional Challenge and Resolution template is available to download here.

Protocol for the management of actual or suspected bruising in infants who are not independently mobile.

Practice Guidance is available for those involved in Gore Group meetings.

Following the publishing of the Multi Agency Child Safeguarding Report relating to Child T, the below practice guidance has been created to assist agencies:

This guidance has been made available to provide information and guidance to schools and colleges on how to effectively support trans and gender questioning young people and prevent transphobia.