Local and South Yorkshire Policies, Procedures, Protocols and Guidance

All of the local and South Yorkshire Policies, Procedures, Protocols and Guidance can be found by clicking on the book at the top right of every page of the website.

If you need any help using this link or you have any other queries regarding Policies, Procedures, Protocols & Guidance then please contact the DSCB Team on 01302 734747 or email dscb@dcstrust.co.uk

Mandatory reporting of Female Genital Mutilation

From Saturday the 31st of October 2015 there is a new statutory duty for all practitioners who work in health, education and social care, to report cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in under 18-year-olds to the police.

The FGM mandatory reporting duty is a legal duty provided for in the FGM Act 2003 (as amended by the Serious Crime Act 2015). The legislation requires regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to make a report to the police where, in the course of their professional duties, they either:

·        are informed by a girl under 18 that an act of FGM has been carried out on her; or

·        observe physical signs which appear to show that an act of FGM has been carried out on a girl under 18 and they have no reason to believe that the act was necessary for the girl’s physical or mental health or for purposes connected with labour or birth (see section 2.1a for further information).

 

For the purposes of the duty, the relevant age is the girl’s age at the time of the disclosure/identification of FGM (i.e. it does not apply where a woman aged 18 or over discloses she had FGM when she was under 18).

Complying with the duty does not breach any confidentiality requirement or other restriction on disclosure which might otherwise apply.

The duty is a personal duty which requires the individual professional who becomes aware of the case to make a report; the responsibility cannot be transferred. The only exception to this is if you know that another individual from your profession has already made a report; there is no requirement to make a second.

 

Policy Updates

Please see link below outlining the various updates included in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

South Yorkshire Core Child Protection Procedures

The South Yorkshire Core Procedures are based on the national guidance contained in 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' published by HM Government and provide a framework within which agencies and professionals at a local level, work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

They apply to children and young people below the age of eighteen.

The Core Procedures cover:

  • Principles underpinning work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children

  • Significant Harm: the impact of abuse and neglect

  • Information sharing and confidentiality

  • Children who require a child protection plan

  • Referring concerns to the Children’s Social Care department or the police

  • Children’s Social care or police action following a referral

  • The Child Protection Conference System

  • Serious Case Reviews

  • Comments and complaints about the operation of these procedures

  • Appendix 1. Indicators of abuse

  • Appendix 2. Local contact information

  • Appendix 3. Protocol for joint child protection enquiries/investigations

  • References and links

 If you have any comments about the procedures please bring them to the attention of the Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board by emailing dscb@dcstrust.co.uk or telephoning 01302 734747 so that we can take them into account when the procedures are subject to review.