Safeguarding Children Board
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Redcar & Cleveland
Safeguarding Children Board

Procedures, Protocols and Guidance

From this page you can access the local and regional policies, procedures and protocols that Redcar & Cleveland Local Safeguarding Children Board staff and agencies work to.

The Relationship between procedures, protocols and guidance

Procedures, protocols and practice guidance together provide a useful framework to guide actions and clarify individual roles and responsibilities.

Procedures offer the structural framework for practice. They focus on process and indicate what must or may be done in specified circumstances and define professional direction. Any inability or failure to comply with the Safeguarding Procedures should be accompanied by a reasonable explanation.

Individual agencies may develop their own internal safeguarding procedures and in doing so should ensure that they are consistent with the RCSCB agreed procedures. Procedures should help workers by providing a structure for their work, clarifying professional roles and helping to resolve any inter-agency difficulties.

Protocols set out the formal agreement and working relationship between agencies involved in the task of safeguarding children and vulnerable families.

With effect from 1st May 2012 one set of Child Protection Procedures are to be used by anyone working (paid or unpaid) for an LSCB member agency and in private or voluntary sector organisations with responsibilities for children in the Tees LSCB areas.

They have been agreed by the four LSCBs covering Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees as a framework for joint agency working in child protection and can be accessed using the link http://www.teescpp.org.uk/

They reflect relevant legislation, guidance from central government, lessons from research and local practice. Staff that are or may be involved in protection of children need to have a working knowledge of these documents and to refer to relevant sections as needed.

Tees Local Safeguarding Children Boards' Procedures.

Hard copies of the procedures are not available as continuous updating takes place to reflect required changes. If hard copies are downloaded to deal with specific situations staff should ensure these are destroyed after use to prevent out of date information being used.

Guidance Documents from a variety of sources will be added to this site and be regularly updated.


Model Practice Guidance

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Model Policy-Practice Guidance Safeguarding Children-Schools.pdf (67.34k) *

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Model Policy-Practice guidance for Non School Establishments-Organisations.pdf (77.7k) *


  • SAFER communication tool: guidelines for communication between Health and LA Social Care staff when a child may be suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm (download below)
  • Private fostering: Downloads below include a leaflet for professionals explaining their responsibilities and a powerpoint which can be used as a staff briefing
  • Private fostering leaflet

Forced Marriage awareness raising materials The new forced marriage materials are available on the following Home Office website:( copy and paste into browser)
http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/partners-families/forced-marriage/

Please see below for updated Threshold document for RCSCB

Other useful documents for download include:
  • Guidance for adult services on safeguarding children with substance misusing parents
  • Guide to developing Child Protection policies in the private and voluntary sectors
  • MAPPA guidance
  • NSPCC Stopcheck guidance for organisations working with children
  • What to do if you are worried about a child
  • Guidance for Placement of Children with parents regulations
  • Final report: The Munro Review of Child Protection May 2011
  • Guide for nannies and childminders on safeguarding children
  • NSPCC leaflets on keeping children safe in a variety of situations
  • FINAL Interface Protocol between Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults
  • FINAL R&CLSCB Continuum of Need threshold doc.

The following documents can be viewed by clicking the link below or downloaded by right-clicking the link and choosing 'Save target as'.





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