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Amendments

December 2021

Caption: December 2021 amendments
   
Removed Chapters
  • Fabricated or Induced Illness/Perplexing Presentations;
  • Fabricated or Induced Illness Guidelines;
  • Pre-Birth.

November 2021

Caption: November 2021 amendments
   
Updated Chapters
Chapter Name Details
Responding to Abuse and Neglect The definition of safeguarding has been updated to reflect the latest amendments to Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Referrals and Enquiries This chapter has been updated to reflect local guidance and changes from the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Assessment This chapter has been updated to reflect local guidance and changes from the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Child Protection Conferences A note has been added into Section 1, Child Protection Conferences to remind all practitioners of the importance of establishing the nationality and immigration status of children and families. This will ensure they can be signposted for immigration advice and support where required. Furthermore, if as EU / EEA nationals they have been granted pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme - it will ensure that they can be supported to apply for settled status when they accrue 5 years’ continuous residence in the UK.
Information Sharing This chapter has been refreshed throughout.
Children from Abroad, including Victims of Modern Slavery, Trafficking and Exploitation Minor amendments have been made to this chapter in line with the UK’s exit from the EEA.
Children of Parents with Learning Disabilities Section 3, Indicators of Concern has been updated to include information in relation to pre-birth assessments and planning.
Domestic Abuse Related local guidance and documentation has been updated (see Documents Library). Section 1, Definition has been updated to reflect that, with effect from 29 April 2021, section 71 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 removed the so-called ‘rough sex gone wrong’ defence. Where a person inflicts serious harm (wounding, actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm) on another person, it is not a defence that the victim consented to the infliction of the serious harm for the purposes of obtaining sexual gratification. With effect from 29 June 2021, section 69 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 expanded so-called ‘revenge porn’ to include threats to disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.
Online Safety Section 1, Definition has been updated to reflect that, with effect from 29 June 2021, section 69 Domestic Abuse Act 2021 expanded so-called ‘revenge porn’ to include threats to disclose private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress.
Pan Cheshire and Merseyside Guideline for Management of Perplexing Presentations and Fabricated or Induced Illness This guidance has been updated throughout.
Harmful Sexual Behaviour This chapter has been refreshed where required and a link has been added to 'Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Between Children in Schools and Colleges' in Further Information.
Agency Roles and Responsibilities Terminology has been updated where required.
Guidance for Safe Recruitment, Selection and Retention for Staff and Volunteers This chapter has been updated to reflect legal changes following EU exit, including guidance on checking the past conduct of individuals who have lived or worked overseas.

NOTE: In January 2021 the DfE issued a revised version of KCSIE 2020 with changes strictly limited to those related to the UK leaving the EU.
Whistleblowing or Raising Concerns at Work Further Information has been updated to include useful websites and guidance.
Local Contacts This chapter has been updated.
New Chapters and Features
Chapter Name Details
Pan Merseyside Bruising in Children who are not Independently Mobile This document has been added to the manual.
Pan Merseyside Pre Birth Protocol This document has been added to the manual.
Removed Documents
  • St. Helens Policy, Procedures and Practice Guidance for Children and Young People (aged under 18) who display Harmful Sexual Behaviour.

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Next Update: April 2022


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