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How to use this Manual

Welcome to the latest version of your online Procedures Manual which is produced and maintained in partnership with tri.x. This replaces all previous procedures manuals.

This page explains how the manual works.


Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Amendments
  3. Document Library
  4. Keywords
  5. Regulatory Compliance
  6. Register for Updates
  7. Copyright
  8. Display and Browser Options
  9. Printing and Retaining Copies


1. Introduction

This manual is devised to provide you with a set of chapters which comply with Working Together to Safeguard Children. The content has been written in a succinct style which is intended to be accessible to a wide range of users from all the agencies that are partners in the St. Helens Safeguarding Partnership and the third sector.

The manual has been organised with the Core Procedures in the most prominent place. These chapters explain the actions that must be taken when there are concerns about the welfare of a child.

Chapters which relate to guidance have been written in Safeguarding Practice Guides which capture the most significant points and avoiding a level of detail which put the reader off. Where more detailed guidance is required, this can be included either through a link from a Safeguarding Practice Guide or as a replacement for a Safeguarding Practice Guide.


2. Amendments

This manual will be updated on a regular basis and a summary of the new and updated chapters will be located here. Additionally, the detail of the next planned manual update will be indicated in this section. You can register to be alerted to any changes by clicking here.

The process for updating will be agreed in advance between the St. Helens Safeguarding Partnership and tri.x and it will take the form of suggestions from tri.x of additions and amendments plus the inclusion or referencing of work generated by the St. Helens Safeguarding Partnership.

If you have any queries or suggestions, please contact your manager.

Please contact NiccieJones@sthelens.gov.uk with any suggested additions, amendments or where there are other issues, e.g. broken links, to the manual.

This manual will next be updated in April 2022 and any suggested amendments/additions to be included in that update will need to be received by Niccie by 16th February 2022.

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


3. Document Library

This manual contains a document library which reflects the structure of the contents list and can be accessed via the button bar on the left of your screen. This library is populated and maintained locally. If there is a resource that you think should be added talk in the first instance to your manager.


4. 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 Significant Harm (try it by clicking on the highlighted text).

The intention of the keywords is twofold:

  • To ensure that definitions remain accurate and consistent throughout the manual;
  • To avoid cluttering the content of the chapters up with repetitive definitions.

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.

Many Keywords are highlighted in the body of procedures however, you can also browse the full keyword resource using the menu bar on the left hand side of the screen.


5. Regulatory Compliance

Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or mistakes, please alert your manager.


6. Register for Updates

We recommend that you register with us to automatically receive notification when the manual is updated, and be informed about the briefing papers we regularly publish. Register by using the menu bar on the left hand side of the screen and submit your details.

We will manage your data respectfully and in accordance with your preferences and we will never share your data with other organisations for marketing or other purposes.


7. Copyright

The content of this website 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 and St. Helens Council.


8. Display and Browser Options

In order to make this manual as accessible as possible, you can change the size of the text/layout - please use the 'size' buttons which are on 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.


9. Printing and Retaining Copies

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

Please note, the Manual will be updated regularly, so staff should avoid retaining printed versions - hard copies are only valid for 72 hours.

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