Using this Manual
1. About this Manual
This is the Telford and Wrekin Children's Services manual, which contains amended and new procedures.
Note: Telford and Wrekin are focused on the importance of the use of language especially with our partners and the children, young people and families that we work alongside. We have generated our own language guide in line with our work within the Family Safeguarding Model. If you are a practitioner, you can access this on the internal resource bank or contact the principle social worker for more information.
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Contents - contains the main policies and procedures that ensures we comply with the law and statutory guidance.
Telford Practice Guidance - is maintained by Telford & Wrekin Children Services. It contains a range of resources including forms, local information and additional local guidance. If you have a resource, which you think should be added to the Telford Practice Guidance, speak to your manager in the first instance. The Telford Practice Guidance can be accessed from the menu bar at the top of the manual and from the home page.
The Regional Child Protection Procedures for West Midlands can be accessed from the menu at the top of the home page and should be read alongside this manual as they will contain the guidance on a range of topics including CSE, Missing, FGM. It is important that you read these procedures too as they contain guidance to support you in the assessment process and in working with other agencies where there are child protection concerns.
Telford and Wrekin Safeguarding Safeguarding Partnership has a range of local guidance on safeguarding topics in addition to those in the Regional Child Protection Procedures for West Midlands.
There is also a section in the manual - Telford & Wrekin Social Work Learning Resource that contains links to Information and Resources to help you in your role.
To report any issues or suggest improvements to the procedures or Telford Practice Guidance, please contact the Hub Project Team (HubProjectTeam@telford.gov.uk)
This manual will continue to be updated on a regular basis and a summary of the changes can be accessed via the 'Amendments' button on the Home page. The next planned update of this manual is in March 2023.If you would like to suggest a change to the procedures manual discuss your suggestion with your line manager in the first instance.
3. Glossary and National Contacts
The manual is accessed by readers who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a glossary of definitions is available under the resource tab.There is also a National Contacts resource populated with details of key national agencies and organisations likely to be relevant to procedures user.
4. Regulatory Compliance
Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or omissions, please alert your manager.
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