Using this Manual

This 'Quick Guide' must be read before accessing the body of the manual.

1. Structure of the Manual

This manual contains the Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures. The Procedures are divided into nine sections containing sub-sections which are grouped together for example in relation to 'Managing Individual Cases where there are Concerns about a Child's Safety and Welfare'. These can be accessed from the Contents List which can be accessed by clicking on the button on the top menu. Alternatively you can use the search function to locate a section or sub-section.

The underlying principles and values which apply across all sections of the manual are contained within Section 8, Policy Framework, Principles Underpinning Work to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children and can be accessed by clicking on the 'Values' button in the left hand menu.

The manual contains a set of Fact Sheets, which are brief summaries of chapters. The Fact sheets can be accessed from the button on the left of the screen and from the relevant chapters.

2. Amendments

The manual is regularly updated on a planned basis, twice yearly. The next update will be issued in October 2022.

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

When updates are published, some sections or sub-sections may be new or may be amended significantly. If a section has been significantly amended or is new, it will be indicated in the Contents List and at the top of the relevant section.

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

3. Local Resources

This manual contains a local resource section which can be accessed via the navigation bar. 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. 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.

5. Regulatory Compliance

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

6. Contact Us and Register for Updates

If you have any comments or suggestions to make about this manual please contact the Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership by using the button on the left hand side of the screen, from anywhere within the manual.

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8. Accessibility

This website aims to achieve Double-A conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines in accordance with government guidelines. In order to change font size or manual colour use the highlighted 'Accessibility' button at the top right hand corner of any page.

9. Printing and Retaining Copies

The Manual is intended to be viewed on line to ensure only the most up-to-date version of procedures are being used. It will be updated regularly so, in the unlikely event there is a requirement for hard copies they should be destroyed after 72 hours.

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