This document aims to provide advice, information and support about best practice in responding to a concern that a child may be at risk of FGM or has experienced FGM.
The purpose of this guidance is to present a strategic inter agency framework to respond to hte need to protect children and young people who are at risk of child trafficking in the context of current available evidence and they policy initiatives
This protocol has been developed by the West Dunbartonshire Child Protection Committee to assist multi agency practitioners in making decisions about the action which should be taken in response to a child being “unseen”.
The West Dunbartonshire Child Protection Committee Constitution will be ratified by the Public Protection Chief Officers Group, and will be reviewed by the Child Protection Committee on a three yearly basis to coincide with the production of the three year Improvement Plan.
The purpose of this guidance is to provide information and guidance to adults working with children in West Dunbartonshire who are vulnerable to sexual abuse or exploitation through internet and new technologies.
This guidance is relevant for all staff working with children and young people across all services including those working in adult services with individuals who may be a parent or carer. It aims to provide guidance and advice for practitioners across all agencies on how to respond to concerns regarding FII.
West Dunbartonshire HSCP has produced this guidance in recognition that professionals across agencies may be involved in trying to gather accurate information to assist assessment about a child at risk, at a point where emotions are running high and a parent or carer may be overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety, anger, depression, guilt or shame.
Dissent within child protection case conferences may occur where an agency, or professional representative of an agency or service, does not agree with the outcome of a child protection case conference.
This protocol provides guidance and information to practitioners working with children and young people in West Dunbartonshire on how they should respond when they become aware of under-age sexual activity and are concerned about a young person.
Initial referral discussions (IRD), sometimes known as tripartite discussions are suggested in the 2014 National Child Protection Guidance (Appendix one and two), as a means of ensuring collegiate agreement in respect of the need for both a child protection investigation, and the outcomes thereafter.