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London Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance

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Updated 2nd October 2017

Revised Guidance

The Editorial Board would like to highlight that a number of chapters have been significantly revised and all amendments can be accessed in the section Amendments and Archives.


Revised Chapter 7 [Part A]; Allegations against staff or volunteers, who work with children:

Following an extensive consultation process, significant changes have been made to this chapter. Practitioners are asked to review the chapter to ensure they are aware of all the changes.

Chapter 7 in Part A: The management of allegations against staff or volunteers who work with children

Revised wording of Part A: Chapter 4; Child Protection Conferences

The timing of review conferences & core groups when a baby has been subject to a pre-birth child protection plan

Following a consultation process over the summer 2017, the relevant section of the CP Procedures have been amended – see below with changed text in bold:

  • 4.1.22 Further reviews should be held at intervals of not more than six months for as long as the child remains the subject of a child protection plan. If the initial conference was a pre-birth conference, a Review Conference or Core Group should be held within 10 days of the birth (20 days if the mother is not medically fit to attend a meeting within the first 10 days). If the decision is made to hold a core group, then it is particularly important to ensure that all relevant health professionals attend including midwifery services. Subsequent review conferences should take place within six months thereafter.

Chapter 4 in Part A: Child Protection Conferences

Six Monthly Updates:

The London Child Protection Procedures are updated on a six monthly basis with the relevant changes to legislation, statutory guidance and local guidance. The most recent update took place on 2nd October 2017 and the changes can be viewed in the section Amendments and Archives. Urgent changes are sometimes made in response to recommendations from Serious Case Reviews or inspections of agencies.

Users of the manual are advised to sign up for regular notifications of any changes made to the manual contents and to receive useful Briefing notes on a range of topics relevant to LSCBs. This can be done by clicking on the 'Register for Updates' button located at the top of this page.

The next update will be the 31st March 2018 – or the nearest working day following this date. Any comments or suggested changes for this update should be forwarded to Alison Renouf by February 1st 2018.

If you have any queries regarding the London Child Protection Procedures please contact Alison Renouf, Board Manager for the London Safeguarding Children Board: alison.renouf@londoncouncils.gov.uk or call 020 7934 9714.

Thresholds: A Continuum of Help and Support can be accessed here and via the tab above. This is a tool intended to assist practitioners to make decisions about the best course of action, when they have concerns about a child.


Chair of the Editorial Board


Steve Liddicott

Interim Head of Service
Access and Assessment
Children and Young People's Service

London Borough of Hackney

London SCB