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Practitioner & Volunteers

Practitioners Tool Box

The following tools are all referred to in the LSCB child protection procedures, but have been gathered here in one place to help practitioners. 

Links/Tools useful to all child safeguarding cases:

LSCB child protection procedures – To help you understand what happens when you make/receive a referral, and what to do/what happens in specific circumstances from a multi-agency perspective.

Threshold guidance – To help inform your professional judgement if you are worried about a child’s safety and/or wellbeing.

Early Help – Guidance (soon to be updated) to assist with promoting wellbeing by identifying and meeting a child’s needs as early as possible.

Dispute resolution procedures, and template – To help if you have a disagreement with a professional from another agency about a case.

Emergency resolution procedure  - If a professional and their line manager agree that a child / children are likely to suffer significant harm with the next  24 hours and their dispute is still on-going then they may need to refer to this procedure.

Signs of Safety –To help you make decisions and have discussion with parents about a child’s care. The tool/system expands the investigation of risk to encompass strengths and Signs of Safety that can be built upon to stabilise and strengthen a child’s and family’s situation.

Tools and Guidance for Specific Circumstances/Types of Abuse.

Domestic Abuse

1. Domestic Abuse – General guidance and information about abuse.
2. Domestic Abuse Referral Flow Chart –To help you make decisions about who to contact and what tools to complete.
3. Dash - Risk checklist is a tried and tested way to understand risk for an adult.  It is based on research about the indicators of high-risk domestic abuse. 
4. Barnardo' Domestic Violence Risk Identification Matrix - (DVRIM) is a multi-agency tool to assess the risk to children living in household where domestic violence is present.
5. Having used the tools they may indicate that a referal to MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) needs to be made.  The referral contact is marac_referrals@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

1. CSE Risk Screening Tool - Children 12 & Under – To help you assess risk (and take action regarding) a child or young person who is 12 or younger that you are worried about.
2. CSE Risk Screening Tool - Children Over 12 – To help you assess risk (and take action regarding) a child or young person over 12 that you are worried about.
3. External Version: CSE Screening Tool - Children 12 & Under - If you do not work in Solihull and would be interested in using the under 12's screening tool in your area.
4. More information is available on this website about CSE for practitioners and volunteersparents and children and young people.

 

 

 

 

Neglect

1. Neglect tool kit – To help you understand and more effectively take action against neglect.
2. Graded care profile 2 – More information on a tool that you might consider being trained to use (See the Training Page). The tool will help you work with parents to work out where their childcare is strong and where it requires improvement.

 

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

1. FGM FlowchartA flowchart produced by the Department of Health and Social Care to help you make decisions on which actions to take regarding a case/suspected case/someone at risk of FGM.
2. FGM Risk Assessment Tool – A tool produced by the Department of Health and Social Care to help professionals assess risk of FGM.
3. FGM Multi-Agency Policy – Further reading to help you understand FGM and what to do.

 


Useful Solihull Children's Services numbers can be found here a structure of the services is also available here.