Information for Practitioners

Helping to prevent danger and harm

Safeguarding Children

Advice for practitioners

Conference report formats

Child protection conference – GP report

Child protection – Initial agency report

Child protection – Review agency-report

Initial Child Protection conference – Parents and carers views

Review Child Protection conference – Parents and carers views

Voice of the child tools

The North East Lincolnshire voice of the Child Tools and guidance will enable a consistent approach to capturing the voice of the child.  It is a unitary wide tool for capturing the voice of children/young people from 0 to 18.

Criminal Explotation

This guidance is primarily aimed at frontline staff who work with children, young people and potentially vulnerable adults.

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS)

CAMHS provide specialist services for children and young people up to the age of 18.

Consent and information sharing

Practitioners have advised that there is some ambiguity around when it is appropriate to gain consent. Information sharing is vital to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. These guides give an understanding as to when consent is required and information sharing is appropriate.

Safety in sports

In North East Lincolnshire we want all children to be safe whilst having opportunities to take part in healthy activities they enjoy. In recent reports it has shown that children can be vulnerable when involved with sport and leisure activities. As an organisation we have a responsibility to safeguard children and to inform families about staying safe whilst their child is participating in sporting and leisure activities.

Advice for school practitioners

All maintained schools and academies are required to comply with data protection requirements and statutory guidance on the retention of records.

Keeping children safe in education

Schools and colleges must have regard to it when carrying out their duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Supervision in education

The purpose is to make explicit a process for providing safeguarding supervision to staff within educational settings including teachers, teacher’s assistants, pastoral staff and child protection coordinators.

UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS)

While the internet is a great resource, it is important that children and young people are protected from the risks they may come across. The UKCCIS is a group of more than 200 organisations that work in partnership to help keep children safe online.

Private Fostering                  

Private fostering is when:

  • You ask someone else to look after your child full-time for more than 28 days
  • You are thinking of looking after someone else’s child full-time, or are presently doing so, for more than 28 days and most importantly
  • You are not closely related (Aunt, Uncle, brother, sister, grandparent, etc) to the child or a step parent

If you fit into one of the categories above you are private fostering and ‘The Children (Private Arrangements for Fostering) Regulations 2005’ state that you MUST inform us of any such arrangement.

If you are a parent, you must tell us if:

  • Your child is under 16 (18 if disabled); and
  • She/he is going to stay with a carer for more than 28 days; and
  • The carer is not a close relative and/of does not have parental responsibility from the Court.

You need not tell us if:

  • Your child will be away from you for less than 28 days;
  • She/he is in a residential home, boarding school or hospital;
  • She/he has been placed with approved foster carers of adopters by a local council.

If you are looking after someone else’s child, you must tell us if:

  • You are looking after someone else’s child, or are planning to; and
  • You are not a close relative; or
  • You do not have parental responsibility; and
  • The child will be with you more than 28 days; but not
  • If the child is placed by the local council.

Who else needs to tell us?

  • Anyone who is looking after someone else’s child (not closely related to them) as a private foster carer;
  • Anyone else who is involved in making the arrangements;
  • The other parent or anyone else who has been given parental responsibility by the Court, who knows about the arrangement.

When do you need to tell the council?

  • at least 6 weeks before the arrangement is to begin;
  • if the arrangement is to commence within 6 weeks, immediately;
  • if the child is already with you immediately.

Privately fostered children need to be protected from possible harm and need to be looked after as well as if they were with approved foster carers. North East Lincolnshire Council must check that private foster carers are suitable to do the job. This means that we must:

  • carry out checks to make sure that children are protected;
  • check that accommodation is safe and suitable.

A social worker will be asked to visit regularly to see the child and try to make sure that the carer receives any necessary help. They will also keep in touch with the parents to offer help and advice. This is because the child’s parents continue to be responsible for them.

We can also help the parent and carer make clear arrangements for decisions about things like medical treatment, education and contact with family members.

When you have been in touch with us, then a social worker will contact you to explain what needs to happen and arrange a visit.

If you would like any further information please access the private fostering leaflet or contact the Children’s Assessment and Safeguarding Service using the contact details provided.

You can also access the Children Living Away from Home with Other Families procedure for further guidence.


When a range of professionals and agencies are undertaking assessments and providing services for people, there will inevitably be times when perspectives differ and conflicts of opinion or views give rise to challenge and or disagreement. This is particularly likely to occur when assessing need and risk and making decisions about the best ways forward to achieve the best or safest outcome for individuals. Occasionally there will also be conflict over who is best placed to provide interventions and how to make the best use of resources available to achieve the desired outcomes.

North East Lincolnshire aspires to be a place in which healthy and constructive challenge is seen as a positive not a threat; where we learn from one another and respect others views and opinions; and where we always strive to resolve differences in the best interest of the people we serve.

For more information please view the LSCB and SAB concerns and conflict resolution escalation procedure or the recording template for the escalation process.

Safeguarding Adults

If you have concerns that an adult at risk of abuse/neglect is being abused, you have a duty to report this.

Literature to assist when allegations are made against professionals:

Please see our events page for details of upcoming safeguarding events and how to book.

NHS England Safeguarding App

A resource for healthcare professionals to increase their awareness and understanding of safeguarding requirements.
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Future Provider Forum Meetings

Monday 9th July 2018
Wednesday 10th October 2018
Wednesday 9th January 2019

All meetings are held 1.00-3.30pm at Centre4, 17A Wootton Rd, Grimsby DN33 1HE and are open to professionals and volunteers working with adults at risk of abuse/neglect.

Provider Forum Newsletters

Provider Forum Newsletter – October 2017 (PDF)
Provider Forum Newsletter – January 2018 (PDF)
Provider Forum Newsletter – June 2018 (PDF)
Provider Forum Newsletter – July 2018 (PDF)

Self determination and unwise decision making

We all make unwise decisions, but responding to them in a professional capacity requires skill and confidence. Knowing when a decision maker has capacity to make a decision which (even if unwise) should be respected, or when a decision maker lacks such capacity and may need protecting from their unwise decision, can be challenging. There may be circumstances in which interference with even a capacitous decision is warranted, to safeguard the decision maker, or others. How can we identify which decision is which and what intervention is appropriate?

We were fortunate in being visited by Michael Preston-Shoot to explore this area and improve practice in events being delivered jointly by North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and North East Lincolnshire Council. Here is a copy of the slides from these events:

NE Lincs Making Good Decisions (PowerPoint)