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Safeguarding

The Safeguarding Children's Procedures for the West Midlands should be used where necessary to take action to protect a child from harm. This page details different documents and protocols to follow under different circumstances.

West Midlands Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures

The Procedures apply to all children and young people aged 0 to 18 years and also unborn children.

They are addressed to all organisations, agencies and individuals who work with children and young people in Dudley, including those whose work with adults brings them into contact with children and young people.

They set out how agencies and individual professionals will work together to protect children and young people from significant harm, and safeguard and promote their welfare.

Resolution and Escalation Protocol- Updated September 2019

Escalation is a process of formally challenging a decision made by another professional, group or organisation. Escalation procedures ensure that all professionals have a quick and straightforward means of resolving professional differences in order to safeguard the welfare of children and young people.

Responding to Concerns about Unborn Children

Dudley Safeguarding Children Board is pleased to launch their procedure for ‘Responding to Concerns about Unborn Children’. This document is for all staff working with children and families where there is an unborn child as part of that family.  The purpose of this procedure is to provide all referring agencies with clear expectations as to how responses to concerns about unborn children should be met. This document should be read and implemented by all staff in all agencies.

Dudley Threshold Framework

The Dudley Threshold Framework document offers guidance on accessing the right help an support services for children, young people and their families at the right time. It sets out the different thresholds of need and intervention from early help to statutory intervention.

All organisations, agencies and individuals who work with children and young people in Dudley, including those whose work with adults brings them into contact with children and young people should understand these thresholds.

The DSPPB Multi Agency Referral Form is available via the Report It page.

For more information on the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub.

Early Help Strategy

Dudley’s Early Help Strategy and early help assessment has now been launched and sets out what is early help, its importance and what it means for the children and families of Dudley. The strategy has been approved by the cross partner/stakeholder Children and Young People’s Alliance CYPA. The assessment is used where a child's needs do not meet threshold.

For more information on Early Help:

Bruising Protocol

Protocol for the management of actual or suspected bruising in infants who are not independently mobile.