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Procedures, protocols and guidance


Safeguarding Children Procedures for all staff working in the Tees area, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton -on-Tees are developed by the Tees LSCBs Procedures Group which reports to the four LSCBs. They are updated regularly to reflect local and national requirements and are available from link below.

Tees LSCBs Safeguarding Children Procedures

The relationship between procedures, protocols and guidance

Procedures, protocols and practice guidance together provide a useful framework to guide actions and clarify individual roles and responsibilities.

Procedures offer the structural framework for practice. They focus on process. They indicate what must or may be done in specified circumstances and define the limits of professional direction. The procedures agreed by Stockton Local Safeguarding Children Board have the status of instructions and any inability or failure to comply with them should be accompanied by a reasonable explanation.

Individual agencies may develop their own internal safeguarding procedures and in doing so should ensure that they are consistent with the SLSCB agreed procedures. Procedures should help workers by providing a structure for their work, in clarifying professional roles and in resolving any inter-agency difficulties.

Protocols set out the formal agreement and working relationship between agencies involved in the task of safeguarding children and vulnerable families.

Working Together to Safeguard Children and Families

All staff working with children should also be aware of and refer to the national guidance such as Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Access the latest national documents on the Working Together to Safeguard Children website.