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Safeguarding Procedures and Guidelines

Procedures and Guidelines

Welcome to North Lincolnshire Local Safeguarding Children’s Board multi agency policy and procedures.

On this page you will find all the LSCB procedures that have been updated in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 [PDF, 1Mb] 

Working Together 2013 provides the statutory guidance on how agencies should respond individually and collectively to concerns related to the safeguarding and welfare of children. It also includes the statutory guidance on the operation of Local Safeguarding Children Boards, Serious Case Reviews and Child Death Review processes and training.

Individual agency procedures must be compliant with the statutory Working Together guidance 2013. The headings below will take you to the relevant section you are interested in. If you need any further information or help with these procedures, please contact the Local Safeguarding Children Board on 01724 298293.

The LSCB procedures poster [PDF, 275kb] is available to download. It can be used within agencies to advertise the quick and easy link to the LSCB procedures.


LSCB Policy and Procedures Introduction: [PDF, 98kb]


Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 [PDF, 1mb] places a statutory responsibility on all partner agencies to comply with and work together to:

  • identify children who need safeguarding

  • offer early help and do this effectively to create positive change

  • keep children with families and reduce the need for statutory services

Doing this well will mean that:

  • we identify the children who need safeguarding at the earliest point

  • we make a significant and timely intervention to secure the child’s safety and wellbeing within their family

  • or where parents cannot make significant and sustainable change, with an alternative family where the child has every chance to be safe, well and reach their full potential.

The North Lincolnshire Early Help Safeguarding Strategy describes the vision and ambition for improving outcomes for children and young people. It also contains the threshold document for:

  • The criteria, including the level of need, for when a case should be referred to local authority children’s social care for assessment and for statutory services under

  • Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 (children in need)

  • Section 47 of the Children Act 1989 (reasonable cause to suspect children suffering or likely to suffer significant harm)

  • Section 31 (care orders) and

  • Section 20 (duty to accommodate a child) of the Children Act 1989


The Munro Review of Child Protection recommended a new emphasis on early help and support. This is achieved by a high quality relationship developed between workers, the child and the family. Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013 [PDF, 1mb]says each LSCB should use an early help assessment, based on the needs of the families in their area.

The procedures to support a family through Early Help are in Chapter 1 [PDF, 670kb]of the LSCB Procedures - Assessing Need and Providing Help. Chapter 1 includes the Early Help Assessment and the Early Help Plan.

Professionals will need to complete an Early Help Administrator form when they have completed an Early Help Assessment form. Completed forms should go to the Early Help Assessment Administrator at Church Square House, 30-40 High Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6NL.

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Contact details

01724 298293

The Local Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB)
145 Cherry Grove
DN16 2TH

Opening hours

9am to 5pm - Monday to Thursday

9am to 4.30pm - Friday

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Last updated: 06/02/2015
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