Berkshire Safeguarding Children Board Procedures
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Quick Guide

July 2017

This 'Quick Guide' must be read before accessing the body of the manual.


Contents

  1. Introduction and Welcome
  2. Display and Browser Options
  3. Amendments
  4. Keywords
  5. Terminology
  6. Compliance
  7. Register For Updates
  8. Copyright
  9. Printing and Retaining Copies


1. Introduction and Welcome

Welcome to the Slough Children's Services Trust Procedures Manual which is integrated with Slough's Children's Homes Manual. Both of these manuals are linked to an online repository of Local Plans and Strategies.

This manual is frequently updated and details of the most recent amendments and additions can be found in Section 3, Amendments. In addition full, routine, updates are scheduled six monthly with the next routine update planned for January 2018. Any material for inclusion in the next routine update must be  presented in Word format and with any changes set out using the "track changes" feature of Word. All such contributions should be forwarded, in the first instance, to Samia Baig (Samia.Baig@slough.gov.uk).


2. Display and Browser Options

People with a visual impairment may have difficulty accessing this Manual.

To change the size of the text/layout - please use these accessibility buttons

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which are on menu bar on the left side of every screen. Click a larger button to increase your text size, the very largest being high visibility mode.


3. Amendments

Click here to view details of updates made to this manual.

The next revision of the manual will be published in January 2018.


4. Keywords

The manual is accessed by practitioners from varying agencies, who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a large glossary (Keywords) of terms is available such as Significant Harm (Try it: click on the highlighted text). We call them 'Keywords'. Once clicked, the definitions will appear in a new window or tab, depending on your browser. You can leave it open for reference, or close it using the "close" button at the bottom.

Many Keywords are highlighted in the body of procedures, but you can search for the Keyword you need: Go to the Keywords Index, on the left hand side of the screen.


5. Terminology

We believe it is crucial to use consistent terminology, which we agree with individual customers, for example:

'Home' and 'Resource' this is a generic term which means Children’s Home, Foster Home
'Child' or 'Young Person' both these terms are used to mean any child under the age of 18
'Staff' or 'Carer' means all Staff and Carers (including) whether employed or not
'Manager' means Team Manager, it also means YOT Team Manager
'Line Manager' means the first Line Manager of a team/service
'Parent' means person with Parental Responsibility
'Regulatory Authority' Regulatory Authority is the generic term used in this manual to describe the independent regulatory body responsible for inspecting and regulating services e.g. Ofsted.
'Social Worker' This means the worker allocated to the child/family. If there is no allocated worker, the Duty Social Worker or Team Manager is responsible.


6. Compliance

Regulatory Compliance

Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or mistakes, please alert your manager.


7. Register for Updates

We recommend that you register with us to automatically receive notification when the manual is updated, and be informed about the briefing papers we regularly publish. Click on the ‘Register for Updates’ button on the left side of the screen, to complete and send your details to us.


8. Copyright

The content of this website can be accessed, printed and downloaded in an unaltered form, on a temporary basis, for personal study or reference purposes. However any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in whole or in part in any manner or in or on any media to any person without the prior written consent of Tri.x and Slough Borough Council.


9. Printing and Retaining Copies

The Manual should normally be viewed on line but can be printed, for reference only.

To print a chapter, click on the print icon icon which is in the top right hand corner of the relevant procedure

Please note, the Manual will be updated regularly, so staff should avoid retaining printed versions - hard copies are only valid for 72 hours.

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