Regional Policies & Procedures
The Policies & Procedures Sub Group operates collaboratively and in conjunction with both CYSUR & CWMPAS Boards. This Sub Group seeks to provide guidance to professionals by the development of regional policies and procedures. A number of local policies and procedures are in place within each member organisation. A key objective for the Board in 2017/18 is to work towards the development of these into regional policies and procedures to help promote a more consistent regional response to safeguarding practice.
All regional documentation is developed by The Mid & West Wales Safeguarding Board in collaboration with partners across Mid & West Wales on a multi-agency basis and in consultation with frontline practitioners, service users, children, young people and their families.
Each Regional Safeguarding Board across Wales has taken the lead on raising awareness of a particular safeguarding theme and have produced factsheets with further information on each theme, which have been adapted for use in our local areas (see below).
Early Help and Multi-Agency Thresholds of Need
A review of the CYSUR Board by an independent consultant highlighted the recommendation to produce early help and multi-agency thresholds of need documents in order to bring consistency across the region in terms of referring children and adults at risk.
The first was a single referral form for all agencies:
The second document has been designed to provide guidance to professionals to clarify in what circumstances to refer children and their families for support across the spectrum of need, building on the families’ strengths and personal outcomes:
- CYSUR Regional Threshold & Eligibility for Support document - 'The Right Help at the Right Time' (April 2017)
- CYSUR Support for Wellbeing windscreen - for use in local areas
Multi-Agency Protocol for Thresholds for Joint Social Services / Police and Single Agency Child Protection Section 47 Enquiries
This protocol provides guidance to the Social Services, Police and other parties involved in any Child Protection enquiries strategy discussions and/or meetings undertaken under Section 47 of the 1989 children Act that require either joint Social Services and Police Child Protection, Section 47 enquiry or investigation, or a single agency Child Protection Section 47 enquiry or investigation
- CYSUR Sec 47 Enquiries Protocol (January 2018)
Protocol for Safeguarding Children affected by Parents who are experiencing Mental Ill Health
The overarching aim of this Protocol is to ensure that children, including unborn children of parent(s) experiencing mental ill health receive appropriate support, safeguarding and protection.
- CYSUR Protocol for Safeguarding Children affected by Parents who are experiencing Mental Ill Health (July 2017)
Practice Review Protocol
These protocols have been developed to clarify the working arrangements for both Child & Adult Practice Reviews within the Mid & West Wales Safeguarding Board region. The documents focus on the broader principles of Child & Adult Practice Reviews prior to a decision being made by the Regional Safeguarding Board to formally commission a Child or Adult practice Review or Multi-Agency Professional Forum.
- CWMPAS Adult Practice Review Protocol (July 2017)
- CYSUR Child Practice Review Protocol (April 2017)
'Pilot' CWMPAS Adult at Risk Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF)
In line with the Children's MARF, the CWMPAS Board is pilotting an Adult version to enable the same consistency for adult services. This pilot is due to run from September to December 2017.
- CWMPAS Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) for adults (PILOT Sept 2017)
- CWMPAS MARF Supporting Information
Mid & West Wales Safeguarding Board Complaints Policy
The below policy states how the Board will manage complaints.
Mid & West Wales Safeguarding Board Resolution of Professional Differences Protocol
The Mid and West Wales region has a strong history of multi-agency partnership working. It is inevitable that on occasions professional differences will occur within the context of complex safeguarding work. However, when professional differences occur that cannot be resolved informally, it is essential that all individual professionals or staff members are able to constructively and critically challenge the practice and decisions of others. The below policy states how professional differences with the context of the Mid & West Wales Safeguarding Board will be resolved.
Updated on 30/04/2018