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This procedure outlines the immediate steps to be taken in the event of the death of or serious injury to a child living in Calderdale (where there are suspicions of abuse or neglect) and the death of/serious injury to any Child Looked After (whether or not abuse or neglect is known or suspected).
These steps are in addition to any Rapid Review or Child Safeguarding Practice Review which may be commissioned and the work of the Child Death Overview Panel. Children's Social Care Services should work in close partnership with the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Partnership whenever a child dies or is seriously injured to ensure a seamless process and to avoid any duplication or misunderstanding. See also: West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures.
AMENDMENTThis chapter was updated throughout in July 2019 to reflect Working Together to Safeguard Children and the process for reporting a serious incident to the National Panel via the Child Safeguarding Incident Notification System.
See also: Working Together to Safeguard Children.
Local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel (the Panel) within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.
Serious incidents which should be reported are those where the local authority knows or suspects that a child has been abused or neglected and:
The process for reporting a serious incident to the Panel via the Child Safeguarding Incident Notification System is set out in the following: Report A Serious Child Safeguarding Incident (GOV.UK). The Panel will share all notifications with Ofsted and the DfE.
The following tasks are also required (Please seek guidance from your Service Manager if you are unsure whether the above criteria has been met):
On receiving the information, the child's social worker or, if not previously known to Children's Social Care, MAST will:
|1.2||The Team Manager will immediately inform their Service Manager by telephone and follow up with a brief email covering the child's details and circumstances. The Team Manager will then provide more detailed follow up information by email within 1 hour to the Director of Children and Young People's Services, Assistant Director Early Intervention and Safeguarding, Business Manager for Calderdale Safeguarding Children Partnership and Service Managers for Safeguarding, Children Looked After, Locality Teams and MAST/CAT/EDT.|
The Team manager will then:
|The Service Manager for Safeguarding and Quality Assurance and the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Partnership Business Manager will consider, together, the circumstances of the death/serious injury, in accordance with the West Yorkshire Child Death or Child Safeguarding Practice Review Procedures and consult with the Assistant Director Early Intervention and Safeguarding as to whether a notification needs to be sent to Ofsted using the online Notification Form for Serious Childcare Incidents.|
Local authorities should use the Child Safeguarding Incident Notification System to notify the Panel. The Panel will share all notifications with Ofsted and the DfE. The report must be reviewed by the Assistant Director Early Intervention and Safeguarding before it is sent. The form requires a range of information and is set out clearly in sections. Before you start you will need:
A copy of the completed form should be saved and printed out for the records.
In urgent situations (for example where there is likely to be publicity / press interest), the Assistant Director Early Intervention and Safeguarding should telephone Ofsted on 0300 123 1231 and then complete the form.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries.
Where a Rapid Review or Child Safeguarding Practice Review is to be held, this must be conducted in accordance with Working Together to Safeguard Children, Chapter 4: Improving child protection and safeguarding practice and the West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures.
Where information is received regarding the death of or serious injury to a Child Looked After, the following tasks are required.
On receiving the information, the child's social worker (or Duty Worker if the information is received out of hours) will:
The Team Manager will:
The Service Manager will inform the Assistant Director Early Intervention and Safeguarding who will come to a decision about whether to notify local authority Members.
The Service Manager will ensure that the parents' wishes concerning the funeral are discussed (by the social worker or the Team Manager), that any possible conflict with the wishes of the carers are also ascertained and addressed, and that any appropriate associated costs are met.
Arrange, in consultation with the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Partnership Business Manager, appropriate meetings under the West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures, including the need to hold a Rapid Review.
Additionally, whenever a Child Looked After dies, the local authority must inform the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 days using the Child Safeguarding Incident Notification System. The Panel, will share all notifications with Ofsted and the DfE.
During the implementation of this procedure consideration must be given to the needs of those staff and carers involved in the case.
The impact of a child death on Social Workers / Team / Managers / Carers needs to be addressed in terms of:
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