Policies and Procedures

For children to be kept safe from harm it is essential that the local workforce of practitioners and managers, including volunteers and workers in faith settings, are well informed and understand the agreed local child protection procedures. 

Southwest Child Protection Procedures: 

Somerset is part of the Southwest consortium that has developed the Southwest Child Protection Procedures (in conjunction with Tri.x). Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership and its member agencies are signatories to the Southwest Child Protection Procedures (SWCPP) as our local procedures. 

The Southwest Child Protection Procedures are based on current legislation and the latest edition of national statutory guidance: Working Together to Safeguard Children

Local Policies, Procedures and Guidance:

Child Death Review:

Since April 2008 there has been a legal requirement for all child deaths to be reviewed to see whether we can learn lessons in order to improve the health, safety and well-being of children. This process is called the Child Death Review – please see NHS Somerset ICB website for further details on Child Death Review

Notification of a child death

Any agency becoming aware of a child death occurring in Somerset, or a death of a normally resident Somerset child occurring elsewhere, should make a notification using the eCDOP website:  https://www.ecdop.co.uk/PANDorsetSomerset/Live/Public 

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