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New Procedures

HM Government have published an interim national transfer protocol for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC). The protocol has been created to enable the safe transfer of UASC from one local authority area to another. The protocol is effective from 1st July 2016.


HM Government multi-agency statutory guidance on FGM (published April 2016):

Multi-agency Statutory Guidance on FGM

This page contains multi-agency safeguarding procedures recently published by the Wirral Safeguarding Children Board which are awaiting publication to the procedures directory website (every January and July).

The directory can be accessed here:

1. Recently Updated Child Sexual Exploitation documents


The CSE Screening Tool 2016 is available for professionals to use prior to referral to identify the nature and level of CSE for individual young people. If the tool is completed and CSE is identified the form can be sent into CADT/MASH with the referral.

The CSE1 Referral form is the referral form to use when you have concerns that a young person is a victim of or is at risk of being sexually exploited. The completed form is sent with a request for services form into CADT ([email protected])

Protocols and Guidance

The Merseyside CSE Protocol May 2016  sets out the multi-agency procedure for tackling child sexual exploitation in Wirral and across Merseyside. The protocol details how through the multi-agency child sexual exploitation (MACSE) meetings we can work together to reduce the harm to children and young people from CSE.

The CSE Practice Guidance April 2016 document contains guidance for professionals about CSE including signs and indicators, push and pull factors, trafficking, use of language and dangers of labelling etc. The Practice Guidance also includes case studies and details of the referral process.

The pan  sets out the approach across Merseyside to combat CSE through effective multi-agency and partnership working.

2. Child Protection Standards

The Multi-agency WSCB Standards for Statutory Child Protection  are the agreed standards and expectations for partnership working in the Child Protection process.

3. Recently Updates Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

The following policies and procedures have recently been updated and are available on the website:

3.4 Initial Child Protection Conferences

3.6 Implementation of the Child Protection Plan – Lead Social Worker and Core Group Responsibilities

4.3 Sexual Harmful Behaviour Policy January 2016

4.7 Children and Families Who Go Missing

4.15 Fabricated and Induced Illness

5.2 Managing Allegations Procedure

10.7 Merseyside Bruising Protocol

11.1 Wirral FGM Practice Guidance

Revised missing procedure Feb 2016

WSCB Fabricated and Induced Illness Flowchart