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Quick Guide

June 2017

Welcome to this edition of the Rotherham LSCB Procedures manual.


Contents

  1. Display and Browser Options
  2. Structure of the Manual
  3. Updating and Amendments
  4. How to find a Chapter
  5. Terminology
  6. Keywords
  7. Compliance
  8. Register for Updates
  9. Copyright
  10. Printing and Retaining Copies


1. 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.


2. Structure of the Manual

In this manual, Underlying Policy, Principles and Values are located in one chapter, which users are required to familiarise themselves with before proceeding to the main body of the manual. These Underlying Policy, Principles and Values are located in a Chapter linked to the 'Values' - available from the left hand side of the screen. Procedures and Guidance: In an attempt to keep procedures succinct, procedures and more detailed guidance are separated - with links provided as appropriate. 'Procedures' summarise how managers and staff must act in given circumstances. 'Guidance' provides direction or advice to a decision or course of action.


3. Updating and Amendments

Amendments

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

In order to ensure that this manual is kept up to date, tri.x and Rotherham LSCB will be updating this manual on a twice yearly basis.

The next scheduled update is due in December 2017. If you are contributing to this update in any way, please bare this in mind.

Editing Guide

If you have any queries or suggestions, please contact Phil Morris (Phil.Morris@rotherham.gov.uk).


4. How to find a Chapter

Procedures and guidance are located in individual 'chapters' which are available from a 'traditional' Contents List - on the left hand side of the screen.

4.1 Using the Contents List

Chapters are categorised or grouped together as follows:

PARTS: The manual contains procedures categorised under a number of Service Sectors, like 'Policy Framework',

CHAPTERS: Under each Section, you'll find individual chapters/Procedures e.g. 'Short Breaks'

4.2 You can search for a Chapter

If you aren't sure which service or section to look in, try 'Search' which will help you identify specific chapters and sub headings within chapters


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 YOS 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. 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. Or, use 'Search'.


7. Compliance

Regulatory Compliance

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


8. Register for Updates

If you wish to be notified each time this manual is updated please submit your details using the button on the left of your screen.


9. 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 Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board.


10. 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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