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WakefieldCouncil Children and Young People Service Procedures Manual

Using this Manual

April 2017

This quick guide explains how the manual works.

Contents

  1. About this Manual
  2. Amendments
  3. Local Resources and One Minute Guides
  4. Glossary and National Contacts
  5. Register for Updates
  6. Copyright
  7. Accessibility
  8. Printing and Retaining Copies
  9. Browser Recommendations
  10. Mobile/Tablet Compatibility

1. About this Manual

This is the new procedures manual for Wakefield Council Children and Young People Service. It replaces any previous Wakefield Council Children and Young People Service Procedures.

The West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures should be read alongside this manual as they contain guidance for all practitioners on a range of topics including CSE, Children who are Missing and FGM.

The Contents list has been designed to follow the journey of the child from early help, to referral and assessment, court proceedings, decision to look after, fostering and adoption.

2. Amendments

This manual will be updated on a regular basis. The next planned update to the manual will take place during October 2017.

If you would like to suggest a change to the procedures manual discuss your suggestion with your line manager in the first instance.

3. Local Resources and One Minute Guides

This manual contains a Local Resource section which can be accessed via the button on the home screen. The library will contain a range of local resources including forms, leaflets and additional guidance to support you in your work.

4. Glossary and National Contacts

The manual is accessed by readers who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a glossary of definitions is available under the resource tab.

There is also a National Contacts resource populated with details of key national agencies and organisations likely to be relevant to procedures user.

5. Register for Updates

We recommend that you register with us to automatically receive notification when this manual is updated, and to receive a monthly newsletter containing articles which may be of interest. Click on the 'Register for Updates' button on the home screen, to complete and send your details to us.

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. 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 Wakefield Council.

7. Accessibility

This website aims to achieve Double-A conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines in accordance with government guidelines. In order to change font size or manual colour use the highlighted 'Accessibility' button at the top right hand corner of any page.

8. Printing and Retaining Copies

The Manual is intended to be viewed on line to ensure only the most up-to-date version of procedures are being used. It will be updated regularly so, in the unlikely event there is a requirement for hard copies they should be destroyed after 72 hours.

9. Browser Recommendations

It is recommended that this manual is viewed with the latest browsers, with Java Script and cookies enabled for maximum compatibility and functionality.

Recommended browsers are:

10. Mobile/Tablet Compatibility

This manual has been tested on a variety of mobile devices to ensure that it displays correctly. However, if you find that you still cannot use the site select the 'mobile' option at the bottom of the screen. If you are using an older mobile device it is possible that the manual will not display correctly.

If you would like the text to be larger, resize the text under the accessibility options, alternatively if you would also like the buttons and the rest of the layout to be enlarged you can use the zoom function within your browser.

The majority of devices have the functionality to allow a shortcut to be downloaded to the homescreen by loading the site using the 'url' and using the upload function and tapping 'Add to Home Screen'. The functionality may vary between devices, please refer to the manufacturer's instructions.