Promoting the Health & Wellbeing of Looked After Children (2015)

Responding to Domestic Abuse:  A Resource for Health Professionals (2017)

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018)


This is joint statutory guidance from the Department for Education and the Department of Health. It is for local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and NHS England. It is issued under sections 10 and 11 of the Children Act 2004 and the above must have regard to it when exercising their functions.

This is a resource for Health Professionals and aims to support continuing improvement in the response from health and care services and allied healthcare partners. Drawing on the NICE multi-agency guideline on Domestic Violence and Abuse, this resource looks at how to support adults and young people over 16 years old who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse, and dependent children in their households.

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM – last updated Oct 2018)

This multi-agency statutory guidance should be read and followed by all persons and bodies in England and Wales who are under statutory duties to make arrangements to discharge their functions having regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (National Crime Agency - NCA)

The Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU) is a multi-agency organisation led by the NCA. Their role is to provide a central point of expertise, support and coordination for the UK's response to modern slavery and the trafficking of human beings. They work in a coordinated way within the UK and internationally to combat modern slavery crimes involving a wide range of partners and stakeholders.

NICE - Child maltreatment: when to suspect maltreatment in under 18s (Last updated Oct 2017)

This guideline covers the signs of possible child maltreatment in children and young people aged under 18 years. It aims to raise awareness and help health professionals who are not child protection specialists to identify the features of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and fabricated or induced illness. It does not give healthcare professionals recommendations on how to diagnose, confirm or disprove child maltreatment.

NICE-Child Abuse & Neglect (2017)

This guideline covers recognising and responding to abuse and neglect in children and young people aged under 18. The guideline aims to help anyone working with children and young people to spot signs of abuse and neglect. It also supports practitioners who carry out assessments and provide early help and interventions to children, young people, parents and carers.

Child sexual exploitation: definition and guide for practitioners (2017)

This document is a ‘Definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decision makers working to protect children from child sexual exploitation’. This advice is non statutory and has been produced to help the above to identify child sexual exploitation and take appropriate action in response.This includes the management, disruption and prosecution of perpetrators.

Child Sexual Exploitation: A Guide for Healthcare Staff

A pocket guide to provide practical information to healthcare staff to safeguard children and young people. The guide includes a definition, signs and indicators of possible CSE, risk factors, myth busting and information sharing. The pocket guide also has a section on ‘What to do if you suspect a child or young person is at risk of CSE’ followed by Key Messages and a number of National Contacts.

Karma Nirvana: Supporting victims of honour-based abuse & forced marriage

 Karma Nirvana is an award-winning British human rights charity supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage. Honour crimes are not determined by age, faith, gender or sexuality, they support and work with all victims. Karma Nirvana operate a National helpline to support victims in immediate danger. They also offer training to professionals and schools.

Papyrus: Prevention of Young Suicide

Papyrus is the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide. Their mission is - to exist to reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by shattering the stigma around suicide and equipping young people and their communities with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour.

 This guidance covers:

- The legislative requirements placed on individual services