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These pages are dedicated to practitioners working with Children and Young People whether in a paid or unpaid role.

For a particular subject area please see the list on the left and link on that page for more information on that subject.


Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and in particular protecting them from significant harm, depends on effective joint working between agencies and practitioners that have different roles and expertise. Individual children, especially some of the most vulnerable children and those at greatest risk of suffering harm and social exclusion, will need co-ordinated help from health, education, early years, children’s social care, the voluntary sector and other agencies, including youth justice services.

What role do practitioners and volunteers play in safeguarding children?

All practitioners/ volunteers should:

  • be alert to potential signs of abuse or neglect;
  • be alert to the risks of harm that individual abusers, or potential abusers, may pose to children particularly within their organisation or group setting;
  • prioritise direct communication and positive and respectful; relationships with children, ensuring the child’s wishes and feelings underpin assessments and any safeguarding activities;
  • share and help to analyse information so that an assessment can be made of whether the child is suffering or is likely to suffer harm, their needs and circumstances;
  • contribute to whatever actions are needed to safeguard and promote the child’s welfare; take part in regularly reviewing the outcomes for the child against specific plans;
  • work co-operatively with parents, unless this is inconsistent with ensuring the child’s safety.


Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board Procedures and Working Together Guidance outlines the statutory responsibilities of agencies.


Useful leaflets

What is the LSCB? - Click here for the Leaflet

Core Groups - Guidance for Core Groups members


Child Protection leaflets

Please see below some useful leaflets, click on the title of the leaflet to access it.

 Child Abuse Core Info leaflets

Emotional Neglect and Emotional Abuse on pre-school children

Neglect or emotional abuse in children aged 5-14: Core info leaflet

Neglect and Emotional Abuse in teenagers aged 13 to 18

Bruises on children

Oral Injuries and Bites

Fractures in Children

Thermal Injuries

Spinal and Head Injuries

Neglect Matters

Worried about a child? How you can protect children from abuse


Child Medical Examinations

Guidance to support Child Protection medicals

Flow chart for Child Protection Medicals

Referral process for Child Sexual Abuse Medical Assessment

Request form for Child Protection Medical - click here. This form is for Social Workers and Police Officers to complete the first section, once it has been identified that the child/ young person between the ages of 2-18 years of age, requires a child protection medical from SEPT Community Paediatric Services.


Department for Education - i-HOP (Information Hub on Offenders’ families with children for Professionals)

i-HOP provides a national one-stop information and advice service for all professionals working with children and families of offenders. Barnardo's and POPS (Partners of Prisoners Families Support Group) have joined together to deliver the service, funded by the Department for Education. A free online information hub providing all the up to date resources, strategies, policies and research to support work with these families. There is also a free helpline that professionals can access for support. Please click here for an information poster. The i-HOP site can be accessed here: http://www.i-hop.org.uk/


Photos on websites

The use of photos on websites and in other publications poses direct and indirect risks to children and young people. Organisations wishing to use images of the children they work with or are otherwise in contact with must therefore have a policy in place to safeguard the children involved. For more information please click here for further guidance


Safer Working Practice guidance

Useful guidance for Safer Working Practice for Adults who work with Children and Young People


What to do if you are worried about a child being abused has been updated in March 2015



Working Together to Safeguard Children

Revisions to Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2015

Following consultation the government has updated and replaced the current statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children revised and published in 2013.

The revisions include changes to:

1.    the referral of allegations against those who work with children;
2.    notifiable incidents involving the care of a child; and
3.    the definition of serious harm for the purposes of serious case reviews.


Please find a link to the revised guide http://www.workingtogetheronline.co.uk/




Updates to National documents

Working Together to Safeguard Children updated July 2018 - click here for updated version

Information Sharing - Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers updated July 2018 - updated version here