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Quick Guide

September 2017

This 'Quick Guide' must be read before accessing the body of the manual.


Contents

  1. Display and Browser Options
  2. About this Manual
  3. Amendments and the Next Update
  4. Terminology
  5. Keywords
  6. Compliance
  7. Register for Updates
  8. Copyright
  9. Mobile / Tablet Compatibility
  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. About this Manual

This is the operational edition of Kent Children’s Services Procedures manual. This manual contains the policies, procedures and guidance for Kent Children’s Services. All previous policies, procedures and guidance should be discarded.

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; these chapters have a blue background;
  • Guidance provides direction or advice to a decision or course of action; these chapters have a green background;
  • Protocols are agreements between two or more departments or agencies and have a grey background.

A web-based version of the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual has been incorporated into this manual. This can be accessed by clicking on 'Kent and Medway SCB Procedures Manual' on the left hand side of the screen.

A web-based version of Working Together to Safeguard Children has also been added as an Appendix to the manual.


3. Amendments and the Next Update

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

If you have any comments or suggestions, please email: safeguardingadmin@kent.gov.uk. The next updated version will be available by March 2018.


4. 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.


5. 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.

5.1 Local Keyword

Following consultation, Looked After Children in Kent are known as a Child or Children in Care and this is reflected in the manual.


6. Compliance

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


7. Register for Updates

We recommend that you register with us to automatically receive notification when the manual is updated, and be informed about the briefing papers we regularly publish. Click on the 'Register for Updates' button on the left side of the screen, to complete and send your details to us.


8. 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 Kent County Council.


9. Mobile / Tablet Compatibility

This manual has been tested on a variety of mobile devices to ensure that it displays correctly. 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.


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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