5. B&NES Policies & Procedures


Children Missing Education

Child Protection for Schools

Children and Young People's Plan

Domestic Abuse

Housing and Children Services Protocol

Independent Reviewing Officers Annual Report

Local Authorities have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to:

        • Be involved in the management and oversight of individual cases

        • Provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations

        • Liaise with the police and other agencies

        • Monitor the progress of cases to ensure that they are dealt with as quickly as possible, consistent with a thorough and fair process

        • The Local Authority Designated Officer for managing allegations or safeguarding concerns against staff is Mel Argles who can be contacted on 01225 396810.

Self Harm (including suicide) Guidelines

NEW:  Guidance for professionals working with children and young people who self-harm.

 As of November 2017 B&NES has adopted the information and guidance found on HarmLESS https://www.oxfordhealth.nhs.uk/harmless  as a guide to multi agency professionals working with young people who self-harm.  This provides up to date information about:-

•  What is meant by self-harm including thoughts and acts of self-harm, and risks and   triggers for young people

•  Guidance on how to react and talk to young people who are self-harming using the acronym SLEEP (Stop, Listen, Empathise, Explore, Plan)

•  An online assessment tool to complete with a young person.  This assessment  automatically generates a safety plan

•  Links to others useful resources and web sites

•  Links to (B&NES) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)


Anyone currently using the document entitled 'Multi Agency Guidelines for Professionals Working with Children and Young People who Self-harm' should note that as of November 2017 this is now out of date and should be removed from circulation. 

Sexual Health Strategy

Whistleblowing Policy

Concerned about a Child?

  • If you have a concern about a child or young person, please call the Children and Families Assessment and Intervention Team on 01225 396312 or 01225 396313.
  • If outside of office hours, please call the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615165.
  • If a child or young person is in immediate danger then please dial 999 and ask for police assistance. 

The Local Authority Designated Officer for managing allegations or safeguarding concerns against staff can be contacted on 01225 396810 Monday – Friday in office hours.