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Tuesday 18 July 2017


All partners are reminded of the agreed thresholds guidance which provides a framework primarily targeted at all professionals working with children, young people and families in Haringey. It describes a number of levels, or tiers, of children’s needs to help professionals decide how they can be met and what to do and will inform the action that they take.

It enables services to work well together and in the best interests of children and families using their professional judgement and listening to the views and experiences of children themselves.  A current review of the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub will lead to a review of the document to be agreed by the Board in the autumn.

London CSE Operating Protocol

The document has been revised and updated. Launched last month, it sets out the operating protocol for safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children from Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). This police-led, multiagency document is designed to complement and not replace the London Child Protection Procedures (external link) and other statutory guidance.

It outlines how, through our partnerships, we assess, challenge and provide an enhanced, effective service to reduce the harm and threats posed to children and young people from CSE; and target offenders to prevent and disrupt criminal activity. Our Multi-agency Sexual Exploitation meetings are being updated in line with improved practice identified through the review of the Protocol.

Haringey Prevent Strategy

Haringey’s Prevent Strategy is aimed at preventing violent and non-violent extremism, but is also very much about protecting our communities and supporting vulnerable people who may be targeted by extremists trying to recruit or radicalise them.

There is no single profile of a person who may be vulnerable to grooming by extremists, and the Prevent programme relies on community support and information to identify and safeguard people.

Haringey is one of several Local Authorities across the country selected to take part in the Dovetail Pilot which sees the Local Authority taking more responsibility for the function of the Channel Panel from police, who remain key partners along with health and schools. Participation in the Channel process is voluntary and aligns well with the local authority’s wider safeguarding duties.

The Local Authority is now leading on assessing cases and holding initial meetings with those referred to Channel, where appropriate. The Local Authority will also take responsibility for commissioning Intervention Providers and other appropriate professionals to provide support to individuals where this is recognised as useful.

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