Multi-Agency Practice Guidance


Abuse of disabled children-protecting disabled children NSPCC guidance [External link] 

Bruising in non-mobile children

Bruising in non-mobile children protocol [PDF Document]


DfE Guidance on Preventing and tackling bullying - July 2017 [External Link]

Tackling bullying multi-agency practice guidance  (February 2016) [PDF Document]

Bullying-a guide for parents and carers [External link]

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Procedure and Practice Guidance (November 2017) [PDF Document]

Child Sexual Exploitation Intelligence Information Sharing Form [PDF Document]

Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Matrix (January 2017) [Word Document]

Modern Slavery - Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked (November 2017) [PDF Document]

Missing Exploited Operational Group (MEG) Referral Form [Word Document]

Erase Exploitation - [External Link] 

Children from abroad-DfE Safeguarding Strategy unaccompanied migrant and asylum seeking children [External link]

Children living away from home NSPPC guidance for parents [External link]

Continuum of Needs Indicators (Threshold Tool) 

Continuum of Need Indicators (Threshold Tool) (April 2017) [PDF Document]

County Lines

Home Office Guidance on Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines [External Link]

Home Office County Lines Promotional Material [External Link]

The Children's Society - Criminal Exploitation and County Lines [External Link]

NSPCC - Gangs and young people: How you can help keep children and young people safe [External Link]

Youtube resource - Drugsland:County Lines BBC Three [External Link]

Dangerous Dogs

Safeguarding Children from Dangerous Dogs Practice Guidance PDF Document]

Domestic Abuse

Darlington Joint Multi-Agency Procedure and Practice Guidance- Domestic Abuse- Safeguarding Children and Adults with Care and Support Needs (October 2018) [PDF Document] 

Domestic Abuse-Co Durham and Darlington Multi-Agency Domestic Violence and Abuse Procedural Flow Chart- Children and Adults with Care and Support Needs (March 2019) [PDF Document]

Domestic Abuse-Darlington Multi-Agency Child/Adolescent to Parent/Carer Violence and Abuse (CAPVA) Procedural Flow Chart-Child Adult and Family (October 2018) [PDF Document]     

Clare's Law

The Domestic Abuse Offender Disclosure Scheme (DAODS) known as Clare's Law was established following the inquest of the murder of Clare Wood when it was highlighted the she would not have been in a relationship with her killer if she had known about his abusive past with previous partners. The scheme allows people to make inquiries about their partner if you are worried that they may have been abusive in the past. Further details are available on the Durham Constabulary website [External Link] 

Operation Encompass

Darlington Borough Council is working with police and schools to improve the support for children affected by domestic abuse. Young people who see or hear arguments and violence at home often arrive for classes the next day upset and unprepared. Darlington Borough Council and the police are set to work more closely to better share information so teachers can provide the help their pupils may need.  Further information and sample templates on the initiative can be found below:

Protocol  (2017)[Word Document]

Poster [PDF Document]

School sign up form [Word Document]

Example of Parental Letter for schools [Word Document]

Further information is available on the Operation Encompass Website [External Link] 

On Track: The Women's aid outcome measurement system

On Track is a comprehensive case management and outcomes monitoring programme created by Women's Aid for specialist support services including refuge providers which will provide vital insight into the domestic abuse sector and evidence of the value and impact of their services.  Further information is available by clicking on the link below.

Understanding domestic abuse: findings from On Track [External Link] 

Domestic Violence and your workplace

A leaflet is available to support employers on raising awareness of domestic abuse within the workplace and how you can provide the best support for any of your employees suffering domestic violence.

Domestic Violence and Your workplace leaflet [PDF Document]

Links between animal abuse, child abuse and domestic abuse

There is a growing research base in the UK to suggest that if a child is cruel to animals this may be an indicator that serious neglect and abuse has been inflicted on the child. Whilst research in the UK suggests that animal abuse by children is quite widespread, in a minority of more extreme cases it appears to be associated with abuse of the child or subsequent abusive behaviour by the child. For more information see

Early Help Assessments

The Early Help Assessment is the single assessment used by Darlington multi-agency partnerships which includes Schools, Colleges, Health, Childcare settings, voluntary sector and across all Children’s Social Care teams. The Early Help Assessment provides a standard and coordinated approach for practitioners across agencies and services and is designed to ensure that children, young people and their families receive the right support at an early stage to reduce the chance of escalation to a specialist services.

Various documents have been developed to support practitioners with early help assessments. See the Darlington Early Help Strategy [PDF] for further information. Further details and documents and guidance is available on the Darlington Borough Council website

Fabricated and Induced illness Practice Guidance 

Fabricated and Induced Illness Practice Guidance  (2017) [PDF Document] 

Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation Multi-Agency Practice Guidance (December 2017) [PDF Document]

FGM - Reporting Process Map (December 2017) [PDF Document]

Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation [External Link]

HM Government - Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation [External Link]

World Health Organization - Care of girls and women living with Female Genital Mutilation- A clinical Handbook [PDF Document]

Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence 

Forced marriage Guidance (February 2016) [PDF Document]

'Honour Based' Violence Guidance (February 2016) [PDF Document]

Gang activity - safeguarding young people 

NSPCC: Safeguarding young people who may be affected by gang activity [External Link]


Provision of accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be homeless and/or require accommodation National Guidance [PDF Document]

Information Sharing

HM Government -Information Sharing [PDF Document]

Information Sharing Protocol (July 2019) [PDF document]

Internet Safety

Darlington Internet Safety Partnership

The Darlington Internet Safety Partnership has been launched, it is a multi-agency partnership which aims to develop a clear offer of resources and support to help professionals deliver best practice information and guidance on internet safety education to build digital literacy and resilience skills in children, young people, professionals, parents and carers.

The partnership uses local and national intelligence and data as an evidence base. It's aim is to increase knowledge and skills to safely use the internet and social media, with a strong understanding of social media apps, cyberbullying, CSE, identity fraud, radicalisation, gaming, digital footprints and much more.

A number of resources will be made available which include:

  • Teaching resources and support database
  • Invaluable sessions for parents and carers based on what we know is happening locally and how to access them
  • Cyber Squad – Darlington’s Peer Support Project
  • Cyber Champion Chartersign up your setting

For further information please contact

Guidance for staff using technology with young people

The internet is great place for finding information and communicating, but we all need to know how to use it safely. It is recognised that Internet Safety (e-safety) Risks are posed more by behaviours and values than the technology itself. Children are likely to have internet access in many places and in many ways, so it's important to equip them with the skills to use technology safely and appropriately, alongside which adults working with children and young people must also ensure they establish safe and responsible online behaviours.

There are a number of resources and websites available to support your work on internet safety, click links below for further information. 

Erase Exploitation - [External Link]

Digitally Confident [External Link]

CEOP: Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre - internet safety [External Link]

UK Council for Child Internet Safety Sexting in Schools and Colleges [External Link]

NSPCC - Share Aware [External Link]

Childnet works in partnership with others around the world to help make the internet a great and safe place for children to access the resources visit the Childnet website. [External Link]

UK Safer Internet Council [External Link]

Internet Matters [External Link]

Think U Know [External Link]

Lighthouse [External Link]

Kayleigh Heywood - Love Story 


Joint Operational Licensing Protocol [PDF Document]

Protocol for the Protection of Children and Young People Aged Under 18 who attend Events in Licensed Premises [PDF Document]

Looked After Children 

Looked after children (multi agency roles and responsibilities of the statutory review of LAC) [PDF Document]

Making Every Contact Count 

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) [external link]

Medical Examinations

Medical examinations [PDF Document] 

MAPPA (Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements)

MAPPA National Guidance [External Link]

Risk posed by people with convictions [PDF Document]

MAPPA Information Sharing Briefing [PDF Document]

MAPPA Annual Report 2015-16 [External Link] 

MARAC (Multi-agency Risk Assessment Conference)

MARAC Guidance [PDF Document]

MARAC Risk Assessment [PDF Document]

MARAC Referral Form (modified March 2018)[PDF Document]

Sexual Violence Strategy [PDF Document]

HM Government - Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018) 

Missing Children 

Children and Families who go missing from Home, Care or Education multi-agency practice guidance (December 2018)[PDF Document]

Philomena Protocol Flowchart

Philomena protocol Missing Person Incident Form

Philomena Protocol 'Found and Safe' risk assessed locations and contacts to locate a missing child form

Philomena Protocol Flyer 

Modern Slavery incorporating Human Trafficking 

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking-Joint Multi-Agency Practice Guidance (November 2018) [PDF document] 

Modern Slavery at a glance (November 2018)[PDF document] 

Modern Slavery: A Council Guide (Local Government Association)[external link]


Darlington Neglect Strategy (2017-20) (January 2017) [PDF document]

Multi-Agency Neglect Practice Guidance (August 2018) [PDF document] 

Organised and Multiple Abuse 

Organised or Multiple Abuse Procedure and Practice Guidance (April 2017) [PDF Document]

Parents who misuse substances

Parents who misuse substances-NSPCC guidance [External link]

Prevent and Channel 

PREVENT Practice Guidance and Channel Process (January 2017) [PDF document][PDF Document]

Professional Challenge 

Professional Challenge [PDF Document]

Private Fostering

Private fostering [PDF Document]

Information on Private Fostering is available on Darlington Borough Council Website [External Link]

National Minimum Standards - Private Fostering March 2011 [External Link]

Serious Child Safeguarding Incident Procedure and Serious Child Safeguarding Review Procedure and Practice Guidance 

Serious Child Safeguarding Incident Procedure (February 2019) [PDF Document]

Serious Child Safeguarding Notification Form (April 2019) [Word Document]

Serious Child Safeguarding Review Procedure and Practice Guidance (March 2019) [PDF Document]

Self Harm 

Self-harm pathway and guidance (2016) [PDF Document]

Sexual Abuse

Young People who Display Sexually Harmful Behaviour Procedure and Practice Guidance (April 2018) [PDF Document]

Sexually active young people (May 2015) [PDF Document]

Sarah's Law

The Child Sex Offenders Disclosure Scheme (CSODS) known as Sarah's Law was established following the abduction and murder of 8 year old Sarah Payne. Sarah's mother campaigned and worked with the home office to develop this disclosure scheme.  The aim of the scheme is to allow anyone who has concerns about a child being at risk from a child sex offender, making an application to the police for further information to protect the child.  Further details are available on the Durham Constabulary website [External Link] 

Spiritual and Religious Belief

Safeguarding Children from Abuse Linked to a Belief in Spirit Possession - HM Government Guidance 2006 - [External Link]

  Modern Slavery

Emergency Services: Modern Slavery 


Local Government: Modern Slavery


NHS Modern Slavery


Safeguarding the Unborn 

Safeguarding the Unborn multi-agency procedure and practice guidance (October2018) [PDF Document] 

Working with uncooperative and hostile families 

Working with uncooperative and hostile families  (August 2014) [PDF Document]


Child Protection Conference Report Template [Word Document]

Multi-Agency Chronology Template [Word Document]

Information Sharing on Suspected Sexual Exploitation [Word Document]

DSCB Model Child Safeguarding Policy check list [PDF Document]

NSPCC Model Safeguarding Policy Guidance [External Link]


Child Protection Processes - Glossary of Terms [PDF Document]