Using this Manual

This quick guide explains how the manual works.

This must be read before accessing the body of the manual.

1. About this Manual

Welcome to the latest version of the electronic Knowsley Children's Social Care Operational Procedures Manual. This version of the manual incorporates a number of updates, details of which can be found in Section 2, Amendments.

This manual is compliant with the requirements of Working Together to Safeguard Children.

This manual is fully integrated with the Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership manual of procedures. This means that when you click on to a link to the SCP manual it will open up in the exact chapter that is referred to. Navigation between the manuals does not require the reader to enter and leave the respective websites.

2. Amendments

The manual was amended in December 2022.

The chapters that have been introduced to this manual and the chapters that have been updated are listed below.

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

Where a chapter has been significantly updated (as opposed to a minor change such as job titles) the change is noted in the scope box at the top of the chapter and the chapter is marked as 'Updated' on the contents list.

This manual is updated on a six-monthly basis and the next update will be in June 2023.

3. Local Resources

This manual contains a local resource section which can be accessed via the navigation bar. This library is populated and maintained locally. If there is a resource that you think should be added talk in the first instance to your manager.

4. Glossary and National Contacts

The manual is accessed by readers who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a glossary of definitions is available under the resource tab.

There is also a National Contacts resource populated with details of key national agencies and organisations likely to be relevant to procedures user.

5. Regulatory Compliance

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

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8. Accessibility

This website aims to achieve Double-A conformance to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines in accordance with government guidelines. In order to change font size or manual colour use the highlighted 'Accessibility' button at the top right hand corner of any page.

9. Printing and Retaining Copies

The Manual is intended to be viewed on line to ensure only the most up-to-date version of procedures are being used. It will be updated regularly so, in the unlikely event there is a requirement for hard copies they should be destroyed after 72 hours.

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11. Mobile/Tablet Compatibility

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