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SET Bruising Protocol - 2018

Southend, Essex and Thurrock Safeguarding Children Boards have launched the brand new SET Bruising Protocol.

This is being rolled out across the county and we advise that you check it is implemented in your area. 

The aim of this Protocol is to provide frontline professionals with a knowledge base and strategy for the assessment, management and referral of children who present with bruising and/or suspicious marks.

We encourage all individuals and organisations that work with children and young people to familiarise themselves with the protocol which can be found below.

SET Bruising Protocol - 2018

Essex Police and Southend, Essex and Thurrock Children’s Services have jointly published a Police Protection Protocol.

The guidance outlines appropriate use of this emergency power, including:

  • The threshold for using Police Protection Powers
  • The role of the designated officer
  • Key circumstances in which police protection is most often used in Essex
  • Expectations of police and social care where Police Protection has been taken
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SET Police Protection Protocol JULY 2017 
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SET Procedures - Updated MAY 2017

The revised guidance reflects the new definition and guidance for CSE that was agreed and published by the national government earlier in 2017.

It also outlines the new CSE Risk and Vulnerabilities Assessment, which is available within the SET (Southend, Essex & Thurrock) CSE Toolbox. This has been developed to help professionals in all agencies, who have a concern about a child or young person, to assess what level of risk they may be at.

Please ensure you dispose of any previous versions of this guidance.

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SET Procedures-April 2017-updated.pdf 
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What you need to do?

If you’re a professional working with children and young people we encourage you to read the revised procedures and familiarise yourself with the content: it’s important to be comfortable with  the processes and understand what actions you  need to take in various situations.

What’s Different?

Last time the procedures were refreshed, many of you found it useful to talk through the changes. Although we are not holding workshops outlining the changes this time, we have prepared a summary of all the key changes which is available to download below. Details of the changes can be found in the briefing note below.

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SET Procedures Briefing Note 2016.pdf 
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If you would like to discuss the procedures in more detail we suggest talking to your line manager in the first instance.

How to use the procedures

Download a copy from this page onto your desktop – this means you can access it whenever you need and are not reliant on the internet. These procedures are essentially a reference document and we expect that you will refer to specific sections, rather than read it cover-to-cover.

Making a referral

You should all now be familiar with The MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) being the one pathway for referrals and advice on children’s safeguarding and protection in Thurrock. Contact 01375 652802



Q. What are the SET Procedures?

The SET Procedures are the multi-agency child protection guidelines for Southend, Essex and Thurrock. The Procedures provide information on:

  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Information sharing and confidentiality
  • Recognising and responding to abuse and neglect
  • Recognising and responding to increased vulnerability
  • Referral and assessment
  • Child Protection enquiries and conferences
  • Allegations against people who work with children
  • Risk management of known offenders

The SET Procedures reflect all relevant law, regulation, statutory and non-statutory Government guidance and best practice as of July 2015; including the key government document ‘Working Together to Safeguard and promote the welfare of Children 2015’.

The Procedures were produced by a multi-agency working group from Southend, Essex and Thurrock. Members from this group are continuing to meet to undertaken updates and amendments to the Procedures.

Q. Who should use the SET Procedures?

The Procedures have been adopted by the Safeguarding Boards of Southend, Essex and Thurrock and all member agencies of these Boards must work to these guidelines and make changes in their organisations to implement them. They are also applicable to all those who work with children and young people in these three areas whether in a paid or unpaid capacity including schools and governors, voluntary and community organisations, religious and faith organisations, playgroups and child minders.

Q. How do I obtain a copy of the SET Procedures?

The SET Procedures are a lengthy document containing a wide range of reference and contextual information. Most people will not need to read all the information included. The contents page should make it easy to find the section you need.

Q. Is there any training available on the SET Procedures?

This is a refresh and not a rewrite of the previous procedures. Details of the changes can be found in the "whats different" section on this page  of the website.

Q. What is the procedure for amendments and updates?

If you find anything in the SET Procedures that requires amendment or if you would like to highlight the need for additions you should notify the Thurrock LSCB of this by email to lscb@thurrock.gov.uk

If changes need to be made to the Procedures these will be publicised on this website and through the normal LSCB communications channels. For Board partners it will be the responsibility of nominated people to inform all those in receipt of the original Procedures of the changes that are required. 


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