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Practitioners Tool Box

The following tools are all referred to in the LSCP child protection procedures, but have been gathered here in one place to help practitioners.

Links/Tools useful to all child safeguarding cases:

LSCP child protection procedures – To help you understand what happens when you make/receive a referral, and what to do/what happens in specific circumstances from a multi-agency perspective.

Threshold Guidance – To help inform your professional judgement if you are worried about a child’s safety and/or wellbeing. This guide may assist you to make a referral to childrens services.

Early Help – guidance and procedures

Dispute resolution procedures, and template – To help if you have a disagreement with a professional from another agency about a case.

Emergency resolution procedure  – If a professional and their line manager agree that a child / children are likely to suffer significant harm with the next  24 hours and their dispute is still on-going then they may need to refer to this procedure.

Signs of Safety –To help you make decisions and have discussion with parents about a child’s care. The tool/system expands the investigation of risk to encompass strengths and Signs of Safety that can be built upon to stabilise and strengthen a child’s and family’s situation.

Tools and Guidance for Specific Circumstances/Types of Abuse.

Domestic Abuse

1.Domestic Abuse – General guidance and information about abuse.

2. Domestic Abuse Referral Flowchart–To help you make decisions about who to contact and what tools to complete.

3. Dash – Risk checklist is a tried and tested way to understand risk for an adult.  It is based on research about the indicators of high-risk domestic abuse.

4. Barnardo’s Domestic Violence Risk Identification Matrix – (DVRIM) is a multi-agency tool to assess the risk to children living in household where domestic violence is present.

5. Having used the tools they may indicate that a referral to MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) needs to be made.  The referral contact is


Wider Exploitation

An individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child, young person or adult and exploits them:

a) through violence or the threat of violence, and/or

b) for financial or other advantage of the perpetrator or facilitator and/or

c) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants.

The victim may have been exploited even if the activity appears consensual. Exploitation does not always involve physical contact, it can also occur through the use of technology.

Solihull All Age Exploitation Reduction Multi-Agency Safeguarding Procedures


Appendix 1 – West Midlands Police Intel Form (FIB form)

Appendix 2 – Barnardo’s Child Trafficking Advocacy Service Referral Form

Appendix 3 – Solihull Action through Advocacy Referral Form

Appendix 4 – Child Exploitation Pathway

Appendix 5 – Adult Exploitation Pathway

Appendix 6 – All Age Exploitation Screening Tool

Appendix 7 – All Age Exploitation Screening Tool Guidance

Appendix 8 – Individual Exploitation Social Work Assessment

Appendix 9 – Contextual Safeguarding Framework

Appendix 10 – Vulnerability Tracker Template Under 18

Appendix 11 – Vulnerability Tracker Template Over 18

Appendix 12 – MAACE Agenda

Appendix 13 – Disruption and Support Plan Template

Appendix 14 – ShEP Referral Form

Appendix 15 – Transitions Pathway

The West Midlands Paediatric Sexual Assault Service offers holistic assessment and care for children and young people under 18 years of age who are victims of rape or serious sexual assault or where there is suspected sexual abuse.  For information for professionals click here and information for clients click here.



1. Neglect tool kit – To help you understand and more effectively take action against neglect.

2. Graded care profile 2 – More information on a tool that you might consider being trained to use (See the Training Page). The tool will help you work with parents to work out where their childcare is strong and where it requires improvement.


Child Protection

Agency Report Template for Conference

Core Group Template


Child in Need

Child in Need Plan and Review Template


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

1. FGM Flowchart – A flowchart produced by the Department of Health and Social Care to help you make decisions on which actions to take regarding a case/suspected case/someone at risk of FGM.

2. FGM Risk Assessment Tool – A tool produced by the Department of Health and Social Care to help professionals assess risk of FGM.


Reducing Parental Conflict

Parental Conflict – To help practitioners when discussing parental conflict.