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BromleyChildren and Young People Service Safeguarding and Social Care Division Procedures Manual



August 2020

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This chapter has been updated in line with the new digital referral system for reporting potential victims of Modern Slavery.

Note: As of the 1st March 2020 the existing paper forms will no longer be accepted. For more information see Modern slavery victims: referral and assessment forms.

Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

This chapter has been updated to take account of the new NRM digital referral form to report Modern Slavery.

Notifications of Significant Events

This procedure has been updated to reflect the latest Ofsted guidance for social care providers on the types of incident which they consider to be serious and which will therefore require notification to the regulatory authority.

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Capacity and Consent

In this chapter guidance is offered in relation to the various situations in which consent is likely to be sought, with reference to previous legal judgements. This is a potentially complex practice arena and if the practitioner is in any doubt about gaining consent they should always seek further advice from managers and legal advice must be sought as necessary

Use of Social Media Sites by Social Care Staff

The use of social media in a social care and safeguarding environment is a developing area. Cases and reviews have discussed the use of social media in social work practice. There is, however, currently no specific government guidance on the issue. This chapter is designed to highlight some of the issues to be considered, with links to additional information. It is not intended to provide any legal advice, and legal advice must be sought as appropriate. Local Authorities and Courts may have local protocols in place on the use of social media/service of documents.

This chapter will continue to be updated as the body of case-law develops.

Storage of Data on Mobile Devices

This chapter provides guidance on the storage of personal data (including photographs) on mobile devices. 'Personal data' is any information about an identifiable living individual.

'Mobile devices' includes memory sticks, mobile telephones including smartphones, tablet technologies, netbooks and laptops.

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