Multi-Agency Practice Guidance and additional information

You can access a wide range of additional information and guidance developed by the Partnership based on children or adults in specific circumstances as well as signposting to National and Statutory guidance to support the Child and Adult Safeguarding Procedures.

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:

Provide adequate food, clothing and shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment)
Protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger
Ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers)
Ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment
It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs (WT 2018).

Additional definitions can be found on NSPCC website [External Link].

Neglect is the most common reason for Child Protection Plans in the United Kingdom. Analysis of Child safeguarding Practice Reviews has made the link between neglect and childhood fatalities. Neglect causes great distress to children and leads to poor outcomes in the short and long term. Consequences can include an array of health and mental health problems, difficulties in forming attachment and relationships, lower educational achievements, and increased risk of substance misuse, higher risk of experiencing abuse as well as difficulties in assuming parenting responsibilities later on in life. For further information and guidance see

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

Multi-Agency Child Neglect Practice Guidance  [PDF document] 

Darlington Joint Multi-Agency Procedure and Practice Guidance- Domestic Abuse- Safeguarding Children and Adults with Care and Support Needs  [PDF document] 

Children and Adults with Care and Support Needs - Domestic Abuse-Co Durham and Darlington Multi-Agency Domestic Violence and Abuse Procedural Flow Chart- Children and Adults with Care and Support Needs  [PDF document]

Adolescents - Domestic Abuse-Darlington Multi-Agency Child/Adolescent to Parent/Carer Violence and Abuse (CAPVA) Procedural Flow Chart-Child Adult and Family [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: Clares Law [external link] 

Operation Encompass (children) 

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 [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

For further information on Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence see:

Forced Marriage Guidance [PDF Document]

Honour Based Violence Guidance [PDF Document]

Darlington Internet Safety Partnership

The Darlington Internet Safety Partnership, is a multi-agency partnership which aims to build digital literacy and resilience skills in children, young people, professionals and 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 are available which include:

  • Cyber Squad – Internet safety peer group for primary schools
  • support for parents and carers around internet safety
  • Cyber Champions - lead person for internet safety within organisations

Further details are available on the Internet Safety Partnership website. 

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]

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 [You Tube Video]


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]

Child Performance and Activities Licence [external link]

National Mental Capacity Forum - Mental Capacity Act Competency Framework [external link]

Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development.

For further information and guidance see Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Neglect Practice Guidance [PDF document] and Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Neglect Strategy 2017-2020 [PDF document]

Channel Panels were established under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 [external link] to assess the extent to which identified individuals are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism and where appropriate to arrange for support to be provided. When assessing Channel referrals the Statutory Safeguarding Partners and the relevant partner agencies should consider how best to align these with assessments undertaken in accordance with the Children Act 1989 [external link]. 

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015 contains a duty on specified authorities in England, Wales and Scotland to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

The Children Act 1989 promotes the view that all children and their parents should be considered as individuals and that family structures, culture, religion, ethnic origins and other characteristics should be respected. Local authorities should ensure they support and promote fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. 

For further information and guidance see Darlington Safeguarding Partnership PREVENT Practice Guidance and the Channel Process [link].


Private Fostering Guidance [PDF Document]

National Minimum Standards - Private Fostering [external link]

Additional information on Private Fostering is available on the Darlington Borough Council website [external link]

NSPCC Model Safeguarding Policy Guidance [external link]

DSP Model Child Safeguarding Policy check list [PDF document]

Self-harm and suicide pathway and guidance [PDF Document] - children

NSPCC - find out how to spot the signs of self harm and what you can do to help [external link] 

Darlington Mind can also offer further advice and guidance [external link]

Information for children is available on Young Minds website [external link] 

Information for adults and children is available on Mind [external link]

Darlington Samaritans for further advice and support [external link]

NSPCC guidance - sexual abuse [external link]

Lucy Faithful Foundation Resources [external Link]

Centre for Expertise on child sexual abuse [external link]

Child Welfare Information gateway - Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse [external link]

Young People who display Sexually Harmful Behaviour - Procedure and Practice Guidance [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]