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Local Practice Guidance & Resources

The resources listed below have been selected to support the work of the BSCP and it’s policies and procedures (currently available in the online Policies and Procedures Manual).

Whilst some of the resources have been developed within Buckinghamshire, others have been produced as part of a national campaign, or have been sourced and shared (with consent) from other Local Authorities or LSCBs.

If you have any suggestions for additional content which could be included on this page, please email

Children with Disabilities: Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention (Government Guidance)

This document is to support professionals working with children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and mental health difficulties in health and social care services and special education settings.

Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention

Children of Parents with Learning Difficulties (developed and shared by Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton LSCPs)

This link provides a clear definition of Learning Difficulties, as well as highlights the potential impact of those difficulties which practitioners should be aware of when working with families. It also details the action which must be taken by agencies to ensure that the children living within these household are considered and protected.

Parents who have additional needs

Professional Curiosity – Flowchart

Bucks CCG Professional Curiosity Briefing


Consent – it’s as simple as a cup of tea (VIDEO: sourced from YouTube)


Contexual Safeguarding

Contexual Safeguarding is a means of recognising that some children experience, or are at risk of, harm from relationships developed outside of their families; for example, within their schools, in their town or online. Parents and carers can have little to no influence over these relationships and professionals needs to consider their impact on the children they are working with.

Contextual Safeguarding Implementation Toolkit (developed by Contextual Safeguarding Team) includes guidance on establishing an extra-familial risk plan, the legal implications of implementing Contextual Safeguarding and examples of overarching polices and procedures for partners.

Videos and Podcasts (published by Contextual Safeguarding Team)

Blog: Working with parents to address extra-familial harm (Parent-led publication by Pace)

Paper: Exploring relocation through home and school moves for children affected by extra-familial risk during adolescence (written by Carlene Firmin)

Learning from the experts: Young people’s perspective on how we can support health child development after sexual abuse (study by The International Centre)

Child Sexual Exploitation: “All of us were broken” (report by Missing People)

An exploratory study into family experiences of Child Sexual Exploitation – All of us were broken

Home Conditions Assessment Tool (developed by Buckinghamshire County Council / Families First / Buckinghamshire Health Trust)

This is a short assessment of the home conditions and their impact on the children who live there. It considers 20 aspects of home conditions such as odour, cleanliness and home maintenance. It concludes with a decision about the level of concern, what actions need to be taken, what tasks need to be done and who needs to do them.

Home Conditions Assessment Tool

Lift the Baby (VIDEO accessible on lift the baby website: developed by Berkshire CCGs) – This video has been created by Berkshire CCGs to highlight the ‘safe sleep’ message for Dads and their babies.

PANTS: The underwear rule (NSPCC) – Guides, advice and resources for parents and professionals teaching children that their “Privates Are Private”.

Rethinking “Did Not Attend” – Was Not Brought (VIDEO: developed by Nottingham LSBC, sourced from YouTube)

Understanding Unidentified Adults Toolkit (developed and shared by Hampshire LSCB)

This toolkit provides practical tools, resource library and a workforce development slide deck, as well as case studies and examples of good practice.