Inter-Agency Policy & Procedures
Following the publication of Working Together 2018 on 5 July 2018, the safeguarding and child protection procedures have been reviewed.
Working Together 2018
Working Together 2018 guidance is available to download from the DfE website.
Working Together 2018 guidance can also be accessed via the web-based Procedures – via the link below.
Inter Agency Policy and Procedures are available to download by clicking on the following link: web-based Procedures Policies and Procedures have been developed in line with ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ national guidance.
To ensure you are always working with the most up to date procedures we would recommend you do not work from printed procedures. If you do print any of the pages to help you with a particular issue or case, you will find that they are watermarked with a reminder that they are only valid that day.
Milton Keynes thresholds
Levels of Need, updated 2019
The Levels of Need document was updated in April 2019 and should be used by all workers when they have a concern about a child. Refer to the Levels of Need document, before, and as part of your referral to the Milton Keynes Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). Download the revised version here: MKSB Levels of Need 2019
Remember, you can contact the MK MASH for advice – call the MASH on 01908 253169/70 to discuss a safeguarding concern.
To make a referral please complete a multi-agency referral form (MARF) which can be accessed via the MK Council website.
Adult Safeguarding Policies and Procedures
Please note, adult safeguarding policies and procedures are also overseen by the Milton Keynes Safeguarding Board and align with the Care Act guidance.
If you have a concern about a child or a vulnerable adult, and would like to make a referral, the referral forms can be accessed from the Milton Keynes Council website.
The following communication from the MKSB Independent Chair reinforces the expectation that workers in Milton Keynes should complete a CAF (part 2 of the multi-agency referral form (MARF)) to record essential information from referrers about what has already happened in terms of single or multi-agency early help and support to children and young people and their families before a referral is made.
It is appreciated that not everyone making a referral will know what early help has been provided, or by whom. However thinking about why you think a referral is needed is always a good discipline, and ensuring you have discussed it with a safeguarding advisor, designated professional, or manager first is essential. Remember, the first principle should always be the least intrusive response to need possible to secure the outcomes needed.
Guidance on developing a child protection policy has been produced by colleagues in Milton Keynes Council to support school leaders in developing their own school-specific child protection policy.
Inter-Agency LADO Practice Guidance (2019)
The inter-agency LADO Practice Guidance has recently been updated and the 2019 version is now available. The guidance has been developed to support decision-making in cases where there are safeguarding concerns about people who work with children. The guidance can be downloaded here:
LADO Practice Guidance (2019)