Policies, Procedures and Guidance

One of Suffolk LSCB’s key roles is to provide policies and guidance to anyone working with children. This section contains the policies we think you need. If you can’t find what you are looking for, contact us and we will do our best to help.


Adult and Children Services Co-ordination (ACCORD)

The ACCORD (Adults and Children’s Services Co-ordination) Protocol between CYP, ACS and sets out the approach and the arrangements for positive joint working between services for adults with additional support needs and services for children.

The Protocol is to be used within a ‘whole family’ framework where a parent of a child under 18 (or up to 25 for some disabled young people) has one or more of the following additional needs: a physical disability or long term illness, learning disability, sensory impairment, mental health issue, drug or alcohol misuse issue. It should also be used where a child may be a ‘young carer’.

The Protocol gives the principles, referral and other processes for all relevant services, the arrangements for management, quality assurance and ongoing awareness.

Please note - The ACCORD protocol is under review in 2017 and therefore is subject to change. These are the current versions of the guidance.


Asylum Seeking Children


Child Death Overview Panel

Child Safety

Child Sexual Exploitation

Children in Need


Children with Disabilities


Complex Abuse


Concealed Pregnancy


Domestic Abuse/Violence

Early Help



Escalation Policy


Fabricated Illness

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Forced Marriage

Gangs and Groups


Good Practice Guide – Suffolk County Council

The Suffolk County Council Good Practice Guide is for anyone in Suffolk who works with children, young people and their families. It contains the policies and procedures which promote high quality services and good outcomes for children and young people. Suffolk County Council staff can access this information through mySCC (the SCC Intranet).

External parties requiring further information can contact goodpracticeguide@suffolk.gov.uk


Honour Based Abuse


Hostile Parents and Families


Male Circumcision


Mental Health

Missing Children

Modern Day Slavery


Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)




Non-Mobile Children




Prevent and Vulnerable to Radicalisation


Private Fostering

Please also see:


Safer Recruitment

Safer Sleep



Sexually Active Young People


Substance Misuse

Thresholds Guidance

Trafficked Children


Vulnerable Adults

For further information, please see the Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board Website


Other Procedures and Guidance

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