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Salford Children's Services Procedures Manual Salford City Council website

Quick Guide

This is an updated edition of your manual.

Throughout the manual, links to the Greater Manchester SCP Procedures Manual have been made to a number of chapters. Users may find the chapters in Parts 3 and 4 of these Safeguarding Procedures particularly relevant alongside those within this procedures manual, and are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual Contents List.

Before proceeding to the body of the manual, please read this Quick Guide.


  1. Display and Browser Options
  2. Structure of the Manual and Planned Updates
  3. Amendments and Planned Updates
  4. Keywords
  5. Compliance
  6. Register for Updates
  7. Copyright
  8. Printing and Retaining Copies

1. Display and Browser Options

In order to make this manual as accessible as possible, you can change the size of the text/layout using these accessibility buttons


which are on the menu bar on the left side of every screen. Click a larger button to increase your text size, the very largest being high visibility mode.

If you have a colleague who may benefit from this facility, please bring it to their attention.

2. Status and Structure of the Manual and Planned Updates

Structure of the Manual

The Manual is designed to contain all relevant procedures for Children’s Social Care, including:

  • Referral and Assessments of Children in Need;
  • Preventive/Family Support Services;
  • Court Proceedings and Decision to Look After;
  • Looked After Services, including Placements and Leaving Care;
  • Fostering and Adoption;
  • Children’s Disability.

Policies and Procedures

We have created a ‘one stop shop’ for all Salford’s policies, values and principles, see Policies, Values and Principles (Values).

The idea is that users read/familiarise themselves with this Chapter before going to the body of the manual, procedures should be read in the context of these policies, values and principles.

3. Amendments and Planned Updates


Click here to view details of updates made to this manual.

Planned Updates

The next planned update is May 2023 which will incorporate further input from Salford Children's Services Department.

Editing Guide

If you want to make an amendment to an existing chapter in the manual for inclusion at the next update, or if you have any queries or suggestions, please contact your Manager.

4. Keywords

The manual is accessed by practitioners from varying agencies, who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a large glossary (Keywords) of terms is available such as Significant Harm (Try it: click on the highlighted text). We call them 'Keywords'. Once clicked, the definitions will appear in a new window or tab, depending on your browser. You can leave it open for reference, or close it using the "close" button at the bottom.

5. Compliance

Regulatory Compliance

Every effort has been taken to ensure regulatory compliance. If you discover any errors or mistakes, please alert your manager.

6. Register for Updates

If you would like to be notified when this manual is updated, register your contact details by using the Register for Updates' button on the left hand side of the screen.

We will manage your data respectfully and in accordance with your preferences and we will never share your data with other organisations for marketing or other purposes.

7. Copyright

The content of this website can be accessed, printed and downloaded in an unaltered form, on a temporary basis, for personal study or reference purposes. However any content printed or downloaded may not be sold, licensed, transferred, copied or reproduced in whole or in part in any manner or in or on any media to any person without the prior written consent of tri.x and Salford City Council.

8. Printing and Retaining Copies

The Manual should normally be viewed on line but can be printed, for reference only.

To print a chapter, click on the printicon which is in the top right hand corner of the relevant procedure.