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3.12.4 Notifiable Events

SCOPE OF THIS CHAPTER

This chapter outlines the senior managers and external agencies that must be informed if a Notifiable Event occurs.

AMENDMENT

This chapter was updated in June 2016 to update the agencies who should be notified in the event of a serious incident.


Contents

  1. Definition of Notifiable Events and Timescales for Notifying
  2. Notifications


1. Definition of Notifiable Events and Timescales for Notifying

Notifiable Events, which relate to Looked After Children, are defined in the table below.

If a Notifiable Event occurs in relation to a Looked After Child, the following people must be informed:

  • The Residential Provision Manager and Line Manager or Supervising Social Worker/Line Manager and Head of Looked After Children and Regulated Services;
  • The Social Worker and his/her Line Manager;
  • Director of Children's Services;
  • External agencies listed in the table below.**

*The Director of Children's Services will come to a decision about informing members or other Chief Officers, but must ensure that the external agencies listed in the table are informed.

**All notifications to external agencies must be made without delay, verbally and confirmed in writing, see Section 2, Notifications

EVENT

WHO TO NOTIFY

Death of a child.

Outside Agencies: The Regulatory Authority, Secretary of State and Health and Safety Executive.

The local authority in whose area the children’s home is located (if that local authority is not the placing authority);

The Clinical Commissioning Group for the area in which the home is located;

If the child was accommodated in a secure children’s home, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman for England and Wales (“the PPO”); and

Any other relevant person.

Referral to the Secretary of State pursuant to section 2(1)(a) of the Protection of Children Act 1999(a) an employee or volunteer. Outside Agencies: The Regulatory Authority.
Involvement or suspected involvement of a child in prostitution or is/has been trafficked. Outside Agencies: The Regulatory Authority, Police & Local Authority.
Any incident requiring police involvement occurs in relation to a child which the registered manager considers to be serious.

Outside Agencies: The Regulatory Authority.

Any allegation of abuse against the home or a person working there. Outside Agencies: The Regulatory Authority.
Any other incident relating to a child which the registered manager considers to be serious. Outside Agencies:
Ofsted (National Business Unit: 0300 123 1231)
Instigation and outcome of any Child Protection Enquiry involving a child.

Outside Agencies: The Regulatory Authority.

In addition, the following notifications should be made
Serious illness or serious accident sustained by a Child or employee. This includes serious or persistent self harming or attempted suicide. Outside Agencies:
The Health and Safety Executive
*If a medical practitioner considers it to be notifiable under RIDDOR
Outbreak of any infectious disease which in the opinion of a registered medical practitioner attending children is sufficiently serious to be so notified.

Outside Agencies: The Regulatory Authority, Health and Safety Executive Incident Contact Centre & Health Authority.


2. Notifications

2.1 Ofsted

The Regulatory Authority for England is Ofsted, for information about informing Ofsted of Notifiable Events, go to the following link:

Ofsted Guidance re Notification of Serious Childcare Incident.

2.2 Health and Safety Executive

For information on notifying the Health and Safety Executive Incident Contact Centre, go to the following link:

Health and Safety Executive Incident Contact Centre.

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