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Quick Guide

July 2016

The changes included in the December 2015 update can be seen in Section 3, Amendments and the Next Update.

ALL USERS should read this 'Quick Guide' before accessing the body of the manual.


Contents

  1. Display and Browser Options
  2. Structure of the Manual
  3. Amendments and the Next Update
  4. How to find a Chapter
  5. Terminology
  6. Keywords
  7. Printing
  8. Compliance
  9. Register for Updates
  10. Copyright


1. Display and Browser Options

Have you checked your display and browser options?

If not, please go the 'display and browser options' on the left hand side of the screen.

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2. Structure of the Manual

This manual has been designed and published by Tri.x for the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board.

2.1 What is included

The manual is designed to contain all policies, procedures and guidance for the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board.

Policies, Principles and Values: The underlying Policy, Principles and Values of the Board are located in one chapter, see 'Values' (on the left hand side of the screen). All procedures and guidance in this manual should be read in the context of this chapter. 

Procedures and Guidance: 'Procedures' summarise how managers and staff must act in given circumstances. 'Guidance' provides direction or advice to a decision or course of action.

Procedures and Guidance are located in individual 'chapters' which are available from a 'traditional' Contents List - accessible on the left hand side of the screen.

2.2 Using the Contents List

Chapters are grouped together as follows:

PARTS: The manual contains chapters categorised under a number of Parts, like 'Managing Individual Cases - Procedures',

CHAPTERS: In each Part, you'll find individual Chapters/Procedures e.g. 'Strategy Discussions'.


3. Amendments and the Next Update

The manual is updated on a regular basis and when the updates are published, where there are chapters which are new or have been amended significantly, this is indicated in the Contents List and at the top of the relevant chapter.

Editing Guide

If you want to make an amendment to an existing chapter in the manual for inclusion at the next update, please first read Guidance on Editing Chapters and Providing Material to Tri.x. If you have any changes that you wish to be added in future updates of this manual, please contact Lenka.Devereux@Oxfordshire.gov.uk.

The next update of the manual will be published in January 2017.

Amendments Table

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


4. How to find a Chapter

Procedures and guidance are located in individual 'chapters' which are available from a 'traditional' Contents List - accessible on the left hand side of the screen.

4.1 Using the Contents List

Chapters are grouped together as follows:

PARTS: The manual contains chapters categorised under a number of Parts, like 'Managing Individual Cases - Procedures'.

CHAPTERS: In each Part, you'll find individual Chapters/Procedures e.g. 'Strategy Discussions'.

4.2 Search

We have provided a Search function, available from the relevant button on the left hand menu bar. This will enable you to search for Chapter/Procedure titles and sub-sections within Chapters.

It will provide the best results if you know the title of the chapter or sub section, or if you have a good idea what the title is.

You may have to try different or alternative spellings/terms before you get the result you are looking for.


5. Terminology

We believe it is crucial to use consistent terminology, which we agree with individual customers, for example:

'Child' or 'Young Person' both these terms are used to mean any child under the age of 18
'Parent' means parent or person with Parental Responsibility
'Regulatory Authority' Regulatory Authority is the generic term used in this manual to describe the independent regulatory body responsible for inspecting and regulating services e.g. Ofsted.
'Social Worker' This means the worker allocated to the child/family. If there is no allocated worker, the duty social worker or unit manager is responsible.


6. Keywords

For those users of the manual who may find terms that they are not familiar with, there is a large glossary (Keywords) of terms is available such as Significant Harm (Try it: click on the highlighted text). We call them 'Keywords'.

Many Keywords are highlighted in the body of procedures, but you can search for the Keyword you need by going to the Keywords Index, on the left hand side of the screen.


7. Printing

Each chapter now includes a print option so users will be able to print a chapter by clicking on the print icon.

The Manual is intended to be viewed online to ensure only the most up-to-date version of procedures are being used. It will be updated regularly so, in the unlikely event there is a requirement for hard copies they should be destroyed after 72 hours.

8. Compliance

8.1 Regulatory Compliance

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


9. Register for Updates

We recommend that you register with us to automatically receive notification when the manual is updated, and be informed about the briefing papers we regularly publish. Click on the 'Register for Updates' button on the left side of the screen, to complete and send your details to us.


10. 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 the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board.

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