Using this Manual
1. About this Manual
This is the updated procedure manual for Gloucestershire Children's Services and replaces any previous versions.
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This manual will be updated on a twice yearly basis and a summary of the new and updated chapters will be located here. The next planned manual update will be in October 2023.
If you would like to make an amendment to an existing chapter of this manual for the next update, or if you have any queries or suggestions, please contact please contact: Jackie Orr (Jackie.ORR@gloucestershire.gov.uk) Practice Learning Coordinator, Gloucestershire Children's Social Work Academy.
Where a chapter has been amended, it is marked as 'updated' in the Contents list and the primary changes are explained at the top of the chapter. Where new chapters have been introduced, they are marked as 'new' in the contents list.
3. Resource Library
This manual contains a local resource section which can be accessed via the navigation bar. This library is populated and maintained locally. If there is a resource that you think should be added talk in the first instance to your manager.
4. Glossary and National Contacts
The manual is accessed by readers who may find terms that they are not familiar with. Therefore, a glossary of definitions is available under the resource tab.There is also a National Contacts resource populated with details of key national agencies and organisations likely to be relevant to procedures user.
5. Regulatory Compliance
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