Information for Practitioners

In this section you can find information and links on a variety of different issues such as domestic abuse, education, internet safety and child sexual exploitation. At the bottom of the section you will find some key documents and publications.


We provide multi-agency training offering opportunities for workers from different agencies to learn together, share good practice and improve how everyone works together.

Policies and Procedures

Information about the policies and procedures followed in Stockport and the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual.

Early Help Assessment

Stockport have improved and developed the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) to create a new Stockport Family Early Help Assessment (EHA).

General information

Working together to safeguard children

A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Research in Practice

Research in Practice bridge the gaps between research, practice and service users’ lived experiences to improve practice and outcomes for children and families.

Safeguarding Children

Our purpose is to safeguard children and young people from sexual abuse by preventing it and responding to it.


A one-stop information and advice service to support all professionals in working with children and families of offenders.

Safer Stockport Partnership

Joining together many public and voluntary organisations, including Stockport Council, Police, Health Service, and Victim Support.

Children's Commissioner

Children’s Commissioner work with and on behalf of all children in England to dramatically improve their lives.

What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused

Advice for practitioners on what to do if you’re worried a child is being abused.

Tackling Female Genital Mutilation

A leading women’s campaign and support organisation with a focus on FGM, child marriage and obstetric fistula.


The Whistleblowing Advice Line offers free advice and support to professionals with concerns about how child protection issues are being handled in their own or another organisation. It can be reached on 0800 028 0285.

Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership

Greater Manchester’s Safeguarding Partnership has teamed up with the charity ‘Missing People’ and their Runaway Helpline to let young people know there is somewhere they can turn for support and advice on staying safe.


Parenting Plan and Family Meetings are a free support service available to separated parents in Greater Manchester. The meetings will help you and your ex-partner to make safe arrangements for your children.

National Autistic Society

The protection of children and young people with autism from violence and abuse.
The Fatherhood Institute

The Fatherhood Institute

Engaging with men in social care: a good practice guide. This 16 page guide offers strategies for engaging with men in, or attached to, families in which a child is at risk or may become so.
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Family Rights Group

A good practice guide on initial family and friends care assessments has been launched by Family Rights Group.

Information sharing

Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

Domestic abuse

The Hideout

Women’s Aid created The Hideout to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse

Women's Aid

A national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.

Stockport Without Abuse

Stockport Without Abuse offer support, advice and accommodation to women and children that have been affected by domestic violence and abuse.

Stockport Domestic Abuse Forum

If you are worried about domestic abuse, try to find someone you trust who can listen and help you think about your options.

End the Fear

Anybody who is experiencing domestic or sexual violence can find help, support and advice here


Child Protection in Education

Cape is a professional network for those engaged in supporting schools in their child protection responsibilities.


MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults.

Educate against Hate

This website gives parents, teachers and school leaders practical advice on protecting children from extremism and radicalisation.

Internet safety

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

CEOP works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children.


Childnet are a charity who work with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.


Digizen strengthen awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourage users of technology to become responsible.

Private Fostering

Somebody Else's Child

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a ‘close relative’.

Stockport Council - Private Fostering

Detailed information about how you can get involved in fostering children in Stockport.

Resources and further information

Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)



Internet Safety
Digital technology is an integral part of our working life and sometimes the boundary between our personal and professional lives can be blurred.

The Stockport Safeguarding Children Board E-safety sub-group has produced some generic guidance (PDF 434kb) for individual workers guidance on safer working practice to support staff as they work with children & young people and their families. However, this guidance would also be applicable to anyone who works primarily with adults.

One of the integral documents is our agreement to behave safely and responsibly online. This is referred to as an Acceptable User Policy (AUP) or a Responsible User Policy (RUP). You may be required to accept this as an online document or physically sign it as a paper document. The Stockport Safeguarding Children Board e-safety sub group has produced RUP exemplars (Word 609kb).

If you come across an e-safety incident then please follow the process outlined in the managing e-safety incidents policy (Word 402kb). This covers bullying, sexual behaviour or information management incidents.

For more information, view the AUP Terms of Reference (Word 69kb) and E-Safety Strategy (Word 107kb).

You may also find the following websites useful:

So You Got Naked Online

Know it All for Trainee Teachers

Professionals Online Safety Helpline

Concerned about a child?

Ring 0161 217 6028 (Out of Hours 0161 718 2118)