Independent Safeguarding Consultant
Taking on the role of the safeguarding lead for any organisation can be a pretty daunting task. As well as the responsibility for managing some quite upsetting situations, we have to learn a whole new language of specialist safeguarding terms and abbreviations. To help you we’ve put together a glossary of commonly used safeguarding acronyms and abbreviations.
CAIU: Child Abuse Investigation Unit (Police)
CAMHS: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
CAFCASS: Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service
CSE: Child Sexual Exploitation
CPP: Child Protection Plan.
A plan created following a child protection conference that sets out how the child can be kept safe.
CPOMS: Child Protection Online Management System.
The market leading software solution for monitoring Safeguarding, wellbeing and all pastoral issues.
CO: Care Order.
Places a child under the care of the Local Authority.
This is otherwise known as a child “being in care”.
DV / DA: Domestic Violence or Domestic abuse
DBS: Disclosure and Barring Service
formerly known as the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)
DSL: Designated Safeguarding Lead (England)
DSP: Designated Senior Person (Wales)
DVPN: Domestic Violence Protection Notice
DVPO: Domestic Violence Protection Order.
The next step up from a DVPN
IRO: Independent Reviewing Officers.
IRO’s chair reviews for children living in children’s homes or foster care.
ICPC: Initial Child Protection Conference
brings together all the people involved with a child who is not already subject to a child protection plan.
ICO: Interim Care Order.
An order that is applied for by the Local Authority to ask for the power to share Parental Responsibility with the parents of children they believe to be at risk.
LAC: Looked After Child, formerly children in care.
LADO: Local Authority Designated Officer,
works within Children’s Services and gives advice and guidance to employers, organisations who have concerns about the behaviour of an adult who works with children and young people.
LSCB: Local Safeguarding Children Board
set up in each local authority and co-ordinates what is done to safeguard children in the area.
SRO: Sexual Risk Order
is a civil order which can be sought by the police against an individual who has not been convicted or cautioned for a sexual offence but who is nevertheless thought by the police to pose a risk of harm.
S47 or Section 47: Investigation of a child at risk of significant harm
SCR: Serious Case Review
is held after a child or vulnerable adult dies or is seriously injured under circumstances where abuse or neglect are thought to have been involved (England)
SERAF: Sexual Exploitation Risk Assessment Form.
This aims to identify the factors that may render children and young people vulnerable to being targeted for CSE (child sexual exploitation).
SEND: Special Education Needs and Disability