The differences and relationships between a strategy, policy, protocol
Strategy is a high level plan to achieve one or more goals. Strategy generally involves setting goals, determining actions
to achieve the goals, and mobilizing resources to execute the actions. A strategy describes how the
ends (goals) will be achieved by the means (resources). The senior leadership of an organization is
generally tasked with determining strategy. It involves activities such as strategic planning and strategic
MSCB Strategies will be agreed by the MSCB not the Sub Groups.
a system of principles to guide decisions and achieve agreed outcomes. A statement of intent, and is
then implemented as a procedure or protocol. The process of making important organizational decisions,
including the identification of different priorities, and choosing among them on the basis of the impact
they will have. For an LSCB policies will be agreed based on current legislation, national guidance,
local assessments of need, resources and understanding of validated research and best practice.
Protocol is an accepted code
of conduct or acceptable professional behaviour, including rules and guidance. For the MSCB Protocol
will be used to denote a specific agreement, including both policy and procedure, by the MSCB for its
Partner Agencies about a set of responsibilities to meet a particular issue– e.g. Information Sharing
Protocol, Mental Health Protocol.
Procedure – sets out the actions, stages and
people responsible for undertaking a process. It will be derived from agreed policy. It will give
greater detail than a policy or protocol and forms a set of guidance or instructions to be followed.
For the MSCB Procedures will be multi-disciplinary
and multi-agency and will clarify roles and responsibilities, communication and (possibly) timescales
across agencies for different aspects of work to safeguard children and promote their welfare.
The MSCB has agreed that it should only agree new procedures where
they do not currently exist in the London Child Protection Procedures; or adapt, clarify or localise
the London procedures to ensure that they can be put into practice within Merton.
Procedures will be drafted by the relevant Sub Groups and consulted
on before being presented to the MSCB for endorsement. Every MSCB Procedure will be ‘owned’ by one of
the Sub Groups and will be reviewed for its relevance and measurement against legislation statutory
guidance and best practice at least biennially; where there is a need it will be reviewed earlier.
The Policy Sub Group will maintain a register of
agreed policies, protocols and procedures and will ensure that they are up-to-date.
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