News: 18 January 2018
New! Barking & Dagenham SCB Publish Serious Case Review (SCR)
Barking & Dagenham SCB have published a new SCR – Child ‘C’. The report relates to the death of a baby, aged 3 months, in September 2016, who was the subject of a Child Protection Plan (Neglect), along with her older sibling. The child’s parents were found guilty of causing or allowing her death and were each jailed for 11 years. This case , which was high profile in both the local and national press, features a number of themes including parental non and disguised compliance, domestic violence, transient and chaotic lifestyles, ‘invisible’ male, etc. Whilst the report concludes that Child ‘C’s death nor her injuries could have reasonably been predicted, there is much to learn from her experiences as a small baby. Via the link you will be able to access the following:
- An introduction by the Independent Chair of the Barking & Dagenham SCB;
- SCR Overview Report – which includes 9 recommendations (page 69); and
- Appendices to the Overview Report.
New! Redbridge LSCB Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Prevention and Intervention Strategy – 2nd Edition
A 2nd Edition of the Redbridge LSCB Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Prevention and Intervention Strategy is now available. This version builds on the achievements of the 1st Edition, published in 2014 and is in line with the London CSE Operating Protocol, 3rd Edition, published in June 2017.
Drama – Playing with Fire
‘Playing with Fire’ is an interactive play and workshop touring Redbridge schools in the Spring Term on the dangers and benefits of social media, aimed at pupils in Years 5 – 7. Selected dates are available from 22 January 2018 going through the Spring Term (sold out beforehand). The production is supported by the LB Redbridge Children’s Services and the Redbridge Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), who value its contribution to the education and safeguarding of Redbridge children in this vital area. The writer has researched the piece with pupils and professionals, including Schools Police Officers, to ensure the content is up to date and relevant. ‘Playing with Fire’ is targeted at Years 5, 6 and 7 and will be tailored to these ages dealing with the range of issues that arise from young people getting their first mobile phone. This engaging 35 minute drama is followed by a workshop discussion with pupils. Up to 3 performances can be booked per day. 2 classes per performance which needs to take place in a hall or drama studio. Cost per performance just £45 (£22.50 per class). To book the play, or for a seat at one of the taster previews, email email@example.com or call Sally on 0208 708 8800. The Preview (see photo left of ‘Trudi’ and ‘Jane’ getting caught up in the web of internet sharing) shown on 18 January was very well received by both professionals and the young people that attended.
This is a reminder of the useful tool available to professionals to help identify and distinguish healthy sexual behaviours from harmful sexual behaviours in children and young people, providing criteria around assessment and decision making. By using the tool, and identifying behaviours as GREEN, AMBER, or RED, professionals across a range of different agencies can work with a consistent approach. The Traffic Light Tool looks at behaviours by age group i.e. 0 – 5 years; 5 to 9 years; 9 to 13 years; and 13 to 17 years. For example, a ‘Green’ behaviour for children aged 0 – 5 years is being curious about the differences between male and female bodies and a ‘Red’ behaviour is simulation of sexual activity in play. The tool can be viewed on-line or downloaded as a factsheet here.
New! Redbridge Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) Multi Agency Self-Neglect and Hoarding Protocol
Our Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) have recently published a Multi Agency Self-Neglect and Hoarding Protocol. Whilst the Protocol has been developed with, and for, professionals and volunteers working primarily with adults, it is also relevant to the safeguarding of children and young people living in the same household or paying frequent visits to, for example, a grandparent with these concerns. The Protocol is available to download from the Council’s website – Redbridge i.
Sexual violence and sexual harassment in schools and colleges
The Government have published new guidance for schools and colleges on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children.
Farrer and Co, in collaboration with Dr Carlene Firmin, have launched a peer-on-peer abuse toolkit alongside the new government guidance. The toolkit supports schools to prevent, identify early and respond to peer-on-peer abuse, encouraging a clear, comprehensive and tailored contextual approach. You can find the toolkit here.
They have also launched a consultation on revisions to the Statutory Guidance Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) which remains open until 22 February 2018. You can respond online or via e-mail to mailto:Safeguarding.SCHOOLS@education.gov.uk
Government Green Paper – Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision
The Department of Health (DoH) and Department for Education (DfE) have launched a joint consultation on their green paper – Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision. Key themes of the paper are earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges. The proposals include creating a mental health workforce of community-based mental health support teams; every school and college being encouraged to appoint a designated lead for mental health; and a new 4-week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted. A link to the green paper is below.
A quick, more accessible version is also available.
The specific consultation questions (21) can be read in advance of responding via the link below, along with an Impact Assessment (IA):
Children and young people’s mental health is one of the LSCB’s priorities for 2017 – 2018 (see Business Plan – Priority 1). The consultation, introduced via a short YouTube film featuring young people, closes at noon on 2 March 2018 and responses can be input via the link below:
There is also provision for making general comments by e-mailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org .