News: 25 September 2018
New! MOPAC Gangs Matrix Review – Voluntary and Community Sector Consultation Survey
The Mayor of London is currently carrying out a review of the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) gang database – known as the Gangs Matrix. As part of the review, MOPAC are seeking the views of voluntary and community groups who regularly work with individuals affected by serious violence and gang or group related criminality. The survey covers a range of related issues including Matrix understanding, process, communication, and general issues about the MPS response to gangs. The survey takes between 10-15 minutes to complete and the link is below – you will need to cut and paste this into your browser.
Quick Learning Guide to … Familial Child Sexual Abuse
The LSCB has just published a new Quick Learning Guide which is on the topic of familial child sexual abuse i.e. abuse that occurs in the family home or relating to extended family members or within the child’s close network. The Guide, which is just two sides of A4, covers the definition of sexual abuse and specifically familial child sexual abuse, what the possible indicators are, the impact across the life course, key messages, how to respond and links to a number of useful resources. Do share with colleagues that will find this helpful.
Multi-Agency Briefing – Learning from Success – 8 November 2018
Please be advised that the next in our series of Learning from Multi-Agency Audit Briefings is due to take place on 8 November 2018 and will be based on the our recent Success Review, featured in the Multi-Agency Audit Programme 2018 – 2019. This will be something different! A Success Review is an opportunity to look at and celebrate what has gone well for children and young people in need, or in need of protection or looked after, who have experienced interventions from social care, health and other services. As a colleague said recently, “We can learn so much more from what has gone well, than when things go wrong”! The event, which is free to attend, will place in Committee Room 2, 1st Floor, Town Hall, High Road, ILFORD. The timings are: 13:15 Registration; 13:30 Commence; 16:00 Finish The format will be a presentation based on what we did as part of the Success Review, what the findings were, our learning and recommendations. There will also be opportunity share your own good practice examples and of course network!Booking a place is easy – no form to fill in – please just e-mail me (Andrea.Barrell@Redbridge.gov.uk ) providing your name, role, agency and contact details. A confirmation via an Outlook calendar invitation will then be sent out in approximately 10 days.
Home Office Guidance – Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines guidance
The Home Office have published new guidance primarily for front line staff working with children, young people and adults at risk including those in social care, education, health, housing bneefits, law enforcement and other relevant partners, on the issue of criminal exploitation, including County Lines. The guidance outlines what criminal exploitation and County Lines are, the signs to look for in potential victims and how to respond. The guidance is part of the cross-government approach to ending gang violence and exploitation.
Redbridge LSCB Multi-Agency Thresholds Document – Are you worried about a child?
The local thresholds document ‘Are you worried about a child? How to access early help, and thresholds for referral to children’s social care’ has just been updated and re-published, following the publication of Working Together 2018 and changes in local service provision. The document will be implemented with immediate effect. There have been no changes to the main referral contact information, thresholds or levels of need. Please use the link below to access the updated document:
Also available, for easy accessibility, is a one page summary document:
Free on-line fire safety in the home training for care workers and housing providers
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) have developed a training package aimed at care workers and housing providers to help identify key fire risks and hopefully prevent fires from starting in the first place. The course takes approximately 1 hour to complete and covers:
- warning signs such as cigarette burns in carpets, or smoking whilst drinking alcohol that workers visiting families in their own homes may observe;
- preventative measures such as fitting smoke alarms via LFB Home Fire Safety Visits and the use of fire retardant bedding; and
- the importance of referring those at high risk to either adult or children’s social care.
Enrolment is via the link below, making a note of your user name and password prior to submitting the form:
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 – Briefing
The Government have published the awaited revised version of Working together to safeguard children, July 2018. This is accompanied by a number of documents which need to be read in conjunction with it:
- Working together to safeguard children, DfE, July 2018
- Working together – Transitional Guidance, July 2018
- Letter from Edward Timpson, Chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
- Statutory Framework – Working together to safeguard children
The Children’s Commissioner has helpfully provided a version of the main guidance for young people and another for younger children. Links to all of the above have been sent out to LSCB Board and Sub Group members. The Association of Independent LSCB Chairs (AILCs), of which both our Board and Independent Chair are members, have published a useful briefing on the key changes in the new Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. This seven page briefing can be made available to our partners by request via our Contact Form.
Information Sharing Guidance
HM Government this week issued new guidance on information sharing for practitioners. Please find below link:
- Information Sharing: Guidance for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers, DfE, July 2018