Redbridge local safeguarding children board

News:      14 December 2018

New!  LB Redbridge Children’s Centre Consultation Launched

The Local Authority currently operates 21 Children’s Centres across the Borough.  The network includes eight main ‘hub’ Centres which are open and accessible all day Monday – Friday inclusive, and 13 smaller Centres which are open at selected times to provide certain services and activities.  As part of the Council’s overall need to consider how to meet the challenge of funding reductions, the Children Centres have been identified as needing to save £500,000 per annum.  This will mean looking at a revised delivery model, hence the consultation seeking the views of the public, Children Centres service users and professionals across Redbridge in what options to consider to ensure the continued running of a high-quality Children’s Centre service with less budget.  Feedback on the consultation will be reported to the Council’s Cabinet in April 2019 to help make a decision about any changes.  Any that are agreed, are likely to take effect from September 2019.  The consultation document can be viewed via the link below.

There are also a number of face-to-face consultation events running at different locations across the Borough in January 2019.

Venue Date
Loxford Hub Tuesday, 22 January, 8:30-10:30
Thackeray Drive Hub Friday, 18 January, 13:00-15:00
Albert Road Hub Friday, 11 January, 12:30- 14:30
Cranbrook Hub Monday, 7 January, 10:00 – 12:00
Newbury Hub Wednesday, 23 January, 10:00-12:00
Hainault Hub Monday, 21 January, 13:00-15:00
Orchard Hub Wednesday, 23 January, 13:00-15:00
Aldersbrook hub Monday, 14 January, 9:30-11:30

Resilience – the biology of stress and the science of hope

A film, by KPJR Films, has been produced highlighting research that identifies the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including neglect and other forms of abuse, causing toxic stress.  This can trigger hormones that negatively effect the brains and bodies of children and young people, putting them at a greater risk of disease, homelessness, involvement in crime and premature death.

Screenings have recently been hosted by the Association of LSCB Chairs and the Metropolitan Police Service, which a number of LSCB partners attended.

There is a cost to purchasing a licence to show the film or individuals can sign up for a virtual screening.  A link to the website, which includes a trailer is below:

Mayor of London Announcement

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced action he is instigating with technical companies, including YouTube, to tighten up on the prevention of violent content that glamorises gang violence being shared on-line.  Read more here and support the social media campaign #LondonNeedsYouAlive

Free Learning Event – Asthma Awareness Safeguarding Conference – 12 February 2019

A joint learning event. open to professionals from across the boroughs of Redbridge, Havering and Barking & Dagenham, will be taking place on the topic of asthma awareness on 12 February 2019 from 12:30 to 16:30, with lunch included.

The aim of the event is to highlight the importance of asthma planning and effective safeguarding of children and young people that have the condition.  The event is predominantly targeted at GPs, school staff and school nurses but is also open to the wider workforce that will have an interest in this topic.  Places are limited and can be booked via Eventbrite.

The venue is to be confirmed but will be in Havering.

If you have any queries, please e-mail


Appropriate Language:  Child Sexual and/or Criminal Exploitation – Guidance for Professionals

It is so important that when discussing instances of exploitation involving children and young people that professionals are mindful of the language they use and ensure that in the words that they choose to use they are not contributing to victim-blaming or implying that the child is complicit in anyway or responsible.  The Children’s Society, in collaboration with Victim Support and the National Police Chiefs’ Council, have produced a useful guide, highlighting inappropriate terms and suggested alternatives.

Association of Independent LSCB Chairs Annual Conference (28 – 29 November 2018)

Redbridge LSCB, a member of the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs (AILCS), was represented at their Annual Conference by the Board Manager, Lesley Perry.  The Programme included a range of presentations and workshops including:

  • Making the Invisible Visible – The Child’s Voice
  • Parents in Custody
  • Local Safeguarding Responsibilities in Secure Establishments
  • Child Death Overview and links to the National Child Mortality Database
  • National Crime Agency Priorities with Implications for Child Safeguarding
  • Local Profiles – Matching National Perspectives with Local Concerns and Opportunities in Safeguarding

If you would like to hear about the Conference or receive copies of any of the presentations above, please contact

Government consultation on School Security Guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) is proposing to published new school security guidance that will provide schools with access to a range of information sources and tools that will help them to develop comprehensive but proportionate policies and plans to meet their security needs for the benefit of both staff and pupils.  The consultation runs until 18 February 2018 and can be accessed here.  For further information or any queries about the consultation, contact .

De-commissioning of the Redbridge CPAT FAX Machine

As part of improving data security and efficiency, the Redbridge Child Protection and Assessment Team (CPAT) will be removing their FAX facility at the end of January 2019.  Anyone still using this method of sending Multi-Agency Referral Forms (MARFs) are encouraged to switch at the earliest opportunity to completing a Word version of the form and sending it via e-mail to