News: 22 March 2017
New law to protect children from on-line grooming
The Justice Secetary, Elizabeth Truse, has announced that a new offence of sexual communication with a child under 16 will be introduced. Read the full announcement on the Governent news website.
NEW: A protocol for joint working agreed between Redbridge Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and Redbridge Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB)
Analysis of findings from Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) indicates that where children are being cared for by adults with significant needs of their own, particularly those with substance misuse or mental ill health problems, or are witnessing repeated domestic violence, they are more likely to be at risk of being harmed within their families. Inquiries into child deaths have shown that close joint working between professionals involved with the whole family can impact positively on child protection planning and is vital for a full understanding and assessment of risk. A new Joint Working Protocol has been agreed by both the LSCB and the SAB to ensure that professionals who work primarily with vulnerable adults or adults at risk understand and deliver on their responsibilities in relation to the protection of children within those households. The LSCB recognises that professionals who work primarily with children have equivalent responsibilities in relation to the protection of vulnerable adults. These will be the subject of a separate but complementary protocol which will be developed as part of the SAB Action Plan for 2017 – 2018. Briefings – ‘See the adult, see the child’ – based on the protocol are being held as part of the LSCB Training Programme 2017 – 2018 on 11 September 2017 (AM) and 7 February 2018 (PM). Check the Training section on the website for more information.
LSCB Neglect Toolkit and Guidance
Are you aware that the LSCB has a Toolkit that can be used to identify and assess the level of neglect in a family? The toolkit is framed around six priority areas for children:
- Physical Care
- Safety and Supervision
- Love and Care
- Stimulation and Education
- Parental Capacity to Change
Neglect can sometimes be difficult to evidence and it is important that practitioners regularly review progress in families where neglect has been identified as a safeguarding issue so that progress can be measured and ‘start again’ syndrome avoided. Do check out the Toolkit and see how it could aid your practice.
Job Opportunity – Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
LB Redbridge Children and Families Services are currently recruiting to the role of Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO). The role is full time and permanent, with a salary of £40,620 – £43,380 per annum . More information, including the Job Description and Person Specification, on this interesting opportunity is available on Redbridge i.
Department for Education (DfE) ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ campaign
Redbridge LSCB are taking part in Phase 2 of the DfE campaign to raise awareness of child abuse and to encourage members of the public to report concerns that they may have that a child or young person is suffering from abuse or at risk of being abused. Do join us by sharing the key messages which include spot the signs of abuse, how to raise a concern and what happens with the information provided. The campaign website provides lots of additional information which can be signposted to. We would encourage agencies working with children, young people and their families or carers to get involved and share via social media by ‘re-tweeting’ the LSCB, adding the link to the campaign page on websites and signatures and displaying posters. Today (Monday 20 March), a national radio partnership was launched with LBC. An LBC Special Report will run throughout this week creating a national momentum around the key issue of child abuse and neglect. LBC’s 1.7m listeners from across the country will hear daily broadcast interviews with key partners supporting the campaign, such as NSPCC and Barnardo’s, a social worker from Islington Council, as well as an interview with the Minister Edward Timpson.