News: 22 February 2018
New! Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) – Online safety and social media policy template
The CPSU has developed a template ‘exemplar’ of an online safety and social media policy for use by sports clubs and organisations that work whose members include children and young people. This useful document outlines expectations in relation to communication between members, staff, parents, boundaries relating to privacy and management of the organisations on-line presence. The template can be used to get an idea of the types of things that need to be included and can form the basis of your own policy. Everyone in your organisation, including staff, children and parents should read the policy and agree to it’s terms. Find out more and view the template on the CPSU website.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) – Free one day training course for Redbridge professionals
In addition to the free training being provided for school staff by SaferLondon on 13 March (now fully booked), funded by MOPAC, an additional opportunity is now available for other professionals working with children and young people in Redbridge to attend a free course on Friday 16 March in central Ilford. The course will provide attendees with an understanding of CSE and provide the tools to respond effectively. Areas covered include identification of risks and indicators that young people may be experiencing CSE; analysis of roles of young women linked to gangs and how this can relate to CSE; recognition of opportunities for early intervention; investigation of safety planning tools; responding to disclosures; and contextualise responses to CSE within local processes. If you want to find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department for Education (DfE) has launched phase three of the public awareness raising campaign – ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’. The campaign will run through to the end of March 2018. As with previous phases, the Local Authority and the LSCB have signed up to support this initiative which will include radio advertising and a social media campaign. The aims of this phase are to inform people about the different types of child abuse and neglect, enable people to spot the signs, and reassure people about the reporting process and support them through it. We are encouraging our partner agencies to take part and make use of the wide variety of campaign materials which include YouTube films on physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect, infographics and a campaign logo. To access the materials and guidance on how to use them go to the dedicated campaign website. You can also download more information about the campaign and key messages. For specific queries about the campaign, contact email@example.com.
Parent and Child Foster Carers Research Focus Group
Do you know a foster carer who might be interested in taking part in research? Research midwife Lucy November from the Department of Women and Children’s Health at King’s College London is holding a research Focus Group of foster carers from the north east London area who have experience of parent and child foster placements. The event is being held on 2 March from 11:00 in Dagenham and includes lunch plus paid local travel expenses for attendees. Please see the flyer being for more information or e-mail Lucy via Lucy.November@kcl.ac.uk.
LSCB Resource Directory – eSafety and Peer-on-Peer Abuse
One of the recommendations from our multi-agency audit on e-safety and peer-on-peer abuse was the development of a directory for use by professionals working with children, young people and families who need specialist guidance and resources on these topics. This now available to download:
We will be seeking to update this resource every six months. You can also find it on our dedicated esafety page.
Redbridge LSCB Lay Member Vacancy
Have you the skills and time to help promote the safety and well-being of children and young people in Redbridge? Are you over 18 and do you live in Redbridge? Can you be a ‘critical’ friend to Redbridge LSCB? Are you free to attend a 3-hour daytime meeting during the week on a quarterly basis? Safeguarding children is everyone’s business. Redbridge Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is responsible for overseeing how agencies work together to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people in Redbridge. We are looking for a volunteer lay member to join us for an initial period of two years. You must be a local resident and committed to improving children’s welfare. You will need:
- An understanding of working with children and young people
- An ability to communicate effectively within meetings
- Confidence to ask questions and challenge in a constructive way
- A commitment to promoting equality and diversity
- A commitment to improving the safety of children and young people of Redbridge
You may not apply if you have been employed by any agency represented on Redbridge LSCB in the past 12 months. You will be required to attend four meetings a year, relevant safeguarding training, and to act as a ‘critical’ friend to the LSCB. In return we will provide a unique experience and a real opportunity for you to make a difference to the lives of children and young people of Redbridge. Out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed for travel. The successful candidate will be subject to statutory checks and references including an enhanced DBS. They will also be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement before taking up the role. For further information, please contact Lesley Perry, LSCB Manager, on 020 8708 5282 or by e-mailing Lesley.Perry@redbridge.gov.uk. You may also be interested in reading an article in our newsletter (page 7) written by one of our current Lay Members which provides a further insight into the role.
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.