Redbridge local safeguarding children board

News:      17 October 2018

NSPCC Re-Launch Talk Pants Campaign

With a reported rise of 13% in sex offences against children aged between four and eight, the NSPCC will  relaunch their ‘Talk Pants’ Campaign  which aims to get parents, carers, teachers and early years workers to talk to young children about staying safe from sexual abuse.  Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC, said “We know that lots of parents have already used Talk PANTS to speak to their children about the dangers they may face from sexual abuse as they grow up, both in the online and offline world.  However, the figures we have revealed today show that we all need to do more to help young children learn how to stay safe, these conversations should be as normal as teaching them to cross the road.”

Redbridge Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

NELFT have updated their websites pages relating to the new Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS) for children and young people.  General information can be viewed here and the children and young people’s page here.

Activities at Hainault Youth Centre

Did you know about the positive activities available to Redbridge young people at Hainault Youth Centre?  These include basket ball, table tennis through to cooking and gaming.  Find out more here.

House of Commons Library Briefing – Safeguarding in Schools

Useful Briefing (No. 8023) from the House of Commons Library on Safeguarding in Schools which covers recent updates in legislation, guidance and sections on safer recruitment and managing allegations against staff.

Samaritans Step by Step Guidance Service for Schools

The suicide of a pupil is potentially one of the most difficult situations that a school or college could face.  Samaritans can provide support during this time through their Step by Step Guidance Service.  To find out more, see the booklet linked below:

LB Redbridge ‘Model’ Child Protection Policy for Schools

A revised version of the ‘model’ child protection policy for schools has been published which now reflects the publication of the new Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 and other changes, including references to the new Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.  The policy can be downloaded here:

The LSCB ‘model’ DSL supervision for schools has also been updated and now in its 2nd Edition:

The next Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) forum is due to take place on 31 October 2018.  At that event, there will be a discussion of the changes in Keeping Children Safe in Education and references made to the new ‘model’ policy.  For further information on the policy, please contact the LB Redbridge School Improvement Team via 020 8708 3962.

Contextual Safeguarding

The new Working together to safeguard children, published in July 2018, heavily references contextual safeguarding but what do we mean by this term?  Check out the Signis Group useful Briefing on the topic:

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.

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: