News: 13 June 2018
FGM Conference – 9 July 2018
The National FGM Centre, in partnership with the Hemraj Goyal Foundation and Barnardos, are hosting a free awareness raising conference on Monday 9 July, in central London, on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). To find out more and book, see Eventbrite. Speakers include the CEO of Barnardos, Javed Khan, Inspector Allen Davis, MPS and leader of Project Azure and professionals including a FGM midwife, barrister and social worker.
Redbridge Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Service (EWMHS)
The new service for children and young people with mental health needs in Redbridge, delivered by NELFT, has now launched. Referrals can be made into the Service, via the Single Point of Access (SPA) which leads into the ‘well being hub’ or re-directed to a targeted health service. The referral form can be downloaded from the NELFT website (see bottom of linked page). Contact information for the service, which is based at The Grove, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, RM6 4XH, is Tel: 0300 300 1624 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Referrals can be made by professionals, parent/carers or by a young person themselves. The service can be contacted Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00. Outside of these hours, when an emergency, contact the 24 hour crisis line – Mental Health Direct – on 0300 555 1000. Find out more on the NELFT website.
Quick Guide – Getting help to overcome abuse – Young People’s Guide
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), in conjunction with the Social Care Institute for Excellent (SCIE) have published a quick guide for young people about accessing support in order to help overcome abuse. The guide includes information on what is child abuse and neglect, how a young person might be feeling, what difference the right support can make and what steps they can take to access help. The guide can be accessed on-line or downloaded to print.
Child Protection Referrals
The Independent Chair of the LSCB, John Goldup, wrote out to all Redbridge schools this week highlighting the need to take immediate action following a disclosure by a child or young person relating to a child protection issue. A referral should be made at the first possible opportunity to the Borough’s Child Protection and Assessment Team (CPAT) on 020 8708 3885. Concerns should be discussed with parents/carers and consent sought to share information but only if this doesn’t put the child at potential further risk. When there are child protection concerns, parental consent is not required before making a referral. A copy of the letter can be found via the link below:
Did you know that FGM, also referred to as ‘cutting’, is being carried out both here in the UK and on girls who are taken by their families to their country of origin? There will be girls at risk of FGM this summer. Find out more about this form of abuse on the NHS website. Also, why note attend our Safeguarding Children and Families from the Practice of FGM training on 28 June (AM)? Check out the training flyer here and sign up via our on-line Nomination Form. We all need to know more about this, how to spot the signs that someone is at potential risk or has already undergone FGM, mandatory reporting, and what support is available. Our half day course covers all of this and more, whilst also providing an opportunity to network with other multi-agency professionals, share resources and good practice.
Thrive Together – Time to Change
Free training is available, facilitated by Time to Change, which has been developed to equip those working with young people with the knowledge and skills to better educate and inform them about mental health stigma and discrimination. The date made available for the children and young people’s workforce in north east London is 18 September, from 10:00 – 12:00, venue to be confirmed. For further information and to reserve a place contact Kate Griffiths, Project Manager, Thrive LDN via kate.Griffiths@London.gov.uk.