News: 22 January 2019
New! Briefing on Safeguarding Adolescents
Research in Practice (RiP), in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, Rochdale Borough Council and the Contextual Safeguarding Network, have published a really helpful briefing on the relationship between contextual, complex and transitional safeguarding during adolescence. The briefing outlines what is meant by the terms ‘complex safeguarding’, ‘contextual safeguarding’ and ‘transitional safeguarding’ and how these approaches overlap and complement each other. Practitioners, researchers and policy advisors have been developing and testing ways to advance child protection and multi-agency safeguarding practices to better engage with these dynamics of the adolescent experience. Some examples are included in the briefing. It also details how these areas engage with some of the challenges and risks associated with adolescence. It also provides a summary table (page 7) of how the three relate the each other, including differences and commonalities. The briefing is aimed at anyone interested in understanding more about new concepts and/or approaches to safeguarding young people and how they relate to each other.
- RiP Briefing – Safeguarding Adolescents – Complex, Contextual and Transitional Safeguarding, January 2019
Reporting Missing Person and Request for Welfare Check to MPS
This is a reminder that agencies working with children and young people can now place a Missing Person report online and request a welfare check from the MPS. The link to the on-line reporting mechanism will be distributed to partner agencies today. Please note, this process is not for access by the general public.
Safer Sleep Resource for Parents
The Lullaby Trust, in collaboration with Bliss and Tamba, have launched a new safer sleep resource for parents. The Safer Sleep Advice for Premature Babies guide features current evidence-based support for parents and carers of premature babies to help them reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The guide can be downloaded from here. A reminder that Safer Sleep Week 2019 is taking place from 12 – 18 March.
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 to submit 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 CPAT.Referrals@Redbridge.gov.uk
LB Redbridge Children’s Centre Consultation – Closing 6 March 2019
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.
|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:
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.
- Appropriate Language: Child Sexual and/or Criminal Exploitation – Guidance for Professionals, The Children’s Society, Victim Support and NSPCC
Government consultation on School Security Guidance – Closing 18 February 2019
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 SchoolSecurity.CONSULTATION@education.gov.uk .