LSCB News: 30 September 2016
Seen and Heard
Seen and Heard is a new training initiative aimed to equip both healthcare workers and other professionals undertaking direct work with children and young people with the knowledge and understanding to be able to spot the signs of child sexual abuse and exploitation. One in 20 children in the UK has been sexually abused. Many of these children and young peole want to disclose their abuse, but don’t feel able to. The Children’s Society, commissioned by the Department of Health (DoH), has produced an e-learning module for practitioners, part of the Seen and Heard package. The hour long course features a powerful drama about a young man called Tyler, the victim of abuse, which increases awareness of the possible indications and signs of what to look for when they come into contact with a child or young person. The course is free of charge and can be accessed via the Seen and Heard website. Once you have complted the module, you can become a Seen and Heard champion and spread the word about the course to others. The LSCB will be promoting Seen and Heard via Twitter and Facebook, and via a dedicated page on the LSCB website. Children that have been abused need to be Seen and Heard – watch the trailer!
Time to Listen – a joined up approach to child sexual exploitation and missing children – Report from Ofsted et al
A report on the findings from the ‘deep dive’ of the last Joint Targeted Area Inspection (JTAI), undertaken by Ofsted, HMIC, CQC, and HM Inspector of Probation, has now been published. “Time to Listen – a joined up approach to child sexual exploitation and missing children” covers good practice in tackling CSE including what works, ensuring a consistent reponse and the role of leadership in addressing CSE. The report is based on inspections that were conducted in Central Bedfordshire, Croydon, Liverpool, Oxfordshire and South Tyneside.
New LSCB Contact Form launched
A new Contact Form has been launched on the website. This can be used to provide feedback to the LSCB on general safeguarding concerns in Redbridge, to sign up to the mailing list to receive copies of our newsletter and training information, request a call back or any other enquiry. We aim to respond to submitted Contact Forms with one working day. Please note, the Contact Form should not be used to refer individual child protection issues. All concerns about a child or young person in Redbridge should be made to
or by calling 020 8708 3885 (020 8708 5897 after 17:00 and at weekends).
LSCB Escalation and Resolution Policy
We have recently received feedback that not all professionals are aware of our LSCB Escalation and Resolution Policy. This is an important resource made available by the LSCB to provide a straightforward process to quickly resolve or where necessary, escalate, professional differences which can occasionally occur where there are concerns that the safeguarding of children are at risk of being compromised. The aim of this policy is to promote a culture of partnership working, whereby all agencies working with children, young people and their families feel confident, able and supported to address concerns in situations where there are differences in professional judgements around the response to the well-being and safety of children and young people. If you are not familiar with the policy, do take a look through it and promote at your Team Meetings.
Recruitment – LSCB Quality Assurance Manager (£46,146 – £48,693)
As you can see from the listing in The Guardian, we are recruiting to the role of Quality Assurance Manager. This is a permanent addition to our LSCB Team and an opportunity to work collaboratively across partner agencies to evaluate practice and effectiveness of safeguarding children through audits and other quality assurance activities, deliver workshops and support with taking forward areas for improvement. If this sounds interesting and you have a strong background in leadership and management across agencies working with children, do check out the further information and application process on Redbridge i.
LSCB Job Shadowing Scheme
As part of taking forward learning and improvement in the area of safeguarding children and young people, the LSCB have launched a new Job Shadowing Scheme, available across partner agencies. For more information, see here . Via the website, you will be able to request a shadowing experience following approval from your Line Manager. Do find out more about this initiative which will support understanding of the different roles and responsibilities of agencies and professionals working with children, young people and their families and also contribute to your CPD.
Accident Prevention – Button Cell Batteries
Recent distressing stories in the media have again highlighted the dangers of button batteries. Button batteries and lithium coin batteries are small, round batteries – the type you find in watches, toys, calculators, car key fobs and other everyday objects – a number of which are attractive to small children including Christmas lights, musical cards and nightlights. They are extremely dangerous for children if swallowed as due to their nature and size. As well as choking on them, these type of batteries can easily get stuck in a child’s throat or gullet, leading to burns, internal bleeding and possible death. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) provide guidance on button cell batteries, including what the dangers are, precautions to take and action to take if a child swallows a battery. Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has produced a useful leaflet for parents – Your child and button batteries. If you suspect a child has swallowed a button battery, they should be taken immediately to the nearest Accident and Emergency Department or call 999 for an ambulance. Do not let them eat or drink anything and do not try to make them sick.
Information for Parents and Professionals on Spotting the signs of Sepsis
You may be aware of recent news reports of a young child that died from sepsis. An information leaflet is available for download on the CDOP News and Publications page on spotting the signs of sepsis and serious illness in children. Sepsis, sometimes referred to as blood poisoning or septicaemia, is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection or injury. This very informative leaflet and checklist, for use by parents and professionals, has been produced by the UK Sepsis Trust. For further information, the Trust can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also extended information on the website www.sepsistrust.org and on NHS Choices.
Modern Slavery – a child protection issue
The profile of modern slavery as a concern here in the UK is rightly being moved up the political, media and social agendas. The LSCB will be raising awareness of this child protection issue through learning and development activities and also the provision of information. A new information page on the website is now ‘live’.