News: 17 August 2018
New! Free Webinars for Safeguarding Professionals
H2b have announced a series of five free webinars commencing on 17 September, covering a range of subjects including leadership in safeguarding, how to protect children online and apps such as Kik and the latest gaming craze ‘Fortnite’. Participants who register will be able to hear direct from Jim Gamble QPM. Jim is CEO of H2b and the Ineqe Group, as well as being the Independent Chair of several London based Safeguarding Children’s Boards. Registration for the webinars can be completed here. For further information, contact Hannah Paul via Hannah@ineqe.com. The full schedule of webinars can be accessed via the link below:
Updated LSCB Resource Directory – eSafety & Peer-on-Peer Abuse
We have just reviewed and updated our Resource Directory on eSafety and Peer-on-Peer Abuse ahead of the new school term. See link below:
Message from the National FGM Centre
The National FGM Centre have launched a short survey, the results of which will inform the development of their next resource. The Centre are looking to improve the quality and relevance of referrals made on behalf of children and young people to children’s social care. Those staff working in the Redbridge Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) are encouraged to provide their input.
Relationships and Health Education in Schools
The Government have launched a consultation on the draft guidance on compulsory Relationships and Sex Education. This has been accompanied by an announcement by the Education Secretary that the statutory status will now begin a year later than planned – in September 2020 – in order to give schools a full year to prepare. Read more via the link below and take part in the consultation:
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 – Briefing
The Government have published the awaited revised version of Working together to safeguard children, July 2018. This is accompanied by a number of documents which need to be read in conjunction with it:
- Working together to safeguard children, DfE, July 2018
- Working together – Transitional Guidance, July 2018
- Letter from Edward Timpson, Chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
- Statutory Framework – Working together to safeguard children
The Children’s Commissioner has helpfully provided a version of the main guidance for young people and another for younger children. Links to all of the above have been sent out to LSCB Board and Sub Group members. The Association of Independent LSCB Chairs (AILCs), of which both our Board and Independent Chair are members, have published a useful briefing on the key changes in the new Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. This seven page briefing can be made available to our partners by request via our Contact Form.
Redbridge Community Day – 30 August 2018
This year’s Redbridge Community Day, organised by our partners Redbridge CVS, with support from the Redbridge Safer Neighbourhood Board (RSNB), is taking place in the High Road, from 10:00 to 15:00 on Thursday 30 August.
Do come along to find out more about your Borough, meet representatives from local community groups, find out about volunteering, receive advice on crime prevention and safeguarding and most importantly, have fun with lots of children’s activities taking place.
The LSCB will have a stand and look forward to meeting local residents – particularly children and young people. Come along and say hello!
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
This time of the year is known in the Western Hemisphere as the ‘cutting season’ for FGM and whereas many girls may be going away to countries where FGM is traditionally practised, this does not mean that is it the ‘cutting season’ or summer holiday in those countries. A girl is at risk at any time of the year, in any country, including the UK. If you are a social worker assessing the risk of FGM, please refer to the National FGM Centre ‘Good practice guidance for social workers’ and on-line Assessment Tool. If you are concerned about a child and want to make a referral, the Centre’s Good Referral Guide provides useful guidance.
Growing up neglected: a multi-agency response to older children
A report is now available on the Joint Targeted Area Inspection Programme in which Ofsted, the CQC, HMICFRS and the HMI Probation looked at how six local areas were identifying and responding to neglect in older children. The key points from the Executive Summary of the report provide an overview of some of the findings:
- Neglect of older children sometimes goes unseen;
- Work with parents to address the neglect of older children does not always happen;
- Adult services are not always effective in identifying potential neglect of older children;
- The behaviour of older children must be understood in the context of trauma;
- Tackling neglect of older children requires a co-ordinated strategic approach across all agencies.
The link between youth offending and increased vulnerability to all forms of exploitation and going missing is linked with adolescent neglect and the report raises the profile of trauma-based approaches. The full report can be downloaded via the link below:
- Growing up neglected: a multi-agency response to older children, July 2018 (JTAI Inspection Programme)
The Contextual Safeguarding Network, in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire and the NSPCC have produced a new self-assessment resource for multi-agency partnerships which addresses Harmful Sexual Behaviours (HSB) in schools. The tool is free but you need to sign up to membership of the Contextual Safeguarding Network to access the resource. The toolkit includes a traffic-light table for self-assessment and report on how to use the tool. The LSCB Training Programme includes a course on Harmful Sexual Behaviours (HSB) which is next taking place on 4 October 2018, in central Ilford. See the training flyer for more information and complete the on-line Nomination Form to reserve a place.
Information Sharing Guidance
HM Government this week issued new guidance on information sharing for practitioners. Please find below link:
- Information Sharing: Guidance for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers, DfE, July 2018