Redbridge local safeguarding children board

News:      18 July 2018

New!  Save the Date – 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!


New!  Take part – Barking & Dagenham, Havering & Redbridge CCG Consultation on Urgent Care

BHR CCGs are reminding residents to have their say in a consultation on community urgent care services. Community urgent care services provide same day care and advice for people with urgent, but not life threatening, physical and mental health issues. These include the GP out of hours service (GPOOH), seven GP access hubs and four local walk-in services.  They are also asking the public for their views on proposals to change, and improve the way community urgent care services are accessed locally in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge.  As part of the consultation local feedback is sought on proposals to make more urgent appointments bookable in advance by calling NHS 111, and have two options for changes to where you can walk in and wait without an appointment:

  • Option 1: Patients can walk in or book urgent appointments at four Urgent Treatment Centres, at King George Hospital, Queen’s Hospital, Harold Wood Polyclinic and Barking Community Hospital. Bookable appointments available at eight community urgent care service locations, (including Loxford Polyclinic and South Hornchurch Health Centre.)
  • Option 2: Patients can walk in or book urgent appointments at two Urgent Treatment Centres, – King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospital. Bookable appointments available at ten community urgent care service locations, (including Harold Wood Polyclinic, Barking Community Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic and South Hornchurch Health Centre.)

Details of the proposed changes, drop-in sessions and a questionnaire for people to have their say can be found on the Redbridge CCG website.    All responses must be received by 17:00 on 21 August 2018.

LSCB Newsletter – Summer Edition

The Summer edition of our quarterly newsletter is now available to download.  Do check out the latest news from the Board, our events, a service highlight on the Borough’s new Families Together Hub, and a review of our involvement with the MPS Junior Citizenship Programme.

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:

Beyond Referrals:  Addressing Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Schools

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.


Redbridge Children and Young People’s Network (RCYPN) – a Project of Redbridge CVS   

This is a reminder that the RCYPN have joined up with RedbridgeCVS and operate now as a project from the umbrella organisation.  They still have a separate Facebook page where you can find out about things pertinent to the children, young people and their families in Redbridge.  Do ‘like’ and share their page if you haven’t already, and keep in touch!

Information Sharing Guidance

HM Government this week issued new guidance on information sharing for practitioners.  Please find below link:

Working together to safeguard children, DfE, July 2018

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:

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.

Public Health England (PHE) – Guidance on the Prevention of Drowning have produced summary guidance

Public Health England (PHE) have produced summary guidance describing the key facts about child drowning and how to prevent or reduce it.  This was developed in a response to a request from Lewisham CDOP following reviews of four deaths from drowning.  The guidance includes sections on why it matters, risk factors, impact and actions.  An infographics shares key statistics such as between 2007 – 206 37 children aged 0- 19 drown in London and 80% of them were boys.  The most common ages included in the statistics were  1 to 4 year olds and 10 to 19 year olds.  It highlights that drowning is a silent killer – and someone drowning doesn’t splash around as is commonly thought. and may go unnoticed.  The guidance can be downloaded from the link below:

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  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.