Redbridge local safeguarding children board

News:       18 April 2018

New!  Redbridge Children & Young People’s Network (RCYPN) and RedbridgeCVS Merger

We are delighted to share the news of the merger of Redbridge Children & Young People’s Network (RCYPN) and RedbridgeCVS (RCVS). Following a year of discussions by our two Boards, the merger was unanimously agreed by the RedbridgeCVS Board in March 2018.  The merger is a big and positive step forward for all concerned and one we have been eagerly awaiting. We are confident that the merger will be of mutual benefit to both our organisations and help the future sustainability of the Network.  The merger which became official from 1st April 2018, means that the future of RCYPN has been secured for the foreseeable future at least. Our work will continue as at present: the only difference is that we have become a ‘project’ of RedbridgeCVS and not a separate independent charity. The RCYPN meetings will continue, as will our regular ‘Information Sharing’ emails etc.   Due to the merger, the databases of the two organisations will be combined into one. This is something we are currently working on. Before we can transfer any of our member groups’ information to RedbridgeCVS’ database we will need the written permission of our members to do so.   The timing of the merger is fortunate as the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will be coming into force from 25 May 2018.  These new legal requirements mean that we have to ensure groups are happy for us to continue sending information by email and post to them by requiring them to “opt-in” to continuing to receive information.  The simplest way for our members to do this is to formally join RedbridgeCVS as members. Membership of RedbridgeCVS is free and you only need to complete the simple on-line membership form once. Voluntary and community sector organisations can join as full Members, and public sector agencies and for-profit organisations can join as Supporters.  Many of you will already be members of RedbridgeCVS, in which case you won’t need to do anything!   In the meantime, should you wish to know more, please contact Saffina (Network Coordinator) on  020 8514 4420 or email saffina@redbridgecvs.net.  The next RCYPN meeting will take place on 16 May 2018 from 12:30 to 14:30 in the Meeting Room, 3rd Floor, 103 Cranbrook Road, ILFORD, Essex, IG1 4PU and will feature a presentation from Redbridge Families Information Direct (FIND).

Thinking about adolescent neglect

The Children’s Society, in partnership with Luton Safeguarding Children Board, have published a research review on the topic of adolescent neglect.  The report is accompanied by a related briefing for professionals.

Professional Curiosity Quick Learning Guide

As a result of the learning from a number of the multi-agency audits undertaken across 2017 – 2018, the LSCB have developed a Professional Curiosity Quick Learning Guide.  The Guide includes an explanation of what professional curiosity is, examples, guidance for professionals on using professional curiosity, and links to a number of resources.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – Learning from Audit – Free Multi-Agency Briefing, 10 May 2018

Our multi-agency audit on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has recently concluded and recommendations will be going to the LSCB meeting later this month.  We are already planning a Briefing on 10 May (Registration 13:15, Start 13:30, End 16:00), in the brand new Business Hub at Lynton House in central Ilford.  During the event we will share the learning from the audit with those working or volunteering with children, young people and families in Redbridge to enable further development of our identification and response to FGM.  The free Briefing, led by our LSCB Quality Assurance Manager, will include a presentation and an opportunity share resources, including viewing the new National FGM Centre FGM Assessment Tool and Knowledge Hub, and network with professionals from a wide range of agencies.  To reserve your place, please e-mail your contact details, including agency and role toLSCB@redbridge.gov.uk or call 020 8708 5282.

LSCB Training Programme 2018 – 2019

Exciting news!  Our new Programme has been published.  Please access the link below to see the variety of multi-agency learning and development opportunities on offer, including Understanding Peer-on-Peer Abuse, Harmful Sexual Behaviours, Understanding Loss, Grief, Bereavement and the Effects on Children and Families, Modern Slavery, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Safeguarding Children and Families from the Practice of FGM.  Thanks and appreciation goes to the LSCB Training Manager, Chair and members of the LSCB Training Sub Group and our LSCB Senior Administrator for the commissioning and development of the Programme.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The LSCB is preparing for the implementation of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on 25 May 2018.  As part of the new governance around data, we are required to gain ‘opt in’ consent to send out information relating to LSCB training, our newsletter and general safeguarding resources via e-mail.   We will be e-mailing those of you that are on our existing e-mail distribution lists for circulars this week.  Please do respond, providing your consent to continue to receive this important information relating to safeguarding children and young people and our LSCB.  For new contacts, we shall be requesting consent as part of our on-line Training Nomination Form or via our Contact Form.  If consent is provided, your e-mail address will be held on a distribution list for a maximum of three years, after which it will either be destroyed or consent will be requested again.  The LSCB agree not to share the distribution list with any other body.  If you have any questions, or at any point which for your e-mail address to be removed from our circulation list, please e-mail LSCB@redbridge.gov.uk.  For further information on data protection and privacy, please view our dedicated page.

NELFT Multi-Agency Perinatal Mental Health Conference – 14 May

NELFT are facilitating a multi-agency conference on the topic of perinatal mental health on 14 May 2018, from 09:30 to 17:00, at the Jack Carter Pavilion, Barkingside.  Attendance for professionals from LSCB partner agencies is free.  To book a place, please use the Eventbrite link below:

More information on perinatal mental health can be found on the .gov.uk website.

Redbridge LSCB Multi-Agency Thresholds 

The multi-agency thresholds document, ‘Are you worried about a child? How to access early help, and thresholds for referral to children’s social care’, has been revised as at March 2018.  The changes are minimal and do not affect the overall criteria for each level of need.  The main amendments are summarised below:

  • References updated to refer to the latest version of the London Child Protection Procedures, 2017;
  • Links included to the LSCB Neglect Toolkit and Guidance and the Brook Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool;
  • Updating of information relating to mental health and the contact details for the Redbridge Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) plus inclusion of links to the referral criteria and form; and
  • Inclusion of examples at Level 3 and 4 of harmful sexual behaviours.

Please find below the links to the main document and the quick A4 guide:

We shall be publicising the revised document over the next two weeks via social media and across a number of different newsletters in Redbridge.