News: 13 December 2017
Care leavers are aged 18 to 24. Often they have no family contact and so can find Christmas difficult. Redbridge staff and Members have developed a tradition of giving small items that are put into Christmas hampers for each of our care leavers and distributed by Barnardo’s Leaving Care Service. Examples of items that would make excellent donations include photo frames, toiletry gift sets, non-perishable food hamper treats (e.g. tings of biscuits, chocolates), socks, slipper socks, gloves, scarves, pens, or gift vouchers. No alcohol please. Donations should be left unwrapped as the Learning Care Service need to see what the gifts are to share out appropriately. There are two drop off points for gifts – Lynton House, 4th Floor (Front) or Station Road Centre – by 12:00 on Monday 18 December. Thank you very much in advance!
New! Government Green Paper – Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision
The Department of Health (DoH) and Department for Education (DfE) have launched a joint consultation on their green paper – Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision. Key themes of the paper are earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges. The proposals include creating a mental health workforce of community-based mental health support teams; every school and college being encouraged to appoint a designated lead for mental health; and a new 4-week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted. A link to the green paper is below.
A quick, more accessible version is also available.
The specific consultation questions (21) can be read in advance of responding via the link below, along with an Impact Assessment (IA):
Children and young people’s mental health is one of the LSCB’s priorities for 2017 – 2018 (see Business Plan – Priority 1). The consultation, introduced via a short YouTube film featuring young people, closes at noon on 2 March 2018 and responses can be input via the link below:
There is also provision for making general comments by e-mailing them to email@example.com .
Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Trust and 70/30 Campaign Infographics
The FASD Trust, in partnership with the 70/30 Campaign, which empowers communities to protection children, have published two useful infographics which aim to raise awareness of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. The infographics highlight how the use of alcohol during pregnancy can lead to disabilities and other life-long effects such as vision and hearing impairments, mental health issues, organ problems and speech and language delays. The British Medical Association (BMA) state that “Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is the most common, non-genetic cause of learning disability in the UK”. However, it is something we can prevent by raising awareness, using screening tools with women at risk and providing support or referring those at risk to services that can help with giving up alcohol. Find out more about FASD here and share the infographics below, using the tag line #dontriskit .
Redbridge Drama Centre presents Playing with Fire
Redbridge Drama Centre will be touring a new educational play and workshop in the Spring Term which focuses on the safe use of social media, a topic which the writer has researched with both local pupils and professionals. This eagerly anticipated drama follows previous productions including Choice of a Lifetime (on dealing with knives and knife crime) and Help Me I’m Normal (young people’s mental health), which were very well received by Redbridge Schools. Supported by LB Redbridge Children and Families Service and the Redbridge Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) the production, Playing with Fire, is targeted at pupils in Year 5, 6 and 7 and will be tailored to these ages and cover a range of issues that arise from when young people get their first mobile phone. The play lasts 35 minutes and is followed by a workshop discussion with pupils. Redbridge Schools can commission delivery of production on their site for £45 per performance (two classes). To find out more or to make a booking, please contact the Drama Centre via Sally.Polden@visionrcl.org.uk or on 0208 708 8800.
Learning from Multi-Agency Audit – Free Briefings for Professionals
The LSCB is continuing with its series of Briefings on Learning form Multi-Agency Audits which complement the Multi-Agency Audit Programme and our priorities for 2017 – 2018. The briefings, which last 2.5 hours and are free, all take place in central Ilford. The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
- Learning from MA Audit: Neglect – 14 December (PM) – tomorrow!
- Learning from MA Audit: Peer-on-Peer Abuse – 1 February 2018 (PM)
- Learning from MA Audit: Child and Adolescent Mental Health – 12 March 2018 (PM)
More information is available via the Flyer and places can be booked via the on-line Nomination Form. Come along and find out what the findings and learning have been on these important topics and how to strengthen your practice, policies and procedures relating to safeguarding children.