Redbridge local safeguarding children board

News:      20 March 2019

New! Suicide Prevention Training

East London Health and Care Partnership are offering a 2-day interactive workshop for all workforce and carers based in North East London. Visit their website for more information.


2nd Edition – Social Media App Guide for Parents and Carers

We have recently reviewed and added in pages on Instagram, Whatsapp and Reddit to our Social Media App Guide for parents and carers.  Also useful for professionals working directly with children and young people.   Download it via the link below:



Redbridge Children’s Social Care FGM Referral Pathway

Want to know what happens if you make a referral in relation to a child who may be at risk of FGM into Children’s Social Care?  Take a look at the new pathway.

The National FGM Centre have published  key resources to equip and empower professionals to identify, protect and support children at risk of, or who have suffered harm. See links below:

NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe Assemblies and Workshops                            

For those Redbridge schools that haven’t yet engaged with the NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe Programme, the offer is still available. To date, 83% of primary schools nationally and 75% of Redbridge primary schools have had the programme and the LSCB would encourage all schools in the Borough to take advantage of this free service.

The Safeguarding Speak Out Stay Safe programme was designed to equip children with the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.  The programme helps support schools with delivery of the updated guidance in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 on peer on peer abuse and the Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment guidance (developing healthy, respectful relationships, understanding sexual violence & harassment & knowing how to report themselves and peers) and helps with your responsibility to provide evidence that your school is meeting Ofsted safeguarding inspection requirements.  With the help of mascot ‘Buddy’, the programme provides age appropriate, child-friendly and interactive assemblies and workshops delivered by specially trained staff and volunteers to help children:

  • – understand abuse in all its forms and recognise the signs of abuse
  • – know how to protect themselves from all forms of abuse
  • – know how to get help, and the sources of help available to them, including our Childline service.

By the end of the visit the children feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.

The NSPCC materials have been developed to meet the needs of all children and support their learning in an appropriate and engaging way. They also provide information and resources to share with parents ahead of, and after, their visit.  The programme consists of a 20 minute assembly for Reception & KS1, a 30 minute assembly for KS2, and an additional workshop presentation for years 5 & 6, which lasts an hour.  Below is a link to a 3 minutes introductory video.

To book a visit to your school please contact NSPCC School Service Area Coordinator Caroline Roughley at

NSPCC Multi-Agency Working

Children and their families access a range of services throughout a child’s journey into adulthood.  It is important that practitioners and other professionals work together to gain a full overview of a child’s situation and have a co-ordinated, child focused approach to support.  Case reviews in the UK emphasise the important of information sharing and collaboration between agencies to that professionals can fully understand any risks a child may be exposed to and take appropriate action to keep them safe.  The NSPCC has published a new resource, with sections for frontline practitioners and strategic leads, which pulls together learning for best practice about multi-agency working from analyses of case reviews and Ofsted’s analysis of Joint Targeted Area Inspection (JTAI).

Redbridge LSCB Social Media App Guide

One of the actions taken forward from a multi-agency audit on peer-on-peer sexual harassment and abuse that took place last year is the development, in collaboration with the Redbridge Youth Council, of a Social Media App Guide.  The Guide (available via the link below) is aimed at parents, carers and those working with children and young people.  Find out more about what apps are being used by our children and young people by viewing today.

Briefing on Safeguarding Adolescents

Research in Practice (RiP), in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, Rochdale Borough Council and the Contextual Safeguarding Network, have published a really helpful briefing on the relationship between contextual, complex and transitional safeguarding during adolescence.   The briefing outlines what is meant by the terms ‘complex safeguarding’, ‘contextual safeguarding’ and ‘transitional safeguarding’ and how these approaches overlap and complement each other.   Practitioners, researchers and policy advisors have been developing and testing ways to advance child protection and multi-agency safeguarding practices to better engage with these dynamics of the adolescent experience. Some examples are included in the briefing.   It also details how these areas engage with some of the challenges and risks associated with adolescence. It also provides a summary table (page 7) of how the three relate the each other, including differences and commonalities.  The briefing is aimed at anyone interested in understanding more about new concepts and/or approaches to safeguarding young people and how they relate to each other.