Redbridge local safeguarding children board

News:      25 April 2019

New!  Suicide Prevention eLearning

Health Education England Public Health England have published a new elearning module on Suicide Prevention called ‘We need to talk about suicide’.  The module aims to provide support for volunteers and health care professionals, enabling them to recognise early warning signs of suicide, support patients and their families, as well as offering additional health services in this time of need.  The module has been developed with support from families who have lived through suicide as well as health care professionals who work in mental health services.  The content includes section on why talking matters, who is at risk and possible warning signs, how to respond and support and wellbeing.  The module is free to access here.

New!  Working Together to Safeguard Children – A Shared Responsibility – Training Course

Working with children, young people and their families?  How up to date is your multi-agency safeguarding training?  We have some places available on our course: Working Together to Safeguard Children – A Shared Responsibility (Safeguarding Level 2) on Tuesday 7 May 2019 at Lynton House, Ilford (09:15-16:30).  This multi-agency course features up to date guidance, resources and local pathways for working with children and families in Redbridge. Participants will receive:

  • Developed knowledge and understanding about forms of maltreatment and indicators of significant harm
  • Developed confidence in identifying and responding to children at risk
  • An understanding of how to apply the principles that underpin effective child protection practice.

Please complete a form here to book your place.

New!  What you need to know about County Lines

You can’t go a day without hearing about County Lines through the media but do you know the facts so you can help protect vulnerable children and young people from this form of exploitation?  The short film ‘Trapped – County Lines’ provides a hard hitting insight into the tactics that criminal gangs use to groom vulnerable young people.  It tells the story of how Jake aged 16, needs £500 to take part in a boxing tournament in the USA and is coerced into drug dealing to raise it, with devastating impact on his girlfriend and wider family.  County Lines is a form of criminal exploitation and sees offenders moving children or vulnerable people for the purposes of selling drugs.  They could be trafficked around the local area, or taken from urban areas to countryside or coastal areas to sell drugs.  Victims can also be forced to carry out other crimes such as arson, violent offences, and theft.  If the victim doesn’t comply the offender may use violence, or threaten the victim’s family to ensure they get what they want.  Some signs that a young person could be ‘trapped’ are going missing, travelling widely, staying out late, missing education, having money or clothes that are unaccounted form, receiving excessive amounts of texts or phone calls, carrying weapons and a decline in mental health and general wellbeing.  Any concerns about a young person should be reported to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) via 020 8708 3885 or by e-mail to  If a young person is in immediate danger, call the Police on 999.

Give us your views on safeguarding children and young people

We have added two surveys onto our website, one for young people and one for parents/carers about their safeguarding concerns in Redbridge for children and young people. This will help to inform the work we do with our partner agencies to improve outcomes.

Government Consultation – Serious Violence

The Government has recently launched two consultations.  The first is on the options to support a multi-agency or public health approach to preventing and tackling serious violence, including knife crime.   The consultation is open until 28 May.  For background information, read the Government’s announcement.

LSCB Training Programme 2019 – 2020 – Bookings now open!

We are happy to announce the release of the 2019-2020 Training Programme, check out the new programme here! This has been updated and new courses added, taking on board national research, local training needs and trainee feedback.

Safeguarding Children & Young People Level 1 Training

Redbridge Council for Voluntary Services (RCVS) has announced it will be providing Level 1 Training for Safeguarding Children & Young People . This is essential training for anyone working with children and young people.  Places can be booked here and are on a first come, first served basis.                                    Date: Wednesday 19 June 2019                       Time: 9.30- 15.00                                 Venue: RedbridgeCVS Office, 103 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, IG1 4PU