Redbridge local safeguarding children board

News:      21 January 2019

New!  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.

Reporting Missing Person and Request for Welfare Check to MPS

This is a reminder that agencies working with children and young people can now place a Missing Person report online and request a welfare check from the MPS.  The link to the on-line reporting mechanism will be distributed to partner agencies today.  Please note, this process is not for access by the general public.

Safer Sleep Resource for Parents

The Lullaby Trust, in collaboration with Bliss and Tamba, have launched a new safer sleep resource for parents.  The Safer Sleep Advice for Premature Babies guide features current evidence-based support for parents and carers of premature babies to help them reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  The guide can be downloaded from here.  A reminder that Safer Sleep Week 2019 is taking place from 12 – 18 March.

Voice of the Child (VoC) and Safeguarding – Training Course – 29 January 2019 (PM)

All the evidence shows that an essential part of safeguarding children and young people is seeking, listening to and acting upon their thoughts and views, both in terms of their own lives but also in the wider design and provision of services.  Perhaps one of the most important areas of your own development as a professional to keep up to date is knowing the messages from Serious Case Reviews and research in this area, understanding the impact of not listening to the voice of children and developing your skills and practice in relation to seeking that voice and really hearing it.  If this is important to you, why not consider attending our LSCB Training Course taking place on 29 January in the afternoon at the Town Hall in central Ilford.  For more information, please view the training flyer .  To secure a place, please complete the on-line Nomination Form.

Reminder:  De-commissioning of the Redbridge CPAT FAX Machine

As part of improving data security and efficiency, the Redbridge Child Protection and Assessment Team (CPAT) will be removing their FAX facility at the end of January 2019.

Anyone still using this method to submit Multi-Agency Referral Forms (MARFs) are encouraged to switch at the earliest opportunity to completing a Word version of the form and sending it via e-mail to

London Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Policy & Procedures Consultation – Closing 21 January 2019

The London Safeguarding Adults Board has launched a consultation on a revised version of the London Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, which is open until noon on 21 January 2019.  For further information, and to access both the revised document and the consultation feedback form, please access the link below to the ADASS website:

LB Redbridge Children’s Centre Consultation – Closing 6 March 2019

The Local Authority currently operates 21 Children’s Centres across the Borough.  The network includes eight main ‘hub’ Centres which are open and accessible all day Monday – Friday inclusive, and 13 smaller Centres which are open at selected times to provide certain services and activities.  As part of the Council’s overall need to consider how to meet the challenge of funding reductions, the Children Centres have been identified as needing to save £500,000 per annum.  This will mean looking at a revised delivery model, hence the consultation seeking the views of the public, Children Centres service users and professionals across Redbridge in what options to consider to ensure the continued running of a high-quality Children’s Centre service with less budget.  Feedback on the consultation will be reported to the Council’s Cabinet in April 2019 to help make a decision about any changes.  Any that are agreed, are likely to take effect from September 2019.  The consultation document can be viewed via the link below.

There are also a number of face-to-face consultation events running at different locations across the Borough in January 2019.

Venue Date
Loxford Hub Tuesday, 22 January, 8:30-10:30
Thackeray Drive Hub Friday, 18 January, 13:00-15:00
Albert Road Hub Friday, 11 January, 12:30- 14:30
Cranbrook Hub Monday, 7 January, 10:00 – 12:00
Newbury Hub Wednesday, 23 January, 10:00-12:00
Hainault Hub Monday, 21 January, 13:00-15:00
Orchard Hub Wednesday, 23 January, 13:00-15:00
Aldersbrook hub Monday, 14 January, 9:30-11:30

Resilience – the biology of stress and the science of hope

A film, by KPJR Films, has been produced highlighting research that identifies the link between adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including neglect and other forms of abuse, causing toxic stress.  This can trigger hormones that negatively effect the brains and bodies of children and young people, putting them at a greater risk of disease, homelessness, involvement in crime and premature death.

Screenings have recently been hosted by the Association of LSCB Chairs and the Metropolitan Police Service, which a number of LSCB partners attended.

There is a cost to purchasing a licence to show the film or individuals can sign up for a virtual screening.  A link to the website, which includes a trailer is below:

Mayor of London Announcement

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced action he is instigating with technical companies, including YouTube, to tighten up on the prevention of violent content that glamorises gang violence being shared on-line.  Read more here and support the social media campaign #LondonNeedsYouAlive

Free Learning Event – Asthma Awareness Safeguarding Conference – 12 February 2019 – Fully Booked – Wait List Only

A joint learning event. open to professionals from across the boroughs of Redbridge, Havering and Barking & Dagenham, will be taking place on the topic of asthma awareness on 12 February 2019 from 12:30 to 16:30, with lunch included.

The aim of the event is to highlight the importance of asthma planning and effective safeguarding of children and young people that have the condition.  The event is predominantly targeted at GPs, school staff and school nurses but is also open to the wider workforce that will have an interest in this topic.  Places are limited and can be booked via Eventbrite.

The venue is North Street Hall, 22 A North Street, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 1QX.

If you have any queries, please e-mail


Appropriate Language:  Child Sexual and/or Criminal Exploitation – Guidance for Professionals

It is so important that when discussing instances of exploitation involving children and young people that professionals are mindful of the language they use and ensure that in the words that they choose to use they are not contributing to victim-blaming or implying that the child is complicit in anyway or responsible.  The Children’s Society, in collaboration with Victim Support and the National Police Chiefs’ Council, have produced a useful guide, highlighting inappropriate terms and suggested alternatives.

Government consultation on School Security Guidance – Closing 18 February 2019

The Department for Education (DfE) is proposing to published new school security guidance that will provide schools with access to a range of information sources and tools that will help them to develop comprehensive but proportionate policies and plans to meet their security needs for the benefit of both staff and pupils.  The consultation runs until 18 February 2018 and can be accessed here.  For further information or any queries about the consultation, contact .