Redbridge local safeguarding children board

News:      11 February 2019

Redbridge LSCB Newsletter – Winter Edition 2019

The latest edition of our Newsletter is now available to download:

Refuge Healthy Relationship Workshop for Schools

Refuge, the organisation that delivers the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Service in Redbridge, has developed a free workshop to raise awareness of health relationships with young people, boys and girls, aged 13-17 years old for delivery in schools. The workshop lasts two hours long and covers the following areas:

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Consent
  • Grooming
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Keeping safe online
  • Support young people can access / Safe people to speak to

After the young people will have the opportunity to ask questions 1-1.    For further information and to book a workshop for your school, please contact Nahima Begum, IGVA, via redbridgeVAWG@refuge.org.uk or call her on 07952856869.

LSCB FGM Strategy 2019 – 2021 – Working towards ending FGM in Redbridge

The LSCB has now published a new FGM Strategy for 2019 – 2022, which was developed by a multi-agency working group with support from the National FGM Centre.  The Strategy can be downloaded via the link below:

A related Action Plan will be developed by a Task and Finish Group over the next few weeks and presented for approval at the next Board meeting.  Input into the Action Plan is welcome and should be sent to LSCB@redbridge.gov.uk

Redbridge Early Years Festival 2019 – Monday 25 February

Practitioners and professionals working with families with children aged 0 to 5 are invited to celebrate the launch of the Redbridge School Readiness Partnership programme Ready to Learn at the Redbridge Early Years Festival 2019, taking place on Monday 25 February, from 09:15 to 15:00 at Cranbrook Children’s Centre.  The event will include speakers on maternal mental health and mindfulness for children and workshops on toilet training, attachment, communication and children’s yoga.  For more information, please see below flyer and programme.  Tickets are £25 per person which includes lunch.

If you work for an organisation that might like to have a stand at the event, please contact Emily Sheppard, EYCIT Locality Lead via Emily.Sheppard@Redbridge.gov.uk

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.

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.

Reminder:  Redbridge CPAT FAX Machine – Decommissioned

As part of improving data security and efficiency, the Redbridge Child Protection and Assessment Team (CPAT) ceased to have a FAX facility from the end of January.  Multi-Agency Referral Forms (MARFs) should be submitted via e-mail to CPAT.Referrals@redbridge.gov.uk

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.