News: 21 November 2017
Today, 21 November, marks the annual celebration of the work of local authority staff and volunteers who keep the local community running. #OurDay, organised by the Local Government Association (LGA), is an opportunity for good news stories to be shared of how those in local authorities help to improve the quality of life for residents on a daily basis. The LSCB will be showing support for LB Redbridge, which is one of our key statutory partners, by joining in with what is going to be a massive ‘tweetathon’. Do join in too and make #OurDay!
16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign
To coincide with the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence Campaign, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) will be re-launching Operational Dauntless as part of the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) initiative. The 16 days of Action is an international awareness raising campaign aimed at galvanizing action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The theme this year is “Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls”. The campaigns begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women through to 10 December which is Human Rights Day. Our MPS partners in the East Area Basic Command Unit (BCU) will be leading locally on activities, including awareness raising. Do checkout the updates and messages on the LSCB social media channels and add your support to this important safeguarding message.
Redbridge Drama Centre present 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.
Working Together to Safeguard Children – Revisions to Statutory Guidance Consultation
The Department for Education (DfE) have today launched a consultation on the new draft Working Together to Safeguard Children statutory guidance. The consultation closes on 31 December 2017. Information can be accessed here. To accompany the consultation, the DfE have issued an invitation to professionals working with children, young people and families/carers to attend one of a series of consultation events. Please see invitation attached below:
- DfE Invitation – Working Together to Safeguard Children Consultation Seminars Autumn 2017 (PDF 83KB)
Save – the date! Thinking about adoption? Coram Capital Adoption Information Event – 4 December
In November 2015, the London Borough of Redbridge and leading voluntary adoption agency Coram Capital Adoption, based in central London, formed a partnership to provide adoption services to people living in the Borough. As part of that arrangement, a free information session is being held on 4 December to enable those interested in adoption who live in or around the Redbridge area to find out more. The event, which is taking place in the Station Road Centre, Station Road, Barkingside, IG6 1NB, from 17:45 to 20:00, will be a great chance to learn general information about adoption and how to adopt through Coram. There will be Social Workers from the local authority and Coram Capital Adoption who will talk you through the types of children in need of permanent and loving families, the assessment process and the preparation required by new adopters, how children join their new families, and the kind of post-adoption support that Coram has to offer. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. It’s the ideal opportunity to find out more, whether you’re only just beginning to consider adoption or if you’re further down the line in the process. To attend this free event, please book a place by calling 020 8750 0383 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. See the flyer below for more information.
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)
- 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.
Home Office Guidance for Public Sector Workers on Modern Slavery
The Home Office has published useful guidance for public sector workers in local government, health, and education aimed at raising awareness of modern slavery.