1. Vulnerable Babies

    22 October, 2018

    The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report looking at vulnerable babies. It focuses on babies under 1 and the sorts of risks they are exposed to. There were 19,640 babies under a year old identified by local authorities as being ‘in need’ in March 2017. Of these babies 15,800 were living at home. […]

  2. FGM – Home Office Campaign

    17 October, 2018

    The Home Office is launching a Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) campaign on 5 October and will be running for eight weeks as part of our commitment to tackling this crime and protecting vulnerable women and girls. The campaign will support our ongoing work to tackle FGM, which includes an ongoing programme of outreach by the […]

  3. Unaccompanied (Home Alone) Children

    16 October, 2018

      You attend an address as part of your role, you find three children at the address, the eldest is 11yrs old, and he is looking after his siblings aged 7yrs and 5yrs old. He says that his parents are both working and that their father will be home soon. What would you do to […]

  4. Changes to LSCB Safeguarding Arrangements

    15 October, 2018

    As you will know, new legislation (Children and Social Work Act 2017) dictates that Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs), set up by local authorities, will be replaced. Under the new legislation, the three safeguarding partners (local authorities, police, and clinical commissioning groups) must make arrangements to work together with relevant agencies (as they consider appropriate) […]

  5. Safeguarding Week 2018

    12 October, 2018

    The LSCB in partnership with colleagues from the Safeguarding Adult Board  and Safe in the City, are running a number of training events aimed at supporting staff to protect children and young people and adults with care and support needs.  The week long series of events kicks off on Monday 26th November 2018 with a […]

  6. Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment

    10 October, 2018

      Child sexual abuse involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities, not necessarily involving a high level of violence, whether or not the child is aware of what is happening. The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex) or non-penetrative acts such […]

  7. Home Office updated guidance – county lines gangs

    9 October, 2018

      County lines refers to a model used by criminal gangs, whereby urban gangs supply drugs to suburban areas and market and coastal towns. These gangs frequently exploit children and vulnerable adults to courier drugs and money. Some vulnerable adults have their homes taken over by the gangs (cuckooing) using force or coercion.   To […]

  8. Children with learning disabilities at risk of sexual exploitation

    8 October, 2018

      We know that children and young people with SEN and Disabilities are much more at risk of child abuse and neglect than most children. The British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) have produced a series of leaflets for professionals, parents and carers, and young people themselves. Three different leaflets have been produced targeted at: […]

  9. Survivors Network – Open Day

    5 October, 2018

      Survivors’ Network is hosting an open day for professionals who work with children and young people Friday 23 November.   Survivors’ Network is a registered charity that aims to reduce sexual violence and its impact on survivors’ lives.   Survivors’ Network would like to invite professionals to an informal Open Day to meet the […]

  10. Practice Reminder: Strategy Meetings

    4 October, 2018

      If there is reasonable cause to suspect a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer Significant Harm, Children’s Social Care should convene a Strategy Discussion. Depending on the nature of the concerns and the urgency of the situation, this may be undertaken via an actual meeting and / or through a series of telephone […]