Breast Ironing, also known as breast flattening, is the pounding and massaging of a pubescent girl’s breasts using hard or heated objects to try to stop them developing, or to make them disappear entirely. It has been documented primarily West Africa, but there are thought to be approximately 1,000 girls at risk in the UK. A full briefing on this concerning practice can be accessed here.
Breast Ironing or Breast Flattening. Find out more here:http://nationalfgmcentre.org.uk/breast-flattening/
Watch the LSCB Private Fostering Video
Watch the short film on Private Fostering and how to notify your Local Authority in Kingston and Richmond Watch film
Richmond Safeguarding Adults Board
For information on Richmond's Safeguarding Adults Board please follow this link.
A Parents Guide to Fortnite: Battle Royale Online Game
Please click on the link below for further details.
These resources have been developed by the ‘CSE Principles Comic Project (2017) by Una Comics and the University of Bedfordshire’. Copyright of the images belongs to Una Comics.
Researchers from the ‘International Centre: researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking’ conducted focus groups with young people in different Hub and Spoke projects, asking them about their experiences of CSE services. From this they have developed 10 principles are based on a review of the experiences of young people affected by CSE, and each is accompanied by explanatory text and two quotes from young people that illustrate different elements of the principle.
To see the reources click here
Green Book has been Refreshed November 2017
For Voluntary, Community, Faith and private organisations to raise awareness and ensure robust policies and procedures are in place within your organisations. Download here.
Directory of Resources in Richmond and Kingston
From our local learning we have developed details of resources around sexual abuse, sexual health and emotional wellbeing in Kingston, Richmond, local and national for parents, children and young people. Download here.
Support for Transgender & Non-binary Communities
Trans Unite which allows members of the transgender & non-binary communities to find a support group local to them (or even an online-only group):
Our website is located here: https://www.transunite.co.uk/
The site is run by volunteers and a not for profit organisation We are the most up to date resource for the UK and online based support groups; users can find a local group and even message them directly from our site using the "Contact Group" button. We don't store any details and the site is secured by SSL.
We're verifying and adding groups on an ongoing basis with our next focus being online groups with Discord Servers, Telegram and Facebook groups becoming increasingly popular to compliment those that meet up in person.
Richmond LSCB Annual Report 2016-17
Richmond LSCB's Annual Report for 2016-17 is now available here.
LSCB Water Safety Bulletin
Please read, share, and display our bulletin on water safety to help reduce the risk to children and young people of drowning this summer.
Terrorist Attacks - Tips for Talking to Children
For parents and professionals. Many children will be upset by the terrible news of terrorist attacks recently. Several people have died and many people have been injured. Although such events can be difficult to discuss with children and young people, it's really important that you do address any anxieties they may have as a result of what they've heard. It is important to avoid causing further distress. However, children and young people should be encouraged to talk about their feelings and anxieties if they want to.
Here are a few tips to help you deal with this difficult topic
Single Point of Access Update
Richmond and Kingston Single Point of Access (SPA) teams are now been integrated and are based at Kingston Guildhall 2.
The number for both Richmond and Kingston is 020 8547 5008.
Child Sexual Exploitation Definition
The government has issued a standard definition of Child Sexual Exploitation. For full information and guidance click here.
Staying Safe - Information and advice on support available for young people
You can access details of support available for young people locally and nationally, including details of the local youth service and youth clubs, substance misuse support service and other teams that can offer help here. Additionally for specific information and advice regarding ecstasy, please download this information sheet.
Safe Young Lives
SafeLives has launched a spotlight on the experiences of 13-17 year olds affected by domestic abuse, and the professionals who support them. From the end of January to the middle of March, resources being made available will include: research; practical resources for professionals; practitioner advice/guidance; young peoples' testimonies; a webinar from 1-2pm on 03 March; a Twitter Q&A from 1-2pm on 15 March, using the hashtag #SafeYoungLives.
The Home Office has launched Disrespect NoBody, a campaign to help young people understand what a healthy relationship is and re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse, sexual abuse and consent. Click here for more information.
Safety Alert issued by Playtime Beds
Playtime Beds Ltd are recalling all cots,beds & bunks following a child’s death. For more info call 03454 040506.
For general advice on safe sleeping please visit:
BedNest Safety Warning after death of 7 week old
Parents and professionals who are aware of babies sleeping in BedNest Cribs should be aware of a risk posed by versions manufactured prior to November 2015 that have not been modified. These risks were identified following the death of a 7 week old baby in West Sussex. You can find further information on how to ensure your BedNest crib is safe by visiting http://www.bednest.com/FAQs
Child Referral Flowchart
Kingston & Richmond LSCB have recently produced a Child Refferal Flowchart, please follow this link to view it.
Child Referral Flowchart
A new film has been launched that highlights the key signs that healthcare staff should be looking for and asks them to consider whether a child could be affected by sepsis and what actions they should take if sepsis is suspected.
The film and other new resources aim to reduce the risk of preventable child deaths through earlier identification and management of sepsis.
NHS FGM Campaign
Department of Health launched a new NHS FGM campaign. They’ve recorded a video, called ‘FGM: The Facts’ on NHS Choices – www.nhs.uk/fgm The film features a roundtable table discussion led by Henry Bonsu, a well-known British African broadcaster, together with a panel of experts all speaking openly and candidly about FGM. Alongside the film, they have also produced some short social media videos which are being distributed via Facebook. The film has been broadcasted on several UK African satellite TV channels.
Alright Charlie – free resource for awareness raising of grooming of young children
A new free resource, ‘Alright Charlie’ is available from the BLAST project aimed at raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation and grooming in primary school aged children is available here
Safeguarding Policy Checklist
Andrew Hall’s Safeguarding Briefing for schools continues to provide helpful up to date information for LSCBs. The latest edition notes that each school's Safeguarding Policy needs to be reviewed every year and provides a Safeguarding Policy Checklist to help schools assess any gaps. You can download the checklist here
Early Help Assessment
The Early Help Assessment and Planning Tool is now live and can be accessed here. (Scroll down the page to 'Downloads for practitioners'.)
Multi-agency training on the use of the tool is available to book via CPD Online.
LSCB has updated the Multi-agency Threshold Document in the light of the Early Help Assessment.
9 top tips to use when assessing whether a child is being neglected
This online resource provides guidance on assessing whether a child is being neglected, and working with them and their families to recognise and reduce the impact.
DfE Child protection campaign: Together, we can tackle child abuse
If you think a child is being abused or you think their safety is at risk, then it is important to tell someone. You don’t have to be absolutely certain about whether a child is being abused; if you have a feeling that something’s not right, talk to your local children’s social care team who can look into it. Visit gov.uk/reportchildabuse to get the number for your local authority.
Whistleblowing about children's social care services to Ofsted
Revised policy and guidance for whistleblowers: ‘Whistleblowing to Ofsted about children's social care services’.
ChildLine Free School Services for Kingston and Richmond
The ChildLine Schools Service (part of the NSPCC) is a FREE OF CHARGE, interactive and engaging programme for all primary schools across the UK.
A quick glance guide to Orders regarding sexual harm/offences
Suicide prevention app: Stay alive
This app offers help and support both to people with thoughts of suicide and to people concerned about someone else. This is the first version of Stay Alive and there are plans to further develop it including a location-enabled function to show the user support services in their vicinity.
NSPCC Information on Neglect
Vist the NSPCC website for more information on neglect
please click here
Psychoactive Substances Act
The Psychoactive Substances Act came into effect on 6th April 2016. The main intention of the Act is to shut down shops and websites that currently trade in ‘legal highs’. You can find out more about the act here. For further advice and guidance on psyhoactive substances, Talk to Frank has helpful information.