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.
Child Death Overview Panel - Latest News
Our latest Joint CDOP Newsletter features important local learning relating to asthma and allergies, details of our forthcoming joint free conference on 19th July 'Learning from Child Deaths' featuring fantastic speakers on Suicide Prevention, Substance Misuse, Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy and Bereavement, as well as our poster on accident prevention for under 5s which we ask you to promote by printing and displaying to help celebrate Child Safety Week from 5-11 June.
Please see attached LSCB Newsbyte. Please encourage your colleagues to participate in the new multi-agency learning opportunities and also circulate within your teams and networks.
Conference on Child Sexual Abuse - 23 January 2018
The LSCB will be hosting a conference on Child Sexual Abuse on 23 January 2018, further information to follow shortly, we would appreciate it if you could save this date and circulate the attached flyer.
Kingston & Richmond LSCB Newsletter - April 2017
Please note that the latest edition of the Newsletter is available here.
Safer Sleep Week 13-19th March
The Lullaby Trust's Safer Sleep Week runs from 13-19th March. Please help the LSCBs promote safer sleep by downloading, sharing and displaying our poster with advice for parents and carers on how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome here.
Single Point of Access Update
Richmond and Kingston Single Point of Access (SPA) teams have 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.
Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Week - #ITSNOTOK
6-12th Feb is Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week. To find out more visit http://sexualabuseandsexualviolenceawarenessweek.org/ or follow on twitter #ITSNOTOK
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.
Safer Internet Day 2017
Safer Internet Day 2017 will take place on Tuesday 7th February with the theme 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet'.
Celebrated globally and coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the campaign sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK.
Find out more and get involved www.saferinternetday.org.uk #SID2017
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: https://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep
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.
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.
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
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
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.