LSCB Newsletter now available
21 November 2018
The LSCB Newsletter for the Autumn and Winter seasons is now available to download from the LSCB Newsletters and Factsheets page. It includes information about Signs of Safety, training and updates to child protection procedures as well other safeguarding related topics of interest to practitioners. Visit the Newsletters and Factsheets page to download.
Safeguarding Week: Spread the word
20 November 2018
A range of events will be held to share messages about our key themes during Safeguarding Week, using the hashtag #TellSomeone in all our social media messages. LSCB and SAB would appreciate your support by helping to promote the campaign by disseminating the information to your various departments, contacting your external partnership organisations, including our links on your websites, intranets, social media pages and retweeting, reposting to all your contacts with Durham County Council on Twitter and Durham County Council on Facebook. You can find further information about events for Safeguarding Week from the Safeguarding Adults Board.
Signs of Safety Information Session Handouts Available
16 November 2018
A copy of the presentation slides used in the recent information sessions, regarding the implementation of Signs of Safety within DCC Children’s Services, is now available here.
16 November 2018
The LSCB have produced a series of 7 minute ‘briefing’ papers which contain information on the key topics of Safeguarding Week. These topics will also be featured in the Safeguarding Week media campaign and you can download these briefings here.
Free Drug & Alcohol Training
9 November 2018
This free training is available through Human Kind for all staff working within County Durham who may come into contact with people using alcohol or drugs and any other staff or volunteers who have an interest in these topics.
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements is now available
6 November 2018
This e-learning course is now available and should be used for staff development and training purposes. It will support those who attend Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) meetings and anyone who works with violent or sexual offenders to raise individual awareness of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements, practice guidance and policy. It aims to help professionals consider the appropriateness of MAPPA in assisting the management of those risks posed by an individual to the public, known adult, children, staff and prisoners
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Practitioner Survey is now live
31 October 2018
The Durham Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has launched its second multi-agency practitioner survey in County Durham with the aim of the Board having a better and informed understanding of what ‘good’ looks like in terms of safeguarding and working together and how this could be improved.
Your responses to the questions in this survey are vital in assisting the LSCB to ensure that practitioners are equipped and enabled to work together effectively in order to safeguard children and young people and improve outcomes for children and families in County Durham.
The survey is intended to be wide ranging with engagement from as many agencies, services, departments and practitioners working with children and families in County Durham as possible.
This survey will be open from Monday 29 October 2018 and will close on Thursday 28 February 2019 and should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
The survey is now available here – Practitioner Survey
Awareness Session – Bruising in Non-Mobile Babies
31 October 2018
An awareness raising session is scheduled for 10th December 2018. This session aims to ensure that Practitioners are aware of the importance of bruising in non-mobile infants. The session is open to Health Visitors, GP’s, Nursery Worker’s, as well as social workers and everyone working with children, young people and families in Durham as this will help participants to have a basic understanding of Bruising in Non-Mobile Babies and Durham’s approach to this issue.
More information about the session and how to register is now available here.
Child Death Overview Panel – Annual Report 2017-2018
31 October 2018
The 7th Annual Report of County Durham and Darlington Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is now available here. The report reflects the activity of the panel from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.
Signs of Safety – Information Sessions for Partners
30 October 2018
Durham County Council’s Children and Young People’s Services (CYPS) are starting to change the way we work with children, young people and their families.
In order to help us change the way we work we have made a decision to implement a way of working called Signs of Safety across children’s services. Signs of Safety is a strength-based approach to child protection casework that was developed in Western Australia in the 1990s but has since been adopted in other jurisdictions across North America, Australasia and Europe.
Signs of Safety will support our work from our Early Help Services through to our services that support children and young people who are Looked After.
These sessions will be delivered by the Strategic Manager for Families First, South who is leading on the implementation of Signs of Safety in Durham and are open to everyone working with children, young people and families in Durham. These sessions aim to help participants gain a basic understanding of Signs of Safety and Durham’s approach to implementation.
To find out more about the information sessions click on this link – Signs of Safety Information Sessions
Signs of Safety Briefing
This Signs of Safety briefing session is now available as part of the LSCB training programme and aims to provide partner agencies with a very basic understanding of the Signs of Safety approach.
To find out more about the Signs of Safety briefing click on this link – Signs of Safety Briefing
Keeping Safe Online
26 October 2018
Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of information and advice on online safety and security, for the public and small businesses. It is a not-for profit, public/private sector partnership backed by a number of government departments, law enforcement agencies and leading organisations in internet security, banking and retail.
You can access a wide range of leaflets, produced by Get Safe Online, that will provide you useful information to help you stay safe online by visiting our “Information leaflets to download and print” page of the Parents and Carers section of this website or you can access further information directly from the Get Safe Online website.
County Durham’s Revised Family Outcome Framework
12 September 2018
The County Durham Family Outcome Framework (FOF) sets out an agreed approach to evidencing when a family has achieved significant and sustained progress, ensuring our work with children and families is focussed on achieving measureable outcomes.
A recent review of the FOF has resulted in the following key changes:
- Education – for those children and young people with attendance below 30%, the following distance travelled measured outcome is in place:
“Children and young people with attendance below 30% achieving 80% attendance over 3 consecutive terms”
- Children who need help and/or protection – In recognition of the impact of parental conflict on children and young people the following additional outcome has been included:
“Reduced family conflict at case closure or de-escalation, including resolving separation or contact arrangements”
- Children who need help and/or protection – In order to demonstrate successful de-escalation from statutory services and early help services the following outcomes have been included:
- “De-escalation of child protection or child in need plan and sustained for 6 months” (Level 4 cases)
- “De-escalated of family plan with outcomes met and no referrals to statutory services for 6 months” (Level 2/3 cases)
The Families Outcome Framework has been updated to reflect these changes and can be accessed here – Toolkits and Guidance for Practitioners.
Joint Targeted Area Inspection (July 2018) – Findings published
24 August 2018
In July, Ofsted carried out a joint targeted area inspection (JTAI) of the multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse in County Durham. The JTAI inspection reviewed the arrangements in place in local authority areas across England. It was conducted by inspectors from Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation.
Today (Friday 24 August) the results of the inspection were published and the report and the response from the Independent Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children Board are available on the Key Reports section of the LSCB website.
Working Together – Changes to Statutory Guidance
17 July 2018
The Department for Education has released the updated version of Working Together to Safeguard Children (July 2018). Tri.x, who provide and maintain Durham LSCB’s child protection procedures, have released this information outlining the changes within this statutory guidance. The document highlights the emphasis in the new guidance on the importance of multi-agency cooperation and compliance with Working Together and is relevant to all partners and colleagues.
Working Together with Relevant Agencies
17 July 2018
The July 2018 version of the Government’s Working Together guidance highlighted the need for the three key safeguarding partners to engage and involve ‘relevant agencies’. Tri.x, who provide and maintain Durham LSCB’s child protection procedures, have released this information regarding ‘Relevant Agencies’, who they might be and their role in the future multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.
Durham LSCB Annual Report 2017/18 Published
28 June 2018
The Durham LSCB Annual Report 2017-18 gives an account of the Board’s work over the past year to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. The report describes the local governance arrangements and structure of Durham LSCB, the linkages to other strategic partnerships across County Durham and the work undertaken against the 2017/18 priorities.
LSCB Annual Report for Young People 2018 Published
28 June 2018
Durham LSCB has developed an interactive version of the Annual Report for Young People. The LSCB Annual Report for Young People 2018 is primarily an interactive electronic document and is best viewed on a computer, tablet or smartphone.
Young Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington launches new Domestic Abuse Campaign
27 June 2018
The #NOLESSOFAMAN campaign is aimed at men who are victims of domestic abuse. There are over 2.5 million cases of domestic abuse against men reported in the UK each year. Domestic abuse can be psychological, physical, sexual financial or emotional.
The new campaign is spearheaded by Libby Wright, the Young Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington. Libby was elected by the Police Cadets last year on a manifesto which included a commitment to promote the rights and interests of male victims of domestic abuse. Read more at the site of the Durham Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner.
Routes out of Homeless Events
26 June 2018
April 2018 saw major changes to homeless legislation with the introduction of the Homeless Reduction Act. Join the Housing Solutions Team to learn about the services they offer and help shape our future homeless service. These events will be held at the Durham Centre, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1TN
- 5th July 2018, 9am – 12noon and 1pm – 4pm
- 12th September 2018, 9am – 12noon and 1pm – 4pm
- 24th September 2018, 9am – 12noon and 1pm – 4pm
To register for this event, please follow the link below.
LSCB Newsletter Summer 2018
25 June 2018
The new Summer 2018-19 LSCB Newsletter is now available to download at the newsletter page. Inside this issue you will find updates on Safeguarding Partners – Transitional Arrangements, Durham LSCB Child Protection Procedures, Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Videos, Safeguarding Education Toolkit, Privacy Information — GDPR and LADO FAQs.
You Said We Did
Website privacy statement
25 May 2018
Durham LSCB has created a privacy information pages that details the information gathering and distribution practices for this website. Click on the link below to read more.
Hidden Sentence Training
14 May 2018
This training is for professionals whose work within County Durham brings them into contact with families of prisoners. Hidden sentence training gives a clear overview of the offender’s journey, its impact on the family and a range of strategies and resources to help you offer support to children and families. Training takes place Wednesday 3 October 2018 and Monday 12 November 2018 at Bowburn Community Centre. Download the flyer here – Hidden Sentence 2018/19
New Safeguarding Education Tool
19 April 2018
The Safeguarding Education Tool for Secondary Aged Pupils is now available to download from the Training Materials page.
Durham LSCB Child Protection Procedures Update – April 2018
13 April 2018
The LSCB procedure updates for April 2018 have been released today. The Durham LSCB Changes of note to procedures April 2018 factsheet can be downloaded and highlights the significant changes in the Multi-Agency Child Protection Procedures. Practitioners should make themselves familiar with the changes.
Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 18 March 2018
18 March 2018
Watch our ERASE Support workers Sam and Jade talk about Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Find out more about the signs and what we can do to help protect our young people.
LSCB Newsletter Winter Q4 2017/ 18
22 February 2018
The new Winter Q4 2017-18 LSCB Newsletter is now available to download at the newsletter page. Inside this issue you will find updates on the Tackling Neglect Conference, Learning Lessons Events, Was Not Brought to Appointments, NHS Safeguarding App and the Children and Social Work Act 2017
Serious Case Reviews Learning Materials
30 January 2018
Materials for SCR staff briefings are available and include a Charlie and Charlotte Briefing and a Charlie and Charlotte Powerpoint presentation. Serious Case Reviews can be found on our Serious Case Review Webpage
Tackling Neglect Conference – a multi-agency approach Tuesday 27 March 2018
26 January 2018
The conference will cover aspects of the strategic objectives in the Tackling Neglect Strategy including Understanding Neglect; Early Identification; and Effective Provision. The conference will also cover the learning from Serious Case Reviews where neglect was a factor. Download the Neglect Conference Flyer Follow the link to register your interest.
Learning Lessons from Serious Case Reviews 14 March and 23 March 2018
26 January 2018
The next round of Learning Lessons events from Serious Case Reviews will take place in March 2018. It will provide key messages and lessons learned covering Parental Substance Misuse / Team Around the Family / Was Not Brought to Appointments. Download the Learning Lessons Flyer – March 2018 Follow the link to book a place.
Threshold Document (0-19 Level of Need) 1hr Briefing Sessions
22 January 2018
These one hour briefings sessions are aimed at providing practitioners with an overview of the thresholds document. Briefing sessions will take place on Monday 26 February 2018
Morning: 10.00-11.00am / Afternoon: 2.00-3.00pm / Twilight: 4.30-5.30pm
Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UJ
Download the Threshold Document Briefing Feb 2018 flyer. To book a place please follow the link: book a place.
LSCB Training Programme 2018/19 now available for registration and bookings
22 December 2017
The LSCB training programme is now launched. All courses are listed in the At a Glance LSCB Training Programme 2018/19. All courses in 2018/19 need to be booked online using the following link 2018/19 Booking Registration
Children’s Commissioners Takeover Challenge
22 November 2017
Our Young People’s Annual Report is part of the Children’s Commissioners ‘Takeover Challenge 2017’. Last years editors group were schools, this year it was the Police Cadets! You can read the Young People’s Annual Report from our Children and Young People’s webpage.
Open briefing session for the new Children’s Services Referral Form
20 November 2017
Two briefing sessions for the new Children’s Services Referral Form will be held on
Monday 27 November 2017 – 4pm – Council Chamber, County Hall, Durham. DH1 5UJ
Tuesday 28 November 2017 – 4.15pm – Neville Hall, Durham Learning Centre, Spennymoor. DL16 6YP
This is an open 45min briefing session and there is no need to book, please just turn up.
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – listening to victims and survivors
17 November 2017
Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have made an important contribution to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). You can read the latest Truth Project report here. www.iicsa.org.uk/truthproject
Durham LSCB Child Protection Procedures Update – November 2017
16 November 2017
LSCB procedure updates for November 2017 have been released today. The Durham LSCB Changes of note to procedures November 2017 factsheet can be downloaded and highlights the significant changes in the Multi-Agency Child Protection Procedures. Practitioners should make themselves familiar with the changes.
Durham LSCB are supporting Alcohol Awareness Week 2017
15 November 2017
Durham LSCB believes businesses can play an active and positive role in safeguarding children and young people against alcohol misuse. We have developed a Safeguarding Factsheet for Licensees available from the LSCB factsheets webpage.We also check and monitor all license applications to make sure safeguards are in place to protect children and young people.
Updated Home Environment Assessment Tool and HEAT Analysis and Action Plan
01 November 2017
The update Home Environment Assessment Tool and the new HEAT Analysis and Action Plan are now available to download from the links and the Toolkits and guidance for practitioners webpage. The HEAT should be used by all staff and enables an assessment of the suitability of the home in relation to basic amenities, health and safety issues, supervision etc. The Home Environment Assessment Guidance (Updated) and Home Environment Assessment Frequently Asked Questions provide further information on conducting a Home Environment Assessment.
LSCB Newsletter Autumn 2017
18 October 2017
The new Autumn 2017 LSCB Newsletter is now available to download at the newsletter page. Inside this issue you will find updates on the Children’s Services Referral Form; the LSCB Annual Reports; Updated Neglect Practice Guidance; MAPPA Briefings; Risk, Harm and Decision Making Training and all the news from Safeguarding Week 2017.
Coronation Street’s Chris Harper is supporting Safeguarding Week 2017
12 October 2017
Hear what Chris Harper had to say when he came to a conference at Durham County Hall to talk to health, education, police and social work staff about his recent involvement in the soap’s year long grooming storyline.
Safeguarding Week – Monday 09 October – Friday 13 October 2017
Monday: Launch of Revised Children Services Referral Form and Neglect Strategy (AM and PM sessions)
Tuesday: Exploitation, Grooming and Radicalisation awareness session (AM and PM sessions)
Wednesday: Harrogate & District FT and Partners CSE half day training / awareness (AM and PM sessions)
Thursday: Meet and greet LSCB Independent Chair (AM) and LSCB General Board (PM)
Friday: Launch of Revised Children Services Referral Form and Neglect Strategy (AM and PM sessions)
NEW! – Children’s Services Referral Form
02 October 2017
The new Children’s Services Referral Form is available from October 2017. It has been totally revamped; this includes re-aligning the order of information needed and to reduce the amount of paperwork you are required to complete as part of the initial referral. If you are a professional and want to make a referral to First Contact please use the new Children’s Services Referral Form. The Threshold Document (0-19 Level of Need) may be a useful reference tool. Please email your completed form to email@example.com
Risk, Harm and Decision Making – Child Sexual Abuse – Half Day Training – Thursday 9 November 2017 (AM & PM sessions available)
28 September 2017
The Child Advocacy Project has developed a free multi-agency half-day conference in consultation with Dr Graham Hill for professionals who work with children, families or perpetrators of child sexual offences. This half-day conference will highlight important information regarding the perpetrators of CSA and attempt to debunk some of the myths surrounding their behaviour. It will also explore risk, harm and decision making in multi-agency working. Download the RHD Flyer – November 2017.
Please register your expressions of interest for the courses via the link.
Full – Booking has closed. CSE Half Day Training 11 October 2017 (AM & PM sessions NOW FULL) Part of Safeguarding Week.
28 September 2017
In conjunction with Harrogate and District Foundation Trust and as part of our safeguarding week activities, two half day CSE Training events have been arranged on Wednesday 11 October. This training will feature an guest appearance by Coronation Street Star Chris Harper (Nathan & Bethany Storyline) who will speak about his experiences and the public reaction to his role as Nathan. Other Speakers include; Specialist Nurses in Child Protection, LSCB lead for CSE and Durham Constabulary ERASE Team. Full – booking has closed.
Children’s Services Referral Form – Briefing Sessions (09 Oct and 13 Oct 2017 Council Chamber, County Hall, Durham DH1 5UJ)
25 September 2017
The LSCB are holding briefing sessions in County Hall, Durham on Monday 09 October and Friday 13 October 2017 to update staff on the new Children’s Services Referral Form launching in October 2017. Download the Children Services Referral Form Briefing Oct 2017 flyer.
We have consulted widely with a full range or partner agencies and listened to all the feedback to improve the quality of the new referral form. This is to ensure that families get the right help at the right time and to provide help and support at the earliest opportunity. To book a place please use this link.
Exploitation, Grooming and Radicalisation – 10 October 2017 (AM & PM)
13 Sept 2017
These free awareness raising sessions are aimed at team managers, frontline staff and practitioners who work with parents, carers, children and young people. The sessions are open to all partner agencies and will cover information on common forms of sexual exploitation; grooming techniques and radicalisation. (200 places available per session). Download the Exploitation Flyer October 2017 flyer.
NOTE – These are a repeat of sessions held in January and May 2017. To book a place please use this link
Child Death Review Annual Report 2016-17
Practitioner Survey Launched – Please your chance to give us your opinions!
03 July 2017
Durham LSCB has launched a multi-agency practitioner survey to help understand ‘what good looks like’ and how this could be improved. Your responses are vital in assisting the LSCB to ensure that practitioners are equipped and enabled to work together effectively in order to safeguard children and young people and improve outcomes for children and families.
The survey is intended to be wide ranging with engagement from as many agencies, services, departments and practitioners working with children and families in County Durham.
The survey runs from Monday 3 July to Thursday 21 September 2017 and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. To commence the survey please start here.
Durham LSCB Annual Report 2016-17 Published
19 June 2017
The Durham LSCB Annual Report 2016-17 gives an account of the Board’s work over the past year to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. The report describes the local governance arrangements and structure of Durham LSCB, the linkages to other strategic partnerships across County Durham and the work undertaken against the 2016-17 priorities. It also provides a brief summary of the use of restraint in secure centres, Serious Case Reviews and Child Death Reviews.
LSCB Annual Report for Young People 2017 Published
19 June 2017
Durham LSCB has developed an interactive version of the Annual Report for Young People 2017. This year, staff have directly engaged with over 70 young people from Durham Constabulary’s Police Cadets (spanning key stages 3-5) to act as an editor’s group; providing feedback, critique, challenge and shaping how the final document looks.
The Durham LSCB Annual Report for Young People is primarily an interactive electronic document and is best viewed on a computer, tablet or smartphone.
LSCB Newsletter Summer 2017
12 June 2017
The new Summer 2017 LSCB Newsletter is now available to download at the newsletter page. Inside this issue you will find updates on the LSCB Priorities for 2017/18; update to child protection procedures; Children and Social Work Act; Tackling Neglect Strategy; Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements known as MAPPA and LSCB marketing and communications activity.
Tackling Neglect Strategy now online
22 May 2017
The aim of this Tackling Neglect Strategy is to ensure that early signs of neglect and hidden harm are identified so that supported intervention can be provided at the earliest opportunity, preventing needs escalating. You can download a copy Early Help and-Neglect page.
Durham LSCB Procedures Update – April 2017
25 April 2017
LSCB procedure updates for April 2017 have been released today. The updates can be downloaded in the Changes of note to CP procedures April 2017 and highlight the significant changes in the Multi-Agency Child Protection Procedures. Practitioners should make themselves familiar with the changes.
Two e-learning courses available to explain about the SEND reforms
21 April 2017
Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND): County Durham Practice Guidance – This is a very short course for any professional working with children and families.
Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND): Developing Your Practice – This is a longer course particularly aimed at staff working in SEND and inclusion, and SEND champions.
You can find out more information on our Other E-Learning Courses page.
Factsheet – MAPPA Information Sharing Briefing Sheet now available
24 March 2017
This new factsheet provides information sharing advice and guidence for the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements know as MAPPA. Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements are a set of arrangements to manage the risk posed by the most serious sexual and violent offenders. Download the MAPPA Information Sharing Briefing. The factsheet can also be found on our Newsletters and Factsheets page.
Forthcoming MAPPA Briefings
20 March 2017
Three two-hour sessions to be held in September / October 2017 at venues in Durham. The briefing will cover a general introduction to the principles, purpose and procedures of MAPPA; Lessons learned from MAPPA Serious Case Review; An introduction to MAPPA management of offenders with complex care and criminogenic needs. You can download MAPPA Flyer 2017 or book a place now.
Child Sexual Exploitation – ERASE Website
20 March 2017
We have created the ‘ERASE’ (Educate and Raise Awareness of Sexual Exploitation) website and where you can find lots of advice on Sexual Exploitation. The website can be found at www.eraseabuse.org If you are worried for yourself or a friend, please talk to an adult you trust. Remember: if you are in any danger or feel unsafe, get in contact with the police immediately on 999.
Child abuse. If you think it, report it.
17 February 2017
Durham LSCB are supporting the national campaign on Child abuse – If you think it, report it – We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. Many people do not act because they’re worried about being wrong. Following these simple steps and reporting your concerns to your local children’s social care team could provide the missing piece of information that is needed to keep a child safe. Child abuse. If you think it, report it.
Factsheet – Safeguarding for Licensees now available
03 February 2017
This new factsheet provides information and advice about a licensees responsibility to safeguard children in line with the Licensing Act 2003. It lists the range of measures Durham LSCB expect to see as part of any new licence application to ensure that licensees take the right steps to protect children. The factsheet can be found on our Newsletters and Factsheets page.