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
What we are doing this week?
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 0-19 Level of Need Threshold Document 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
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.
Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Assessment Tool
15 December 2016
The refreshed CSE Risk Matrix – Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Assessment Tool – was agreed at December LSCB Board for implementation. It is now available to download from the Missing and Exploited Children section.
Children and Families Outcomes Framework and Practice Toolkit
31 October 2016
The County Durham Children and Families Practice Toolkit and Family Outcome Framework provides practitioners with practice guidance on a range of significant issues which are known to have a negative impact on a child’s wellbeing. It also provides a range of resources of national and local evidence based intervention. The toolkit is now available for download from the Toolkits and guidance for practitioners section of this website.
Self-harm Guidance for professionals working with children and young people
20 October 2016
Self-harm Guidance for professionals working with children and young people is now available for download.
Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation Guidance 2016
17 October 2016
The Honour Based Violence(HBV), Forced Marriage(FM) and Female Genital Mutilation(FGM) guidance has been updated and is now available for download from the child protection procedures section of this website.
Updated Durham LSCB Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy
07 October 2016
The Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy has been refreshed for 2016-19. Across County Durham partner agencies, such as Children’s Services, Police, Barnardo’s and Health have been working together since 2011 to tackle and erase Child Sexual Exploitation. The strategy is coordinated across three strands of work; Preventing CSE from happening; Protecting those who may be at risk; and Pursing those who may be offending against children. The strategy is available for download from the Missing and Exploited section.
0-19 Levels of Need Poster Version
07 September 2016
We have developed a poster version of the 0-19 Levels of Need. Printed in A3 this is a handy reference to adorn your office wall. You can also access the document on the Early Help and Neglect page.
Child Death Review Annual Report 2015-16
Get Safe Online in Durham
27 June 2016
Partners working with Durham Constabulary now have access to the national ‘Get Safe Online’ information.
Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. There is a wealth of information practitioners can access concerning safeguarding children. The website can be found at www.getsafeonline.org/durham
Information for parents about bruising in children
24 June 2016
Health Services (clinical Commisioning Groups CCGs) have published an information leaflet for parents and carers about the need to assess bruising in non mobile children.
Durham LSCB rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted
20 May 2016
We are happy to announce that Durham LSCB was rated ‘Good’ in a recent Ofsted Inspection.
The inspection took place in February 2016, with the report being published this week. Jane Geraghty the independent chair of Durham LSCB said “The ‘Good’ judgement provided by Ofsted recognises the Durham Board as ambitious and reflective and takes into account the significant improvements the Board has made over the last 18 months”.
You can download the inspection report here.