Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board

About Us

About Us

about usThe Lewisham Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) brings together all the main organisations who work with children and families in Lewisham, with the aim of ensuring that they work together effectively to keep children safe.

The core legislation underpinning the work of the LSCB is the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004. The LSCB’s objectives, as set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015, are:

  • to co-ordinate the work of agencies to safeguard children and promote the welfare of children within Lewisham
  • to ensure the effectiveness of safeguarding children in Lewisham

Structure of the LSCB

The LSCB has a number of Task Groups, which drive forward the work and priorities of the Board:

  • The Communications and Publicity (C&P) Task Group are responsible for communicating and raising awareness of the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and how this can best be done by agencies, children and young people, families and the community.

  • The Monitoring, Evaluation and Service Improvement (MESI) Task Group are responsible for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the work done by agencies both individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This is by means of a comprehensive performance framework, section 11 audit process as well as themed multi-agency audits.

  • The Policies, Procedures and Training (PPT) Task Group are responsible for developing policies and procedures and ensuring that multi-agency training on safeguarding is provided in order to meet local needs. This includes lessons learnt from serious case reviews, management reviews and themed audits.

  • The Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) reviews the deaths of all children in Lewisham: this became a statutory duty in April 2008. CDOP exists for 2 main reasons; one, in order to ascertain whether there are any safeguarding issues in relation to the individual child that has died or other children and two, to learn from the deaths of children in order to prevent future deaths.

  • The Missing, Exploitation and Trafficking (MET) Task Group is responsible for ensuring a co-ordinated, multi-agency response to children at risk of sexual exploitation, going missing or being exploited and or trafficked. The group maintains a strategic oversight and develop and monitor the Lewisham MET strategy and action plan.

  • The Case Review Panel is a multi-agency group tasked with meeting when there is concern about a case and a serious case review (SCR) may need to be considered. When the criteria for a serious case review is not met but there are possible learning / key issues arising from the case, the panel will conduct a multi-agency case review to ensure actions are taken and lessons are learnt from the case to ensure children are safeguarded. When the criteria for a SCR is met, a SCR Panel is established with members from appropriate services involved with the case in question.

    Interim Task Groups

  • The Interim Neglect Task & Finish Group is a timed multi-agency group focusing specifically on a key LSCB Priority, tackling neglect. The remit of this group is ensure the Partnership understands the LSCB Neglect Strategy, there is consistent use of the Neglect toolkit, and any learning from Neglect audits is shared across the Partnership.

LSCB Priorities & Task Groups 2017-2019

Child Death Overview Panel Annual Report 2016-17

LSCB Annual Report 2015-2016

LSCB Annual Report 2016-2017

The LSCB Business Unit:

Nicky Pace, Independent Chair

Adeolu Solarin, Business Manager

Nikki Thorpe, Development Officer

Eileen Bezuidenhout, Administrator

Contact Details:

Address:  5th Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London SE6 4RU

Emailsafeguardingboard@Lewisham.gov.uk

Tel:     020 8314 3396

Our Procedures

Our Policies & Procedures

boysThe Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) is governed by, and adheres to different policies and procedures, developed in accordance with the "Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018" and other National Guidance.

London Child Protection Procedures provide standards for agencies and a framework to promote children’s welfare and protect them from abuse and neglect.

Safeguarding Disabled Children Practice Guidance

Children & Young People's Plan, 2015-2018

Children's Act 1989

Children's Act 2004

FACT SHEET: A summary of the rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Munro Review of Child Protection: A Child-Centred System

As you navigate around this site you will see we have done our best to ensure that relevant policies and procedures are included on our main pages to make them easier for you to find and read, depending on what information you looking for.

 

Children & Young People

Welcome to the Children & Young People pages

The Lewisham Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) is tasked with ensuring services are equipped to keep children and young people safe.

This section aims to provide you with useful information on where to seek help and support if you are worried about your own, or another child/young person's safety.  We have included some tips and information on things that young people have told us worries them, as well as useful website links and video clips. We want all children and young people in Lewisham to have happy, safe lives. This can start with looking after yourself first, so read on.

It’s Good To Talk

It may sound simple but if you are worried about anything the best thing you can do is talk to someone you trust. This could be

  • Friend
  • Parent/carer
  • Teacher
  • Youth worker
  • Social worker

They may not always know exactly what to do but if they are an adult they can find out and help you. Just talking to someone can help you realise whether your worry is little and may just sort itself out in time or whether it is a big worry which means you need to do something about it as it is not going to get better until you do. Friends can be useful at helping you decide if your problem is big or small and they can help you tell an adult if you need to.

SOME WORRIES YOUNG PEOPLE MAY HAVE:

My parents argue and shout all the time

People don’t always get along. In the same way you fall out with your friends, sometimes parents can disagree over things. This sometimes means they argue and shout at each other which can be scary if you see or hear it. Most of the time adults are able to calm down and make friends with each other after an argument. Most adults sort out their differences by talking to each other. If the arguments happen regularly you could try to talk to your parents. If they realise that their arguments are upsetting you then it should help them to stop it. If you can’t talk to your parents or the arguments are violent then you need to talk to an adult you can trust. Click here for more information on domestic abuse: http://thehideout.org.uk/young-people/home/.

Someone is hurting me

You can be hurt physically when someone injures your body in some way such as hitting you or you can be emotionally hurt when someone calls you names or says things that make you feel bad about yourself. Sometimes in families brothers and sisters can be quite mean to each other but they still shouldn’t physically hurt each other. If you are worried about this talk to your parent or carer. If someone else is hurting you then you need to tell someone you can trust.  If it’s other children hurting you then this could be bullying.

I’m scared when I walk home

It’s quite normal to be worried when walking around on your own especially at night. Lots of young people get concerned about walking past certain areas or groups of other young people. Click here for our top tips on walking home alone.

I’m scared on-line

If something happens on-line that worries you tell an adult immediately or click on the CEOP icon to report your concern

CEOP

See Staying Safe On-line. If it is people you know making nasty comments tell someone you can trust and have a look at our section on bullying for help.

Bullying

Bullying can happen to anyone at any age and can take place at school, online, in the street or even at home. Bullying is when someone or a group of people do things that hurt you and make you feel scared or bad about yourself. This can include:

  • hitting
  • pushing
  • name calling
  • teasing
  • talking about you
  • taking money and possessions

If this happens to you then you need to tell an adult so they can help you. Bullies like to be kept secret so they can get away with their bad behaviour so tell someone and then they can’t get away with it. By reporting it you could stop them doing it to someone else.

Cyber or On-Line Bullying

This is when someone or a group upset or humiliate you using the internet, on-line games, email, apps, social media, or text. It is the same as any other form of bullying but you don’t always know who is doing it.

  • If you get any horrible comments or messages take a screen shot immediately and show it to an adult. It can be hard but the best thing to do is not respond to any nasty comments and if they keep happening take action
  • You can report online bullies by pressing the CEOP button that is on most websites
  • Immediately block anyone who bullies you online. Even if you know the person, if they start being unkind to you then block them and report them to the website
  • Always make sure your profile is safe and you have used the privacy settings so only people you know can see your posts

ChildLine has more information on how to deal with bullying on different social media sites

No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad and you don’t have to put up with it. If you are being bullied tell someone you trust NOW!

 

Feelings

Talking about feelings can be tricky. Emotions are often messy and difficult to deal with, especially when you’re young or feeling vulnerable. But they don’t need to be a stressful part of our lives and we learn to manage them well.

By developing our ability to be resilient, and sharing this knowledge with others, we can boost all our chances of living happier, healthier lives.

It’s time to break the silence surrounding mental illness, crush taboos and get young people in Lewisham feeling good about themselves and energised by life.

Work It Out Lewisham is an interactive space so that people in Lewisham can learn from, find services, join community conversations, and get help, when and where necessary.

Kooth  is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people aged 11+.  It  is accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Questioning Support

METRO Charity is a leading equality and diversity charity, providing health, community, and youth services across London and the South East, with national and International projects.  METRO Youth works with anyone experiencing issues around sexuality, gender, equality, diversity, and identity across our five domains:

  1. Sexual & Reproductive Health
  2. Community
  3. Mental Health & Wellbeing
  4. Youth
  5. HIV

METRO Youth offer a free and confidential youth group and service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people.

Zest - 16 years and under - Friday evenings, 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Greenwich

Zest is a friendly and safe space to meet other LGBTQ young people, get support and enjoy fun activities, trips out and workshops about things that interest you.

Live - 16 - 25 years - Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 9pm, New Cross

The Lewisham Live youth group:-

  • is a friendly and safe place to meet other young LGBTQ people.
  • has fun activities, trips out and workshops about things that interest you.
  • Is a free and confidential place to get support from dedicated and experienced youth workers.
  • Live also offers access to a range of other free services.

Get in Touch

Telephone:   020 8305 5004

Email:           youth@metrocharity.org.uk

Facebook:    METRO Charity

Website:      https://www.metrocentreonline.org/ 

Relationship Abuse

Most relationships are healthy and safe, and our parents or carers, extended family, boyfriends, girlfriends and friends want the best for us and treat us well. However sometimes this isn’t the case.

Relationship abuse

Relationship (domestic) abuse is when someone hurts, threatens or makes you feel scared or uncomfortable. It isn’t just physical violence but any type of controlling, bullying, threatening or violent behaviour between people in a relationship and includes emotional, physical, sexual, financial or psychological abuse.

Abuse is not normal and never ok regardless of how old you are. If you are in a relationship with someone, you should feel loved, safe, respected and free to be yourself. There are different forms of abuse and for more information and to find out where to get help visit: https://www.disrespectnobody.co.uk/ 

Remember it’s not your fault and it is important to talk about it with someone you trust.

Has anyone given you money, drugs, alcohol or gifts and somewhere to stay and then forced you to…

  • have sex with them?
  • do something sexual to them?
  • be touched inappropriately, in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable?
  • look at sexual images?
  • watch them to something sexual?

Go to our page on Child Sexual Exploitation to find out more

Self-Harm

Self-harm can be really hard to understand but it is a lot more common than some people think. Between 1 in 15 children and young people self-harm.

Self-harming is when a young person chooses to inflict pain on themselves in some way.

If you are self-harming, you may be:

  • Cutting of the skin with objects (e.g. razor blades, scissors, pens, bottle tops etc.)
  • Scratching the skin.
  • Picking wounds or interfering with healing.
  • Burning.
  • Ingesting toxic substances.
  • Excessive drug or alcohol intake.
  • Hitting or punching themselves.
  • Head banging or biting themselves.
  • Pulling hair out.
  • Swallowing or inserting objects.
  • Taking an overdose.
  • Staying in an abusive relationship.
  • Taking risks too easily.
  • Restricting their eating.

It is usually a sign that something is wrong.

You may self-harm for many reasons, including:

  • feeling anxious, depressed or stressed
  • feeling that you do not have a support network or way to deal with your problems
  • You have experienced a stressful life event.
  • Feeling isolation.
  • Have low self-esteem.
  • On-going family relationship problems.
  • Being bullied.
  • You have had a bereavement.
  • Substance and alcohol misuse.
  • Family circumstances are difficult.
  • Stress and worry – particularly about school and exams.
  • Experience of abuse.
  • Feelings of being rejected in your life.

The issues then ‘build up’ to the point where you feel like you are going to explode. Young people who self-harm often talk about the ‘release’ that they feel after they have self-harmed, as they use it as a mechanism to cope with their problems.

Self-harming is dangerous. It is a sign that you have an underlying problem, but if it gets out of hand you could risk killing yourself, maybe accidentally.

Getting help to deal with some of these underlying issues is often key to overcoming or managing self-harm.

Where to get help

It's important to talk about what you're feeling and get the help you need.  Try talking to an adult you trust about your feelings and what's happening for you.  Or access one of the services below:-

  • Young Minds
    • Parents Helpline 0808 802 55 44
    • Advice for professionals

  • GP – Make an appointment to talk about your concerns.  Your may need some support from the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)

  • Kooth
    • Online chat support for young people

  • Work it Out Lewisham 
    • Information on services and support available in Lewisham.

  • Papyrus Hopeline 0800 068 41 41
    • Confidential advice for young people
    • Advice for parents / carers.
    • Advice for professionals

  • ChildLine – 0800 11 11
    • Confidential advice for young people
    • Advice for professionals

  • Place2Be
    • Individual one to one, drop in counselling for children and young people experiencing emotional wellbeing issues at 10 schools in Lewisham.
  • Lewisham Mind Kit
    • Online resources for range of mental health/ wellbeing issues and peer mentoring support

  • National Self-Harm Network
    • UK charity offering moderated support forum for self-harm
  • NHS Choices - Moodzone
    • Online and audio resources to improve mental wellbeing and information about available treatments
  • MindEd
    • Online training for anyone working with 0-18 year olds

 

Sexual Exploitation

Sexual exploitation can be hard to recognise because you often believe you’re in a good relationship with the person, or people, who want to abuse your trust in them. It could be a friend, or a group of friends. It could be someone you think of as a boyfriend or girlfriend. It could be a person or a new group of people you’ve only just got to know. It could be someone you’ve talked to online. But whoever it is, they could use clever ways to take advantage of your relationship – and that means you can be harmed almost before you know what’s going on.

For example, someone might give you money, drugs, alcohol, gifts or somewhere to stay and then force you to do one or more of these things in return:

  • have sex with them
  • do something sexual to them
  • be touched inappropriately, in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
  • look at sexual images – including films or pictures
  • watch them do something sexual, including having sex or touching themselves sexually

That’s why it’s so important to look out for the warning signs in someone’s behaviour. So be aware, stay alert and keep safe.

What to do if you are worried about yourself or a friend

If you are worried about a situation that you or a friend is in, talk to an adult that you trust as soon as you can. You may also want to contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 or their website https://www.childline.org.uk/searchpage/?query.

If you, or a friend, are in immediate danger or want urgent help, call the police on 999.

Use our top tips to protect yourself from exploitation.

Three top tips to keep safe

  1. Trust yourself to know when something is wrong.
  2. If someone makes you feel unsafe, pressured or frightened, follow your instincts and seek help.
  3. Don’t trust people you don’t know, even if they seem friendly – and make sure you know who you are talking to online. Never give away personal details or agree to meet someone who you have only talked to online. Don’t be tricked into doing things that are unsafe, even if they seem like fun. What might look exciting at first could be more dangerous than you realise.

Stay Safe on the Streets

Plan ahead: Before you go out think about how you are going to get home, e.g. Can you travel home with a friend? What time does the last bus / train leave?

Get a taxi?  Remember to only use licenced taxi companies.  The licence number should be clearly displayed on the car to help you decide.

Getting a night bus?  Sit downstairs as near to the driver as possible as it is easier to alert the driver if you are feeling worried or threatened.

Use well lit busy streets and avoid danger spots like quiet or badly-lit alleyways, subways or isolated car parks. Walk down the middle of the pavement if the street is deserted.

If you do have to pass danger spots think about what you would do if you felt threatened.

Consider heading for a public place; somewhere you know there will be other people, for example a garage or a shop.

Avoid passing stationary cars with their engines running and people sitting in them.

Try to keep both hands free and don’t walk with your hands in your pockets.

Walk facing oncoming traffic wherever possible, to avoid kerb crawlers. If you do have to talk in the same direction as the traffic and a vehicle pulls up suddenly alongside you, turn and walk or run in the other direction.

Keep your mind on your surroundings: remember if you are chatting on your mobile phone or wearing earphones you will not hear trouble approaching.

If you think you are being followed trust your instincts and take action. As confidently as you can, cross the road, turning to see who is behind you. If you are still being followed, keep moving. Make for a busy area and tell people what is happening, or if this not possible knock on the door of a well-lit house and see if the person hangs about. Tell the homeowner what is happening and ask if you can wait outside and call your parents. If necessary, call the police.

Beware of someone who warns you of the dangers of walking alone and then offers to accompany you. This may be a ploy some attackers have been known to use.

Never accept a lift from a stranger or someone you don’t know very well, even if you are wet, tired or running late.

We all have the right to wear any clothes we wish but it’s worth remembering that you can help to reduce the risks by wearing clothes you can move in easily and shoes that you can run in.

Try not to keep all your valuables in one place: it’s a good idea to keep valuables such as wallets in an inside pocket.

Consider carrying a personal safety alarm which can be used to shock and disorientate an attacker and give you vital seconds to get away.

Online Safety

The internet is a great way to connect with others and learn new things. It’s important you know how to stay safe and keep others safe online.
Top Tips for Staying Safe Online for Children & Young People

 feet iconBe careful what photos and video’s you post online or share with a “boyfriend or girlfriend”.  It can be difficult to control who can see them and how they will be shared, you may not want it to go viral!  Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your teachers or parents to see.  Taking, making, sharing and possessing indecent images and pseudo-photographs of people under 18 is illegal and you could be prosecuted.  A pseudo-photo is an image made by graphics or art which appears to be a photo. This can include, photo’s, video’s, tracings, and anything that can be converted into a photo.  You can read the full “Indecent Images of children: guidance for young people here 

feet iconBe careful who you talk to.  Someone might not be who they say they are.  Friends you make on-line are still strangers, even if you’ve been talking to them for a long time.  You can say no and/or log out of your computer.  Don’t meet up with friends you make online unless you’ve talked it through with an adult you trust first and they can help you stay safe. 

feet iconDon’t be afraid to block someone.  You don’t have to put up with bullying or seeing anything that you find upsetting.  Report it to the site administrator and talk to an adult you trust.  Remember you can choose to close the App or Website at any time.

feet iconAlways put the privacy settings on and don’t share personal information, including details like your date of birth, home address, email address, phone number, passwords or any other information that may be useful to someone who wants to bully or hurt you.

feet iconThink about how you’re feeling before you go online, could someone be offended or upset by what you’re saying or posting?  You may say something you regret later on and damage your reputation.   Your digital footprint will last forever, even if you have deleted something from your device or profile it may still be visible to other people on other networks.  It has been known for young people to find their college and / or job applications be affected by something they posted online.

feet iconUnfortunately, there are people who go online to bully others or get them to do things that could be illegal or harmful to you or others.  If you are bullied or are worried about anything you see, hear, or are asked to do something either online or in the real world, tell a parent or another trusted adult, like your teacher, or contact Junior Crimestoppers @ www.fearless.org .  Preserve evidence by saving or taking a screen shot of the message or material and report it to the site administrator – all sites have a no blame culture with children and young people.  You do not have to do anything you don’t want to or anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. 

feet iconIf you see something on a social network site, a website, or someone tries to draw you into extremist or radicalised views, you can get help by contacting the Prevent Team, prevent@lewisham.gov.uk.

feet iconWe recommend you keep your knowledge and skills of staying safe in a digital world up-to-date by regularly looking at the ThinkUKnow website, however there are some other good sites you may also like to look at:-

 

 

Trafficking

People trafficking is the movement of people from one area to another by use of force or threat for the purpose of some form of exploitation.

Examples of exploitation could be forcing a young person to have sex, forcing them into marriage, forcing the young person to work in horrible conditions or forcing them to carry out a crime.

Traffickers can be male and female and control young people by threatening to report them to the authorities, telling them they owe large sums of money, or by threats of violence to them or their families.

Signs of Trafficking:

Could this be you or a friend?

  • Do you go missing from home?
  • Are you prevented from going outside or locked in?
  • Are you not allowed to go to school or college?
  • Are you forced to earn a certain amount of money each day?
  • Do you have an excessive amount of chores to do at home?
  • Do you have a bad relationship with your parents or carers?
  • Are you told you have a large debt to pay back?
  • Are you afraid of being sent away from the UK?

Where to get help?

If you recognise any of these signs then you need to get help by calling the telephone numbers below:

Police – 101 or 999 in an emergency

Child Line 0800 1111

NSPCC 24 hour Child Protection helpline 0808 800 5000

Worried About Yourself or a Friend

If you’re worried about something that’s happening to you or to a friend there are a lot of people who can help you. It’s good to talk to people you trust about your worries, perhaps a teacher, a friend, your parents, or a family member.

Abuse is always wrong, no matter how many times it happens. There can be lots of different types of abuse. It might be helpful to read more on sexual abuse, neglect, emotional abuse or physical abuse on the ChildLine website

Being abused can affect young people in lots of different ways, but it’s never their fault.

It’s not unusual for young people to find it hard to talk about abuse, even with their closest friends.

When you think about telling someone, it’s important to remember that they can’t always keep what you tell them secret. If you are worried about this, you (or your friend) might want to talk to a ChildLine counsellor before you decide who else to tell. The ChildLine counsellors have a Confidentiality Promise that means they can keep most things private.

You can contact ChildLine in loads of different ways, whether that’s by going online and using the 1-2-1 chats or emailing, or by calling for free on 0800 1111 (the calls won’t even show up on the phone bill).  The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have provided a Quick Guide to Getting Help to Overcome Abuse that you might find useful to get the support you need.

If you or a friend are at IMMEDIATE risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call 999 to report your concerns to the Police.

If you have spoken to someone you trust or ChildLine and you are still concerned that you or a friend are being abused or neglected: –

Contact the Lewisham Council Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).  You can contact the MASH during office hours.

Tel: 020 8314 6660 or out of hours call 020 8314 6000 and ask for the emergency duty team.
Email: mashgcsx@Lewisham.gov.uk

The Out of Office hours (5pm -8am weekdays, weekends and bank holidays) is: 03005 551373

When you contact the MASH please give as much information as possible about your concerns. This information will be kept confidential. This will help the MASH decide the best way to help

Child Exploitation & Online Protection

CEOP is there to support young people, parents and carers while surfing online, and offers help and advice on topics such as:

  • cyberbullying
  • hacking
  • harmful content

It also enables people to immediately report anything online which they find concerning, such as harmful or inappropriate content, or possible grooming behaviour.

For more information or to report a concern click on the CEOP icon

CEOP

Young Carers in Lewisham

A young carer is a young person aged 18 or under who looks after a mum, dad, brother, sister or other relative who is disabled, ill, has mental ill health or a problem with drugs or alcohol. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister.
Carers Lewisham logo

If you are a young carer there is support available for you. The service includes:-

Carers Lewisham Young Carers Service supports children and young people aged 5-18. It particularly aims to:

    • Improve life skills and learning  
    • Improve self-esteem, confidence and resilience
    • Help reduce inappropriate care   

Young Carers can benefit from:

    • Access to holiday activities including trips, a summer residential and events
    • Signposting and referrals to other statutory services
    • Access to information and advice relating to their caring role, right and entitlements, and support services
    • Term-time respite activities
    • Schools support to improve early identification, assessment and support to young carers in education through awareness-raising to teachers and pupils, offering 1:1 support, advocacy and signposting.

Have a look at the Young Carers Website

Regular Young Carers Clubs

  • 3rd Saturday of every month, 11am-4pm, Ringway Community Centre, 268 Baring Road, Grove Park, SE12 0DS : 11-16 years old.

  • 2nd Saturday of every month, 12-2pm, Telegraph Hill Centre, Kitto Road, London, SE14 5TY: 8-11 years old.

  • 1st Saturday of every month, 12-3.30pm, Cherry Blossom Children’s Centre, 118 Old Bromley Road, BR1 4JY: 8-11 years old.

At these clubs, young carers can access; 1:1 support, play games consoles such as Wii & XBOX, access the internet, sporting activities, arts and crafts and much more. Refreshments and snacks are available at all the clubs free of charge.

Pick-ups and drop-offs are available for young carers aged 11 years old and under.

Contact Details:

Carers Lewisham
Waldram Place
Forest Hill
London
SE23 2LB                                                                                                   

Tel: 020 8699 8686
or e-mail: info@carerslewisham.org.uk

Opening Times:
Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Youth Clubs Schedule

Download the schedule
Youth First logo

Youth Club Opening Times

(Check with each site for school holiday opening times)

*up to 25 years with Special Educational Needs
**up to 13 years with Special Educational Needs

Bellingham Gateway Youth Club
185 Brookehowse Rd, SE6 3TT


Mob:
07580 777874

 

Monday & Thursday

Friday

6:15-8:45pm ages 12-19*

2:30-5:00pm ages 8-12**
6:15-8:45pm ages 13-19*

 

 

Honor Oak Youth Club
50 Turnham Road, SE4 2JD

Mob: 07580 777844

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

6:15-8:45pm ages 8-19*

 

 

Ladywell Youth Club
End of Malyons Road, SE13 7XE

Mob: 07580 777869

Monday

6:15-8:45pm ages 8-19*

 

 

Riverside Youth Club
Grove Street, SE8 3QQ

Mob: 07875 087508

Monday

3:45-6:15pm ages 8-12**

Tuesday & Thursday

6:15-8:45pm ages 8-19*

 

 

TNG Youth Club
111 Wells Park Road, SE26 6AD

Mob: 07875 091098

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

6:15-7:30pm ages 8-12**
6:15-8:45pm ages 13-19*

Tuesday

5:15-7:45pm ages 8-19*

 

 

Woodpecker Youth Club
20 Woodpecker Road, SE14 6EU

Mob: 07392 191 237

Wednesday & Thursday

4:45-7:15pm ages 8-19*

Friday

4:45-7:15pm ages 8-19*

Yourth First logo

Adventure Playground

Opening Times

(Check with site for school holiday opening times)             
If your child is under 8 years old they can attend our adventure playgrounds but you must accompany them at all times.

This information is from July 2017 and subject to change.  If you require any more information on our sites please contact our head office 020 8314 9543 or email info@youthfirst.org.uk
*up to 25 years with Special Educational Needs

Dumps APG
14 Oakview Road, SE6 3QF

Mob: 07580 777859

Tuesday - Friday

3:00-6:30pm ages 8-19*

Saturday

11:00-4:45pm ages 8-19*

 

 

Home Park APG
Winchfield Road, SE26 5TJ

Mob: 07580 777857

Tuesday - Friday

3:15-6:45pm ages 8-19*

Saturday

11:15-4:45pm ages 8-19*

 

 

Honor Oak APG
Turnham Road, SE4 2HU

Mob: 07580 777844

Tuesday - Friday

3:15-6:45pm ages 8-19*

Saturday

11:15-4:45pm ages 8-19*

 

 

Ladywell Fields APG
End of Malyons Road, SE13 7XE

Mob: 07580 777869

Tuesday - Friday

3:15-6:45pm ages 8-19*

Saturday

11:15-4:45pm ages 8-19*

 

 

Richard MacVicar APG
New King Street, SE8 3HS

Mob: 07957 198310

Tuesday - Friday

3:30-6:45pm ages 8-19*

Saturday

12:15-5:45pm ages 8-19*

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Parents & Carers

Welcome to Lewisham Parents & Carers pages

Welcome to the LSCB parent and carer pages. Here you will find key information about some of the safeguarding challenges facing children, young people and their parents today, along with links to support, advice and guidance on keeping them safe.

Getting help early

Children of any age can experience problems at times, and parents or carers can’t always meet their needs by themselves. When children do require some extra support it’s always best to put help in place before things worse.

Throughout your child’s life there are people around you can go to get advice, guidance and support, for example:

  • Midwives
  • Health Visitors, GPs
  • Children’s Centres, nurseries
  • Schools
  • Other workers you might be in contact with such as Youth Workers, PSCOs or Housing Officers

Go to the Family Information Service website for more information

If you are worried about the safety of a child go to the  worried about a child page

If you are a parent of a child with a special educational need or disability you may find more information here

There are some national organisations that offer support for parents around specific safeguarding issues. You will find links to these in the relevant pages.

Supporting Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Age 0-25

The Local Offer website is a collaboration between parents and carers of disabled children, young people and Lewisham Council to help you find what is available in the area for those with Special Education Needs or Disabilities (ages 0-25) and how to access a variety of services.  These range from health, social care and education to respite, leisure facilities, support groups and the voluntary sector.

Private Fostering

Private fostering involves an arrangement made without the involvement of the local authority between the carer and the child’s parent/s or person with parental responsibility, regardless of whether money is exchanged and that arrangement is intended to last 28 days or more (the child is not a Looked After Child).  Please click here for more information.

Child Protection Conferences

Lewisham's Children's Social Care Pledge to Service Users

  • We will always put your children's safety and welfare first.
  • We will not get involved in your family's lives any more than we need to.
  • We will be open, honest and fair in our work with you and your family.
  • We will always be polite and treat you with respect.
  • We will work closely with other agencies to give you better support.
  • We will write to you about major decisions.

What is a Child Projection Conference?

There is nothing more important than the safety and well-being of our children. A Child Protection Conference is a meeting between families and professionals which is held when there is concern about the safety of a child within a family.

The new Child Protection Conference helps your family and caregivers to work with Lewisham’s Children’s Social Care and other services to keep your child safe.

Lewisham is using a new way of working with your family and your children. We have introduced a more family friendly approach to Child Protection Conferences to ensure the best possible outcomes for your children and your family.

The new Child protection Conference meeting known as Strengthening Families Child Protection Conference meetings will assess risk by looking at strengths in your family; looking at worries about your family; and make decisions about child safety.

The purpose of a Conference is to:

  • Share information about your child’s health, safety and wellbeing.
  • Assess whether your child is suffering, or likely to suffer significant harm.
  • Identify the strengths within your family.
  • Identify any assistance needed by your family and professionals/agencies who might be able to provide this.
  • Identify changes needed (if any) in order to ensure the safety of your child, which will be written down and given to you.
  • Decide if your child needs to be subject to a Child Protection Plan.

A Child Protection Conference does not make decisions about legal or court action, or about where children should live.

As a parent, you are invited to attend the Conference and we would encourage you to take an active part. You may also bring someone with you as a supporter if you would like. This can be another family member, a friend, or some other person of your choice.

How can you prepare?

During the conference you will be given the chance to comment about what others are saying and to give your own information and views. You will also be asked what you think should happen in the future, including any help you feel is necessary.

Many families who have attended Conferences in the past tell us they were very nervous and didn’t say as much as they would like to. To help overcome this, it is sometimes helpful to do some preparation in advance.

We do not think it is fair that only professionals have the opportunity to provide a written report of what they want to say and parents do not get the same chance. You may write down the things you want the conference to know using the form provided. If you need help with this, please talk to the social worker.

Who else will be at the Conference?

Anyone who is able to support your child and your family can attend. This will include services and professionals who work with your child and your family. Everyone who attends the new conferences will have a chance to speak about:

  • what is working well and;
  • what is worrying them and;
  • be involved in decisions about who might support your child who has been harmed, or is believed to be at risk of harm.

The Conference will be chaired by an Independent Chairperson. There will also be someone to take notes at the meeting.

A number of professionals will also be invited to the meeting, such as:

  • Social Workers
  • Health Visitors
  • Doctors
  • Teachers
  • Attendance & Welfare Officers
  • Probation Officers
  • Police.
  • Professionals who have been involved with your family will be invited, but there may also be some individuals and agencies present, who you may not have met before. These individuals are invited because their expertise is required or because they may be able to assist you, your child, and your family.

Talking to children

It is important your child has an opportunity to talk about what they are worried about; what makes them happy; and what they would like to see happen in their family to keep them safe.

What happens at an Initial Conference?

The Independent Chairperson will meet with you just before the conference to welcome you, to explain how the Conference will run, and to talk about the best way for you to contribute to the discussion. The Chairperson will also ask you to tell us about the most significant people in your family and particular friends who help you to look after your children.

At the start of the Conference all the participants will introduce themselves, and the Chair will ask professionals to summarise the most important parts of their reports. You will be invited to contribute to this discussion. A plan will be developed with you and the professionals, after which a decision will be made about whether the risks to your child are significant enough that a Child Protection Plan is needed.

A Child Protection Plan is a list of actions with details of who is to carry out these actions and over what timescale.

You should come out of the Conference clear about what (if anything) needs to change. More detailed plans are usually made at a later meeting between you and the relevant professionals. This meeting is called the Core Group and usually happens immediately after the initial conference and as often as is needed afterwards.

It may mean that we do not make a Child Protection Plan for your child, but we will still try to help and support you, but the discussion will have identified assistance which may benefit your child, you and your family.

What can you expect from Children's Social Care?

They will work in partnership with you and your family. As a parent/carer, you should expect to:

  • be listened to.
  • be treated with respect.
  • be kept informed and involved in decisions.
  • get all the assistance and help that has been offered to you within the agreed time scales.
  • receive a reliable service, with professionals doing what they say they will do.
  • be absolutely clear about what we expect from you.
  • receive copies of all reports 2 days before an initial Conference and 5 days before a Review Conference.
  • get a copy of the Conference minutes within 20 working days of the Conference.

If you don’t feel we are meeting these standards, you should let us know.

What happens after the Conference?

After the Conference you will be sent a copy of the record of the conference.

If a Child Protection Plan is made, you will also be asked to attend regular meetings called ‘Core Groups’. At these meetings, you will look at the plan and discuss what progress has been made.

A Review Conference will be held after 3 months and then at 6 monthly intervals for as long as your child is subject of a Child Protection Plan.

My Report for the Conference

We recognise that it is not easy to remember everything you want to say. You can put your views in writing if you think that this will help. You do not have to do if you do not want to.  The following questions may be helpful to you when thinking about what you do want to say.

  1. What is going well in the care of my children?
  2. What am I worried about ?
  3. This is what I think needs to change so that my children are safe and happy.
  4. This is what would be helpful to my family to make those changes.

Parent Advocacy

If you have been told that you need to attend an “Initial child protection case conference” then the Parent Advocate Service could help you.

The Parent Advocate Service – a group of parents who volunteer their time to help other parents participate in the child protection process.

They will listen to you and help you understand what you can expect at the Conference. They can also attend the Conference with you to give you support.

“Parents know more about their family than any professional could possibly know, and well-founded

decisions about a child should draw upon this knowledge and understanding”

The aim of the Parent4Parent advocate service is to help parents to participate in the child protection process from an informed position and to promote good communication and a positive working relationship between the parents and the council.

The aim of the advocate is to:

  • Talk to parents through the child protection process
  • Attend an initial child protection case conference with parents and to give support

Who are they?

They are a group of parents who volunteer their time and are trained as parent advocates. They have worked with Children's Social Care with their own children and know they have a lot of support and knowledge to share with you.

What support can we offer?

They will listen to what you have to say, talk you through what you can expect when you attend the Initial Child Protection Case Conference, advise you on how to present yourself at the conference, as well as think about what you can do to work positively with the relevant professionals around your child’s needs.

The service is short-term and for the purpose of helping you prepare for, and be fully informed about the Initial Child Protection Conference.  Lewisham Council also provide this service to support the parents at the conferences that follow, which are called Review Child Protection Conferences.

The service is independent from children’s social care, however they are organised and managed by staff within social care. They do not work with your children but are responsible for allocating families to advocates.

Everything you tell your advocate is in confidence. They will not share the information unless you ask them to, or give them permission to do so. However they do work within a child protection policy, which means they cannot keep your confidence if they become aware that there is, or could be, a child at risk.

What is the process of referral?

Once an Initial Child Protection Case Conference has been arranged for your child (or children) the social worker involved will ask you if you would like to be supported by an advocate.

  1. If you would like one, then a parent advocate will ring you to introduce themselves and arrange to meet with you which could be at the office or in an appropriate public area.
  2. At the first meeting they will listen to you and help you understand what is expected when you attend the Initial Child Protection Case Conference.
  3. If you would like them to attend they can support you at the Initial Child Protection Case Conference.
  4. The parent advocate will ring you a couple of days after the Initial Child Protection Case Conference to see if you would like to have a further opportunity to talk with them, which again could be at the office or in an appropriate public area.
  5. If you do not wish to meet with them at all, or again after the initial meeting, this will be the end of their involvement with you.
  6. If you have a complaint or any grievance specific to the Parent advocate, then you can contact one of the numbers noted at the bottom of this page with the issues or you can inform them that you wish to cease your involvement with the parent advocate.

For more information please

Email:  _CYP.FSIBSO@lewisham.gov.uk 

Text , phone or leave a message on: 07545 737611

Or Contact Lynn McShane (Advanced Practitioner) on: 07392191294

Keeping Information Safe

The information you are provided and held by agencies is highly confidential.  The content of the information must not be copied or disclosed to any person other than the individual it is intended for, unless the information must be shared for the purpose it was given.

When in receipt of the information, please ensure it is protected and maintained securely.

When you are finished with the information please safely destroy it by cross cut shredding or secure disposal.  Under no circumstances must the information be binned un-securely.

If you cannot dispose of the information in a secure manner please return the information to:-

Lewisham Children's Social Care Department, 1st Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London SE26 4RU

Information must not be kept for longer than needed.  If you have received it in error please contact Corporate Information on 020 8314 9928 or return it to the sender.

If you do not adhere to the above disclaimer you could be in breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 and therefore could face legal proceedings.

You can download and print the leaflet What is a Child Protection Conference?

Useful Link: London Child Protection Procedures

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is any incident of controlling, co-ercive, threatening behavior, violence or abuse:

  • between people aged over 16
  • who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members

It can happen to anyone, regardless of age, social background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity, and can begin at any stage of the relationship.

Domestic abuse can be:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Domestic abuse can also include forced marriage and so-called “honour crimes”.

It’s abuse if your partner or a family member:

  • puts you down, or attempts to undermine your self-esteem
  • controls you, for example by stopping you seeing your friends and family
  • is jealous and possessive, such as being suspicious of your friendships and conversations
  • frightens you

Domestic abuse and safeguarding children

Children who live in families where there is domestic abuse can suffer serious long-term emotional and psychological effects. Even if they are not physically harmed or do not witness acts of violence, they can pick up on the tensions and harmful interactions between adults.

If you are worried about a child living in a family where domestic abuse may be an issue got to: What to do if you’re worried about the safety of a child

Domestic Violence

What is domestic violence

The Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 defines domestic violence as ‘any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are, or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.’

Types of domestic violence

  • Physical: being hit
  • Sexual: rape, sexual assault, degrading treatment
  • Financial: having money withheld or being forbidden from getting a job
  • Social: not being allowed to see friends and family or go out
  • Psychological: constantly telling someone they are worthless and so reducing their self-esteem and confidence
  • Emotional: telling a person their children will be taken from them if they leave or that no one else will love them

How does domestic violence affect children

Children will learn their behaviour from examples set by other people around them and exposure to domestic violence teaches children negative things about people and their relationships. For instance:

  • It teaches them that violence is acceptable and that they can use it
  • They learn how to keep secrets
  • They learn to mistrust those close to them

Being exposed to domestic violence can have a long-lasting effect on children which could affect their ability to form relationships in the future, including:

  • Blaming themselves for the violence
  • Feeling frightened
  • Becoming withdrawn
  • Bedwetting
  • Running away
  • Aggressiveness
  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Problems with school
  • Poor concentration
  • Emotional turmoil
  • Lack of respect
  • Loss of self-confidence

Who to contact

POLICE: 101 or in an emergency 999

CHILDLINE: 0800 11 11

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

PARENTLINE: 0808 800 2222

NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELPLINE: 0808 2000 247

Supporting documents

 

Private Fostering

Private fostering is when a child or young person aged under 16 (or under 18 if they are disabled) is cared for and provided with accommodation for 28 days or more by an adult who is not a close relative.

A close relative is an aunt, uncle, step parent, grandparent or sibling, but not a cousin, great aunt/uncle or family friend.

A private fostering arrangement is normally organised between the parent and carer. There are many private fostering situations. These may involve children or young people:

  • who are sent to this country for education or health care by their birth parents from overseas
  • whose parents work or study long or antisocial hours
  • who are living with a friend’s family as a result of parental separation, divorce or arguments at home
  • who are living with their partner’s family.

What do I have to do if I am privately fostering or my child is privately fostered?

Any parent, private foster carer, or anyone else involved in making a private fostering arrangement, must notify the council for the area in which the child will be or is placed.

You have a responsibility to ensure that your child is in a suitable and safe private fostering arrangement that provides for your child’s cultural, religious, linguistic and other needs.

If you think that your child will be in this placement for 28 days or longer, you have a legal duty to tell the Council at least six weeks before the arrangement is due to start. If the arrangement is due to start within six weeks or is already in place, then you must tell the MASH team at the Council immediately.

The law states that you must tell us of a private fostering arrangement, this information will help us ensure that your child is well looked after and does not come to any harm.

A private fostering arrangement does not mean that you are giving up your rights to your child. This is a temporary arrangement and you still have parental responsibility and will continue to be involved in all decisions about your child’s life. It is very important that you stay in contact with your child as much as possible. By staying in contact, you will know of any changes in the circumstances of the carer (for example if they go on holiday or move house).

What if I already privately foster but did not know that it I had to tell the Council?

You should contact us and explain the situation. We will be pleased to take your details and explain the first stage of the assessment process. Please remember that if you are involved in a private fostering arrangement and you don’t notify us you are committing an offence, and could risk a fine.

If you are involved, or likely to be involved in a private fostering arrangement and have not already told, or if you are in any doubt as to whether the regulations might apply to you, you should seek advice from the Lewisham MASH team.

Why does the Council need to get involved?

We have a legal duty to ensure that your child is being looked after safely and that the arrangement is suitable for your child. We will make regular visits to your child and his or her private foster carer, and we can provide help and advice where necessary.

If the private foster carer is not giving you enough information or you are unhappy about the standard of care your child is receiving, then you should contact us as soon as possible. Together we will do our best to ensure that your child is safe and well looked after.

Contact

Phone Lewisham MASH team on telephone number 020 8314 9181 or 020 8314 6660 or by email mashagency@lewisham.gov.uk

Private fostering referral and assessment team telephone number 020 8314 6523

Useful websites

Documents/leaflets

Private Fostering Fact Sheet

Is Someone Else Looking After Your Child?

Are You Looking After Someone Else's Child?

Who is Looking After You?

 

 

 

Safe Sleep

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), or cot death, is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby where no cause is found. While SIDS is rare, it can still happen day or night and there are steps parents and carers can take to help reduce the chance of this tragedy occurring.

Things you can do:

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
  • Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
  • Breastfeed your baby, if you can
  • Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition

Things to avoid:

  • Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink, take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low-birth weight
  • Avoid letting your baby get too hot
  • Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding

For further advice and guidance on safer sleeping for your baby:

Visit the Lullaby Trust

Self-harm & Suicide Ideation

Mental health problems affect around one in 10 children and young people . This includes depression, anxiety, and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves on purpose and is a way of expressing deep distress, a way of communicating what cannot be put into words, with very difficult feelings that could build up inside. It is not attention seeking behaviour.

Self-Harm is a very common behaviour in young people and affects around one in 12 young people.  

Warning signs of Self-Harm

  • People who self-harm may suffer mood swings and become withdrawn.
  • Unexplained wounds.
  • Have a lack of motivation.
  • There may be changes in their eating habits.
  • They may cover up their body (even in warm weather).

Warning signs of Suicide Ideation

They may be:

  • Quiet, brooding, or withdrawn.
  • Feeling exhausted and distant.
  • Feeling cut off from those around them.
  • Not making eye contact.
  • Agitated, irritable or rude.
  • Talking about suicide or saying it’s all hopeless.
  • Desperate for help but afraid to ask.

They may also:

  • Be busy, chirpy, laughing and joking, talking about future plans, and telling you not to worry about them.

The safest way to know if someone is thinking about suicide is to ask them. If a person is suicidal the idea is already there. If they aren’t suicidal it won’t do any harm. Saying something is safer than saying nothing.

Risk Factors of Self-Harm & Suicide Ideation

 

  • Stressful life events.
  • Isolation.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • On-going family relationship problems.
  • Being bullied at school.
  • Bereavement.
  • Mental health problems – depression and delusional thoughts.
  • Substance and alcohol misuse.
  • Family circumstances.
  • Stress and worry – academic pressure.
  • Experience of abuse – physical, emotional, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and forced marriage.
  • Feelings of being rejected in their lives.

 Types of Self-Harm

  • Cutting of the skin with objects (e.g. razor blades, scissors, pens, bottle tops etc.)
  • Scratching the skin.
  • Picking wounds or interfering with healing.
  • Burning.
  • Ingesting toxic substances.
  • Excessive drug or alcohol intake.
  • Hitting or punching themselves.
  • Head banging or biting themselves.
  • Pulling hair out.
  • Swallowing or inserting objects.
  • Taking an overdose.
  • Staying in an abusive relationship.
  • Taking risks too easily.
  • Restricting their eating.Young people can self-harm in a variety of body locations, i.e. arms, legs, abdomen, etc.

Responding to Self-Harm in Lewisham

If a child or young person overdoses or there is a serious self-harm incidence they should be taken to A&E in the first instance. An assessment will be undertaken which may involve a referral to the Children & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

If you become aware of a young person who is self-harming or having suicidal thoughts. Explore their feelings with them and talk about the help available:-

Share what you know with the child’s parents / carers.

Resources

Coping with Self-Harm

Guide for anyone working with children and young people.

Calm Harm App.

Services

  • Young Minds
    • Parents Helpline 0808 802 55 44
    • Advice for professionals

  • GP – Make an appointment to talk about your concerns.  Your child may need some support from the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • Kooth
    • Online chat support for young people

  • Work it Out Lewisham 
    • Information on services and support available in Lewisham.

  • Papyrus Hopeline 0800 068 41 41
    • Confidential advice for young people
    • Advice for parents / carers.
    • Advice for professionals

  • ChildLine – 0800 11 11
    • Confidential advice for young people
    • Advice for professionals

  • Place2Be
    • Individual one to one, drop in counselling for children and young people experiencing emotional wellbeing issues at 10 schools in Lewisham.
  • Lewisham Mind Kit
    • Online resources for range of mental health/ wellbeing issues and peer mentoring support

  • National Self-Harm Network
    • UK charity offering moderated support forum for self-harm
  • NHS Choices - Moodzone
    • Online and audio resources to improve mental wellbeing and information about available treatments
  • MindEd
    • Online training for anyone working with 0-18 year olds

 

Sexual Exploitation

Sexual exploitation is a form of sexual abuse, in which a young person is manipulated, or forced into taking part in a sexual act. This could be as part of a seemingly consensual relationship, or in return for attention, affection, money, drugs, alcohol or somewhere to stay. The young person may think that their abuser is their friend, or even a boyfriend or girlfriend.

The abuser may physically or verbally threaten the young person or be violent towards them. They will control and manipulate them, and try to isolate them from friends and family. It happens to boys and young men as well as girls and young women. The victims of abuse are not at fault. Abusers are very clever in the way they manipulate and take advantage of the young people they abuse.

What to do:

If you are worried a child or young person is at risk of sexual exploitation go to: What to do if you’re worried about the safety of a child

For further advice speak to Barnardo’s specialist sexual exploitation project 01489 796684

Further information

For practical advice on what to do if your child goes missing see the Children’s Society Guidance:

How does Sexual Exploitation happen?

Many sexually exploited young people have been ‘groomed’ by an abusing adult who befriends the young person and makes them feel special by buying them gifts or giving them lots of attention. Young people may be targeted on-line or in person. Young people who are having difficulties at home, regularly go missing or have experienced care may be particularly vulnerable.

What are the signs?

Children and young people that are the victims of sexual exploitation often do not recognise that they are being exploited. However, there are a number of telltale signs that a child may be being groomed for sexual exploitation. These include:

  • going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
  • regularly missing school or not taking part in education
  • appearing with unexplained gifts or new possessions
  • associating with other young people involved in exploitation
  • having older boyfriends or girlfriends
  • suffering from sexually transmitted infections
  • mood swings or changes in emotional wellbeing
  • drug and alcohol misuse
  • displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviour

What can I do as a parent or a carer?

As a parent or carer, it is important to discuss with children the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships to help highlight potential risks to them. There are also a number of practical steps you can take to protect children such as:

  • staying alert to changes in behaviour or any physical signs of abuse such as bruising
  • being aware of new, unexplained gifts or possessions
  • carefully monitoring any episodes of staying out late or not returning home
  • exercising caution around older friends your child may have, or relationships with other young people where there appears to be a power imbalance
  • making sure you understand the risks associated with your child being on-line and putting measures in place to minimise these risks.

Staying Safe On-line

The internet is a great way for children and young people to connect with others and learn new things. It’s important that they learn how to do this safely.  This video highlights a social experiment “Follow me” by Barnardos.  We want to help you keep your child safe online just like you do in the real world.

https://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/advertising_campaigns/followme.htm

Top Tips for Parents and Carers of Children & Young People in The Digital World

footprintsThe LSCB offer a free Online Safety E-Learning course for Parents / Carers that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.  Please follow the instructions at the bottom of this page.

footprintsTo help your child to enjoy the experience of accessing the digital world we recommend you talk to your child about keeping themselves safe and what to do if they see or hear something that they find upsetting, like taking a screen shot of the evidence and reporting concerns to the site administrator, or the police via www.ceop.police.uk .  Remind them they can close the App or website at any time, and most importantly to talk to you if they are worried or upset.

footprintsWeb based information and social networking sites can increase the risk of a child or young person being groomed for sexual exploitation, criminal activity, general exploitation, or violent extremism.   It is common for the child or young person to not recognise they are being exploited or groomed.  The best way to make sure they stay safe is to have regular, open conversations with your child.  You can also look through the history browser to see what websites have been accessed.  If you do become worried that your child is being radicalised you can contact the Prevent Team, on 020 8314 6000 or email prevent@lewisham.gov.uk.  You can also report any other exploitation or abuse that takes place online the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 020 8314 6660 or email mashagency@lewisham.gov.uk.

footprintsSometimes children and young people don’t think about the images they post online or share with their “boyfriend” or “girlfriend”.  In response to this, the government have issued guidance for children and young people on the sharing of indecent images, this can be read here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/indecent-images-of-children-guidance-for-young-people/indecent-images-of-children-guidance-for-young-people

footprintsOnline gaming via consoles, phones, and apps can provide a child access to talking to strangers and building “virtual friendships”.  It is important your child understands it can be dangerous to share personal information as the person may not be who they say they are.  Have a conversation with your child about this, particularly in case your child considers meeting up with someone they have spoken to online.  If you do agree to this, we recommend you meet with them too, as they may not be who they say they are and it could lead to your child being harmed.

footprintsWhen considering buying a game or app for your child, think about the recommended age restriction and research the game on YouTube first.  You may be surprised at the level of violence or content of some games and it may not be appropriate for your child’s age.

footprintsWe recommend you keep your knowledge and skills of staying safe in a digital world up-to-date and by regularly by looking at the ThinkUKnow website: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ and talking to your child about their experiences.

Take the Free online 30 minute course

Aims & Objectives:

Target Audience:       

Parents and Carers of Children and Young People in Lewisham.

Learning Outcomes:

What do children do online?  What are the risks? How can I keep children safe online?  This course looks at the risks associated with online and mobile technology and demonstrates ways that you can help create a safer digital environment for children and young people.

  • Know the risks associated with mobile and online technology.
  • Know how to tackle these risks.

The two links used for the Lewisham training portal are:

  1. For new users, the self-registration link is: https://lewisham.melearning.university/course_centre (registration key is @Lewisham) – once you send off a request, you will receive a welcome email containing your log in details usually within 24 hours.
  2. For users who already have an account, the log in link is https://lewisham.melearning.university/user/login (please write down your login and password and keep it safe)

NSPCC On-line Safety has advice and tools to help keep your child safe online.

Think You Know provides advice on online parenting.  There is also further information at Think You Know training.

Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP)

CEOPCEOP is there to support young people, parents and carers while surfing online, and offers help and advice on topics such as:

  • cyberbullying
  • hacking
  • harmful content

It also enables people to immediately report anything online which they find concerning, such as harmful or inappropriate content, or possible grooming behaviour. For more information, or to report concerns, simply click on the CEOP Icon

Trafficking

People trafficking is the movement of people from one area to another by use of force or threat for the purpose of some form of exploitation, such as sexual exploitation, domestic slavery, forced marriage, labour exploitation including in cannabis factories, forcing a young person to commit crimes, drug dealing, credit card fraud, benefit fraud, ritual sacrifice and organ donation.

Traffickers can be male and female and control young people by threatening to report them to the authorities, telling them they owe large sums of money, or by threats of violence to them or their families.

Signs of Trafficking include:

  • Receives unexplained or unidentified telephone calls
  • Going missing from the home or placement
  • Signs of abuse or unwanted pregnancy
  • Is required to earn a minimum amount of money each day
  • Forced to perform excessive household chores
  • Prevented from leaving the house event to attend school or college
  • Talks of a large amount of debt they owe
  • Is excessively afraid of being deported

Further information or resources:

See the London Procedures for the local protocol and national guidance

Worried about the safety of a child?

If you think a child is being abused or neglected please contact the Lewisham Council Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH). If you think a child or young person is at IMMEDIATE risk, you should treat this as an emergency and call 999 to report your concerns to the Police. You can contact the MASH during office hours.

Tel: 020 8314 6660 

The out of office hours (5pm -8am weekdays, weekends and Bank Holidays) is: 020 8314 6000 and ask for the emergency duty team.

When you contact the MASH please give as much information as possible about the child you are concerned about. This will help the MASH decide the best way to respond to your concern. The information you give will be kept confidential. You can remain anonymous but it is helpful if you can give your name and details.

The MASH is the service to contact if you want extra help for a child or their family who live in Lewisham. The team is multi-agency and brings together services such as from social care, education, health, police and children centres. The MASH aims to work together to offer the right help at an early stage to families who need support.  They will decide the most appropriate type of support to offer. Depending on your relationship with the child they may be able to keep you updated.

Child Exploitation & On-line Protection

CEOP is there to support young people, parents and carers while surfing online, and offers help and advice on topics such as:

  • cyberbullying
  • hacking
  • harmful content

It also enables people to immediately report anything online which they find concerning, such as harmful or inappropriate content, or possible grooming behaviour.

For more information or to report a concern click on the CEOP icon

CEOP

Young Carers

GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONALS / AGENCIES / PARENTS

These guidelines are intended for any parent, professional or agency wishing to make a referral to Lewisham Young Carers Service on behalf of a child or young person within a caring role. Please read these guidelines carefully before completing the attached referral forms.

Who can you make a referral for?

Any Young Carer between the ages of 5 and 18 can be referred to our services that are residents or their cared for is someone who lives within the borough of Lewisham:

  • Providing care or support for someone with a physical disability, long term illness, mental ill health or substance misuse.
  • Is affected by the condition of their cared for.

Service availability

We will prioritise the service to young carers with the highest need as a result of the significant impact of the caring role and level of caring responsibilities.

The level of priority for each Young Carers may fluctuant throughout the lifetime of their involvement in the service due to sudden changes in their caring situation.  

How to make a referral?

Please complete all the pages of our Referral Form and send to:

Carers Lewisham logo

Waldram Place, Forest Hill

London, SE23 2LB

Tel: 0208 699 8686 | Fax: 0208 699 0634

Email: info@carerslewisham.org.uk

What happens now?

On receipt of the referral we will look at the information you have given us and prioritise the need for assessment. The outcome will be either: 

  1. Young carer does not meet the criteria for a young carer and no assessment will take place.
  2. Young carer is allocated to a member of the young carers team for a home visit.
  3. Further information is needed from the referrer before processing any further.

Referrers will be informed of the outcome via telephone or email within 4 weeks. If you have not heard from us please contact us on 0208 699 8686.

Assessment Process

If allocated for assessment, a young carers support officer will make contact with the family to arrange a home visit to gain better understanding about the young carer’s family’s situation and decide on what support services they will be offered.   

If you have any questions throughout the referral or assessment process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Professionals

Welcome to the Professionals pages

safeguarding children

Welcome to the LSCB Professionals pages. Here you will find key information, resources and links to support you in work to safeguard children.

Visit our Training tab to find out about courses and learning events available to you

Visit our resource pages for front line professionals or managers for tools and documents you are likely to need in your work with children and families

Have you seen the latest LSCB newsletter and bulletin?

Allegations Against Professionals

Making a referral to the Local Authority Designated Officer and Possible Outcomes

The LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) provides advice and guidance to employers and other individuals/organisations who have concerns relating to an adult who works with children and young people (including volunteers, agency staff and foster carers) or who is in a position of authority and having regular contact with children (eg religious leaders or school governors).

There may be concerns about workers who have:

  • behaved in a way that has harmed or may have harmed a child
  • possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
  • behaved towards a child, or behaved in other ways that suggests they may be unsuitable to work with children

What should be referred to the LADO?

Any concern that meets the criteria above should be referred. Initially it may be unclear how serious the allegation is. If there's any doubt, the LADO or the designated safeguarding lead person in your agency should be contacted for advice.

What the LADO does:

The first step will be to offer an initial consultation about the concern. This may consist of advice and guidance regarding the most appropriate way of managing the allegation. The LADO will: 

  • help establish what the 'next steps' should be in terms of investigating the matter further
  • liaise with the police and other agencies, and arrange for an allegations meeting to be held if required; if the case is complex there may be a series of meetings
  • monitor and maintain an overview of cases to ensure they're dealt with as quickly as possible consistent with a thorough and fair process
  • ensure child protection procedures are initiated where the child is considered to be at risk of significant harm
  • ensure the appropriate agencies are involved in the investigation
  • ensure advice is provided in relation to the adult's remaining in post over the course of the investigation
  • ensure issues of sharing information with parents and other relevant individuals are considered
  • assist an employer in decisions about a person's suitability to remain in the children's workforce, and whether a referral should be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or the appropriate regulatory or professional body
  • In cases where the adult is unaware of the concern or allegation, it may not be appropriate to tell them immediately and may prejudice a potential police investigation. The LADO will provide advice.

Outcomes

 The outcomes from a LADO referral may include:

  • finding that the allegation is malicious
  • finding that the allegation is unsubstantiated
  • finding that the allegation is substantiated
  • finding that the allegation is false
  • finding that the allegation is unfounded
  • internal investigation by the employer including consideration of  disciplinary procedures
  • a police investigation
  • police prosecution
  • Where the adult is reinstated there may be recommendations in relation to additional support, monitoring or training.
  • Where an individual is dismissed from their post, a referral must be made to the DBS which makes decisions on whether individuals should be barred from working with children.
  • Compromise agreements are not an acceptable resolution to a concern, and even if someone resigns it should not prevent a full and thorough investigation into the matter.

LADO Protocol & Procedure - April 2018

To make a referral to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO), please email a LADO Referral Form to LewishamLADO@Lewisham.gov.uk

Current LADO Contact Details:

Finola Owens, London Borough of Lewisham, 1st Floor Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, SE6 4RU

Office Tel:   020 8314 3114

Quality Assurance Duty Desk: 020 8314 9177

Quality Assurance Team Manager:  020 8314 7280

Useful Links

London Child Protection Procedures

London Safeguarding Children's Board

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

Keeping Children Safe in Education

Children & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being Strategy for Children & Young People

CAMHS Infrastructure

Lewisham CAMHS is Tier 3 Service offering therapeutic interventions to children and young people up to the age of 18 who experience enduring moderate to serious/complex mental health concerns that impact on daily living. Professions represented within CAMHS include:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Family Therapists
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapists
  • Mental Health Nurses
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapeutic Social Workers

Lewisham CAMHS Services Summary and Contact Information

Services are located across three sites within the Lewisham Borough:

1. Kaleidoscope:  Lewisham Centre for Children & Young People, 32 Rushey Green, Catford. SE6 4JF, Tel: 020 7138 1250

Generic team & Crisis Team

Children & young people up to the age of 18 living in Lewisham with a serious and enduring mental health problem, including presentations at Lewisham Hospital A&E

Neuro-Developmental Teams (NDT)

Children & young people up to the age of 18 with a diagnosed significant neurological condition including Autism Spectrum Disorder or moderate to more severe learning disability with a severe and enduring mental health problem.

Paediatric Liason Team

Children & young people with a medical condition, such as diabetes, where psychological support or treatment for the condition is required, physical complaints have been thoroughly investigated and there is continuing report of symptoms of illness 

2. Lewisham Park: 78 Lewisham Park, London SE13 6QJ Tel: 020 3228 1000

Young people up to the age of 18 with acute mental health difficulties.

SYMBOL Team (Looked After Children)

Children and young people with serious and enduring mental health difficulties who are:

  • looked after by the Lewisham Local Authority
  • Looked after by other authorities but placed in Lewisham
  • Adopted children / Children on Special Guardianship Orders

Functional Family Therapy Team (FFT)

Intensive outreach family therapy for young people and their families where the young person has persistent and significant conduct problems at home, school or in the community. 

The Lewisham Functional Family Therapy team takes referrals from Lewisham CAMHS, Lewisham YOS, the Pupil Referral Units, plus Sedgehill and Prendergast Ladywell Schools.

3. Holbeach: 9 Holbeach, Catford, London SE6 4TW, Tel: 020 8314 9742

Adolescent Resource and Therapy Service (ART’S)

Young people up to the age of 18 who have offended or are at risk of offending and have serious and enduring mental health difficulties.

Referrals:

Please refer to the CAMHS Referral Criteria for full information on services and referrals.

When making a referral to Lewisham CAMHS please use our CAMHS Referral Form.

Non urgent referrals for CAMHS teams based at Kaleidoscope can be emailed to: LewishamCAMHSAdmin@slam.nhs.uk

If you have any urgent concerns about a child or young person’s mental health or a referral query please contact the CAMHS Duty Team at Kaleidoscope Tel: 020 7138 1250 (available Monday to Friday 9-5 excluding bank holidays)

Out of hours: Please advise the Parent/Carer to contact the child/young person’s G.P, or in an emergency, if it is felt that the child/young person is not able to be kept safe, send them to their local A&E.

South London and Maudsley NHS – Crisis Support Line Tel: 0800 731 2864 is available 24 hours a day if you need urgent help or advice.

Lewisham CAMHS Safeguarding Children Infrastructure and Contact Information:

Sophie Roberts is the Lead Nurse Safeguarding Children Lewisham CAMHS

sophie.roberts@slam.nhs.uk  

Telephone: 0203 0491293 Lewisham CAMHS, Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, Catford, London SE6 4JF

Wendy Geraghty is the Lead Doctor Safeguarding Children Lewisham CAMHS

Wendy.Geraghty@slam.nhs.uk

Telephone: 0203 2281000

Lewisham CAMHS, 78 Lewisham Park, London SE13 6QJ

Mark Perry is Service Manager Lewisham CAMHS

Mark.Perry@slam.nhs.uk

Telephone: 0207 138 1250

Lewisham CAMHS, Kaleidoscope, 32 Rushey Green, Catford, London SE6 4JF

Useful links

Child & Adolescent Mental Health – Young Minds

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Samaritans

Kooth - free online service that offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people

MindEd - free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for adults

Domestic Violence & Abuse

Domestic abuse is defined as “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, co-ercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality”. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Domestic abuse can also include forced marriage and so-called “honour crimes”.

Controlling and co-ercive behaviour

Domestic abuse is often thought of as physical, such as hitting, slapping or beating, but it can also be controlling or co-ercive behaviour. This is important as what might look like an isolated incident of violent abuse could be taking place in a context of controlling or co-ercive behaviour.

Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or independent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Co-ercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.

We know that the first incident reported to the police or other agencies is rarely the first incident to occur; often people have been subject to violence and abuse on multiple occasions before they seek help.

Learning resources to support health and social work in situations of coercive control 

A new set of learning resources for social workers, safeguarding leads, and health and social care practitioners, provides information and guidance on how to recognise and respond to coercive and controlling behaviour in intimate or family relationships.

Supporting the non-abusing parent in a holistic way that acknowledges the impacts of coercive control is important in achieving good outcomes for children. Research showed that children also experience the impacts of coercive control of a parent; for example, becoming isolated from family and friends, finding it difficult to gain independence, and feeling disempowered. The resources, which include five detailed case studies, will support practitioners to improve their understanding of the dynamics of power and control that underpin domestic abuse, enabling them to build trusting relationships with children and survivors.

The examples, tools and videos bring together evidence from research, practitioner experience, and the voice of people using services, to enable professionals to put the law into practice and improve support for people who are experiencing coercive control.  

The Chief Social Worker’s Office at the Department of Health commissioned the materials, which were developed by Research in Practice for Adults and Women’s Aid.  http://coercivecontrol.ripfa.org.uk/

Safeguarding children exposed to domestic abuse

Children who live in families where there is domestic abuse can suffer serious long-term emotional and psychological effects. Even if they are not physically harmed or do not witness acts of violence, they can pick up on the tensions and harmful interactions between adults. Children of any age are affected by domestic violence and abuse. At no age will they be unaffected by what is happening, even when they are in the womb.

The physical, psychological and emotional effects of domestic violence on children can be severe and long-lasting. Some children may become withdrawn and find it difficult to communicate. Others may act out the aggression they have witnessed, or blame themselves for the abuse. All children living with abuse are under stress.

Professionals should:

  • Consider the presence of domestic abuse as an indicator of the need to assess a child’s need for support and protection
  • Make sure the child’s experiences and views are captured and included. In contexts where the safety of the adult victim is seen as the main priority this can dominate people’s immediate thinking and action, and children’s voices can be lost.

  • Use the Safe Lives Risk Checklist for the identification of high risk cases of domestic abuse, stalking and ‘honour’-based violence. 

Safe Lives, a national domestic abuse charity, has created a toolkit practitioners and front-line workers can use to identify high risk cases of domestic abuse, stalking and ‘honour’-based violence. The purpose of the checklist is to give a consistent and simple-to-use tool to practitioners who work with victims of domestic abuse in order to help them identify those who are at high risk of harm and whose cases should be referred to a MARAC meeting in order to manage the risk.

The toolkit has been endorsed by agencies such as the police (Association of Chief Police Officers), National Centre for Domestic Violence, and CAFCASS, who believe that the primary audience should be front line practitioners working with victims of domestic abuse who are represented at MARAC. This will include both domestic abuse specialists such as IDVAs and generic practitioners such as those working in a primary care health service or housing.

Locally, both the Adult’s and Children’s Safeguarding Board (LSAB / LSCB), as well as the Safer Lewisham Partnership (SLP) have agreed that all agencies in Lewisham working with, or supporting families at risk of domestic violence are expected to use the risk checklist. This is vitally important because using an evidence based risk identification tool increases the likelihood of the victim being responded to appropriately and therefore, of addressing the risks they face. The risk checklist gives practitioners common criteria and a common language of risk.

Safe Lives have produced an updated version of the RIC, which now includes comprehensive guidance explaining each risk question, how they can be asked, as well as practice points. There is also a frequently asked questions page with some useful tips on the checklist. The Safe Lives website has helpful resources about other ways your agency may access support, training or download the checklist in other languages. The Lewisham Safeguarding Children’s Board also offers annual training on the use of the checklist which is free for all professionals in the borough to attend, however, for more questions about the use of the RIC, access to training, and questions about domestic violence MARAC process, please visit www.lewisham.gov.uk/vawg or contact the Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) Programme Manager on vawg@lewisham.gov.uk

Safeguarding high-risk victims of domestic violence and abuse – referring to the MARAC

The Lewisham Domestic Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) is a risk management meeting where professionals share information on high and very high risk cases of domestic violence or abuse and put in place a risk management plan. The aim of the meeting is to address the safety of the victim, children and agency staff and to review and co-ordinate service provision in high risk domestic violence cases. 

To be referred to the MARAC the individual must reside in the London Borough of Lewisham, be over the age of 16, be currently experiencing domestic violence or abuse (according to the cross Government definition of domestic violence)[1] and be assessed as being at high or very high risk of harm of domestic violence or abuse in accordance with the Lewisham MARAC referral risk criteria. In order to assess whether a case meets the risk threshold, the Safe Lives DASH MARAC risk indicator checklist should be completed by the referring agency.

A tailored action plan will be developed at the MARAC to reduce the risk to the victim, children, other vulnerable parties and any staff and to ensure that the risk the perpetrator presents is managed appropriately. Examples of actions that will be agreed include flagging and tagging of files, referral to other appropriate multi-agency meetings, prioritising of agencies’ resources to MARAC cases. 

Any service agency signed up to the MARAC Information Sharing Protocol may refer a case to the MARAC using the Lewisham MARAC Referral Form, and all agencies should be actively screening for domestic violence or abuse. Referrals should be submitted to each agency’s MARAC representative. Please contact your line manager to find out who your agency’s MARAC representative is. 

For more questions about the use of the MARAC, access to training, and questions about the process, please visit www.lewisham.gov.uk/vawg or contact the Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) Programme Manager on vawg@lewisham.gov.uk , or the MARAC Coordinator on dvmarac@lewisham.gov.uk

[1] https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-violence-and-abuse

For further information

Letter to partners on the use of the DV risk assessment

visit www.saferlondon.co.uk/safer-lewisham

See the Domestic Violence information in our practice procedures

Useful Links:

Resources: http://imkaan.org.uk/resources

MOPAC VAWG Strategy 2018-2021

MOPAC Domestic and Sexual Violence Dashboard

Home Office Resources for Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG)

Early Help & the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Parental Consent

The MASH is a consent-based model. Professionals dealing with suspected child neglect, abuse or need for support, will endeavour to work in partnership with parents. This means the professional will:

  • be open and honest with parents about the concerns they have about a child or children
  • explain to parents, before making a referral, how the MASH team will share information about the child and family to get the best possible picture about the child’s circumstances.

If the referring professional believes that seeking consent for sharing information with the MASH would place a child at further risk of harm or cause unnecessary delay, they may refer the child without parental consent, but must explain why this is the case. If in doubt please contact the MASH on 020 8314 6660 for further discussion.

The Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) provides a single point of access for all professionals to report safeguarding concerns to children’s social care. Professionals can also request commissioned targeted family support through the multi-agency early help panel.

For urgent child protection referrals, contact the MASH on 020 8314 9181. If you think a child or young person may be in immediate danger, call 999 or contact your local police on 101.

Making a MASH request

If, as a professional, you have safeguarding concerns or are requesting commissioned family support for targeted early help, you can use the online MASH request form or the MASH Referral Form - Word Version, after reading the below information.

Please note that residents and other members of the public can still make referrals in person or over the phone.

All requests that come through the MASH will be triaged by the multi-agency team and you may be contacted by a professional representing your agency to discuss your request.

Before you make a request

The following information will help you determine if you need to make a MASH request, and which part of the MASH request form you need to use:

  • Our continuum of need document will help you assess the level of support needed or risks present. Professionals should refer to the Continuum of Need Document and it's Guidance before making a MASH request.
  • If you believe a child and their family need some additional support you should discuss this with the family first and agree who is best placed to provide that support. .
  • If you think a child or family has needs at the targeted level, which are not being met by services currently involved with the family, you can make a referral using the MASH Request Form - Online or the MASH Referral Form - Word Version .and request help and support.  It will be expected that you have completed an Early Help Assessment. (please refer to the Early Help Assessment Guidance) and convened a Team Around the Family Meeting using the Plan, Review & Closure Form at Level 2 of the Continuum of Need.   Please attach completed Early Help Assessments, Plan Review & Closure forms with your referral. This is a consent based model and you will need to have obtained the consent on the Early Help Referral but also to share information from the parent(s) / carer(s) and the child if they are Gillick / Fraser competent (please see the Information Sharing & Consent page).
  • If you are a professional (e.g. CAFCASS, probation, housing conducting statutory safeguarding checks, assessments), working with a child and you require supporting information from children’s social care records use MASH Request Form - Online or the MASH Referral Form - Word Version the form to make a Statutory Request for Information.
  • If you are worried that a child is at risk of significant harm through abuse or neglect, please call the MASH immediately on 020 8314 9181 to discuss your concerns and then use the MASH Request Form - Online or the MASH Referral Form - Word Version to request child protection from the MASH.
  • If you are unsure about whether or not to make a MASH request, please contact the MASH Consultation Helpline on 020 8314 6660
  • If you are unsure about how to apply the levels of need for Early Help or you need support around the Early Help process and tools, please contact the Early Help Team Consultation Helpline on 020 8314 7333.

Opening hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm.  If you have concerns about the welfare of a child outside of these hours, please contact the Emergency Duty Team on 020 8314 6000 and ask to speak to the out-of-hours duty social worker.

Other Documents:

Early Help Strategy

Plan, Review & Closure Form

Early Help Leaflet for children and families.

 

 

 

Escalation Policy - Resolving Professional Differences / Escalation

Having different professional perspectives within safeguarding practice is a sign of a healthy and well-functioning partnership. These differences of opinion are usually resolved by discussion and negotiation between the professionals concerned. It is essential that where differences of opinion arise they do not adversely affect the outcomes for children and young people, and are resolved in a constructive and timely manner.

Differences could arise in a number of areas of multi-agency working as well as within single agency working. Differences are most likely to arise in relation to;

  • Criteria for referrals
  • Outcomes of assessments
  • Roles and responsibilities of workers
  • Service provision
  • Timeliness of interventions
  • Information sharing and communication

If you have difference of opinion with another professional, remember:

  • Professional differences and disagreements can help us find better ways improve outcomes for children and young people
  • All professionals are responsible for their own cases, and their actions in relation to case work
  • Differences and disagreements should be resolved as simply and quickly as possible, in the first instance by individual practitioners and /or their line managers
  • All practitioners should respect the views of others whatever the level of experience. Remember that challenging more senior or experienced practitioners can be hard
  • Expect to be challenged; working together effectively depends on an open approach and honest relationships between agencies
  • Professional differences are reduced by clarity about roles and responsibilities and the ability to discuss and share problems in networking forums

Where immediate resolution cannot be found, professionals should make accurate records of discussions and correspondence and follow the LSCB Escalation Policy.  When making a referral to the LSCB please email safeguardingboard@lewisham.gov.uk with a completed Resolving Professional Differences Record.

LSCB Escalation Policy Flowchart

Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting

 Between April 2016 and March 2017 there were 1,065 newly recorded women and girls presenting at

Health settings in London,where FGM was identified or a procedure of FGM was undertaken.

NHS Digital FGM Annual Report 2016-2017

What is FGM?

FGM is a form of violence against women and girls (VAWG). It comprises of all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It may be carried out at any time in a girls life, from baby to womanhood. It can be seen as a pathway to womanhood and can also be a condition of marriage. Some communities believe that if a girl has not had it done she is deemed unhealthy, unclean, or unworthy. Parents can have very strong beliefs, genuinely thinking they are doing the right thing for their daughter, and in communities where all females have the procedure it can seem normal, then making it very difficult for girls to challenge this tradition.  However, not every mother who has had FGM will put their daughter(s) through the same procedure. Each case should be assessed carefully and sensitively.

It is sometimes also known as female circumcision. Other local terms are:  Tahoor, Absum, Halalays, Khitan, Ibi, Sunna, Gudnii, Bondo, Kutairi. It is important to let the female refer to the term she understands it to be called. FGM is sometimes incorrectly believed to be an Islamic practice. This is not the case and the Islamic Shari’a Council, the Muslim College and the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) have condemned the practice of FGM.  The majority of cases of FGM are thought to take place between the ages of 5 and 8 and therefore girls within that age bracket are at a higher risk.

Mandatory Reporting Duty - What are ‘known cases?

Known cases are those where either a girl informs the person that an act of FGM – however described – has been carried out on her, or where the person observes physical signs on a girl appearing to show that an act of FGM has been carried out and the person has no reason to believe that the act was, or was part of, a surgical operation within section 1(2)(a) or (b) of the FGM Act 2003. The duty applies to all regulated professionals working within health or social care, and teachers. There is mandatory requirement to report to police cases of ‘visually identified’ or ‘verbally disclosed’ cases of FGM in girls under 18. The mandatory reporting does not apply to suspected cases or where a child might be ‘at risk’ of FGM. The mandatory reporting is for ‘known’ cases only.

It is Illegal

In the UK, anyone found guilty of an FGM offence or of helping somebody commit one, faces up to 14 years in prison, a fine, or both, regardless of where in the world the FGM takes place. Anyone found guilty of failing to protect a girl from risk of FGM faces up to 7 years in prison, a fine, or both.  Lewisham has secured 1 FGM Protection Order.

Recognising Signs & Symptoms of Possible FGM Cases

A girl may;

  • Say an older female relative is coming especially to see her.
  • Say that she is being taken "home" for a special visit to become a woman (right of passage).
  • become withdrawn following this "holiday" and/or there may be a change in her behavior.
  • Run away from home, or start truanting from school.
  • Have difficulty standing or sitting.
  • Spend longer in the toilet than usual; because of bleeding and/or infection.
  • Have frequent vaginal, urinal, or pelvic infections.
  • Blood born infections, including Hepatitis B & C, and HIV.
  • She may be reluctant to undergo any medical examinations.
  • May ask for help, but not be explicit about the problem due to fear or embarrassment
  • Develop emotional and mental health problems.
  • Self harm, or be showing signs of child abuse.

Long Term Health Effects

Many girls and women are not aware of the lifetime effects FGM can have on them; with difficulty in child birth (sometimes ending in death), infertility, sexually difficulties, vaginal infections, painful periods, cysts and abscesses, and difficulty controlling her bladder. This is a procedure that cannot be reversed. FGM also involves a long term emotional impact including, anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder.

FGM is classified into four categories:

  • Clitoridectomy: partial or total removal of the clitoris and, in very rare cases, only the prepuce
  • Excision: partial or total removal of the clitoris and the labia minora, with or without excision of the labia majora
  • Infibulation: narrowing of the vaginal opening through the creation of a covering seal. The seal is formed by cutting and repositioning the inner, or outer, labia, with or without removal of the clitoris
  • Other: all other harmful procedures to the female genitalia for non-medical purposes, e.g. pricking, piercing, incising, scraping and cauterizing the genital area

Language & Image Guide  - Please refer to the current language and image guidance to use when talking to survivors of FGM.

The following are terms used by different nationality's to describe FGM.  You will need to consider that a survivor may not recognise FGM or Cutting to describe what they have experienced.

  • Egypt: Thara / Khitan / Khifad
  • Ethopia: Megrez / Absum
  • Eritrea: Mekhnishab
  • Kenya:   Kutairi / Kutairi was ichana
  • Nigeria:   Ibi / Ugwu / Sumna
  • Sierra Leone:   Sunna / Bondo / Bondo Sonde
  • Somalia:   Gudiniin / Halalays / Qodiin
  • Sudan:   Khifad / Tahoor
  • CHAD:   Bagtne / Gadja
  • Guinea-Bissau:   Fanadu di Mindjer / Fanadu di Omi
  • Gambia:   Niaka / Kuyango / Musolula Karoola

Procedure in Lewisham 

The LSCB Partnership has endorsed a local FGM Guidance to assist you with your responsibilities.

At-Risk Cases of FGM

Situations whereby the female child is at risk of FGM being performed, suspected of being performed, or suspected of having been performed, normal safeguarding procedures and existing pathways would apply. You should consult with your appointed safeguarding lead and you should report it to MASH on 020 8314 6660 and email mashagency@lewisham.gov.uk.

An FGM Protection Order offer a legal means to protect and safeguard victims and potential victims of FGM.  Please see the Fact Sheet for more information.

Reporting Known Cases in Lewisham

In London the only reporting gateway for mandatory reports is via 101.   You should also inform MASH and your appointed safeguarding lead of your report. 

The duty applies to all regulated professionals working within health or social care, and teachers. There is mandatory requirement to report to police cases of ‘visually identified’ or ‘verbally disclosed’ cases of FGM in girls under 18. The mandatory reporting does not apply to suspected cases, or where another person (including the mother) discloses that FGM has taken place, or where a child might be ‘at risk’ of FGM. The mandatory reporting is for ‘known’ cases only, and this can be any girl of any nationality.

Home Office Mandatory Reporting Procedural Guidance

Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance FGM

Support is Available for Girls and Women at Risk

You can obtain a Statement Opposing Female Genital Mutilation for girls and women. It is in a variety of languages on the GOV.UK website.  Girls and Women can also contact;

  1. Athena VAWG Service on 0800 112 4052, email lewishamvawg@refuge.org.uk, website www.refuge.org.uk/Athena
  2. African Advocacy Foundation on 020 8698 447, website http://www.africadvocacy.org/
  3. NSPCC FGM Helpline on 0800 028 3550, email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk
  4. FGM Every Bodys Biz website provides advice, support and a forum to hear the voice of the girl/woman. You can also obtain up-to-date information on FGM Health Specialists and organisations working on FGM, http://fgm-every-bodys-biz.co.uk/ 
  5. If a girl or woman has been taken abroad phone the Foreign & Commonwealth Office immediately on 020 7008 1500. 

Specialist FGM Clinics for Survivors of FGM

African Well Women’s Clinic

Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, 8th Floor, c/o Antenatal Clinic, Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EH

Tel:   020 7188 6872

Open Monday-Friday, 9am to 4pm.

Contact:   Confort Momoh MBE, FGM / Public Health Specialist 07956 542 576

Action African Well Women Centre

Self Referral for free confidential services

Contact:   Julia Albert – Midwife or Hayat Arteh – Health Advocate

Tel: 020 8383 8761 or 07956 001 065

or 07730 970 738

Manor Gardens Clinic

The project works with volunteer FGM Community Champions, delivers training, provide workshops and 1:2:1 support through the Dahlia project (Specialist therapeutic service for women who have undergone FGM).

E-Learning

For further information on FGM we would encourage all professionals to view the excellent Home Office training package on FGM which can be found at:  www.fgmelearning.co.uk/

Useful Links & Guidance:

NHS England Posters & Guidance

National FGM Centre

FGM Map by Country & Origin and their Practice  

FGM Health Passport- Statement opposing FGM guidance in different languages.

Links to information about FGM Orders:- 

National FGM Centre

Courts of Justice - Family Procedure Rules

What to do if you are worried about the Safety of a child – professionals

Female Genital Mutilation - An Overview (leaflet)

Information Sharing & Consent

In every Serious Case Review that has ever been undertaken, information sharing has been a key theme. It is essential that all professionals gain consent and share information appropriately within the network of those working with a child and their family.  If you do not have consent and are unsure about whether to share information, discuss it with your line manager in the first instance.  We recommend you undertake the LSCB E-Learning courses and read the guidance and legislation detailed below.

LSCB Training Programme

The LSCB recommends all professionals undertake the E-Learning courses as follows:-

  • Information Sharing & Consent
  • Data Protection Act

Missing, Exploitation and Trafficking Information Sharing Guidance

Successful partnership working depends substantially on effective communications and information sharing between agencies.  MET Information Sharing Guidance document.

Working Together 2015 Extracts

  1. Effective sharing of information between professionals and local agencies is essential for effective identification, assessment and service provision.

  2. Early sharing of information is the key to providing effective early help where there are emerging problems. At the other end of the continuum, sharing information can be essential to put in place effective child protection services. Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) have shown how poor information sharing has contributed to the deaths or serious injuries of children.

  3. Fears about sharing information cannot be allowed to stand in the way of the need to promote the welfare and protect the safety of children. To ensure effective safeguarding arrangements:
  • all organisations should have arrangements in place which set out clearly the processes and the principles for sharing information between each other, with other professionals and with the LSCB; and
  • no professional should assume that someone else will pass on information which they think may be critical to keeping a child safe. If a professional has concerns about a child’s welfare and believes they are suffering or likely to suffer harm, then they should share the information with local authority children’s social care.
  1. Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers (2015) supports frontline practitioners, working in child or adult services, who have to make decisions about sharing personal information on a case by case basis.6 The advice includes the seven golden rules for sharing information effectively and can be used to supplement local guidance and encourage good practice in information sharing.

The seven golden rules to sharing information

1. Remember that the Data Protection Act 1998 and human rights law are not barriers to justified information sharing, but provide a framework to ensure that personal information about living individuals is shared appropriately.

2. Be open and honest with the individual (and/or their family where appropriate) from the outset about why, what, how and with whom information will, or could be shared, and seek their agreement, unless it is unsafe or inappropriate to do so.

3. Seek advice from other practitioners if you are in any doubt about sharing the information concerned, without disclosing the identity of the individual where possible.

4. Share with informed consent where appropriate and, where possible, respect the wishes of those who do not consent to share confidential information. You may still share information without consent if, in your judgement, there is good reason to do so, such as where safety may be at risk. You will need to base your judgement on the facts of the case. When you are sharing or requesting personal information from someone, be certain of the basis upon which you are doing so. Where you have consent, be mindful that an individual might not expect information to be shared.

5. Consider safety and well-being: Base your information sharing decisions on considerations of the safety and well-being of the individual and others who may be affected by their actions.

6. Necessary, proportionate, relevant, adequate, accurate, timely and secure: Ensure that the information you share is necessary for the purpose for which you are sharing it, is shared only with those individuals who need to have it, is accurate and up-to-date, is shared in a timely fashion, and is shared securely (see principles).

7. Keep a record of your decision and the reasons for it – whether it is to share information or not. If you decide to share, then record what you have shared, with whom and for what purpose.

Gillick / Fraser Competence - NSPCC

When we are trying to decide whether a child is mature enough to make decisions, people often talk about whether a child is 'Gillick competent' or whether they meet the 'Fraser guidelines'.

The Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines help us all to balance children’s rights and wishes with our responsibility to keep children safe from harm

Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Act controls how personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government.

Everyone responsible for using data has to follow strict rules called ‘data protection principles’. They must make sure the information is:

  • used fairly and lawfully
  • used for limited, specifically stated purposes
  • used in a way that is adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • accurate
  • kept for no longer than is absolutely necessary
  • handled according to people’s data protection rights
  • kept safe and secure
  • not transferred outside the European Economic Area without adequate protection

There is stronger legal protection for more sensitive information, such as:

  • ethnic background
  • political opinions
  • religious beliefs
  • health
  • sexual health
  • criminal records

Missing, Exploited (CSE) & Trafficking

Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board:

Child sexual exploitation is on of Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCB) key priorities. The LSCB therefore endeavours to prevent children and young people being sexually exploited by understanding the issues associated with the activity and raising community awareness so to equip our neighbourhoods, schools and workforce with the knowledge, skills and tools to tackle this and associated need.  We will continue to identify those children and young people who are at risk of sexual exploitation and will intervene robustly to minimise the potential for harm, disrupt the problematic behaviours and use criminal procedures as appropriate.  

LSCB MET Strategy:

The LSCB has overall responsibility for ensuring there is a coordinated, multi-agency response to children who are at risk of sexual exploitation. The full operating framework is set out in the LSCB Missing, Exploitation and Trafficking (MET) strategy which can be accessed via the link listed below.

CSE Toolkit:

There are 3 different levels of risk indicators for CSE as explained in the CSE toolkit:

  • Low level risk indicators
  • Medium level risk indicators
  • High level risk indicators

The MASH referral process can be found here: http://www.safeguardinglewisham.org.uk/lscb/lscb/professionals/early-help

The LSCB strongly promotes the use of the CSE risk assessment toolkit by all professionals to assist them in assessing the risks and early indicators of CSE. It is everyone’s responsibility to prevent children and young people being sexually exploited.

The Lewisham LSCB MET strategy needs to be read in conjunction with the following documents:

  • London Child Protection Procedures
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children (DFE, 2015)
  • Safeguarding children and young people from sexual exploitation (DCSF 2009)
  • Tackling child sexual exploitation action plan (DFE, 2011) and Tackling child sexual exploitation action plan; progress report (DFE, 2012)
  • Pan London CSE Protocol (revised 2015)
  • Statutory Guidance on children who run away and go missing from home or care (DSCF, 2009)
  • Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked; practice guidance (DFE & HO, 2011)
  • Victims of Human Trafficking – guidance for frontline staff (UKBA & HO, 2013)

Missing, Exploited & Trafficked (MET) Strategy

Appendix A - National and Local Context

Appendix B - Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Appendix C - Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Assessment & Toolkit

Appendix D - Emerging Best Practice: Learning from Serious Case Reviews and Studies of Current Practice

Appendix E - Children Who Run Away or Go Missing From Home or Care

Appendix F - Navigate Project Online Safety

Appendix G - Lewisham Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing Sub Group & MET Board Terms of Reference

DfE CSE Definition Guide February 2017

Modern Slavery & Child Trafficking

The Modern Day Slavery Act 2015 came into force in October 2015.

The Act

Part 1. Consolidates and clarifies the existing offences of slavery and human trafficking whilst increasing the maximum penalty for such offences. For offences of slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour, or for offences of human trafficking any person found guilty is liable to life imprisonment.

Part 2. Provides for two new civil preventative orders, the Slavery & Trafficking Prevention Order, and the Slavery & Trafficking Risk Order. Request of a Chief Officer of Police, Immigration Officer, or NCA can prevent foreign travel, protect potential victims, and prevent further offences.

Part 3. Provides for new maritime enforcement powers in relation to ships.

Part 4. Establishes the office of Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and sets out the functions of the Commissioner. To encourage good practice in investigation / victim care.

Part 5. Introduces a number of measures focussed on supporting and protecting victims, including a statutory defence for slavery or trafficking victims and special measures for witnesses in criminal proceedings. Child trafficking advocates, non prosecution of victims compelled to commit crime, presumption of under 18 until appropriate age assessment. Public body has a duty to notify suspected victim of trafficking.

Part 6. Requires certain businesses to disclose what activity they are undertaking to eliminate slavery and trafficking from their supply chains and their own business.

Part 7. Requires the Secretary of State to publish a paper on the role of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and otherwise relates to general matters such as consequential provision and commencement.

The typology of 17 types of modern slavery offences in the UK

Labour Exploitation

Victims exploited for multiple purposes in isolated environments

Victims who are often highly vulnerable are exploited for labour in multiple ways in isolated rural locations. Victims live on offenders' property in squalid conditions, are subject to repeated abuse and are very rarely paid.

Victims work for offenders

Victims are forced to work directly for offenders in businesses or sites that they own or control (some offenders may be gangmasters). The main method of exploitation is not paying or illegally underpaying victims.

Victims work for someone other than offenders

Victims are employed in a legitimate and often low-skilled job, with legal working conditions, by an employer unrelated to the offenders. Most or all wages are taken by offenders often through control of the victims' bank accounts.

Domestic Servitude

Exploited by partner

Victims are forced to undertake household chores for their partner and often their partner's relatives. If married, the marriage may have been arranged or forced and the servitude often occurs alongside domestic abuse and sexual exploitation.

Exploited by relatives

Victims live with and exploited for household chores and childcare by family members, usually extended family. Many victims are children.

Exploiters not related to victims

Victims live with offenders who are often strangers. Victims are forced to undertake household chores and are mostly confined to the house.

Sexual Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation – group exploitation

Children are sexually exploited by groups of offenders. This is usually for personal gratification, but sometimes the exploitation involves forced sex work in fixed or changing locations and will include characteristics of types 9 and 10. Offenders frequently transport victims to different locations to abuse them.

Child sexual exploitation – single exploiter

Similar to type 7, often involves the grooming of children and transporting them for the purposes of sexual exploitation, although the offending is carried out by one individual.

Forced sex work in fixed location

Victims are trafficked and exploited in established locations set up specifically for sex work. This can include brothels or rooms in legitimate business premises (e.g. massage parlour).

Forced sex work in changing location

Victims are forced into sex work where the location of exploitation frequently changes. Locations include streets, clients' residence, hotels or 'pop-up' brothels in short-term rented property. Victims are frequently advertised online.

Trafficking for personal gratification

Victims are trafficked to residential sites controlled by offenders and sexually exploited for the offenders' own gratification. Some victims may be confined to the site for a long period of time.

Criminal Exploitation

Forced gang-related criminality

Victims are forced to undertake gang related criminal activities, most commonly relating to drug networks. Victims are often children who are forced by gangs to transport drugs and money to and from urban areas to suburban areas and market and coastal towns.

Forced labour in illegal activities

Victims are forced to provide labour to offenders for illegal purposes. The most common example is victims forced to cultivate cannabis in private residences.

Forced acquisitive crime

Victims are forced by offenders to carry out acquisitive crimes such as shoplifting and pickpocketing. Offenders may provide food and accommodation to victims but rarely pay them.

Forced begging

Victims are transported by offenders to locations to beg on the streets for money, which is then taken by offenders. Victims are often children vulnerable adults.

Trafficking for forced sham marriage

Traffickers transport EU national victims to the UK and sell these victims to an exploiter in a one-off transaction. Exploiters marry victims to gain immigration advantages and often sexually abuse them.

Financial fraud (including benefit fraud)

Victims are exploited financially; most commonly their identity documents are taken and used to claim benefits. This type often occurs alongside other types.

Possible Risk Indicators

A child cannot give consent to being exploited, even if they have agreed to being moved/believe they have consented, it is not "informed consent". Any child transported for exploitative reasons is considered to be a trafficking victim. All practitioners should use professional curiosity to support your ability to identify the risk factors.

  • Physical symptoms, i.e. pregnant, STI's, sexual or physical assault, poor dental health. May show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn.
  • Victims may rarely be able to travel on their own, seem under the control or influence of others, rarely interact, or appear unfamiliar with their neighborhood or where they work.
  • Involved in criminal activity, i.e. cannabis factory, begging, pick pocketing.
  • Foreign national child. Brought or moved from another country. Has false documentation, or no passport or ID.
  • With an adult, but unclear what the relationship is.
  • Concerns about the relationship between the parent and child.
  • With an adult who speaks for the child.
  • Orphaned or separated from family or main carers.
  • Possesses money or goods not accounted for.
  • Has not been registered with a GP.
  • May or may not be enrolled at a school.
  • Homeless child.
  • An unrelated or new child discovered at an address.
  • Found in a brothel or sauna.
  • May be working in catering, nail bars, caring for children, cleaning etc.
  • Links to adult(s) with offending history.
  • Missing child. There is a strong possibility the child will be re-trafficked within 24-48 hours of being placed in care.

Procedure in Lewisham

Child Trafficking and Slavery are Child Protection issues and the normal procedures apply. You can make a referral to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub by telephone 020 8314 6660 or by email mashagency@lewisham.gov.uk or complete a MASH Referral Form

Useful Contacts

  • Athena Service lewishamvawg@refuge.org.uk 0800 112 4052
  • NSPCC Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC): 0808 800 5000 ctac@nspcc.org.uk
  • UK Human Trafficking Centre: 0844 778 2406, UKHTC@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk
  • Refugee Council Advice Line: 020 7346 1134
  • ECPAT UK: 020 7233 9887 ecpat.org.uk
  • Coram Legal Centre: www.childrenslegalcentre.com
  • Children and Families Across Boarders (CFAB) 020 7735 8941 cfab.uk.net
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office: 020 7008 1500
  • CEOP 020 7238 2320/2307 ceop.gov.uk
  • Home Office http://www.crimereduction.homeoffice.gov.uk/toolkits/tp01.htm

Additional Guidance

Resources & Publications

A typology of modern slavery offences in the UK  October 2017

Home Secretary Amber Rudd announces new measures to improve identification and support for victims of modern slavery.   October 2017

Home Office Resources

ACPO Guidance

CPS

Trafficking Toolkit

Human Trafficking Strategy

London Safeguarding Children Board - Trafficked Children toolkit and guidance

Safeguarding Children who may have been trafficked (2011) DfE

Home Office UK Border Code of Practice for Keeping Children Safe from Harm

 

Neglect

There are many factors that influence and shape the development of a child. Some are within the child, such as genetic factors, and others are from external sources such as physical, psychological and family influences, as well as the wider neighbourhood and cultural aspects. 

Neglect is therefore often complex and not always immediately recognised. The impact will vary according to type, severity and length of time, making it difficult for those working with children and families to manage.  Professional uncertainty, differences of opinion or undue optimism regarding levels of need and the criteria for significant harm can lead to long term exposure which substantially increase the risk to children. 

Neglect of children remains one of the Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCB) key priorities. This strategy has been developed with multi-agency partners to set out Lewisham’s approach to child neglect. 

This strategy should be viewed alongside the following key strategies, policies and procedures and government guidance in relation to neglect:

Definition

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) describes neglect as:

The persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse. Once a child is born, neglect may involve a parent or carer failing to:

  • Provide adequate food, clothing or shelter (including exclusion from home or abandonment)
  • Protect a child from physical and emotional harm or danger
  • Ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate caregivers)
  • Ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment

It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

In addition the London Child Protection Procedures say:

1.38 Neglect may occur during pregnancy as a result of maternal substance misuse, maternal mental ill health or learning difficulties or a cluster of such issues. Where there is domestic abuse and violence towards a carer, the needs of the child may be neglected.  www.londoncp.co.uk/chapters/responding_concerns.html

Neglect is the ongoing failure to meet a child’s basic needs. Some of the signs of neglect include:

  • Poor physical appearance – a child who is dirty, hungry, has a lack of appropriate clothing, bad hygiene, not having access to medical care and treatment
  • Absence of supervision/boundaries – a child who is put in danger or not protected from physical or emotional harm, use of inadequate care givers, chaotic family environment with no boundaries or routines
  • A child not getting the love, care and attention they need from their parents or carers

A child who’s neglected will often suffer from other forms of abuse as well. Neglect can cause serious, long-term damage to the child’s emotional, social and physical development having a profound impact on their future outcomes and in some cases can result in death.

It happens when parents or carers can’t or won’t meet a child’s needs. Sometimes this is because they don’t have the skills or support needed, and sometimes it’s due to other problems such as mental health issues, drug and alcohol problems or poverty.

Why is this important in Lewisham?

Neglect is the most common reason for a child to be the subject of a child protection plan in the UK. In Lewisham, approximately 70% of children subject to a plan are suffering from neglect.

What do professionals need to do?

Although you may be worried about a child, it’s not always easy for professionals to identify neglect. There’s often no single sign or incident that a child or family need help. It is more likely that there will be a series of concerns over a period of time that, taken together, demonstrate the child is at risk. If you think a child may be experiencing neglect, don’t wait:

  • Gather all relevant information about the child, including the parenting capacity and family and environmental factors in order to form a professional judgment on strengths, risks and harmful factors
  • Regularly review progress using the Toolkit below and update the multi-agency plan accordingly

Of course professional judgement has to be exercised in determining the harm or potential harm caused to a child by neglect but you should always consult with your agency safeguarding lead and refer to the Lewisham Continuum of Need document which will help you determine what sort of professional intervention will best meet the needs of the child and family.

Lewisham Neglect Strategy & Toolkit (January 2018)

Lewisham Neglect Toolkit (January 2018) (WORD DOCUMENT) & Graded Care Profile

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing - May 2018 - Neglect

On-line Safety

The internet is a great way for children and young people to connect with others and learn new things. As interactions between people are increasingly taking place on-line it is essential that we safeguard children as robustly in the virtual world as we do in the real one. We can do this through:

  • Promoting safe on-line behaviour to children, young people and their families
  • Taking children, young people and their families’ on-line actions and networks into account when providing support

Children, young people and their families go online for a variety of reasons, including:

  • To search for information or content on search engines
  • Share images and watch videos through websites or mobile apps
  • Use social networking websites
  • Write or reply to messages on forums and message boards
  • Play games along or with others through websites, apps or games consoles
  • Chat with other people through on-line, games, messenger apps, games consoles, webcams, social network, and other instant communication tools
  • Find new friends and partners

There are lots of benefits in going on-line, and also some risks. These include:

  • Exposure to and sharing of explicit material (including sexting)
  • Grooming
  • Radicalisation
  • Exploitation
  • Identity theft
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Cyber-hacking

It’s important that as professionals you are confident in talking with children, young people and their families about their on-line choices and interactions. This includes tablets, lap-tops, phones etc, for example:

  • Personal information shared on-line: checking privacy settings, sharing contact details, geotagging
  • Images shared and online communication: on-line support networks, inappropriate images (e.g. sexting), online bullying or harassment
  • On-line relationships: safe online friendships, meeting up with on-line friends or potential partners

LSCB E-Safety Guidance - June 2017

Advice and resources

CEOP Thinkuknow  provides advice for parents and carers, children and young people, and those that work with them.

NSPCC Online Safety has further advice and tools.

Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP)

CEOP is there to support young people, parents and carers while surfing online, and offers help and advice on topics such as:

  • cyberbullying
  • hacking
  • harmful content

It also enables people to immediately report anything on-line which they find concerning, such as harmful or inappropriate content, or possible grooming behaviour.

For more information, or to report concerns, simply click on the CEOP Icon

CEOP

Prevent Strategy

What is it?

Prevent forms one part of the Governments Counter Terrorism Strategy – CONTEST. This aims to

  • Protect: Strengthen our protection against terrorist attack.
  • Prepare: Mitigate the impact of an attack.
  • Pursue: Stop terrorist attack.
  • Prevent: Stop people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism by:-
  • responding to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it,
    • preventing people from being drawn into terrorism and ensuring that they are given appropriate advice and support,
    • working with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address

What does this mean for Statutory Organisations in Lewisham?

Since 2015, statutory agencies have a duty under the Counter Terrorism & Security Act “to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. These agencies should:

  • Establish strategic and operational links with other specified authorities.
  • Facilitate the assessment of risk for specified authorities, including providing advice and sharing threat assessments based on the Counter Terrorism Local Profiles (CTLP).
  • Provide a range of training products (including but not limited to Workshops to Raise Awareness of Prevent - WRAP) to all specified authorities.
  • Understand the full range of bodies affected by the new duties, and ensure they understand their responsibilities.
  • Embed Prevent into commissioning, procurement and grant funding processes.
  • Embed Prevent into Safeguarding Policies and ensure all providers are signed up to local Safeguarding arrangements.

There an obvious difference between espousing radical and extreme views and acting on them, and practitioners should ensure that assessments place behaviour in the family and social context of the young person and include information about the young person’s peer group and conduct and behaviour at school. Holding radical or extreme views is not illegal, but inciting a person to commit an act in the name of any belief is in itself an offence.

Compliance in Lewisham

In Lewisham, work has been taking place to ensure that all relevant agencies are complying with their obligations under the 2015 Counter Terrorism & Security Act. This includes delivering briefings, training, and the development of a Risk Assessment Tool for Children’s Social Care.

Prevent in Lewisham operates a Strategic Board – the Prevent Delivery Group – and a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Panel – Channel.

Public Advice

  • If you see or hear anything that could be terrorist-related, trust your instincts and call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
  • If you are aware of any concerns from the community contact megan.mellor@lewisham.gov.uk (Community Co-ordinator)
  • If you think you have seen a person acting suspiciously, or if you see a vehicle, unattended package or bag which might be an immediate threat, move away and call 999.
  • If you are involved in an incident follow police advice to: ‘RUN, HIDE AND TELL’   
  • Download the citizenAID App which provides safety and medical advice from Google Play, Apple App or the Windows store, for free.  

Lewisham Prevent Service

LBL Prevent are available to assist agencies in complying with their Counter Terrorism Act duties. The support offer includes: 

  • The provision of Workshops to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP training for frontline staff),
  • Management briefings regarding Prevent Duty compliance,
  • Coordination of strategic and operational groups,
  • The provision of Prevent-related resources and dissemination of relevant information.

If you have any questions regarding Prevent in Lewisham you can contact the Prevent Manager by email prevent@lewisham.gov.uk.

Make a Referral

Judges have issued Care or Wardship Proceedings where there are allegations of children being taken abroad to strongholds of so called ISIS. If you are worried about a child or a young person you should follow child protection procedures without delay.

If a child is in immediate risk call 999, otherwise contact the MASH Team by telephone and follow up your referral in writing within 24 hours.

MASH Team Telephone: 020 8314 6660 Email mashagency@lewisham.gov.uk

Lewisham Prevent Team prevent@lewisham.gov.uk

Training:

Lunchtime Briefing or in-depth Half Day Course

E-Learning

LSCB Me-Learning Introduction to Prevent

Home Office Introduction to Prevent

Channel General Awareness

 If your department would like bespoke training please contact prevent@lewisham.gov.uk

Guidance Resources

 

Self-Harm & Suicide Ideation in Young People

Introduction

Mental health problems affect around 1 in 10 children and young people. This includes depression, anxiety, and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

Self-harm is when someone hurts themselves on purpose and is a way of expressing deep distress, a way of communicating what cannot be put into words, with very difficult feelings that could build up inside. It is not attention seeking behaviour.

Self-Harm is a very common behaviour in young people and affects around one in 12 young people.  

Warning signs of Self-Harm

  • People who self-harm may suffer mood swings and become withdrawn.
  • Unexplained wounds.
  • Have a lack of motivation.
  • There may be changes in their eating habits.
  • They may cover up their body (even in warm weather).

Warning signs of Suicide Ideation

They may be:

  •  Quiet, brooding, or withdrawn.
  • Feeling exhausted and distant.
  • Feeling cut off from those around them.
  • Not making eye contact.
  • Agitated, irritable or rude.
  • Talking about suicide or saying it’s all hopeless.
  • Desperate for help but afraid to ask.

They may also:

  • Be busy, chirpy, laughing and joking, talking about future plans, and telling you not to worry about them.

The safest way to know if someone is thinking about suicide is to ask them. If a person is suicidal the idea is already there. If they aren’t suicidal it won’t do any harm. Saying something is safer than saying nothing.

Risk Factors of Self-Harm & Suicide Ideation

  • Stressful life events.
  • Isolation.
  • Low self-esteem.
  • On-going family relationship problems.
  • Being bullied at school.
  • Bereavement.
  • Mental health problems – depression and delusional thoughts.
  • Substance and alcohol misuse.
  • Family circumstances.
  • Stress and worry – academic pressure.
  • Experience of abuse – physical, emotional, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, and forced marriage.
  • Feelings of being rejected in their lives.

Types of Self-Harm

  • Cutting of the skin with objects (e.g. razor blades, scissors, pens, bottle tops etc.)
  • Scratching the skin.
  • Picking wounds or interfering with healing.
  • Burning.
  • Ingesting toxic substances.
  • Excessive drug or alcohol intake.
  • Hitting or punching themselves.
  • Head banging or biting themselves.
  • Pulling hair out.
  • Swallowing or inserting objects.
  • Taking an overdose.
  • Staying in an abusive relationship.
  • Taking risks too easily.
  • Restricting their eating.Young people can self-harm in a variety of body locations, i.e. arms, legs, abdomen, etc.

Responding to Self-Harm in Lewisham

If a child or young person overdoses or there is a serious self-harm incidence they should be taken to A&E in the first instance. An assessment will be undertaken which may involve a referral to the Children & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

If you become aware of a young person who is self-harming or having suicidal thoughts. Explore their feelings with them and talk about the help available:-

Share what you know with the child’s parents / carers.

Tips for talking with young people

Tips for Talking with Young People - Print The Poster!

Services 

Young Minds

  • Parents Helpline 0808 802 55 44
  • Advice for professionals

GP

  • Ask the parent / carer to make an appointment.

CAMHS

Kooth

  • Online chat support for young people

Work it Out Lewisham

  • Information on services and support available in Lewisham.

Papyrus Hopeline 0800 068 41 41

  • Confidential advice for young people
  • Advice for parents / carers.
  • Advice for professionals

ChildLine – 0800 11 11

  • Confidential advice for young people
  • Advice for professionals

Place2Be

  • Individual one to one, drop in counselling for children and young people experiencing emotional wellbeing issues at 10 schools in Lewisham

Lewisham Mind Kit

  • Online resources for range of mental health/ wellbeing issues and peer mentoring support

National Self-Harm Network

  • UK charity offering moderated support forum for self-harm

NHS Choices - Moodzone

  • Online and audio resources to improve mental wellbeing and information about available treatments

MindEd

  • Online training for anyone working with 0-18 year olds

Resources

Coping with Self-Harm, A Guide for Parents & Carers

Calm Harm App.

Down load this from your AppStore or GooglePlay. The app offers activities to comfort, distract, express yourself, Release, Random and Breathe.

Free LSCB Training Offer - Self Harm & Suicide Ideation

Health Improvement Training Offer - Youth Mental Health First Aid

Toolkits & Resources

The attached are listed here for ease of access, however, we recommend you refer to the full strategy, policy, process, or guidance if you are not experienced in undertaking an assessment or completing a toolkit. 

Toolkits

Lewisham Neglect Toolkit (January 2018) & Graded Care Profile

SafeLives Dash Risk Check List & Quick Start Guidance

Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Assessment Toolkit & Guidance

Contextual Safeguarding - Safety Mapping Exercise

Resources

LSCB Anti-Bullying Resource January 2018

CAMHS Referral Criteria & Referral Form

Continuum of Need Levels and Guidance

Early Help Assessment Form

E-Safety Guidance

Plan, Review & Closure Form

Protocol for the management of actual or suspected bruising in infants who are not independently mobile

Resolving Professional Differences Protocol

Services for Children & Families Leaflet - December 2017

Young Carers Leaflet and Young Carers Referral Form and Guidelines

See the London procedures for child protection policies and procedures

National Guidance and Local Protocols

Useful Reports and Links

Case Recording & Report Writing - Useful Online Presentation

Professional Curiosity - 10 Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them, what research tells us, NSPCC

Child Neglect - Be Professionally Curios, Action for Children

 

Worried about a child suffering from harm?

What to do if you are worried about a child suffering from harm

If you are concerned that a child has suffered harm, neglect or abuse, please contact Lewisham Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) who can discuss this with you:

  • During office hours (Monday – Friday):
    Lewisham’s MASH 020 8314 6660 
  • Out of Office hours:
    Emergency Duty Team – 020 8314 6000

If a child is at immediate risk of harm, call the Police on 999.

The MASH is multi agency and brings together services such as from social care, education, health, police and children centres. The MASH aims to work together to offer the right help at an early stage to families who need support.

Consent to share

You should seek, in general, to discuss concerns with the family and, where possible seek the family’s agreement to making a referral unless this may, either by delay or the behavioural response it prompts or for any other reason, place the child at increased risk of Significant Harm.

  • A decision by any professional not to seek parental permission before making a referral to Children’s Social Care Services must be approved by their manager, recorded and the reasons given
  • Where a parent has agreed to a referral, this must be recorded and confirmed on the relevant referral form
  • Where the parent is consulted and refuses to give permission for the referral, further advice and approval should be sought from a manager or the Designated Senior Person or Named Professional, unless to do so would cause undue delay. The outcome of the consultation and any further advice should be fully recorded

All recording with regards to consent to share information should be included in the inter-agency referral form and kept on individual organisation’s record systems.

Protocol for the management of actual or suspected bruising in infants who are not independently mobile

Please see the London Child Protection Procedures

Child Exploitation & Online Protection (CEOP)

CEOP is there to support, help and advise young people, parents and carers and the professionals who work with them

It also enables people to immediately report anything online which they find concerning, such as harmful or inappropriate content, or possible grooming behaviour. See our On-line safety page to find out more

For more information, or to report concerns, simply click on the CEOP Icon

CEOP

Young Carers

GUIDELINES FOR PROFESSIONALS / AGENCIES / PARENTS

These guidelines are intended for any parent, professional or agency wishing to make a referral to Lewisham Young Carers Service on behalf of a child or young person within a caring role. Please read these guidelines carefully before completing the attached referral forms.

Who can you make a referral for?

Any Young Carer between the ages of 5 and 18 can be referred to our services that are residents or their cared for is someone who lives within the borough of Lewisham:

  • Providing care or support for someone with a physical disability, long term illness, mental ill health or substance misuse.
  • Is affected by the condition of their cared for.

Service availability

We will prioritise the service to young carers with the highest need as a result of the significant impact of the caring role and level of caring responsibilities.

The level of priority for each Young Carers may fluctuant throughout the lifetime of their involvement in the service due to sudden changes in their caring situation.  

How to make a referral?

Please complete all the pages of our Referral Form and send to:

Carers Lewisham logo

Waldram Place, Forest Hill

London, SE23 2LB

Tel: 0208 699 8686 | Fax: 0208 699 0634

Email: info@carerslewisham.org.uk

What happens now?

On receipt of the referral we will look at the information you have given us and prioritise the need for assessment. The outcome will be either: 

  1. Young carer does not meet the criteria for a young carer and no assessment will take place.
  2. Young carer is allocated to a member of the young carers team for a home visit.
  3. Further information is needed from the referrer before processing any further.

Referrers will be informed of the outcome via telephone or email within 4 weeks. If you have not heard from us please contact us on 0208 699 8686.

Assessment Process

If allocated for assessment, a young carers support officer will make contact with the family to arrange a home visit to gain better understanding about the young carer’s family’s situation and decide on what support services they will be offered.   

If you have any questions throughout the referral or assessment process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Safeguarding in Education

Introduction

Welcome to the Safeguarding in Education Professionals pages. Here you will find key information, resources and links to support you in work to safeguard children in places of education.

The objective is to provide a one-stop-shop for education professionals for resources, training and other relevant information.  If there is anything you would like to find here that is not presently featured, please do let us know by sending an email to natasha.orumbie@lewisham.gov.uk.

Audit Tools

The Local Authority will be carrying out the s11 audit using the s157/175 self-assessment tool.  All headteachers will have a log in and password to complete this online.  All schools must complete the ‘standard’ version and the ‘enhanced’ is an optional addition.

Click here to log in and complete the self-assessment.  Deadline is 31 October 2018.

Paper version of the Standard self-assessment tool

Paper version of the Enhanced self-assessment tool

 

The audit tools below have either been created specifically for Lewisham Local Authority, or are readily available examples from other independent agencies.  Where relevant, the appropriate training must be undertaken before using the tool, to ensure that it is implemented effectively.  For further advice, please contact the author of the respective tools.

Safeguarding Evidence Checklist

Lewisham Section 11 (2015-16)

Lewisham Section 11 (2016-17) – not yet available

Register Audit Tool

Domestic Abuse (DV RIC) Tool with guidance

Governor Single Central Record Monitoring Checklist – Lewisham

Governor Single Central Record Monitoring Checklist – Baring

CSE Risk Assessment Toolkit

CP files Audit Toolkit

 

 

Historical References

The DfE have not given definitive guidance regarding how far to go back to retrospectively acquire the second reference for staff who may not have one. 

At an INSET I recently attended run by Andrew Hall, Safeguarding Expert, he suggested that many schools he is aware of have chosen not to seek a 2nd reference for staff who were employed over 5 years ago.  However, dependent on what Ofsted Inspector you get, their views on this can vary greatly! 

He advised that schools should follow their LA guidance, which you will find below.

In light of what we know about recent historical sex offences and following the information we have been given from HMIs in the School Improvement Team, who have had experience of OFSTED Inspectors being adamant that there are 2 references in place, as a local authority we would like all schools to acquire a 2nd reference for all their employees, including existing staff. 

The guidance below explains how to go about acquiring these.

DBS Risk Assessment Template

Historical References Guidance

Newsletters Links and Governors

Autumn 2016 Items - List

Spring 2017 Items - List

Governance Handbook January 2017

Exemplar Safeguarding Ofsted Questions for Governors

Governor Single Central Record Monitoring Checklist - Baring School

Governor Single Central Record Monitoring Checklist

Archive Newsletters Autumn 2016-17

Archive Newsletters Spring 2016-17

 

Overseas Checks

Who requires a check?

The DfE guidance in Keeping Children Safe 2016 is very hazy and just says in section 114, that the school “will make any further checks [they] think appropriate, so that any relevant events that occurred outside the UK can be considered.”

Including the phrase, whatever we “think appropriate” means it is open to interpretation and discretion of the LA who oversee the schools to make the decision as to what is deemed “appropriate”.

Overseas checks are effectively the equivalent of our DBS checks, which detail all criminal activity an individual has done in this country.  Crimes that they have committed outside of this country will not be reflected on these checks, and therefore, as a local authority, because of the current climate and what is feels like a constant stream of emerging historical sex abuse cases, we think it is “appropriate” that overseas checks will be undertaken for all staff working in the Lewisham Local Authority. 

Although not all governors will be in regulated activity with the students, the new guidance, The School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016, which came into force on 18th March 2016, has stated that they all need Enhanced DBS checks, which would lead to the conclusion therefore that we cannot exclude them from the need for overseas checks.

How far should checks go back?

There have been a number of queries requesting clarification on how far back overseas checks should go for existing staff members, some of whom have been in this country for several years.  Lewisham LA have made the decision to request these checks for any member of staff who have lived or worked abroad in any one particular place for a period of three or more months, since the age of 18 years old.  

We understand that this is a highly sensitive issue and can be upsetting for some staff, however it is crucial that we follow this process to ensure criminal checks are done for periods overseas, with the same diligence as we pursue DBS checks.  The recent case of Mark Frost, who had a history of more than 25 years of offending, highlights the need for us to take these checks seriously.  Frost successfully managed to evade justice by moving from country to country including Spain, Holland, Toronto and Thailand.  None of these offences would have been reflected in the UK's criminal record system, therefore leaving children at risk of this predatory activity.

You can read more of his case, which was heard in February 2016: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/01/serial-child-sexual-abuser-mark-frost-pleads-guilty-to-45-charges

Who pays for/applies for the check?

It is essentially the responsibility of the employee to acquire the necessary check and make all the necessary payments involved.  However, school leaders and their governing bodies can make a decision as to whether or not they will support their staff in this area.

What happens if we can’t get a check completed?

There are instances where countries no longer exist, or for some other reason it is not possible to obtain these checks, on these occasions, please consult the ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ Home Office document published December 2016 – in particular, point 7).

What do we do while we are waiting for a check to be completed?

There have also been concerns about the DBS Risk Assessment template we issued, which could be used if "information" had been found on a DBS.  It also states that this form can be used whilst you are waiting for a DBS to come through, which is effectively the case.

How long do we wait for the check to come back?

School leadership need to determine, with their governing bodies how long they will give for these checks to be returned.

Some countries may be better than others in terms of processing times, but it’s important of course that there is a specified time limit set and the deadline would need to be made clear to staff. 

What do we do if the check does not come back within the agreed period?

If it gets to the cut-off point and the documentation is not back then a decision would have to be made about the member of staff’s employment.

Some schools have expressed concern about enforcing this as it is a new requirement that was not in place at the time of appointment.  However, legislation is constantly changing and schools must ensure that they and their staff remain in alignment.  Just as was the case when the Disqualification Declarations were brought in.

Lewisham Guidance Overseas Checks

DBS Risk Assessment Template

Staff Declaration Letter

DfE Guidance

FAQ Home Office Guidance

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with Natasha Orumbie if you have any further queries or questions. 

Policies

The policy exemplars below have either been created specifically for Lewisham Local Authority, or are readily available examples from other schools/local authorities that are already online.  Each school/setting must take full responsibility for any policies which it uses to produce its own, ensuring that it is amended to make it relevant and appropriate for its respective context.  Any relevant updates which may need to be applied are again the responsibility for individual schools/settings.

N.B. It is acceptable for Private Fostering and Separated Parents Policies to be incorporated into a school’s Safeguarding/CP Policy as opposed to having separate policies if they so choose.

LSCB Anti-Bullying Resource

Lewisham Safeguarding/CP Template 2017/2018

Sedgehill Staff Code of Conduct

Safe Touching

Touch and Physical Contact

Private Fostering

Separated Parents

Drop-off and collection of children

LSCB Resolving Professional Differences Protocol - Under revision

LSCB Resolving Professional Differences Record

“Wide Horizons – Educational Visits Policy – There and Back Again (TABA) September 2017”

Safeguarding Service Level Agreement

2017/18 sees the launch of a brand new Safeguarding Service Level Agreement, allowing school’s access to extensive high quality safeguarding support and guidance tailored to their individual school’s needs.  This is in addition to the statutory offer that will remain in place, providing weekly updates in a safeguarding newsletter sent via the schools mailing and termly Designated Safeguarding Leads meetings for all school Designated Leads and their deputies.  Click on the links below to find out what is on offer.

SLA 2017-18 Booklet - Safeguarding

Safeguarding SLA PPT

SLA Booking Form

Why sign up for the Safeguarding SLA?

Templates

The template exemplars below have either been created specifically for Lewisham Local Authority, or are readily available examples from other schools/local authorities that are already online.  Each school/setting must take full responsibility for any templates which it uses, ensuring that they are amended to make them relevant and appropriate for its respective context. 

Whole School Training Log Single Central Record

Case Study

LA Incident Reporting Template

Whole School Safeguarding Analysis

Headteacher's Report Template

Link Governor's Report Template

Letter of Assurance Template

Model Filing Personnel Records

Checklist for new staff

Transfer of CP Records Cover Sheet and Chronology Template

Visitors Leaflet

DBS Risk Assessment Template

Exemplar Ofsted Questions for staff

Exemplar Ofsted Questions for children

Exemplar Ofsted Questions for School Leaders

Exemplar Ofsted Questions for Governors

Record of Parental Contact Template

Safer Recruitment Checklist for Schools

Single Central Record SCR Audit Checklist September 2016

Single Central Record Template

Additional Resources

Dear Colleagues, please find below links to a range of miscellaneous resources that have either previously already been shared or could potentially be useful.

 

CSE/MET –    Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Assesment Toolkit

                       Consent PPT – Year10 upwards

                        Supporting Young People affected by CSE Assembly PPT

                        CSE Awareness Parent Leaflet

                       

FGM – nothing at the moment

Prevent –       Prevent Risk Assessment Template

                        Second Wave Shadow Games Project

Domestic Violence – DV RIC Tool with Guidance

E-safety – E-Safety Awareness Information for Parents/Carers

Neglect - nothing yet

No Recourse to Public Funds -          No Recourse Briefing Notes to Schools

                                                            NRPF Assessment Form

MASH/Early Help/Continuum of Need – http://www.safeguardinglewisham.org.uk/lscb/lscb/professionals/worried-about-a-child-suffering-from-harm

Health & Safety

Riddor – nothing yet

Logging Accidents Online – Accident and Incident Reporting Flow Chart

Wide Horizons: website; training; guidance – nothing yet

Risk Assessments – nothing yet

Sharing Good Practice

We are very grateful to a number of Lewisham schools have kindly shared some of the proformas they are creating and using in their settings from which their colleagues can now benefit.  Schools are welcome to review the items listed and consider whether or not they would like to implement similar systems.  It is very important for any amendments that would need to be made to make these policies relevant to your individual contexts to be made before they are adopted and brought to the governing body for ratification.

Deptford Park – Serious Accident Log Proforma

All Saints CofE – Safeguarding Policy – Child-friendly version

All Saints CofE – Visiting Speakers Policy

Marvels Lane – Governors Single Central Record Monitoring Checklist

St Margaret’s Lee – Safer Recruitment Checklist for schools

Sedgehill – Staff Code of Conduct

Sydenham School – Case Study Template

Sydenham School – Whole School Safeguarding Analysis

Training

Introduction to the LSCB Training Programme, Terms & Conditions, and Venues

Introduction to the LSCB Training Programme

Welcome to the Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) training programme 2018- 2019.  

This training supplements the single agency training provided by your organisation and aims to provide all professionals who work with Lewisham’s children and young people a variety of skills and knowledge in safeguarding practice to keep those who are vulnerable safe.

LSCB courses provide an opportunity to network, share information and ideas, and learn about the range of services available in Lewisham. Multi-agency training also facilitates a shared understanding and common language within agencies to better safeguard children and young people in the borough. It is crucial that staff are supported to attend single and multi-agency training as well as have a system in place to monitor how the knowledge and skills gained from training are transferred in everyday practice.

Individual agencies and employers are responsible for ensuring that their staff are competent and confident in carrying out their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and in order to fulfil their safeguarding duties as identified in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

The LSCB may provide additional training to what is listed in response to local or national developments.  We recommend you review the training programme regularly and access the LSCB Safeguarding Briefings via our website. 

All applicants must have completed the MeLearning Safeguarding Children - Level 1 course, or equivalent within the last 3 years prior to attending any other course.

Terms and Conditions

  1. We recommend all applicants complete Safeguarding Children Level 1 or above prior to attending any LSCB training.
  2. LSCB multi-agency training is provided free of charge to those working with children and young people in the Borough of Lewisham.
  3. A £50 charge will be applied for the following reasons:-
    1. Delegates must provide written cancellation notice of at least 5 working days’ notice at safeguardingboard@lewisham.gov.uk.
    2. Non-attendance at a course.
    3. Please arrive on time and be prepared to stay for the whole session otherwise a charge may be applied. If you are significantly late, it is at the Trainer’s discretion if you permitted onto the course.
  4. Applications after the booking closing date may be considered if places remain available. Applicants should telephone 020 8314 3396 to check if a place is available.
  5. Queries can be made by email on safeguardingboard@lewisham.gov.uk or by telephone 020 8314 3396 

Venues

The venue will be confirmed in the booking confirmation email– please ensure you read this carefully.

Venues

The venue will be contained in your confirmation email – please ensure you read this carefully. Most courses will take place at Kaleidoscope, the Town Hall Chambers, Civic Suite, or the Owen Centre at Lewisham Hospital or Lewisham Police Station. It is important you check your confirmation email carefully.

PICTURE TO BE PLACED HERE

The entrance to Town Hall Chambers is located next to the Broadway Theatre entrance - please ring the bell to notify reception of your arrival. Limitations to DDA Compliance in Town Hall Chambers: this venue is not fully DDA compliant. If you have a condition that may restrict your ability to use the stairs in an emergency, please let us know when you apply for the course so that we can try to source alternative premises.

Town Hall Chambers & the Civic Suite

Buses:            47, 136, 208, 181, 284, 199, 171, 185, 160, 124, 75.

Trains:            Catford Bridge and Catford

Lewisham Hospital

Buses:            47, 54, 75, 136, 185, 199, 208, 284, 484, P4.

Trains:            Ladywell Station. Short bus ride from Catford Bridge, Catford and Lewisham Stations.

LSCB Training Schedule 2018-2019

LB = Lunchtime Briefing; HD = Half Day; FD = Full Day

October 2018

4th

HD

Safer Recruitment (multi-agency)

9th

LB

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Awareness

11th

LB

Safeguarding Sexually Active Young People - Cancelled

17th

HD

Gangs, Exploitation & Effective Practice - Cancelled

18th

LB

Fabricated & Induced Illness Awareness

30th

LB

Young Carers & Hidden Harm - Cancelled

 

 

 

November 2018

1st

FD

Cultural Competence in Safeguarding Children

6th

HD

Sexual Violence & Exploitation Amongst Young People (peer-on-peer abuse)

13th

FD

Domestic Violence & Abuse Awareness

19th

LB

Introduction to Safeguarding Children & Young People in Lewisham

20th

LB

Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews

 

December 2018

4th

LB

WRAP – Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent

4th

FD

Early Help Champions (including MASH)

5th

HD

Sexual Violence & Exploitation Amongst Young People (peer-on-peer abuse)

6th

FD

Safeguarding Children Level 3 – Designated Safeguarding Leads

11th

FD

Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

14th

LB

Learning from Serious Case Reviews

 

January 2019

15th

FD

Cultural Competence in Safeguarding Children

16th

LB

Children Missing Education

17th

FD

Child Sexual Exploitation Advanced Training

17th

FD

Neglect – An Analytical Approach

22nd

LB

Introduction to Safeguarding Children & Young People in Lewisham

24th

LB

MARAC Process

29th

FD

Safeguarding Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse

30th

HD

Introduction – Working with Children & Young People Affected by Child Sexual Exploitation

31st

FD

What is Sexual Violence?

 

February 2019

5th

FD

Early Help Champions (including MASH)

6th

FD

Sexual Violence & Young People

12th

HD

Safer Recruitment (multi-agency)

13th

FD

Safeguarding Children Level 3 – Designated Safeguarding Leads

19th

LB

Understanding the Different Strands of Violence Against Women & Girls

20th

FD

Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

20th

LB

Learning from Serious Case Reviews

21st

HD

Gangs, Exploitation & Effective Practice

 

March 2019

5th

FD

Self-Harm and Suicide Ideation in Young People Awareness

7th

LB

Safeguarding Sexually Active Young People

7th

FD

Working with Challenging & Hard to Help Families

14th

HD

Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent– Greater Depth

21st

LB

Young Carers & Hidden Harm

28th

LB

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Awareness

29th

LB

Introduction to Safeguarding Children & Young People in Lewisham

 

E-Learning

It is essential that everyone working with children, young people and families completes the Safeguarding Level 1 course before undertaking any LSCB training advertised in our programme. It is recommended that you repeat this course every three years. This training package will be updated as necessary to take account of local and national policy changes.  All online courses are CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certified and can be included in your professional development qualifications.

You should be familiar with your safeguarding children responsibilities and local policies. This can be obtained through your designated safeguarding lead, training provided by your organisation, previous LSCB training or online sources. The Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board is a multi-agency partnership of agencies, organisations and professional groups responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, including protecting them from abuse and neglect.

Course information found in this Section

MeLearning

  1. Safeguarding Children - Level 1
  2. Safeguarding Children - Level 2
  3. Handling Violence & Aggression at Work - Children's Workforce
  4. Safeguarding Children with Disabilities
  5. Information Sharing & Consent
  6. Data Protection Act
  7. Mental Capacity Act
  8. Sexual Abuse & Recognising Grooming
  9. Domestic Abuse
  10. Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disability Awareness (Health & Social Care)
  11. Online Safety - Risks to Children
  12. Online Safety - For Parents (this course is also advertised on the parents pages under Staying Safe Online)
  13. Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  14. Hate Crime
  15. Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery
  16. Gangs & Youth Violence

Other E-Learning Opportunities

  1. Home Office Prevent E-Learning
  2. Channel General Awareness on Prevent
  3. Home Office FGM Course - Recognising and Preventing FGM / Cutting / Female Circumcision
  4. Forced Marriage Awareness - HM Government
  5. Understanding Domestic Violence & Abuse Level 1 and Level 1 - AVA Project
  6. Complicated Matters: Domestic and Sexual Violence, Problematic Substance Misuse and Mental Ill Health - AVA Project
  7. All About Bullying - Anti-Bullying Alliance

MeLearning

The two links used for the Lewisham training portal are:

New Users

  1. For new users, the self-registration link is: https://lewisham.melearning.university/course_centre
  2. You will be asked for the Registration Key, this is  @Lewisham
  3. Once you send off a request, you will receive a welcome email containing your log in details usually within 24 hours.

Existing Users

  1. For users who already have an account, the log in link is     https://lewisham.melearning.university/user/login (please write down your login and password and keep it safe)

Each courses takes on average between 1 and 2 hours to complete.  When you have successfully completed all sections you will be able to print your Certificate of Completion. Please note you must be connected to a printer as we are not able to post out or email certificates.

1. Safeguarding Children – Level 1

Duration 2 hours 30 minutes

Target Audience:       Everyone.  This course must be completed prior to an application for any other LSCB learning.  

Learning Outcomes:

  • The background, legal basis, key principles, and definition for safeguarding child protection and child abuse.
  • The importance of serious case reviews and Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB).
  • The concept of significant harm and what to do if child abuse is suspected.
  • Who abuses children and learn the definitions of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.
  • The cause of abuse and how to recognise signs of abuse from the victim and perpetrator.
  • The effects of abuse on children.
  • How to, and how not to respond to concern that a child is at risk of harm.
  • What information to record and what to do if you have concern.
  • How to respond to a disclosure or allegation of abuse or neglect.

2. Safeguarding Children - Level 2

Duration 2 hours 30 minutes

Target Audience:        Everyone who works with children and young people in the borough of Lewisham.  

Learning Outcomes:

  • Types of questions that can be asked, and should be avoided.
  • Considerations before referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care.
  • Information you should provide to Children’s Social Care and the questions you should ask.
  • What you and Children’s Social Care should do following a referral.
  • The Framework for the Assessment of Children and their families, and its principles.
  • Assessing children’s needs.
  • Understand the domains and dimensions of the Framework.
  • Importance of keeping an up-to-date chronology and how to record one.
  • Purpose and possible outcomes of a Strategy Discussion and Section 47 Enquiries.
  • Initial Child Protection Conferences.

3. Handling Violence & Aggression at Work – Children’s Workforce

Duration 1 hour.

Target Audience:        Individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Lewisham.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The scope of work related violence.
  • The responsibilities of the employer.
  • What factors put workers at increased risk.
  • What causes people to become violent?
  • How to spot the signs of potential violence.
  • How to avoid provoking violence.
  • The best ways to defuse a potentially violent person or situation.
  • How to respond to a physical attack.
  • How to tackle phone and cyber rage.

4. Safeguarding Children with Disabilities

Duration 30 minutes.

Target Audience:        Individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Lewisham.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The real definition of disability.
  • Exactly why disabled children are more vulnerable to abuse.
  • How to deal with the tricky challenges when abuse of a disabled child is suspected.

5. Information Sharing and Consent

Duration 2 hours.

Target Audience:        Individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Lewisham.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What information sharing is and why it is so important.
  • How information sharing can help prevent harm.
  • Why it is important to keep good records.
  • The legislation around information sharing.
  • What children, young people and families expect of you.
  • Who can give or refuse consent.
  • The seven golden rules of information sharing.
  • What confidential information is.
  • The questions you should ask prior to sharing information.

6. Data Protection Act

Duration 30 minutes.

Target Audience:        Individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Lewisham.

Learning Outcomes:

  • The GDPR and the new Data Protection Act.
  • The key differences between the current data protection regime and the new one.
  • The primary aim of the new legislation.
  • Who the legislation applies to and how they will be affected.
  • What is meant by personal data and special category data.
  • Why protecting personal data is important.
  • What the core data protection principles are.
  • The improved rights for individuals.
  • The new conditions for consent.
  • Who administers the penalties.

7. Mental Capacity Act

Duration 2 hours.

Target Audience:        Individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Lewisham.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What Mental Capacity is.
  • Who the Mental Capcity Act concerns.
  • The Mental Capacity Act code of practice.
  • The five core principles of the Mental Capacity Act.
  • When and how to assess mental capacity.
  • How to make decisions in a persons best interests.
  • The importance of keeping good records.
  • What can be done within the law.
  • When and how to use restraint.
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
  • Lasting Powers of Attorney.
  • How to resolve disputes.
  • The Court of Protection.
  • Advance decisions.
  • The role of independent Mental Capacity Advocates (IMCAs).
  • The importance of research.
  • How to approach and communicate with children and young people who lack mental capacity.

8. Sexual Abuse and recognising grooming

Duration 1 hour.

Target Audience:        Individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Lewisham.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Why is it important to talk about and address child sexual abuse
  • What sexual abuse is and how it can start.
  • The signs and symptoms of sexual abuse.
  • What to consider where sexual abuse is suspected.

9. Domestic Abuse

Duration 1 hour 30 minutes.

Target Audience:        Individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Lewisham.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What domestic abuse or violence is.
  • The nature of domestic abuse.
  • Who is affected and the impact of domestic abuse.
  • How the law can help victims of abuse, including the role of the police.
  • A range of situations victims might experience.
  • Understand the effect the abuse can have
  • How victims think about their abuse and the abuser.
  • The effect abuse can have on children and young people living in abusive households.
  • Why victims sometimes don’t leave abusive relationships and what they need to have in place to be able to do so.
  • How you should deal with victims of domestic violence.
  • The risk assessment tools available to help you make decisions about managing risk and increasing safety.
  • The Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference.
  • The role of the Independent Domestic Violence Advisor
  • Who is responsible for abuse: what they think, how they see the world and what treatment is available to them.
  • How abuse can be prevented.

10. Mental Health, Dementia and Learning Disability Awareness - for Health and Social Care

Duration 1 hour 30 minutes.

Target Audience:        Individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Lewisham.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What a learning disability is.
  • The experience of a person with a learning disability.
  • The possible support needs of people with mild, moderate and severe learning disabilities, and how they differ.
  • What dementia is.
  • What the lived experience of a person with dementia might be.
  • The possible support needs of people with mild, moderate and severe dementia.
  • Different types of mental illness.
  • What the experience of a person with a mental illness might be.
  • The possible support needs of people with different mental illnesses.
  • How to promote the safety of people with a disability.
  • Social and medical models of disability.
  • How to support a person with a learning disability, dementia or a mental illness.
  • The importance of early diagnosis.
  • Legislation relating to people with mental illness, learning disability or dementia.
  • The requirement for confidentiality.
  • Aspects of mental capacity in decision-making.

11. Online Safety - Risks to Children

Duration 30 minutes. 

Target Audience:        Individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Lewisham.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Potential risks associated with the internet and what adults and children need to know in order to manage these risks.
  • The 3 C's of internet safety: Content, Contact, and Conduct.
  • How to manage risks from the perspective of an adult.
  • How to manage risks from the perspective of a child or young person.

12. Online Safety - for Parents

Duration 30 minutes.

Target Audience:        Parents and Carers of Children and Young People in Lewisham.

Learning Outcomes:

What do children do online?  What are the risks? How can I keep children safe online?  This course looks at the risks associated with online and mobile technology and demonstrates ways that you can help create a safer digital environment for children and young people.

  • Why online safety awareness and practices are so vital for children and young people especially.
  • The technologies and online environments that pose a risk.
  • Advice on supervising children, privacy settings, and parental controls.
  • The relevance of the ditgital footprint and online repretation, and
  • How to advise children on safe internet use, warning them of the dangers such as cyberbullyinbg and grooming.

 13. Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Duration 1 hour.

Target Audience:    Professionals who work with vulnerable adults, in hospitals and care homes, and in social care who have responsibility for

                                implementing the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are and who they apply to.
  • The background to and the law regarding the safeguards.
  • What the deprivation of liberty is and when and how a person can be deprived of their liberty.
  • The difference between restraint and deprivation of liberty.
  • Situations that can lead to deprivation of liberty and strategies to help prevent it.
  • The process of identifying risk and requesting both ‘standard’ and ‘urgent’ authorisation.
  • The requirement to keep good records.
  • The six assessments.
  • The role of the Independent Mental Capcity Advocate.
  • What happens when the assessments are completed and the requirements are not met / met.
  • The relevant persons respresentative and their role.
  • Authorisation and review.
  • Applications to the Court of Protection.
  • The role of the Care Quality Commission.
  • Unauthorised deprivation of liberty.
  • The Mental Capacity Act made simple.

14.   Hate Crime

Duration 45 minutes.

Target audience:   This course is suitable for anyone working with vulnerable people, or for anyone who wishes to increase their awareness of hate crime, and understand how to recognise and respond to hate crime.

Learning Outcomes:

  • What a hate crime is.
  • How it effects the victim.
  • Who the victim and perpetrators are.
  • How prevalent hate crime is.
  • About the law.
  • How to respond to hate crime incidents. 
  • How to keep safe on the internet.
  • What happens after a hate crime is reported.

15.   Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery

Duration 45 minutes.

Target audience:   .

Learning Outcomes:

  • What modern slavery is.
  • The principal legislation that deals with modern slavery.
  • The main ways in which victims are exploited.
  • The differences between human trafficking and migrant smuggling.
  • Why it is so hard for a victim to escape.
  • Who the traffickers are.
  • The definition of child trafficking.
  • The main ways in which children are exploited by traffickers.
  • The main indicators that a child is, or might become a victim of trafficking.
  • How to respond if you come into contact with a child who is potentially a victim of trafficking.
  • Spotting the signs that someone might be a victim of modern slavery.
  • The broad indicators that a child might have been trafficked.
  • How to get help for these potential victims and support them into the National Referral Mechanism.
  • How the National Referral Mechanism works.

16.   Gangs & Youth Violence

Duration 1 hour.

Target audience:   The course aims to help anyone who works with adults or children to recognise the signs that someone is in a gang or may be involved in youth violence.  It is especially helpful for front line workers within the community, education, and in the targeted youth support services.

Learning Outcomes:

    • The ways gangs are defined and how gang violence is measured
    • Territorial conflicts
    • The risk factors for gang membership, and the warning signs that a young person is in a gang
    • The roles women and girls play in gangs and why they join
    • How they’re sexually exploited by gangs and the signs
    • The windows of opportunity for intervention
    • Racial bias regarding gangs and how to challenge your own thinking about violent youth
    • The importance of inter-agency cooperation and intervening early
    • Methods for schools to handle at-risk and disruptive students
    • The role of the police, hospitals, and third sector groups in preventing gang recruitment and violence

Other E-Learning Opportunities (click on the title of the course to be taken to the training)

1. Introduction to Prevent

Duration 45 minutes.

This introductory training provides you with an awareness of radicalisation and an understanding of what you can do to in your day-to-day job to ensure that people are safeguarded from the risks of radicalisation – much in the same way as you might protect them from other risks, such as physical abuse.

2. Channel General Awareness of Prevent 

Duration 25 minutes:

This module provides information on Channel and what your duties and responsibilities are in the process.

This module will:-

  • Explain how Channel links to the gorvernments counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST).
  • Describe the Channel process and it’s purpose.
  • Help you to identify factors that can make people vulnerable to radicalisation.
  • Define safeguarding and risk ownership of the Channel process.

3. Home Office FGM Course - Recognising and Preventing FGM / Cutting / Female Circumcision

Duration 1 hour.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understanding what FGM is and distinguish the four types of FGM.
  • Identify key health risks and consequences of FGM.
  • State the legal position in the UK regarding FGM.
  • Understand how and when FGM is carried out.
  • Identify who is at risk of FGM and describe the key indicators.
  • List some of the common justifications for FGM.
  • Be aware of your role in preventing FGM and supporting those who have undergone FGM.

4. Awareness of Forced Marriage

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognise the warning signs of forced marriage.
  • Take the right actions to help protect the potential victim.
  • Cooperate effectively with other agencies.

5. Understanding Domestic Violence and Abuse Level 1 and Level 2 AVA Project

6. Complicated Matters: domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental ill health. AVA Project

7. All About Bullying - Anti-Bullying Alliance

As part of the Anti-Bullying Alliance All Together programme they have developed a suite of free online training for anyone that works with children and young people. The programme was particularly developed to reduce levels of bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs (SEN) but applies to all children. 

Training modules include: 

  • What is bullying? 
  • Bullying and the Law 
  • Bullying and SEN/disability 
  • 10 principles to reduce bullying
  • Preventing bullying
  • Responding to bullying
  • Cyberbullying

Each module takes between 30-45 minutes to complete. The training is free to complete online from any computer/tablet. You can complete it at your own pace. This ABA online course is CPD approved which means it is certified as counting towards your continuing professional development

Breast Ironing & Honour Based Violence

Target Group:           Any professional working with children and young people in the Borough of Lewisham.

Trainers:                   FORWARD (commissioned by MOPAC)

Time of Session:     9:30 - 4:30

Venue:                      Will be confirmed in the booking confirmation email.

Dates:                       Friday 7th December 2018

Delegates:                20 places

Aims and Objectives:

    • The different harmful practices being perpetrated against women and girls.
    • Explain the role of the FORWARD in dealing with Violence Against Women.
    • A clear understanding of the power dynamics at play.
    • Identify the risk factors that can render women and girls vulnerable to harmful practices. To also identify the signs/symptoms that a woman or a girl is at risk of, or experiencing, harmful practice/s.
    • Describe the legislative and policy frameworks that exist for the prevention of harmful practices, the safeguarding of women and girls and the prosecution of the perpetrators.
    • Identify key referral pathways.

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Children Missing from Education Lunchtime Briefing

Target Group:           Any professional working with children and young people in the Borough of Lewisham.

Trainer:                     Ian Hewison - Children Missing from Education Designated Officer

Time of Session:     12:00 - 14:00

Venue:                      Will be confirmed in the booking confirmation email.

Dates:                       Tuesday 3rd July 2018

                                  Wednesday 16th January 2019

Delegates:               30 places

Aims and Objectives

  • To raise awareness of issues related to children missing education
  • To highlight what should happen when a child is missing education and what else this could be telling us.
  • To define what is a child missing education.

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Child Trafficking, Modern Slavery, and the National Referral Mechanism

Target Group:              Professionals who work directly with children and families who may come into contact with

                                     foreign national children where there is a concern for trafficking

Trainer:                        Child Trafficking Advice Centre, NSPCC

Time:                           9:30am – 1:00pm

Dates:                          Tuesday 18th September 2018  This course is now full.

Delegates:                   20 places 

Aims and Objectives

  • Define child trafficking, what children are trafficked for and the key risks indicators.
  • Information about high risk groups, trends and models of good practice such as missing children.
  • Clarity of responsibilities and procedures to follow.
  • Awareness of agencies to utilise and work with them.
  • Identify high risk groups, current trends and models of good practice.
  • Provide knowledge of relevant guidance, legislation, and procedures, including the Modern Slavery Act and the National Referral Mechanism.
  • Give a voice to the survivors of child trafficking by means of a short DVD.

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Child Sexual Exploitation Advanced Training

Target Audience:          

Professionals and practitioners who work with or who have regular contact with children and young people; from service managers to frontline workers.

Trainer:                       Safer London 

Dates:                         Tuesday 24th July 2018 - This date is now full. 

                                    Thursday 17th January 2019 - 2 spaces remain as of the 16.10.18

                                    Tuesday 26th March 2019

Time:                           9:30 am to 4:30pm

Delegates:                  20 places  

Aims & Objectives:

  • Identifying young women involved in CSE, Missing young people, and relation to county lines.
  • Using signs of trauma as identification tools and increase of identification and referrals.
  • Increased use of varied and effective safety planning activities with young people.
  • Clearer role in CSE cases as a CSE Champion: Advising peers and staff.
  • Advising peers on suggested ways of working with CSE cases and implementing effective interruptions.
  • Increased engagement from young people.

After this training you will be able to:

  • Advise colleagues on interventions for young people affected by CSE.
  • Analyse current policy, protocols, and legislation relating to CSE.
  • Use a support model as an intervention tool.
  • Understand the impact of trauma in relation to CSE and gang, group, and peer-on-peer abuse.
  • Assess the impact of trauma in relation to CSE indicators, signs and behaviours.
  • Evaluate practical activities that can be used when working with CSE.

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Cultural Competence in Safeguarding Children

Target Group             Professionals who work directly with children, young people and families, and who contribute to

                                   assessing, planning, intervening, and reviewing the needs of a child or young person

Trainer:                      Leethan Bartholomew, Barnardo's

Times:                        9:30am – 4:30pm

Dates:                        Thursday 1st November 2018 - This date is now full

                                  Tuesday 15th January 2019 - This date is now full

                                  FURTHER DATES WILL BE CONFIRMED ASAP

Delegates:                 20 places                              

Aims and objectives:

  • Explore the challenges and opportunities of working with children and families from a range of different cultural, religious, ethnic, and economic background.
  • Explore different cultural and religious belief systems and child care practices within different groups, the impact of these on parenting and the protective factors that may be associated with these.
  • Consider personal attitudes and beliefs and how they may impact on interventions with families whose background is different to their own.
  • Recognise the impact of discrimination on children and families from particular cultural economic groups.
  • Develop skills in distinguishing between cultural practices that are not harmful to children and those that are.
  • Develop a basic awareness of a range of practices that are specific to certain communities which may be harmful to children.
  • Develop skills in assessing the strengths of families from all cultural backgrounds whilst ensuring that areas of risk are identified and addressed.
  • Consider the importance of identifying, exploring and assessing the impact of family history, culture and belief systems on the care of children.
  • Consider how different personal and professionals beliefs and attitudes can impact on multiagency working.

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Domestic Violence & Abuse Awareness

Target Group              Professionals who work directly with children, young people and families, and who contribute to assessing, planning, intervening,

                                    and reviewing the needs of a child or young person

Trainer:                      Roz Amat - Positive Parenting Company / National Trainer for the AVA Community Groups Programme.

Times:                        9:30am – 4:30pm

Dates:                        Thursday 5th July 2018 - 5 spaces are available as of 28.06.18

                                  Tuesday 13th November 2018

Delegates:                 20 places                              

Aims and objectives:

  • What is domestic abuse? (Home Office definition).
  • Different forms of domestic abuse.
  • Effects of domestic abuse.
  • Possible warning signs.
  • Supporting victims - do's and don'ts.
  • Myths and realities regarding domestic abuse.
  • Domestic abuse and the law.
  • MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference).
  • Local and National Services.

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Early Help Champions (including MASH)

Delegates will need to have completed Safeguarding Children Level 1, 2 or 3, or equivalent recognised learning prior to attending this course.

This training is specifically for those who are able to be a lead advisor, support, and teach professionals within their service or organisation.

Trainer:                       Karen Morgan – Early Help Team Manager

Dates:                         Wednesday 27th June 2018

                                    Wednesday 12th September 2018

                                    Tuesday 4th December 2018 - CANCELLED

                                    Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th February 2019

Time:                           9:30am to 4:30pm on each day.

Aims and objectives:

  • To understand and support professionals in your agency regarding the:-
    • Lewisham Early Help processes.
    • MASH assessment and referral process.
    • Understand the Continuum of Need document and identify the appropriate level of need for families.
    • How to obtain the voice of the child.  
    • Have awareness and how to identify appropriate services for children and families.
  • To be a confident lead professional.
  • To obtain skills and knowledge on how to provide effective Early Help to children and families to achieve good outcomes.   

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Fabricated & Induced Illness Awareness Lunchtime Briefing

Target Group:           Any professional working with children and young people in the Borough of Lewisham.

Trainer:                     Dr Sian Morgan - Associate Specialist in Community Paediatrics L&G NHS Trust

Time of Session:     12:00 - 14:00

Dates:                       Thursday 18th October 2018

Delegates:                30 places

Aims & Objectives

  • The briefing is to increase awareness of Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII). 
  • Practitioners will be able to recognise  the condition from the presenting symptoms and develop  an understanding of how it is managed.

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Gangs, Exploitation & Effective Practice

Target Group:              Professionals who work directly with children and young people

 Trainer:                        Lewisham Serious Youth Violence Team

 Time:                           1:30pm to 5:00pm

 Dates:                          Thursday 12th July 2018 - This date is now closed.

                                      Wednesday 17th October 2018 - This date is now closed.

                                      Thursday 21st February 2019

 Delegates:                    25 places

 Aims and Objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the issues involving young people in serious youth violence and gangs in Lewisham.
  • Will help you to identify and develop the key skills and techniques required to work with those involved in gangs and serious youth violence.
  • Overview of the historical background to serious youth violence.
  • Understand what processes and interventions are in place in Lewisham / Nationally to support practitioners and clients.
  • Provide you with real problem solving scenarios to increase practical understanding of gang activity.
  • Identify at the earliest stages possible whether a young person is involved in gangs and serious youth violence.
  • The nature of gangs and other threats, including child sexual exploitation and grooming of children to deal drugs.
  • Help you to make quality referrals to the Gangs Intervention Team.
  • Basic knowledge of Lewisham gangs  

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Health Improvement Training Programme 2018-2019

Welcome to the Lewisham Health Improvement Training Programme for 2018-2019.

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The development of the training programme for 2017/18 has been designed to meet the priorities outlined in the Lewisham Health and Wellbeing Strategy Plan 2015-18.

Lewisham has nine priority areas to be addressed over the next nine years, which include the following:

  • Overarching Health and Wellbeing
  • Achieving a healthy weight
  • Increasing the number of people who survive colorectal, breast and lung cancer for 1-5 years.
  • Improving Immunisation uptake
  • Reducing alcohol harm
  • Preventing the uptake of smoking among children and young people and reducing the numbers of people smoking
  • Improving mental health and wellbeing
  • Improving sexual health
  • Reducing Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

In addition to the above priority areas Lewisham Health Improvement team have are committed to delivery of training in the following areas.

  • Substance misuse
  • Child and Maternal Health

Local and national health improvement priorities form the basis for the training programme, for which courses are targeted at individuals working or volunteering in Lewisham. By participating in the programme, attendees are able to develop and strengthen health improvement skills and competencies.

The health improvement training team aim to deliver quality assured training which equips participants with the skills to identify opportunities for health promotion and facilitate key health messages within their respective work and community settings.

A number of courses advertised in the brochure contribute to the Lewisham way (council competencies) as well as to the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF) that is often used in the health sector. The KSF is equally relevant to the skills and competency required to undertake health improvement work in other settings (see pages 38-39).

We trust you will find these learning opportunities inspiring and we look forward to seeing you on our courses.

Introduction to Safeguarding Children & Young People in Lewisham - Lunchtime Briefing

Target Audience:        Professionals who work with or who have regular contact with children and young people.

Trainer:                        Nikki Thorpe, Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board

Dates:                          Friday 22nd June 2018 Course now closed

                                    Thursday 20th September 2018 Course now closed

                                    Monday 19th November 2018 Course now closed

                                    Tuesday 22nd January 2019

                                    Friday 29th March 2019

 Delegates:     30 places

Aims & Objectives

  • Understanding the role and functions of your Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board.
  • Understanding the difference between child protection and safeguarding.
  • Developing a child centred practice and a co-ordinated response to safeguarding children and young people.
  • What children and young people need from people who work with them.
  • The role of safeguarding and child protection leads in your organisation.
  • Accessing appropriate training to increase your knowledge of safeguarding subjects.

 Application Form

 

Learning from Domestic Homicide Review’s Lunchtime Briefing

Target Group:           Any professional working with children and young people in the Borough of Lewisham.

Trainer:                     Charlene Noel - Violence Against Women & Girls Programme Manager

Time of Session:     12:00 - 14:00

Venue:                      Will be confirmed in the booking confirmation email.

Dates:                       Tuesday 20th November 2018

Delegates:                30 places

Aims and Objectives:

  • To provide an understanding of the statutory requirements of conducting a domestic homicide review (DHR) in Lewisham.
  • To understand the recommendations made from previous DHRs and how they are meant to be implemented.
  • To examine and understand the common themes found in the most recent DHRs conducted in Lewisham.
  • Looking closely out how learning from DHRs is embedded within frontline practice for professionals within Lewisham.
  • Examining a case study of a DHR.

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Learning from Serious Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews

Target Group:           Any professional working with children and young people in the Borough of Lewisham.

Trainer:                     Maureen Gabriel, Designated Nurse Safeguarding, L&G NHS Trust.

                                   Belinda Chideme, Lead Named Nurse for Safeguarding, L&G NHS Trust.

                                   Emmanuel Hanson, Principal Social Worker, Children's Social Care LBL

                                   Amanda Harris, QA Manager, Children's Social Care, LBL

Time of Session:     12:00 - 14:00

Venue:                      Will be confirmed in the booking confirmation email.

Dates:                       Thursday 19th July 2018

                                  Wednesday 26th September 2018

                                  Friday 14th December 2018

                                   Wednesday 20th February 2019

Delegates:                30 places

Aims and Objectives:

  • To understand the serious case review process.
  • Examine the national research findings.
  • Examine Lewisham’s serious case reviews.
  • What professionals can learn when working with complex and vulnerable families.

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Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) Awareness Lunchtime Briefing

Delegates will need to have completed Safeguarding Children Level 1, 2 or 3, or equivalent recognised learning prior to attending this course.

Trainer:                        Finola Owens, Lewisham LADO

Dates:                          Tuesday 9th October 2018  This date is now full.

                                     Thursday 28th March 2019

Time:                            12 noon until 2:00pm

Delegates:                   20 places

Aims & Objectives

  • Role of the LADO.
  • LADO statistics.
  • The referral process and what constitutes an appropriate referral.
  • How to ensure your organisation complies with the statutory requirements and legislation.

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Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) : Lewisham’s Domestic Violence Process Lunchtime Briefing

Target Group:           Any professional working with children and young people in the Borough of Lewisham.

Trainer:                     Charlene Noel - Violence Against Women & Girls Programme Manager

Time of Session:     12:00 - 14:00

Venue:                      Will be confirmed in the booking confirmation email.

Dates:                       Wednesday 11th July 2018

                                  Thursday 24th January 2019

Delegates:                30 places

Aims and Objectives:

  • To provide an understanding of MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) aims and processes.
  • To know how MARACs operate on a national and pan-London level.
  • To understand the relationship between MARAC and relevant agencies in Lewisham.
  • To have knowledge of the use of the CAADA Risk Indicator Checklist, used to assess the level of DV risk.
  • How to confidently make a referral to the Lewisham MARAC.

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Neglect - An Analytical Approach

Target Group           Professionals who work directly with children, young people and families, and who contribute to

                                  assessing, planning, intervening, and reviewing the needs of a child or young person

Trainer:                     Janet Lee

Times:                       9:30am – 4:30pm

Dates:                        Wednesday 11th July 2018 This date is now full. 

                                   Thursday 17th January 2019

Delegates:                 20 places                              

Neglect is a feature in many families who safeguarding professionals work with and yet it is so hard for professionals who are involved to create successful interventions that turn it around. This course will explore why it is important to be analytical about neglect and will challenge current professional thinking. There will be a focus on effective multi agency interventions that create change for children and young people.

Aims and Objectives:

  • To understand why neglect is complex and how to analyse neglect
  • To gain knowledge about different types of neglect and how to approach the family
  • To understand the impact of neglect on growing child and the seriousness of this on the growing child’s development
  • To use tools for analysis in working out what the child’s lived experience is
  • To gain knowledge in how to use multi agency meeting not to only share information but as an analytical tool to inform the planning process
  • To develop ideas for creative plans that make a difference to children’s lives and create change in families where neglect is present
  • Think differently about neglect
  • Have an understanding of how to create more effective change
  • Have ideas to take back to work with children, young people and their families to support them to improve their parenting and the quality of the child’s life.

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Safer Recruitment (multi-agency)

Target Group:             Recruiting managers for roles where people will work with or have direct contact with children and young people. 

                                   School staff should contact governor services for specific training on this subject.

Trainer:                        Diane Parkhouse, Education Human Resources

Time:                           9:30pm to 1:00pm

Dates:                         Wednesday 3rd October 2018

                                    Tuesday 12th February 2019

Delegates:                   25 places

Aims and Objectives

  • Increase your understanding of organisation safeguarding responsibilities in relation to safer recruitment.
  • Highlight the importance of maintaining an on-going culture of vigilance and robust systems for reporting concerns.
  • Identify the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people.
  • Consider policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting.
  • Review their own and their organisation’s policies and practices with a view to making them safer.

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Safeguarding Children Level 3 - Designated Safeguarding Leads (multi-agency)

Target Group             Appointed Designated Safeguarding Leads. 

                                   Schools should contact diane.parkhouse@Lewisham.org.uk for this learning.

Refresh:                    Every 2 years.

Trainer:                      Rahana Hussain

Times:                        9:30am – 4:30pm

Dates:                        Monday 2nd July 2018 - This date is now full.

                                  Tuesday 25th September 2018 - This date is now full.

                                  Thursday 6th December 2018 - This date is now full.

                                  Wednesday 13th February 2018 - This date is now full.

Delegates:                 20 places                              

Aims and Objectives:

This course is designed to build on participants knowledge of the need to work together to identify, assess and meet the needs of children where there are safeguarding concerns and their understanding of the impact of parenting issues on parenting capacity, addressing lack of cooperation and how to escalate concerns. Attendees are able to by the end of the day: 

  • advance knowledge of child protection
  • what to do if a child is at risk
  • reporting strategies/ policies and procedures.  How this links in with Lewisham processes. 
  • Make aware of S17, S47 and what would be TAC/TAF around a child to gain preventative services.  What services are available in Lewisham.
  • describe the role of the designated lead and state key areas of responsibility.
  • state the barriers inhibiting children from disclosing abuse and respond effectively to a child who does disclose.
  • state the barriers to staff reporting concerns and develop methods of overcoming them.
  • make appropriate decisions about the action to take when informed of a range of concerns about child or young person.
  • explain the issues in connection with recording and sharing of information with key partners and agencies.
  • How gaining consent works and role play around this or any of the above.
  • The training is compliant with 'working together to safeguard children 2015' and 'keeping children safe in education July 2015'.

 Application Form

Safeguarding Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse

Target Group            Professionals who work directly with children, young people and families, and who contribute to assessing, planning, intervening, 

                                   and reviewing the needs of a child or young person.

Trainer:                     Jane Walker

Times:                       9:30am – 4:30pm

Dates:                        Monday 23rd July 2018 This date is now full.

                                   Tuesday 29th January 2019

Delegates:                20 places                              

Aims and Objectives:

  • To equip individuals to work more effectively with parents who use substances. This will be achieved by considering the impact of substance use on parenting and the risks that children and young people may be experiencing. It will enable participants to update their substance misuse knowledge as well as learning more about local services and interventions.
  • On completion of this course participants should be able to:
  • Describe the extent of parental substance use locally and nationally in relation to the numbers of children affected and the range of substances used.
  • Understand governmental responses to the issue of parental substance misuse.
  • Recognise the impact of parental substance use of children and young people in their families in relation to their physical, emotional and social development and well being.
  • Assess risk in relation to parental substance use and its impact on the family and parenting skills.
  • Learn about treatment options and local substance use agencies.
  • Consider the impact of attitudes and values when working with parental substance use.
  • Work collaboratively with other agencies according to borough guidance.

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Safeguarding Sexually Active Young People Lunchtime Briefing

Target Group:           Any professional working with children and young people in the Borough of Lewisham.

Trainer:                     Lewisham Sexual Health Service

Time of Session:     12:00 - 14:00

Venue:                      Will be confirmed in the booking confirmation email.

Dates:                       Thursday 11th October 2018  Course date closed

                                  Thursday 7th March 2019

Delegates:                50 places

Aims and Objectives:

  • This session is aimed at professionals who come in to contact with young people.
  • How to bring up the subject of sex with young people.
  • To understand how to ask appropriate questions.
  • To be aware of the warning signs and vulnerabilities of exploitation and the pressures on young people.
  • Where to go for help and advice. 

 Application Form

Self-Harm & Suicide Ideation in Young People Awareness

Target Group             Professionals who work directly with children, young people and families, and who contribute to assessing, planning, intervening, 

                                    and reviewing the needs of a child or young person

Trainer:                      John Lincoln - Lewisham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Times:                        9:30am – 4:30pm

Dates:                        Thursday 27th September 2018 - 4 spaces are available as of the 13.09.18

                                   Tuesday 5th March 2019

Delegates:                 20 places                              

Aims and Objectives:

  • Provide an overview and develop a better understanding of what self-harm looks like in young people.
  • How practitioners can recognise the common warning signs of self-harm and manage it
  • Identify the management of self-harm and the care pathways.
  • The link between self-harm and suicide ideation.
  • Suicidal intent.
  • Increase knowledge and awareness in in young people including appropriate identification of risk.
  • To gain an understanding of the management of self-harm and suicidality care pathway; where agencies, young people, parents and carers can go for support.

Application Form

Sexual Violence and Exploitation Amongst Young People (Peer-on-Peer Abuse)

Target Audience:        Professionals who work with or who have regular contact with children and young people.

Trainer:                        Safer London 

Dates:                          Tuesday 6th November 2018 - This date is now full

                                     Wednesday 5th December 2018 - This date is now full.

Time:                           1:30pm to 5:00pm

Delegates:                   25 places              

Aims & Objective

  • Define Peer-on-peer abuse and explain how it can be perpetrated including CSE in gangs and peer groups, harmful sexual behaviour and criminal exploitation.
  • Identify vulnerabilities in young people which make them more likely to be victims or perpetrators.
  • Have knowledge of tools to assess young people’s behaviours and risks.
  • Recognise opportunities for early intervention and prevention.
  • Identify support services and best practice interventions to support children at risk, victims, perpetrators and bystanders.

Sexual Violence & Young People

Target Group             This course is designed for all education and youth practitioners working with children and

                                   young people and includes yet is not limited to; school safeguarding leads and SENCOs,

                                   learning/pastoral mentors, PSHE/SRE curriculum leads, teachers, school nurses and youth

                                   workers.  Other professionals are also welcome to attend.

Trainer:                       Rape Crisis South London / Surry & Sussex

Times:                         9:30am – 4:30pm

Dates:                         Wednesday 6th February 2019

Delegates:                  20 places                              

Aims and Objectives:

Participants attending the Rape Crisis South London / Surrey and Sussex ‘Sexual Violence and Young People’ training can expect a full day covering the myths and facts of sexual violence and wider forms of abuse affecting young people, within a framework of violence against women and girls. The training explores the gendered way in which boys and girls experience different forms of abuse and how this is occurring in a highly sexualised popular culture and media. It has an interactive design and encourages group discussion of these issues, including practical demonstrations of how to engage with young people in preventing sexual violence. All participants receive an in-depth training resource pack and a certificate of attendance to count towards their continued professional development. 

  • Myths and Realities
    • Coercive control and abuse in teen relationships;
    • Impacts of pornography;
    • Sexual bullying and harassment;
    • Image based sexual abuse (‘Sexting’ and Revenge Pornography)
    • Rape & Sexual Assault
    • Childhood Sexual Abuse & Exploitation
  • Sexual Violence Facts:
    • Legal definitions of rape, sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault
    • Definition of consent both in law and in practice
    • What is childhood sexual abuse and exploitation?
  • Impacts and Responses to Sexual Violence
    • How do young survivors respond and for what reasons?
    • What is the impact of sexual violence on the body and the self?
  • How to Work with young people to prevent VAWG:
    • Engaging sensitively and age appropriately with young people to prevent sexual violence
    • Best practice in responding to disclosures of sexual violence
    • Practice based evidence from Rape Crisis
    • Specialist sexual violence referral pathways
  • Wider forms of abuse affecting young people, within a framework of violence against women and girls.
  • Exploration of the gendered way in which boys and girls experience different forms of abuse and how this is occurring in a highly sexualised popular culture and media.
  • Group discussions and practical demonstrations of how to engage with young people in preventing sexual violence.

All participants receive an in-depth training resource pack and a certificate of attendance to count towards their continued professional development.

Application Form

Understanding the Different Strands of Violence Against Women & Girls Lunchtime Briefing

Target Group:           Any professional working with children and young people in the Borough of Lewisham.

Trainer:                     Charlene Noel - Violence Against Women & Girls Programme Manager

Time of Session:     12:00 - 14:00

Venue:                      Will be confirmed in the booking confirmation email.

Dates:                       Thursday 27th September 2018

                                  Wednesday 19th February 2019

Delegates:                30 places

Aims and Objectives:

  • The government definition of the different strands of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
  • To provide practitioners with an understanding of the terminology Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and the strands it includes
  • The course will cover local, national and international issues of VAWG and examine how VAWG is experienced by victims
  • To discuss how Lewisham responds to VAWG and the Council’s VAWG policies

Application Form

What is Sexual Violence?

Target Group            Professionals who work directly with children, young people and families, and who contribute to

                                   assessing, planning, intervening, and reviewing the needs of a child or young person

Trainer:                     Rape Crisis South London / Surry & Sussex

Times:                       9:30am – 4:30pm

Dates:                       Thursday 31st January 2019 (moved from Tuesday 2nd October 2018)

Delegates:                20 places                              

 

You can expect to examine the myths and realities of sexual violence within a framework of violence against women and girls. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the grooming and silencing tactics used by perpetrators, along with how this relates to the law surrounding rape, childhood sexual abuse and exploitation and consent.

Participants will also learn a model of best practice on how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence sensitively and appropriately, whilst taking into consideration the impacts of trauma caused by rape and childhood sexual abuse.

Time spent on each area may vary to ensure topics of direct relevance to participants’ client work are given priority. All participants receive an in-depth training resource pack and a certificate of attendance to count towards their continued professional development.

  • Sexual Violence Myths:
    • How is sexual violence portrayed in the media?
    • How do societal attitudes towards sexual violence inhibit disclosure?
  • Sexual Violence Facts:
    • Legal definitions of rape, sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault
    • Definition of consent in law and practice
    • What is childhood sexual abuse and exploitation?
    • Grooming and silencing techniques used by perpetrators
  • Impacts and Responses to Sexual Violence
    • How do survivors respond and for what reasons?
    • Understanding the impact of sexual violence on the body and the self
  • Response Based Therapy and the Empowerment Model
    • Best practice in responding to disclosures of sexual violence
    • Practice based evidence from Rape Crisis
    • Specialist sexual violence referral pathways
  • Support for Professionals Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence

Application Form

Working with Challenging and Hard to Help Families

Target Group            Experienced or senior professionals who work with complex needs families, and who contribute to assessing, planning, intervening,

                                   and reviewing the needs of a child or young person. 

Trainer:                      Janet Lee

Times:                        9:30am – 4:30pm

Date:                           Wednesday 19th September 2018 - This course is now full.

                                    Thursday 7th March 2019

Delegates:                20 places                               

Aims and Objectives:

  • To develop confidence and competence in the interface with other safeguarding professionals.
  • To unpick what “authoritative practice” looks like in action.
  • To use techniques and develop skills that assist practitioners in using authority when working with families who are hard to help and who present challenging and evasive behaviour to professionals.
  • To use team around the child meetings, conferences and core groups as meetings where challenge and critical thinking can be demonstrated.

Application Form

Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence

Target group

Workers in Lewisham from across the health, housing and social care spectrum (including those in the voluntary sector) who are likely to come into contact with domestic violence perpetrators and want to know more about how to respond

Trainer:                    Colin Fitzgerald, Solace Women's Aid

Time of Session:     9:30 - 4:30

Venue:                      Will be confirmed in the booking confirmation email.

Dates:                       Tuesday 11th December 2018 This date is now full.

                                  Wednesday 20th February 2019 - 3 places remain as of 31.10.18

Delegates:                20 places

Aims and Objectives:

  • Better identify perpetrators of domestic violence
  • Make appropriate referrals to other agencies upon identification
  • Understand the dynamics of perpetrators use of violence
  • Better understand the risks posed by perpetrator to (ex) partners and children
  • Undertake initial motivational work with perpetrators to help explore their use of violence
  • Understand the differences between empathic and collusive working in a domestic violence context

Application Form

Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP)

Target Group:           All professionals working with children,  young people and adults in the Borough of Lewisham.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Develop understanding of Prevent Strategy & roles within it
  • Develop existing expertise & professional judgement in relation to extremism & radicalisation or recruitment to extremist groups
  • Increase awareness of national/international picture of extremism & terrorism
  • Improve confidence to raise concerns
  • Raise awareness of Channel interventions; safeguarding the individual
  • Increase whole organisation's capacity to prevent extremism & safeguard vulnerable people

Trainer:                     Saira Kamaly – Prevent Team

Lunchtime Briefings                       

Dates:                       Thursday 28th June 2018

                                  Tuesday 4th December 2018

Time of Session:     12:00 - 14:00

Delegates:                30 places.

Application Form - Lunchtime Briefing

WRAP - Greater Depth

Dates:                       Tuesday 18th September 2018

                                  Thursday 14th March 2019

Time of Session:     9:30 - 1:00

Delegates:                30 places.

Application Form - Greater Depth

Young Carers & Hidden Harm Lunchtime Briefing

Target Group:           Any professional working with children and young people in the Borough of Lewisham.

Trainers:                   Pearl Morene - Social Worker and Tom Cornwallis - Hidden Harm Co-ordinator

Time of Session:     12:00 - 14:00

Venue:                      Will be confirmed in the booking confirmation email.

Dates:                       Tuesday 30th October 2018

                                  Thursday 21st March 2019

Delegates:                30 places

A Whole Family Approach: Meeting the Needs of Young Carers

Aims and Objectives:

  • To develop an understanding of the key messages in the guidance of working with young carers.
  • To help professionals to identify young carers.
  • To raise awareness of the risks and needs of young carers.
  • To explain the potential opportunities and barriers of working with young carers.

Hidden Harm

Aims and Objectives:

  • Universal professionals role in Early Intervention when working with parents that use substances.
  • To raise awareness of the risks and needs of children effected by parental substance use.
  • To explain the potential opportunities and barriers to working with parents that use drugs and alcohol and how to reduce risk
  • Supportive steps to improve home for children who live with a parent who uses substances
  • Signposting to comprehensive training and referral pathways.

Application Form

Serious Case Review

Serious Case Review

When a child dies or is seriously harmed, including death by suspected suicide, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death, the LSCB is required to conduct a Serious Case Review into the involvement of organisations and professionals in the lives of the child and the family.

Go to workingtogetheronline.co.uk to see the Serious Case Review criteria in full. 

The purpose of a Serious Case Review is to establish whether there are lessons to be learned from the case about the way in which local professionals and organisations work together to safeguard children, identify what needs to be changed and, as a consequence, improve inter-agency working to better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.  At the end of each Serious Case Review, a report is published.

The NSPCC website contains a library of all Serious Case Reviews conducted in England, where you can find more information on the serious case review process. There is also a series of thematic briefings on learning from case reviews which can be found here.

The NSPCC has published a set of briefings looking at practice issues relating to how professionals in different agencies communicate and make decisions. They provide a more detailed understanding of practice issues highlighted by the SCR reports and can help support change and improvement work at national and local levels.

Useful Information & links:-

Pathways to harm, Pathways to Protection: A triennial analysis of Serious Case Reviews 2011 - 2014 (May 2016)

LSCB SCR Overview Reports:-

Croydon & Lewisham SCR Overview Report in respect of RSW January 2017

Information & Resources

Available Information

small childThe Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board has a wide range of information available to the public and those who work with children and their families.

If you can’t find what you are looking for, please contact us at safeguardingboard@lewisham.gov.uk

 

NHS England Child Sexual Exploitation Pocket Guide

NHS England Child Sexual Exploitation Pocket Guide

Lewisham Procedure for Child Deaths

The following Procedure provides local guidance for the implementation of processes outlined in Chapter 5 of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

This guidance should be followed by professionals in conjunction with all relevant policies, procedures and protocols from within their own organisations and Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) Terms of Reference.

Lewisham Child Death Overview Procedure

LSCB Safeguarding Briefings

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing - October 2018 - Intra-Familial Child Sex Abuse

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing - September 2018 - Self-Harm & Suicide Ideation in Young People

LSSB Safeguarding Briefing - August 2018 - Escalation Policy, Resolving Professional Differences

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing - July 2018 - Allegations Against Professionals

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing - June 2018 - Contextual Safeguarding

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing - May 2018 - Neglect

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing - April 2018 - Domestic Violence & Abuse

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing - March 2018 - Child Sexual Exploitation

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing February 2018 - Female Genital Mutilation

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing February 2017: Harmful Cultural Practices

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing January 2017: Prevent Strategy

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing March 2016 - Physical Abuse of Children & Young People

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing February 2016 - Neglect of Children & Young People

LSCB Safeguarding Briefing January 2016 - Modern Day Slavery & Child Trafficking

 

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