Brighton & Hove LSCB February 2016
News Update and
Neglect Bulletin

Welcome to this latest update from your Local Safeguarding Children Board. Our latest LSCB Bulletin on Negelct is now out and can be viewed online here

1 in 10 Children in the UK have experienced neglect and it is the most common factor present in children on child protection plans. Neglect is one of the key priotities of concern for Brighton & Hove LSCB and our Board partners, and we are committed to improving our response to this abuse accross the city. This bulletin will help remind professionals how to spot the signs that a child is being neglected, respond appropriately, and work effecitvely with families to improve outcomes for the child.
National Safeguarding Day: Monday 29 February 2016
National Safeguarding Day is organised by the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS), and they urge organisations to stop what they are doing, look at their safeguarding practices and listen to young people. The campaign’s principles underpin everything we do at Brighton & Hove LSCB and we urge you all to make the time to focus on safeguarding on this day:
  • Pledge to spend some time on 29 February 2016 reviewing your safeguarding policy and/or practice
  • Pledge to run safeguarding sessions with young people on the 29 February
  • Pledge to offer space on your website for free advice, guidance or signposting on safeguarding
  • Pledge to tell us about any practitioner development workshops you are offering e.g. webinars, or child protection training etc.
  • Pledge something else that you would like us to share with the sector
Share your pledges on the NCYVS website: and remember that Safeguarding is Everyone's Responsibility

#StopCSE Communications Campaign

Sussex Police, working in partnership with the three independent Local Safeguarding Children Boards across the county, have launched a three-month Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness and Prevention Campaign. The first phase of the campaign aims to increase amongst the general public about CSE, to help them recognise the signs, and incorporates the basic message 'Child Sexual Exploitation is happening in Sussex' #StopCSE

You may have seen the message on billboards across Sussex and the large 'Transvision' screen at Brighton railway station. The second phase starts next week and will directly target children via social media as well as promoting outdoor media in locations including near schools and colleges.

Some children do not see themselves as victims of CSE and the second phase of the campaign is designed to focus on those who might themselves be victims or potential victims or who might see the signs in a friend or sibling. The aim is to help empower them to identify early indicators of CSE and know what support is available to them.

To find out more please visit

If you are concerned about a child in Brighton & Hove call the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01273 292379

Unprotected, Overprotected:
CSE & Learning Disabilities

Children with learning disabilities are more vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), and other abuse, than other children because they face additional barriers to their protection and to receiving support.

In September 2015 Barnados published some research aimed to increase understanding of how to meet the needs of children and young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, child sexual exploitation. This was produced in partnership with The Children’s Society, British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), Paradigm Research and Coventry University, and written by Anita Franklin, Phil Raws and Emilie Smeaton. Called Unprotected, overprotected: meeting the needs of young people with learning disabilities who experience, or are at risk of, sexual exploitation you can read the full report here

We have produced a briefing on this report for all people working with children, young people and families in Brighton & Hove to summarise the key messages and recommendations from this research, and to remind them to take into account the increased vulnerability of children & young people with learning disabilities. Read this briefing here

Speakers include:
  • Wired Sussex – – brighton based organisation for companies and freelancers operating in the digital, media & technology sector in Sussex
  • Pupils from local secondary schools
  • Paul Platts – Brighton & Hove City Council ICT / Computing Consultant
  • Brighton & Hove LSCB
  • Rachel Nahum – Online Safety Coordinator, Safety Net
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