Brighton & Hove LSCB Safeguarding News August 2016
Staying Safe at Brighton Pride
At the start of August the city celebrated Brighton Pride, and once again children's services Pride Buddies were at Preston Park supporting vulnerable young people with water, sunscreen, a shoulder to cry on or a sick bucket.
YMCA Downslink and the ru-ok? service, which works with those under 18s experiencing problems related to their substance use, have created a leaflet encouraging young people to stay safe over the summer. These can be viewed online at www.ruokservice.co.uk
Home Alone during the holidays
There is no legal age at which children may be left home alone, but parents can be prosecuted for neglect if it puts them at risk of injury or suffering. There are a number of factors that parents should consider before leaving a child at home alone including whether the child seems to be responsible and mature for their age; how they would react to an emergency, if they can fix themselves some food to eat, and what they would do if a stranger came to the door.
The NSPCC have written an excellent guide to help parents decide when htey can leave their children home alone, and tips on how to make sure they remain safe. They have a similar guide onstaying safe away from home which outlines the risks that parents should discuss with their children before letting them go to the park or shops alone.
If you are concerned that a child is not being appropriately supervised call the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01273 290400. If the child is in immediate danger contact the police.
Sea & Summer Safety
The beach can be a great place to have fun and to swim in the sea, but Brighton & Hove’s coastline can be extremely dangerous, with winds coming in from multiple directions causing dangerous wave conditions on the shoreline. Brighton & Hove City Council have sea safety including some useful videos on their website at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/leisure-and-libraries/seafront/sea-safety and be sure you know what the different beach flags mean.
LSCB Training: Safeguarding Children with Disabilities Tuesday 20 September 2016, 9.30am - 4.30pm
We know that disabled children are at an increased risk of being abused compared with their non-disabled peers. They are also less likely to receive the protection and support they need when they have been abused. Their additional needs must be met to allow them to be properly safeguarded. This course will increase your knowledge and awareness of those needs. There is a focus on how safeguarding practice can be put into place, thus reducing the potential risks. This session will help you:
Identify the factors that make children with disabilities more vulnerable to harm and their safeguarding needs
Describe the attitudes and assumptions that can exist in relation to children with disabilities suffering from abuse and neglect
Develop understanding of multi-agency roles in safeguarding children with disabilities
Gain practice skills in communicating with children with disabilities when investigating abuse or neglect
New Date: Harmful Practices Workshop: Female Genital Mutilation Wednesday 23 November 2016, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Brighton & Hove Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB), and the Safe in the City Partnership, are holding this full day workshop on Harmful Practices to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and the effect this practice has on victims, as well as a focus on how practitioners can work to safeguard children from this abuse and support families.
We are honoured that Hibo Wardere will be speaking about her own experiences, which she has written about in her book “CUT”, and the current work she does to raise awareness of FGM and the impact on survivors of this abuse.
The long summer holidays can be a time of increased vulnerability for girls at risk of FGM. For more information on signs of this abuse, and useful links, please visit brightonandhovelscb.org.uk/female-genital-mutilation-fgm. If you are concerned about a child in Brighton & Hove please call the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 01273 290400.
Is your safeguarding training up to date? Keeping children safe from harm is everyone's responsibility and our Multi-Agency Training Programme offers a range of courses on working together with other agencies in the child protection arena, as well as more specialised sessions that explore particular risks to children & young people.