Brighton & Hove LSCB Safeguarding News
July 2016

Learning from National Serious Case Reviews: Child D - Sutton 
A Serious Case Review (SCR) should be carried out for every case where abuse or neglect is known or suspected and either a child dies; or a child is seriously harmed and there are concerns about how organisations or professionals worked together to safeguard the child

In July 2016 Sutton LSCB published a Serious Case Review into Child D, who died aged 6 years and 10 months. Following a criminal investigation her father was charged with the murder of Child D, and mother was charged with intending to pervert the course of justice. Both parents have been charged with child cruelty

There are a number of findings from this review that relate to working with hostile parents, responding to an unexpected decision from the courts, and keeping the child at the centre. You can read our summary of learning from this review here: SCR Briefing: Child D, or read the full SCR report at  

Last chance to complete The Wise Project's CSE Survey  
Any child or young person can be a victim of sexual exploitation, including boys and young men. YMCA Downs Link Groups’s WiSE project (What is Sexual Exploitation), are undertaking a research scoping project around boys & young men as victims of Sexual Exploitation. They hope this work will lead to improved identification and reporting of boys & young men who are being sexually exploited and abused, and improved service responses.

They are calling on all residents of, and people working in, Brighton & Hove and East Sussex to complete a short online survey (it only takes 5 minutes to complete) at
The last day for completion is 30 June so please fill it in today
New Date: Dealing with Child Sexual Abuse  
Tuesday 25 October 2016, 9.30am - 4.30pm

Tackling Child Sexual Abuse is a priority concern for Brighton & Hove LSCB, and through out this year we will be offering a series of training sessions following on from our CSA Conference last year. 

This full day event will help you identify children who may be victims of sexual abuse, and consider how to respond appropriately, including liaising with the children's SARC for CSA medicals, and working alongside police investigations. It will also raise your awareness of the support that is in place to support the child or young person.

Find out more here or book through the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway  

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.

Find out more here or book through the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway  

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 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. 
Forthcoming courses in September: 

There is a new way to book a place on our Safeguarding Training - the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway 

Brighton & Hove City Council staff are able to use their network sign on to access the gateway. Staff from other partner agencies, can quickly create an account here

For support or enquiries about using the gateway please call 01273 291460 or email
Learning from Quality Assurance Activity: Parental Substance Misuse Audit
Earlier this year the Board heard the findings from a multi-agency audit conducted by our Monitoring & Evaluation Subcommittee. Six cases were looked at in this "deep dive", all with children under 5 years old who lived with substance misusing parents. The multi-agency team who conducted the audit included health visitors, social workers, midwifery, Sussex Police as well as representatives from Pavilions, who provide support for adults with substance misuse, and Brighton Oasis Project. 

The audit looked at all aspects of the work with these families from identification and Early Help, through referral, assessment and interventions, concentrating on the quality of the multi-agency work. The audit found many strengths, including that the interventions with parents provided by adult substance misuse services are child focused. In particular good practice was found in the midwifery and health visiting services. You can read more about the findings in our Manager's Briefing, and we will conduct a re-audit to look at older children in 2017. 
Sponsored Cyber Silence 
Following on from their online safety city event in February 2016, Safety Net are encouraging people to take back control from technology throughout the month of July. 
This is to raise awareness of how much we use technology whilst raising money for Safety Net, who have been working to keep children and young people safe both locally and further afield since 1995. See the poster here or visit for more information 
LSCB Drawing Competition Winner visits Preston Circus Fire Station 
In June the winner of our Drawing Competition, 12 year old Scarlet Brown, visited Preston Circus Fire Station. We thank East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service for providing these prizes and you can read more about her visit here: 

Her winning picture, below, has an anti-bullying message, and portrayed many pressures that young people are surrounded by. It has been used in the LSCB Annual Report and our training materials. 
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