Brighton & Hove LSCB
Updates & Safeguarding Training

May 2017

Child Safety Week: Sharing is Caring

Child Safety Week is run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. This year, Child Safety Week took place from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 June 2017, with the theme Safe children: sharing is caring.

Friends, families, communities and professionals can all playing their part in keeping children safe bysharing their experience and knowledge – not just about the horrors of accidents, but also the really practical, simple things they do to prevent them. We all have a part to play in sharing the responsibility for preventing accidents among children, and nothing is more powerful than the voice of experience.

Download the Child Safety Week Action Pack - full of information for parents, activity ideas, hints and tips for a successful event or session, or the individual resources on these risks

  1. Burns and Scalds
  2. Choking
  3. Poisoning 
  4. Falls
  5. Road Safety
  6. Drowning
  7. Fire Safety

Follow @childsafetyweek ‏on twitter and share your own tips for preventing accidents both on social media and face to face.

Front Door for Families:
Changes to the MASH, Family Information Service and Early Help Hub

On Monday 15 May 2017 the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), Early Help Hub and Family Information Service became the new Brighton & Hove Front Door for Families. You can contact the team on the MASH telephone number, 01273 290400 to request support or report a concern about a child, or fill out their Online Referral Form. They can also be e-mailed at which replaces the MASH email address as a single point of access - please update your address book. 

The Front Door For Families (FDFF) service is made up of professionals with different areas of expertise who work together to assess, decide and coordinate how best to support children, young people and their families where there are concerns. For more information on the Front Door for Families please read our Professional’s Briefing or visit  

New Child Protection-Information Sharing (CP-IS) System 

On Monday 12 June Brighton & Hove went live with the Child Protection-Information Sharing (CP-IS) system.  

This is a government initiative which is intended to improve the way health and social care agencies work together across England to protect vulnerable children. CP-IS connects local authority children's social work systems with those used by NHS unscheduled care settings, such as Accident and Emergency, walk-in centres and maternity units. It ensures that health and care professionals are notified when a child or unborn baby with a child protection plan (CPP) or looked after child status (LAC) is treated at an unscheduled care setting.  If you want to find out more about the national implementation of CP-IS, please go to:

What is CP-IS?

  • In practice, the local authority feeds information on children who are subject to a child protection plan or are looked after from our social care system into a secure central data store area in the NHS national Spine.
  • Then health professionals, during the process of registering a child at their care setting, will be informed of the child’s child protection status. As soon as basic demographic information is inputted, if the child is subject to a child protection plan or looked after, an indicator flag will appear on screen, with the contact details for the relevant local authority.
  • A record of who has viewed the indicator flag will be available to social care and healthcare staff, allowing them to see if that child has been visiting a range of different unscheduled healthcare settings. Serious case reviews have demonstrated that abusive and neglectful parents could mask this behaviour by moving between different healthcare services.

Information Governance

  • CP-IS is a secure system with clear rules governing access. Information will only be shared on children who are subject to a child protection plan or are looked after, and on pregnant women who have a child protection plan in place for their unborn child. Such information is already made available locally to unscheduled care settings through a variety of methods.
  • Only authorised staff involved with the care of a child can access the information for example, access to CP-IS information will be controlled by NHS smartcard security, which is already widely used for the secure handling of patients’ demographic and clinical data.

The intention of CP-IS is not to replace any existing processes; to outline and/ or record reasons for why a child was in an unscheduled care setting, it will only confirm that someone had viewed the child protection information. Any processes where communication between health and social care teams currently exists will still be required, e.g. picking up the phone and sharing and recording any information where applicable.

If you have any questions about how CP-IS will be used in your setting please ask your safeguarding lead. Social Workers can find more information here 

NEW: Mental Health Services for Children & Young People in Brighton & Hove

Children, young people, their families and professionals have said that it has not always been easy to find out about children’s and young people’s mental health services, or to access them when they need to and be seen and treated quickly.

Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group has used this feedback to commission, with partners in Public Health and Children Families &Learning Directorate in the Local Authority, a new pathway that ensures people can find out information and seek help early, can refer in to one place and get the right response and level of support as soon as possible.

How to access the Community Wellbeing Service for children and young people and specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health services (CAMHS)

From 1 June 2017 you can make a referral, including a self-referral, to the single point of access for mental health needs (The only exception to this is Urgent Specialist CAMHS referrals – please see below)

  • All non-urgent routine and priority 5 day referrals will be handled by a central triage hub staffed with clinicians from the partners within the new Community Wellbeing Service (including Here, YMCA Brighton and Hove, Specialist CAMHS, and Lead GP’s).
  • The Triage team will be available Mon-Fri 9am-1pm on 0300 002 0060 or by email at: Parents, carers, children and young people as well as professionals working with them can refer directly to the team or contact them to request a referral form or speak to somebody if they have any queries / require further information before making a referral.
  • The service will contact you if we need further information in order to make the most clinically appropriate decision.
  • On occasion they will also contact the person you are referring, and/or their family if necessary, to ensure a smooth pathway into services.
  • GPs will send referrals via the Electronic Referral System ERS –
    • Assign to the Brighton & Hove Wellbeing Service and NOT Optum
    • GP Referrals made for people aged 18 & over will require a completed PHQ-9 / GAD-7

For more information on the services provided please read the Community Wellbeing Service Briefing

Seeking help, advice and guidance is a website where you can find information about mental health services and support available for people aged 25 and under in Brighton & Hove, including details on self-referral options. Young people can leave a star rating and a review of a service they have visited, and you can also access help and advice pages to find books, podcasts, apps and other handy tools that can help with wellbeing.

There is also a parents and carers page with helpful resources and tools to support yourself and your child around mental health.

Urgent Specialist CAMHS referrals

if the young person is at immediate risk of taking their own life or is showing severe psychotic symptoms please telephone the CAMHS service directly

  • The Duty Clinician on call for CAMHS is available from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday on 0300 304 0061(extended hours are being developed). Referrals for those young people presenting with this level of mental health risk and being referred directly to CAMHS. This can be arranged via contacting 0300 304 0061and may require to be seen at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital (RACH) the duty clinician at Specialist CAMHS can assist with this
  • The Urgent Help Team are available 5pm-8pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 6pm on weekends and bank holidays accessed by a professional referral.
  • Sussex Partnership’s Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) support children and young people who are affected by specific mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
LSCB Training 
The LSCB Multi-agency Training Programme 2017 - 18 is out now and courses are available to book on the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway  

Our three core safeguarding courses: Developing a Core Understanding, Assessment Referral & Investigation, and Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups, will be running throughout the year and please see below for upcoming training and events. 

New: eLearning - any time 
Introduction to Neglect 

Neglect is one of the areas of priority for the LSCB and our partner members, and we will be releasing our Neglect Strategy over the summer. We have worked with the Social Care Institute for Excellence to produce an hour long interactive eLearning course to raise awareness of child neglect, explore your own perceptions of what is neglect, and how professionals should deal with situations that they feel have met a threshold for intervention. This training is an excellent introduction to the themes of neglect both for those who regularly work with families and the wider workforce in Brighton & Hove, as safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. 

If you are interested in taking part in this training, or would like further information, please email us at 

We also run a day long multi-agency training session on Child Neglect

Tuesday 27 June 2017: 9.30-4.30pm

Working with Parents with a Learning Disability

This workshop will raise awareness of how multi-agency work can help address issues that may cause potential risk or harm to the children cared for by parents with a learning disability. It will look at best practice when working with these families and the local support available

At the end of this course participants will:

  • have a better understanding of cognitive assessments and understanding differences between a learning disability and difficulty.
  • be aware of the challenges faced by parents with learning disabilities and their children, as well as protective factors.
  • be able to demonstrate good practice when engaging and communicating with parents who have a learning disability, including advocacy services.
  • know referral pathways to specialist services and interventions (including PAMS) that can support parents and their children.
  • Understand what is required when working with families in a child in need and child protection context.
Book your place on this session here   
Thursday 29 June 2017: 9.30-4.30pm

Preventing & Disrupting the Sexual Exploitation of Children & Young People 

Presented by The WiSE Project, this session will help you 

  • Understand the sexual exploitation of children and young people and places a young person at risk.
  • Gain knowledge of prevalence and forms of young people’s sexual exploitation in Brighton & Hove.
  • Recognise vulnerabilities and risk indicators.
  • How to get support for young people who are exploited.
  • Be aware of Sexual Offences Act 2003 and other relevant legislation and guidance.

Book your place on this session

Tuesday 4 July 2017: 9.30-4.30pm

The Impact of Parental Substance Misuse     

Some of the serious effects of parental substance misuse for children include abuse, neglect, emotional problems, educational difficulties, being young carers of parents or siblings, and an increased risk of misusing drugs or alcohol themselves.

This course is included within the training programme as it clearly highlights these issues facing children and young people who live within the households where substance misuse is an issue. You will learn about what agency services are available to support the whole family, thus reducing or removing the potential risk/s of abuse.

Book your place on this session here   

Tuesday 11 July 2017: 9.30-4.30pm

Child Sexual Exploitation: Working with Young People at Risk     

Presented by The WiSE Project, this is the second of our CSE training days, following on from Preventing & Disrupting the Sexual Exploitation of Children & Young People. This session will build on the basic CSE awareness and provide workers with the confidence and skills to work with young people around issues relating to CSE and explore ways of working directly with young people in more detail. There is also an enhanced focus on on-line safety and police disruption techniques as well as an outline of the local picture of CSE with reference to serious case review recommendations.

Book your place on this session

Tuesday 12 September 2017: 9.30-4.30pm

Child Neglect

This course will broaden participants’ understanding of child neglect, and provide an opportunity to explore local multi-agency responses to child neglect through scenarios and discussion, helping practitioners identify individual learning about child neglect and multi-agency working, whilst identifying what aspects of the system help and hinder good practice

Book your place on this session here   

NEW COURSE Thursday 14 September 2017: 9.30am-1pm
Safeguarding in a Digital Age - A Practical Guide to Keeping Children Safe 

This half day course will equip you with information and practical safeguarding guidance to help safeguard children and young people in the digital age. It will help you understand how they communicate on the internet and through apps, how offenders may exploit this and other risks, and what steps parents/carers can take to prevent  online abuse and exploitation. Participants will also learn different sources of support from which they/children can seek information and advice. This course is run is association with Safety Net.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • consider the different ways that children & young people interact online, and appreciate the positive aspects of this digital communication as well as being aware of the risks
  • understand how offenders may use the internet to target or exploit children & young people
  • discuss the potential connection between ease of access to inappropriate material online and violent crime, including a rise in the number of young people committing serious sexual offences. Consider how we can challenge the normalisation of this behaviour online. 
  • learn practical steps to protect children on the internet
  • explain security steps that can be used and their benefits and limitations, including parental settings, firewalls and privacy settings
  • identify other organisations to support children/parents around internet use
  • recognise how we can work together to support children & young people to have a positive online presence, build their resilience to face the different challenges in a digital age, and stay safe both online and off. 

Book your place on this training here                   

LSCB Practice Points Scenarios 

We appreciate that it is difficult for many professionals to find the time to attend full day training sessions, and this year we have developed a series of Practice Point Scenarios designed for managers and team leaders to use within their team meetings, group supervision sessions, or team building days. These contain a subject, a brief scenario for discussion and suggested links to access further information on a variety of safeguarding concerns including: Honour Based ViolenceFabricated IllnessSexual ConsentPrivate FosteringLawful Chastisement and Parental Substance Misuse

You can access these at We hope that this is a way in which frontline staff across the city can explore some areas of learning without the need to attend formal training. It should also highlight areas where further training is required within your organisation, and we would encourage you to share your team's response with your agency safeguarding lead.

If you have any feedback on the Practice Points Scenarios, or would like to suggest topics for future scenarios please contact the LSCB Learning & Development Officer
From Our Partners 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017

On Friday 16 June members of the Safeguarding Adults Board will be holding an event at The Brighthelm Centre to raise awareness of abuse experienced by older people and promote a greater understanding of local services.

The morning session is aimed at professionals across all sectors as a training event for CPD, and there will be a number of presentations including:

  • Elder Abuse Recovery Service (EARS) – Overview of EARS and Action on Elder Abuse
  • Domestic Abuse (The Portal) – Complexities, recognition and response
  • ‘Operation Signature’ – Police campaign to identify and support vulnerable victims of fraud
  • Case Study – Adult Social Care

Please register for a free place here

In the afternoon, from 1pm-3.30pm, there will be a drop in session for the public and professionals with a range of services giving information about what is available in the community for those who are experiencing or at risk of abuse and/or neglect. Please download a poster for the event here and we look forward to seeing you there.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) takes place on June 15 to raise awareness of the abuse of older people, how to prevent abuse, and how to report it. Abuse of vulnerable adults can take many forms including financial, physical, sexual, and emotional, or can be caused by neglect. Elder abuse can happen anywhere including at home, in a care home, hospital or day service, or in a public place, or in the community. The abuse can be caused by anyone such as a partner, carer, relative, child, neighbour or friend, a health, social-care or other worker, (paid or volunteer) or a stranger

Read more about safeguarding vulnerable adults here or visit the Safeguarding Adults Board website .

If you worried about a vulnerable adult being harmed or abused call Access Point on 01273 295555

The Safe in the City Partnership have produced a Domestic Violence and Abuse, Sexual Violence and Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Training Prospectus to make it easy for professionals in Brighton& Hove to access training around these crime types. Information on the training included in this prospectus, including upcoming training sessions, can be found at, and it can all be booked through the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway 
19 June 2017 10am – 1pm
Working with Romany, Gypsy and Traveller Communities affected by Domestic Violence and Abuse
This workshop has been designed to raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic abuse within the Romany, Gypsy and Traveller communities. The session will contain an overview of risk; including heightened risks for members of these communities, as well as additional barriers that community members may face when engaging with mainstream services, and ultimately the impact this may have on escalation of risk.
7 July 2017 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Working with Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse
This session has been designed to give an overview of Adolescent to Parent Violence (APV) to raise awareness of the topic and provide participants with an opportunity to explore the dynamics of the issue as a profile of domestic abuse. Information will be provided on definitions, background theories, prevalence, risk factors, case studies and behaviour patterns. Consideration will be given to the problems with engaging with families around this issue and an overview of current service provision will be provided.
Thursday 13 July 2017

Learning from relationships: an evaluation of relationship-based practice in Brighton & Hove

Children’s Social Work Services are holding an event on at University of Sussex to launch the report into the learning from the relationship-based model of practice in Social Work. This is an opportunity to hear a summary of the key messages from this evaluation and there will also be presentations on the Reflective Practice Groups and See Me Hear Me Project, as well as information about the Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research and the Teaching Partnership.

To book a place, and for more information, please visit Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway

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