Brighton & Hove LSCB Safeguarding News October 2016
Seminar: Learning from SCRS: Child E
We are holding two short seminars this month to share the learning from a recently published Serious Case Review review with frontline staff and managers, and consider how agencies can implement any changes to improve practice. These are free to attend and will take place on:
The Child E SCR was published by Brighton & Hove LSCB in September 2016. Child E was a child in care who was seriously injured by hanging in December 2014, and who died in hospital the following day. You can read the full report and Board response on our website, and we have produced a briefing for staff working in Brighton & Hove to summarise the Learning from this review and reflection points Child E: Learning Together From SCRs
Staff Briefing:Multi-agency CSE Audit
The LSCB's Monitoring & Evaluation Subcommittee completed a multi-agency audit on Child Sexual Exploitation last quarter. This looked at how our work with vulnerable children & young people has developed in the 18 months since the LSCB carried out a previous multi agency audit of CSE. This audit focused on the following areas of enquiry:
Was CSE identified appropriately and as early as possible? (auditors were asked to look at historical involvement with young people & families)
When CSE was identified was the response effective?
Are agencies working together to reduce risk?
If yes, what are they doing? (police, health, schools etc)
Is there a focus on the child including their involvement in decisions made in respect of them. Is the child’s voice heard? If they aren’t in agreement with the plan, is rationale for decision making clear
You can read about the findings, and the recommendations to improve practice in our Staff Briefing
A new NHS anti-stigma mental health campaign will start this month. #IAMWHOLE was created in Brighton & Hove through a partnership between the local NHS, Brighton & Hove City Council and young people from the YMCA's Right Here project, This aims to reach out to young people on social media, as well as to parents, teachers, employers and services that provide mental health support for young people.
You can support the campaign by signing up to the thunderclap and look out for more information from Monday 10 October: World Mental Health Day 2016, when the campaign launches
Learning Together to Safeguard the City 2016
Following on from the success of last year's Learning Together to Safeguard the City we are once again joining forces with the Safeguarding Adults Board, and the Safe in the City Partnership to bring you a week of bite-sized training sessions, debates and other events. This aims to raise awareness, share knowledge, and encourage professionals and services to develop practice to keep people safe and well within the Brighton & Hove.
This years Learning Together to Safeguard the City week runs from Monday 5 December 2016 until Friday 9 December 2016. Events will be available to book through the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway and the full programme will be announced next week.
LSCB Safeguarding Training
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.
Child Neglect Thursday 13 October 2016, 9.30am - 4.30pm
This session will broaden participants’ understanding of child neglect and introduce participants to the benefits of taking a systems approach to improving professional practice. It prrovides an opportunity to explore local multi-agency responses to child neglect through scenarios and discussion, and will help practitioners identify individual learning about child neglect and multi-agency working as well as looking at what aspects of the system help and hinder good practice.
Working with Disguised Compliance Thursday 9 November 2016, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Disguised compliance involves parents giving the appearance of co-operating with child welfare agencies to avoid raising suspicions and allay concerns. Serious Case Reviews highlight that professionals sometimes delay or avoid interventions due to parental disguised compliance. It can be challenging for professionals to work with families where there may be lack of cooperation and/or a hostile attitude, but when there are child welfare/protection issues, a failure to engage with the family may have serious implications and non-intervention is not an option. This course has been produced to support professionals working with these problematic dynamics.
This course will help you understand Disguised Compliance in a way that will be helpful in practice; identify forceful counter arguments as a form of disguised compliance; and look at how to form better partnerships with such parents. It will consider how to balance maintaining independent, child-centred assessments whilst listening to parents; and contemplate the possible motivations for this disguised compliance.
Dealing with Child Sexual Abuse Monday 14 November 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 services that are in place to support the child or young person.
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.