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Brighton & Hove LSCB
Updates & Safeguarding Training

January 2018

Perplexing Cases Conference 

We are joining forces with West Sussex LSCB to hold a day long conference in Horsham on Wednesday 14 March 2018  to explore perplexing cases and to consider the issues around FII (Fabricated or induced Illness by carers)

The aim of the event is to better equip practitioners from across the safeguarding partnership, including Health, Children's Social Care, Education and the Police, to work together on perplexing cases, which are often complex, time consuming and difficult to manage. The conference will look processes in place and consider the medical, legal and safeguarding perspectives when dealing with these cases. It will cover: 

  • The background to perplexing cases & an awareness of the FII spectrum
  • Pitfalls during diagnosis and where issues tend to arise
  • Necessary multi-agency responses, including the overlap with emotional abuse & neglect
  • An appropriate pathway in managing cases of perplexing presentations, avoiding common pitfalls
This event is free to attend, and you can request a place through the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway here. Please note that there is a limited amount of places for staff from each agency to ensure a balanace of participants on the day

Safeguarding Disabled Children

Research shows that disabled children are three to four times more likely to be abused and neglected than non-disabled children.  The level of risk may be raised by a number of factors, including communication barriers, dependency on others, isolation, missing the signs and inadequate response to disclosure. 

The LSCB’s Monitoring & Evaluation Subcommittee commissioned a multi-agency audit to look at whether a robust and timely service is provided to disabled children who are in need of protection in Brighton & Hove, and whether we are making a difference. Agencies from across the city took part in this audit, and the final report made recommendations to improve practice including: 

  • All agencies to ensure that the voice of the child is heard (as evidenced through direct work, communication and/or observation, or through discussion with those that know the child well).
  • A reminder that the social worker and their manager, health professionals and a police representative should, as a minimum, be involved in the strategy discussion
  • A lead paediatrician is required to provide an oversight of all of the medical conditions, interventions and outcomes and to prepare a robust health report for the Child Protection Conference in cases where numerous health professionals are involved with the child and family

The audit also identified several strengths in local work, including child protection concerns being identified early with a prompt response by the professional network; assessments taking into account the impact of the child’s disability on their siblings and overall family functioning; and effective information sharing and joint working, with the effective working relationship between social work and the child’s school (including the school nurse) particularly of note in some cases.

You can read more about the findings here: 

International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

The International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation takes place on  6 February 2017. Female Genital Mutilation - FGM, is sometimes referred to as Female Circumcision or Cutting, and is defined by the World Health Organisation as the range of procedures which involve ‘the partial or complete removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural or any other non-therapeutic reason’.

Up to 6,500 girls are at risk of FGM in the UK each year. Globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM.

FGM is a harmful practice that isn't required by any religion and there are no religious texts that say it should be done. There are no health benefits of FGM and it sometimes cause death. Long-term effects include complications during pregnancy and childbirth, as well as serious medical and psychological conditions.

FGM is illegal in the UK, and it is also illegal to take a girl or woman out of the country for the purposes of female genital mutilation. Anyone found guilty of the offence faces a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

FGM is child-abuse. It is a violation of the human rights of girls and women

Read more at   #EndFGM


If you are concerned about a child in Brighton & Hove call the Front Door for Families on 01273 290400.

If they are in immediate danger contact Sussex Police 

The @NSPCC also have an anonymous 24-hour FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550


Safer Internet Day 

Safer Internet Day takes place on Tuesday 6 February 2018. The theme for this year is 'Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you' which will bring people together across the world to celebrate the positive power of the internet.

The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers, and wider, to join together in helping to create a better internet.

Our parent's newsletter, Safety Rocks, will look at online safety this term, with a focus on fake news and encouraging you to complete a family online safety agreement. 

The Safer Internet Centre have a range of resources on their website, with advice and tips for creating a better internet for under 11s, 11-18 year olds, and parents and carers. Why not use their conversation starters to have a discussion about staying safe on the internet, or ask a child to tell you about their favourite apps.

LSCB Training

Our training dates for 2018-19 can are now are available to book on the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway, and our full training brochure will be released next month.

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.


Tuesday 6 February 2018: full day

Child Exploitation: Working with Young People at Risk

Presented by The WiSE Project, this session follows on from our day 1 course and will help you improve skills in working directly with young people about sexual exploitation, developing an understanding of online risk, the reasons why young people might be vulnerable; and ways they can protect themselves

Book your place here.

Thursday 8 February 2018: full day 

Child Neglect Training

This course provides those attending with an overarching understanding of the issues surrounding neglect, how it can impact on the children and young people to whom it relates and how early interventions and agency procedures can be used to reduce the risk and thus safeguard from neglectful situations.

Book your place here

Tuesday 20 February 2018: full day

Safeguarding in a Digital Age - A Practical Guide to Keeping Children Safe Online

This course is run in association with Safety Net and will equip you with information and practical guidance to help safeguard children and young people in the digital age. It will help you better understand how they communicate on the internet and through apps, looking at how offenders may exploit this. It will consider what steps parents/carers can take to prevent online abuse and exploitation, as well as looking at different sources of support for information and advice

Book your place here 

Thursday 22 February 2018: full day

''Hidden'' Children & Young People: Working with Invisible Families

This offer is an important addition to our programme, as there are numbers of children, who remain “hidden” from mainstream service. This session will consider those who may be Privately Fostered; Home Educated; Traveller Families; Migrant Families and victims of Modern Slavery.

Book your place here

Wednesday 28 February 2018:  full day

Domestic Violence & Abuse: The Impact on Children & Young People

Delivered in partnership with RISE, this training will deepen your understanding of the issues faced by families affected by domestic abuse, highlight the multi-agency support available locally and remind you that always Domestic Abuse = Child Protection Issue

Book your place here

NEW COURSE: Thursday 15 March 2018: full day     

Safeguarding Adolescents

This session will consider the local issues relating to safeguarding adolescents, whilst thinking about how to engage/interact with young people in your work. It will explore the concept of adolescent thinking and attachment; look at how young people are drawn into criminality, and how they could be steered away from this path; and discuss safety in the digital world including sexting, cyber bullying, pornography, illegal images.
Book your place here

Thursday 22 March 2018: full day

Safeguarding Children with Disabilities

Nationally, 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. This course will raise your awareness of the factors that make children with disabilities more vulnerable to harm and their safeguarding needs, whilst exploring the attitudes and assumptions that can exist in relation to children with disabilities suffering from abuse and neglect. It will also give practical advice on communicating with children with disabilities when investigating abuse or neglect

Book your place here

Thursday 19 April 2018: full day

Working with Disguised Compliance & Forceful Counter Argument in Safeguarding

Disguised compliance involves parents giving the appearance of co-operating with child welfare agencies to avoid raising suspicions and allay concerns. Published case reviews highlight that professionals sometimes delay or avoid interventions due to parental disguised compliance, and it is challenging for professionals to work with families where there may be lack of cooperation and/or a hostile attitude.

Book your place here

Tuesday 15 May 2018: 11am–2.30pm

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Workshop

This course will help you understand the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and how their implementation and coordination monitors and manages the potential risk presented by offenders who reside within the community

Book your place here

Tuesday 5 June 2018: full day

Dealing with Child Sexual Abuse

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.

Book your place here

Tuesday 12 June 2017: 9.30am-12.30pm

Children & Young People who Display Harmful Sexual Behaviours

Many expressions of sexual behaviour are part of healthy development and no cause for concern. However, when children or young people display sexual behaviour that increases their vulnerability or causes harm to someone else, adults have a responsibility to provide support and protection. This workshop will help you better understand the continuum of harmful sexual behaviour, gain knowledge of why some children display this behaviour, and increase your knowledge of appropriate assessments and intervention

Book your place here

Thursday 14 June 2018: full day

Mental Health & Children’s Services: Working Together with Families

This course explores the way mental health difficulties can impact on the lives of children and young people, and promotes effective working across agencies when a parent or carer has a mental health problem. You will consider ways in which parental mental ill health and parenting capacity interact; understand the potential effects of mental health difficulties for children; and explore how to plan and undertake assessments & interventions in families where a parent has a mental health difficulty.

Book your place here

Monday 18 July 2018: full day

The Child's World: Reflections in Practice

This training will help those professionals who talk to children and young people during the course of an assessment or child protection investigation develop and enhance their communication skills, centred on the views of the child or young person.

The session will involve a young care leaver discussing how different kinds of communication impacted on their interaction with safeguarding professionals

Book your place here

eLearning Child Neglect

To help professionals in the city better understand and combat child neglect we have worked with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to produce an hour long interactive eLearning course. 

  • Neglect is one of the areas of priority for the LSCB and our partner members
  • The impact of neglect on children and young people is enormous.
  • Neglect causes great distress to children, leading to poor health, educational and social outcomes and is potentially fatal. 
  • Neglect increases vulnerability and exposes children to other forms of abuse, e.g. child sexual exploitation, radicalisation etc.
  • Neglect is identified as the form of maltreatment most likely to be repeated and the impact of which can be cumulative.
  • Neglect is the most common and pervasive type of abuse in the UK today and requires a coordinated and rigorous professional response at all levels.

The session will increase your awareness of the key issues surrounding child neglect, and encourage you to explore your own perceptions of what is neglect and how professionals should deal with these situations. This training is free for all frontline workers and volunteers in Brighton & Hove, and is an excellent introduction to the themes of neglect both for those who regularly work with families and the wider workforce.  

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, and you can read more about how we are working with our partners in the LSCB Neglect Strategy

From Our Partners

Regency Road Open Events

The Adolescent Services based in Regency Road are holding several open days throughout the year for other professionals to come and find out more about the support they offer. These will take place on: 
  • Tuesday 6 March, 2pm-4pm
  • Tuesday 8 May, 9.30am-11.30am
  • Wednesday 4 July, 10am 12noon
  • Monday 10 September, 2pm-4pm
  • Wednesday 7 November, 10am-12noon
If you would like to attend one of these events please contact or call the team on 01273 296169

The Adolescent Services based there include:
  • Adolescent Pod: supporting young people to stay safe in the community
  • EAS - Extended Adolescent Service: offering emotional and practical support to 11-17 year olds
  • FFT - Family First Team: working with families to stop small problems becoming big issues
  • ruok? and DASH under 18s Drug & Health Team: helping under 18s at risk of substance misuse to fulfil their potential
  • YES - Youth Employability Service: information, advice & support to find the right employment or training for 16-18 year olds.  
  • YOS - Youth Offending Service: working with young people & their family who have been in trouble with the Police 
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