Child Safety Week Monday 6 June - Sunday 12 June 2016
The theme for this year's Child Safety Week, run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, is ‘Turn off technology for safety’
Accidents often happen when we’re distracted. Serious accidents can happen alarmingly quickly – when we’re answering a call or checking a text. By turning off technology at crucial times in the day, parents can give their children their focus and so keep them safer when pressures mount. Young people can stay safer too by turning off technology at certain points in the day.
Switching your phone off or to silent for an hour a day is not a big ask, but it means one less distraction for busy parents. It also gives children the message that they are the focus. This sets a good example to children and young people that it is good to turn off when crossing the road or other times when you need to concentrate to stay safe
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This months news includes new developments and concerns regarding mental health; the changes to ‘Disqualification by Association’ arrangements; and Child Safety Week’s plans for a tech-free week. They also have articles on recent Serious Case Reviews, tackling child abuse and Critical Thinking resources.
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.
Children's Services Pride Buddies
Last year Children's Services, led by ru-ok? and the Youth Service, were involved in both the Pride community parade and in offering a crew of helpers in the park, outside the main event to reduce the risk of underage drinking and substance misuse amongst those young people attending Preston Park. This year the Pride Buddies will be present again supporting young people who may be in need of:
a carer to come to collect them
access to a phone
a shoulder to cry on
a sick bucket.
The young people; St John staff; Pride workers, and the police, gave positive feedback about the impact of their presence, and they are hoping to engage many more volunteer Buddies this year so that they can safely patrol a potentially large area. If you are interested in donating your time, and have both experience of working with young people and an enhanced DBS check, please contact Alex.Cooter@brighton-hove.gcsx.gov.uk
Review of the Role & Function of LSCBs
The Wood Review of the role and functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards sets out a new framework for improving the organisation and delivery of multi-agency arrangements to protect and safeguard children. You can read the full review, published in May 2016, and the government response, here. For a summary of the recommendations, and how this will effect LSCBs, Serious Case Reviews and the Child Death Overview Panel please visit our website: brightonandhovelscb.org.uk/review-of-the-role-function-of-lscbs