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Brighton & Hove LSCB
Updates & Safeguarding Training

March 2018

Whole Family Working Strategy & Threshold Document Consultation 

This is the last week for our consultation on our refreshed Threshold Document and the city's new Whole Family Working Strategy. If you have not done so already please take the time to look at these important documents and give us your feedback before they are formally adopted by the Local Safeguarding Children Board at our next Board meeting. 

We have also produced a quick reference poster so that you can see the thresholds at one glance, and created an online interactive guide  that contains more information, signposts to sources of support, and contains quick links to other resources and services. 

Please visit the LSCB Website to find out more, and remember to tell us what you think either through our short survey, or by emailing before Friday 2 March 2018. 

Safer Sleep Week

Monday 12 March until  Sunday 18 March 2018  is Safer Sleep Week, co-ordinated each year by The Lullaby Trust to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Safer Sleep Week aims to reach as many families as possible with life-saving safer sleep advice.

191 unexplained infant deaths occurred in England and Wales in 2015, a rate of 0.27 deaths per 1,000 live births. 60% of these deaths were recorded as sudden infant deaths, and 40% were recorded as unascertained (where no other cause of death is recorded).  Since the launch of the Back to Sleep Campaign in England and Wales in 1991, the number of SIDS deaths has fallen by 81%. Read more statistics here

In Brighton & Hove all child deaths are reviewed by the multi-agency Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) to learn how to try and prevent future deaths. We have a Specialist Nurse for Child Deaths, Sam Tyler, who sits on the CDOP, and she can also support families following an unexpected child bereavement and signpost onto bereavement services. She says that “a baby dying is devastating to a families, and whilst we do not know the causes of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), there are small steps that parents & carers can take to reduce the risk to their child that everyone should be aware of…. “ 
If you would like any further information on giving safe sleep advice to families, she can be contacted at

Health Visitors across Brighton & Hove inform all parents of the safe sleep message and provide advice and guidance on how to reduce the risk of sudden infant deaths. The Lullaby Trust also have a useful guide for professionals

The following is life-saving safer sleep advice:

Things you can do

  • Always place your baby on their back to sleep
  • Keep your baby smoke free during pregnancy and after birth
  • Place your baby to sleep in a separate cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first 6 months
  • Breastfeed your baby
  • Use a firm, flat, waterproof mattress in good condition

Things to avoid  

  • Never sleep on a sofa or in an armchair with your baby
  • Don’t sleep in the same bed as your baby if you smoke, drink or take drugs or are extremely tired, if your baby was born prematurely or was of low birth-weight
  • Avoid letting your baby get too hot
  • Don’t cover your baby’s face or head while sleeping or use loose bedding


Please visit the Lullaby Trust’s website to download posters for parents, easy read cards, and Safer Sleep information in different languages: 

Also see the Pan Sussex Safeguarding Procedures: Unexpected Child Death

National CSE Awareness Day 

Sunday 18 March 2018 will be the fifth National CSE Awareness Day, organised annually by the National Working Group to highlight the issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE); encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse, and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children, or children developing inappropriate sexual relationships with their peers.

Help raise awareness on the day by writing a personal pledge on your hand to show your support, posting to your social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands. 

It is believed that 1 in 3 victims of child sexual exploitation is male, yet only 1 in 10 victims known to support services is a boy, so why not share one of the videos from the YMCA's WSE Up to Boys campaign, that is raising awareness with young people, the public, and professionals that boys and young men are also sexually exploited. Find out more here

Visit the LSCB Website to read more about CSE, or view the Pan Sussex Safeguarding & Child Protection Procedures


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.


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 

Tuesday 13 March 2018, 1pm-2.30pm 

Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews: Implications for Practice

The Safe in the City partnership are holding some FREE briefing sessions to focus on the lessons learnt from a Domestic Homicide Review which was conducted on a murder in Brighton & Hove in 2016. The learning has particular relevance to professionals with an interest in work with younger victims, as well as the identification and response to stalking and harassment.

Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs) are conducted when someone has died as a result of, or their death is suspected to have been caused by, domestic violence and abuse. DHRs play an important part in both individual and collective learning about how we can improve service responses for all victim/survivors, and any children, as well as considering how services can better identify and address perpetrator behaviour.

Who should attend? These sessions are relevant to practitioners who work with adults, children and families. They are an opportunity to consider your own practice in light of the learning from these cases.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes for you and your organisation: By the end of this session, attendees will:

  • Gain an understanding of DHRs and the processes that underpin them;
  • Be familiar with key themes emerging from national learning;
  • Increase their knowledge regarding local DHRs and findings;
  • Be able to describe the key learning in this case;
  • Understand the implications of emerging learning for the locality

Book your place on the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway
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