Welcome to the Sutton LSCB web site
Welcome to the Sutton Safeguarding Children Board website.
The information on this website has been produced with our partner agencies, all of whom have a shared responsibility for promoting and ensuring the well-being and safety of children in Sutton. The Board hopes that you will find the information on the site helpful and informative to support the protection of children and young people in Sutton.
The role of the Safeguarding Children Board is to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people. We do this by promoting and assuring ourself that there is effective partnership working to keep children safe in Sutton.
The LSCB provides multi-agency training which covers the importance of LSCB and pan-London child protection procedures to identify, refer, assess and plan the care of vulnerable children. The LSCB treshold document for assessing children in need is used by professionals across all agencies to guide them about identfiying children at risk of harm.
The key message we want to convey to everyone in contact with children is simple – if you’re concerned about a child, don’t keep it to yourself, tell somebody.
Christine Davies CBE
Independent Chair, Sutton Safeguarding Children Board
Are you a practitioner? The Government has released advice about what you can do if you are worried that a child is being abused
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a copy of our list of multi-agency safeguarding advisers.
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Learning and Development - Sutton LSCB training programme 2016-17
Policy News Update
New free Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) practice guidance
Research in Practice has published free guidance that outlines the new civil definition of child sexual exploitation, developed by the Home Office and DfE, together with an overview of our current understanding of the issue and an evidence-informed set of principles for responding. This extended version of the ‘advice’ provides professionals with further background information about child sexual exploitation and offers additional commentary around some of the complexities of practically responding to CSE. The tool can be downloaded here
Missing children data published
The National Crime Agency has published the UK missing persons data report for the period 2015/2016. Figures show that: children accounted for 60% of missing incidents (125,084, compared with 82,106 adults); of the children reported missing: 93% were aged 12-17 years with nearly two thirds (58%; 72,818) aged 15-17 years old, of which 62% (41,378) were girls; 59% of the missing children incidents are attributable to repeat missing episodes.
Further information: UK Missing persons bureau: missing persons data report (PDF)
CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AWARENESS WEEK 13 to 19 March 2017
Sutton LSCB partnership is supporting the STOP CSE National Awareness Day 18 March 2017 through a programme of events set out in this CSE awareness flyer. It includes the launch of an Online Safety Information Pack (in paper) filled with a range of leaflets and links promoting online safety for young people and their parents. It also contains details of local and national services involved in supporting all young people including victims of CSE.
Draft guidance on child abuse and neglect
NICE is consulting on draft guidelines about child abuse and neglect. These aim to help practitioners working with children and young people to recognise abuse and neglect, carry out an assessment and provide early help and interventions to children and families. The deadline for responses is 19 April 2017.
Source: NICE Date: 22 February 2017
Child sexual exploitation: definition and guidance
On 16 February 2017, the Department for Education (DfE) published a definition of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and a guide for practitioners and managers. Advice for practitioners working with children includes: a definition of CSE; potential indicators of CSE; how children are sexually exploited; and how sexual exploitation affects children. Guidance for managers and leaders includes: prevention, educating practitioners, educating children and young people, and educating parents and carers.
The DfE has published annexes to the guidance. Annex A covers adolescent development and includes: transitions; relationships; key risks and responses. Annex B is a guide to disruption orders and legislation setting out examples of disruption measures, civil powers and criminal offences which may be used by practitioners.
The government response to a consultation on revising the definition of child sexual exploitation has also been published.
Child Death Review Database Development Project
CDR Project set out to investigate whether and how it would be possible to develop a ‘national’ database for England and Scotland to collect information from the child death reviews which are carried out in England by Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs) and from the child death review process which is currently being developed in Scotland. The ultimate goal is to reduce child deaths in England and Scotland; this short-term development project is the first step on the way to developing a national information resource needed to support this goal. Report out now - see here.
Children Society launches Report on Troubled Teens
The Children’s Society recently launched a new report, ‘Troubled Teens: A study of the links between parenting and adolescent neglect’
The scale and negative impact of parental neglect has become widely-acknowledged in relation to young children (e.g. in the development of early years support for families). But although there is evidence that neglect of adolescents is also widespread and can have serious consequences, this topic has rarely been researched or directly responded to in practice. Please click here to read the full report and a summary or the policy and practice briefing which accompanies the report.
Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect – consultation
The government is consulting on the views of mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect by professionals until 13 October 2016. The two main questions under consideration are: whether there should be mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect or, alternatively, a duty to act where a case of abuse and neglect is suspected. The consultation also considers whether this should be extended to vulnerable adults. The consultation can be viewed here
The publication of a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011- 2014
The aim of the study is to provide evidence of key issues and challenges for agencies working singly and together in these cases. It is also to provide the government with evidence of what is changing as a result of their reforms, and to identify areas where further change may be required to support organisations to learn from serious case reviews and to keep children safe.
Identifying Children Missing Education
The Government announces changes to the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 to improve communication and co-ordination between schools and LAs about children missing education. This will improve LAs’ ability to ensure children are safe and receiving suitable education.
The amended Regulations will come into force on 1 September 2016 and the duties will apply to all schools and LAs in England. The implementation of the amendments will be supported by strengthening the ‘Children Missing Education’ statutory guidance and and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ guidance. The revised guidance will be published this summer.
CQC are calling on health services to do more for children at risk of harm
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has been reviewing the health care aspects of children’s services in England, under Section 48 of the Health and Social Care Act, since September 2013. It emphasises that it is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard children and young people. The 'Not Seen, Not Heard' review has identified four key recommendations to ensure that we strive to protect and promote the health and welfare of young people.
Joint targeted area inspection findings
Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation have published a letter outlining the findings of a joint targeted area inspection of the multi-agency response to abuse and neglect in the London Borough of Croydon. This included a ‘deep dive’ focus on the response to child sexual exploitation and those missing from home, care or education. Key strengths and areas for improvement are highlighted.
Source: Ofsted Date: 29 June 2016
Keeping children safe in education: key changes
The NSPCC has published a briefing on Keeping children safe in education (2016), which will come into force for schools in England on 5 September 2016. Key changes from the 2015 guidance include: reporting female genital mutilation (FGM) is now a mandatory requirement for teachers; the importance of online safety is highlighted; sexting is specifically mentioned as a form of peer on peer abuse which schools should have procedures in place to deal with. More detail on sexting will be added to the guidance before September 2016.
Source: Summary of key changes to Keeping children safe in education Date: 17 June 2016
Female genital mutilation
Community Care has published tips for social workers concerned about female genital mutilation (FGM). Advice focuses on identifying FGM and working with families affected by FGM.
Source: Community Care Date: 01 June 2016
Access to CAMHS
The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report on access to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). Findings include: on average, 28% of children and young people referred to CAMHS in 2015 were not allocated a service; of 3000 children and young people who were referred to CAMHS with a life-threatening condition in 2015, 14% were not allocated any provision and 51% went on a waiting list.
Source: Children’s Commissioner Date: 28 May 2016
Further information: Lightning review: access to child and adolescent mental health services (PDF)