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FGM Mandatory Reporting Duty

Category: General

Friday 6th November 2015

A new mandatory duty is being introduced through the Serious Crime Act to report cases of FGM.

The mandatory duty will:

• Apply in cases of ‘known’ FGM – i.e. instances which are disclosed by the victim and/ or are visually confirmed

• Be limited to girls under 18

• Apply to all regulated healthcare and social care professionals, and teachers

• Failure to comply with the duty will be dealt with via existing disciplinary measures, which may include referral to the professional regulator as appropriate. 

Guidance for professionals on Female Genital Mutilation Risk and Safeguarding can be found here

The Home Office is offering a free e-learning course through the Virtual College. Follow the link below to start the course;

https://www.fgmelearning.co.uk/

FGM - Latest updates

Category: General

Monday 2nd November 2015

The NSPCC Information Service has published a summary of the risk factors and learning in serious case reviews for improved practice around neglect. You can read more about this here
 
The Editorial Board of the London Child Protection Procedures has agreed to adopt a flowchart process for meeting the new FGM mandatory reporting requirements. You can download the flowchart for reference in the Policy and Procedures Section of this website

The Serious Crime Act 2015

Category: Safeguarding

Saturday 31st October 2015

The Serious Crime Act 2015 introduced a legal duty for specific professional groups to report to the police any girl who has had FGM. This duty applies when a girl informs the professional that FGM has been carried out on her and/or the professional observes physical signs on the girl appearing to show that FGM has been carried out. The duty applies to all teachers and all regulated health and social care professionals in England and Wales.

The FGM mandatory reporting duty came into effect on 31st October 2015. The finalised statutory guidance can be found here. The duty relates to health and social care professionals, including all professionals regulated by a body overseen by the Professional Standards Authority. The guidance explains how professionals can meet the requirement of the new duty 

 
FGM factsheet has also been published

MPS Child Homicide Seminar

Category: Events

Wednesday 28th October 2015

This seminar is designed to enhance the knowledge and understanding of practitioners who deal with assault, serious physical abuse and neglect leading to the death of a child.

The event will be taking place; Tuesday 24th November 2015 The Auditorium, BT Centre, 81 Newgate Street, London EC1A 7AJ

There may be specific interest for officers of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Homicide and Serious Crime Command, this seminar will also be of benefit to those investigators and partner agencies who operate in the area of child protection.

The one day seminar brings together a host of leading experts in relevant fields to share their experience and views across a broad range of subjects.

For further details contact CJS Event Solutions on 0333 222 4061 or email info@cjsevents.co.uk or go to; www.childhomicide.uk 

COMMUNITY SAFETY PRESENTATIONS FOR PARENTS AT SUTTON LIFE CENTRE ON TUESDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2015

This event has been kindly organised by the Safer Sutton Partnership Service, in joint partnership with Sutton LSCB, Sutton Council, the Met Police and Sutton Life Centre. 

Target audience: parents of school age children in Sutton


Issue to be addressed: Sexting - the sending and passing on of explicit texts, images and videos via internet/mobile phone.

Overview:
Date: Tuesday, 20 October at Sutton Life Centre
Timings: 12noon-1pm and 6-7pm (same day)
Invite capacity in '360 room': 90 guests seated. Landscape images of teenager's bedroom to be projected on all four walls so parents get the feel they are sitting in a teenager's bedroom (underlines capability of Life Centre). Online safety packs being produced to contain all relevant literature.

Event schedule:
- Guests on arrival to be escorted/fast tracked to 360 room
- Host Jonathan Williams, Quality Assurance, LBS, to welcome parents
- Speaker 1 Jo Sharpen from Ava Project to present (15-20 mins) on what is sexting, type of images, scale of sexting, risks for children and impact on them
- Speaker 2 Detective Constable Karen France, from the Met's Sexual Exploitation and Child Abuse Command to present (15-20mins) about the law and enforcement and the consequences of coming to the attention of police
- Mr Williams to take any questions from parents for guest speakers
- Mr Williams to announce that schools officers are available for 1-1 chats and that LBS has an e-safety officer who carries out talks in schools who will also be available on the way out
- Escorts to take/slow track guests out through the Life Centre scenarios (dining room; bedroom, transport room and Street)
- Refreshments, 1-1s with staff and information stands available in Street

Numbers are restricted to 90 places per session and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Places are restricted to only two members per family.

To book your place, email ztmedia@met.police.uk or call 020 8649 0681/ 0613 between 8am-4pm. Please provide your name, how many places you wish to book (one or two) and state which session you would like to attend (either 12pm or 6pm).

Sutton LSCB held a successful Leadership Event yesterday on the important topic of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). All resources availble in the delegate packs plus the presentation are now available to view and download in the CSE section of this website.

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