parent-image-2Welcome to the Professionals section of the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board website.  In this section you will find information for professionals, practitioners and managers who are working with children, young people and their families within the Croydon area.  For information on the local child protection and related procedures, go to Local Policies & Procedures.
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CSCB Early Help Pathways 2017 & Thresholds Documents

Effective Early Help relies upon local agencies working to provide targeted early help services for children and their families. Local  authorities have a responsibility under Section 10 of the Children Act 2004 to provide inter agency cooperation to improve the welfare of children.  In 2017, the CSCB revised the Early Help Pathways document.  The provision of early help forms part of a continuum of help and support to respond to the different levels of need experienced by children and their families.  The CSCB Thresholds Document (including the Indicators of Need Matrix) sets out the criteria for when a case should be referred to children’s social care for assessment and for statutory services. 

CSCB Early Help Overview of support and advice points

CSCB Early Help Guide – Summary version

CSCB Early Help Pathways 2017 – full guidance                                          

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CSCB Thresholds Guidance


Croydon Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) 

Croydon Council and partner agencies have established a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) which is borough wide.

Our MASH brings together a team of multi-disciplinary professionals from our partner agencies into the same room, at the same time, to risk assess all child protection concerns where someone is concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a child. See link below for more information concerning MASH.

The MASH operates a consultation line which professionals can contact for advice, provided that the case is not allocated to another social worker and the child lives in the Croydon area.

The consultation line number is 020 8726 6464.

How to make a referral: follow this link for more information about how to make a referral to MASH

  • To access the online referral formclick here
  • To download a word version of the referral form – click here

If your request is for practical family or parenting support then an Early Help Assessment and a team around the family approach needs to be considered. The Early Help Assessment is a holistic assessment used to identify the strengths and challenges the family are facing.

For more information on the early help offer or advice, log on to www.practitionerspacecroydon.co.uk or email earlyhelp@croydon.gov.uk

CSCB Joint Working Practice Guidance – published in January 2017

The focus of this multi -agency guidance is on safeguarding children and young people whose parents/carers’ parenting capacity is impacted by mental health, substance misuse, learning disability and domestic abuse.  It is written for practitioners working with adults whose complex problems might impact on their ability to care for children, as well as for those working with children whose parents or carers have complex problems.

CSCB Joint Working Guidance January 2017

Safeguarding Children Exposed to Extremist Ideology

The London Safeguarding Children Board has issued practice guidance on Safeguarding Children Exposed to Extremist Ideology in January 2016.  This covers the roles and responsibilities of practitioners, factors that may lead to extremism, assessing risk and when to make a referral to Children’s Social Care.  It also gives an overview of the Government’s Prevent Strategy.

Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Update in Croydon 

The latest bi-monthly DASV Newsletter for agencies and practitioners working with Croydon residents is available.

National Serious Case Reviews – thematic briefings

The NSPCC has produced a series of thematic briefings highlighting the learning from serious case reviews. Each briefing focuses on a different topic, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations to help practitioners understand and act upon the learning from case reviews.  See detailed list of NSPCC Thematic Briefings posted on their website.

Online Safety Bill

A Private Member’s Bill (sponsored by Baroness Howe of Idlicote) is currently being considered to make provision about the promotion of online safety.  This will require internet service providers and mobile phone operators to:

  • provide an internet service that excludes adult content;
  • require electronic device manufacturers to provide a means of filtering internet content; and
  • make provision for parents to be educated about online safety and for the regulation of harmful material through on-demand programme services.

Baroness Howe has previously expressed her wish to “help parents make it less likely that their children will stumble across inappropriate material, either accidentally or deliberately” online and make parents aware “of how to make the most of the opt-in tool and information about online behavioural challenges that cannot be addressed by filters, such as cyberbullying and sexting”.

The Bill’s progress is at Committee stage and dates for further dates have yet to be scheduled.  For more information.

London’s Care Pathway for child victims of sexual assault

A review found that the services available for child victims of sexual assault varied across all London boroughs and that there were gaps in medical after-care, long-term emotional support and the prosecution process. In line with national recommendations the review concluded:

  • Building an enhanced paediatric service at the Havens (sexual assault referral centres)
  • The establishment of five Child Houses in London

With funding from NHS England (London), the enhanced paediatric service at the Havens is being built. The Child Houses concept is being developed, and in the meantime, Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) hubs are being set up across the five sectors of London. The CSA hubs are bringing together the best of local expertise and services so that children and young people do not have to navigate the system alone. For more information see the latest update.

Children’s Commissioner’s first inquiry report into child sex abuse

The Children’s Commissioner in November 2015 published a first inquiry report into child sex abuse within the family and its network.  ‘Protecting children from harm: A critical assessment of child sexual abuse in the family network in England and priorities for action’ is available in full, summary and young person’s formats.  In response, a press release from the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs has been published.

Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

In response to the Mandatory Reporting Duty which came into force on 31st October 2015, the London Safeguarding Children Board has highlighted the following requirements, which will be incorporated into the London CP Procedures as part of the next update in March 2016:

  • Where a professional, who is subject to the mandatory reporting duty, has either been told by a girl that she has had FGM or has observed a physical sign appearing to show that a girl has had FGM s/he should personally report the matter to the police by calling 101.
  • In all other cases, professionals should follow normal safeguarding processes. This is in line with guidance produced by NHS England and the Metropolitan Police Service.

For further information please refer to the recently published Home Office statutory guidanceMandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilationand note ‘Annex A – FGM mandatory reporting process map’. A flow chart has been published by DH/NHSEFGM Mandatory reporting duty’.

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Information Sharing

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Sharing information is an essential element of early intervention and safeguarding.  If you are you unsure when to share information, the 7 Golden Rules of Information Sharing Leaflet will help guide you.

Also see ‘Information Sharing: Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers’ (HM Government, March 2015)

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Guidance on Dangerous  Dogs

Following the tragic death of an 11 month-old girl in 2014 by a pit-bull terrier type dog, Lancashire Police Dog Training Unit  have issued  guidance for when encountering a possible dangerous dog.

Advice on Dangerous Dogs PPT

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i-HOP- Supporting professionals to work with the children and families of offenders

Commissioned by the Department for Education and run by Barnardo’s, i-HOP provides a free national one-stop online information service for all professionals working with children and families. The website provides up to date listings of services and interventions, training, resources, research and other information to support professionals’ work with offenders children and families.

i-HOP’s Quality Statements and Toolkit is a practical resource which enables universal, targeted and criminal justice services to self assess their work with offenders children and develop a realistic work plan. It is available to download for free along with an introductory video, resource database and poster.

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MindEd

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Useful advice, plus a wealth of learning and interesting facts and links to mental health and development of children and young people. There is material useful for families and related material aimed more at those working with children, young people and families as professionals or as volunteers

MindEd For Professionals, this portal provides a comprehensive source of rapid access learning on children and young people’s mental health and well-being. It’s an excellent free tool – available for any adult whose role, voluntary or paid, carries a responsibility for a child or young person.

It highlights the links to physical health issues. The core content offers the knowledge practitioners need to undertake basic mental health work with children, young people and families. The core content also gives pointers about when a referral should be made to specialist services, and what the child and family might find when they get there. Numerous courses, dependent on the area of work with a child or family, can be accessed on line in bite sized sessions to complement continued professional development.

 

Disability Matters

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     free e-learning for those who work or volunteer with

    disabled children and young people

Launched in February 2015, Disability Matters provides free high quality  e-learning for those who work or volunteer with disabled children and young people (0 to 25 years).  Each of the bite-sized modules was developed by disabled young people, family carers and other experts.  They are intended to challenge existing attitudes, behaviours and fears and to help those who support disabled young people to develop their communication skills and confidence.

Visit www.disabilitymatters.org.uk to access these free high quality resources to benefit you and your colleagues.

 

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