DSCP Launch Newsletter available here
New safeguarding partnership arrangements Go Live!
From 1st April Durham DSCP will be transitioning to Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership in line with Working Together 2018 Guidance.
To view the plan for the new safeguarding arrangements click the LOGO above:
DSCP will be hosting a Launch Event on 3rd May 2019 followed by a rolling programme of launch briefings.
For an update see our Independent Chair’s VLOG below
Signs of Safety Briefing
24th May pm session
To sign up follow the link on the flyer below
Child Criminal Exploitation
15th April 2019
NEW page on our website on information about Child Criminal Exploitation see here
New A21 video on Online Child Exploitation
You can find the child exploitation video here.
Further information on the video is available from A21’s website here.
A21 also have corresponding posters, leaflets and other resources to use in conjunction with the videos that they would be happy to provide you with. These resources have been used in a variety of ways including as part of training, displayed as posters as well as leaflets for general informational purposes.
7 minute Briefings including Strategy Meetings.
6th February 2019
Our latest 7 minute briefing on
(i) Strategy Meetings which acts upon the recommendations of the JTAI on “The Multi-Agency Response to Domestic Abuse”
(ii) DSCP Transition arrangements
are available here to view
Local procedure on Strategy Meetings and SPOC arrangements here
Young people’s experiences of safeguarding.
In Dec 2018 young people from Investing In Children supported the DSCP to find out young people’s opinions about the following questions.
What are the main safeguarding concerns impacting on the lives of young people today?
What do you see as safeguarding priorities for adults to target within a partnership approach? How would you like to know more?
View the full report here
Spring 2019 DSCP Newsletter available here
Assessing Risk Briefing
26th September 2019
multi agency briefing on assessing risk
Forthcoming changes to the DSCP e:learning offer
Be aware that Durham DSCP elearning courses are changing as from the 1st of April 2019 when we will be moving from The Virtual College Network to Me Learning. This will provide us with 6 new courses which are:
Safeguarding Children – Level 1 & 2
Hidden Harm – parental Substance misuse, Parental mental ill health and Domestic abuse
Safeguarding Children with Disabilities
Child Sexual Exploitation – Level 2
Information Sharing and Consent
This will mean the you will be unable to register with Virtual College from the 31st of March 2019 and if you have courses in progress they must be completed and all certificated printed before the 23rd of April. After this date you will be unable to access your account or any details of training completed.
If you are not a from a partner agency approval may be needed from the DSCP business unit and charges may be incurred for accessing the training.
New Home Office Posters
8th February 2019
FGM poster here
County Lines poster here
FGM partners pack for professionals here
FGM Protection Orders
Information for parents/carers here
Review of Statement of Policy under the Licensing Act 2003
3rd May 2019
Formal consultation taking place for further details see here or go to our Licensing page under the Professionals heading
What is Contextual Safeguarding (CS) ?
Contextual Safeguarding (CS) is an approach to safeguarding that supports practitioners to recognise and respond to the harm young people experience outside of the family home. Current child protection systems were primarily designed to protect children from risks posed to them by their families. There is increased recognition across the sector that the system is not working effectively enough for adolescents. This approach gives prominence and weight to the influence of peers on young people’s decision making. Intervening to affect context of the extra- familial risk can increase the capacity of families to safeguard young people and divert young people away from harmful contexts, thus CS can be seen to extend the notion of capacity to safeguard placing the young person front and centre of the process.
Watch the video What is Contextual Safeguarding here
Read more about responses to peer on peer abuse using a Contextual Safeguarding approach here
Government Review to improve the lives of autistic children
21st February 2019
|The government’s review of services and support for autistic people is covering autistic children as well as adults for the first time. It will inform a new joint adults and children autism strategy to be published in autumn 2019.
For the full Government News Story, click here
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements is now available
6 November 2018
This e-learning course is now available and should be used for staff development and training purposes. It will support those who attend Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) meetings and anyone who works with violent or sexual offenders to raise individual awareness of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements, practice guidance and policy. It aims to help professionals consider the appropriateness of MAPPA in assisting the management of those risks posed by an individual to the public, known adult, children, staff and prisoners
Child Death Overview Panel – Annual Report 2017-2018
31 October 2018
The 7th Annual Report of County Durham and Darlington Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is now available here. The report reflects the activity of the panel from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.
Durham DSCP Annual Report 2017/18 Published
28 June 2018
The Durham DSCP Annual Report 2017-18 gives an account of the Board’s work over the past year to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. The report describes the local governance arrangements and structure of Durham DSCP, the linkages to other strategic partnerships across County Durham and the work undertaken against the 2017/18 priorities.
DSCP Annual Report for Young People 2018 Published
28 June 2018
Durham DSCP has developed an interactive version of the Annual Report for Young People. The DSCP Annual Report for Young People 2018 is primarily an interactive electronic document and is best viewed on a computer, tablet or smartphone.
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – listening to victims and survivors
17 November 2017
Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have made an important contribution to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). You can read the latest Truth Project report here. www.iicsa.org.uk/truthproject
Durham DSCP has created a privacy information pages that details the information gathering and distribution practices for this website. Click on the link below to read more.