The coronavirus outbreak is leading to big changes in the way we live our everyday lives. Our relationships will be hugely important for getting us through this but self-isolation, social distancing and other concerns may also place them under added pressure. Here you can find blogs, advice and tips for helping your relationships stay healthy during the pandemic.
Partner Briefing – March 2020
Safeguarding Awareness Campaigns 2020
1 March – Self-Injury Awareness Day
2 – 8 March – Eating Disorders Awareness Week
18 March – National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day. To access further information and resources visit NWG Network website.
21 March – International day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination
2 April – World Autism Day
27 February 2020
Recruitment Campaign: Family Justice Young People’s Board
For further details please click here
Reducing Parental Conflict Locality Events
A 2-hour briefing session for Early Help and Think Family partner organisations. The sessions will help you to:
- Gain a greater awareness of what is meant by ‘parental conflict’ and why it matters
- Explore the impact that poor quality parent relationships can have on children’s outcomes
- Understand what the evidence tells us about parental conflict
- Recognise destructive parental conflict and the impact of this on children
Further details can be found here.
24 February 2020
Safer Sleep Week 9-15 March 2020
Safer Sleep Week runs from 9 – 15 March 2020 in consideration of the risks around SIDS. Find here a guidance document from the Lullaby Trust around best practice to reduce the risks.
19 February 2020
Understanding Safeguarding for Voluntary & Community Organisations Event
An event aimed at Charity Trustees is to be held on Tuesday 3 March 2020 from 10.30am-12.30pm at Durham Community Action (Crook). This practical session covers:
- The importance of having a safeguarding policy;
- Understanding your responsibilities for safeguarding within your organisation;
- What to include in your safeguarding policy;
Further details can be found here.
23 January 2020
Durham SCP Training Programme 2020/21
The DSCP Training Programme 2020/21 has been launched. Further details can be found here.
23 January 2020
Young People who Display Harmful Sexual Behaviour
The next topic of the Think Family Learning Network is as follows:
- What is harmful sexual behaviour
- Update on the procedures and the three routes to an AIM assessment/information sharing meeting
- Introduction to the Brook Traffic Light Tool
Further details can be found here
Introduction to the Durham Way – Integrated Working Across the Partnership
This introduction to the vision and principles of integrated working across the partnership and its working arrangements will introduce new workers (and staff who would like a refresher) into the “Durham Way”. Further details can be found here
The Developing Child & Young Person
This two-day course is aimed at all practitioners who would like to up-date their knowledge on child and young people development and the parental responses to different developmental and transition stages. Further details can be found here.
17 January 2020
Achieving Sustainable Change
A two-day training course for front line staff working with families to make positive changes
The course will support participants to:
Enhance Motivation through Motivational Interviewing techniques
- Understand the nature of resistance and how it impacts on behaviour change
- Look at the process of change
- Practice skills to enhance motivation
- Identify and maintain goals and change by using solution focused practice using solution focused tool.
The course will support participants to use motivational interviewing techniques to understand resistance and how we support behaviour change. Access details of the courses here
13 January 2020
Tools of the Trade
This half-day workshop is only for staff who have completed the “The Developing Child and Young Person” two-day course and want to consider the application of the learning from the course into their practice. We will be sharing tools, approaches and ways of working with different age ranges to capture the views and feelings of children and young people. For details see here
8 January 2020
Strategic Partnership Approach to Early Help for Children, Young People & Families
This is a key document concerning the vision for the Local Authority’s Children’s Services on Early Help. Strategic Partnership Approach to Early Help for Children, Young People and Families
22 October 2019
Find information here providing a guide around mental health, and endorsed by multi agency partners in a Practitioners Guide to Making Mental Health Everybody’s Business.
Learning Resource on Vulnerability in Babies
The DSCP has been working with a regional group to develop a Learning Resource on Vulnerability in Babies. This document includes learning from Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and recommendations on how services can work effectively to safeguard young babies and children.
New Resources for Primary Schools – NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe
5th June 2019
NSPCC Schools Service in Durham offers a range of resources to schools, including their Speak Out. Stay Safe safeguarding programme to primary schools. This programme is offered at no cost to all UK primary schools and the NSPCC have worked extensively with Durham primary schools, visiting over 97% of schools in your area.
You can find a summary of this programme on the DSCP website by clicking here.
Professional Challenge Pledge
3rd May 2019
To run alongside an updated multi agency “Challenge & Escalation” policy, we have launched the partnership’s new Professional Challenge Pledge see here
DSCP want to get the message out that appropriate challenges are welcomed and to give permission for us all to use it in our everyday practice. Challenge is about challenging decisions and assumptions made, not the person. It’s about what makes you worried, your fears and anxieties. It’s about asking yourself, as a professional, can you walk away from a situation leaving issues unchallenged. The child’s views and needs are always paramount.
We will be launching our Pledge at the DSCP Launch event 3rd May 2019.
New TriX Policy Update May 19
Includes updates on new National Programme for children at risk of exploitation, ECPAT Child Trafficking, College of Police Briefing on knife crime, a report on survivor voices in relation to CSA, as well as national evaluation the Troubled Families Programme 2015-20.
Children locked up. Report of the Children’s Commisioner
Who are they ? Where are they?
7 minute briefing
New 7 minute briefing on arrangements concerning National Probation Service ( NPS) and the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) for partners here
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”
Local procedure on Strategy Meetings and SPOC arrangements here
(ii) LSCB Transition arrangements
are available here to view
Young people’s experiences of safeguarding.
In Dec 2018 young people from Investing In Children supported the LSCB 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 LSCB Newsletter available here
Assessing Risk Briefing
26th September 2019
multi agency briefing on assessing risk
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
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
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 LSCB 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.