8 January 2020
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.
DSCP Launch Newsletter available here
New safeguarding partnership arrangements Go Live!
From 1st April Durham LSCB 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
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.
Sexual Health Services Consultation
The Integrated Sexual Health Service delivered by County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust, are seeking the views of young people aged under 25 years and adults over the age of 25 years to help shape their services. The consultation is now live and will run through until 17th May 2019. Could you all please share the links below through your networks
In addition to the above links, the surveys will be accessible through CDDFT website and paper copies will be available for those attending clinics
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) LSCB 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 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
Forthcoming changes to the LSCB e:learning offer
Be aware that Durham LSCB 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 LSCB Annual Report 2017/18 Published
28 June 2018
The Durham LSCB 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 LSCB, the linkages to other strategic partnerships across County Durham and the work undertaken against the 2017/18 priorities.
LSCB Annual Report for Young People 2018 Published
28 June 2018
Durham LSCB has developed an interactive version of the Annual Report for Young People. The LSCB 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 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.