Cumbria LSCB Newsletter

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Anti-bullying Week is upon us! This year’s theme is ‘Make a noise about bullying’ and the Anti-Bullying Alliance are encouraging us all to continue to empower children and young people to make a noise about bullying – whether it is happening to them or to someone else, face to face or online.

Bullying, a priority raised by our Children and Young People’s Advisory Forum, can take many forms (for instance, cyber-bullying via text messages or the internet), and is often motivated by prejudice against particular groups, for example on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or because a child is adopted or has caring responsibilities. It might be motivated by actual differences between children, or perceived differences.

It can take many forms, but the three main types are:

  • Physical - for example, hitting, kicking , shoving, theft;
  • Verbal - for example, threats, name calling, racist or homophobic remarks;
  • Emotional - for example, isolating an individual from activities/games and the social acceptance of their peer group.

To find out more about the risks, indicators and action which can be taken, please see the LSCB guidance for safeguarding against bullying.

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FGM mandatory reporting duty comes into force

From 31 October, regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales now have a mandatory requirement to report visually confirmed or verbally disclosed cases of FGM in girls under 18 to the police. Read more.

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How can teachers, GPs and nurses provide early help for neglected children?

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Drawing from a study of school nurses, GPs, midwives, teachers and others, as well as young people, the NSPCC has set out a model for providing early help for neglect in universal services.

Early help is about supporting families as soon as a problem emerges in a child’s life. This can prevent children suffering unnecessary harm, improve their long term outcomes and is more cost-effective than reactive services.

For early help to be effective, professionals working with children need the opportunity and skills to build relationships with children and parents, and provide practical and emotional support.

As soon as a concern emerges, professionals working with children should start monitoring the child. They should also refer to the Multi-agency Threshold Guidance and Early Help section of CumbriaLSCB.com .

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Digital Dangers

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Barnardo's recently published a report summarising 'digital dangers' and the impact of technology on the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and young people

Children and young people at risk of harm online may not have any previous vulnerabilities that are often associated with being victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, such as being in care; from families facing adversities or having a history of sexual abuse.

This means that they are less likely to be identified as they might not be known to the authorities. Also because of the nature of online activity the currently accepted indicators of possible sexual exploitation, such as going missing or school absence, may not be displayed, and the first parents may know that their child has been a victim of sexual exploitation is when the police contact the family.

Certain groups of children and young people, such as young people with learning difficulties, those with mental health problems and lesbian, gay bi-sexual, transgender and questioning young people, appear to be particularly vulnerable to online harm. Read more.

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Fostering and Adoption

The county council is continuing it's push for more foster carers, this time with a focus on Barrow and Carlisle. They'll be holding 'drop-in' information sessions for prospective carers on 25/11/2015 and 30/01/2016.

Please look out for adverts on social media and share them, it’s really powerful when everyone lends their support.

Links - Facebook Twitter Website

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Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

For any new LADO referrals please email lado@cumbria.gov.uk or call 01768 812267 - The duty LADO will then contact you direct.

To understand more about the role of the LADO and the process for managing allegations against staff please see Allegations Against Staff or Volunteers.

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Council makes a promise to Looked After Children

As part of the county council's commitment to helping looked after children achieve their full potential, Councillors at last week's full council meeting made a public commitment to the children in the authority’s care. Read more.

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Transforming Mental Wellbeing Services for Children and Young People in Cumbria

Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group and Children’s Services had their Local Transformation Plan approved by NHS England.  The production of this plan was a requirement following the publication of ‘Future in Mind’, a government task force report published in March 2015. The overall implementation of the plan will be led by Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and highlights the key challenges faced in transforming and improving emotional and mental wellbeing services for children and young people. Read more.