Cumbria LSCB Newsletter - February2018

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Parental mental health and substance misuse

The NSPCC has updated its website page on family issues children experience to include information on parental mental health and parental substance misuse.

Further information:

Parental mental health: how to help children living with parents with mental health problems

Parental substance misuse: how to support children living with parents who misuse alcohol and drugs


LSCB train the trainer

train the trainer

Would you like to be a safeguarding trainer for the LSCB? Cumbria LSCB have a two day train the trainer course which is designed to enable you to deliver multi-agency training in line with the expected standards of the LSCB. It will provide both the theoretical and practical skills required to meet these standards.

12th and 13th March at Newton Rigg in Penrith.

For more information email LSCB@cumbria.gov.uk

To book your place on this course please:
The course booking process for all Cumbria County Council staff members has changed to self-service, resulting in staff booking their own courses through MyHR.

Booking process for non-Cumbria County Council staff members, please complete a BOOKING FORM and return to: ldadminteam@cumbria.gov.uk


DARAC training

DARAC - Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment for Children

Who this course is for?
This course is for frontline practitioners from across the partner agencies who may come into contact with children and young people where Domestic Abuse is a factor.  This includes but is not limited to; social workers, children and family workers, targeted youth support and teaching staff.

These learning events are multi-agency training sessions on the use of the Barnardo's DARAC (Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment for Children - formerly DVRIM).  The sessions will also cover in brief; Domestic Abuse and the impact on children.

The DARAC training aims to assist multi-agency staff and social work staff to:

  • Identify risks to children from Domestic Abuse
  • Make decisions of whether a case presents as in need of a safeguarding response or early help
  • To help staff to make appropriate interventions for children, non-abusing parent and perpetrators

What is the DARAC?
DARAC helps practitioners:

  • Identify risks to children from DA and begin the risk assessment process
  • Decide whether a case needs a safeguarding response or family support
  • Identify appropriate interventions for the children, the non-abusing parent and the abusive father / father figure

DARAC supports professional judgement in 2 key areas:

  • What is the level of risk to the child?
  • Is there risk that abuse / violence will escalate, or that the level of risk will increase?

Duration:
9.30am to 2.30pm (participants will need to provide their own lunch)

Cost: Free

The list of dates and venues:

North
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 - Cumbria House, 117 Botchergate, Carlisle
Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - Penrith Fire Station
Thursday, 17 May 2018 - Cumbria House, 117 Botchergate, Carlisle

South
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 - Furness College, Barrow
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Orsmgill Children's Centre, Barrow
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 - Kendal Town Hall

West
Friday, 9 March 2018 - Helena Thompson Community Centre, Workington
Friday, 13 April 2018 - Helena Thompson Community Centre, Workington

To book your place on this course please:
The course booking process for all Cumbria County Council staff members has changed to self-service, resulting in staff booking their own courses through MyHR.

Booking process for non-Cumbria County Council staff members, please complete a BOOKING FORM and return to: ldadminteam@cumbria.gov.uk


Pause Cumbria update

Pause works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care. Through an intense programme of support, it aims to break this cycle and give women the opportunity to reflect, tackle destructive patterns of behaviour, and to develop new skills and responses that can help them create a more positive future.

Pause Cumbria Briefing Note


Parent or carer of a child under 5?

child health app

An NHS Child Health App which was developed in the north east has been extended to cover north Cumbria. It is free to download onto a smartphone/ tablet.

Links showing the locations of north Cumbrian GP practices, pharmacies, minor injury units, nurse-led treatment centres and A+E units have been added to the app. It provides NHS advice for frequent childhood condition and may be useful to share with family, friends and patients. Click iTunes (Apple) or Google Play (Android).

Child Health App offers health advice at your fingertips

Child Health App

Social Media Child Health App


Professional curiosity

Professional curiosity is the capacity and communication skill to explore and understand what is happening within a family rather than making assumptions or accepting things at face value. In the Climbié inquiry, Lord Laming suggested social workers needed to practice “respectful uncertainty”,  applying critical evaluation to any information they receive and maintaining an open mind.  In safeguarding the term ‘safe uncertainty’ (Mason 1993) is used to describe an approach which is focused on safety for children but that takes into account changing information, different perspectives and acknowledges that certainty may not be achievable.

Professional curiosity and a real willingness to engage with children and their families are vital to promote safety and stability for families.


Sudden Infant Death Syndrome training

training

Aims of Training :

  • Introduction to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome).
  • How to identify families who may be more vulnerable in relation to SIDS.
  • To give an update on current research based safer sleep advice.

Learning Outcomes :

  • When working with families, professionals will have a better understanding of safe sleep messages and how to deliver them effectively to families.
  • Professionals will have more confidence in challenging unsafe sleep practices.
  • Professionals will know where to go to get further support and advice when required.

Duration : 2 Hours

Cost : Courses are provided free of charge to non profit making organisations and LSCB member organisations –

Dates and Venues:

Free SIDS and Safer Sleep Seminars

Tuesday 6 March 2018

Morning session : 9.30am - 12pm - Penrith Methodist Church

Afternoon session : 2pm - 4.30pm - Helena Thompson Museum Workington

To book on or for more information please contact Karen Molloy KarenM@lullabytrust.org.uk


LSCB Procedures Manual Update

policy & procedures

A number of policies and procedures in our online manual have been updated. The list includes; Children who go Missing from Home or Care; Local Protocol for Assessment and Child Sexual Exploitation.

A new procedure has also been added to the manual Child Sexual Abuse in the Family Environment

Did you know you can register for alerts for when our procedures, policies and guidance are updated? Register Now.   


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

To mark International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM) on 6 February, the Guardian published two videos to explain what FGM is and its consequences.

Further information: 

The facts you should know about female genital mutilation (video)
 
‘Why did you cut me?’ Survivors share the pain of FGM (video)

International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation


NSPCC website update: Together for childhood

The NSPCC has updated its website to include information on Together for childhood, an evidence-informed approach bringing local partners and families together to make communities safer for children. Together for childhood aims to: prevent child abuse and neglect in families facing adversity; prevent child sexual abuse, and support children and their families.