Partners will no longer need
to use separate forms to access Children’s Social Care, (ECC 999 form) and
Family Solutions (Essex Request for Support Form). One form is being introduced
to access both strands of the Family Operations offer: a single FAMILY
OPERATIONS REQUEST for SERVICES form (FORS form). Form comes into effect
from 22nd February. Find
Clare Livens, Child Exploitation Project Manager updates on her work for the past quarter including NWG membership, attending practitioner forums and planning awareness raising campaigns. Read
her full blog here.
Don’t forget to take advantage
of one of the many ESCB training courses running this year. There is a new Female Genital Mutilation course designed to help participants gain greater understanding about FGM, the law and safeguarding implications. Find out more and book a place.
There are also places still available on the Working with young people at risk of CSE course on 2nd March. Book your place here.
year, February 6 is internationally recognised as the International Day of Zero
Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation led by the United Nations. The ESCB supports this day as an opportunity to raise awareness of FGM and the
support available from ourselves and our partner agencies. You can find out more about FGM, including how to make a referral on our webpages or the National FGM Centre website
Resource packs for schools, parents and carers, provide lots of great ideas to help schools, youth groups, libraries and other organisations get involved in Safer Internet Day 2016. Find out more.
about abuse: a leaflet for deaf adults –NSPCC and Books Beyond Words,
have produced leaflets for adults who may find pictures easier than words,
advising on what to do if they think a child is being abused and how to respond
if their child is being bullied.
from extremism - Education Secretary announced new resources including a website for parents and teachers
and a consultation
on registering children who go missing from school.
Ofsted whistleblowing policy The new policy covers all matters
relating to the inspection and regulation of children's social care. The ESCB
has a whistleblowing
poster which agencies are able to display in their organisations.
Breast Ironing also known as “Breast Flattening” is the process whereby young
pubescent girls breasts are ironed, massaged and/or pounded down through the
use of hard or heated objects in order for the breasts to disappear or delay
the development of the breasts entirely. Much like FGM, it is a harmful
cultural practice and is child abuse and classified
as physical abuse. Professionals must follow the SET Procedures in the case of any concerns. See this Trix briefing for more information.