ESCB Bulletin February 2016


Change in how to access services from ECC Family Operations


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 out more.

CSE Project Manager Blog

Clare Livens blog

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.

ESCB training

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.

FGM Zero Tolerance Day

Every 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

Safer Internet Day 9th February

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.

National news and resources

Telling 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.

Protecting children 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 Flattening
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.


CDR Forms

The Child Death Review Forms have been updated and are available on the ESCB website.

Safer Sleep

Safer sleep

Don’t forget Safer Sleep remains a priority all year. If you’d like any Safer Sleep resource cards please email us and we can send you some out. Alternatively you can download resources on the ESCB website.

Death of a baby study day

Development objectives:
• Understand issues for professionals and parents surrounding the loss of a baby.
• Provide information and advice and to bring together the elements of good practice.
• Specialist training for professionals who work with families around the death of a baby.

Thursday, 5th May 2016 (09:00-17:00)
Venue: Epping Forest Burial Park

To reserve your place please e-mail Louise Kennedy for an application form 

Government’s road safety statement of Dec 2015

Points from the statement include:

· reviewing and developing the government’s road safety educational materials for school aged children for use in schools

· providing four year funding to support Bikeability cycle training in schools designed to increase children's road awarenes

· devising new THINK! road safety educational campaigns that focus on child and teen road safety, young drivers and motorcyclists. 

Find out more.