Cumbria LSCB Newsletter and Early Help Update

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Early Help update for all professionals working with children

In response to feedback from Education and Health professionals there has been a change to the way in which a SEND assessment is requested. Previously there was a separate Early Help Assessment form and it was felt that having two forms caused a level of confusion. Therefore the two forms have now been combined and the emphases are on any professional identifying an additional need, whether educational, developmental, behavioural or emotional.

The principle is that when any additional need is identified with a young person an Early Help Assessment form is completed. The emphasis is on assessing all aspects of a child or young person’s circumstances, developing a plan to meet those needs, and reviewing progress systematically. Read the full briefing note for professionals - please cascade amongst workforce and colleagues.


Book on to an Early Help Workshop


The LSCB is running a series of two and half hour workshops in districts on how to write needs led Early Help Assessments and Action Plans. The aim of the workshop is to improve the quality of Early Help Assessments and Action Plans and the documentation involved. Book now.

Attend a Practitioner Forum in your district

Practitioner forums help people who work with children and young people learn from each other, understand each other’s roles and responsibilities and what local provision is available in each part of the county. 

There’s no need to book just 'drop-in' - there are six Practitioner Forums running, one in each district area. Why not give your next forum a try.


Realising the potential - tackling child neglect in universal services


The NSPCC have drawn on the views of 893 health visitors, school nurses, GPs, midwives, teachers and early years practitioners, and 18 young people (aged 11-24). They discuss what help is currently provided by universal services to tackle child neglect, what the barriers are to providing Early Help and about their ideas on how services can be better supported to provide Early Help. Read more.


Foster and make a difference

fostering drop in

The county council is gearing up for a fresh drive to find more foster carers to look after the children and young people currently in care; and is encouraging those interested in fostering or adopting to attend an information event. See dates.


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Safer Internet Day 2016

Join the global celebration on 9th February!

Safer Internet Day 2016 will take place on the 9 February with the theme 'Play your part for a better internet!'.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Join in.


New measures to keep children safe online at school and at home

The government has announced a package of measures to help keep children safe online. These include: a UKCiSS guide to help parents keep their children safe online; updated content on CEOP's Thinkuknow website; and new industry-led initiatives to help children be safe online. Read more.