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Stop, Look and Listen - National Safeguarding Day

On 29 February 2016 take action on safeguarding

NCVYS is calling on all children and youth organisations to make the last weekday of February the one day every year where organisations Stop what they are doing, Look at their safeguarding practices and Listen to young people, empowering them to take an active role in managing their own safety. NCVYS’s national safeguarding campaign aims to inspire and encourage children and youth organisations to show commitment to improving their safeguarding policies and standards. Find out more.

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Multi-agency Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

A number of policies and procedures in our online manual have been updated. These updates will go live on 29 February 2016.

20 policies have been updated, the list includes; Underage Sexual Activity, Bullying, Agency Roles and Responsibilities, E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media, Domestic Abuse, Suicide & Self-harm and Responding to Abuse and Neglect. The LSCB also have a new policy on Children Visiting Psychiatric Wards and Facilitates. See Procedures.

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On our way to 1000 followers

This month the LSCB Twitter account welcomed it's 928 follower. More and more Safeguarding Boards are joining and using Twitter as a platform to convey their updates. It's great for engaging with partner agencies and staying up to date with safeguarding, both nationally and locally.

Follow us at @CumbriaLSCB.

Targeted Youth Work Teams

There is currently an interim targeted youth work arrangement from Cumbria County Council for young people aged 11 to 19 years requiring Tier 1 Emotional Health and Well-Being support, such as young people with issues around self-esteem; bereavement; sexual health awareness; missing from home; alcohol and drugs awareness, CSE awareness and keeping safe.

You can email Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm at


The second National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day is taking place on March 18 2016.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity.

The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.


Everyone has a role to play in raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation.

The safeguarding of our children is everybody’s business.

Any child can be sexually exploited no matter what culture, ethnicity, religion, whether a boy or a girl from any background.

Cumbria's Child Sexual Exploitation policy and procedure, which provides guidance to all practitioners and managers, has been updated and will go live on 29 February 2016.

Cumbria LSCB will be supporting the NWG Network Thunderclap to help raise awareness. More information.

Escalation Policy

As of the 29 February the Conflict Resolution Policy will be renamed as the Escalation Policy.  The change of name has been made following findings from the Child M Practice Review and feedback from practitioners through the last staff survey.

The LSCBs Escalation Policy provides the process for the resolution of disputes between agencies. The document sets out the parameters for both informal and formal conflict resolution. See Procedures (and save in your favourites).

Early Help and Family Support Panels

Early Help and Family Support Panels are being developed in each area to bring key agencies in a locality together on a regular basis to consider some of the more complex cases that sit at the Early Help Threshold. The role of these panels will be to:

- Identify the appropriate service to initiate an Early Help Assessment (EHA) for a family where there is no EHA in place and where it is difficult to identify who is the most appropriate person to progress the assessment.

- To Step Down a family from Child in Need, Child Protection, or Youth Offending Service statutory supervision when it has been difficult to identify a service to coordinate the TAF at the point of Step Down.

- Where there is an EHA in place but progress has ceased or it has not progressed beyond the initial stage at the outset. 

See the LSCB website for more information.