April 2016 Cumbria LSCB Newsletter

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Do you know about the changes to the Hub?

Hub changes

Following a multi-agency review of Cumbria’s Safeguarding Hub there have been a number of internal changes in the way that we are managing the receipt of all contacts and referrals into the Hub.

We want to prevent those children and families who do not meet the threshold from being referred to the Safeguarding Hub unnecessarily.

We want to support professionals to access the right services for our children and families.

We need to ensure we have accurate and sufficient information to assess the right level of risk and need we will be advising and requesting that our partners provide us with good quality data.

These are some of the changes ……

We have a new Duty desk staffed by 2 social workers and an Early Help Officer who will swiftly identify the presenting level of risk, to enable the required level of screening. Additionally, following feedback from our partners, you can now access support and guidance from the Duty desk before making a referral.

A new Hub response to Domestic Abuse ensures all of these contacts are risk assessed.

The new Hub IDVA who brings a wealth of expertise and ensures children and families receive the support of specialist services.

In February we had some good feedback from you about your experiences with the Hub.

'Good quality, speedy communication'

'Provided good support with infinite patience'

For a full update on the changes to the Hub and the Early Help panels read the full briefing document

Safeguarding Hub Briefing April 2016

SMART Planning


Whatever goals we have in life, we always need a plan as to how we are going to get there. In the work we undertake with children and families, it is exactly the same.

 Mark Casey, Childrens Services Team Manager, Conference & Review / Audit & Practice has written some guidance for practitioners on writing good plans. We will be featuring snippets in our newsletters and the full ‘Top Tips for SMART Planning’ handout can be found on our website.

SMART Planning

Short Films for Practice - CSE Research

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These 12 films are aimed at anyone who wants to access learning from the latest research on child sexual exploitation (CSE), in a short accessible form.

The films share the findings of a range of studies undertaken by researchers in ‘The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking’ at the University of Bedfordshire, as well as drawing on wider CSE literature.


Seven Golden Rules for Information Sharing

7 gold rules

1. Remember that the Data Protection Act is not a barrier to sharing information but provides a framework to ensure that personal information about living persons is shared appropriately.

2. Be open and honest with the person (and/or their family where appropriate) from the outset about why, what, how and with whom information will, or could be shared, and seek their agreement, unless it is unsafe or inappropriate to do so.

3. Seek advice if you are in any doubt, without disclosing the identity of the person where possible.

4. Share with consent where appropriate and, where possible, respect the wishes of those who do not consent to share confidential information. You may still share information without consent if, in your judgement, that lack of consent can be overridden in the public interest. You will need to base your judgement on the facts of the case.

5. Consider safety and well-being: Base your information sharing decisions on considerations of the safety and well-being of the person and others who may be affected by their actions.

6. Necessary, proportionate, relevant, accurate, timely and secure: Ensure that the information you share is necessary for the purpose for which you are sharing it, is shared only with those people who need to have it, is accurate and up-to-date, is shared in a timely fashion, and is shared securely.

7. Keep a record of your decision and the reasons for it – whether it is to share information or not. If you decide to share, then record what you have shared, with whom and for what purpose.

Information Sharing Protocol

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