Cumbria LSCB Newsletter July 2016 - AMENDED VERSION 2

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Early Help Panels


The newly developed Early Help and Family Support Panels are now becoming established around the County with a regular coming together of a wide group of agencies to discuss Early Help Assessments that are either stuck or in need of progressing from their initial stage.  The initiative is intended to make it easier for frontline staff to initiate an assessment in the more complicated circumstances. We are encouraging all agencies to consider making a referral to the panel in their area – following the guidance on the Early Help pages of the LSCB Website

Any queries regarding the suitability of an assessment for consideration should be discussed with the Locality Early Help Officers.

Practitioner Forums

The practitioner forums have been a great resource for practitioners to meet and network, learn about what services are in their area and discuss practice. We have recently met and planned topics for the year including;

CSE, Early Help, neglect, disguised compliance, Social media, welfare reform, and Private fostering. LSCB policies and procedure Sub group, and Learning and Improvement sub group will attend each forum twice a year to update on Policies and information regarding practice. There will be speakers of interest booked as we go through the year that are relevant to your local forum.

We now have new leads for the Forums and dates for the rest of the year

Carlisle Practitioner Forum

Dates : 8 September 2016, 3 November 2016, 8 December 2016, 19 January 2017, 23 February 2017, 23 March 2017, 27 April 2017, 8 June 2017

Taking place at Petteril Bank Community Centre, Carlisle, 12-2pm

Lead Chair : Steph Smithson and Pam Hutton

Eden Practitioner Forum

Dates : 24 August  2016, 28 September 2016, 9 November 2016

Taking place at North Eden Children’s Centre, 9.30-11.30am

Lead Chair : Suzanna Gregson and Pam Hutton

Copeland Practitioner Forum

Dates : 14 July 2016, 22 September 2016, 22 November 2016

Taking place at Howgill Children’s Centre, 10am-12pm

Lead Chair : Karen Ross and Stuart Graffin

Allerdale Practitioner Forum

Dates : 13 July 2016, 21 September 2016, 23 November 2016

Taking place at The Oval Centre, Salterbeck, 10am-12pm

Lead Chair : Chris Findley and Karen Ross

Kendal/South Lakes Practitioner Forum

Dates : 20 July 2016, 14 September 2016, 16 November 2016

Taking place at County Hall, Kendal, 2pm-4pm

Lead Chair : Neil Spence and Ann Downe

Barrow Practitioner Forum

Dates : 12 July 2016, 13 September 2016, 11 October 2016, 8 November 2016, 13 December 2016

Taking place at Vickerstown School, Walney, 9.30-11.30am

Lead Chair : Hilary Rourke and Ann Downe

Please support your local LSCB Practitioner Forum

More information on the Practitioner Forums can be found on the LSCB Website

Touchstone Neglect Event


The LSCB consult and engage with professionals in a number of ways to help our understanding of people’s needs, views and experiences on a particular topic or issue.  Using the ‘touchstones’ we undertook an informal engagement event to ask a series of questions to determine what professionals’ experiences of neglect in Cumbria are. The LSCB will use this information alongside other evidence, to inform the design and delivery of the Neglect Strategy.

If you would like to become an LSCB touchstone please contact the LSCB office

Young People's Shadow Board


The LSCB now has in place a shadow Board made up of young people, the shadow board will be a mechanism for the voice of children and young people to be heard and influence the decisions of the LSCB. The group will meet regularly and will feed into the young peoples’ advisory forum. The Board and the Forum provide a platform for conversations with children and young people about issues that are important to them.

The next Advisory Forum is focussing on neglect and will take place on the 25th July for more information and for future dates please see LSCB website

Procedure for Schools - Children who go missing throughout the school day

This protocol refers to pupils who register at school in the morning and then go missing during the school day without a satisfactory explanation. Multi-agency procedures online

Learning and Improvement Framework

The aim of this framework is to enable local organisations to improve services through being clear about their responsibilities to learn from experience and particularly through the provision of insights into the way organisations work together to safeguard and protect the welfare of children. Multi-agency procedures online

Staff Survey

staff survey

The 2016 LSCB Survey of Professionals Working with Children and Young People is now open. Please can we encourage you all to take 10 minutes to answer the questions. The survey is anonymous and feedback from the survey is used to inform our ongoing work with children and families.

The closing date for this survey is 10th July 2016

2016 Survey:

LSCB 5 Minute Briefing

Have you read the LSCB 5 minute briefings? 

LSCB Survey of Professionals Working with Children and Young People 2016

Learning from Serious Case Reviews – Child AC

Learning from Serious Case Reviews – Child L

Learning from Serious Case Reviews – Child N

5 minute briefing

Private Fostering

Do you know a child being privately fostered (a child who is being cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative' for 28 days or more)?

Sometimes it can be hard to tell. Whether you’re a neighbour, teacher, nurse or anyone else who has contact with children we’re encouraging you to work with the county council to identify private fostering arrangements for the safety and wellbeing of children in Cumbria. 

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative'. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts (whether of full blood, half blood or marriage/affinity). 

It’s important that the county council are made aware of private fostering arrangements. Private Fostering is a private arrangement and can often be hidden from agencies who have a responsibility to safeguard the welfare of children. Privately fostered children can be vulnerable as they may not see their families very often. It is therefore important that their needs are assessed and their situation monitored to safeguard their wellbeing. 

To notify the county council please call 0333 240 1727 or for more information see

Would you like to deliver Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training?

The LSCB are recruiting volunteers and training them to be part of a multi-agency team to deliver safeguarding training.  We are looking for experienced enthusiastic practitioners who would like to share their learning.  You need to be committed to delivering a minimum of 3 days co-training for the LSCB. The 2 day Train the Trainer course details are on the LSCB Website

Hidden Sentence Training

The Hidden Sentence training programme aims to focus on prisoners’ as people, with lives and families outside prison and the impact that imprisonment has on those close to the offenders.

The training course aims to enable practitioners to gain the knowledge and understanding they need to develop services that meet the needs of prisoners’ families.

  • 12th August 2016 (10am-4pm) - Kendal West Children’s, Kendal Green, Kendal, LA9 5PP
  • 14th October 2016 (10am-4pm) - Howgill Children’s Centre, Birks Road, Cleator Moor, CA25 5HR
  • 20th January 2017 (10am-4pm) - Minto Centre, Workington, CA14 5BD

To book on any of the above courses please contact Leanne Weir