Cumbria LSCB Newsletter - October 2016

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Serious Case Review Briefing

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The LSCB has published a briefing for professionals based on the findings from the recent five SCR's, Children O, R, AC, L and N. 


The full briefing is available on the LSCB website - SCR Briefings

Multi-Agency Training


As part of its Learning and Improvement Strategy, the LSCB provides a series of multi-agency safeguarding training and learning events, and opportunities which include core safeguarding training events, specialised courses, along with briefing sessions and conferences.  Cumbria LSCB multi-agency safeguarding training is offered free to staff and volunteers who come into contact with children, young people and/or families.

There is now more dates on the website for:

Safeguarding Awareness Safeguarding Responsibilities, Threshold Guidance & Referral Process (Level 2) - click here

And Safeguarding & Child Protection Working Together to Safeguard Children (Level 3) - click here

Child Sexual Exploitation Training Events - click here

For the following sessions please click here

Champions Network Domestic & Sexual Abuse Training

Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Training

Early Help Training

Multi-Agency MARAC Training

Self-Harm Training Sessions

Substance Misuse & Parenting Training

Training that we promote


The Hidden Sentence training programme aims to focus on prisoner's 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.

  • Friday 20 January 2017 (10am-4pm), The Minto Centre, Workington

Tuesday 7 March 2017 (10am-4pm), Newtown Children's Centre, Shady Grove Road, Carlisle

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

Practitioner Forums


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.  The November forums will have a focus on working with families who are uncooperative.

There are six Practitioner Forms up and running, one in each district area.  They're free to attend.  Why not give your local forum a try, there's no need to book, just come along. 

Dates and venues are all on the LSCB website - click here

Online Safety Resources

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@Teacher Toolkit shares resources created by Digital Awareness UK and the Girl's Day School Trust to help teachers protect their students online.  Live My Digital is a series of 6 films for parents and 6 films for students on topics such as sexting, cyberbullying and grooming.

Further information:

Live My Digital

Digital Awareness UK

Private Fostering

If you know that a child has been cared for by someone else other than their parents or a close relative for 28 days or more, and this is not been arranged formally by Cumbria Children and Family Services then this could be a 'Private Fostering Arrangement'.  A Private Foster Carer is someone who is looking after a child and who is not a close relative.

As Private Fostering is a private arrangement it can 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 well-being.

Professionals working with children should refer to the LSCB Procedure for Children Living Away from Home with Other Families.

Teachers, health and other professionals should notify the county council of a private fostering arrangement that comes to their attention, where they are not satisfied that the arrangement has been or will be notified, call 0333 240 1727 or for more information see

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a collective term for procedures, which include the removal of part or all of the external female genitalia for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons.  The practice is medically unnecessary, extremely painful and has serious health consequences, both at the time when the mutilation is carried out and in later life.  The procedure is typically performed on girls aged between 4 and 13, but in some cases it is performed on new-born infants or on young women before marriage or pregnancy.

FGM is considered to be a form of child abuse (it is categorised under the headings of both physical abuse and emotional abuse) as it is illegal and is performed on a child who is unable to resist or give informed consent therefore it is essential that a referral into Cumbria Safeguarding Hub is made in accordance with the Multi-Agency Threshold Guidance (including Referrals) when a practitioner suspects FGM; where the situation is an emergency, the local police should be contacted immediately.

Please see Cumbria LSCB Safeguarding Children Board - online procedures

The Home Affairs Committee has published a report about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - Female Genital Mutilation - abuse unchecked