Cumbria LSCB Newsletter - February 2017

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Domestic and Sexual Abuse Champions Network


The Champions network has been set up to improve community and agency responses to domestic violence and sexual abuse.  It provides training and assistance to enable frontline staff to support the lower and medium risk cases not picked up by Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) or specialist Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVA) or Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) services.

Three Domestic and Sexual Abuse Champions Networks have been set up in Cumbria in the North, South and West of the County; and they are being coordinated by the Champion's Network Coordinator.

There is more information about the network on the website.

New Course

New Course

Advanced Domestic & Sexual Abuse Training Course

This course is specifically for professionals who have an on-going role working with someone who has been sexually assaulted or is a victim or survivor of domestic abuse.  This includes many frontline roles but not those who work in specialist domestic or sexual abuse support roles.

Please click here for further details on the Advanced Domestic & Sexual Abuse training.

Safeguarding Responsibilities, Threshold Guidance & Referral Process (Level 2) - new dates published

Safeguarding & Child Protection Working Together to Safeguarding Children (Level 3) - new dates published

Early Help Training - new dates published

MARAC Training - new dates published

Practitioner Forums

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In January the theme for the practitioner forums was Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).  Practitioners undertook a short training activity around CSE and were given a list of resources which they found to be useful.

The Department of Education (DfE) have just published a definition and a guide for practitioners, local leaders and decision makers who are working to protect children from child sexual exploitation, this replaces the 2009 guidance. 

Child Sexual Exploitation: definition and guide for practitioners.

Multi-Agency Quality Assurance Audits

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Cumbria Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) monitors multi-agency performance management and quality assurance.  We do this through the Performance Management and Quality Assurance Subgroup (PMQAG), which is attended by senior representatives from the partnership.  Cumbria LSCB does not see audit as a one off event but as part of a continuous cycle of improvement.  It enables the LSCB to carry out its function of monitoring the effectiveness of what is done to keep children and young people safe in Cumbria.

The information is then fed into policy and practice protocols and learning and development activity.  The learning from quality audits is implemented across all of the partner agencies.  Learning from quality audits summaries are published on the Cumbria LSCB website.  CSE, Domestic Abuse, Neglect and Missing from Home audit summaries are published here.

Important Update on Early Help & Family Support Panels


The LSCB 5 Minute Briefing provides important updates on the Early Help and Family Support Panels.

Safer Interent Day 2017


Safer Internet Day 2017 took place on Tuesday 7 February with the theme 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet'.

Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK. 

As well as being aware of the risks that children and young people may encounter in the digital world, we can help create a better internet by equipping them with the digital literacy skills they require for today's world, and giving them opportunities to use - and create - positive content online.  Find out more and how you can get involved at or follow #SID2017 on social media.

Quick links:

Education Packs  |  SID TV  |  Register as a supporter  |  Social media campaign  |  Campaign materials

Disrespect NoBody

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The Home Office has launched Disrespect NoBody, a campaign to help young people understand what a healthy relationship is and re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse, sexual abuse and consent.

Further information:

Disrespect NoBody campaign | Disrespect NoBody: campaign posters

Young People and Domestic Abuse


SafeLives has launched a spotlight on the experiences of 13-17 year olds affected by domestic abuse, and the professionals who support them.  From the end of January to the middle of March, resources being made available will include: research; practical resources for professionals; practitioner advice/guidance; young people's testimonies; a webinar from 1-2pm on 3 March; a Twitter Q&A from 1-2pm on 15 March, using the hashtag #SafeYoungLives.

Further information:

Introduction to spotlight on young people experiencing domestic abuse