Cumbria LSCB Newsletter - April 2017

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Annual Survey


The 2017 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. Have your say here.

5 minute briefing on last years survey.

The Young Perspective Board

We are excited to announce that the LSCB Young People’s Shadow Board is changing its name to The Young Perspective Board.

The new name reflects how the young people involved want to be seen, they felt that the old name “LSCB Children and Young People’s Shadow Board” gave the wrong impression and suggested they follow or observe the LSCB.  They wanted a name to reflect their goal; “to get the voice of young people who aren’t often heard and develop projects to keep young people in Cumbria safe.”

They will continue to operate in its current structure, and all contacts will remain unchanged.  There is no change to future meeting dates or venues. The next meeting of the Young Perspective Board is Saturday 8th April 12:00-3:00pm at Penrith Fire Station.

Modern Slavery

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The British Government estimates that there are around 13000 people in modern day slavery in the UK, a significant number of which are under 18. Legislation was introduced in July 2015 in the form of The Modern Slavery Act, under which the maximum custodial sentence for the most serious offences is life. The legislation created the post of Anti-Slavery commissioner and placed a duty to notify on specified public authorities, including local authorities to report potential victims of trafficking to the National Crime Agency via the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). The NRM is also the mechanism through which the Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU) collect data about victims. This information contributes to building a clearer picture about the scope of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK.

Cumbria Constabulary briefing

The following link is a video that shows the methods that perpetrators use to exploit vulnerable people for the purposes of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Further information :

Modern slavery is closer than you

Do you know if someone is reporting modern slavery

Practitioner Forums

In April and May 2017 members of the LSCB will be attending the Practitioner Forums to present a new Child Protection Conference Report Template and guidance. This template has been endorsed by the LSCB and will be rolled out county wide. If you’d like to know more about the template, how to use it and the rationale behind its introduction then please come along to a forum:

Eden, 26 April, 1pm – 3pm, North Eden Children’s Centre, Old London Road, Penrith

Carlisle, 27 April, 12pm – 2pm  Petteril Bank Community Centre, Burnett Road, Carlisle

Barrow, 9 May, 9:30am – 11:30am, Cambridge Primary School, Cambridge Street, Barrow, LA13 9RD

South Lakeland, 11 May, 2pm – 4pm - County Hall Offices, Kendal

Allerdale, 17 May, 10am – 12pm - The Oval Centre, Salterbeck, Workington

Copeland, 18 May, 10am – 12pm - Howgill Family Centre, Birks Road, Cleator Moor.

For more information on the LSCB Practitioner Forums please see the website here.

Young Parents' Advice Website

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Family Rights Group has launched a website for young parents whose children are involved with children’s services whether as children in need, deemed at risk, in care or adopted. The website includes information and tips to help young parents: understand their rights and options; seek the support they need for their children; get ready for meetings with their child’s social worker; know what to expect if care proceedings begin. Includes also: tailored information for young fathers, young parents who are themselves care leavers, and young parents experiencing domestic violence.

How to Support Children and Families with Early Help Training Course


We have added a new course to our 2017 – 18 programme. The LSCB is running a series of day long workshops in districts to help strengthen the response to families by effective multi-agency working at an Early Help stage of intervention

The aim of the workshop is to improve the quality of multi-agency working and to result in Early Help Assessment Coordinators feeling more confident in their role.

Key aims of the day are

  • To understand the Early Help process
  • To effectively work together as a Multi-Agency Team
  • To be able to confidently co-ordinate a Team Around the Family (TAF)
  • To be able to know and access assessment tools to measure risk and impact
  • To be able to evidence the impact of Early Help for the child


Free Self-Harm and Suicide Alterness Training


Anyone working with children or young people is invited to attend a free workshop on Self-Harm and Suicide Alertness on the following dates:

  • 7th April and 28th April at Barrow fire station, 9:30am-1pm
  • 21st March 25th April at Kendal fire station, 9am-12:30pm

Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Training


This course aims to provide participants with the understanding of the complex nature of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence; the roles that everyone has to play in identifying, supporting and signposting those affected by it and to promote positive and effective outcomes through partnership working and good practice.

Courses delivered across the County, all of the details about the courses and how to book on are on the training page of the LSCB website

Course Endorsement

Congratulations to Safe Haven on becoming the first agency to receive course endorsement from the LSCB.

‘The endorsement process has enabled Safe Haven Consulting to develop a positive working relationship with Cumbria LSCB. We now have effective links who share key information with us quickly so that we can reflect in our training.

Jeanette & Diane welcomed the opportunity to be the first safeguarding training provider to be endorsed by Cumbria LSCB and to pilot the process with them. Our letter of endorsement recognises that our training meets the required standards which hopefully others can follow.

The quality of safeguarding training we provide to schools and the organisations we support is key to our service. We are delighted that the training we deliver has been recognised and endorsed by Cumbria LSCB.’ Diane and Jeanette, Safe Haven.

Top Tips for giving evidence in court

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Standing alone, addressing an aggressive advocate and trying to remember what happened in a case several years ago is a daunting prospect. Bond Solon have written some top tips for Social Workers to make the experience of giving evidence easier.

Top tips for giving evidence in court

Rethinking 'did not attend'

Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board has produced a short video animation to encourage practitioners to identify children as ‘Was Not Brought’ as opposed to ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) when referring to them not being presented at medical appointments. The NSPCC thematic briefing on learning from case reviews for the health sector finds that the DNA category does not recognise the real issue which is children not being taken to appointments, a potential indicator of neglect.

Domestic Abuse resource for health professionals

The Department of Health (DoH) has published a resource looking at how health professionals in England can support adults and young people aged over 16 who are experiencing domestic abuse, and dependent children in their households. The resource covers: the legal and policy contexts of domestic abuse; information for commissioners and service providers; and what health practitioners need to know. Annexes include: examples of domestic abuse behaviours; and risk identification tools for adults and dependent children and young people.

Further information:

Responding to domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals (PDF)

SMART Planning

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Top tips for SMART Planning

Seven Golden Rules for Information Sharing

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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 is in the LSCB procedures manual you can access it through our website here.