Cumbria LSCB Newsletter - July 2017

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Support and Services for Families

We have updated our website with an online resource directory called Support and Service for Families.  Local and national services and sources of support are on there and link directly to the agency website so that the information is kept up to date. 

If you would like your agency on there, please contact us at


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Disability Leaflet

Safeguarding Leaflet

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Independent Visitors

Often, NYAS volunteers are the only adult in a child's life who is not paid to spend time with them.  Our volunteers become the child's friend and mentor throughout their formative years.  Cumbria County Council commission NYAS to deliver an Independent Visitors service, the Independent Visitors befriend and act as role models to Cumbrian children and young people that are looked after.

NYAS is looking for volunteers of all different ages from all walks of life.  Please contact NYAS if you would like to make a difference to a child's life.  NYAS recruits volunteers from all backgrounds who give their time to this programme.  The programme creates very meaningful relationships and has a very positive impact on both the lives of the child or young person and the volunteer.

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FREE county-wide online counselling, support and advice to all young people in Cumbria aged 11-18 years.   This service, called is a safe, confidential and non-stigmatizing way of young people accessing counselling, advice and support online. 

There is no referral process as young people access it themselves. 

This very popular service is used by large numbers of young people across the country.  It is staffed by fully trained and qualified counsellors and emotional well-being practitioners.  Available until 10pm each night, 365 days a year, it provides much needed in and out of hours service for advice and support.

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Service Update Letter

Kooth Information Sheet

Signs of Safety Partner Briefing Sessions


These workshops are aimed at providing practitioners and partner agencies with a basic understanding of the Signs of Safety Approach.  The sessions will provide an introduction to the Signs of Safety Approach to enable participants to understand how the approach works.

Target Audience:

Professionals who work predominately with children, young people and their families, parents or carers, and who could potentially contribute to the assessment, intervention and reviewing the safeguarding needs for a child or young person, where there are safeguarding concerns, and or potential risks.

Better Together Events


To build on the Better Together events from 2016, the LSCB are holding a second series of multi-agency partnership events.

Using the experience of the child's journey in the safeguarding system, we will be exploring the developments that have taken place since last years 'Better Together' events.

The events will be a platform to;

  • highlight the changes in the Early Help offer
  • provide an overview of the developments within the Early Help and Family Support Panels
  • focus on where the Hub is placed in the safeguarding system
  • reflect on when and how to use the Hub to best effect

The LSCB use these opportunities to find out what experiences are of the safeguarding system to drive out developments into 2018.

Please note : the workshops start promptly at 2pm and finish at 4pm, participants are expected to stay for the whole sessions as these are not drop in events.

Due to popular demand last year, we are booking these events through Eventbrite, please follow the link below for your preferred venue.







Serious Case Review

Brighton and Hove have published a SCR which has identified learning around young people at risk of exploitation through radicalisation, This case is possibly the  first serious case review that considers safeguarding in relation to the risks of children being exploited by radicalisation. What it tells us most about is the  professional challenge when working with disaffected young people and families,  in the context of a long history of trauma.  

The SCR was initiated as a result of the reported deaths of two young people in Syria, both of whom travelled there when they were aged under eighteen years old.  Both died in 2014, the elder soon after his eighteenth birthday and the younger at age seventeen.

These deaths have highlighted safeguarding risks for children and young adults in the UK, who may be vulnerable to 'radicalisation'.  This vulnerability may be linked to individual histories and circumstances (see sections 4 and 5), but is also associated with global events.

Brighton and Hove LSCB SCR - Siblings W&X (pdf)

Free Self-Harm and Suicide Alertness Workshops

Free self-harm and suicide alertness workshops for professionals working with children and young people.

  • Thursday 31 August (9.30am-1pm) Workington Community Fire Station
  • Monday 4 September (9.30am-1pm) Carlisle East Fire Station
  • Monday 18 September (9.30am-1pm) Workington Community Fire Station
  • Monday 25 September (9.30am-1pm) Carlisle East Fire Station
  • Thursday 26 October (9.30am-1pm) Penrith Community Fire Station

Domestic Abuse

Cafcass and Women’s Aid have published findings from research looking at domestic abuse allegations in a random sample of 216 child contact cases. Findings include: domestic abuse was alleged in 62% of applications to the family court about where a child should live or spend time. The most common additional concerns raised were parental substance abuse; parental mental health and emotional child abuse.

Allegations of domestic abuse in child contact cases (PDF)



Helpful resources and information to support practice NSPCC Core Information leaflets

Attachment in children & young people (updated) Frontline Briefing 2016

Much evidence suggests that attachment relationships with a parent or carer are the foundation for a child’s experience of the world. This second edition briefing highlights emerging evidence on understanding and building attachment relationships pre-birth. It provides a fundamental grounding in attachment theory and different attachment behaviours, with a focus on identifying signs of parent-child interactions that may need further assessment. It also aims to build understanding of attachment and the appropriate application of the theory in direct work with children, young people and families.

RiP 'Attachment in Children & Young People' Frontline Briefing 2016

Cyber Proficiency Training 13 September 2017

In light of recent cyber-attacks you are invited to attend North Cumbria Community Safety Partnerships Cyber Proficiency Training on Wednesday 13 September 2017. This free event, gives participants the opportunity to become Cyber proficient, enabling them to cascade this knowledge to colleagues and the wider community. We are looking forward to welcoming you to this important event.

The Old Fire Station, Carlisle, CA3 8QP

9.30am – 12.30pm

Registration will be open from 9.15am

Refreshments will be served within the training break.


By car: there are pay and display car parks in the vicinity of the Old Fire Station (CA3 8QP).

By Train: the train station is within a 15 minute walk of the venue or taxis are available as you leave the station.

To book a place please email