Cumbria LSCB Newsletter - December 2017

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Staff survey


This year the survey ran from 31st March to 15th May 2017, and was responded to by 413 professionals from across the LSCB. Thank you for completing the survey your voice helps to guide our work.

LSCB 5 Minute Briefing - Staff Survey

Child Criminal Exploitation

Moving Drugs and Cash Along County Lines –

What we know about the Exploitation of Children and Young People by Criminal Gangs and Networks.

The  movement  of  drugs  and  cash  in  this  way  is  often  referred  to  as  ‘county  lines  exploitation’ because  young  people  are used to  move cash  and Class A drugs across county boundaries from urban  areas  into  rural  towns  or  county  locations.  The activity is coordinated  by  the  use  of dedicated mobile phone lines. The lure of money is typically used to draw young people into the network.

BBC launches "Own It" website


The BBC has launched Own It, a website for 9 to 12 year olds to help them maximise opportunities in the digital world as well as helping them to develop the confidence and resilience to tackle the everyday challenges they face online. The site includes quick links to charities and organisations including Childline to provide urgent support should children need it.

 BBC press release  


Managing sexualised behaviour in primary schools: online course

online course

This course, organised by the NSPCC, is for anyone working in primary schools. The course will cover how to: recognise which sexual behaviours are healthy and which are of concern; respond to incidents of sexualised behaviour; report concerns and record incidents; and risk manage sexualised behaviour.

Recognising and Preventing FGM - eLearning

online course

A recent study revealed that 137,000 women in England and Wales are estimated to be living with the consequences of FGM.

To address this issues, the Home Office is championing a proactive approach and has launched this free online FGM training package.

Who is this course for?

This course is useful for anyone who is interested in gaining an overview of FGM, particularly front line staff in Health Care, Police, Border Force and Children's Social Care.

Further details can be found on the LSCB website

Recognising & Preventing FGM - poster

Recognising & Preventing FGM - flyer

Graded Care Profile

A key priority for the implementation of the LSCB Neglect Strategy is; for all practitioners who work with families who experience neglect to be trained to use the Graded care profile tool.

Large scale training events will be held across the County in January and February 2018.

This course is directed at practitioners and managers who work with children and families that experience neglect.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be able to understand the challenges of identifying neglect in practice settings with children and young people and considering their 'lived lives'.
  •  Being able to identify children and young people at risk of Neglect
  • Understand the use of and practical application of the Graded Care Profile when working alongside families to assess and effect change when neglect is an issue.

Guidance for Professionals attending 'Core Groups and CIN' meetings


The LSCB has published Guidance for Professionals attending Core Groups or Child in Need (CIN) meetings.

Please visit the 'Procedures' pages on the LSCB website.

Dealing with sexual voilence and harrassement Guidance

On 14th December the Department for Education released guidance for schools and colleges on dealing with sexual violence and harassment. The guidance covers:

  • what sexual violence and harassment is
  • schools’ and colleges’ legal responsibilities
  • a whole school or college approach to safeguarding and child protection
  • how to respond to reports of sexual violence and sexual harassment

The guidance is available on Thinkuknow and 


Cumbria LSCB would like to take this opportunity to 'Thank Everyone' for their support and to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.