Cumbria LSCB Newsletter - June 2018 edition

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LSCB Survey of Professionals Working with Children & Young People 2018

The 2018 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

A summary of the feedback from the 2017 survey and the changes made following this can be found here

Practitioner forums

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.

There are seven Practitioner Forums up and running, one in each district area and one in Millom. 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

Practice development sessions for coming forums;

July - SEND

September   - Thresholds and Early Help          

November – Toxic Trio

January - Attachment & Case review

Please contact  with any queries or for further information.

Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance


The Department for Education (DfE) has published 2 new guidance documents for schools and colleges in England on keeping children safe in education, which will come into effect on 3 September 2018. Schools and colleges must continue to have regard to Keeping children safe in education 2016 until this point. Sections of the guidance, including those relating to multi-agency working and information sharing, will be updated again when the new Working together to safeguard children statutory guidance is published.

Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges (PDF)

Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges. Part 1: information for all school and college staff (PDF)

The NSPCC has published a briefing on the key updates to the statutory guidance. 

The updated guidance includes a new section (Part 5) on Child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment.
This section covers in detail:

  • how schools should respond to incidents of sexual violence and sexual harassment, emphasising the need for effective training and policies in schools and colleges
  • the need for risk assessments in school following reports of incidents of sexual violence or sexual harassment
  • the action needed to take to support victims and alleged perpetrators of sexual violence or harassment.

The guidance adds further information on the management of safeguarding in a school, including emphasising that staff need to act immediately if they have a concern about a child.

The guidance includes new or more detailed information on safeguarding issues including:

  • child criminal exploitation: children being used to carry drugs or money from urban to rural areas
  • homelessness
  • domestic abuse
  • child sexual exploitation
  • children missing from education.

Sections of the guidance, including those relating to multi-agency working and information sharing, will be updated again when the new Working together to safeguard children statutory guidance is published.

NSPCC : Key updates to statutory guidance for schools in England 21 May 2018

Further information: NSPCC briefing on key updates to statutory guidance for schools in England - Keeping children safe in education (2018) (PDF)

Support and Services for Families

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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

CSE Risk Assessment Tool

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The CSE Risk Assessment Tool has been redesigned. The revised risk assessment tool separates out vulnerabilities and harms, allows for more analysis and aligns to Signs of Safety methodology, it also includes a new category of ‘Evidence or suspicion of other form(s) of exploitation e.g. drug trafficking, trafficking, modern day slavery.

The updated version of the risk assessment tool will be used from 1st September 2018; practitioners must continue to use the current tool (found at Appendix 3 of the CSE procedure) until this date. A link to the new tool will be cascaded in due course.

To support practitioners in the use of the new tool there will be a number of workshops held around the county. Those who should attend the workshops below are professionals working directly with CYP who are at risk of, or are being exploited whose role would involve the completion of the CSE assessment tool. The attendance of these practitioners will be prioritised:

3 July 2018, 12pm-1:30pm, Botcherby Community Centre, Victoria Road, Carlisle, CA1 2UE

5 July 2018, 12pm-1:30pm, Chill Out Zone, St. Gregory & St. Patrick’s School, Esk Avenue, Whitehaven, Cumbria, CA28 8AJ

10 July, 11:30am – 1pm or 1-2:30pm, Barrow Fire Station, Phoenix Road, Barrow in Furness, LA14 2NS

To book a place on one of the above workshops email stating your name, job title and chosen date/time (please note there are two workshops in Barrow).



Did you know that you can access a whole range of free training through our eLearning Academy?  The e-Academy courses have been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted CPD (Continuing Personal or Professional Development) guidelines  Look out for the CPD logo on qualifying courses and keep any certificates in your training record.  Courses include:

  • Trafficking, Exploitation and Modern Slavery
  • Hidden Harm - The Effect of Parental Drug and Alcohol Misuse on Children
  • Information Sharing Level 2
  • An Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse including the Impact on Children, Young People and Adult at Risk
  • An Introduction to FGM, Forced Marriage, Spirit Possession and Honour Based Violence

All of the details for all courses are available on our website.

LSCB training programme

The training programme seeks to offer a wide, high quality range of courses that provide information on both processes and also researched based learning. The programme covers the basic awareness levels of training that all staff requires and moves through to higher level learning opportunities that challenge professionals belief and values in order to support judgements and assessments that are required to be made.

Last year 4,273 professionals attended our learning events.

The training programme is set for a year, it will be evaluated throughout the course of that year to ensure  courses  are  effective,  appropriate  and  reflect  any  issues  or  developments  arising in safeguarding practice. 

Is your safeguarding training up to date? New dates are now published 

Children in Care Council Awards - Your chance to nominate

Children in care council

The Children in Care Council awards, now in their fifth year, celebrate the successes of children and young people in care, or leaving care, and the staff and carers that support them. 

We are inviting you to nominate someone who you think has gone the extra mile or achieved something special in the last year. 

Who can nominate? All children and young people in care, care leavers, foster carers and people that work with them are invited to nominate.

The award categories are: 

  • Inspirational child or young person of the year (under/over 18) 
  • Educational achievement of the year (Primary and Secondary) 
  • Foster carer of the year
  • Inspirational worker of the year 
  • Community/volunteer of the year

Nominating someone is easy and takes less than 5 minutes - Nominate now

Deadline: Wednesday 4 July 2018

Signs of Safety Briefing Events

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The LSCB are running two "Signs of Safety" briefing events in the west of the county on Friday 20 July 2018. 

Both sessions will be held at Lakes College West Cumbria.

The learning outcomes from the briefing sessions will be: 

  • Provide an overview of the Signs of Safety and what tools you can expect to see being used across the Local Authority
  • To consider what tools/approach can be directly applied in your own practice area.

To book your place on one of the sessions please follow the link below

Further dates for events around the county will be published soon