Cumbria LSCB Newsletter - November 2018 edition

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Managing sexualised behaviour in secondary schools: new online course

NSPCC have launched a new online course Managing sexualised behaviour in secondary schools, for anyone working in secondary schools in the UK.  The course will help you gain the skills to assess and manage incidents of sexualised behaviour within your school.  An online course for primary schools is available.

Healthy and unhealthy relationships

lotties story

Childline has launched a campaign to help young people understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and help them identify signs that their relationship might not be quite right. 'Looking out for Lottie', an eight part series, follows a fictional character Lottie who gets into an unhealthy relationship, showing how grooming can happen without realising it.

Childline: Healthy and unhealthy relationships

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Working Together 2018 sets out that Local Authorities should have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) to be involved in the management and oversight of allegations against people who work with children where a person who works or volunteers with children has:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child;
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or
  • Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children

Definition of ‘working with’ children

An adult who is working or volunteering with children or coming into contact with children through work on a regular basis and would be seen as being in a position of trust over them. In addition, this would also apply to someone under 18 in the same position e.g. a 17 year old teaching a musical instrument or instructing a group.

Cumbria LSCB, Allegations against staff/ LADO

Positions of Trust

“The Care and Statutory Support Guidance states that all relevant partners should have policies and procedures in line with those of Safeguarding Adults Boards for responding to allegations against people who work, in either paid or unpaid capacity with adults will support and care needs. The Cumbria Safeguarding Board guidance provides the multi-agency framework for responding to those concerns.”

Multi-agency Guidance

Multi-agency Position of Trust Leads from Partners

Substance Misuse and Parenting Training - 2019 dates


New dates published on the training pages of the LSCB website for Substance Misuse and Parenting training

  • 14 February 2019 - Workington
  • 30 May 2019 - Barrow
  • 4 October 2019 - Carlisle

Child criminal exploitation - updated version of guidance

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The Home Office has published a new version of the county lines guidance relating to the criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, for professionals across the UK who work with children. The new version includes a definition of child criminal exploitation, which is common in county lines, noting: it occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18; it does not always involve physical contact and can also occur through the use of technology; and it is broader than just county lines, including children forced to work on cannabis farms or to commit theft.

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines guidance (pdf)

Contextual Safeguarding

Contextual Safeguarding is an approach to understanding, and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse. Parents and carers have little influence over these contexts, and young people’s experiences of extra-familial abuse can undermine parent-child relationships. Therefore children’s social care practitioners need to engage with individuals and sectors who do have influence over/within extra- familial contexts, and recognise that assessment of, and intervention with, these spaces are a critical part of safeguarding practices. Contextual Safeguarding, therefore, expands the objectives of child protection systems in recognition that young people are vulnerable to abuse in a range of social contexts.

Further information : Contextual Safeguarding Briefing

The following video explains "What is Contextual Safeguarding?"