CSCP Newsletter - November 2019

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Young carers - protect yourself and your family from flu

flu vac

As the national flu vaccination programme is beginning to gather momentum, it is important to raise awareness of having the flu vaccination and the eligibility for young carers for receiving the vaccine at no cost.

Young carers - protect yourself and your family from flu

Anti-Bullying Week 11-15 November 2019

stop bullying

Anti-Bullying Week takes place on 11-15 November 2019.  Anti-Bullying News November 2019

The NSPCC have made available resources to support activities including: information on protecting children from bullying and cyberbullying; podcasts on preventing bullying and keeping children safe; and online courses.

Anti-Bullying Week resources

Bullying and cyberbullying

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has published a report looking at children and young people’s experiences of face to face and online bullying.  Findings from a survey of more than 1,000 11 to 16-year-olds include: 24% said they had been bullied once a week or more during the last six months; 11% said they have missed school due to bullying: and 19% have avoided social media and online gaming because of bullying. A literature review into how to address bullying in school and online was carried out as part of the research. Read full report 'Change starts with us' (pdf)

Read the news story : Change starts with us: Anti-Bullying Week report

NSPCC Learning : Protecting children from bullying and cyberbullying

Serious incident investigation

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published an excerpt from a serious incident investigation report into the care of Bethany who was reported to have been regularly detained in seclusion for two years while an inpatient at a child and adolescent mental health service. The report identifies headline improvements for the care of children and young people with autism including: the development of national guidance to ensure that seclusion or segregation is only used for children and young people as a last resort and is subject to stringent review and oversight; and a national review of the workforce and training plan for staff across health, education and social care to establish new roles and base competencies of skills and knowledge that will support children and young people with autism.  Read full report 'Serious incident investigation report excerpt: Secretary of State case review into Beth' (pdf) 

Read the news story : Serious incident investigation report excerpt: Secretary of State case review into Beth

Safeguarding Fortnight 2019 (9 - 22 September)

questionnaire survey

As a follow-up from the Safeguarding Fortnight 2019, ran by LSCB (now known as the Cumbria Safeguarding Children Partnership) a survey has being created to collect feedback, in which will be used when planning any future Safeguarding Fortnight, or similar campaign.

All feedback on both the training and conference during this campaign is anonymous and should not take longer than five minutes.

Training courses - places still available


There are places still available on the following training courses.

Please visit the CSCP website for further details and to book your place.

How to Support Children and Families with Early Help Training 

  • Wednesday 20 November (9.30-3.30) Kendal Town Hall
  • Tuesday 10 December (10-4) Millom Children's Centre
  • Thursday 12 December (9.30-3.30) Penrith Methodist Church

Safeguarding Responsibilities, Threshold Guidance & Referral Process (Level 2)

  • Tuesday 26 November (10-1) St Michael's Church, Workington

Signs of Safety Briefing Sessions

  • Wednesday 27 November (10-12) Helena Thompson Museum, Workington

Advanced Domestic and Sexual Abuse

  • Friday 6 December (9.30-12.30) Moorclose Community Centre, Workington

Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment for Children (DARAC)

  • Friday 6 December (1-4) Moorclose Community Centre, Workington

CSCP Young Perspective Board Newsletter


The Young Perspective Board found that many young people do not know or are aware of where to go for help and support.  So the YPB set up a 'Youth Summit' which took place on Tuesday 23 July at Soundwave in Workington and was attended by over 50 young people. 

For more information please read CSCP Young Perspective Board Summer 2019 Newsletter

Contextual Safeguarding Network

contextual safeguarding network

New case study: Working with housing partners on a context assessment plan

This case study shares an example of how housing partners in Hackney have been involved in a context assessment plan in a residential estate in response to concerns of serious youth violence and anti-social behaviour. See the Partnership Engagement page of their toolkit.

Are you interested in writing a blog for Contextual Safeguarding?

An aim of the Contextual Safeguarding Network is to provide a forum for practitioners to be able to learn from one another, to develop practices that intervene within all of the environments associated with young people’s risk of harm, and engage with young people’s experiences of multiple forms of abuse. 

To support that aim, they would like to invite you to directly contribute to the network. If you or your organisation are undertaking work that you believe would be of interest or benefit to other Contextual Safeguarding network members, they would love to hear from. You could write a blog or pose a question for an expert.  

If you have any questions or suggestions of other ways to get involved, please contact