CSCP Newsletter - December 2019

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Calling all SEND professionals


Cumbria’s SEND Improvement Programme is asking professionals working with children and young adults (aged 0-25) with SEND to complete a short, focused, survey.

The survey will help the programme understand what’s working, what’s not and how improvements can be made that will improve outcomes for children, young adults and their families. It is an opportunity to shape the work of the programme and professionals are being encouraged to respond.

It is an anonymous survey and the findings will be shared in the New Year.

Complete the survey

Closing date for the survey is 31 December 2019

Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines


A number of Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines resources for professionals have been added to the CSCP website.

  • Children with Young Trafficked for the purpose of Criminal Exploitation in relation to County Lines : Toolkit for professionals
  • Appropriate Language: Child Sexual and/or Criminal Exploitation - Guidance for professionals 
  • Disruption Checklist for Child Criminal Exploitation (related to 'county lines')
  • Guidelines for writing a clear referral for the National Referral Mechanism (NRM)

To review the resources and for more information on child criminal exploitation and county lines please visit our website : here

There are still spaces available on the following CSCP training courses for January and February 2020.

Two Day Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Course January 2020

The Two Day Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) course covers the background to children and young people’s mental health and from a First Aid context looks in further detail at anxiety and depression, self-harm and suicide, psychosis, eating disorders and recovery over two days. It is recommended for those working with children and young people aged 8 – 18 years. Participants are required to attend both days in full to receive their MHFA England Certificate.  The Youth MHFA 2 Day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

January dates are below the cost is £100  Lunch is not provided.  This course is provided by the multi-agency YMHFA trainer network and will be delivered by Laura Bush and Leigh Williams.  It is subsidised by 60%. 

Day 1:  Thursday 9 January 2020 (9am-5pm) Kendal Fire Station, LA9 4RH

Day 2: Thursday 16 January 2020 (9am-5pm) Craven House, Barrow, LA14 1FD

To book your place contact

Safeguarding Responsibilities, Threshold Guidance and Referral Process

This course is designed to help participants understand safeguarding responsibilities, thresholds and referral procedures. 

  • 29 January 2020 (10am - 1pm) - Chill Out Zone, Whitehaven, CA28 8AJ
  • 13 February 2020 (9.30am - 12.30pm) - Harraby Community Centre, Carlisle

To book a place please visit our website here  

Signs of Safety Briefing Sessions

Learning outcomes: 

  • 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. 

These workshops are aimed at providing practitioners and partner agencies with a basic understanding of the Signs of Safety Approach.  

Target Audience:

Professionals who work predominantly 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.

  • 6 February 2020 (2-4pm) - Cumbria House, Carlisle

To book a place please visit our website here

How to Support Children & Families with Early Help

The aim of the workshop is to improve the quality of multi-agency working and to result in Early Help Assessment Coordinators feeling more confident in their role.

  • 12 February 2020 - Kingmoor Business Park, Carlisle
  • 14 February 2020 - Howgill Children's Centre, Cleator Moor

To book a place please visit our website here

Free Self-Harm and Suicide Alertness Training

Carlisle Eden Mind are delivering free self-harm and suicide alertness training for professionals working with children and young people during December 2019 - March 2020. The workshops include case studies, videos and group discussion. 

For dates and further information of the sessions - Free Self-Harm and Suicide Alertness Training

For more details or to book a place please email:  

Resources for young people with learning disabilities: podcast


The NSPCC has released an episode of its podcast in which the NSPCC’s joint head of safeguarding in communities and Dr El Stannage discuss Love Life, a series of films and resources developed to help young people with learning disabilities learn strategies for staying safe as they grow up and gain independence. 

Listen to the podcast : Supporting young people with learning disabilities

Also see NSPCC Learning : Safeguarding d/Deaf and disabled children and young people

thank you

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