CSCP Newsletter - July 2020

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Coronavirus: returning to school

returning to school after lockdown

NSPCC Learning has published a news story on returning to school after the coronavirus lockdown. The webpage includes information on: safeguarding policies and procedures; responding to concerns; the impact of coronavirus on children’s mental health; and supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Read the news story: Returning to school after the coronavirus lockdown

See also on NSPCC Learning: 

New Early Help Officer for Carlisle and Eden District

new role

The CSCP would like to welcome a new member to the team.  Steph Smithson, Programme Officer.

Steph was previously an Early Help Officer for the Carlisle and Eden District.  This role has now been taken up by Steve Kemp as from 1 July 2020.

Please visit the Early Help section on our website for contact details of all Early Help Officers. 

Early Help Process

As we move forward the Early Help Team are still working to support Children and Families through the Early Help Process.

Thank you for all the Early Help RAG rating information we have received to date.  The next Early Help RAG rating request and information will be emailed out on the week beginning the 20 July through the CSCP 5 Minute Briefing and school updates information. Please look out for this and you can also find more information about Early Help RAG rating guidance and the form to complete at:

As we approach the academic summer holidays, now is the time to be confirming and completing any change of coordination for transition reasons, including nursery to primary, primary to secondary and secondary to post 16 education.

It is the responsibility of the current Early Help coordinator to complete the Change of coordinator form with the details of the new coordinator to ensure that all EHA coordinator details are current, correct and in place for the start of the new academic year.

All Early Help forms and Guidance including the Early Help On-line Registration, Change of Coordinator and Closure forms can be found on the Early Help pages on the CSCP website.

Please contact the Early Help team with any questions or queries regarding Early Help support.

Contextual Safeguarding Network - Assessing Peer Relationships webinar

contextual safeguarding network logo

 In June the Contextual Safeguarding Network hosted “Assessing Peer Relationships Webinar”, in which Carlene Firmin discusses the objectives of, and techniques for, assessing young people's peer relationships. For those who missed this and the networks other live webinars, they are now available on the Contextual Safeguarding Network website. To access the webinars you will need to sign up (for free) to become a member of the network.

Click here to watch:

Harmful sexual behaviour in schools

contextual safeguarding network

The Contextual Safeguarding Network has published a briefing on the findings from a two-year study into harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) in schools in England. Findings from a study involving 160 students from secondary providers about prevalent forms of HSB experienced between students include: sexual/sexist name calling (73% of students); rumours about students’ sexual activity (55%); sexual harassment (36%); and sexual images being shared without consent (30%). Data from the special schools survey suggested less HSB happened between students in special schools than in the other settings surveyed.

Read the news story: Beyond referrals – schools

Read the briefing: Beyond referrals: harmful sexual behaviour in schools: a briefing on the findings, implications and resources for schools and multi-agency partners (PDF)

Coronavirus: domestic abuse

The Home Office has published guidance on getting help for domestic abuse during the coronavirus crisis for people without English as a first language. The guidance is currently available in 15 languages.

Read the guidance: Guidance for people without English as a first language about getting help around domestic abuse during coronavirus

Promoting mental health and wellbeing


NSPCC Learning has published new content on promoting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. The webpage includes information on: starting a conversation about mental health and wellbeing; tips on exercise, online wellbeing and healthy relationships; tips professionals can share with parents and carers; and government guidance for the four nations.

Visit the webpage: Promoting mental health and wellbeing

See also on NSPCC Learning:  NSPCC Learning: Child mental health

Building parent-child attunement

parent child attunement

Research in Practice has published a paper and accompanying short film in which NSPCC practitioners talk about the use of strengths-based video-feedback techniques to build parent-child attunement. Appropriately trained professionals can help parents develop their attunement to their baby by showing clips that capture moments of positive interaction and supporting them to build on these moments.

Read the news story and view the short film: Using strengths-based video-feedback techniques to build parent-child attunement: practice tool and film

Read the paper: Using strengths-based video-feedback techniques to build parent-child attunement (PDF)

See also on NSPCC Learning: Look, Say, Sing, Play early years resources to use and share with parents

Coronavirus: impact on early years

sutton trust

The Sutton Trust has published an impact brief examining the effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the early years sector in England, with a focus on children, parents and providers in disadvantaged communities. A report has also been published looking at recent government policy on early childhood education and care in England, and whether the right balance is being achieved between supporting child development and learning and raising parental employment through flexible, affordable childcare.

Read the news story: COVID-19 impacts: early years

Read the impact brief: COVID-19 and social mobility (PDF)

Read the report: Getting the balance right (PDF)

ACT Awareness eLearning

ACT Awareness eLearning is a new CT awareness product designed for all UK based companies and organisations and available to the public.

Devised by CT officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.

Now Counter Terrorism Policing has decided to open up the training to anyone who wants to become a CT Citizen so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.

ACT Awareness eLearning will provide nationally recognised corporate CT guidance to help people better understand, and mitigate against, current terrorist methodology.

The following eLearning Modules are available:

  1. Introduction to Terrorism
  2. Identifying Security Vulnerabilities
  3. How to Identify and Respond to Suspicious Behaviour
  4. How to Identify and Deal with a Suspicious Item
  5. What to do in the Event of a Bomb Threat
  6. How to Respond to a Firearms or Weapons attack
  7. Summary and Supporting Materials

Staying well at home

The National Youth Agency has created free workbooks for young people aged 11-19 years old to help and support staying well at home during the lockdown period. 

staying well at home - stress anxiety



Coping with anxiety and stress





Coping with feelings of frustration and anger

managing conflict at home

Child Contact Advice for families

info and advice

The Safeguarding Hub is often contacted by parents and carers for information and advice around child contact arrangements and where you can get further support on specific issues. 

For further information and advice on these specific issues please visit the the CSCP website here

Always contact the Safeguarding Hub 0333 240 1727 if you have a safeguarding concern for a Child.

If there is an immediate concern for a Child or persons welfare/safety then call the Police immediately on 999.


First responder training

online training

Last week, the Home Office released an online modern slavery training module for all First Responders. The aim of the training is to provide all First Responders with a consistent level of knowledge to enable them to effectively identify and refer, where appropriate, potential victims of modern slavery to the National Referral Mechanism. They worked with representatives from different First Responder Organisations and colleagues from Devolved Administrations and we are extremely grateful for their contribution.  

All First Responders are encouraged to consider this module as part of their basic training. However, given that all First Responder organisations are different and have different training needs, it will be up to them to determine how this module fits in and complements their bespoke modern slavery training practices.  

The module is available on the Modern Slavery and Organised Immigration Crime (MSOIC) Unit website

They are keen to receive feedback on the module, to enable them to continue to review its effectiveness and make updates where required, please send any comments to