CSCP Newsletter - December 2020

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Lunchtime learning sessions for staff

its not ok

We are hosting a lunchtime learning session for staff on online safety. A brief 45 minute workshop will be delivered over Microsoft teams and can be booked via the Eventbrite link below:


Friday 18 December 2020 (12:15 – 13:00) – Apps, online games and social networks – the risks and safety tips

The session will provide an overview of:

  • The different apps, online games and social networks young people may be accessing
  • The risks
  • Safety tips

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions related to the subject

If you would like to attend you can book a place here

Cumbria Together - Time to have your say

early years flyer

The past year has been unprecedented for all of us and we are keen to hear directly from families with young children about their lives and experiences during 2020.

A key element of the Cumbria Early Years strategy is listening to the views of families and communities, so today we have launched the ‘Cumbria Together - time to have your say’ survey.

We want to hear from families of young children (aged 0 – 5 years) in order to help us to better plan to meet local family and community needs during 2021. Please help us to reach as many parents, carers and extended family members as possible.

Please share our short survey using the attached flyer Time to have your say, and via social media:

Facebook link -

New Modern slavery pathways and guidance booklet available

modern slavery partnership guidance

The new Safer Cumbria Modern Slavery Pathways and Guidance Booklet is now available for partners and organisations to use.

This booklet has been developed in consultation with Cumbria Safeguarding Adults (CSAB) and Cumbria Safeguarding Children’s Partnership (CSCP). 

It will assist and support our partners and charities and persons who may come into contact with a possible victim of Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking.

Modern Slavery is a heinous crime which is often hidden from sight.

This booklet will offer the reader an overview of the indicators of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking and will advise them on the next steps to take to support, report and help a victim of Modern Slavery.

The booklet also gives an overview of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) process and helps to provide First Responders with the information they will need to help refer a victim into the NRM.

The booklet is available from the following link and is for anyone to use:

Alongside the Modern Slavery Pathways and Guidance, we now have leaflets available for all to use which will help support victims of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking understand the National Referral Mechanism.  These leaflets have been created in several languages, so it is easier for the victim to understand the information.

The leaflets are available by request by sending an email to Safer Cumbria Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Co-ordinator Sandra Radcliffe. Email:

Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings: code of practice

NSPCC learning

NSPCC Learning has created a webpage to highlight the new Department for Education (DfE) guidance on keeping children safe in out-of-school settings and best safeguarding practices in England. A cross-sector group supported the DfE in developing the non-statutory guidance for providers of community activities, after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings in England. The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has created content outlining what the guidance means for sports settings.

Read the news story: What you need to know about the Department for Education's new guidance for out-of-school settings (OOSS)

CPSU content: New guidance on keeping children safe in out-of-school settings

See also on NSPCC Learning  > Safeguarding and child protection for voluntary and community groups

Child sexual abuse online


The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) reports that September 2020 saw the highest number of public reports of suspected child sexual abuse material ever received in a single month.  Analysts at the IWF’s hotline processed 15,258 reports from members of the public, 45% more than in September 2019, when 10,514 public reports were received.

Read the news story: IWF has record month as public reports of child sexual abuse surge ​​​​​​​

See also on NSPCC Learning  > Protecting children from online abuse

Racist and faith targeted bullying

anti-bullying alliance

The Anti-Bullying Alliance and the National Children’s Bureau has published a literature review examining literature on peer-on-peer racist and faith targeted bullying among children and young people in the UK. Findings from 21 studies include: Black and minority ethnic (BAME) groups and religious minorities in the research as a whole appear no more likely to be bullied than others; groups more likely to be bullied were Gypsy, Roma and Traveller, asylum seeker/refugee and mixed-race children and young people; and the type of racist and faith targeted bullying most often reported was name calling.

Read the news story: Racist and faith targeted bullying - prevalence

See also on NSPCC Learning > NSPCC Learning: Anti-bullying resources

Something's Not Right - campaign

somethings not right

The Home Office have launched a new campaign, 'Something's Not Right' to help secondary school children in England who suffered a range of harms, such as sexual and physical abuse, during lockdown.

With schools re-opened and safeguarding channels restored, the campaign aims to build awareness of the support services available to victims and encourage disclosure of abuse to a trusted adult.

The campaign has been developed in close collaboration with the NSPCC, Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, Internet Watch Foundation and Marie Collins Foundation.

The Campaign 

The campaign’s brand, Something’s Not Right, centres on the insight that children who suffer different forms of abuse may not have the ability to define or describe their experience, but they know the emotions they feel and the sense that something is not right. The campaign will help children to understand what may be causing them to feel these emotions and signpost support. 

The campaign will focus on the following:

  • Social Media Advertising: Social media campaign adverts will be served to children aged 13 and over on Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook, and will direct them to the campaign web page. The four ads, which focus on troubling scenarios hidden amongst every day slogans, can be viewed here
  • Campaign web page: -  this has been developed with Childline and is hosted on their website. The page helps children identify different forms of abuse, signposts a variety of online resources and provides guidance on how to seek support, either from a trusted adult or Childline's service
  • Lesson Plans: collaboration with the PSHE Association, Barnardo's and the NSPCC to create lesson plans for Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 students. They focus on children's rights to safety, reinforce the campaigns key messages and encourage disclosure of abuse to a teacher. The plans, resources and accompany teacher guidance are all available to down on the PSHE Association website

Supporting the Campaign 

Anything you could do to promote the campaign, such as sharing campaign assets on your social media accounts, adding campaign banners to your websites, or forwarding on details to front-line colleagues, would be hugely appreciated and help us reach the children that need support.  

All of the campaign materials, including social media assets, suggested social media copy, case study animations, digital banners and posters, are available to download from the campaign portal.

FREE online courses for teenagers and their families

understanding your brain

The Solihull Approach have released an online course for teenagers Understanding your brain

Register on and use the access code: WORDSWORTH for FREE (prepaid) access (for residents of Cumbria) to some really useful and interesting online courses.

This short course pairs with the short course for parents Understanding your teenager’s brain, so that both parents and teenagers have access to the same information.

So if you have teens, pre-teens or little ones but want to know what’s coming take a look (or check out the other courses, which may be more relevant!) All on the same access code.

Child cruelty and neglect

The NSPCC has released figures following analysis of police data for recorded child cruelty and neglect offences across the UK. Figures show that there were 23,529 recorded offences over the 12-month period between 2019 and 2020, a rise of 53% during the past three years; 5,476 child cruelty and neglect offences were recorded by police from 1 April to the 30 June 2020.

Read the news story: Number of recorded child cruelty and neglect offences up by 53% over 3 years

Ofsted annual report

Ofsted has published its annual report for 2019/20 on findings from early years childcare, schools, further education and skills and social care inspections in England. The report finds that the low numbers of children who attended school during the first national lockdown, combined with disruption to community health services, directly affected the ability of local safeguarding partners to identify children and families in need of early help and protection, and notes concern about the number of children who have not returned to school after lockdown and who are being home-educated.

Read the press release: Ofsted warns of risk to children ‘out of sight’ during pandemic

Read the report: The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2019/20 (PDF)

Gender reassignment

The BBC reports on the High Court ruling handed down on 1 December 2020 which ruled that children under 16 with gender dysphoria are unlikely to be able to give informed consent to undergo treatment with puberty-blocking drugs. The ruling found that “It is highly unlikely that a child aged 13 or under would be competent to give consent to the administration of puberty blockers. It is doubtful that a child aged 14 or 15 could understand and weigh the long-term risks and consequences of the administration of puberty blockers”.

Read the news story: Puberty blockers: Under-16s 'unlikely' to be able to give informed consent

Read the judgement: Bell v Tavistock (PDF)

See also on NSPCC Learning  > Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines

Online learning - FREE training offer

Cumbria Youth Alliance has joined up with Embrace Resilience to offer all young people in Cumbria and all staff and volunteers in Cumbria working with children, young people and families access to a large range of online learning modules FREE of charge.

Details of modules available and how to register click here 



CYA online learning