CSCP Newsletter - December 2021

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Child Exploitation Risk Assessment and Review Process


From 1st September 2021, the Child Exploitation Risk Assessment and Review (CERAR) process for Cumbria was launched.

The new Child Exploitation procedure including the pathways, vulnerability checklist and copy of the new revised assessment tool can be accessed on the multi-agency procedures manual here.

What's Changed?

The CERAR process aims to reduce inconsistencies in Child Exploitation practice through a uniformed approach to chairing and coordinating risk assessments and safety planning, ultimately improving our service response to children and young people including those who are becoming young adults, creating safety and reducing risk.

A CERAR manager and coordinator have been appointed. The CERAR manager will be involved in screening all Child Exploitation contacts that go into the Safeguarding Hub, they will chair all initial Child Exploitation risk assessment meetings. The CERAR manager is also available to offer professional advice to colleagues across the partnership with regards to Child Exploitation. The CERAR coordinator will ensure the effective and efficient running of the CERAR process.

As part of the implementation of the CERAR process:

  • The Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Criminal Exploitation policy and procedures have been updated and combined into one Child Exploitation procedure
  • The Child Exploitation pathways have been revised
  • The screening tool has been updated to the Child Exploitation vulnerability checklist
  • The risk assessment tool and associated categories of risk have been refreshed
  • A new vulnerability tracker is being implemented 

If colleagues have any queries regarding the new process then please contact

Child employment - know the rules

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Are you a practitioner who works with a child working part-time?

Having a part-time or holiday job can be a great experience for children. It provides experience of work, while earning a wage.

However, there are laws governing child employment to protect them from harm, exploitation and to ensure that their education does not suffer.

As a practitioner, you may work with children with jobs and it is important to be aware of these regulations.

Children and young people:

  • may only work part-time from 13 years old
  • must have a work permit to be employed
  • must have a work permit even if they are unpaid, or work for a relative
  • cannot work before 7am or after 7pm
  • cannot work more than two hours on a Sunday.

There are further restrictions, including total hours in a week and during holidays.  For more information, visit the Cumbria County Council Child Employment site

If you suspect that a child is working in breach of these regulations, contact

LADO easy read leaflets

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Lado have produced a series of small, easy to read leaflets, which are downloadable and printable, to share with those involved in managing the allegations process. We are aware that this is an experience that many adults will be dealing with for the first time and our aim is to explain to you either as an employer or the person against whom the allegation has been made what will happen during the process.

A leaflet is available to share with the young person who has made the allegation to give them an understanding also, of what will happen in response to their concern.

The leaflets are available on the CSCP website here under 'Additional Resources'

Ofsted Annual Report 2020/2021

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Ofsted has published its Annual Report for the 2020/2021 academic year, setting out its findings on the quality of schools, early years, children’s social care and further education and skills.

The Chief Inspector’s Annual Report says that nearly all children and learners have been affected by the pandemic, with long-term consequences unknown.

  • Good, well-structured, face-to-face education will help most children catch up
  • Daily routines, and the return of sport and extra-curricular activities, will improve children’s mental and physical health
  • Those requiring specialist care and support must not be left wanting
  • Improvements that were in progress before the pandemic need to continue and other reforms must be taken forward urgently

"The last year was a difficult period to be young, and a challenging time to be learning. The restrictions everyone had to live under brought hardships to many, but children and learners faced more than their fair share, Ofsted’s Annual Report finds".

Read the 2020/2021 Annual Report 

NSPCC response to the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes


The NSPCC has published its response to the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. Sir Peter Wanless, the Chief Executive Officer of the NSPCC, has welcomed the announcement of a national review and states that the NSPCC will be challenging the government to follow through decisively at all levels of the child protection system.

Read the news story: Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

See also on NSPCC Learning 

Learning from case review briefings

Recognising and responding to abuse

Podcasts: neglect


NSPCC Learning has released a two-part podcast series about recognising and responding to child neglect. Over two episodes the NSPCC’s development lead for neglect talks to expert practitioners who have worked with children and young people experiencing neglect. The episodes cover: what neglect is; why it can be challenging to conduct assessments around neglect; why neglect happens; and what can be done to support parents or carers when there is neglect.

Listen to the podcasts: Recognising and responding to child neglect

Listen to episode 46 on YouTube:

Listen to episode 47 on YouTube:

See also on NSPCC Learning  Protecting children from neglect

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.