ESCB Bulletin - June 2017

ESCB

June 2017 Update

Welcome to our ESCB bulletin. For this edition, we look back at the key themes of the past year, and a round-up of new publications and website content.

In our national updates, we look at the power of video to raise awareness; by students inspired after learning about domestic violence and healthy relationships and also a father’s personal story for National Child Safety Week, which we supported earlier this month.

You can also find out about FREE Child Sexual Exploitation training and education resources.

Keep up to date on our News Page, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 


ESCB POLICIES & GUIDANCE PUBLISHED 2016-17

 

Alongside the Essex Safeguarding Adults Board, we published PREVENT Policy and Guidance on preventing radicalisation as well as a Safeguarding Guide for Accommodation Providers.

In light of the allegations of historical child sexual abuse at various football clubs across the country the Board jointly published Guidance for Parents on choosing out of school activities with Sports Active Essex and Essex County Council LADOs. This can be found on the new Safeguarding in Sport pages for Professionals and Parents/Carers.

The CSE chapter in the Southend, Essex & Thurrock Child Protection Procedures was revised to reflect a new definition and guidance on Child Sexual Exploitation.

 

There is new Southend, Essex & Thurrock Domestic Abuse Information Sharing Guidance providing multi-agency guidance for frontline practitioners.


CAMPAIGNS AND KEY MESSAGES

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We have placed new Key Messages on the ESCB website in order to share more widely the important themes discussed at quarterly Board meetings. 

We also re-launched our award-winning CSE I Didn’t Know Campaign, with the aim of reaching young CSE victims who may feel trapped and pressured to commit crime and/or recruit other young people and how they can get help and support, including signposts to organisations and support groups on our Getting Help page.

Our licensing guidelines page has been refreshed to provide more comprehensive information including a leaflet for licensed premises about what they can do if they are concerned about child sexual exploitation.

In light of the growing concern about Gangs, including the issue around ‘county lines’, we updated our Safeguarding and Parents/Carers pages, to provide information on signs to look out for and how to support young people.

Similarly, on our Trafficking and Modern Slavery page you can get an overview on the definitions, including the different forms of exploitation, access Essex Police’s #BeAVoice campaign materials and watch the Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s video on the indicators.

You can find updates on our Child Safety pages, including advice on smoke alarms following recent national news.   Plus a film sharing the personal story of one father whose daughter tragically died from swallowing a button battery which had a powerful impact during Child Safety Week 2017.

 

A big thank you to those that supported our recent Safer Sleep Campaign, which got strong support on social media. You can continue to access resources to support parents and carers and other materials including case studies by The Lullaby Trust on our website


COMING SOON!

In July we will be publishing:

  • Updated ESCB Effective Support for Children and Families in Essex guidance
  • Serious Case Review Practice Learning Bulletin 

 


Wise up to Water Safety

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FREE CSE TRAINING AND RESOURCES

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Chelsea’s Choice

If you work with young people, there is a free training opportunity running across Essex this September and October, which aims to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation. It forms part of a project commissioned by the Essex Youth Strategy Groups.


Railway Children: Runaway Prevention

Have you seen the free CSE resources for professionals

There are school lesson plans and we’ve also recently added this Runaway Prevention pack from Railway Children, made for schools and youth groups. 


NATIONAL UPDATES

Student Video: Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence

 

Primary and secondary students at Reach Academy in Feltham created a video on the topic of healthy relationships and domestic abuse, showing how a very simple technique can have a powerful impact.

Watch it here and access other resources on our safeguarding page.


Tri.x Briefings

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Male Honour Abuse

Recent reports suggest that 1 in 5 victims of honour abuse are now male. 

This briefing paper explores some of the issues affecting boys and young men. Read more...


Type 4 FGM - Focus: Labia Elongation
The first in a series of papers, which aims to raise awareness around this particular type of FGM. Read more...


The Mental Capacity Act in Practice: Part 1
Mental capacity assessment and the process of making decisions remain complex and challenging areas of practice for those working in both Children's Services and Adult Care and Support. 

This briefing is part of a series to be provided over the coming months that will build into a useful tool. Read more...