Advice for Kirklees Parents and Carers
Information for Children and Teens
Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector
Information for Professionals
- Resources for Safeguarding Children, Including Elearning
- Section 11 Audit
- Private Fostering
- Child Sexual Exploitation
- Child Death Review Process
- Young People and Alcohol
- Information Sharing
- Common Assessment Framework
- LADO Local Authority Designated Officer
- Child Protection Conference Report Forms
Course Management System
Multi-agency safeguarding children training courses are targeted at all staff from statutory, voluntary and independent agencies who work with children, young people, families and vulnerable adults in the Kirklees area. Training for Schools’ Designated Senior Person and e-learning courses can also be accessed via the link below to the Training Course Management System. To view all these courses and sign up straight away click on the Available Courses button.
If you think a child in Kirklees is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being you should call and speak to someone at one of the following numbers:
Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board Website
This site primarily provides safeguarding information for professionals and volunteers in Kirklees. The site also provides information for members of the public, parents and carers, and children and young people, on some of the key issues that can affect the wellbeing and safety of children. Links to external websites are provided where further specialist information and advice on particular issues can be obtained.
LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES:
KIRKLEES SAFEGUARDING WEEK:
MONDAY 17 OCTOBER - FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER
Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB), Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board (KSAB) and Community Safety Partnership are coming together for Kirklees’ first ever Safeguarding Week – set to become an annual awareness event.
Kirklees Safeguarding Week aims to strengthen the extensive work undertaken by ourselves and partner agencies to safeguard children, young people and adults. The week will also raise public awareness around the services we deliver, supporting partners and staff in their safeguarding roles.
A wide variety of planned events include a series of drop-in events, workshops, lectures, training opportunities and theatre performances amongst other things, for people to find out more.
Key messages for the week are centred around keeping safe, speaking up if you have any concerns – early intervention and prevention and importantly breaking down stigmas and fears around safeguarding.
There is now a designated 'Kirklees Safeguarding Week' page on the our website. It can be found under 'About Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board'
The NSPCC has launched a helpline to support adults who have concerns about children and young people being radicalised or who need advice on how to talk to their children about issues related to terrorism.
Helpline practitioners have been trained to spot the warning signs of radicalisation so they can advise adults who are worried about a child being groomed.
You can contact trained helpline counsellors at the NSPCC for 24/7 help, advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MULTI-AGENCY REFERRAL FORM: LIVE FROM 1ST AUGUST 2016
The MASH receives information from partners and the public who have concerns around a child’s welfare.
It then considers the most appropriate response for a child, delivered at the right time by the right person. Sharing the right level of detailed, evidence based and meaningful information about the child and their circumstances is crucial to making sure we are meeting the needs of children.
View the guidance document here.
Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF)
The MAR Form has been developed for partners to complete and send to MASH when there are concerns about a child. A three-week consultation with partners ended on 24th June and, as a result of the feedback, amendments were made to the MAR Form.
Partners are expected to complete the MAR Form with as much information as possible about the child and their family, the circumstances for the child, the nature of the concerns, and what support has already been offered. Consent to share information should always be sought from the child’s parents/carers unless to do this would increase the risk to the child.
However if there are concerns about a child’s immediate safety then MASH must be contacted immediately on 01484 456848 and/or contact the police.
View the document here.
CONTINUUM OF NEED RESPONSE FRAMEWORK: LIVE FROM 1ST AUGUST 2016
The Kirklees Children’s Continuum of Need and Response (CoNR) Framework is the local model to assist all those whose work brings them into contact with children, young people and their families to identify the level of help and protection required to assist children to grow up in circumstances that achieve their best outcomes.
The framework assists practitioners in different agencies to identify where they can work individually with families, and where it may be better to co-ordinate their efforts with other agencies to support children to achieve their full potential. In a very small number of cases, protective services co-ordinated by a range of services may be required, or a child may have to be removed from its family, to ensure the child can reach its full potential.
This document outlines some of the most common indicators of need and risk that practitioners will come across in their work with families, and provides a multi-level framework for practitioners to use in responding with service provision and ensuring both need and risk reduce.
Knowledge and application of the framework’s different levels of need must form a common language and culture in Kirklees, assisting agencies in all sectors to work together to meet children and young people’s needs. The common language and culture also recognises that service responses must be directed at preventing vulnerability and risk, and meeting children and young people’s needs at the lowest level of intervention.
The framework has been agreed by the Health and Well-Being Board and the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and will be used by all agencies, in the public, private and voluntary sectors that provide services for children, young people and their families.
Please click here to view the document
Have a read of our July Newsletter here and fill out our short survey at the end.
Continuum of Need Response Framework - Overview Report
In May 2016, the KSCB facilitated a consultation on the Continuum of Need Response Framework. To read the overview report click here
West Yorkshire Safeguarding Procedures
Please click here for the updated chapters and details of the West Yorkshire Safeguarding Procedures.
CDOP Newsletter - June 2016
On behalf of the Kirklees & Calderdale joint CDOP (Child Death Overview Panel) please find attached our Newsletter for your information and wide dissemination throughout your organisations.
Please click here to access.
Multi-Agency Referral Form Consultation (MARF)
Kirklees Children & Young People’s Service (ChYPS) are planning to introduce a Multi- Agency Referral Form (MARF) for partners to complete when contacting the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) with regards to any concerns they may have in relation to a child or young person.
As part of the process it is important to consult with partners on the content of the form and the plan to introduce a MARF, therefore your views and feedback are important. Please take the time to consider the MARF and complete the survey.
Please click here for the Draft MARF
and please click here to complete the survey.
The consultation period will close on Friday 24th June 2016
Information/Referrals received by Referral and Response
Referral and Response receive a vast amount of information/referrals throughout every day. In the past, several inboxes were used to filter this information:
and AnyComms (a secure way for schools to send information/referrals).
An agreement was then reached by Senior Management at Kirklees Council to reduce the number of inboxes down to one; Please email: MASH@kirklees.gcsx.gov.uk)
New Phone Service For Children And Young People Launched
ASK CAMHS helpline (which stands for Access and Support for Kirklees Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).
A new one-stop-shop phone service for children and young people with emotional and mental health needs across Kirklees has been launched (1 April 2016).
The phone line will operate on weekdays from 9am – 8pm (5pm on Friday); and Saturday from 9.30am – 1.30pm. For more information click here
Together We Can Tackle Child Abuse - DfE Campaign
The KSCB have been chosen as an example of delivery in a showcase document produced by the Department for Education.
Click here to access the document.
Updated Section On Online Messaging Platforms
Are you a parent? Do you worry about the messaging platforms your child is using? Find out more here
Award Winning Domestic Abuse Campaign Aims To Help Pregnant Mums:
Domestic abuse campaign 'It's never ok' will be entering it's second phase this week.
The Campaign is a partnership aproach between between Pennine Domestic Violence Group, West Yorkshire Police, NHS, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing, Probation Services, Locala, lifeline/On-TRAK, Community Partnerships, Kirklees College Huddersfield University and voluntary and community organisations.
It is aimed at pregnant women, aged 16 and over highlights that domestic abuse doesn't stop during pregnancy and advises that midwives can offer support and guidance to those affected. Please click here for the press release.
For video's on this campaign, please click here.
Protocol for Assessments of Bruises, Burns and Scalds
The Multi Agency Protocol for the Assessment of Bruising, Burns and Scalds in Non Mobile Babies has been uploaded to the website for statutory agencies and voluntary organisations in Kirklees.
Click here to access the protocol
Child Death Overiew Panel (CDOP) Annual Report Published
The Calderdale and Kirklees Child Death Overview Panel Annual Report 2014/2015 has now been published.
Please click here to access the report
The 2016-2017 KSCB Multi-agency training plan has now been published
- New e-learning courses coming on-line shortly (Court Skills, Trafficking, Exploitation and Modern Slavery, Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts in Children and Young People and Safeguarding Children with Disabilities
- New half day courses on Domestic Violence, Parental Substance Misuse, Parental Mental Health and Parental Learning Disability
- New CSE for Practitioners course
- A range of new Safeguarding Briefings
- Forced Marriage course extended to a full day and includes Female Genital Mutilation and Honour Based Violence
- News of Safeguarding Week 17th – 21st October and how to get involved
Please book courses early to avoid disappointment!
Child Safety Online: A Practical Guide For Parents And Carers
Click here for a practical and simple guide for parents and carers who children are using social media. Understand the risks, the ways in which social media could affect your child, practical tips and who to make a report to.
NSPCC New Whistleblowing Advice Line
The NSPCC have launched a new whistleblowing helpline to provide free advice and support to professionals wanting to raise concerns about how child protection issues are being handled in their own or other organisations.
For more information, click here.
West Yorkshire Campaign - 'Party Animals'
For downloadable posters, information and guidance on the West Yorkshire Police campaign ‘party animals’ click here.
The campaign is raising awareness of the risks to being invited to parties with people you don’t know and being offered ‘free’ drink and drugs.
Posted on 03/02/2016
Multi-Agency Prevent Wrap Workshops - 2016
Please click here to find an information flyer with new dates for Prevent Wrap Workshops for 2016. Posted 20/01/2016
Mandatory Reporting Of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
From 31st October there is a duty and legal obligation for professionals from Health, Social Care and Schools to report to Police discovery of FGM. The procedure for West Yorkshire is set out below:
1. That the reporting professional completes the pro-forma;
2. That this be e-mailed to WY Police customer contact centre at: email@example.com
3. This mail box is monitored live time 24/7 and the notification will be actioned upon receipt.
4. Upon receipt the Police operator will create an incident log and also a child protection report, attaching the pro-forma, and will reply to the reporting person by return e mail providing the appropriate reference numbers;
5. The operator will forward the child protection report to the appropriate Safeguarding Unit child protection team to initiate police and partner investigation and will also ensure that that Unit is notified verbally that the report has been received and forwarded for their immediate review.
KSCB Multi-Agency Neglect Strategy 2015
This strategy has been developed in conjunction with multi-agency partners working within Kirklees and should be considered alongside other key strategies, policies and procedures, which affect children across the Kirklees areas. Posted 29/10/2015
Learning Disability Protocol
A Learning Disabilty Protocol has been agreed between Kirklees Safeguarding Board partner agencies, to ensure that collaborative work with the community learning disability teams takes place at an early stage in order to ensure that children’s health and safety are safeguarded. Click here to view the protocol.
'Say Something': New Anonymous Service For Young People To Report Sexual Exploitation
Say Something’ helpline: Call or Text 116000
Revised Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
In addition the following documents have been revised -
March 2015 - Publication of two Serious Case Reviews:
- A child who died at the age of 1 year and 9 months
- A young person
A media statement, the Overview Report and an Action Plan for each of these cases can be found by following the link below and scrolling down to Serious Case Reviews:
Learning and Improvement Briefing: to be used in supervision, team meetings and development events
Learning from Serious Case Reviews
The priority theme for Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board this year is "Learning from Serious Case Reviews". The board want to focus on ensuring that agencies and practitioners are not only aware of what local and national lessons are but that these lessons are understood and implemented, resulting in improved practice.
Posted on 03-02-2015
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Courses
1 April 2015 - 31 March 2016
New dates for multi-agency safeguarding courses are now availble to book onto through the Course Management System.
The full training plan is available to view on the website - www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk/course-brochure
Risk to Children From Button Batteries
The Child Death Overview Panel has become aware of fatalities and serious injuries to children in other areas which have been caused by “button batteries”.
Please be aware of the dangers associated with these very tiny batteries which can be found in novelty toys and greetings cards as well as many other household items.
Further information from the Child Accident Prevention Trust can be accessed via this link:
Posted on 09/01/2015
Launch of NSPCC Awareness Campaign on Child Online Safety - Share Aware
The campaign is aimed at parents and carers of children aged 8-12 – the age at which they start doing more online, become more independent and use a greater range of devices. The campaign aims to encourage parents and carers to understand online safety and to have conversations with their children about keeping safe.
There is a downloadable guide and a hard copy booklet for parents, containing top tips for keeping your child safe online, as well conversation starters to help parents have conversations with their children. All these resources are available on the Share Aware page.
Domestic Abuse Awareness Raising Campaign - It's Never OK
A new domestic abuse awareness raising campaign has been launched targeted at 16-24 year olds – It’s Never OK. It’s part of an intervention and prevention strategy, to make young people think about domestic violence and appreciate how issues can escalate. It links to the domestic homicide review report recommendations from 2013. The campaign launches on 15 December and runs until 30 January.
Posted on 15/12/2014
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Can be downloaded for display in all reception and public areas.
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E-Safety First Responders' Guide
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Download our Poster : Reporting Child Abuse
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