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:
In preparation for Child Safety Week (1st - 7th June 2015) the Child Accident Prevention Trust has produced a downloadable action pack and poster which can be accessed here -
This years campaign is themed around risks which could be present at the busiest time of the day for many parents.
Please use Child Safety Week as an opportunity to share these messages with colleagues and service users.
Posted on 23-04-2015
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
Posted on 02-02-2015
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.
Having conversations from a young age can help build trust and openness and get preventative messages across.
However, many parents feel confused by the internet and out of their depth in understanding what their children are doing online and what the risks might be. The Share Aware campaign aims to give parents the tools to feel confident to have these conversations. The campaign directs parents to a range of new resources, including Net Aware, a simple NSPCC guide to the social networks, sites and apps children use – as rated by parents and young people themselves. We will be providing information on this guide at the time of the launch.
There is also 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.
We hope the campaign will help parents talk to their children about staying safe online, as well as encouraging providers to take action to make their sites safer for children.
As part of the launch of the Share Aware campaign, we shall be media releasing the findings from the consultations with parents and children that informed Net Aware. The guide has three main purposes:
- to provide an overview of sites, apps and games that children and young people use from a user-perspective;
- to give parents the confidence to facilitate balanced and informed conversations about what their children are doing online; and
- to encourage parents to look at social networking platforms themselves and form their own views about the appropriateness of popular sites for their children.
The Share Aware campaign will also include two animations – I saw your willy and Lucy and the boy - that will be shown on prime time television and on digital spaces. These engaging films have a serious message deriving from the stories of two children who share too much about themselves on-line.
We hope you will support the campaign and help us reach as many parents and carers of 8-12 year olds as possible.
If you decide to undertake any of these activities, please do not hesitate to contact us if we can provide you with any assistance or support. We can provide you with appropriate copy that you can adapt for your purposes. (Please contact Hattie Fitzgerald: email@example.com; 0207 825 2500 or Grace Brownfield: firstname.lastname@example.org; 0203 7729 049.) Posted on 09/01/2015
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
Head of the Virtual School
The council has successfully recruited its first Head Teacher of the Virtual School.
This is a new post in line with changing legislation and we have appointed Janet Tolley, who has great experience as an educational leader in the Kirklees area.
Janet will be joining the Local Authority from Almondbury Community School, where she was transitional head after the formation of the school earlier this year.
Janet led Almondbury on its challenging journey towards becoming an all-through school, for children aged 3 to 16, by bringing together an infant and nursery school, a junior school and a high school.
Janet’s new role will be to oversee the educational needs of Looked After Children including attainment, attendance and out of hours learning. She will be in post from November 3rd. Posted on 17/10/2014
New Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector Safeguarding Guidance
Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board, Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board and Community Partnerships have produced an updated Safeguarding Guidance for the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector. This guidance offers advice to voluntary, community and faith groups on meeting their responsibilities to safeguard adults at risk and children. It includes information on the role of the safeguarding lead, safeguarding training, writing a safeguarding policy and has model policies for groups across the sector to use. The guidance can be accessed here. Posted 03/10/2014
Child Sexual Exploitation E-Learning
Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board has developed an e-learning course which enables students, practitioners and managers within a range of organisations including Local Authority, Police, Probation, Health, Education, Private Care, Voluntary, Retail, Entertainment and Leisure to:
• Understand the nature and scope of CSE
• Recognise its impact on children, young people and families
• Engage more effectively with vulnerable children and young people
• Know what to do if you suspect a child is being groomed or sexually exploited
• Improve your response to CSE
• Help you work better in partnership with other agencies
The course takes approximately 40 minutes to complete and covers key indicators and facts about CSE, relevant legislation, working with victims and survivors, recording and sharing information and local processes and services.
This course is free and can be accessed by going to www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.com clicking on course management system. Posted 29/09/2014
KSCB Annual Report and KSCB Executive Summary 2013 - 2014
The report demonstrates the progress made by agencies in Kirklees to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people and gives account of how the board evaluates the effectiveness of safeguarding across partner agencies and continues to develop a learning culture in improving outcomes for children. Posted 21/08/2014
DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU’RE REALLY TALKING TO?
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A campaign has been launched across West Yorkshire to make young people aware of the risks of being online.
It forms part of the ongoing initiative called ‘Know the Signs’ which aims to highlight the issues of child sexual exploitation and encourage victims to report it.
Police, local authorities and children's safeguarding boards have come together to produce a series of messages which highlight the dangers of chat forums and interactive platforms.
Web, Facebook and Twitter posts will be released which feature an image of two teenagers in an online conversation. The graphic then reveals that one of them is actually a sexual predator and not the person they are purporting to be.
Bron Sanders, chair of Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Helping young people to stay safe online is a crucial part of the work we do.
“Local organisations treat this as high priority, especially as the online environment is constantly changing and can present a wide range of risks.
“We work closely with partners across Kirklees and give guidance which is designed to protect children and young people.
“Everyone has a duty to safeguard the welfare of children, and that must also apply to the digital world which is an integral part of so many lives.”
Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd, of West Yorkshire Police, explained it was vital to reach young people and educate them:
He said: “This campaign is another strand of the child sexual exploitation campaign ‘Know the Signs’ which is specifically tailored towards young people. Chat forums and interactive platforms in particular present risks which make them susceptible to this type of crime.
“Some young people engage with strangers online, not knowing who they are talking to, their age or their intentions. Sexual predators use online forums to groom their victims and it is imperative that our young people understand these dangers.
"Often offenders use false accounts, fake photos, and names to deceive their victims, encouraging them to meet with the intention of committing a sexual offence.
“The messages which we have posted across our websites and social media will direct users to an online page which features key information and advice. www.westyorkshire.police.uk/who-r-u-talking-2.
“We have intentionally launched this campaign during the school holidays, as many will undoubtedly be spending a lot of time on social media, apps and other conversation mediums.
“Some of the county’s shopping centres will be displaying the graphics on electronic screens. Police officers and PCSOs will also be speaking to young people in cities and towns, bringing their attention to these important messages.
“Parents continue to play a key role, and we would encourage them to take an interest in what their children are doing online and who they are speaking to.
“Likewise, I would urge them to view our dedicated CSE webpage to help them recognise the indicators of Child Sexual Exploitation http://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cse.
“By working together with the public and our partners, we can raise awareness and close the net around those behind these horrendous crimes.
“If you have been subject to Child Sexual Exploitation, know somebody who has, or have information about those involved in this crime, please contact the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Female Genital Mutilation
The Prime Minster David Cameron has recently pledged tougher laws to prosecute parents who fail to prevent their daughter becoming a victim of Female Genital Mutilation. The announcement was made at the recently held Girls Summit and comes shortly after new research reveals the number of girls affected by FGM is twice that previously estimated. Mr Cameron has further announced a 1.4m prevent programme, improved care for survivors, guidance for the police on how to handle new cases of FGM and is considering a civil protection order along the lines of Forced Marriage Protection Orders to prevent girls at risk from undergoing this type of abuse.
For more information on FGM click here http://www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk/femalegenitalmutilation.html to access free e-learning on FGM click here http://www.endthefear.co.uk/media/uploads/fgm/story.html
Forced Marriage Now A Crime (16/06/2014)
Forcing someone to marry against their will is now a criminal offence.
New legislation introduced today is designed to help people in England and Wales. It also applies to UK nationals overseas who are at risk of becoming the victim of a forced marriage.
Forced marriage can involve physical, psychological, emotional, financial and sexual abuse including being held unlawfully captive, assaulted and raped.
In 2013, the government's Forced Marriage Unit gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage to more than 1300 people.
The maximum penalty for the new offence of forced marriage is 7 years imprisonment.
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IN EDUCATION
Keeping Children Safe in Education was published on the 3rd April 2014 and replaces Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education 2006. Please find an attached link summarising the changes within the two documents. This briefing was written by CAPE (Child Protection In Education). Posted on 06/06/2014
Child Protection and Review Unit Annual Report for 2013/14
To view this report please click here.
Posted on 09/12/2014.
REVIEW OF THE STRENGTHENING FAMILIES APPROACH TO CHILD PROTECTION CONFERENCES
You will all now be aware of the changes that have taken place in the process of conducting Child Protection Conferences. This approach began on 28th October 2013. The new multi-agency report forms and review forms together with guidance for completion are now available, click here.
This approach has now been underway for 12 months and a review has been undertaken. To view the full review, click here. Updated on 09/12/2014
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