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:
Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week 2017
The second annual national awareness week is taking place from the 6th – 12th February 2017 across the UK.
Organisers hope the nationwide week-long series of events, hosted by local organisations, will spread the message that any form of sexual abuse and sexual violence is unacceptable.
The week aims to generate discussion among the general public, statutory bodies and third sector organisations about how sexual abuse and sexual violence is not ok, it aims to empower victims and send out a clear message that the UK collectively will be saying ‘It’s Not Ok’. For further information click here
Virtual College - Children's Mental Health Week
6th - 12th February - This week is Children's Mental Health Week!
Understanding Young Minds - Talking about mental resilience and self-harm
Designed at helping parents and carers communicate with their children, we've also worked with selfharmUK to create a new, free online course. This course will be available shortly. If you want to be one of the first to access it, please sign up to the newsletter.
Neglect and Early Help Strategy
This Neglect and Early Help Strategy commits all partners working with vulnerable children in Kirklees, to providing effective early help to children and their families. Many of these children will be at risk of or already experiencing neglect and all partners are committed to understanding and tackling neglect, together with its root causes, with the intention of securing better outcomes for children over their lifetimes.
This strategy replaces both the KSCB’s Multi- Agency Strategy on Neglect (October 2015) and the Draft Integrated Early Intervention and Prevention Strategy (July 2016). We have brought these two strands together to reflect our understanding that the long term impact of neglect on children is clearly evident from research. As professionals we need to recognise the signs of neglect early. We know that neglect can be difficult to identify in its early stages and its impact can be hidden. Therefore, identifying signs of neglect early is very important- as parents can more readily adopt changes, and in so doing secure better outcomes for their children.
West Yorkshire Police - Safer Internet Day 2017
Cyber-crimes such as online fraud, grooming, cyber bullying and the misuse of social media, are key priorities for the West Yorkshire Police and the Police & Crime Commissioner.
Tuesday 7th February 2017 is “ Safer Internet Day 2017”
For further information please click here
Keeping Children Safe Online
NSPCC have teamed up with O2 to help you keep children safe when they're using the internet, social networks, games and more.
For advice, support, information and tools - click here
Run a Beep Beep Day - Saving Little Lives
Every year thousands of tots and infants aged 2-7 take part in a special Beep Beep! Day.
It's a great way to engage children with the road safety basics through fun activities, while raising awareness among parents and the wider community about protecting children on roads.
Each Beep Beep! Day will have a different theme with brand new free and low-cost resources meaning you can run more than one event throughout the year
To view the Beep Beep flyer, please click here
Yorkshire Sport Foundation
Yorkshire Sport Foundation is committed to promoting the safety and welfare of children and young people and adults at risk engaged in sporting activities locally.
Yorkshire Sport Foundation – Designated Person
Gillian Brown (Development Manager – Safeguarding Lead): 0113 3939950 / 07794 248083
Debra Cummins (Safeguarding Deputy): 0113 3939950 / 07964 209313
Click here to access the Yorkshire Sport Foundation website
Kirklees Adult Safeguarding Board (KSAB), Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) and Safer Kirklees are working together to provide:
Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation and Honour Based Violence - Safeguarding Adults and Children Briefings.
Click here for the flyer and booking details.
Channel Referral Guidance for Partners
This document has been developed to assist you in making a referral to Kirklees Prevent. It should aid your decision making on whether to make a referral and provide you with guidance on what information should be included within the referral. It must be stressed that this document is for guidance, must not be taken out of context to highlight single issues or statements and is not intended to be used as a definitive checklist. This guidance must be read, taken as a whole and used in line with your professional judgement, safeguarding training and Prevent policies.
Click here to access the document.
West Yorkshire Safeguarding Procedures - December Update
Click the below link to access the latest changes to the West Yorkshire Consortium Safeguarding procedures.
A summary of the main changes made this time can be found by following the link on the manual homepage.
Measuring the Impact of Child Protection Case Conferences
In Kirklees we have used the ‘Strengthening Families Model’ of Child Protection Conferences for over 2 years.
We are implementing “Risk Sensible” a new social work model and will need to make some changes in how we deliver Child Protection Conferences. We need to know how you have experienced the conference so we can make comparisons and measure impact once the changes have been implemented.
We are evaluating the current model to explore whether it is meeting its objectives:
Engaging parents, children and family members more in the process and plan development; Ensuring parents, children, family members and professionals are able to be heard in conferences; Developing better plans for children.
We want to maintain these objectives and ensure that any amendments we make are beneficial to outcomes for children.
To take part in the survey, click here
COURSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - FAQ'S
If you are experiencing any difficulties with the course management system, please check our comprehensive FAQ’s which should resolve your problem. If your problem is not covered by our FAQ’s then please call 01484 225161 (internal 860 5161)
HOLDING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS: primary and secondary teacher training
A day long workshop is being held for primary and secondary teachers to build confidence and expertise about extremism.
Click here to access the primary teacher training document.
Click here to access the secondary teacher training document.
To book or for more details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 went live on 5th September 2016.
This document identifies expected standards of staff training in schools. With immediate effect. There is now an expectation that ALL staff will read Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 as a minimum to support their level of training around child safeguarding.
This requirement is in addition to any safeguarding courses or safeguarding updates staff receive annually. This document sets out what school and college staff should know and what actions they must undertake in respect of a safeguarding concern coming to light.
Future Ofsted inspections will incorporate checks to ensure this has been complied with so please ensure once staff have read it they sign a document to confirm which you should retain in your safeguarding records
The following hyperlink will take you straight to the relevant document which is 20 pages in length.
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 email@example.com
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Download our Leaflet : Reporting Child Abuse in Kirklees
Download our Guide : Keeping Children Safe
A guide for Parents and Carers.
Download our Poster : Reporting Child Abuse
Can be downloaded for display in all reception and public areas.