November/ December 2021
25 Nov – 10 Dec : 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Abuse
- A program of events to assist employers in support of staff by taking action against domestic abuse and violence.
11 – 15 October 2021 – #Look Closer Program of Learning through the Children’s Society (View and Book)
A week full of free learning sessions on their work to tackle child exploitation and harm.
6 August 2021 – Domestic Violence Policy Updates from Harbour
Harbour has resources and updates about policy developments regarding the “Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme”, known as ‘Clare’s Law’, and Digital Stalking. You can visit the Harbour website and download additional resources.
12-16 July 2021 – Safeguarding Awareness Week
As part of our commitment to continuous learning and improvement, Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership are hosting a Safeguarding Awareness Week, in partnership with colleagues from across County Durham. Safeguarding Week 2021 will promote and raise awareness on a different safeguarding theme each day and is a learning and engagement opportunity for all practitioners to explore cases through facilitated and reflective discussions.
New Health and Wellbeing Resource for Practitioners supporting Young People.
Important Announcement – our innovative new tool to support young people will be launched in October. Please ensure you join these sessions so the young people you work with can benefit from this brand new resource!
This resource explores mental health and perinatal mental health through the experiences of young expectant parents. Jessica’s Story is due for release on October the 10th. Click here to watch our trailer.
What is the tool? Our powerful, interactive film that enables young people over the age of 13 to explore hard hitting, real life experiences, choosing the outcomes and learning from that experience. This tool will be freely available through the Child Health and Wellbeing Network. We have commissioned the film for our Network Members which also enables access to the Trylearning element of the package as well as other film episodes such as mental health, substance misuse, Sexual health and relationships.
Which professionals may be interested? The William Howard School in Cumbria, commissioned this work on behalf of the network and we feel it would be of huge interest to anyone working in schools, colleges, universities and young people facing roles such as youth work, 0-19 service, sexual health, midwifery and IAPT.
What do you do to get involved? Before the Launch in October, we are keen to share information on the suite of interactive films and how you can access both the films and TryLearning support package designed to highlight key learning points for professionals to used when working with young people.
Our ask to you is:
- Cascade this information to people working with young people aged from 13-21
- Sign up to our two Master Class with Paul Irwin, Creative Director of Trylife where we will share more information to get feedback from professionals on our launch and roll out plans.
Sessions are to be held on the 12th of July 2-4pm and 14th September 4-6pm click here to register for your place.
We encourage anyone who is attending the sessions to become a member of the Network Join the Network now to become part of it!
To find out more about Trylife’s Interactive Films, please click here
The Child Health and Wellbeing Team
In the Child Health and Wellbeing Network our vision is…
“In the North East and North Cumbria we believe all children and young people should be given the opportunity to flourish and reach their potential, and be advantaged by organisations working together“.
Join the Network now to become part of it!
The guidance is aimed at all practitioners involved in safeguarding children and young people subject to or at risk of exploitation including frontline practitioners and senior leaders within social care, mental health and criminal justice services. As this Briefing is intended for a wide audience the evidence included is aimed to provide relevant and important key learning across all settings.
The DSCP Practitioner Survey 2021 is now available for all who work in safeguarding or with safeguarding practitioners in County Durham.
The survey is intended to be wide ranging with engagement from as many agencies, services, departments and practitioners working with children and families in County Durham.
The survey seeks your responses regarding several areas of interest, such as partnership working, thresholds, referrals etc. All of the responses will be collated and considered as part of improvement plans by the relevant DSCP sub-groups.
This survey will be open from Tuesday 1st June 2021 and will close on Thursday 27th August 2021 and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.
As part of our commitment to continuous learning and improvement, Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership are hosting a Safeguarding Awareness Week, in partnership with colleagues from across County Durham. Safeguarding Week 2021 will promote and raise awareness on a different safeguarding theme and is a learning and engagement opportunity for all practitioners to explore cases in a facilitative and reflective discussion.
Updated DSCP Tri-X Multi-agency Procedures went live on 21/05/21 and can be accessed on this website. (Summary overview and links).
A new project has been launched to support prisoners in custody to understand and exercise their legal rights as parents. The project will also form the next stage of development for regional family engagement services for prisoners in the North East. The project promotes that it is best for all parties to have as much engagement in these processes as possible in order to ensure the best outcomes for the children involved.
If you need help or support to access and engage a parent in custody to participate in public or private legal matters pertaining to their children and family please contact Holly Claydon, Parental Rights in Prison Project Coordinator. You can also download a leaflet containing more information about the project.
Report Abuse in Education Helpline
Commissioned by the Department of Education, the NSPCC have introduced a dedicated independent helpline for people who have experienced abuse in education.
The Report Abuse in Education helpline comes after a high number of anonymous testimonials were submitted to the Everyone’s Invited website, documenting abuse in all types of schools, colleges, and universities.
The helpline went live on 1 April 2021 and will provide both children and adults who have experienced sexual abuse in schools with support and advice, including onward action such as contacting the police if they wish to.
The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals.
Anyone who gets in touch through this dedicated helpline will also be signposted to other relevant support services available, including Childline, which provides ongoing support and counselling to children and young people.
The Report Abuse in Education helpline can be reached on 0800 136 663 or by email at email@example.com.
Please share these details with children, young people, parents and carers, schools and other partner organisations in your area by all relevant means including social media. Schools and professionals can learn more via Twitter – @NSPCCLearning.
Virtual College offers this free online course for practitioners to understand the links between abuse of adults, abuse of children, domestic abuse, and animal abuse. The section on understanding canine communication, which covers understanding anxiety escalation and potential aggressive responses in dogs, is particularly useful for all staff and volunteers who make home visits.
March 2021 – National Child Exploitation Awareness Day – Stop CSE – follow the link for more information and to see how you can support the campaign.
The National Working Group’s National Child Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.
This “Talking to your Children about Emotional Resilience and Self-Harm” course from the virtual college handles the subject of teenage self-harm and parental ways to support your children, in a sensitive and informational way. The duration of this course is approximately 1 hour.
The course is free and you do not need to enter any payment details but you will need to register with Virtual College (again this is free). There is no test for this course. Learners will be able to download a digital certificate on completion.
10 February 2021 – Reducing Parental Conflict Challenge Celebration (link for booking event)
An event to showcase the success and learning of the 10 RPC Challenge Fund Projects to an audience of LA partners and RPC stakeholders.
DSCP Autumn Newsletter 2020– click the title for the latest news and features.
Safeguarding Week – 16-22 November 2020
The event this year consists of a number of online awareness sessions in key safeguarding areas (here for plan to book places)
9 November 2020 – Update to Tri-x Multi-Agency Procedures
For parents or carers dealing with children with emotional or mental health difficulties.
World Mental Health Day – 9 October 2020(click heading)
Activities and online events to assist your mental wellbeing
TEWV have developed a poster for professionals to remind them about the impact of parental mental health on children – click here to open a copy of the poster
Mental health guidance for parents and carers – We have added a new leaflet to our Parent and Carer page.
“Mental health problems in children and young people: guidance for parents and carers” is from the Charlie Waller Trust and offers guidance supporting children and where to find further advice and help with their mental health. The Trust’s aim is to “educate young people, and those with responsibility for them – so parents, educators, employers, GPs and Practice Nurses – about their mental health and wellbeing“.
Additional Guidance for Professionals Working with People Experiencing Self Harm Related Concerns
Coping with self-harm – A Guide for Parents and Carers has been developed by researchers at the University of Oxford and is aimed at helping parents, carers, other family members and friends cope when a young person is self-harming. It includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm, how to support a young person when facing this problem.
Self Harm – Guidance for School Based Staff has been developed to support Durham schools in identifying and responding to incidents of pupil self harm.
Updated Contact Info for Mental and Emotional Health Services
We have new, updated contact information for the services in Durham that provide support to both adults and children and young people who may be concerned about their mental or emotional health – click the links to get lists of these services (and when it opens you can click on the names to get more information).
There is also background information from NHS RightCare about children and young people’s access to mental health generally and in Durham
**UPDATE RE TRAINING COURSES -AUGUST 2020**
In line with the DSCP Restoration Plan, work has been undertaken to relaunch the DSCP Training Programme via a virtual training platform. This means that all face to face training has been cancelled and replaced by either virtual training platforms or narrated slideshows.
The DSCP is pleased to announce the launch of the following training courses:
To access the course booking system, you can click the shortcut here.
TEWV freephone crisis line for those in mental distress
Children, adults and older people living in the local area can now contact TEWV mental health crisis services free of charge on tel. 0800 0516 171. People with learning disabilities and/or autism can also use this number.
The line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will make it easier for people to access help in a mental health emergency.
Advice and information on what to do in a crisis situation can also be found here www.tewv.nhs.uk/crisisadvice. #TEWVcrisis
Protect Young Eyes – Online safety for children and young people – A resource for parents and professionals
Durham Constabulary Prevent Team have highlighted the Protect Young Eyes website as a useful resource for parents and professionals. The website aims to support parents in protecting children from online dangers and also educate parents/families/teachers etc about online safety.
The website has an alphabetical list of the most popular apps and platforms for Social Media, Gaming, Photo and Video Apps and you can search for any that you may be concerned about. There is a full explanation of each platform, identifying risks to children and giving a ‘bottom line’ regarding the safety of use. The website also includes presentations and free webinars to help educate all users in online safety.
The site is American and much of the information is presented in that context but the information is useful to adults anywhere who may have safety concerns about users of platforms or just want to find out more about risks associated with platforms used by children and young people.
COMING SOON TO A VIRTUAL PLATFORM NEAR YOU !! WATCH THIS SPACE AND VIEW THE TRAINING PROGRAMME SECTION FOR INFORMATION AS IT ARRIVES
22 September 2020, 9.30-11.30am – The Harm Matrix Assessment Process
16 September 1.30-3.30pm – Signs of Safety Briefing
27 October, 9.30-11.30am – Signs of Safety Briefing
10 December, 1.30-3.30pm -Signs of Safety Briefing
14 July 2020 – Briefing Paper : Child Suicide during Covid. Click the title to access a paper completed by the National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) which looks at the impact of Covid-19 on children.
8 – 14th June 2020 – Carers Week
Below are a couple of events associated with activity during Carers Week:
New Children & Families Practice Toolkit available
A new version of the County Durham Children and Families Practice Toolkit (updated May 2020) is available today from the Toolkits and Guidance for Professionals page or you can access it directly by clicking here.
Babies that don’t cruise rarely bruise – new animation film produced by Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership
Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership has developed a new animation film which provides useful advice for practitioners. You can find it here.
Children’s Commissioner releases briefing
The office of the Children’s Commissioner has released a policy briefing on domestic abuse and it’s effects on children particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. You can find it here.
Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service
Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service is a statutory service supporting parents/carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and children and young people with SEND. They provides free, confidential, impartial and ‘arm’s length’ information advice and support.
Click here to view their latest update and find out more about the availability of the services they continue to offer during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak is leading to big changes in the way we live our everyday lives. Our relationships will be hugely important for getting us through this but self-isolation, social distancing and other concerns may also place them under added pressure. Here you can find blogs, advice and tips for helping your relationships stay healthy during the pandemic.
Partner Briefing – March 2020
Safeguarding Awareness Campaigns 2020
27 February 2020
23 January 2020
Durham SCP Training Programme 2020/21
The DSCP Training Programme 2020/21 has been launched. Further details can be found here.
23 January 2020
Young People who Display Harmful Sexual Behaviour
The next topic of the Think Family Learning Network is as follows:
- What is harmful sexual behaviour
- Update on the procedures and the three routes to an AIM assessment/information sharing meeting
- Introduction to the Brook Traffic Light Tool
Further details can be found here
The Developing Child & Young Person
This two-day course is aimed at all practitioners who would like to up-date their knowledge on child and young people development and the parental responses to different developmental and transition stages. Further details can be found here.
17 January 2020
Achieving Sustainable Change
A two-day training course for front line staff working with families to make positive changes
The course will support participants to:
Enhance Motivation through Motivational Interviewing techniques
- Understand the nature of resistance and how it impacts on behaviour change
- Look at the process of change
- Practice skills to enhance motivation
- Identify and maintain goals and change by using solution focused practice using solution focused tool.
The course will support participants to use motivational interviewing techniques to understand resistance and how we support behaviour change. Access details of the courses here
13 January 2020
Tools of the Trade
This half-day workshop is only for staff who have completed the “The Developing Child and Young Person” two-day course and want to consider the application of the learning from the course into their practice. We will be sharing tools, approaches and ways of working with different age ranges to capture the views and feelings of children and young people. For details see here
8 January 2020
Strategic Partnership Approach to Early Help for Children, Young People & Families
This is a key document concerning the vision for the Local Authority’s Children’s Services on Early Help. Strategic Partnership Approach to Early Help for Children, Young People and Families
22 October 2019
Find information here providing a guide around mental health, and endorsed by multi agency partners in a Practitioners Guide to Making Mental Health Everybody’s Business.
Learning Resource on Vulnerability in Babies
The DSCP has been working with a regional group to develop a Learning Resource on Vulnerability in Babies. This document includes learning from Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and recommendations on how services can work effectively to safeguard young babies and children.
New Resources for Primary Schools – NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe
5th June 2019
NSPCC Schools Service in Durham offers a range of resources to schools, including their Speak Out. Stay Safe safeguarding programme to primary schools. This programme is offered at no cost to all UK primary schools and the NSPCC have worked extensively with Durham primary schools, visiting over 97% of schools in your area.
You can find a summary of this programme on the DSCP website by clicking here.
Professional Challenge Pledge
3rd May 2019
To run alongside an updated multi agency “Challenge & Escalation” policy, we have launched the partnership’s new Professional Challenge Pledge see here
DSCP want to get the message out that appropriate challenges are welcomed and to give permission for us all to use it in our everyday practice. Challenge is about challenging decisions and assumptions made, not the person. It’s about what makes you worried, your fears and anxieties. It’s about asking yourself, as a professional, can you walk away from a situation leaving issues unchallenged. The child’s views and needs are always paramount.
We will be launching our Pledge at the DSCP Launch event 3rd May 2019.
New TriX Policy Update May 19
Includes updates on new National Programme for children at risk of exploitation, ECPAT Child Trafficking, College of Police Briefing on knife crime, a report on survivor voices in relation to CSA, as well as national evaluation the Troubled Families Programme 2015-20.
Children locked up. Report of the Children’s Commisioner
Who are they ? Where are they?
7 minute briefing
New 7 minute briefing on arrangements concerning National Probation Service ( NPS) and the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) for partners here
Child Criminal Exploitation
15th April 2019
NEW page on our website on information about Child Criminal Exploitation see here
New A21 video on Online Child Exploitation
You can find the child exploitation video here.
Further information on the video is available from A21’s website here.
A21 also have corresponding posters, leaflets and other resources to use in conjunction with the videos that they would be happy to provide you with. These resources have been used in a variety of ways including as part of training, displayed as posters as well as leaflets for general informational purposes.
7 minute Briefings including Strategy Meetings.
6th February 2019
Our latest 7 minute briefing on
(i) Strategy Meetings which acts upon the recommendations of the JTAI on “The Multi-Agency Response to Domestic Abuse”
Local procedure on Strategy Meetings and SPOC arrangements here
(ii) LSCB Transition arrangements
are available here to view
Young people’s experiences of safeguarding.
In Dec 2018 young people from Investing In Children supported the LSCB to find out young people’s opinions about the following questions.
What are the main safeguarding concerns impacting on the lives of young people today?
What do you see as safeguarding priorities for adults to target within a partnership approach? How would you like to know more?
View the full report here
New Home Office Posters
8th February 2019
FGM poster here
County Lines poster here
FGM partners pack for professionals here
FGM Protection Orders
Information for parents/carers here
What is Contextual Safeguarding (CS) ?
Contextual Safeguarding (CS) is an approach to safeguarding that supports practitioners to recognise and respond to the harm young people experience outside of the family home. Current child protection systems were primarily designed to protect children from risks posed to them by their families. There is increased recognition across the sector that the system is not working effectively enough for adolescents. This approach gives prominence and weight to the influence of peers on young people’s decision making. Intervening to affect context of the extra- familial risk can increase the capacity of families to safeguard young people and divert young people away from harmful contexts, thus CS can be seen to extend the notion of capacity to safeguard placing the young person front and centre of the process.
Watch the video What is Contextual Safeguarding here
Read more about responses to peer on peer abuse using a Contextual Safeguarding approach here
Government Review to improve the lives of autistic children
21st February 2019
|The government’s review of services and support for autistic people is covering autistic children as well as adults for the first time. It will inform a new joint adults and children autism strategy to be published in autumn 2019.
For the full Government News Story, click here
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements is now available
6 November 2018
This e-learning course is now available and should be used for staff development and training purposes. It will support those who attend Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) meetings and anyone who works with violent or sexual offenders to raise individual awareness of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements, practice guidance and policy. It aims to help professionals consider the appropriateness of MAPPA in assisting the management of those risks posed by an individual to the public, known adult, children, staff and prisoners
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – listening to victims and survivors
17 November 2017
Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have made an important contribution to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). You can read the latest Truth Project report here. www.iicsa.org.uk/truthproject
Durham LSCB has created a privacy information pages that details the information gathering and distribution practices for this website. Click on the link below to read more.