Safeguarding Week w/c 21st June 2021

Safeguarding Week takes place across all of West Yorkshire and includes Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safer Leeds, Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board, West Yorkshire Police, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Bradford, Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirklees Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships.

Safeguarding children, young people, adults and families remains a priority for all of us. Help us to make Safeguarding Week a success by showcasing and celebrating the fantastic work that you do to protect and safeguard all people in Leeds.

This is an opportunity for all organisations to celebrate and share good practice, and raise awareness of the services you provide to protect and support families and promote this across the city.

  • Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership have compiled a list of useful resources for staff to access, such as informative videos and links to materials, as well as delivering their usual selection of training courses. Please see the list below.
  • Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board are providing key messages around the self-neglect of vulnerable adults.
  • Safer Leeds are sharing a range of messages across social media to raise public awareness about some of the key community safety issues in the city.  Additional sources of information can be found on the Leeds Domestic Violence and Abuse website.
  • WY Police also offers lots of information and advice around child protection.


Throughout the week we are all active on social media and invite all our partners to post information on their own activities using the hashtag #safeguardingweek. Help us to promote the week by using all the materials which are now available for you to download.

 

Subject Description

Team Briefings

 

Team briefings have been developed to encourage discussions and reflection on a variety of safeguarding subjects within teams.

The following subjects are available:

  • CSE
  • Neglect
  • Think Family, Work Family
  • Child Criminal Exploitation
  • Harmful Sexual Behaviour
  • DVA Impact on Children and Young People
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Basic Introduction to Missing or Absent Children
  • Dynamic Risk Assessment
E-safety guidance

Online safety is not just an IT issue; it is about safeguarding children and young people whenever they are online.

The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues, often providing a platform which can be exploited intentionally or unintentionally. An effective approach to online safety provides an organisation, school or college with a framework with which to protect and educate their staff and the children and young people who they work with, and respond to any concerns.

These are the minimum standards that an organisation should have in place and should be reflected within your own policies and procedures.

Was not Brought Many children and adults are reliant on someone else to take them to meetings or appointments that relate to their welfare, care or health and as a result they are sometimes not taken to them. This may mean that a practitioner may record them as having ‘not attended’.

The Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safer Leeds and Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board see this as a concern and are asking all Leeds practitioners to use “Was Not Brought” rather than “Did Not Attend” for recording or noting the non-attendance of children, young people and adults who are reliant on someone else to take them to a meeting or appointment.

Find out about the Was Not Brought approach and the actions you should take to record non attendance at appointments.
Brid Featherstone Brid Featherstone, Professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield delivered a presentation to Leeds practitioners on the topic of Poverty, child abuse and neglect: Interrogating a 'neglected' relationship.

Brid has extensive experience of researching the issues experienced by families who become involved with child protection services. She is a member of the Child Welfare Inequalities Project and has been involved in researching the relationship between poverty and a child's chances of being removed from their family or becoming subject to child protection procedures.

The presentation focuses on the research literature and the findings of the Child Welfare Inequalities Project, to look at how poverty impacts upon neglect and identifies the barriers to practitioners practising in a 'poverty aware' manner. It explored how more 'poverty aware' policies and practices might be developed. 
Early Help Approach and Strategy Early help is a collaborative approach not a provision and relies on local agencies working together effectively with families to identify who needs help and then to meet their varied needs. Early help can be provided through a single agency or a multi-agency response as appropriate to the needs of the child and family and the concern.
Find out about the strategy and the approach.

Subject Specific information

These are resources which we have collated to further develop practitioners in their knowledge and understanding of specific issues/topics.
LSCP Training

Increase your knowledge and skills by accessing the LSCP’s online learning and development offer.

The following courses have been recently added for Safeguarding Week:

Live Training Sessions

  • Mind your Language - Exploitation & Victim Blaming Webinar

YouTube based Training Sessions

  • Introduction to Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People
  • Safeguarding Refresher Training

Live Briefing Sessions

  • Child to Parent Abuse
  • Teenage Interpersonal Violence and Abuse
  • SUDIC and Child Death Review Processes in Leeds

 

YouTube based Briefing Sessions

  • Introduction to County Lines
  • General Awareness of Modern Slavery
  • Basic Introduction to Harmful Sexual Behaviour Displayed by Children
  • Fabricated and Induced Illness (FII)
Multi-agency Safeguarding Reviews -  include:
  • Appreciative Inquiries 
  • Reviewing Serious Child Safeguarding Incidents 
  • Rapid Reviews 
  • Child Safeguarding Practice Review

The reviewing of practice is an integral part of the LSCP Learning and Improvement Framework (LIF) in order to improve outcomes for children and young people and their families, within Leeds.

Looking at practice, and understanding what happened and why things happened as they did, can help to improve future responses.