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Safeguarding Policy - Safeguarding & child protection
Student missing from School: Student missing from school
Prevention of extremism & radicalisation: Prevention of extremism radicalisation
Extremism statement: statement extremism
Bexley Safeguarding Children Board (link: http://www.bexley.gov.uk)
The Local Safeguarding Children Board ( LSCB) is a statutory requirement set out in the Children Act 2004 which gives duties to ensure that all agencies work together for the welfare of children. The main responsibilities of the LSCB as set out in section 14 of the Children Act 2004 are to co-ordinate and quality assure the safeguarding children activities of member agencies in Bexley. Bexley LSCB - usually known as the BSCB - is independently chaired and meets bi-monthly. It has a wide membership reflecting the safeguarding partnerships across the borough. Information on the work of the LSCB, policies and protocols can be found on Bexley Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB). The BSCB sets the strategic priorities that reflect both government and local priorities for the safeguarding agenda in the BSCB Business Plan.
Bexley Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB). Extracts from the Annual Report.
BSCB priorities 2015/16 Jane Shuttleworth took up the role of Independent Chair of the BSCB in June 2015. The priorities for 2015/16 were agreed in July 2015 and a new business plan was developed. The BSCB will continue to focus on the effectiveness of early help and safeguarding as outlined in Working Together.
For 2015/2016 the BSCB has prioritised
- Family violence
- Working with young people
- Community engagement
Highlighting partner achievements and outcomes
Partners produced reports on their safeguarding practice in 2014/15 looking at their activity and what went well, what was challenging and what their priorities will be going forward in 2015/16. The following themes and challenges have emerged from these reports:
Safeguarding children is well embedded in management priorities and strategies.
- A number of organisations dealing with families and adults have ‘children’s champions’.
- The prominence of Child Sexual Exploitation as a major area of concern reflects the national focus on the issue.
- The high level of domestic violence and abuse involved in cases of safeguarding children is a concern.
- Structural change and maintaining the trajectory of improvement.
- Quality assuring practice through audit and data/performance management.
- Maintaining the level of training and awareness raising needed, particularly where there are statutory requirements, as for Health partners from the ‘Intercollegiate Document’.
- Effective supervision of staff.
- Increasing workloads, e.g. in health with increased attendance at A&E and the police Child Abuse Investigation Team (CAIT) which has had to refocus on current investigations with the massive increase in historical cases.
- Recruitment of a skilled and effective workforce.
- Ensuring that good partnership working is continued and developed.
- Good working with the voluntary sector and the need to engage with community and faith organisations, particularly on radicalisation and extremism.
The importance of working with schools on a range of issues:
- Domestic violence.
- Health and wellbeing, e.g. obesity, self-harm and mental health.
- Gangs and serious youth violence.
LINKS: Expert information to help children and young people stay safe online: parentinfo.org
BBC Webwise is part of the BBC website with help & support for all aspects of internet safety - http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/parents-film
Avoiding Ratting - Remote Access Trojans - https://www.getsafeonline.org/protecting-yourself/avoiding-ratting/
The Digizen website - "This provides information for educators, parents, carers, and young people. It is used to strengthen their awareness and understanding of what digital citizenship is and encourages users of technology to be and become responsible Digital Citizens." - http://www.digizen.org/
A guide from Google to show parents how they can protect your family online.
YouTube Safety Centre - http://www.youtube.com/yt/policyandsafety/safety.html
The 'Digital Parenting Guide' from Vodaphone "Read about the very latest technology and challenges in our new magazine - our Expert View articles, 'How to' guides and Take Action checklists will help you to stay up-to-date and feel more confident about getting involved."
The Cybersmile Foundation website (The Cyberbullying Charity) http://www.cybersmile.org
'The Parents' and Carers' Guide to the Internet', has been created by CEOP to provide a light hearted and realistic look at what it takes to be a better online parent.
"The Parents Guide to Technology from the UK Safer Internet Centre has been created to answer these questions and introduce some of the most popular devices, highlighting the safety tools available and empowering parents with the knowledge they need to support their children to use these technologies safely and responsibly".
How to set up the parental controls offered by your internet provider (UK Safer Internet Centre)
The parents section of the Know IT All website. The site contains information about positive ways young people are using different technologies, what the risks are to users and it outlines practical advice in avoiding or minimising risks when using online and mobile technologies.
Webcam safety - BBC Webwise - http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/0/25812110
Child Safety Online Overview (Knowthenet) - http://www.knowthenet.org.uk/knowledge-centre/child-safety
Advice for parents and carers on cyberbullying -
A Parents' Guide to Instagram - http://dwn5wtkv5mp2x.cloudfront.net/downloads/A_Parents_Guide_to_Instagram.pdf
Safeguarding newsletters link: safeguarding newsletters