Safeguarding Vulnerable Children in Calderdale

Priority 2 of CSCB Business Plan is that Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board is

Know which children are vulnerable and are assured they are protected

The information on this page is linked to this priority.

This links to the Children’s Commissioners website which has lots of useful information for children and young people, parents, carers and professionals.  It includes new reports, research findings, news articles and much more

http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/content/publications?search=it+takes+a+lot+to+build+trust

 

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

 

Vulnerable children include those who are at risk of of being forced or manipulated into sexual activity.  This is a type of abuse that is called Child Sexual Exploitation.  It can happen to any child, anywhere.  Recent research (YouGov 2013) suggests that 78% of parents and carers can’t identify all the key signs of child exploitation.  Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and the Safeguarding Children e-Academy have teamed up to provide a short (20-30mins) online course which is free of charge which will help you to:

  • Understand child sexual exploitation
  • Find out how to spot the signs
  • Know who to report any concerns to

To access this free course, click the link here.

For more information about the services that support young people affected by CSE, click this link CSE direct support services

PACE have also produced a helpful resource Working with the Police: the role of parents in investigating CSE that explains how parents can help the Police to investigate concerns about CSE.  This can be accessed here.

Written in partnership with parents who have experienced the hardship of CSE, Keeping it Together: a parent’s guide to coping with child sexual exploitation provides information and guidance on some of the practical and emotional issues faced when caring for a sexually exploited child on a day-to-day basis.

The booklet explores theories on what happens to the parent-child bond when a child is exploited, and offers strategies used by other parents to maintain some sort of daily routine and care for other non-affected family members.

The booklet also provides information on accessing specialist support, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and explores temporary accommodation options if it becomes unsafe for your child to remain at home.

Drawing on parents’ firsthand experiences, it also looks at what parents can do to manage their own health, work life and relationships during periods of extreme stress.

We hope that it is a useful resource for both parents and practitioners working to keep children safe from sexual exploitation. You can download it free at

http://www.paceuk.info/wp-content/uploads/Keeping-it-together-PDF.pdf  Or to order copies by post, please email louise.vaughan@paceuk.info

The National Working Group have resources relating to CSE that can be accessed by the public.  These can be found by following this link:

http://www.nwgnetwork.org/resources/resourcespublic

More helpful information can be found here

Safeguarding Children in the Digital World

 

Did you know?

Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board (CSCB) has received national recognition for its work to protect vulnerable children from sexual exploitation, trafficking and going missing.

The Board was highly commended in the Children’s Services category at the MJ Local Government Achievement Awards which was held in London on 18 June 2015.

Richard Burrows, Chair of the Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board said:

“I am delighted that our work has received this accolade – it is recognition of the innovative and determined approach to tackling CSE which has been taken by the Board and our partners to keep children safe in Calderdale.   

“Safeguarding children is everyone’s business.  We’re working with social workers, the Police, health workers, teachers and many others working together so that no vulnerable child is left unprotected.”   

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Cllr Megan Swift, said:

“This is a great result which acknowledges the work we are doing with children, parents and carers, schools and communities to help them recognise the signs of child sexual exploitation and know what to do if they suspect that something is wrong.”  

A dedicated CSE team has been formed which includes social workers, Police, and members from the NHS, education and the Youth Offending Team. The team meets daily to share information which will identify any vulnerable children and intervene if they are felt to be at risk of harm.

Adults and children across Calderdale are being offered training to ‘know the signs of CSE’, with active members of the community being encouraged to sign up to the sessions.  Theatre productions have been developed for primary and secondary schoolchildren to educate them on the issue.

To make sure you ‘Know the Signs’ visit the West Yorkshire Police website at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cse(external link).

If you are ever concerned about the welfare of a child call 01422 393336 or 0845 1111137 after 5pm.

 

Private Fostering

Private Fostering is also a priority matter for the CSCB that requires particular attention.  See the dedicated page.

 

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

An app has been made available, via this link, which provides information for males and females who want to find out more about this issue.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is abuse although not many people know about it or how to get help.

FGM is when a girl’s external genitalia (private parts) are cut or pricked.  It is mainly carried out on young girls between the ages of 8 – 15, often when girls leave primary school and before they enter secondary school, but can be carried out at any age.  There are different types of FGM.

The app includes:

  • Quiz
  • The facts about FGM including what it is, effects on health, why it’s practised, the law, what the UK Government is doing
  • Views about FGM from girls, young women, men, religious leaders, FGM survivors, organisations
  • Take action – what you can do to end FGM and situations you may come across
  • Help and support
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section including ‘what would happen if…?’,
  • Glossary which gives explanations for some of the words used in this app

 

Neglect

The NSPCC has produced a report which highlights under reporting of neglect in teenagers.

The report, Hurting Inside, reveals that of the 23,037 children reported by the public, or referred by the NSPCC helpline, police or children’s services, only 16% were regarding children aged 12-18.  Click on the link for more information.