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Adults and Children's Services Flowchart
North Bank Forum
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Download the VCS Safeguarding Newsletter here. VCS – Safeguarding Newsletter – October
CVAC on-line Directory
CVAC on-line directory
Children Affected by Parental Imprisonment
Historic Sexual Abuse and Support
Calderdale's Community Safety Partnership (CCP)
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part; and
A child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.
Changes in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015:
LSCBs must commission services for children who have been or may be:
- sexually exploited
- subject to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Local authorities must establish Channel panels to assess the extent to which identified individuals are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism and arrange for support to be provided to them. Education is a panel partner.
Young carer’s assessments must reach a view on whether any care tasks are “inappropriate” or “excessive.”
Organisations need clear whistleblowing procedures in line with Sir Robert Francis’s Freedom to Speak Up report.
Previously Local Authorities were required to have in place a ‘Local Authority Designated Officer’ (LADO) to handle all allegations against adults who work with children and young people. Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015′ no longer refers to them as LADOs only ‘designated officers’ or teams. People undertaking this must now be qualified social workers (apart from people currently in post or moving between authorities).
Other changes include notifiable incidents involving the care of a child, the definition of serious harm for the purposes of serious case reviews and child death reviews.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015
- maintained nursery schools
- maintained, non-maintained or independent schools
- academies and free schools
- alternative provision academies and
- pupil referral units.
Colleges includes further education colleges and sixth-form colleges (for students under the age of 18), but excludes 16-19 academies and free schools (which are required to comply with relevant safeguarding legislation by virtue of their funding agreement).
Policies – ‘Keeping children safe in education 2015′ emphasises that safeguarding policies should include:
- staff relationships with pupils
- reference to the ‘Position of Trust’ offence (Sexual Offences Act 2003)
- communications on social media
- information sharing
Allegations of abuse made against teachers and other staff – In the previous edition, where staff had concerns about another adult in school, it could be reported to the headteacher or Designated Safeguarding Lead. In this edition, reports must be made only to the headteacher (see above). ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015′ has introduced an new outcome category following the investigation into allegations of abuse against staff. The additional definition of ‘unfounded’ can be used to reflect cases where there is no evidence or proper basis which supports the allegation being made.
Vetting and Barring Checks – ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015′, paragraph 52 sets out the required checks.
Checks on Volunteers – Although many schools and authorities have been doing this for sometime, the expectation of vetting checks for volunteers has been clarified: volunteers may have Enhanced checks, but not barred list checks. Paragraph 53 says that for staff who have an “opportunity for regular contact with children who are not engaging in regulated activity, an enhanced DBS certificate, which does not include a barred list check, will be appropriate.” Paragraph 54 says ‘In a school or college, a supervised volunteer who regularly teaches or looks after children is not in regulated activity.’
DBS Update Service – Joining the DBS Update service allows for vetting checks to have ‘portability’, that is say be taken from one employer to another, as long as the person has registered with the update service at the point the check was received or within 19 days of receiving it. The revised ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015′ says: Before using the Update Service schools or colleges must a. obtain consent from the applicant to do so; b. confirm the certificate matches the individual’s identity; and c. examine the original certificate to ensure that it is for the appropriate workforce and level of check, e.g. enhanced certificate/enhanced including barred list information.
Transfer of child protection files – CP files must by transferred ‘as soon as possible’, ‘ensuring secure transit and confirmation of receipt should be obtained.’
Whilst the previous version of Keeping Children Safe in Education said that individual staff may make a direct referral to social services, the new guidance says, “In exceptional circumstances, such as in emergency or a genuine concern that appropriate action has not been taken, staff members can speak directly to children’s social care.“
Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1
What to do if you are worried about a child
Information Sharing Advice for Professionals
Safeguarding Families - Partnership working
ABout - Advocacy for Better Outcomes
If you share an image of yourself online by photo, text or video, via your phone, tablet or computer always think first, “would I be ok with anyone and everyone seeing this?” Any image of yourself that you send, can and might be shared by the person you sent it to. Once you press send, it is no longer in your control.
If you share a ‘nude’ or ‘underwear shot’ even with someone you trust, you are not able to control who they forward it to or where they save it. It can be sent on to anyone or posted anywhere on the internet. It could end up on social networking sites or even porn sites. You should never feel pressured to send an image of yourself to anyone. Think about why someone would want you to do this. Once they have your image, they have it forever and could even use it against you.
Did you know? Being involved in sending explicit pictures, where the person in the picture is under the age of 18, can be a criminal offence. This could lead to you getting into trouble with the police, affect your chances of getting a job and even limit the countries that you can travel to.
If someone is forcing you to send an inappropriate image of yourself you should report them to the Police by calling 101. Download ChildLine’s free zip it app for loads of great comebacks if someone’s trying to get you to send them a sexual image.
Before you share a photo of yourself always think:
“Would I be ok with anyone and everyone seeing this?”
Don’t send anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers, friends or future employers to see.
If you have sent a sexual image of yourself
Firstly, speak to someone that you can trust like a parent or carer, teacher or family member. You may feel uncomfortable about telling your parents but they will need to know so that they can help and support you.
You can call also call Childline free on 0800 1111 and this number won’t appear on a telephone bill. Available 24 hours a day.
To make a report click on the following link and follow the instructions:
You can take control of the situation yourself by doing the following;
If you have posted the image on to a social networking site like Facebook, then you should remove it immediately.
If you have sent an image to someone else you need to ask them to delete it.
If the image has been posted by someone else on a social networking site, like Facebook, then you should report it. Each social networking site will have its own reporting tool. If you’re unsure, ask an adult to help you. Use the reporting tool to tell the site what has happened, as it breaks their own terms and conditions and they will remove it.
You will need to find out if the image is available elsewhere online. You can do this by searching for your name and username and placing your name in inverted commas: ”
It is a good idea to repeat the search regularly over a few weeks.
It may be impossible to delete everything online but you will feel more in control if you know what you will say to people about it:
- “I’ve made a mistake”
- “I’ve learnt from my mistake”
Always turn to a trusted adult for support and your close friends will be there to help you through this.
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