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Safeguarding matters winter 2010



Safeguarding newsletter for voluntary and community groups in the London Borough of Barnet

Safeguarding newsletter for voluntary and community groups in the London Borough of Barnet



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  • SAFEGUARDING MATTERS Winter 2010 Vetting and Barring Update Voluntary and Community Sector On October 22nd, after many months of waiting, we finally got a review on the proposed vetting and barring scheme. events for Safeguarding Month 2nd November 5pm till 7pm - Barnet Supple- mentary Schools Forum - at Avenue House. Can we have something simpler please?! Discussion with members about their safe- In order to meet the new government’s commitment to scale back guarding needs. the vetting and barring regime to common sense levels, the re- 8th November 1.30 to 3pm - Safeguarding in view will: Faith and Cultural Groups - in the Oak Room Consider the principles and objectives of the vetting & barring at NLBP 4. regime, including; who and what really needs coverage; 19th November 9.30am till noon - CYPNet The most appropriate function, role and structures of any relevant focus on safeguarding - in the Emerald Suite bodies and appropriate governance arrangements [e.g. ISA etc]; at NLBP. Unpacking the safeguarding boards Recommending what, if any, scheme is needed now; taking into and safeguarding in faith and BME communi- account how to raise awareness and understanding of risk and ties. See pg 2 responsibility for safeguarding in society more generally. 22nd November introducing online child protection training And CRBs? 24th November 10am till noon - Safeguard- ing surgery - at the One Stop Shop on the A separate review will also consider fundamental changes to Concourse, Grahame Park. criminal record checks including limits on what information can be passed to employers and when they can or cannot ask for 24th November - Barnet Multi-Faith Forum event for Inter-Faith week. background checks and the potential for portability of checks be- tween employers. A celebration of the diversity of our commu- nity in Barnet - featuring an overview of a This is more wide-ranging than first announced in May. It is likely project to increase understanding of safe- that we may get a report back in the New Year and initial guarding issues in faith communities. changes coming into force in March/April. Further changes may 25th November - Domestic violence briefing need legislation and therefore would take longer to implement. Sangam Centre Consultation 30th November - Safe Networks present - new safeguarding resources for voluntary Both are open until the 22nd November:- and community groups. see pg 3 VBSreview@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. CriminalRecordsReview@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk Alongside these and other events we also want to draw attention to the new safe- guarding page on www.thefaithbook.co.uk Contents and the on-line survey link to participate in ute to this discussions about developing safeguarding ☺ CAF advisor role To contrib tact please con ☺ Faith and Cultural project newsletter confidence in .uk rnetvsc.org faith and BME ☺ Online Child protection training barry@ba communities. ☺ Who’s who on safeguarding board ☺ November -safeguarding month
  • What is the Barnet safeguarding Children’s Board? The Barnet Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) is a multi-agency group that ex- ists 'to make Barnet a safer place for all children and young people'. A safer place means children and young people are safe at home, safe in school and safe in the community. BSCB includes a wide range of members from different organisations and commu- nities in Barnet and tries to ensure that services work together effectively to protect children and young people from harm. Your representative on the main board and executive group is Dadia Conti. Sub Groups of the BSCB and your representatives include: Safeguarding Independence Standing Serious Case Review Sub Group: Overseeing all of Barnet’s Serious Case Reviews, monitor action plans and su- As well as benefiting from an In- dependent Chair [Tim Beach] the pervise and ensure learning for local agencies. [Barry Rawlings] Board is also currently recruiting Child Death Notification Panel: community members who will act A review process set up to investigate unexpected deaths. [Susan Clydesdale- as critical friends Cotter] Performance and Quality Assurance Sub Group: Join us at the next Children and Set up to explore and carry out work on behalf of the Board in terms of the qual- Young People’s Network [CYPnet] ity of safeguarding activity and outcomes for children and young people in Bar- Friday 19th November net. [Barry Rawlings] to find out more about the Barnet Professional Advisory Group: safeguarding board Set up following the restructure of the BSCB with a remit to oversee policy, pro- cedures and practice. [Barry Rawlings & Eileen Martell] Policies, staff recruitment? Training and Development Sub Group: Safeguarding Advice Surgery : Training is necessary to ensure that all staff working with children and adults who 10-12pm are parents are appropriately trained to recognise and act on safeguarding and 24th November child protection concerns. [Lisa Barry & Eileen Martell] One Stop Shop Graham Park estate Cross Generational Sub Group: Inc CRB check service booking essen- Established to address issues that affect children in voulnerable adult house- holds and transition issues that are the responsibility of both the Safeguarding Children Board and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Board. [Barry Rawlings & Peggy Sharp] Other ‘task and finish’ or advisory groups include ‘Faith & Culture’ [Barry Rawlings, Harris Rosenberg & Ally Cooper] ‘E-safeguarding’ and the Gangs Group Have you identified a child, young person or family that needs more support? Our CAF advisor can Answer your questions in confidence Guide you through the process Support you to complete your first CAF Find an appropriate person to complete the CAF Identify or provide a lead professional to manage the CAF The CAF is a simple way to support a child or young person to raise issues and communicate with other workers. Contact Karen Lewis, CAF Advisor Karenlewis@barnetchildren.org Tel: 020 8364 8400 Page 2 SAFEGUARDING MATTERS
  • Pan London Faith & Cultural Project Different boroughs will be work- Karen Walkden is the lead for Likely outputs from the project ing with different faith and cul- Barnet’s contribution in the Pan will be guidance and a strategy tural groups to try and achieve a London Faith and Cultural Safe- toolkit and part of the work will good spread and boroughs are guarding Project. include focus groups involving working in different ways, for ex- community groups and profes- ample, in Hackney, they have a This short term project is support- sionals. model of community advisors. ing London Safeguarding Boards to look at issues affecting BME In Barnet we will aim to run The questions will also be avail- communities in accessing safe- groups within 2 different Jewish able as an on line survey guarding resources and to de- groups and also possibly an Af- velop improved confidence for all ghan group. To see further details of this project go agencies in working with faith to this link: http://www.slideshare.net/ and cultural diversity. karenwalkden/pan-london- Safeguarding in Faith and BME Communities If you attended the CYPNet meeting in September then you will know something of the work that CommUNITY Barnet is doing to contribute to the Pan London faith and culture safeguarding project. The aims of the project are to improve understanding of safeguarding in faith and BME communities. This is through increasing access and up- take of resources by community leaders – and by equipping profession- als to understand better how faith and culture shapes parenting and child rearing practices. We are holding an event to explore this further at One Stop Shop Concourse Grahame Park NW9 7pm on Tuesday 30th November THIS EVENT WILL BE PARTICULARLY RELEVANT TO SUPPLEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND ORGANISATIONS WORKING WITH FAITH OR BME GROUPS. • What are the safeguarding issues in your community? • What do you want professionals to understand about your faith and/or culture? • Where do you go to get information and advice? Safe Networks are coming along to promote their new materials for BME voluntary and community groups. We have discovered some other excellent resources for different cultural groups which we will be able to tell you how to get for your group. Please contact karen@flourishing.me.uk to book a place. FREE SAFE NETWORKS RESOURCE PACK FOR EVERYONE WHO COMES ALONG. New Junior Safeguarding Board 10 young people gave up a day of their autumn break to meet with board members and tell them what the most important child protection issues are for them and their friends. The group included young people who have been in trouble, disabled young people, young carers and young people in care and they came from all over the borough. They want to be safe and keep other children safe too. Interested? Email mark.hinton@barnetchildren .org Winter 2010 Page 3
  • Safeguarding and early intervention service for the voluntary and commu- nity sector This essential service provides organisations with specialist support for safe- guarding policies, concerns over individual child welfare and protection, allega- tions against staff and representation on Barnet’s Safeguarding Children Board. ∗ Specialist safeguarding advisor Tel: 020 8364 8400 Fax: 020 8364 8488 ∗ Safeguarding Surgery, training and policy development 52 Moxon Street, High Barnet, ∗ Criminal Record Bureau checks Herts, EN5 5TS ∗ Common Assessment Framework Advisor Barry Rawlings safeguarding line 07947 819 Child protection training– anytime, any place, any where! Take your level 1 Child Protection course on How much does it cost? Nothing - this course and line whenever or wherever it suits you all materials are completely free. For those of you, or your volunteers, staff and col- How long does it take? The course comprises 5- leagues who find it difficult to get to training 10 hours of learning courses because of time or caring responsibilities have you thought about on-line training? What dies the course cover? Developing awareness of child protection and child This free course is a good introduction for new abuse staff or anyone who has not been on child protec- Why children need protecting tion awareness training. What child abuse is Appropriate responses if you think a child may b Protecting Children: Developing Basic being harmed Awareness (Level A) Online course When to tell someone if you think a child might be being harmed This online course provides an introduction to key Who to tell issues in safeguarding children. It is for those who Who to inform about known or suspected child cannot attend the standard face-to face courses abusers, provided in Barnet. and the local arrangements: what happens in your area? Is it for me? How to tell them what they need to know Yes Level A is for anyone whose work, whether Making a referral paid or voluntary, brings them into contact with Looking after yourself when dealing with issues of children and families. child abuse This includes: children’s organisations administra- How do I apply? tors, sports coaches, drama and music workers, supplementary school, youth group volunteers, Contact Barry Rawlings to register and receive your and many other groups. log on password. How does it work ? Still worried? Students can study at home, at their desk, or in an Barry is offering an introductory session and sup- IT suite at a convenient time. port for people new to safeguarding or to com- puters! When? November 22nd All students receive a free resource pack to download or print, with information on legislation, BARRY RAWLINGS useful references and further reading. safeguarding line 07947 819 642 Students complete each module by passing an online test – they can retake the test as many times as needed. Email barry@barnetchildren.org