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I hope that you find this bulletin useful and I would welcome any feedback. The bulletin covers a number of topics. I would particularly ask you to take a look at the new LSCB website, and give us your comments on what you think of it. This is a major initiative for the LSCB and we will only get it right with the help of your feedback.
I would also like to welcome the appointment of Kati Maskell as the Interim Learning and Development Manager (, and Sabina Malique as the LSCB board manager.  Please contact Sabina regarding any issues relating to the LSCB. 

Best wishes
Andrew Christie
Chair, Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board
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  • Learning from the Serious Case Review (SCR) of Child J
  • LSCB training
  • New LSCB website
  • LSCB Priorities for 2016/17
  • New Ofsted guidance for childcare settings
  • Radicalisation helpline and e-learning package
  • Young Lambeth service directory
  • Use of Interpreters
  • ChatHealth for Young People
  • Leaving children home alone
  • Children Missing Education Guidance
  • Time to Listen: A joined up response to child sexual exploitation and missing children
  • Enhanced DBS checks for school governors

Learning from the Serious Case Review (SCR) of Child J

The LSCB organised two briefing sessions for multi-agency staff, to share and cascade the learning from the Serious Case Review (SCR) following the tragic death of Child J.  The SCR report and slides from the cascade briefing can be found on the LSCB website. The key themes/ lessons from the SCR centred around attachment, bereavement, loss and transition.

The bereavement of Child J following the loss of her mother became a catalyst for  transition and loss throughout  Child J’s short life, whereby she moved between familial residences to successive foster placements unable to sustain attachments.  This was a key area of oversight for the agencies.  Also, the concept of ‘Parental Responsibility’ was a significant issue. Agencies need to ensure ‘parental responsibility’ is determined and communicated to the relevant parties to ensure a sense of belonging for the child and to ensure those with parental responsibilities understand their legal rights.

LSCB training

We recommend to attend one of the three 'Thresholds and Referral Briefing sessions' held on the 24th January 2017. The next 'Working Together to Safeguard children (level 2)' training will be held on the 17th January 2017. You can find all remaining LSCB training courses for 2016/17 in our Training programme. All courses will need to be booked via the Learning pool which can be accessed on the LSCB website. The LSCB provides the Level 1 Safeguarding training in form of an e-learning package through Kwango which is free of charge. More information on how to access this can be found in the Training section of the LSCB website. The Level 1 training is an induction into Safeguarding and should be completed by all staff and volunteers with infrequent contact with children and young people such as GP receptionists, church administrators or group leaders, librarians, grounds men, recreation assistants or environmental health officers.

New LSCB Website

The LSCB has launched its new website which aims to provide useful information and tools for people working with children (paid staff or volunteers), parents and carers, children and young people as well as the general public. It is part of a joint website for Safeguarding in Lambeth which also leads to the Adult Safeguarding Board. The LSCB invites everyone to take a look  at  the new website and make use of the resources. Any feedback or safeguarding areas that you would like the website to cover is welcomed and will be taken into consideration. Remember, Safeguarding is everyone's business!

LSCB priorities 2016/17

In the last e-bulletin, the new LSCB priorities for 2016/17 were shared. This diagram explains them further. They are

  • Getting Child Protection right
  • Child Exploitation (including CSE, Missing and FGM)
  • Neglect 
  • Serious Youth Violence

New Ofsted guidance for childcare settings

All childcare settings will be required to have a designated lead practitioner for safeguarding on the premises whenever they are open, according to new guidance from Ofsted. This means an alternative member of staff will be required to take on the responsibility if the safeguarding lead is not present. Furthermore, all staff will need to receive updates on safeguarding at least annually, and relevant training every two years. Read more

Radicalisation - helpline and e-learning package

The NSPCC launched a 24 hour Radicalisation helpline for adults who are concerned about children and young people being radicalised. The helpline can be reached at or via the free phone number on 0808 800 5000 for advice and support when there are fears for a child's wellbeing. The Home Office provides a free, interactive e-learning training package about Prevent and Radicalisation in general.

Young Lambeth service directory

The Young Lambeth website serves as a directory for organisations and groups that provide a service to children and families in Lambeth. We encourage all organisations to ensure their details are listed on the Young Lambeth website and that the information provided is up-to-date. Professionals can use Young Lambeth to search for a service or activity to refer a child or family to. Families and young people can also use the website for useful information about Children Centres, schools and the Local Offer for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Lambeth.

Use of Interpreters

Lambeth is a very diverse borough with about 150 languages being spoken in families. There is a statutory duty to ensure equality of access to services which means providing interpretation service for non-English speaking families. In the past, the Serious Case Review into the Death of Child H highlighted that the range, availability and quality of interpreters in Lambeth needed improving. In September 2016 information was collated about Interpreting arrangements in services such as health, police and Children Social Care.  Professionals should remain alert to the language needs of the families they work with and challenge each other if an interpreter is not provided when necessary. The NSPCC published 5 tips for interviewing non-English speaking service users and the London CP procedures provide guidance on the use of interpreters. 

ChatHealth for Young People

Evelina London has recently launched a new way for young people to get advice and support about health related issues. ChatHealth is a confidential school nurse messaging service for young people aged 11-19 years, living or attending school in Lambeth and Southwark. ChatHealth is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm (automatic bounce-backs respond to incoming messages out of hours). The text number for ChatHealth is 07507 332 150. Read more

Leaving Children Home alone

Do you sometimes get asked by parents at what age it is safe to leave children home alone? You might be aware that there is no set 'legal' age which is considered safe to leave the child home alone. And it can be considered neglect if a child is not supervised appropriately. The NSPCC has some useful guidance and created a tool that helps parents to decide if their child is ready to be left home alone, prepares their child for it and offers alternatives. Read more.

Children Missing Education Guidance

The Department for Education has published updated guidance on identifying children who are ‘missing in education’ and helping to reintegrate them back into education. The guidance sets out timeframes for schools to notify the local authority of children being removed from the school's register or new children added to it. The guidance draws attention to some key issues, mainly that children missing education are at significant risk of being victims of harm, exploitation or radicalisation.  Effective information sharing between parents, schools and local authorities is critical to ensuring that all children of compulsory school age are safe and receiving suitable education. Read more

Joint inspection - Time to Listen: A joined up response to child sexual exploitation and missing children
(Ofsted, Sept. 2016).
Please click on the image.

Do all your school governors have their enhanced criminal record check in place? Read more
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