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OCTOBER 2016 LSCB SPOTLIGHT ON Bruising in Children Not Yet Independently Mobile
LSCB are pleased to host a series of free, 60 minute SPOTLIGHT ON Learning Sessions for multi-agency practitioners. Each SPOTLIGHT ON SESSION will focus on a specific aspect of safeguarding which aim to support practitioners in their practice. The first session will take place on the 14th October 2016. (To book a place on the session please follow booking instructions as per the flyer).
LSCB SPOTLIGHT ON Bruising in Children Not Yet Independently Mobile
Responding to Concerns about Bruising in children Who are Not Yet Independently Mobile.
Recent serious case reviews and individual child protection cases across the UK, have indicated that clinical staff have sometimes underestimated or ignored the likelihood, for child abuse, of the presence of bruising in children who are not independently mobile. As a result there have been a number of cases where bruised children have suffered further significant abuse that might have been prevented if action had been taken at an earlier stage. The majority of children who are not independently mobile are babies, but it is important to also consider older children with a physical disability whom are also not independently mobile. LSCB have developed guidance for responding to concerns about bruising in children who are not yet independently mobile.
Bruising in Children Who are not Yet Independently Mobile
Merseyside Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Multi-Agency Protocol
The Local Safeguarding Children and Adults Boards of Merseyside recognise that FGM has been carried out for centuries and that it directly causes serious short and long term medical and psychological complications. Consequently it is considered to be a physically abusive act. The Merseyside Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Multi-Agency Protocol & Practice Guidance covers female children under the age of 18 and adult females including those who come under the Care Act 2014 definition of a Adult at risk. These groups of females will have similar needs for support and protection but different legislation and routes to safety will apply.
Merseyside FGM Multi Agency Protocol & Practice Guidance
Merseyside Safer Sleep for Baby Campaign
Every year, approximately 300 babies in the UK die suddenly and unexpectedly in their sleep as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The North West has the highest death rate in England and Wales.While the infant mortality rate in Merseyside has shown some improvement, over the past five years 25 babies within the Merseyside Child Death Overview Panel area have died in circumstances involving co-sleeping. The 5 Merseyside Local Safeguarding Children Boards (Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral) are working to reduce the number of these deaths across Merseyside. This 'Safe Sleep' campaign has been developed following Lancashire’s successful campaign arising from research into the 'Give Me Room to Breathe' campaign and using materials originally developed by them to aim to promote a consistent message across the North West. Underpinning this campaign has been the roll-out of Merseyside’s Multi Agency Safe Sleeping Guidance in May 2015. This guidance (see link below) targets front line professionals, who will ensure that our key messages are delivered to parents.It is a pan-Merseyside multi-agency awareness campaign and has been adopted by each of the LSCB localities within the county. Its aim is to raise awareness of the risk factors in order to reduce Sudden and Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).
Multi-Agency Safe Sleep Guidance
Safer Sleeping Campaign Launched on Merseyside
‘Safer Sleeping for Baby’ has been launched across Merseyside. It aims to prevent sudden and unexpected infant deaths by providing advice to parents and carers on safer sleeping for their baby. The work has been commissioned by Merseyside Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) to tackle an issue which has caused an average of five deaths each year for the last five years. The campaign has been launched to highlight the importance of providing a safe environment for babies when they sleep, to reduce the risk of sudden death. The campaign is based on research and messages from a successful campaign in Lancashire 'Give Me Room to Breathe'. The feedback from Lancashire parents and carers indicated they wanted simple, clear advice on safe sleeping for babies. Families said they wanted a supportive campaign with a positive 'can do' tone. ‘Safer Sleep for Baby’ is based around six simple steps, that will help parents and carers keep their baby safe: 1. Keep baby away from smoke, before and after birth.2. Put baby in a cot, crib or Moses basket to sleep - never fall asleep with them on a sofa or chair.3. Never fall asleep with baby after drinking or taking drugs/medication.4. Put baby to sleep on their back with their feet to the foot of the cot.5. Keep baby’s head and face uncovered and make sure they don’t get too hot.6. Breastfeed your baby - support is available if you need it.The Safer Sleep Poster is available for printing and display in all settings
Safer Sleep Poster
Any professional concerned that a child or young person is being abused or is suspected of being abused through sexual exploitation, should discuss the concern immediately with the appropriate team leader and/or the service manager of the Safeguarding and Reviewing Unit, and make a referral - using the Referral, Investigation and Assessment Procedure plus a CSE1 Referral Form sent to Careline. The wishes and feelings of the child or young person should be obtained when deciding how to proceed but practitioners should be aware that perpetrators may have groomed the child’s responses and that the child may be denying what is happening.Where an agency is fearful of losing the engagement of a child or young person by reporting their concern to Children’s Social Care, the agency should discuss this with Children’s Social Care to agree a way forward. Any decision not to share information or refer a child should be fully recorded.
Responding to Need Guidance & Levels of Need Framework Windscreen (July 2016)
The LSCB Responding to Need Guidance Windscreen illustrated the levels of need as a continuum and illustrates the response that should be considered relevant to level of child need identified. (Consent is always the needed when offering single or multi-agency support to families and parental engagement is fundamental. This enables effective sharing of information and appropriate support being put in place regardless of the level of need. However, consent is not needed when there are significant welfare concerns or likely risk/harm for a child).
Responding to Need Guidance & Levels of Need Framework Windscreen
Responding to Need Guidance and Levels of Need Framework (July 2016)
Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board’s (LSCB) ‘Responding to Need Guidance and Levels of Need Framework’ has been designed with partners from across the Children’s Trust and the LSCB to ensure that children’s needs are responded to at an appropriate level and in a timely way. This guidance should be seen as overarching guidance for the whole of the children and young people’s workforce within Liverpool. It is a guide for all agencies, professionals and volunteers, to consider how best to meet the needs of individual children. The name of the guidance has been changed to place greater emphasis on responding to ‘Levels of Need’ and specifically focus on improving outcomes for children at the earliest opportunity, through effective partnership working with families and partner agencies.
Responding to Need Guidance and Levels of Need Framework (July 2016)
Working Together to Safeguard Children
A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. March 2015
Working Together 2015
Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF)
The Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) has been agreed by the partnership of the LSCB as the standard form upon which referrals to Liverpool Children’s Social Care should be made. Any professional, or member of the public, concerned that a child may be suffering or likely to suffer significant harm should make a referral to Liverpool Children’s Social Care Careline service (0151 233 3700). All referrals accepted at Careline must be followed up by submission of a completed Multi-Agency Referral (MARF) within 24 Hours. Completion of the form will ensure that as much information as possible is provided to Careline to enable the referral to be dealt with quickly and appropriately. Completed MARFs should be emailed to Careline: firstname.lastname@example.org
Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF)
- OCTOBER 2016 LSCB SPOTLIGHT ON Bruising in Children Not Yet Independently Mobile
- PRACTICE GUIDANCE Bruising in Children Who Are Not Yet Indepently Mobile
- LSCB Responding to Need Guidance & Levels of Need Framwork (July 2016)
- LSCB Responding to Need Guidance & Levels of Need Framework Windscreen (July 2016)
- Safer Sleep Poster
- Safe Sleeping Staff Briefing
- Multi Agency Safe Sleep Guidance
- LSCB Annual Report 2014.15 Highlights
- LSCB Annual Report 2014.15
- Merseyside CDOP Annual Report 2014.15
- LSCB Multi Agency Referral Form (MARF)
- Responding to Need Guidance and Levels of Need Framework (July 2016)
- CSE 1
- LSCB Annual Report 2012/13 & Business plan 2013/14
- Framework and Evaluation Schedule for the Inspection of services / Review of LSCBs
- Liverpool's Multi Agency Neglect Strategy
Howard Cooper CBE
Hello and welcome to the Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) website. We hope you will find it helpful.
Liverpool SCB and all its members believe that Families keep Children Safe but sometimes they need some help to do this from professionals. It is our role to ensure that when professionals work with Families to Safeguard Children the work is done to a high standard and we all work well together to give Children and their Families the best service possible.
I have over 40 years experience of working with children. I taught in secondary schools across Merseyside and served as a headteacher. A significant part of my career has been in leading educational improvement and wider children's services. I was the founding Director of Children's Services in Wirral and led the authority to OFSTED judgements of Outstanding. I have chaired the Wirral Safeguarding Children Board, the Youth Justice Management Board, the Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board and currently hold the position of LSCB Chair for St. Helens in addition to that of Liverpool.
"There is nothing more important than keeping our children safe. I have been very impressed by the closeness of the relationships between professionals serving children in Liverpool and I am looking forward to making a contribution to this vital work."