Torbay Safeguarding Children Board

February 2017 - The DSCB in co-operation with other Local Safeguarding Children Boards in the South West has produced a staff survey in order to better understand how professionals are using the South West Child Protection Procedures website (SWCPP Opens in a new window), and how it can be improved. We are asking all agencies to please forward the survey to practitioners. We are looking for feedback from practitioners at all levels, so please feel free to share this with your colleagues.

The survey will only take about 5 minutes to complete, and we would very much appreciate your feedback. By optimising the SWCPP website we are looking to improve safeguarding practice throughout the region and ultimately improve outcomes for children, so please make sure you take part in this important piece of work.

Please click on the following link to complete the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CDH6W57

The survey will initially be open for responses until Friday 24.02.17.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the DSCB by e-mailing safeguardingchildrensboardsecure-mailbox@devon.gcsx.gov.uk

 

Archived stories

4th January 2017 - Kayleigh's Love Story

Leicestershire Police have released a short film - Kayleigh’s Love Story about aspects of the last 13 days of the life of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood.


The Leicestershire schoolgirl was groomed online by Luke Harlow, a man she had never met, before being raped and murdered by his next door neighbour Stephen Beadman.


The film has been made to serve as a warning to children and adults of the dangers of grooming and sexual exploitation following Kayleigh’s tragic death in November 2015 and is available to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsbYHI-rZOE 

For further information visit https://leics.police.uk/categories/kayleighs-love-story-film for information on the dangers of speaking to people online, online grooming and to show your support for Leicestershire Police's CEASE (commitment to eradicate abuse and sexual exploitation) campaign.

16/12/2016: Railway Children Project & British Transport Police Safeguarding briefing

For most of us Christmas is a happy time, a fun time spent with family and friends. However, Christmas for many children is an increasingly unhappy time; where many unknowingly place themselves in danger!


Children in need of care and affection will often seek or accept this in inappropriate places, this makes them vulnerable and easy targets for predators , such as paedophiles and abusers. It also makes them more likely to stay with people they
have just met, and become involved in crime or misuse drugs . 

There are thousands of vulnerable Children and young people in the UK and many of them use our Transport systems to escape a range of issues. By enhancing your awareness of vulnerable children and helping you to respond, we can make public transport a safer place for them . Working in partnership with the Railway children Project , our aim this Christmas is to raise awareness amongst our officers and partners, through the gift of sharing (briefing attached).
 
Vulnerable children often use the rail network to, for example, escape from a volatile home situation where parents/careers/persons in authority may abuse or neglect them. The problem can be particularly severe in the run up to Christmas. More alcohol is consumed and family tensions often increase during the festive period.

Railway Children and British Transport Police (BTP) have joined forces with rail industry partners in a bid to make the railway network a safer place for vulnerable children. By enhancing the awareness of railway staff and partners, we can create a network of people who understand, identify and support children who are vulnerable or at risk across the railways. In partnership with BTP, Railway Children has developed the Safeguarding Children on Transport (SCT) programme to enhance transport staff’s awareness of vulnerable children and young people using the transport network and to identify appropriate responses to make public transport a safer place.

During the period from 12th to 23rd December BTP will build on the good work your teams already do on this subject and place an additional focus on:

  • Looking out for and supporting vulnerable children
  • Improving our partner organisations’ awareness and commitment to identifying child vulnerability issues
  • Improving our officers and staff knowledge of child vulnerability issues and making connections with organisations that can support BTP in dealing with vulnerable children

You  play a vital role in spotting and reporting unusual behaviour. You  and your staff can be our ‘eyes and ears’ as you go about your day-to-day work by providing us with the information we need to recognise signs of vulnerability or potential exploitation.

You can contribute to our project by helping us raise awareness, by sharing the attached briefing with as many partnerships as possible: let’s get this information out there, let’s make this Christmas count!     

All I ask is for you to :

  • Task all your staff  to read and digest the attached Railway Children’s safeguarding awareness briefing.
    • TARGET – distribute to all your staff.
  • Email the Railway Children’s safeguarding awareness briefing to as many relevant partner organisations as possible, asking them to forward on to all their employees
    • TARGET – Distribute to at least 15 different relevant partner organisations during the focus period, let’s go viral!
  • Heightened staff awareness of potentially vulnerable young people – encourage staff to strike up conversations with more young people, be more inquisitive, take more time over the encounter, show a kind and non-judgemental approach

And lastly …. BE CONCERNED

Look out for things that are unusual, out of place or that make you anxious, for example:

  • Inappropriate relationships  – Unusual age gaps or interactions between adult and child
  • Patterns of behaviour  – Children acting in a way that seems out of place - Seeing children at an unusual time of  day or particular day e.g. school time - Misuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Appearance - Unkempt or unwashed Injuries, self-harm
  • Demeanour  -The way in which they are acting;  furtive or scared Emotional, anti-social, suicidal, Sexualised behaviour 

If you see something that makes you question what is happening, do something! however small or insignificant you may think it is. Your information may just help to save a young life.

If you are worried about a child or need any advice report your concerns to BTP who will respond positively to help and support any child at risk. British Transport Police – 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. In an emergency always call 999.

 

British Transport Police Railway Children Safeguarding briefing

Raising awareness of vulnerable young people using the transport system


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