CSE Action Plan Updated

Today, the SSCB has updated its CSE Action Plan and published a summary of progress to date (HYPERLINK). The actions contained in the new plan have been agreed by all partners and reflect the feedback we have had from a wide range of stakeholders, including children and their families, inspectorates and front-line staff from across

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White Ribbon Campaign

White Ribbon Campaign The White Ribbon Campaign aims to educate and raise awareness of violence against women, and to engage men in these issues. Wearing a White Ribbon is a personal Pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. Each year, on 25 November, the White Ribbon Campaign urges as many

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New CSE Procedures now live

The SSCB has published revised CSE procedures. Staff across all agencies with responsibilities for CSE, or those members of staff working directly with children should familiarise themselves with these new procedures. The new CSE procedures support the introduction of improved delivery structures, which went live on the 1st July 2017. Key changes include: Area Missing

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Safer Surrey

A 30 minute video has been created to outline the principles of Safer Surrey and is available as a training tool for practitioners across the partnership. The video and other Safer Surrey Tools can be accessed via the Surrey County Council website, the SSCB website and YouTube. The Safer Surrey approach is a strength-based approach that

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BBC One Drama Three Girls on – Grooming and Sex Trafficking Case in Rochdale

Three Girls will  broadcast over three consecutive nights from Tuesday 16th May – Thursday 18th May on BBC One.   Holly (Molly Windsor) is new to Rochdale and keen to make friends and fit in. She finds herself drawn into a world she cannot escape, despite her pleas for help. It’s a world that is

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Sexual health services in Surrey are changing from 1st April

From 1st April 2017, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) began the delivery of services in Surrey. We have updated our sexual health pages on Healthy Surrey to reflect these changes and when they will happen. The website will be updated as the service evolves. These pages also outline the sexual health

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Operation Makesafe – Working with local businesses to combat CSE

Operation Makesafe – Working with local businesses to combat CSE Makesafe is an initiative focused on ensuring that people working in the business sector are aware of the early warning signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE). Local and national evidence shows that CSE can take place in hotels, pubs, cafés and places licenced to sell

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ACT: Action Counters Terrorism advertising campaign

With the terror threat becoming increasingly complex and varied, police are calling on communities to act on their instincts to help prevent atrocities taking place in the UK and overseas. The 6th March 2017 saw the launch of a national campaign by Counter Terrorism Policing urging the public to act on their instincts to help

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CSE Awareness Month launches 1st March 2017

CSE Awareness Month – March 2017 Today (1st March) marks the launch of a month of activity to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) within Surrey. A range of events and initiatives are planned aimed at children and their families, professionals working with children as well local businesses. CSE is a form of child

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Government announces new definition of CSE

The Department for Education has published a revised definition of CSE. The new definition is non-statutory, and has been produced to help practitioners, local leaders and decision makers who work with children and families to identify child sexual exploitation and take appropriate action in response. This includes the management, disruption and prosecution of perpetrators. The

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SSCB half day event March 2017 – Boys and sexual exploitation: Recognise the signs and know what to do

This is a FREE event for both SSCB partners and non-partners.  Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017 Times: Half day event, 9.00am – 12.00pm or 1.00pm to 4.00 pm Venue: Dorking Halls Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG Speakers: Karl Mittelstadt (SSCB) Maria Edwards (Surrey Police) Phil Mitchel (BLAST), Parent’s perspective. Aim: To raise awareness and improve

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SSCB CSE Strategy and Action Plan 2016 -17 published

Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy and Action Plan published Surrey Safeguarding Children’ Board (SSCB) has published a revised CSE Strategy and Action Plan, both these documents can be found on our Professionals Guidance and Resources pages. The strategy and action plan respond to findings from the recent CSE Peer Review. This is the first time that

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Surrey Levels of Need (Threshold) Document

The revised Levels of Need Document has been published.

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Contacting the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

If you are concerned about the safety of a child, you can contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on: 0300 470 9100 – Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Outside of these hours, call on 01483 517898 to speak to the emergency duty team. In an emergency where you are concerned for the child’s immediate safety you should

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Keeping Children Safe in Education

The Department for Education has published updated statutory guidance for schools and colleges on keeping children safe in education. This guidance should be read alongside statutory guidance ‘Working together to safeguard children’ and departmental advice ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused: Advice for practitioners’. All substantive changes from the

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Children Missing Education

The Department of Education has published updated statutory guidance for local authorities in England on identifying children missing education. This guidance replaces the January 2015 version and will next be reviewed by September 2019.

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Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016)

The updated statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016)’ will come into force for schools in England on 5 September 2016. The NSPCC has published a summary of key changes to the guidance. The summary can be found here.

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SSCB Conference 2016

Hold the date! The Surrey Safeguarding Children Board is holding a one-day conference with the title ‘Beneath the Radar’ on 16/11/2016 at Epsom Downs racecourse. Topics will include: child trafficking and modern slavery, boys and CSE, honor based violence, disguised compliance etc. Partner agencies are invited to have market stalls at this event. If you

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Wood Review of LSCBs

The Government commissioned Alan Wood to undertake a review of the effectiveness of LSCBs and recommend future improvements. The results of the review have now been published along with the Government response. Both the review and the response can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wood-review-of-local-safeguarding-children-boards

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Female Genital Mutilation Procedure

The government has published new multi-agency statutory guidance on FGM. We have amended our related procedure to include links to the updated guidance and are currently reviewing the FGM procedure. We will post a note when the review is completed and the updated FGM procedure is published.

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Child Safety Week

  Child Safety Week 6 – 12 June 2016 It’s child safety week! The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) runs Child Safety Week every year and this year’s theme is ‘Turn off technology’ Please visit CAPT’s webpages for free resources, an action pack, information for parents and ideas about how to get involved.  

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SSCB Leaflet

We have a new leaflet!!! The SSCB support team has produced a new leaflet outlining the Board’s responsibilites and details of partner agencies. Please contact the support team at sscb@surreycc.gov.uk if you would like printed copies to distribute to professionals, parents and children. Alternatively, click here to download the lealflet.

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Safeguarding Training

All professionals who need to complete safeguarding training, please click here to access our booking system. We will continue with our existing booking system for all courses until the end of July 2016. From September 2016 onwards you will be able to book your training through the new booking platform that will run on this

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Child Safety Week focuses on turning technology off

Child Safety Week, run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, takes place on 6–12 June 2016. The theme for this year is ‘Turn off technology for safety’ – encouraging parents to turn off technology at crucial times in the day so that they give their children their focus and keep them safer. The week aims

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Critical thinking resources

Childnet has created a resource to support teachers in exploring critical thinking online. ‘Trust Me’ helps teachers to start the conversation around extremism and extreme online content, and to help them to educate young people around inaccurate and pervasive information they may come across. The resource has been developed in partnership with the London Grid

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Disqualification by association’ changes being consulted on

The government has launched a consultation on changes to the current ‘disqualification by association’ arrangements – whereby a childcare worker can be disqualified from their role if someone who lives or works in their household is convicted of an offence that would bar them from working with children. The aim is to improve the fairness

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