Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility
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Message from Ian Ansell, Independent Chair of Torbay Safeguarding Children Board:
As we approach the end of 2016 and the festive season, it is worth reflecting on the events of the past twelve months. The recommendations of the Ofsted report published in February caused us to take a hard look at a number of areas of practice and policy and to identify ways to improve. With support from colleagues in Hampshire and the active engagement of partners from the TSCB, there are signs that progress is being made. Although there can be no room for complacency, I am confident that as we move into 2017 the momentum is there and can be maintained. It is significant that we now have access to timely and accurate data that can be used to quantify this progress and to guide future decisions. I am conscious that this progress has been achieved through the hard work and dedication of both practitioners delivering services and managers providing strategic direction. I have been impressed by the commitment shown by everyone to ensure that our children can safely grow and seek to achieve their potential. However, the recent disclosures of allegations of abuse against football coaches from clubs across the country is a sobering reminder of the importance of having clear safeguarding policies that are effectively implemented. Finally, I wish you and your families a happy festive break and that your hopes for 2017 come true.

Kind regards,

CEOP Command's Thinkuknow programme has launched a brand new resource called Play Like Share.

A three-episode animated series and accompanying resource pack which aims to help eight-to-ten year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks that they might encounter online such as sharing content.

Resources can be downloaded here.
Barnardo’s Real Love Rocks Healthy Relationships and CSE Prevention Service Launched a New Free animation ‘Stay Switched On’ as part of Project Phoenix’s Greater Manchester’s Police CSE week of action which begins 31st October.
The animation has been made with young people for young people to help them keep safe when they are out and about and using public transport. It’s all about encouraging young people to be alert and to ‘Stay Switched On’ helping them to think about the journeys they make, to be aware of people and situations around them and tips on how to keep safe and what to do if they are worried or concerned by anything.
The animation is aimed at all young people who are travelling without adults, and can be viewed on YouTube at
TSCB Training

A full programme of e-module and classroom based training is continuing for 2017, details of the training that we offer can be found on our website here.

There are still spaces to book on the following courses:
NEW: Introduction to Female Genital Mutilation e-module which aims to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation and is particularly aimed at anyone who works with children and young people or anyone who comes into contact with children and young people as part of their role.
Save the date - 26th January 2017

The next TSCB Best Practice Forum on the topic of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence is being held on 26th January 2017.
Further details and bookings via the website here.
Don't Miss...
The Torbay Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report for years 2015/16 has been published and is available to download from our website here.
Torbay Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) has launched a new Referral Form, which is available to download from our website here.
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