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Torbay Safeguarding Children Board would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings and training events in 2016.
The Family Online Safety Reference Group have put together an online survey.  It’s a really quick survey – about 5 minutes max.  But we’re hoping it will enable us to identify what training needs you have in relation to online safety so we can put together resources, links or training to fit your learning needs.
 
Please access the survey from here:
 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/torbayesafety
 
If you want more information on online safety please all use this link: http://www.torbayvirtuallysafe.co.uk/
 
Youth Genesis Trust (Ltd) works with young people in the community, mainly those who engage in risk taking behaviour in areas such as young offending, relationships, health, substance misuse, employment, training and education. Using youth work tools and principles; we work with young people to enable them to make a positive transition into adulthood through a diverse range of projects and activities. Utilising a learning culture, Youth Genesis works towards sustainability and community cohesion through recruiting, training and supporting volunteers in the local context to deliver work with young people. Youth Genesis aims to:
  • Provide activities for young people aged 11-24 living in rural isolation.
  • Reduce anti-social behaviour.
  • Provide an environment that facilitates informal education and effective delivery of the youth work curriculum.
  • Provide support for young people aged 11-24.
  • Ensure that young people make a healthy transition into adulthood.
  • Enable young people to contribute to their community.
For further information regarding their recent Christmas celebration and AGM click here.
Torbay Children's Services has begun to roll out the Signs of Safety model for it's child protection casework.

Widely recognised internationally as the leading available progressive approach to child protection casework, Signs of Safety is currently being used by more than 200 agencies across 13 countries.

Further information will be made available on the TSCB website in the coming weeks, however the professional conference report template is already available to download here.
Devon and Cornwall Police welcomes launch of ‘Say Something’ child sexual exploitation helpline – 116 000
 
The ‘Say Something’ helpline targeted at children and young people with concerns about child sexual exploitation (CSE) involving themselves or others has been launched this week.  The new, free, 24/7 helpline number is: 116 000.
 
The helpline is run by the charity Missing People, in association with the National Working Group Network, and is funded by the Department of Education. Callers will be offered advice and, where appropriate, necessary or requested, access to the police to ensure protection and safeguarding.
 
Speaking on the day of the launch, the Child Sexual Exploitation Lead for Devon and Cornwall Police, Detective Chief Inspector, Neil Ralph said:
 
“Devon and Cornwall Police is delighted to support the Department of Education, National Working Group Network and Missing People in the launch of ‘Say Something’.
 
“This new initiative, allowing children and young people speedy and effective access to advice, guidance and protection by phoning or texting a dedicated helpline, is impressive in its simplicity and comprehensive in the layers of safeguarding possibilities it provides. 
 
Call handlers will have access to Force Intelligence Bureaux and Regional Intelligence Units to allow them to act swiftly if a young person is in imminent danger while, at the same time, being able to keep the confidence of the caller. It truly puts the victim or potential victim at the centre of things and ensures that they have a sympathetic ear and a ready route to protection when they need it.”
 
Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Tony Hogg added:
 
“This service will provide a further method of reporting and support around child sexual exploitation to those already in place.  I hope that young people at risk or who find themselves in a difficult situation will feel confident in using this service to seek advice or report abuse in the knowledge that their call will be handled sensitively and provide much needed help and support.
 
“There is a commitment across the police service, partner agencies and government to prioritise child protection.  No effort should be spared in ensuring that our children are safeguarded when they are most vulnerable and that they always have a route of access to those who will protect them.”

The SW Peninsula Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) pilot has been launched in Torbay.

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court works with parents, social workers and substance misuse professionals to combat addictions in families and, where possible, keep them together. Where this isn’t possible, the court aims to make swift decisions in order to find children a permanent, loving, stable home with minimal disruption.

The court also ensures parents see the same judge throughout the course of the proceedings, establishing a relationship built on trust, and offers fast-access substance misuse services as well as help with housing issues, domestic violence and financial hardship.

For more information on the Torbay pilot, please click here

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