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Things you should know 
July 2016

FAST Operational Protocol
Hackney's Multi-Agency First Access Screening Team (FAST) has updated its Operational Protocol.  The FAST is the single point of entry for referrals concerning children in need of additional support and/or protection.   The protocol makes clear the need for the FAST to provide the context for why information is being requested from professionals (i.e. the nature of the concern) to help them judge what is necessary, proportionate or relevant to share.
page of the CHSCB website.
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Are you seeing the child?
READ HERE a summary of the key challenges identified following a recent case review concerning a young person who was tragically killed – these challenges will be taken forward by the newly established CHSCB Vulnerable Adolescent Group.
This group would welcome hearing from front line staff about any practical suggestions you have for improvements in your own agencies or across the multi-agency partnership. Send your comments to
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NHS FGM Campaign

The Department of Health has launched an NHS campaign to raise awareness of the severe health implications of FGM for those living in UK who are members of communities affected by FGM. 

A film has been produced which features a roundtable table discussion led by Henry Bonsu, a well-known British African broadcaster, together with a panel of experts all speaking openly and candidly about FGM. Alongside the film, short social media videos have been produced and will be distributed via Facebook.

 Access the video called 'FGM: The Facts' on the NHS CHOICES  website. 
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Developed by young people for young people, this new iOS and Android app provides sexual health and wellbeing advice for young Londoners
.  Find out more and download the App HERE.
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Analysis of Serious Case Reviews: 2011-2014

The Department for Education has released a report which examines serious case reviews (SCRs) relating to incidents from April 2011 to March 2014 and considers findings from a 10-year period from 2003.

A serious case review is a local enquiry undertaken by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB). It is carried out where a child has died and abuse or neglect are known or suspected and, additionally in cases of serious harm, there are concerns about inter-agency working.  Read the report
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Modern Slavery and new 'duty to notify' the Home Office

Section 52 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 places a duty on specified public authorities to notify the Home Office of any individual encountered in England and Wales, who they believe is a suspected victim of slavery or human trafficking.

The CHSCB will be publishing local guidance soon. Further information outlining which public authorities the duty applies to and how to notify the Home Office can be found
Domestic Abuse service for children
With parental consent, professionals can refer children who have witnessed Domestic Abuse to the Hackney Play Therapy Service (part of the Nia Project).  Families can also self-refer. 

Professionals should contact the Nia Project on:
020 7683 1270, /
More information on Domestic Abuse and Violence is available 
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Forced Marriage Resources

The Virtual College had developed a resource pack and an e-learning tool to help raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform professionals of the action to take if suspecting someone is at risk of Forced Marriage.

Find the link on the 
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Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect - Government Consultation

A duty to report or take action on child abuse, with criminal sanctions for practitioners who fail to comply, could be introduced in England under proposals published for consultations by the government. Two potential duties are being looked at by the Home Office; a mandatory reporting duty, or a ‘duty to act’, both of which would place the reporting of child abuse on a statutory footing.  Find the consultation HERE; the closing date for responses is 13th October 2016.  
CHSCB Training
Please see our TRAINING CALENDAR for forthcoming events over the next few months. All CHSCB training is free of charge and available to all staff and volunteers working in the City of London and Hackney.

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