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Things you should know 
February 2017

City of London & Hackney
Think Family
City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board and City and Hackney Safeguarding Adults Board have developed a webpage to reinforce the importance of all organisations adopting a whole family approach to their work. The webpage sets out local learning, guidance, resources and key contacts. Find out more

As an example of organisations adopting a whole family approach, following the
Serious Case Review for Child H, East London NHS Foundation Trust issued the following guidance to all clinical staff involved in assessments: 

The mother of this child was assessed during her pregnancy by the perinatal mental health service, and was also assessed on the postnatal ward by mental health staff. It is of particular relevance to our services that there was uncertainty at the time of her pregnancy as to whether the baby’s mother had a learning disability or not, but this did not lead to a timely referral to the learning disability service to assess this. Furthermore an unexpected change in her family situation over this period led to a change in her support network.
This case serves as an important reminder that when mental health assessments are undertaken, referrals to relevant specialists need to take place when learning disabilities are either known or suspected.
This should also be thought of more generally in that assessments of parents need to be informed by other specialist assessments as necessary. We need to focus on all the needs of the person being assessed (physical, psychological, learning disability, etc.) where further assessment or intervention may be needed. And wherever there is the potential for risk to a child, a ‘Think Family Approach’ is essential.  
City of London & Hackney
Information Sharing
 Good information sharing is vital when professionals are worried about people and want to help them.

Learning from Serious Case Reviews reinforces the fact that both children and adults can suffer significant harm or death when professionals fail to share information. Good communication and appropriate information sharing between professionals is therefore a critical element of effective safeguarding practice.

We know that legal jargon can often appear complex and confusing so the CHSCB has adopted a simple approach to compliance in this important area. We positively encourage professionals to seek agreement to share information when it is right to do so and where doing so does not place a child or adult at risk.

Find out more on the CHSCB INFORMATION SHARING webpage.
City of London & Hackney
Allegations of Abuse in Sport

In light of recent allegations of historical abuse in sport, we would like to highlight the NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Webpage which includes the handling of allegations and advice for parents.  Find out more HERE.
City of London
Multi-agency Case Audits (MACAs)
CHSCB recently undertook a round of multi-agency case audits in City of London on the theme of Children with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs with Disabilities. Learning is now available; make sure to discuss the
LEARNING with your colleagues or in team meetings!
Multi-agency Case Audits (MACAs)
CHSCB also undertook a round of multi-agency case audits in Hackney on the theme of Children with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs with Disabilities. Learning is now available; make sure to discuss the
LEARNING with your colleagues or in team meetings!
City of London & Hackney
Stop CSE! National Awareness Day

18th March 2017 is the National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day. It aims to encourage everyone to think, spot, speak out and adopt a zero tolerance attitude towards CSE. A variety of resources are available and further information on getting involved is available HERE. Look out for local activity - coming soon on the CHSCB website!
City of London & Hackney
Safer Sleeping

The Lullaby Trust has released two videos aimed at helping to tackle Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) rates amongst young parents.  The videos feature young parents describing the support received from professionals (and how to improve experiences) and the need for consistent advice. The videos can be found on the CHSCB SAFER SLEEPING webpage. 
CHSCB Training
Courses for the 2017-18 training year (starting in May) are currently being scheduled and will be available to book from April via the CHSCB
TRAINING CALENDAR. 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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