Safeguarding Children Partnerships across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland continue to respond robustly to all reports of child abuse. If you have concerns about a child, help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Your Local Authority:
Leicester City Council: 0116 454 1004; www.leicester.gov.uk
Leicestershire County Council: 0116 305 0005 (telephone for urgent situations); www.leicestershire.gov.uk/report-abuse-of-a-child
Rutland County Council: 01572 758407 (0116 305 0005 out of hours); www.rutland.gov.uk
Non emergencies: report via website www.leics.police.uk or call 101.
In emergencies, always dial 999.
0808 800 5000
The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD)
The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) has launched a new section of its website, where safety notices will be published on a regular basis.
The new section is designed to highlight key risks posed to babies and children and has been designed for professionals supporting families to have a one-stop place where they can go to see the latest safety updates, and obtain information on what to do to mitigate those risks.
The new section of the website can be found here.
‘Was not Heard’
Young People have the right to be listened to, and taken seriously.
The Multi-Agency Learning and Development Group are pleased to announce the release of a short film advocating the right of children to be heard and the duty of those working with them to act.
The film was scripted, performed and produced with young people from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, using their voices to deliver this important message.
The virtual premiere took place on the 11th July 2020 to an invited audience and the film is now available to public here.
Multi-agency Safeguarding Arrangements
The Leicester Safeguarding Children Partnership Board commenced on 29th September 2019. Information regarding the Leicester Safeguarding Children Partnership arrangements were published here on 28th June 2019.
Multi agency Referral Form Launched
The Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland multi-agency form to make a referral to Children’s Social Care has been revised. There is now one Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) to request a service from Early Help or Children Social Care. Practitioners should use this form which is a secure document that can be updated and saved until submitted electronically. When submitted, the MARF e-form is sent to Leicester City Early Help or Social Care. A reference number is automatically issued on submission, this should be retained for your records.
Information about how to make a referral to the council, access to the MARF form and how to request further support is available on the link below:
Breck’s Last Game, a short film about a 14-year-old boy who was murdered by a man he met on a gaming site, has been made available online. For more information, please visit our CSE page.
Publication of two Serious Case Reviews (SCRs)
The Leicester Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) published two serious case reviews (SCRs) on Thursday 21st March 2019 which relate to two children. Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of the LSCB has released the following statement.
Working Together 2018
The Working Together 2018 Statutory Guidance has been published and is available here.
The recently published Safeguarding Practitioners Information Sharing Advice is also available here.
Multi Agency Learning and Improvement Review
On 17th May 2018, the Leicester Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) published the summary of a multi-agency learning and improvement review into the death of 15 year-old Brandon, who sadly took his own life in August 2016. Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of the LSCB has released a statement regarding the review.
We have also released a briefing for practitioners.
There is a new webpage giving resources around mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Use one number to call Leicester City Council Children's Social Care and Early Help 0116 454 1004
Find out more about the one number to call in our PDF download.
New ID checking guidelines were introduced on 24 October 2017. These guidelines will apply to all applications for standard or enhanced checks.
The guidelines are available online.
Leicester City Council has signed up to Signs of Safety (SofS) with a planned implementation journey of between 3 and 5 years.
Signs of Safety is an integrated framework for child intervention work.
Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS)
CP-IS is the bridge for information to flow between the NHS and the Local Authority (being implemented nationally) in a 24 hour cycle. This guide will assist practitioners in making use of this information.
Kayleigh's Love Story
The film 'Kayleigh's Love Story' has been made available on YouTube to warn children of online grooming.
A checklist has been produced showing the warning signs that a child may be becoming involved in Serious and Organised Crime.
Safeguarding in Sports
Advice for parents and sports organisations is available from the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).
The Unit was founded in 2001 to work with UK Sports Councils, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and other organisations to help them minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities.
This followed a series of high profile cases of abuse of young athletes by those in positions of trust such as coaches in the sports.
Tri.x have produced a briefing to download on Safeguarding in Sport.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP)
CEOP helps to keep children and young people safe online. CEOP helps thousands of children and young people every year.
Please visit the CEOP website for more information.
HeadSmart: be brain tumour aware
HeadSmart is a project that aims to enhance the awareness of symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people.
Please visit the HeadSmart website for more information.