Keeping children safe – Child Protection

 

The protection of children is still a KEY priority and RESPONSIBILITY of everyone through the changing landscape of services necessary to address the COVID-19 spread.

As always, if you are concerned about a child or young person it is important to speak to a professional as soon as possible using the following:

  1. If you are worried that a child is at immediate risk of harm, phone the Police on 999 without delay
  2. If you are worried that a child may be at risk of harm, please visit http://hcpc.scot/professionals  for a local contact number
  3. If you are worried that a child may be at risk of harm and it is out with office hours, phone 08457 697284

Where can I get further information on keeping children safe?

  • Care and Learning Alliance website – Child Protection – useful information tab and websites and video tab – quick and easy access to information, guidance and tools.
  • Highland Child Protection Committee – help and advice, resources and training.
  • calaelearning.co.uk – access to FREE short format certificated e-learning modules in partnership with the Highland Child Protection Committee to keep children safe
    • Introduction to Child Protection
    • Children Affected by Parental Substance Misuse
    • An Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
    • Understanding the Child’s Plan
    • What Makes a Good Chronology?

Child Protection – policy and practice fit for purpose?

Are you involved in a Community Group or Third Sector Organisation and keen to ensure your Child Protection Policy is appropriate and robust to help keep children safe? Then the Highland Child Protection Committee’s Child Protection Policy and Toolkit for Community Groups and Third Sector Organisations is for you!

The toolkit contains a range of helpful guidance and templates including a Safeguarding self-evaluation tool. The policy and guidance are free to access and can be downloaded from www.hcpc.scot or https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/useful-publications/

CALA members can access the CALA Child Protection Policy and Safe Recruitment Policy via the CALA memberzone https://www.careandlearningalliance.co.uk/membership/

Highland Child Protection Committee – Seminar Event

Seminar – What does ‘mental health’ mean for children and families?

30th January 2020

Smithton-Culloden Free Church, 1 Murray Road, Inverness

10am-4pm 

This free one-day seminar being offered by Highland Child Protection Committee aims to bring together knowledge and experience in relation to mental health issues affecting adults and children/young people. The event aims to help practitioners better understand different mental health issues and disorders and the impact these can have on families and individuals. Practitioners will have an opportunity to consider their responses and how we can work most effectively in partnership with children, young people and parents/carers.

The event will be beneficial for:

  • Social Workers
  • Police
  • Health Visitors
  • Early Years Practitioners
  • Family Nurse Practitioners
  • Children’s Service Workers
  • Youth Action Team
  • Head Teachers/Deputes/Guidance Staff
  • Housing Staff
  • Third Sector

Click here for full details and how to apply

Child Sexual Exploitation

The ‘Upstream Project ‘by Stop it Now (UK & Ireland) was launched yesterday in Scotland. ‘Stop it Now UK & Ireland!’ is a project solely to tackle child sexual abuse. Their new ‘Upstream Project’ has been set up in Scotland to provide practical advice to anyone worried about the abuse of a young person and also includes help for anyone “worried about their own thoughts, feelings or behaviour towards children”.

Visit the ‘STOP IT NOW  – Upstream Project’ to learn more.

Sadly, CSE is a significant issue for children and young people in the UK and is more prevalent and widespread than you may think. This is in part due to the ever-growing use of technology in our communications. If you would like to be better informed about the subject of Child Sexual Exploitation, you may find our ‘Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation’ e-learning module useful.

The ‘free’ module is therefore highly relevant for anyone working with children, young people and families and will provide a comprehensive introduction to this challenging subject

Click here to access ‘Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation’

Safety Concerns are raised about the ‘Tik Tok App’

TikTok (formerly called Musical.ly) is a social media platform that lets you create, share and discover 15-second videos. You can use music and effects to enhance your videos and you can also browse other people’s videos and interact with them.

This app has recently been a focus in the news, highlighting some safety concerns about ‘users’ privacy’ etc.

Read the article from BBC News, published 7/11/19

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-50319690

Further information about app can be found on the NSPCC Net Aware website

CHILDREN’S HEARINGS: PRIVACY, CONFIDENTIALITY & PARTICIPATION

Who Cares? Scotland- Children’s Hearings: privacy, confidentiality & participation

Take control: Make your voice 

 

Who Cares? Scotland has been commissioned by The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration to find out how privacy affects young people and their parents and carers’ participation in the Children’s Hearings System.

They aim to:

  • understand the impact of privacy and confidentiality on participation in the Children’s Hearings System
  • understand the relationship between advocacy and privacy and confidentiality 
  • find out how to improve communication in the Children’s Hearings System

Whether you have attended a children’s hearing as a child, young person or a parent, carer or foster carer, they would like to hear from you.

You can choose to take part by either: 

SCRA Workshop – information & consent


 

Revised guidance from Care Inspectorate

 

The Care Inspectorate have reviewed and updated the quality framework for children and young people in need of care and protection.

The guidance document ‘A quality framework for children and young people in need of care and protection’ (revised August 2019) provides a quality improvement framework for community planning partnerships to support self-evaluation of services for children and young people in need of care and protection and is designed to lead to improvement in services.

Click here to access the document 

Child Protection Bulletin for Keeping Children Safe Issue 6

The sixth edition of the Child Protection Bulletin (August 2019) is now available to download. It provides a refresher focus on exploring the Highland Practice Model including the 5 key questions and use of ‘My World Triangle’

Click here to download

Highland Child Protection Committee – Safeguarding Self-Evaluation Tools

The Highland Child Protection Committee has made available a number of safeguarding self-evaluation tools.

You can download them from the HCPC website

Watch our promotional video to learn more about the self-evaluation tools. 

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that organisations take to protect children and vulnerable or protected adults (vulnerable beneficiaries) from harm including emotional, physical, sexual, neglect or financial harm. Charities working with vulnerable beneficiaries must do all they can to keep them safe and protected from harm ensuring appropriate policies, practices and procedures are in place and adhered to.

Child Protection Bulletin – Issue 5

The fifth edition of the Child Protection Bulletin is now available to download. It features information on:

  • What to do if you have a child protection concern
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Useful websites and telephone numbers
  • And much more.

Click here to download the bulletin.

The Child Protection Toolkit

The Highland Child Protection Committee’s ‘Child Protection Toolkit‘ is an invaluable resource for third sector organisations and community groups in Highland.

Some of the topics covered in the toolkit include:

  • Recruitment of Staff and Volunteers
  • Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Act 2007
  • Transporting children and young people
  • Photographing, videoing and filming
  • Dealing with a Child Protection Situation
  • A sample Child Protection Policy

There are two versions of the toolkit available to download:

Download the CP Toolkit for Third Sector Organisations.

Download the CP Toolkit for Community Groups.

If your workplace is involved in the care of children, it is highly recommended you download the toolkit, and keep it on your computer to act as a reference for child protection matters.

Child Protection Bulletin – April 2019

The fourth edition of the Child Protection Bulletin is now available to download. It features information on female genital mutilation, links to useful websites, a new online safety education resource for 4-7 year-olds, and what to do if you have a child protection concern.

Click here to download the bulletin [PDF].