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].

The NSPCC ‘Parents vs Kids’ quiz

The following update was taken from the NSPCC newsletter: 

Do you know if being called ‘salty’ online is a good thing? Do you know about ghost mode and parental controls?

Our popular O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids quiz has now launched online and is available to play across mobile, tablet and desktop platforms.

Get the whole family together and play the quiz to see who knows the most about the digital world, and learn a bit more about staying safe online. Take on 50 new questions and test your knowledge by playing 1 on 1 or in teams! Who really knows more about the online world in your home? Team Parent, or Team Kid?

Click here to play the game. 

Jessie & Friends: online safety education for 4-7s

The following blog post comes from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection), part of The National Crime Agency.


We are delighted to announce the launch of Jessie & Friends, our new online safety education resource for 4-7 year olds.

Based on a series of three fun, age-appropriate animations, Jessie & Friends follows Jessie, Mo and Tia as they view, share and game their way towards a safer future online.

The animations are accompanied by:

– a catchy song, storybooks and posters

– a detailed resource pack with engaging learning activities on key topics including trust, consent, and healthy and unhealthy online behaviours, plus guidance on safe and effective delivery of Jessie & Friends

– advice for parents and carers on using Jessie & Friends to start a positive, age-appropriate online safety conversation with their child

We are delighted that Jessie & Friends has been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark in recognition of the high-quality, safe learning opportunities it provides.

All Jessie & Friends resources for professionals can be downloaded here, and you’ll find content for parents and carers here.

Look out for Jessie, Tia and Mo in the media today! Please do search for #JessieAndFriends and add your voice to help us get the word out to more parents and carers and professionals who work with children.

We hope you like the new resources and look forward to your feedback, and that of the children you work with.

Click here to learn more