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May News and Updates

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Multi-Agency Training

The LSCB training schedule for 2016/17 is now available. The inter-agency training provided by Hillingdon LSCB offers a broad range of opportunities for practitioners to work together in a learning environment with a common aim of improving children’s safety and well-being. There are a number of courses new for 2016/17 which we hope will develop practitioners learning in specific areas. We hope that you will be able to make full use of our training and take advantage of the opportunities available to strengthen your knowledge and confidence, thereby helping to secure a safe and positive future for all our children. To access courses, you will need to open an account on Learning Zone; please contact L&D on 01895 277692. You will then be able to access courses via the following link http://horizon.hillingdon.gov.uk/article/1421/Learning-Zone

Whistleblowing Advice Line

Launched by the NSPCC Helpline. This helpline has been developed to provide support to employees wishing to raise concerns over how child protection issues are being handled in their own or other organisations. The advice line is not intended to replace any current practices or responsibilities of organisations working with children. The helpline advisors would encourage professionals to raise any concerns about a child to their own employer in the first instance. However, the advice line offers an alternative route if whistleblowing internally is difficult or professionals have concerns around how matters are being handled.

The NSPCC Whistleblowing Advice Line can be reached on 0800 028 0285.

Section 11 Audit

Section 11 of the Children’s Act places a statutory duty on key organisations to make arrangements to ensure that in discharging their functions they have regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. The Section 11 Audit is designed to allow the LSCB to assure itself that agencies placed under a duty to co-operate by this legislation, are fulfilling their responsibilities to safeguard children and promote their welfare. Hillingdon LSCB have recently purchased the Enable audit tool, an online tool, which can be logged into securely from any location. The audit is available for all statutory partners; any voluntary or other organisation who wish to have access to the Section 11 Audit to support their organisations to understand the statutory requirements of their partners and work towards meeting these should contact the LSCB on 01895 556713.

Targeted Programmes – Delivering Early Support for Families in Hillingdon

part of Hillingdon Council’s Early Intervention & Prevention Service, working with vulnerable families, addressing emergent concerns before they have negative impact on family members’ progression and attainment. We deliver structured learning activities for young people/adults between the ages of 5-24 and their parents/guardians. Targeted Programmes support families to successfully manage the challenges that many have to face within their social, health, educational and economic experience, through a range of informal group-based learning and individual support activities, so that they can fulfil their potential and progress towards a more positive future. Programmes respond to intervention requests from social care to support ‘step-down’ from statutory interventions, and also support ‘step-up’ transitions for families identified as needing additional support by universal service providers. Programmes are offered without charge to service users and referral agents, and generally offer a 10 week engagement offer.

Link to Access Request Form or contact 01895 557590 targetedprogrammes@hillingdon.gov.uk

Welcome to our new Laymembers

Tahirah Muhammad, Kerri Prince and Veena Majothi have been appointed as laymembers to the LSCB. They are all very keen to get started and will be attending their first LSCB Board meeting in June.

PLEASE NOTE : CHANGE TO CHILDREN’S SOCIAL CARE CONTACT NUMBER FOR REFERRALS – THE NEW NUMBER IS 01895 556633

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Next e-bulletin issue : September 2016