Safeguarding children affected by gang activity / serious youth violence
Following a number of requests to respond to the needs of children affected by gang activity and/or serious youth violence in London, the London Safeguarding Children Board has been working with the Youth Justice Board, London Serious Youth Violence Board and a multi-agency practitioners steering group to produce a supplementary safeguarding children procedure to assist professionals working with this increasingly common issue.
A draft document was widely consulted on earlier in 2009, with feedback incorporated by the Board’s multi-agency editorial group. The final version has been approved by the London LSCB Chairs group, and received joint sign off from the London Safeguarding Children Board and the London Serious Youth Violence Board in late October 2009 .
The London procedure for safeguarding children affected by gang activity and / or serious youth violence is now available via the link below for local use.
Safeguarding children abused through domestic violence
The London procedure for safeguarding children abused through domestic violence has now been approved by the London Safeguarding Children Board, and is available to download via the link below:
This procedure should assist any professional and volunteer whose work brings them into contact with children and their families, to prioritise the needs of a child/ren, assess the risk of harm to the child/ren (taking into consideration the needs of their parents / carers) and respond appropriately in sharing information, referring on etc.
See www.londonscb.gov.uk/domestic_violence/ for more information on the Board's work to safeguard children abused through DV.
Safeguarding children missing from school
This good practice guide is designed to support professionals in education services both within the local authority and in schools and other educational establishments, together with the Metropolitan Police, LA children’s social care and health services, in their combined efforts to safeguard children who are missing from school.
The guidance is offered with the aim of providing a minimum standard of safety for children who are registered with London schools and who are or go missing from school, and give rise to concern that they may be classified as missing whereabouts unknown.
Safeguarding children at risk of abuse through female genital mutilation
This procedure provides guidance for frontline professionals and their managers, individuals in London’s local communities and community groups, such as, faith and leisure groups, on:
- Identifying when a child may be at risk of being subjected to FGM and responding appropriately to protect the child;
- Identifying when a child has been subjected to FGM and responding appropriately to support the child
- Measures which can be implemented to prevent and ultimately eliminate the practice of FGM.
Safeguarding children policy for licensed premises
This safeguarding children policy is for all staff (paid or unpaid) involved in premises which have been licensed under The Licensing Act 2003. This policy will give some basic information about what to do if you are concerned about a child and how your local children’s social care and Metropolitan Police Team will respond to and deal with reports about children whose welfare is causing concern. This guidance should be read in conjunction with the Licensing Act 2003.
Safeguarding sexually active children
This procedure is designed to assist professionals to identify where children and young people’s sexual relationships may be abusive and the children and young people may need the provision of protection or additional services. For young people 13 years and over, this risk assessment will inform practitioners when to involve LA children’s social care and when a situation requires criminal investigation by the Metropolitan Police Service.
Safeguarding sexually exploited children
The sexual exploitation of children is child sexual abuse. The sexual exploitation of children defines a broader context of abuse than formal ‘prostitution’; the full spectrum of sexually exploitative situations includes children and young people exchanging sex for accommodation, food, gifts and drugs.
Safeguarding trafficked and exploited children
This procedure provides guidance to professionals and volunteers from all agencies in safeguarding children who are abused and neglected by adults who traffic them into and out of the UK in order to exploit them.
Safeguarding children missing from care and home
This procedure supports an effective collaborative safeguarding response from all agencies involved when a child goes missing. It provides guidance for assessing both the risk of the child going missing and the risk to the child when they are missing. The procedure describes appropriate staff / agency actions to locate the child, to effect their return and to identify the issues which caused, and may continue to cause, the child to go missing.