Updates and Latest Information
Updates and the latest news regarding safeguarding children
Safeguarding children during COVID-19
All childcare providers, including those who are currently closed, have a duty of care to help safeguard children and their families. Please continue to keep in regular contact with your families during this difficult time, to ensure you are fulfilling your safeguarding responsibilities. The Government, BCP Council and the Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership have all set out the responsibilities and duties expected of early years providers for the safeguarding of children, and these remain essential at this time. If you have any queries regarding this, please contact your allocated link worker.
Reminder - BCP Children’s Services First Response Hub
As of Monday 18 May 2020, there is one phone number and one email address for all new contacts and referrals into BCP Children’s Services. If you have concerns about the safety or welfare of children and young people or if you require support in agreeing an Early Help offer, the Children’s Services First Response Hub is the first point of contact for everyone, providing access to all services for children and families living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
NSPCC campaign for the helpline
The Government is supporting the NSPCC to raise awareness of it's dedicated helpline. In this difficult time, it’s vital that the public knows this support is available and that more people contact the helpline.
Together, they have produced this simple toolkit that has been designed to enable organisations to tell their networks about the vital service the NSPCC helpline provides via existing communication channels.
Child safety week
In response to COVID-19, Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) are changing what they do this year, to meet the changing needs of families and the frontline staff who support them.
They have created new content that practitioners can use right now in their digital communications, however they’re reaching out to families. This includes their top tips for child safety during lock-down and beyond, plus advice on preventing burns and poisoning.
They are reworking the Child Safety Week Action Pack as a year-round resource, so practitioners can use it in face-to-face work with families as lock-down eases.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers
Guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
BCP Children’s Services First Response Hub
Starting Monday 18 May 2020, there will be one phone number and one email address for all new contacts and referrals into BCP Children’s Services. If you have concerns about the safety or welfare of children and young people or if you require support in agreeing an Early Help offer, the Children’s Services First Response Hub is the first point of contact for everyone, providing access to all services for children and families living in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership newsletter
Please see the May 2020 Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership newsletter for important safeguarding updates, information and campaigns.
Please see the updated letter (May 2020) from the BCP Private Fostering Team to early years providers regarding private fostering and your role.
Record keeping forms
Find updated record keeping guidance and body maps now.
The NSPCC PANTS campaign and resources
The NSPCC Pants resources are available to support parents, carers and professionals.
Domestic abuse campaign
Police and other organisations across Dorset are raising awareness around domestic abuse amid concerns it may increase over the coming weeks due to the impact of Coronavirus. Communities are being reassured they will still have access to vital support services despite the current uncertainty.
The new campaign highlights the fact that whatever type of abuse takes place – whether it is physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or financial – the abuser is trying to control the victim and uses abuse or violence to achieve that control. It also tells victims how to access help and support. Please use the key contact numbers and posters to raise awareness and support families.
The Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership website has some key tips and resources to help children and young children to stay safe online.
We are aware of concerns around updating current safeguarding training during the Covid-19 crisis. As you know to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership (Formerly known as LSCB) accredited safeguarding training is required.
Currently, there has been no advice published as to whether updates to this can be delayed as with Paediatric First Aid. Therefore, you can complete online training through a reputable company. The Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children’s Partnership website have a list of online training that will help you to keep up to date with safeguarding issues.
We would, however, strongly advise that as soon as training is reinstated you book on and complete the relevant face-to-face safeguarding training you need.
Important information regarding the coronavirus and notification to Child Protection, Child in Need or Early Help services
As a child care provider you will have children attending your provision with varying needs and family circumstances. There may be children who attend your provision who are being supported through Child Protection, Child in Need or Early Help services.
In line with current safeguarding practice, you will already be aware of reporting absence at your provision to the relevant professionals when required for those children being supported by the above services.
Please ensure that you also notify relevant professionals if a child being supported by the above services is not attending your provision due to :
- the family having to self- isolate,
- diagnosis of coronavirus within the family
- if your childcare provision has to close for a period of time
Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership
As you will be aware the new Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership website is now live and our old LSCB websites will be taken down, with a redirect to the new site. All content has been migrated to the new site.
The new site includes a live Twitter feed to follow us with the hashtag, @pandorsetscp and this will enable you to see daily live updates such as the procedures update.
The Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership Multi Agency Policies and Procedures manual has been updated. Please go to the Pan – Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership website to access the manual.
Pan-Dorset Safeguarding Children Partnership Neglect Strategy and Toolkit
The Pan-Dorset Neglect strategy and toolkit have been updated. These can be found on the Pan-Dorset Safeguarding children Partnership website, using the working with children dropdown, and clicking into the child neglect section.
Safe Sleeping and Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI)
Within BCP, wider Dorset and nationally there has been an increase in cases of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). There will be further support materials and website links made available over coming weeks to support your work with families around safe and unsafe sleeping.
Factors such as: consumption of alcohol, smoking, prescribed drug use, use of illegal drugs all raise the risks of SUDI. Other factors to consider regarding the risk of SUDI are staying at a different house, for example relatives, a weekend away and celebration events.
You can visit Lullaby Trust who provide clear advice and support and also helpful guidance video and a poster to support both yourself and professionals and the families you work with.
Referral to BCP children social care – interim form
Please use the interim form below for referrals to Children's Social Care at the current time.
Last updated: 28 May 2020