The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

National Safeguarding Week 16th-22nd November 2020

Welcome to national safeguarding week 2020. We’ll be celebrating children’s safeguarding week in the Summer, but we wanted to take this opportunity to share safeguarding resources and links to our support.

As Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership our aim is to bring together professionals and volunteers working with children and young people in Barnet to improve our shared understanding and responses to abuse and neglect.

We are just over one year into the new multi-agency arrangements, and it has been a transitional year as we adapted to our new structure and strengthened our partnerships. Of course, Covid-19 has meant 2020 has not been the year we planned, but we are immensely proud of all our members’ individual and combined efforts to continue delivering essential services to children, young people and families and to keep safeguarding as a top priority.

As we go forward into 2020/21, we will continue to tackle the safeguarding challenges posed by Covid-19, including harm hidden in the home, increased mental health issues and online abuse. We will also take forward our new Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector strategy to provide more support to organisations in Barnet and improve safeguarding practice.

We are pleased with the foundations we have built this year and excited to build on these in the coming months to protect children from abuse and neglect.

If you have any questions about Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership, please email BSCP@Barnet.gov.uk.

Safeguarding Adult Board programme of events:

The Barnet Safeguarding Adults Board are hosting a number of events for safeguarding week. The following list of events are relevant to children and families, for a full list of activities and how to register see here.

Safeguarding and Hate Crime webinar, Barnet Mencap – Monday 16th November 3.30-5pm

Serious Adult Violence webinar, Community Safety – Tuesday 17th November 2pm

Self care: Live self care for life, Community Barnet and CCG – Wednesday 18th November 10am-1pm

Coping with Lockdown 2, Barnet Wellbeing Hub – Thursday 19th November 11am

Embedding Safeguarding practices in faith organisations– Thursday 19 November 12pm

Taking a multifaith approach to safeguarding Barnet – Thursday 19th November 7pm

Our multi-agency training offer:

Our training offer is free to attend for all professionals and volunteers working with children and young people in Barnet. For more information and how to register, click here.

Practice Stories: The Impact of Covid 19 on Frontline Work Tuesday 17November 2020, 10am-12pm

Reducing parental conflict: the role of supervisors and managers 18 November 2020, 1.30-5pm 

Working with child sexual exploitation and child sexual trafficking 25 November 2020, 9.30-3.30pm 

Introduction to safeguarding 30 November 2020, 9.30-12.30pm 

Domestic abuse and sexual violence awareness training online training – available now

E-learning resources

Barnet offers five e-learning safeguarding courses which can be completed in your own time, at your own pace. These courses are:

  • Introduction to child protection
  • Further child protection
  • Introduction to adult/child protection
  • Further adult/child protection
  • E-safety course.

Read more information about the courses here; they are suitable for all multi-agency professionals working with children and young people in Barnet, including the voluntary, community and faith sector, and take 1-2 hours to complete. To sign up, email childrens.workforce@barnet.gov.uk with the name of the course you would like to complete.

National resources:

The BSCP website has content targeted at professionals, parents & carers, and children & young people. To find more information about the Barnet Continuum of support click here. This document is founded on the principle of building resilience to enable sustainable change and improvements in outcomes.

Barnet has also recently produced a new vulnerable adolescent strategy, which can be found here.

SCIE guidance for Safeguarding children and families during the COVID-19 crisis. Link here.

NSPCC Safeguarding resources and research can be found here.

Research in Practice work with organisations to support evidence-informed practice with children, young people and families and have a wealth of resources and webinars available across a range of safeguarding and child protection topics. Barnet Council subscribe to this resource and have kindly agreed to open it up to partners. If you have a Barnet.gov.uk email address you can create an account on the site; if you are a partner agency or work in any of our integrated teams, you can request a free account here.

NICE Guidance on Child Abuse & Neglect –guidance to help recognise abuse and neglect in children and young people aged under 18. See here.

Online safety has been a big concern during COVID-19. The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has advice on how to keep children safe online.  See here

MindEd mental health e-learning resources for people who volunteer, work or are studying to work with infants, children or teenagers. Learning is applicable across health, social care, education, criminal justice and community settings. See more info here.

Working Together – July 2018. See here for information on the new arrangements creating the Safeguarding Children’s Partnership.

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