Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board Newsletter
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Safeguarding News
March 2015

News  –  Events  –  Training –  Policy Updates  –  Good Practice  –  Who’s Who  –  Contact Us

A message from Keith Makin, Chair of NSCB

Effective communication is an essential part of our work to improve child safeguarding in Northamptonshire. That’s why this month we are making a number of improvements to how we communicate with staff across all partner agencies – including this new e-newsletter and a new website. You can read more about our new communications changes on our new website. The new website address is
Work to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) remains a key priority for the NSCB and all partners. Our CSE strategy sets out our commitment to identifying and preventing CSE, as well as our support for victims of this abuse. To mark CSE national awareness day on 18 March, we are rolling out our county-wide CSE awareness raising campaign. If you suspect that a Young Person is at risk of CSE you must contact the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) immediately on 0300 126 1000 or by email:

Tackling domestic abuse also remains a priority as we know that 37% of referrals accepted by social care involve domestic abuse. I will be working with stakeholders across the County over the coming months to understand the support systems, services and approach to this in Northamptonshire.

As many of you will know, the new Improvement Plan has been agreed. From a partnership perspective NSCB has been asked to promote and challenge the engagement of all professionals in providing a ‘team around the child or family’. I would like to take the opportunity to remind all professionals who are working with families either in Early Help services, Children in Need services or ‘Looked After’ services of the importance to participate and engage in all Core Groups, Conferences and Reviews.

Finally the second round of Young People’s NSCB meetings took place on 28 and 29 January in Kettering and Northampton. The main issues discussed at the meetings were Police interaction with young people, self-harm and CSE. I’ll be working more with our young people this year to ensure that their priorities are reflected within our planning.  

As always, if you have any comments or feedback please do get in contact with me through the NSCB Business Office.


Tackling CSE in Northamptonshire

Since the last update in December, important work has been delivered to tackle CSE, including the multi-agency CSE strategy and our CSE awareness raising campaign, which is rolling out across the County this month. Our CSE strategy sets out the commitment of NSCB and its Child Sexual Exploitation and Missing Sub-Group to do everything possible to identify, counter and prevent CSE and to support victims of this abuse.See more about our multi-agency work to tackle CSE.
See more about the CSE awareness raising campaign.

Wanted – local resident with a commitment to safeguarding children

Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board is looking for a new ‘Lay Member’ to represent the views of local people and children on the Board. No particular experience or qualifications are needed, but you will need to have some knowledge of local child safety issues and be committed to attending meetings. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, please see the advert for a Lay Member for more information. The closing date for applications is 6 April.

Schools and colleges – initial findings from Section 11 Audit

A big thank you to all the schools and colleges that completed the Section 11 Audit report. Last year, we received 313 out of 324 responses, a significant increase on the previous year and a fantastic achievement! The audit findings will enable NSCB to help schools/colleges in need of support, training or where gaps in knowledge or practice need to be plugged. We found many examples of good practice across the County as well as areas that need strengthening. See more about initial findings from Section 11 Audit for schools and colleges.

Voluntary sector and community groups – new events from NSCB

Are you involved with a local voluntary/community group? Then you’re warmly invited to attend one of the Northamptonshire’s Safeguarding Children Board events for the voluntary sector. The events provide a great opportunity to forge connections between local voluntary groups and the NSCB. Come along and find out more about child safeguarding and the issues that matter to you. Find out more about voluntary sector events.

Ofsted: NCC’s Child Protection is improving

Ofsted recently inspected Northamptonshire’s Children’s Services to judge the progress made through its Improvement Programme. Inspectors were on site for a week tracking cases and interviewing a wide range of staff from Children’s services and partner agencies. Ofsted found that satisfactory progress is being made and noted a number of improvements. Read more about the Ofsted inspection.


Late May 2015 - Launch of the CSE resource toolkit. More info to follow closer to the event.  

2 July 2015 – Safeguarding Conference, the Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton.


E-Learning with the Safeguarding E-Academy

NSCB’s ‘Introduction to Safeguarding’ training is available as an e-learning module. The e-learning course has 6 modules aimed at specific needs/roles within agencies. Visit the NSCB website for more information about e-learning.
Costs: Free to the children's workforce in Northamptonshire; £30 per user for private/for-profit organisations or £25 per user if you quote the promotional code LSCBNORTH when applying on 01943 885083, or by email:

Face to face training provided by Barnardo’s on behalf of NSCB

Barnardo’s Training and Consultancy is providing a wide range of training opportunities, from basic awareness-raising of child protection issues to professional development for senior practitioners and managers. Find out more about face to face training with Barnardo's.

Cancellations, fines and bookings

Please CANCEL YOUR BOOKING at least 72 hours before the course or your organisation will be charged. 18% of people failed to show up after booking onto the Barnardo’s training courses in the first three months of the training programme. Find out how to cancel and more about the Cancellation and Charging Policy.


The following policies and templates have been updated. Please follow the links and ensure that changes are applied to your school, voluntary group or organisation:

Now includes up-to-date information on cyber-bullying and anti-bullying resource list.

Child Abuse & ICT Policy
Now includes internet usage and cyber-bullying.

E-Safety Policy Guidance (template)
A policy template to help schools/organisations review or develop their own e-safety policy.

ICT and Social Networks - Acceptable Use Policy Templates
Useful templates provided by the South West Grid for Learning - suitable for schools, voluntary groups, parents & young people.

Safeguarding in Sport
Any club or organisation that runs sports activities for Children or Young People should have safeguarding policies in place and ensure staff are aware of their safeguarding responsibilities.

Signs of Neglect in Pre-School age Children
The NSCB Neglect Policy now includes this document which provides observations on the behaviour of children emotionally neglected/abused and their interactions with parents.


How to escalate a CAF:

If you’re supporting a child/family through the CAF and have an issue with the response of another organisation, follow this four-step process:
Step 1: Raise the issue directly with the practitioner concerned;
Step 2: If this does not resolve the issue, contact the practitioner’s manager;
Step 3: If the issue is still not resolved, contact the organisation’s service manager and inform the local CAF Coordinator of your actions;
Step 4: If the issue is still not resolved, contact your local CAF Coordinator who will ensure the matter is raised with senior managers through partnership structures. 

How to resolve disagreements between professionals on individual cases:

NSCB is clear that there must be respectful challenge when a Professional or agency has a concern about the action or inaction of another. Similarly, Professionals and agencies should not be defensive if challenged. Practitioners and managers should always be prepared to review decisions and plans with an open mind. 

The Policies and Procedures Manual provides the agreed multi-agency process for dealing with: 
•    Disagreement at Referral/Enquiry Stage;
•    Disagreement about the need for, or timing of, a Child Protection Conference;
•    Disagreement at Child Protection Conferences; and
•    Disagreement regarding the implementation of the Child Protection Plan.
See the process for resolving professional disagreements for individual cases on the NSCB website.

How to use the NSCB Referral Form online:

The NSCB referral form, used by Professionals to submit safeguarding concerns to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), is now available as an online form. This is a much more secure and efficient way of submitting a referral and will also give you a reference number on submission. Colleagues are asked to please use the online form instead of Word or PDF formats whenever possible. Go to the online NSCB referral form.

How to access the Neglect Toolkit:

The NSCB’s Neglect Policy and Toolkit is available online to help practitioners assess, monitor, measure and evidence changes within family situations. 

What you need to know about private fostering... 

‘Private fostering’ is when a child is looked after for 28 days or more by someone who is not their parent or close relative. Private foster carers are often a distant family member, a family friend or the parents of a young person’s boyfriend or girlfriend. 

Northamptonshire Children’s Services must be informed of all private fostering arrangements. Professionals that become aware of a child that is being privately fostered should encourage the parent/carer to inform Children’s Services of the arrangement or contact Children’s Services themselves if they think parents/carers may not have done so already. 

To let Northamptonshire County Council know about a private fostering arrangement, call 0300 126 1000 or send a secure email: 
Find out more about private fostering.

Northamptonshire Police –
Head of Child Protection Team

Detective Inspector Stuart Hitchon talked to us about his work in police safeguarding, investigating crimes and making tough decisions. Read the full interview.

Role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

The LADO should be alerted to all cases where a person who works with children may have:
  • behaved in a way that has harmed or may have harmed a child;
  • committed a criminal offence against children, or related to a child;
  • behaved in a way that makes them unsuitable to work with children, e.g. their conduct towards a child could be categorised as abuse (physical, emotional, sexual or neglect).
For each case, the LADO coordinates the sharing of information and monitors investigations. The LADO operates independently within Children’s Services and is accountable to Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children’s Board (NSCB). Find out more about the role of the LADO.

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Phone: 01604 364036
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John Dryden House (ground floor)
8-10 The Lakes
Northampton NN4 7YD

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