About the Partnership
New Safeguarding Arrangements
Changes are being made to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Arrangements in Thurrock. Following the Child and Social Work Act 2017 and Working Together 2018 Local Safeguarding Boards have moved over to new arrangements. Please find attached details of the new arrangements for Thurrock which came into effect on the 7th May 2019.
New Safeguarding Arrangement - May 2019
In order for the Safeguarding Partnership to meet its statutory and local requirements we have in place a number of groups where different members of organisations from all levels meet to discuss and agree the safeguarding needs of Thurrock.
This section provides a brief overview of some of the responsibilities and roles those groups perform.
Thurrock LSCP Strategic Group
The Strategic Group will take place six times during the transitional year and four times a year thereafter. The Group will comprise of the Strategic Safeguarding Partners and the Thurrock LSCP Business Manager. The Group will be responsible for the strategic direction of the Partnership and decisions regarding Local Learning Practice Reviews, ensuring learning outcomes are embedded into practice.
The LSCP Business Manager will report to the Group on the effectiveness of the safeguarding and scrutiny arrangements.
Thurrock LSCP Management Executive Board (MEB)
The MEB meetings will be led by the three Safeguarding Partners and will be the decision making body overseeing the multi-agency plan. It will review progress and assess areas for development in local safeguarding processes. This will inform the priorities and strategic direction of the Partnership Strategic Group. It will take place four times a year and will be half day duration. The agenda for the meetings will be agreed by the Thurrock LSCP Strategic Group.
The MEB is responsible for:-
- Carrying out the strategic policy and priorities of the Thurrock LSCP, ensuring that the Thurrock LSCP meets its statutory functions receiving any reports from partner agencies as required.
- Responsible for evaluating the performance of all Partnership Sub-Groups and any Task and Finish Groups in carry out their functions.
Standard areas for inclusion on agendas will comprise of:-
- Child Deaths (until the new arrangements come into effect).
- National and Local Learning Practice Reviews.
- Progress of the multi-agency plan/performance report.
- Updates from other Strategic Groups.
- Updates from Thurrock LSCP Sub Groups.
- Finance (October and March).
Thurrock LSCP Learning & Practice Review Group (LPR Group)
The LPR Group will examine front-line challenges and successes making suggestions and recommendations to improve multi-agency working. It will act on behalf of the Partnership in supporting the areas of Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, Training and Development and the Audit process.
Thurrock LSCP Audit Group
The Audit Group role supports the Thurrock LSCP to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of work done by all Partner agencies individually and collectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and advise them on ways to improve. It will audit and evaluate the effectiveness of inter-agency working within Thurrock and undertake key tasks as identified within the Thurrock LSCP Business Plan. The focus of this Group is to review cases in a multi-agency arena to evaluate effectiveness of inter-agency working and to review agencies safeguarding performance. It offers an opportunity to reflect on safeguarding practice and identify any lessons learnt to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.
Thurrock LSCP MACE
MACE is a strategic partnership group led by Safeguarding Partner's representatives to ensure a tactical response to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and other identified areas of exploitation including gangs and trafficking. It is responsible for developing the local multi-agency response to exploitation in Thurrock linking across with the activities undertaken by the Community Safety Partnership and other Strategic Groups to ensure that contextual safeguarding form a part of the understanding of the impact of exploitation and how to respond.
The LSCB publish each year an Annual report and Business plan. It reports the delivery of its function to the Thurrock Health & Wellbeing Board and the Children and Young people Partnership Board and copies of these documents are available on this website.
Each year a Thurrock LSCB Annual Report will be published and made available on this website.
It will include an evaluation of the effectiveness of the safeguarding arrangements by all agencies within Thurrock and will outline key achievements and the challenges that remain and need to be address by the Board, Children and Young People’s Partnership and the Health and Wellbeing Board.
The report will be presented to Children's Overview and Scrutiny, Chief Executive, OFPCC, Chief Constable and Health and Wellbeing Board to help to inform local planning.
The Thurrock LSCB is committed to ensuring that its work is properly planned and reviewed and that its priorities and objectives both inform and are informed by the Children and Young Peoples Partnership Plan, a local safeguarding children needs assessments and any national trends or themes.
The Thurrock LSCB will agree on a clearly defined business plan on an annual basis, which includes identified work streams, the responsible member(s) and sub groups. A RAG (red, amber or green) progress rating for the sub-group and task group activity will be managed via the Thurrock LSCB Project Officer.
LSCP Lay Members
We are currently seeking a new Lay member - Could that be you?
As part of the Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) commitment to engaging communities in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of Children and Young People, we have two Lay Member positions on our board.
Thurrock LSCP's role is to ensure that local agencies provide the best possible services for safeguarding Children and Young People of Thurrock. We are a body of local multi agency representatives, elected to oversee the implementation of safeguarding systems processes and services.
The role of the Lay Member is to take part in the Board meetings and support our understanding of the LSCP's Child Protection work in the wider community.
DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION?
If you have a question that you would like our Lay Member to put to the Board use our contact form on this website and we will ensure that they are made aware.
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN IS EVERYONES RESPONSIBILITY... MAKE IT YOURS!
LSCP lay member
Working with other Partnerships
Thurrock LSCB work alongside a number of partnerships in the public, community and voluntary sector as well as individual organisations that support safeguarding children. We hope this page will develop to allow you to see a picture of how these agencies combine to work for the good of children's safeguarding.
If you would like details of your organisation included on this page please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form so that it can be considered.
Thurrock Community Safety Partnership
To find out more on what the Community Safety Partnership do please contact them on email@example.com
As a statutory body the LSCP has a requirement to meet certain procedural expectations. In order to achieve this there are in place a number of policies, protocols and structures to ensure that it meets both national, regional and local expectations.
This section of the website is predominantly for professionals and agencies that work within the safeguarding arena so they are able to monitor the work of the LSCP. It also provides to the community the opportunity to see some of the inner workings of the LSCP and be a supportive observer.
THIRD PARTY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Across children’s services you will often hear the phrase ‘threshold criteria’ or ‘threshold analysis’ being used, but unsurprisingly, anyone who isn’t a lawyer or social worker is often uncertain about what it means.
It is part of a set of documents and tools designed to provide clear guidance to practitioners working with children, families and young people. It ensures there are consistent approaches, practice and use of terminology across all agencies.
If you work with children, young people and families, the documents below will help you to:
identify levels of need
identify and assess risk
- understand procedures for information sharing
If you are a parent or carer it will assist I understanding the process of risk assessment
Below you will find the revised threshold document and information on the new pathways to children's services. We do not intend to produce hard copies of this document.
Thurrock Common Assessment Framework (CAF)
NEW CAF FORM FROM 18 JUNE 2018
The majority of children and young people enjoy their lives and develop satisfactorily with the support of universal services (such as the usual health and education services). From time to time however they may require help from a single agency for a specific issue or from a range of agencies if the issues are more complex.
Within Thurrock the Multi Agency Common Assessment Framework is designed to support children and young people by focusing on early help for them and their families through the delivery of services and support to meet identified needs.
The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) is a method of assessment used across all children's services/agencies both locally and nationally. A CAF is used to assess what help and support a child or young person may need.
The CAF will help to ensure early identification of needs, reduce the need for multiple assessments and children and families repeatedly "telling their stories" and coordinate the delivery of services.
If at any stage, you are worried that a child or young person is suffering, or is at risk of suffering, significant harm then you should contact Thurrock Children's Social Care for advice.
Children with Additional Needs
The CAF is a tool to help identify those children with additional needs before these escalate into more serious concerns. This might include situations where there are issues with:
- Disruptive or anti-social behaviour
- Involvement in, or risk from offending
- Overt parental conflict or a lack of parental support/boundaries
- Disengagement from education or training
- Poor school attendance
- Repeated fixed term or permanent exclusion from school
- Special educational needs
- Poor nutrition or ill health
- Substance misuse
- Poor emotional or mental health
- Pregnancy and parenthood
- Domestic violence
Who will undertake the CAF?
The CAF will be used by a range or staff working in children's services. It is anticipated that most will be undertaken by those working in universal services; schools, nurseries, various health settings, community and voluntary agencies.
When is a CAF not appropriate?
In the majority of cases children and young people make satisfactory progress with the support of universal services. From time to time they may require help from a single agency for a specific issue. Referral to a single agency does not require a CAF to be completed.
CAF FORM - UPDATED PROCESS FROM 18 JUNE 2018
The new CAF should be used from 18th June, however there will be a transition period for the next month, until this has been fully circulated and embedded across the partnership.
Please Note: Nomination forms for the Troubled Families Programme will also cease from 18th June, as will the ability to refer directly to PASS. Referrals for Troubled Families Programme will need to be on a CAF.
All referrals to both Social Care and PASS, including the Troubled Families Programme will now go through MASH as a single front door.
The Role of the Lead Professional
In recent months there has been some confusion and concerns over the role of the Lead Professional. To support partners the LSCP Business Team has produced a guidance document.We hope you find the document helpful.
Graded Care Profile 2
This page is currently being developed to support practitioners awareness of the Graded Care profile 2 process now implemented in Thurrock.
If you have been registered as a GCP member please go to the Members page.
Job Shadowing Scheme
The partners of the Safeguarding Board have agreed to support a job shadowing scheme to assist professionals to understand other roles within children's services and to support the improvement of communication as identified in Serious Case Reviews.
Please see the attached leaflet for details of the scheme. If you wish to proceed please download the attached application form.
Serious Case Reviews
One of the tasks that Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Board have to undertake is the review of serious cases in their area.
Government guidance states that when a child dies, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor in the death, or significant harm has taken place to a child or young person and there could be lessons to be learnt about the ways agencies worked together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, a serious case review should be considered.
If it is determined to proceed with a serious case review the LSCB will agree a review methodology and look to identify clearly what those lessons are, how they will be acted upon, and what is expected to change as a result, and as a consequence, improve inter-agency working and better safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
When we conduct a serious case review we will publish the findings in a report and provide a copy on this website.
To access the latest information provided by the Government on Serious Case Reviews please click here.
NSPCC - National repository of Serious case Reviews
To view recent and historical serious case reviews published please click here for the NSPCC link.
Thurrock Serious Case Reviews
SERIOUS CASE REVIEW - "HARRY" Published June 2017
Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Board has been carrying out a Serious Case Review into the circumstances surrounding the support and service provision to a child to be called "HARRY". The independent review will scrutinise and challenge the actions of all agencies and organisations that had an involvement to identify any learning in this case. The LSCB has been working with agencies to ensure learning improvements are made.
A copy of the review is available below to read or download. To assist front line staff we have also produced a booklet of the main findings for easier reference.
SERIOUS CASE REVIEW - "JAMES" Published December 2016
Thurrock’s Local Safeguarding Children’s Board has published a Serious Case Review “James”, a 17-year old Thurrock teenager who was sadly found dead in July 2015.
The findings and outcomes from the review have been shared across those agencies involved. The independent review will scrutinise and challenge the actions of all agencies and organisations that had an involvement to identify any learning in this case. The LSCB has been working with agencies to ensure learning improvements are made.
A copy of the review is available below to read or download. To assist front line staff we have also produced a booklet which can also be read online or downloaded..
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Child Death Reviews
Since 1st April 2008, Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) are required to be notified of the death of any child under 18 years whether from natural, unnatural, known or unknown causes, at home, in hospital or in the community.
The purpose is to:
Collect and analyse information about all local childhood deaths (0-18) with a view to identifying:
cases requiring serious case review
matters of concern affecting the safety and welfare of children
wider public health or safety concerns arising from a particular death or from a pattern of deaths
Undertake a co-ordinated agency response to all unexpected deaths of children.
The three LSCBs in Essex (Southend, Essex andThurrock) have jointly developed a Child Death Review Process. The latest guidance documents and forms for professionals can be accessed via the Essex Safeguarding Children Board website www.escb.co.uk and then follow the link for Child Death Reviews and Rapid Response.
The LSCB produce an Annual Report which provides information that will assist professionals in understansding child death. Although some child deaths are unavoidable, there are occasions where we may be able to reduce this risk when there are aspects known in childrens services as modifiable factors. These are things that we may be able to change, through the lifestyle that we live or through better safety precautions.
Child Death Overview Panels (CDOP)
Across Essex there are a number of Child Death Overview Panels to look at cases of an unexpected child death in their local area. It is not the responsibility of the Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) to attempt to discover the cause of death; this remains the responsibility of the coroner or doctor who signs the medical certificate. We want to reassure families that the purpose of the inquiry is not to apportion blame for the death but to identify how relevant agencies can perform more effectively in the future.
The purpose of having these panels is to identify any lessons that can be learnt and if there are any matters of concern affecting the safety of children
The Panel will :
- Review cases where the death was unexpected,
- Identify which aspects of the case were modifiable and could subsequently be handled differently in future cases,
- Make recommendations to the LSCB’s partner agencies to facilitate better management of comparable situations in the future,
- Refer the case back to the LSCB if suspicion of neglect or abuse arises that may meet the criteria for a serious case review.
- Identify trends and concerns over a wider area.
HOW CAN WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE
The Thurrock LSCB has been looking at some of those areas where it can assist in raising awareness of factors that may affect or impact on child death. The LSCB has been conducting campaigns around water safety and safer sleeping to highlight some of the things that can be done to minimise that risk.
For more information on safer sleeping, there is a variety of information and guidance to support you.
If you would like any further information please contact the LSCB Business Team.
Revised SET Child Protection Procedures 2019 now launched!
Today sees the launch of the revised SET Child Protection Procedures. A copy of the procedures can be found here. This document lists the updated chapters and any impact on practice.
As stated in our previous communication, there will be a further update later this year.
In early October 2019 we intend to publish another updated version of the SET Child Protection Procedures that takes into account the new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements across Southend, Essex and Thurrock, as well as information sharing processes. This will reflect changes in legislation and statutory guidance.
You will be updated on the progress of the stage 2 publication later in the year.
LSCP Documents you may find helpful
This section of the website aims to provide you with details of recent safeguarding documents , research and news items that we hope will assist you in your roles.
It will include details of various local Policies, procedures and Strategies developed by the Board
If you have details of a report or other useful information that those working in safeguarding children could benefit from, please let us know and we will consider adding to this page.
Thurrock Neglect Strategy 2016-2019.pdf
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LSCB Risk Assessment Group (RAG) Referral Form
LSCB Risk Assessment Group Referral Form
Working Together 2015.pdf
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Self Harm Toolkit
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Please explore the options on the side for useful information and publications on the subject of child sexual exploitation along with local forms and guidance for practitioners.
Definition of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Sexual exploitation of Children and Young People under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive 'something' (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them, sexual activities. Child Sexual Exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the child's immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the Internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain. In all cases, those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child or young person's limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability.
SET CSE STRATEGY
Thurrock LSCB has joined with its Southend and Essex Board partners to develop an Essex wide CSE strategy that supports children from across the County.
The strategy outlines the overarching approach to tackling child sexual exploitation across SET, and provides a coherent Essex-wide response which is both needs-led and outcomes-focused.
If you have concerns about a child or young person who may be at risk of sexual explotation,please open the file below and follow the guidance.
In April 2017, Southend, Essex and Thurrock (SET) agreed a common approach to the role of the CSE Champion. There have been a number of staff changes since then, alongside changes in data protection requirements. It is now timely that we update and refresh our records.
The purpose of the CSE Champion role is to:
Be a key contact for staff within an organisation/department to go to for support and advice in relation to CSE.
Be a key contact for SET LSCBs to share updates, resources and examples of good practice.
To raise awareness of CSE within their organisation.
CSE Champion responsibilities include:
Keeping up to date with local CSE arrangements, such as how and who to share concerns about CSE with and referral process
Disseminating relevant information, campaigns, updates and resources internally within their organisation/department
Keeping up to date with local policy and procedures in relation to CSE
Acting as a Point of Contact (POC) regarding CSE within their organisation/department
Providing advice and signposting in relation to individual cases
Providing advice and signposting in relation to the SET CSE Toolbox including the CSE Risk and Vulnerability Assessment
Thurrock Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) will maintain the contact details for all Thurrock CSE Champions and will ensure that information, training and awareness is provided to enable them to fulfil their role as a Champion. Champions should also ensure they keep Thurrock LSCB updated should they leave the organisation/department, or should they resume the CSE Champions role within a different organisation/department.
To support your CSE Champion role, Thurrock LSCB will give you access to a secure area within the Thurrock LSCB website which will provide you with local and national updates in relation to CSE and you will be notified by the Thurrock LSCB Business Team each time this is updated.
Thurrock LSCB expects that all Champions have the active support of their organisation and senior managers.
These standards ensure that all CSE Champions across SET have achieved a specific level of training / development and knowledge to ensure they are able to fulfil the role expectations.
Please Note: if you are already an existing CSE Champion You will need to re-register so our records are up to date. You may also register for the first time to become a CSE Champion, by completing the Registration Form below.
If you see or hear something that you feel is not right, dont wait for someone else to do something. The smallest piece of information could be the crucial piece of the jigsaw the Police or Social Care need to make the picture complete.
Working with our Partners the SET Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Strategic Group have agreed an intelligence process to capture intelligence on CSE
If you become aware of information or intelligence that will support our aim of preventing CSE please take the time to complete the information report which is available below. If you are unsure ask a CSE champion or your Safeguarding lead.
Managing Allegations against Adults in a position of trust who work with children - LADO
Children can become victims of abuse and exploitation by those who work with them in any setting. They have been found to be vulnerable in all organisational settings including social care, education, health care, the leisure industry and in faith communities.
Section 7 of the SET procedures for Allegations against staff or volunteers, who work with children, is based on the framework for dealing with allegations made against an adult who works with children and should be followed by all organisations providing services for children and young people.
Compliance with these procedures will help to ensure that allegations are dealt with consistently and in a timely manner; that a thorough, proportionate and fair process is followed and that processes are open to challenge.
Arrangements for managing concerns or allegations of this nature should be robust and effective in keeping children safe. All allegations should be taken seriously, approached with an open mind, and not be driven by preconceived opinions about whether a child has or has not been harmed.
Who to refer concerns to:
To report a concern or allegation to the Thurrock LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) that an adult working or volunteering with children:
- Has or may have harmed a child
- May have committed a criminal offence related to a child and / or
- Behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children
Step 1: If your workplace has a Designated Safeguarding Lead who deals with allegations contact them. They must contact the Thurrock LADO within 24 hours of any situation arising at 01375 652921
Step 2: If your workplace does not have a Designated Safeguarding Lead you must contact the Thurrock LADO directly on 01375 652921.
Step 3: In an emergency outside office hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01375 372468. They will ensure that the matter is passed promptly to the Thurrock LADO, and assist in initiating any priority safeguarding activities.
The Thurrock LADO must be contacted within 24 hours of any situation arising as above.
Role of the Thurrock LADO
The Thurrock LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) promotes a safer children’s workforce by providing effective guidance, advice and investigation oversight to cases.
Thurrock LADO may be able to offer advice and assist with communication in situations which sit outside the statutory criteria, albeit at the discretion of the LADO Officer and where the broader goals of a safer children’s workforce are relevant.
The service will give advice on how concerns or allegations should be investigated, including if a referral needs to be raised with the Police and/or Children’s Social Care. Thurrock LADO is not directly responsible for investigatory activities but will actively support any investigation, and give advice around a range of parameters including suspension, possible media interest, when to tell the adult, and ensure all interested parties are appropriately linked together.
Thurrock LADO will retain oversight of individual cases to ensure concerns or allegations are investigated thoroughly in a fair and timely manner, and will advise in relation to any subsequent duties to communicate with regulatory bodies and/or the DBS. For more information please download the Thurrock LADO Poster and Thurrock LADO Leaflet.
To make a referral to the Thurrock LADO, please click here to download the referral form.
Brighter Futures Strategy
The Brighter futures Strategy describes how all partners will work together to plan and deliver a range of provision to support children, young people and their families at the earliest opportunity. It is based on the views of children and their families as well as local and national evidence on what works.
Please see link below and circulate within your organisations to those professionals working to safeguard the children of Thurrock:-
Brighter Futures Strategy
Signs of Safety
Signs of Safety in Thurrock
Thurrock is adopting Signs of Safety as our way of working with families because this will support us to achieve the type of service that children, young people, parents and carers have told us they want. Best practice is child-focused, solution-orientated, and respectful and inclusive of families, and this is what we want to achieve through adopting Signs of Safety.
Where Signs of Safety has been adopted by other local authorities it has been welcomed by families. Families have reported that (often for the first time) they are clear about what services expect from them. Families particularly like that their views and strengths are acknowledged as well as their weaknesses understood.
Signs of Safety is now widely recognised internationally as the leading approach to child protection casework. It provides a clear framework for how to do the work within children’s services, how to build relationships with families and work effectively with them to achieve strong outcomes for children and young people.
Signs of Safety will change the way we work so that we can involve families fully in decision making. It will affect:
- how we carry out assessments and how we create plans
- the types of questions we ask
- how we conduct meetings
- the language we use and how we explain what’s happening
You will be asked to talk about:
- What's working well
- What we're worried about
- How worried you are on a scale of 0-10
- What needs to happen
Guidance on using Signs of Safety
Click here to go to the dedicated page of resources and Guidance on how to use Signs of Safety within early help and prevention at CAF, child in need and child protection, and services for cared
Signs of Safety Training
The two different options for Signs of Safety training, dates and how to book are included below.
2 Day Training
Who is it aimed at? Practitioners who work directly with families, and their line managers
What does it cover? What Signs of Safety is, how to use it in practice, and tools for working together with children, young people and families. The two day covers similar content to the half day but goes into more detail on using the practice and includes practising applying the approach to live cases.
To find out more information about this training, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Half Day Training
Who is it aimed at? Anyone who works with families and needs to know about Signs of Safety and what it involves.
What does it cover? What Signs of Safety is, how to use it in practice, and tools for working together with children, young people and families. The half day course is a concise version of the 2 day course.
To find out more information about this training, please contact email@example.com
Guidance on using Signs of Safety
Signs of Safety was developed in child protection services, so this is the umbrella term that we use for the approach. When we use Signs of Safety within different services we adapt it to those situations and it is known as:
- Signs of Wellbeing at prevention and early help (CAF)
- Signs of Safety at child in need and child protection
- Signs of Stability for work with cared for children and young people and care leavers
- Resources for work in each of these areas are included below.
Children & Young People
Welcome to our page of information and advice for young people in Thurrock
The content will include links to usefull sites, information that can either be printed of or downloaded to your computer. In time we hope to be able to prive APPS that you can add to your mobile phones and devices.
We would welcome feedback from young people in Thurrock. So if you know of any information that you think would be helpful for young people to be aware of.......Let us know and we will try and include on this page.
http://thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk/ A useful site with advice, guidance, how to spot the signs of abuse. Worth a look.
LSCB Blog - Have your say
Help us keep you safe
Feb 19, 2016
We really need your help. Us adults want to do the right thing, but are not always aware of whats happening out there and whats trending and whats "In" or "out". Thats where you can help.
The BIG Question: What can be done to make you feel safer in Thurrock. Over to you........
Whats the number one website being used?
Whats your favourite App?
The internet can be an exciting place to learn and have fun, but sometimes you may see something that makes you feel worried or sad. If that happens, tell an adult you trust and they can help. This could be:-
- Your mum, dad or carer
- Another family member
- Your teacher or another adult at your school
- Another grown up who looks after you
Playing games, chatting, and sharing photos and videos can be fun.
If you ever feel worried, upset or scared about something that happens online, tell an adult you trust. They will be able to help you. Whatever happened, it's not your fault.
Click on each button below for advice about safe ways to game, chat and share online. – Coming Soon!
Lets keep the internet fun? Get advice about keeping yourself and your friends safe.
Voluntary, Community & Faith Sectors
Church, Worship and Faith Groups
We appreciate there are many demands facing all organisations. Safeguarding children is everyones business, but those responsibilities do not need to be complex.
Churches, other places of worship and faith based organisations provide a wide range of activities for children and young people. They are some of the largest providers of children and youth work, and have an important role in safeguarding children and supporting families.
Religious leaders, staff and volunteers who provide services in places of worship and in faith based organisations will have various degrees of contact with children.
Like other organisations that work with children, churches, other places of worship and faith based organisations need to have appropriate arrangements in place for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. These arrangements should include:
- Procedures for staff and others to report concerns that they have about the children they meet that in accordance with Thurrock Safeguarding Children Board (SET) procedures for protecting children which can be found in the child protection section of these procedures by following the link or in our "about us" section of this website.
- Appropriate codes of practice for staff, particularly those working directly with children, such as those issued by the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) or their denomination or faith group
- Recruitment procedures in accordance with Safe from Harm (Home office, 1993) principles and local (SET) procedures, alongside training and supervision of staff (paid or voluntary)
Churches and faith organisations can seek advice on child protection issues from CCPAS and Thurrock Safeguarding Children Board, who can help with policies and procedures
CCPAS operates a national 24 hour telephone helpline for churches, other places of worship and faith based groups and individuals, providing advice and support on safeguarding issues.
As appropriate, churches, other places of worship and faith organisations should report all allegations against people who work with children to the Local Authority Designated Officer(LADO), and notify the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) of any relevant information so that those who pose a risk to vulnerable groups can be identified and barred. In addition where they are a charity all serious incidents need reporting to the Charity Commission.
It is essential that faith communities have in place effective arrangements for working with sexual and violent offenders who wish to worship and be part of their religious community. This should include a contract of behaviour stipulating the boundaries an offender would be expected to keep. Faith communities should consult the MAPPA Guidance (2009) issued by the National Offender Management Service Public Protection Unit which specifically addresses ‘Offenders and Worship’.