Welcome to our January 2022 Partnership newsletter. Happy New Year! I hope you have had some rest and reflection to prepare for this new year. Excitingly, a new multi-agency reflective space, Think Space, is developing in February - read on below for some further information.
Many thanks to the Quality and Innovation Subgroup members for driving this initiative. This newsletter also features new tools to identify and respond to concerns of Child Sexual Abuse including Harmful Sexual Behaviour, as part of our local learning, and an encouragement to hear the voice of the child.
Looking forward, our Partnership vision is "Working Together to keep children's safety and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do". We are setting our KRSCP Priorities 2022-24: help us shape our children safeguarding priorities and realise our vision in Kingston and Richmond - fill in our survey here to let us know your views by the end of January.
And finally, many congratulations to our local Young People at Waldegrave School, Richmond, who have kindly developed our local annual report 2020-21 into an accessible youth version here.
Public Health Training Needs Survey Richmond
We would like as many people as possible to take 5 minutes of their time to complete the survey which will help inform commissioning of any future training in the topic areas of mental health, sexual health and substance misuse.
Please complete here.
KRSCP Reflective Model - Pilot 'Think Space'
A reflective space for all practitioners
What is it?
The aim of the pilot ‘Think Space’ is to do something different, to steer away from direct discussion of the child/family and to focus on the professionals, encouraging participants to reflect on their own and other people's experience to generate ideas about how to address
difficulties and build the strength and resilience needed with complex cases.
When is it?
January - July 2022
Children and families will be chosen or referred to the space through the
Watch out for the Think Space posters and communications from January 2022.
This is particularly upsetting for staff and volunteers in any setting to contemplate, as we need to think the unthinkable, that "loving" parents, family members or friends have sexually
abused their children; that siblings have sexually abused each other or that a parent is allowing their child to be abused by other adults or children, and can't keep their child safe.
Children and adults often find it difficult to disclose sexual abuse, especially with words, but there may be other signs and indicators that the child is being abused and groomed. We may see sexualised behaviour that is outside the developmental expectations for the child, sexually transmitted infections or pregnancy, a change in behaviour and friendships, or other indicators of distress and fear. Behaviour is communication, and children need their behaviour to be noticed and validated. Remember that some children are more vulnerable to abuse, such as those who have a disability. Find out more here.
CSA Centre research tells us that more than one in ten children had been sexually abused by the age of 16; this is much higher for girls (15%) than for boys (5%). The vast majority (more than four-fifths) of police investigations into child sexual abuse do not progress to charge and prosecution, or out-ofcourt resolution (Karsna & Kelly, 2021). Sibling sexual abuse is thought to be the most common form of intra-familial child sexual abuse, perhaps up to three times as common as sexual abuse of a child by a parent (Krienert and Walsh,
2011; Stroebel et al, 2013). In the UK, there is often poor identification of “safe adults” or non-abusing parents, an insufficient understanding of the importance of assessment and analysis of these adults’ ability to be protective, making sense of what undermines this and what support is needed.
Learning how to work with CSA is a national and local priority and we have some new tools here from the CSA Centre:
Signs and Indicators of Child Sexual Abuse
Part of the spectrum of concerns under the umbrella of Child Sexual Abuse is Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB).
We all need a common language, shared understanding and terminology when we talk about our concerns for children and young people and ways to work with them and their families to keep safe.
Please find our HSB advice sheet and a suitcase of PSHE (Personal,Social, Health, Economic Education) resources here.
Guide for Parents
HSB - learning from case reviews from 2018. NSPCC Learning has published a
Multi-Agency Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) Training will be rolling out in April 2022.
Practitioners HSB Helpline
This is a support service for professionals in England who are working with children and young people who are displaying Harmful Sexual Behaviour. This is funded by the Home Office in collaboration with the Department for Education. The service, provided by SWGfL and the Marie Collins Foundation, will provide advice and support for professionals on how to respond if a child they are working with is displaying HSB. It will also signpost to further
resources and advice.
To contact the helpline by email, please click here or call our helpline practitioners on 0344 225 062.
The service is available from 8am to 8pm on Monday to Friday.
The Voice of the Child
Learning and Development
KRSCP is committed to continuing to deliver high-standard safeguarding training. KRSCP has decided to continue to deliver training to ensure practitioners and professionals are empowered and equipped to safeguard those they support, however until further notice, KRSCP training takes place as remote live webinars, unless otherwise stated.
Parental Mental Ill-Health Conference
Date: 25th February 2022
Time: 9:30am - 1pm
Part of our local learning has led to our deep dive theme of Parental Mental Ill-Health and the impact on children. Please come to our free online learning event for all who work or volunteer with adults or children, looking at:
Book here to come along!
As a Partnership, we have had to take a difficult decision to save money by suspending some of our multi-agency additional safeguarding training. We are continuing to provide Levels 2, 3 and Refresher Safeguarding courses. We hope further courses will be reinstated in the future. In the short term we are planning to establish training sessions and events on a variety of safeguarding topics using local experts and trainer providers who will deliver for us at no cost. If you know of anybody who would like to join our pool of local trainers please contact: email@example.com KRSCP Learning & Development Manager.
To see the wider range of courses available and to book a place, please click here.
If you work within education and are interested in going on any of these courses and you can apply here.
We also have a range of Safeguarding eLearning modules available through MeLearning. To find out more click here.
KRSCP has developed a range of webcasts on a range of safeguarding topics including Think Family, Vicarious Trauma and Safe Sleep. These can be viewed as part of your own personal CPD or as part of team meetings or other group learning. The webcasts aim to stimulate reflection, discussion and debate on current safeguarding themes and issues. The webcasts can be seen via the link here.
Save the Date!
Our free virtual Safe in Faith half-day Conference on 27th April is for any religious groups in Kingston and Richmond, focussing this year on Online Safety. Hear from the NSPCC and our LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) who supports organisations when an allegation is made against a staff member or volunteer. Book your place here.
For more information, please contact Tracey Welding, Deputy Partnership
Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org.