Surrey Integrated Substance Misuse Service – Tier 4 Inpatient Detoxification Consultation

Surrey County Council (Public Health), Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) and Catalyst are consulting with local residents and partners about changes to drug and alcohol detoxification services for adults, including community and inpatient provision. The consultation period around the provision of Tier 4 inpatient drug and alcohol detoxification services is due to

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Make a difference this Foster Care Fortnight (14 – 27 May

This Foster Care Fortnight, Surrey County Council is urging residents to find out more about fostering. We need carers for all ages, from newborn to 18 and for our Supported Lodgings Scheme for young people aged 16-21. If you want to know more about becoming a foster carer call the team on 0800 096 9626

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Domestic abuse awareness week Monday 11 June 2018 – Friday 15 June 2018

Domestic Abuse awareness week will take place this year from Monday 11 June 2018 – Friday 15 June 2018. The aim of the week will be to increase awareness around the signs to look out for that a family member or friend could be in an abusive relationship.  The call to action will be to

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Signs of Safety model of practice for Child Protection Conferences

Please see the new briefing note which updates partner agencies on the implementation of Signs of Safety model of practice for Child Protection Conferences.     It is designed to update practitioners working with children and their families on what’s happened so far with regards to the implementation of the Signs of Safety approach in Surrey and

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Surrey Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy

The 2018 update of the Surrey Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is now published and available online.

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Surrey domestic abuse strategy

This Surrey domestic abuse strategy 2018-2023 has now been published on the Healthy Surrey website.  https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/your-health/domestic-abuse/professionals/  

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Surrey Police Partnership Intelligence

Surrey Police is relaunching and increasing awareness of the Partnership Intelligence Form; a means for partners to quickly and efficiently share intelligence. New step by step guidance has been drafted and there is a new simplified version of the form. Simply follow the guidance and submit to: partnership.intelligence@surrey.pnn.police.uk This is not a means to: report

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National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 18 March 2018

National Charity NWG Network asks all to unite against child sexual exploitation for their National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Day – 18th March 2018 The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to

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National Safeguarding Month

To mark the start of National Safeguarding Month on 28th February, UK Youth, the largest national body for the youth sector, is calling on all organisations that work with young people to Stop what they’re doing, Look at their safeguarding practices, Listen to young people and take action before the end of March. The month

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Together for Young Carers

A partnership event: promoting a range of innovate co-designed initiatives developed with young carers Thursday 19 April 2018 10am – 3pm: Dorking Halls Cinema To find out more click here  

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Message from the Director of Surrey Children’s Services

Dear Colleagues Our overall ambition for children in Surrey is that each and every one of them is happy, healthy, safe and confident in their future. Our absolute priority for all of those children who need our help, care and protection is that they are ‘seen, safe and heard’. The way we work with children

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6th February – Safer Internet Day 2018

Safer Internet Day (Tuesday 6 February) is about promoting the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. This year’s focus is ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you’.

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‘A People Uncounted’

Surrey Gypsy Traveller Communities Forum presents an award winning film …‘A People Uncounted’  

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Surrey celebrates ‘White Ribbon County’ award for tackling violence against woman and girls

The commitment of agencies in tackling violence against women and girls has been hailed in Surrey after it was recently announced as only the second official ‘White Ribbon County’ in the UK. The White Ribbon Campaign is part of a global movement to put a stop to male violence against women and girls. It focuses

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#amisafe domestic abuse campaign launched 1 December 2017

A new social media campaign has been launched by the Surrey Against Domestic Abuse Partnership that will shine a light on the complex nature of an abusive relationship. The campaign has been designed to engage audiences with ‘snack-able’ content over the coming weeks, so that within no more than a few seconds at a time,

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STOP, SPEAK, SUPPORT – Royal Foundation’s Cyberbullying Taskforce campaign launches

The Royal Foundation’s Cyberbullying Taskforce campaign – Stop, Speak, Support – was launched Thursday 16 November.  The campaign is led by the Royal Foundation, with support from partners, including NSPCC, Google, Facebook, Snapchat and the Diana Awards, The campaign has been designed by young people for young people and it aims to help young people stop cyberbullying,

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SSCB Conference: 22 November 2017

Book now to secure your place at this year’s SSCB annual conference which is being held on 22 November 2017 at Epsom Downs Racecourse. The theme is adolescents and their wellbeing with a focus on mental health.  A variety of renowned speakers will present their work and delegates will have the opportunity to attend workshops

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CSE Action Plan Updated

Today, the SSCB has updated its CSE Action Plan and published a summary of progress to date . The actions contained in the new plan have been agreed by all partners and reflect the feedback we have had from a wide range of stakeholders, including children and their families, inspectorates and front-line staff from across

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White Ribbon Campaign

White Ribbon Campaign The White Ribbon Campaign aims to educate and raise awareness of violence against women, and to engage men in these issues. Wearing a White Ribbon is a personal Pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women. Each year, on 25 November, the White Ribbon Campaign urges as many

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New CSE Procedures now live

The SSCB has published revised CSE procedures. Staff across all agencies with responsibilities for CSE, or those members of staff working directly with children should familiarise themselves with these new procedures. The new CSE procedures support the introduction of improved delivery structures, which went live on the 1st July 2017. Key changes include: Area Missing

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BBC One Drama Three Girls on – Grooming and Sex Trafficking Case in Rochdale

Three Girls will  broadcast over three consecutive nights from Tuesday 16th May – Thursday 18th May on BBC One.   Holly (Molly Windsor) is new to Rochdale and keen to make friends and fit in. She finds herself drawn into a world she cannot escape, despite her pleas for help. It’s a world that is

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Sexual health services in Surrey are changing from 1st April

From 1st April 2017, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) began the delivery of services in Surrey. We have updated our sexual health pages on Healthy Surrey to reflect these changes and when they will happen. The website will be updated as the service evolves. These pages also outline the sexual health

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Operation Makesafe – Working with local businesses to combat CSE

Operation Makesafe – Working with local businesses to combat CSE Makesafe is an initiative focused on ensuring that people working in the business sector are aware of the early warning signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE). Local and national evidence shows that CSE can take place in hotels, pubs, cafés and places licenced to sell

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ACT: Action Counters Terrorism advertising campaign

With the terror threat becoming increasingly complex and varied, police are calling on communities to act on their instincts to help prevent atrocities taking place in the UK and overseas. The 6th March 2017 saw the launch of a national campaign by Counter Terrorism Policing urging the public to act on their instincts to help

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CSE Awareness Month launches 1st March 2017

CSE Awareness Month – March 2017 Today (1st March) marks the launch of a month of activity to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) within Surrey. A range of events and initiatives are planned aimed at children and their families, professionals working with children as well local businesses. CSE is a form of child

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Government announces new definition of CSE

The Department for Education has published a revised definition of CSE. The new definition is non-statutory, and has been produced to help practitioners, local leaders and decision makers who work with children and families to identify child sexual exploitation and take appropriate action in response. This includes the management, disruption and prosecution of perpetrators. The

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SSCB half day event March 2017 – Boys and sexual exploitation: Recognise the signs and know what to do

This is a FREE event for both SSCB partners and non-partners.  Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017 Times: Half day event, 9.00am – 12.00pm or 1.00pm to 4.00 pm Venue: Dorking Halls Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1SG Speakers: Karl Mittelstadt (SSCB) Maria Edwards (Surrey Police) Phil Mitchel (BLAST), Parent’s perspective. Aim: To raise awareness and improve

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SSCB CSE Strategy and Action Plan 2016 -17 published

Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy and Action Plan published Surrey Safeguarding Children’ Board (SSCB) has published a revised CSE Strategy and Action Plan, both these documents can be found on our Professionals Guidance and Resources pages. The strategy and action plan respond to findings from the recent CSE Peer Review. This is the first time that

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Surrey Levels of Need (Threshold) Document

The revised Levels of Need Document has been published.

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Contacting the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

If you are concerned about the safety of a child, you can contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on: 0300 470 9100 – Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Outside of these hours, call on 01483 517898 to speak to the emergency duty team. In an emergency where you are concerned for the child’s immediate safety you should

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Keeping Children Safe in Education

The Department for Education has published updated statutory guidance for schools and colleges on keeping children safe in education. This guidance should be read alongside statutory guidance ‘Working together to safeguard children’ and departmental advice ‘What to do if you are worried a child is being abused: Advice for practitioners’. All substantive changes from the

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Children Missing Education

The Department of Education has published updated statutory guidance for local authorities in England on identifying children missing education. This guidance replaces the January 2015 version and will next be reviewed by September 2019.

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Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016)

The updated statutory guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016)’ will come into force for schools in England on 5 September 2016. The NSPCC has published a summary of key changes to the guidance. The summary can be found here.

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SSCB Conference 2016

Hold the date! The Surrey Safeguarding Children Board is holding a one-day conference with the title ‘Beneath the Radar’ on 16/11/2016 at Epsom Downs racecourse. Topics will include: child trafficking and modern slavery, boys and CSE, honor based violence, disguised compliance etc. Partner agencies are invited to have market stalls at this event. If you

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Wood Review of LSCBs

The Government commissioned Alan Wood to undertake a review of the effectiveness of LSCBs and recommend future improvements. The results of the review have now been published along with the Government response. Both the review and the response can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wood-review-of-local-safeguarding-children-boards

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Female Genital Mutilation Procedure

The government has published new multi-agency statutory guidance on FGM. We have amended our related procedure to include links to the updated guidance and are currently reviewing the FGM procedure. We will post a note when the review is completed and the updated FGM procedure is published.

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Child Safety Week

  Child Safety Week 6 – 12 June 2016 It’s child safety week! The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) runs Child Safety Week every year and this year’s theme is ‘Turn off technology’ Please visit CAPT’s webpages for free resources, an action pack, information for parents and ideas about how to get involved.  

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SSCB Leaflet

We have a new leaflet!!! The SSCB support team has produced a new leaflet outlining the Board’s responsibilites and details of partner agencies. Please contact the support team at amanda.quincey@surreycc.gov.uk if you would like printed copies to distribute to professionals, parents and children. Alternatively, click here to download the leaflet.

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Safeguarding Training

All professionals who need to complete safeguarding training, please click here to access our booking system. We will continue with our existing booking system for all courses until the end of July 2016. From September 2016 onwards you will be able to book your training through the new booking platform that will run on this

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Child Safety Week focuses on turning technology off

Child Safety Week, run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, takes place on 6–12 June 2016. The theme for this year is ‘Turn off technology for safety’ – encouraging parents to turn off technology at crucial times in the day so that they give their children their focus and keep them safer. The week aims

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Critical thinking resources

Childnet has created a resource to support teachers in exploring critical thinking online. ‘Trust Me’ helps teachers to start the conversation around extremism and extreme online content, and to help them to educate young people around inaccurate and pervasive information they may come across. The resource has been developed in partnership with the London Grid

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Disqualification by association’ changes being consulted on

The government has launched a consultation on changes to the current ‘disqualification by association’ arrangements – whereby a childcare worker can be disqualified from their role if someone who lives or works in their household is convicted of an offence that would bar them from working with children. The aim is to improve the fairness

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