The Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership is independently chaired and consists of three key partners. In Birmingham the Local Authority, Birmingham & Solihull CCG and West Midlands Police share equal responsibility for developing and leading the partnership arrangements. For more information on our local arrangements and to download a copy of the Business Improvement Plan 2019/21 click here.
“Birmingham is a family friendly city where children will flourish, feel safe, listened to, learn and grow up, able to actively contribute to society.”
Worried about a child?
Outside of normal office hours please call 0121 675 4806 for the Emergency Duty Team
For more information about making a referral and to access the Request for Support form - click here.
Tackling Child Exploitation in the Context of the Pandemic
Virtual Practitioners’ Conference – Microsoft Teams
Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th June 2021
Six sessions will take place over two days on 23rd and 24th June 2021, and you can register for all or any of the sessions you wish! (Please ensure that you are able to attend all sessions that you are registered for).
Don’t miss your opportunity to register for the BSCP conference. For more information and to book click here.
How To Make the Most of your Section 175 Safeguarding Audit Webinar
Thursday 17th June 2021 3.45pm to 5pm
The Section 175 audit is an assessment of safeguarding within school settings. As all schools and settings spend time completing this, it is important to ensure that the S175 benefits schools as well as the LSCP and Local Authority.
The webinar will look at how LSCPs uses this information and the common issues that Designated Safeguarding Leads face when completing this annual task as well as ideas on ensuring that your;
1. Time is spent in productive activity
2. Safeguarding journey is documented accurately
3. Data analysis reflects the additional complexities of 2020-21
4. Assessment of your whole school safeguarding system is relevant to new/increased needs.
To book you place click here.
Think before going Cunch - Raising awareness of County Lines
County Lines is a form of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) where gangs and organised crime networks will exploit children and use them to transport drugs. Perpetrators will use dedicated mobile phone 'Lines' to manage their criminal activity, taking place between different towns and cities.
To find out more about County Lines and how can you find out about support available to children, young people and parents click here.
‘Who’s in Charge?’ campaign launched aims to reduce child harm danger
To coincide with the easing of lockdown restrictions on Monday, 12 April, a hard-hitting video campaign is urging adults to remember to ask the critical question ‘Who’s in Charge?’ if they plan to drink alcohol while responsible for children.
Members of two households are allowed to have outdoor gatherings in parks and other public spaces such as bars, pubs and restaurants in England from today. While welcoming the benefits to physical and mental wellbeing, public health experts are urging adults to be responsible when drinking alcohol in a multi-generational group and maintain awareness of the safety of children in their care.
The campaign from the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership and Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust was launched in response to increasing concerns that growing numbers of babies and children are at risk of serious harm because of the way some parents and carers consume alcohol – both at home and at outdoor gatherings.
It urges parents, and others with responsibility for children, to be aware of a range of potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol while caring for children and to always have a ready answer to the question ‘’Who’s in Charge?’
For more information on the campaign and to watch the video click here.
Team Around the School – a database of local Early Help resources
Birmingham Children’s Partnership has set up a new team of multi-agency professionals around every school. Schools now have a named contact from localities, health, care and police to support them and the pupils they are most worried about. Schools are alert to signs of difficulties at home, mental health needs, exploitation and safeguarding harms, we hope that the new team around the school will be useful for them to easily find help for pupils.
The first line of support for schools is their voluntary sector locality lead for early help. However, they might also want advice on a case from mental health professionals, or to check on a pupil’s needs with an Educational Psychologist or share a concern about domestic abuse with the Police or Family Support.
The same Right Help, Right Time thresholds remain, and safeguarding concerns should be referred to the Children’s Advice and Support Service (CASS). The database is in addition to the early help offer included in the ‘From Birmingham with Love’ package which is still available to all families in Birmingham and can help with food poverty, mental health, domestic violence, financial problems and bereavement. Please continue to promote this offer to families.
Click here to access the database, which includes instructions on how to use it..