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.
Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges
Ofsted has called for a review of school safeguarding policies to ensure that victims of sexual abuse are supported effectively. The review, follows concerns raised online in recent months, including on the Everyone’s Invited website.
To read the statement from the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership click here.
Resolution of Professional Disagreements about Safeguarding Children
Occasionally situations arise when workers within one agency feel that the actions, inaction or decisions of another agency do not adequately safeguard or promote the welfare of a child. The purpose of the Resolution and Escalation protocol is to ensure that in such situations issues between agencies are resolved in a timely manner. To read the protocol in full 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..