Redbridge local safeguarding children board

News:      5 June 2024

New!  Action for Children Advocacy Service for 16 and 17 Year-Olds

Action for Children is now offering a dedicated advocacy service specifically for 16 and 17 year-olds.  The referral form is available via the link below:

What this means for young people:

  • Know Your Rights: This service empowers them to understand their options for safe and secure housing under Section 20 of the Children Act.
  • Get the Support You Deserve: Trained advocates will guide them through the process and ensure their voices are heard and they have impartial advice around there housing situation.
  • Peace of Mind: This service can help navigate a difficult situation and offer a path towards stability.

How We Can Help:

  • Let’s make sure all staff are aware and actively promote this service:
    • At the point of referral
    • At the point of identification: When social care identifies potential homelessness or family breakdown.

Spreading the Word:

The more young people know about this service, the easier it is for them to access the support they deserve.  Let’s work together to ensure Redbridge youth have a safe place to call home!

New!  Learning Resource for Social Care Providers

Grey Matter Learning is a resource made freely available for any professional or volunteer delivering social care within Redbridge/North East London.  This includes family and friends carers, personal assistants and other roles.  Find out more about the on-line training available by requesting an account via e-mail:

NSPCC Learning Briefing – The voice of the child:  learning from case reviews

The NSPCC have published a useful briefing which pulls together learning from case reviews on the voice of the child and how that is essential in relation to effective safeguarding practice.

RSCP Spring Newsletter

Our latest newsletter is now available to download:

DfE Information Sharing Guidance

The Department for Education (DfE) have published revised guidance on information sharing for practitioners providing safeguarding services for children, young people, parents and carers.  This can be accessed via the link below:

National Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel Annual Report 2022 – 2023

The National Panel has published a report from 2022 – 2023 which can be accessed via the link below:

The NSPCC have published a useful summary of the report as a CASPER Briefing:

Duty to Refer – Homelessness

Guidance has been issued for professionals by the Local Authority on the duty to refer when a family are at risk of homelessness.

RSCP Multi-Agency Child Neglect Toolkit

Our Neglect Toolkit has had a refresh and is ready for use.  The full Toolkit and Guidance and the Checklist can be downloaded from below or on the neglect page in the professionals are of the website.

If you need training on neglect, check out the Understanding Neglect Course on our Training Programme.

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Training Programme 2023 – 2024

Our new Programme is now out and bookings are open.  It covers a range of essential safeguarding topics based on understanding safeguarding risks, contextual safeguarding and child on child abuse, and working together safeguard and create safer settings.  Some examples of what we have included are:

  • Children’s Mental Health
  • Safeguarding Children with Disabilities
  • Harmful Sexual Behaviours and the Brook Traffic Light Tool
  • Understanding Neglect
  • Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding Children
  • Supervising Safeguarding Practice

Information on booking etc. can be found in the Programme and in the Notes for Training Attendees and Managers.  Spaces are limited and we expect some of our courses to sell out so get in quickly with your bookings.

Private Fostering Arrangements

Are you aware of a child who is being cared for by someone who is not a close relative for a period of more than 28 days?  If so, they may be part of a private fostering arrangement.  This is where someone who is not a close relative cares for a child under the aged of sixteen (or eighteen if the child has a disability).  A close relative is considered to be an aunt, grandparent, step-parent, or a sibling.  Other family members, for example, cousins or great aunts, are not classed as close relatives under the definition of private fostering.  An example of a private fostering arrangement is a child from overseas, such as a student, being hosted by a family whilst being educated in the UK.  All private fostering arrangements should be notified to the Local Authority.  In Redbridge, this can be undertaken by contacting Children’s Services via 020 8708 3885 or by e-mail via .  More information is available on private fostering on the Council’s website.