News: 07 July 2020
Domestic Abuse Survey for Redbridge Residents
Redbridge Council wants to improve its response to domestic abuse in the Borough. Please help the council by completing this online survey about your understanding and possible experiences of domestic abuse. This is open to all residents and should only take around 8-10 minutes of your time and will be invaluable to helping them better respond to domestic abuse to keep individuals and families in Redbridge safe and well. This survey closes on Wednesday 15th July 2020, please click this link to complete https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=159378471799. Thank you very much for your input.
New! Re-opening of Out of School Settings
The Department for Education (DfE) has issued an update on the re-opening of Out of School Settings. The information provides guidance for parents and carers as well as establishments that hire out their facilities. For providers, the protective measures need to be in place from 4 July.
Providers guidance: Protective measures for Out of School Settings
Parents guidance: Attending an Out of School Setting
Youth Gaming and Gambling Training
The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), a leading National charity, are delivering the UK’s £10million national education programme to those that work with young people (age 7-25), to raise awareness around the potential harms associated with gaming and gambling. A number of 90 minute online training sessions are running in July. Anyone interested can book a place via this link. https://www.ygam.org/book-a-workshop/ . The training covers:
- an overview of how young people are increasingly exposed to gaming and gambling
- the influence of advertising, particularly around sporting events
- the role of social media, in game purchases, loot boxes and Esports
- the signs to look out for when an individual is at risk and where to seek help
- our resources that have been developed for practitioners to deliver
On-line Parenting Courses
InOurPlace Understanding Your Child on-line parenting courses, developed by the Solihull Approach, are now available free of charge to Redbridge residents. There are three different courses available covering the age range from pregnancy into childhood, some of which are in alternative languages. Each course consists of a number of modules. These can be completed at your own pace. The courses are suitable for parents, carers and grandparents and they aim to enhance family life, improving understanding of babies and children.
The material is based upon expert research and the courses have achieved the Government’s CANparent Quality Mark.
Upon completion you can opt to receive a certificate. To view the courses, you will first need to register an account using your e-mail address and then use the access code BRIDGE to obtain free use. More information is available in the flyer (to the left) or view the website.
Mailing Lists – Data Protection Update
In the coming months, the RSCP will be writing to anyone already on our mailing lists asking if they would like to continue to subscribe for the next two years. This mailing may be delayed during the response to the COVID-19 outbreak but if you’ve been on our mailing list since 2018, we will be in touch by September! For more on our data protection policy, please click here, or if you’re not on our mailing lists and would like to be, please complete our online contact form.
Information – COVID-19:
Messages from the Redbridge Youth Council and Child Friendly Redbridge Ambassadors on COVID-19
Check out these short films made by young people on staying safe and protecting others during COVID-19.
Children’s Centres Virtual Services
To help families find a range of activities they could get involved with from home, Children’s Centres in Redbridge have developed Virtual Services. These can be accessed via the Redbridge Children’s Centres website, Facebook and Instagram. Please find links below.
- Web: https://find.redbridge.gov.uk/childrenscentres
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/childrenscentresredbridge/
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/redbridgechildrens_centres?igshid=39wihize2zfl
Redbridge Children’s Centres can also be contacted via e-mail: Childrens.firstname.lastname@example.org
Free digital book for children
Check out https://bit.ly/3bdei8U for details of a free digital book for children about Covid-19, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, covering questions like ‘What is coronavirus ?’, ‘Is there a cure?’ and ‘What can I do to help?’
Advice from SCIE for Safeguarding Children Practitioners
Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has produced guidance and useful reading about safeguarding children and families during the current COVID-19 crisis which includes additional risk factors, abuse and harm, strengths based practice and working with reduced services.
Briefing Note for Volunteers during Coronavirus
The RSCP, along with the Redbridge Safeguarding Adult Board, have produced a short briefing note on safeguarding for use with volunteers. The information provides a general introduction to safeguarding and the role of volunteers in reporting concerns, plus the contact information for both Children and Adult Social Care in the LB Redbridge. It does not replace individual agency safeguarding policies or procedures, nor face-to-face safeguarding training.
Reach Out – Domestic Abuse Service from LB Redbridge
The Borough has a new support service for residents suffering domestic abuse. The service can be contacted via telephone on 0800 145 6410, 09:00 to 17:00, or via e-mail on reachout@Redbridge.gov.uk. Further information is available via the link below:
Press Release from LB Redbridge
The Local Authority have issued a press release urging the public to continue to report child protection concerns during the Coronavirus outbreak and highlighting the role in safeguarding that all can play particularly during lockdown.
Information on changes in arrangements for CP Conferences and Looked After Reviews
Please find below two letters from the Borough’s Safeguarding and Quality Assurance setting out new arrangements for conducting CP Conferences and Looked After Children Reviews going forward. These letters have been sent out to all partner agencies.
- Letter to RSCP Partner Agencies – CP Conferences – 23 03 2020 (PDF 690KB)
- Letter to RSCP Partner Agencies – LAC Reviews – 23 03 2020 (PDF 688KB)
There is also a letter specifically for parents and carers of children who are due to have an Initial Child Protection Conference (ICPC) or a review Conference.
Joining instructions for virtual meetings will be issued with the usual invitation to a Conference or Review, but can also be downloaded via the links below:
- VIRTUAL MEETINGS – Joining instructions for Internal Attendees (Local Authority staff) (PDF 512KB)
- VIRTUAL MEETINGS – Joining instructions for External Attendees (PDF 651KB)
Advice for parents during coronavirus
During the coronavirus outbreak, it may be difficult for parents and carers to know what to do in terms of seeking medical support for children who become unwell or are injured. The poster below, produced by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Heath (RCPCH), provides guidance on where and when to seek support:
Free eLearning Courses Regarding Coronavirus
The Virtual College have released a new range of free relevant courses and resources relating to Coronavirus. Please feel free to share these with the wider workforce as you wish and to anyone that would find them useful:
- Prevent COVID-19
- Infection, Prevention & Control Course
- Prepare to Save a Life (First Aid Training)
- How to Reduce the Spread of Infection (Infographic)
- How to Wash Your Hands (Poster)
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare have created a free eLearning programme available to all staff across health and social care. The programme includes key materials to help the health and care workforce respond to Coronavirus including essential guidance from the NHS, Government and WHO, infection prevention and control, personal protection equipment and more. Click here for more information.