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Things you should know October 2016

Published: Saturday, 01 October 2016

Key messages from recent meeting of Enfield Safeguarding Children Board

Prevent

Prevent is part of the Government’s CONTEST strategy and the Prevent strand is aimed at preventing people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. Enfield is one of the Prevent “priority” authorities in London, which is reflected in the fact that we receive additional resources from central Government.

In Enfield much has been done to provide training and other resources to schools and similar organisations to have a better understanding of Prevent and to be able to contribute to its aims.

This year a critical thinking project called ‘Second Thoughts’ was commissioned to support schools in Enfield.

The aims of this project are to:

  • provide young people with the opportunity to consider their opinions and how their world view is formed
  • help young people to think critically about the information they receive and recognise the dangers of stereotyping and misinformation
  • help young people to identify bias, propaganda, and symbolism in the media
  • illustrate how easily divisions can be created between groups of people, which can escalate into conflict, and how to deal with it

The project is now being made available to all secondary schools in Enfield.

You can find out more by visiting the Prevent page of our website.

Allegations Against Staff Annual Report

The annual Allegations Against Staff report has been published by the Local Authority Designated Officer known as the ‘LADO‘.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015) requires local authorities to have a particular officer or team to manage and oversee all allegations against people who work with children in their area.

The approach we have adopted in Enfield has been effective and robust. The LADO and the CP Chairs/IROs have, over a long period of time, developed their knowledge and expertise and effective working relationships with partner agencies. Allegations may relate to a person who works with children who has: behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child; possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child; or behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children.

The number of allegations in the last two years in Enfield has been fairly consistent at just below 50. There has been an increase in sexual abuse allegations, from two in 2014-15 to seven in 2015-16. This may be explained in the context of recent media coverage around historical sexual abuse, although only one of the referrals relates to historical sexual abuse.

You can download the LADO annual report and find out more about their role and activity on our Allegations Against Staff page.

ESCB Annual Report

Enfield Safeguarding Children Board has published its annual report for 2015-16

Every year we produce and publish an annual report which summarises the activity of the Board and its partners during the previous year.  We have just published the report for 2015-2016.

2015/16 has been a very productive year for the ESCB. The report highlights the progress made in relation to Child Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation and radicalisation, as well as covering the wider safeguarding activity of the Board and all its partner agencies.

You can download the report from the ESCB Annual Reports page.

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