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Working together to safeguard children in sport

Bradford Safeguarding Children Board, in collaboration with Bradford Council, has written to sports clubs across the District (January, 2017) with information and guidance on the prevention of child abuse in sport.

Child abuse can be defined as any form of physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment or lack of care that leads to injury or harm.

The letter (click here to view PDF copy) has been sent in the wake of high-profile historic child sex abuse allegations that have emerged at a national level. It focuses on a number of key areas:

  • It offers advice as to where clubs can go to get the best support nationally depending upon the sports they offer. The Child Protection in Sport Unit website www.thecpsu.org.uk is run by the NSPCC and offers clubs a safeguarding self-assessment checklist so they can assess their current arrangements for safeguarding children and young people. Advice is also available from relevant umbrella organisations that cover specific sports or activity, such as the Football Association.
  • It reminds clubs of who the key contacts are within the district should they need to raise a concern. The Bradford Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) manages allegations against adults working in a position of trust with children. The contact details for the LADO are 01274 434343 or cpuduty@bradford.gov.uk
  • The letter also emphasises that should clubs have any immediate concerns about the safety or welfare of a child they must contact the Bradford Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01274 437500. Should they have concerns about equally important past or historical they should raise these with the police.

David Niven, Independent Chair of Bradford Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Sports clubs offer young people fantastic opportunities, but it’s important that clubs have the right procedures in place to make sure children are as safe as possible. I want to make sure that sports clubs in our district know where they can get the best advice and support so that they can be confident they have up-to-date and robust safeguarding procedures in place.”

Coun Val Slater, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council and portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “We have some great sports clubs across the district, but the cases that have come to light nationally are a very timely reminder of how important it is that clubs have the right procedures in place and know where they can get the best advice if they have a concern. This letter is an important way of sharing best practice so that together we can make sure that children and young people are safe and that parents can have confidence when their child joins a sports club. Parents have a role to play too in asking the right questions to the club their child attends, such as how they recruit staff, what policies they have in place, and how staff are trained.”

CDOP Newsletter

Please click here to see the CDOP Newsletter which highlights how parents and carers can keep their babies safe at night also the national Nappy Sack campaign which highlights the risk of suffocation for babies. This includes a useful video on the Lullaby Trust website for parents, links to the NHS Choices website and the Nappy sacks campaign link.

Key websites:

Lullaby safer sleep link and video for parents and carers: http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep

NHS Choices – SIDS: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Sudden-infant-death-syndrome/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Nappy Sacks Campaign: http://www.rospa.com/campaigns-fundraising/current/nappy-sacks/

Safeguarding Week 2016 – It’s Everybody’s Business

This year, safeguarding week will take place from Monday 17th October to Friday 21st October 2016.

The focus of Safeguarding Week is to provide a range of learning and development opportunities for staff and volunteers working in the sectors of safeguarding children, adults and domestic abuse.

During the week, there will be a series of informative and thought provoking learning events, conferences and more that have been developed to help organisations understand their safeguarding duties and how to implement them in practice.

This week brings a great opportunity to inspire individuals working with children, young people, adults and families that safeguarding is everybody’s business.

Everyone can get involved and learn something new!

For more information visit the section on our website

Early Help Board Briefings

The Early Help Board has recognised there is a need for a common message about our current and future Early Help provision, as well as our Front Door arrangements in Bradford. Bradford Safeguarding Children Board has endorsed these developments and is assisting in the dissemination of these briefings.

In this context the Early Help Board has agreed a briefing for all partners working with children in Bradford which:

  • Summarises the current position on Early Help, including the large amount of early help that is currently provided
  • Recognises that there are assessment processes currently in place: CAF is our current default Early Help assessment tool
  • Describes the current referral routes
  • Outlines how and why the Early Help model is being developed and what will change.

The Early Help Board is keen that this consistent message and understanding is shared across all partners and is used in relevant circumstances.

I would ask you for your support in making sure that these briefings are circulated widely to all relevant staff, put on staff notice boards where appropriate. We will be providing further briefings to update staff on Early Help progress including a write up of the Pathfinders in Keighley and BD4/5.

Early Help Update - May 2016

Bradford Front Door Briefing - May 2016

Focus on Tackling Bullying Event

Thursday, 19th May, 2016, 1 - 3pm
One in a Million School, Manningham Lane, Bradford

If you are a Teacher, Pastoral Manager or Pastoral Staff Member, Youth Worker, School Nurse, Counsellor or are involved in leading, managing or delivering services for young people we need your support at this event.

The Universal Sub Group of the Safeguarding Children Board has been undertaking a piece of work to look at the Bradford District approach to bullying As part of this we have undertaken a survey of stakeholders and young people. Bradford’s Anti Bullying Strategy is now out of date, and we need to develop a new approach that takes account of the ways in which bullying is changing and the impact it has on the lives of our young people.

This event aims to bring together key people at all levels in the District to:

  • hear the feedback from young people
  • hear from the National Anti Bullying Alliance
  • share good practice that is happening in Bradford
  • take away a list of resources that can support anti bullying work including a link to free on line training for staff who work with young people
  • discuss the aims of the new strategy and agree a way forward

To register for a free place and help confront bullying please e-mail bscbtraining@bradford.gov.uk


CDOP Annual Report 2014/15

This report details the work of the Panel during 2014/15. Having been established for seven years the Bradford CDOP is able to identify emerging trends and themes in the data which enables CDOP to make more meaningful recommendations - CDOP Annual Report - 2014/15

BSCB Annual Report 2014-15

The BSCB Annual Report 2014-15 addresses key issues: Children who go Missing, Safeguarding Looked After Children, Allegations against People who Work with Children, Private Fostering, Child Sexual Exploitation, Mosques and Madrassahs, further progress on learning from the Hamzah Khan serious case review, the 2014 Ofsted Inspection, auditing, learning lessons reviews, the work of Sub-groups, Safeguarding in the Voluntary and Community Sector, Participation and the Views of Children and Young People, and the work of the Child Death Overview Panel.

The Report will be presented to: the Council's Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Bradford Children's Trust Board, Bradford Health and Wellbeing Board, and West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Annual Report 2014-15

Business Plan 2015-16

Performance Management Framework 2015

Non-Engaging Pathway (NEP)

The pathway has been developed in response to Bradford’s recent Serious Case Review.

It provides a sequential pathway to follow when working with families who are failing to engage, leading to professional concern about unknown or emerging risk.

Final NEP - March 2015 (PDF)

NEP Guidance (PDF)

NEP Agency Letter (Word)

It is also included in the multi-agency procedures at "Reluctant and Hostile Families 1.4.26"

Ofsted Inspection

On May 23, 2014 Ofsted published its report into an inspection of Bradford Council’s services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers. It also reviewed the effectiveness of the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB). The inspection took place between 18 February and 12 March this year.

The report found that performance was “Good” in the following areas:

  • Children looked after and achieving permanence performance
  • Adoption performance
  • Experiences and progress of care leavers
  • Leadership, management and governance
  • The effectiveness of the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB)

The report found that performance in the following area requires improvement:

  • Children who need help and protection

The overall judgement is ‘requires improvement’ because of the limiting judgement of ‘children in need of help and protection’.

Commenting on the “Good” judgement for the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board, Professor Nick Frost, Independent Chair, said: “It is very encouraging that the procedures we have in place to protect children and young people across the District, and the way in which these are overseen, have been found by Ofsted to be good."

“Safeguarding children and young people is everybody’s responsibility, and we have placed considerable emphasis on working with voluntary organisations and the public to raise awareness of how we can all make children and young people’s lives safer. This is something that the inspection says is working."

“Of course we can never be satisfied, and we will continue to strengthen what we do so that children and young people across the District are at less risk from harm.”

The full report can be read here - PDF