Bradford Safeguarding Children Board
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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
Lullaby safer sleep link and video for parents and carers:
NHS Choices – SIDS:
Nappy Sacks Campaign:
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
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
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
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
register for a free place and help confront bullying please
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)
Final NEP - March 2015
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.
NEP Agency Letter (Word)
It is also included in the multi-agency procedures at "Reluctant and Hostile Families 1.4.26"
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
looked after and achieving permanence performance
and progress of care leavers
management and governance
effectiveness of the Bradford Safeguarding Children
The report found
that performance in the following area requires improvement:
need help and protection
judgement is ‘requires improvement’ because of the limiting
judgement of ‘children in need of help and protection’.
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."
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