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We now have web pages on a number of key areas of business including:
We now produce a regular newsletter, Safeguarding News, to keep professionals in Gateshead up to date of news and developments linked to safeguarding children and the work of the LSCB. Each issue also focuses on a specific themed area
Below are a number of links to websites relating to safeguarding and child protection, and links to useful documents in relation to safeguarding and child protection including the most recent statutory guidance. Click on the links (blue text) to access the documents and external websites.
What to do if you're worried a child is being abused (2015) - Updated guidance/advice from the Department for Education for all practitioners to identify signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what steps to take.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2015) - Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.
Safeguarding Disabled Children (2009) (pdf) - Practice guidance issued by the Government to provide information and a framework within which agencies, LSCBs and professionals can draw up ways of working to safeguard disabled children. Further information about resources available in Gateshead can be found by visiting the Gateshead Council Disabled Children's Team webpage or the Gateshead Network of Children with Disabilities webpage.
Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked (2007) (pdf) - Joint guidance issued by the DCSF and Home Office to improve the identification and safeguarding of child victims of trafficking.
Safeguarding Children from Abuse Linked to a Belief in Spirit Possession (2007) (pdf)- good practice guidance for agencies issued by the Government in 2007.
The Department for Education Website - (previously the Department for Children, Schools and Families). Think is for the section on the site specific to safeguarding, but users can navigate to other areas.
The Home Office Website - The Home Office is the lead Government department for crime, police and other related issues (e.g. immigration, drugs policy and counter terrorism).
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) Website - CEOP delivers a police-led multi-agency service dedicated to the prevention of child exploitation. They have an holistic approach and work nationally and internationally with professionals, children and their families.
If there is anything else you would like to see included on this page, please let us know.