Latest news and updates
You may have seen on the news recently that Northumbria Police are carrying out an investigation into allegations of a series of sexual offences involving a number of men and vulnerable female victims, including teenagers and young adults. While much of the activity has been in Newcastle, other areas of the force are affected.
Northumbria Police have produced some information to explain how members of the public and professionals can help identify such situations and report them, or how those people who have been directly affected can come forward and discuss their concerns.
Please click on the link below to access a leaflet for the public or visit the Northumbria Police Operation Sanctuary website for more information.
Operation Sanctuary - Public information
LSCB Annual Report 2012-2013
The LSCB Annual Report for 2012-2013 is now published and contains details of performance and activity in relation to safeguarding children in 2012-2013
LSCB Circular - Managing the safety of public buildings
2 August 2013
The LSCB wishes to remain proactive in sharing information on how to protect children. The following information can support our partner agencies in ensuring the safety of people using public buildings. Click here to access the information
Serious Case Review publication
6 June 2013
A Serious Case Review has been published today in respect of Baby A, a baby from Gateshead who died of non-accidental injuries. The reports can be found on the Serious Case Review section of this website.
Ofsted inspectors praise Gateshead child protection services
Child protection services in Gateshead have been praised following an unannounced inspection by Ofsted.
The report was published on 9 April and found that the quality of the service, the help and protection offered, and the services' leadership and governance are either "good" or "outstanding". The LSCB was inspected as part of the 10 day programme.
Click here to access the inspection report
Revised Statutory Guidance
The Goverment published the updated statuory guidance "Working Together To Safeguard Children" on 21 March 2013 which will come into effect on 15 April 2013.
The guidance replaces Working Together (2010) and The Framework for Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (2000). We will be updating the LSCB procedures in due course.
Click on the link below to access the new Goverment guidance
Working Together (2013)
Indicators of needs documents update (thresholds)
The following two documents have been prepared to assist practitioners to best identify whether a child is experiencing difficulties or has additional needs. An indicators of need frameworks has been produced as a guide to help determine at what level or by what agency any additional needs can be met.