Support for Parents & Families
Multi Agency Learning and Improvement Review
On 17th May 2018, the Leicester Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) publishes the summary of a multi-agency learning and improvement review into the death of 15 year-old Brandon, who sadly took his own life in August 2016. Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of the LSCB has released the statement regarding the review.
There is a new webpage giving resources around mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Safer Sleep for Babies
Meeting and getting to know your baby is an extremely exciting and rewarding time. It’s also the beginning of a new relationship. Babies need a lot of sleep during the first few months of their lives so it’s important to ensure that they are sleeping as safely as possible.
The guide Caring for your baby at night: A guide for parents. provides some very useful information and tips.
The Lullaby Trust provide further information on safer sleep for babies.
Child Sexual Exploitation
CSE is a form of child abuse and has to be dealt with as soon as it is spotted. It is key for anyone who has contact with children including family, parents and carers to understand the warning signs and respond immediately. The following information gives an understanding of what CSE is, how to spot the warning signs and who to notify.
Female Genital Mutilation
There are an estimated 137,000 women and girls affected by FGM in England and Wales (Figures taken from NSPCC). Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a growing cause of concern in all schools, including primary school.
FGM is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls, and therefore it is dealt with as part of existing child and adult safeguarding/protection structures, policies and procedures. It is illegal in the UK to subject a child to female genital mutilation (FGM) or to take a child abroad to undergo the procedure – Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. Despite the harm it causes, FGM practising communities consider it normal to protect their cultural identity. The age at which girls are subject to FGM varies greatly from shortly after birth to any time up to adulthood.
The NSPCC has set up a FGM helpline, which is free, anonymous and 24/7. If you're worried a child is at risk of, or has had, FGM, call the FGM helpline on: 0800 028 3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Protection Conferences
The Family Rights Group have produced a short film for parents and carers to help with understanding and preparing for Child Protection Conferences:
Keeping Children Safe
With the internet growing rapidly and technology becoming more accessible to children and young people, it is important to keep abreast with what they are using and the dangers of being online.
Please see the following website for more information Safety and e-Safety
Bullying and Harassment
Anyone can be the target of bullying. It isn't always a form of physical violence, it can also be targeted towards emotional well-being of a group or individual. We work hard to tackle any sort of bullying at IJS. If you become aware of an issue involving your child, you should inform the school in the first instance, whether the incident occurred within or outside of school.
Please see the Leicester City Council's Anti-bullying guidance for more information.
Over the years there have been some very sad cases where children have been seriously injured or killed by family dogs, and we need to remember that it is never safe to leave a dog alone in a room with a child.
Please see Pet Advice for Parents for more information and advice.