About the LSCP
The Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children's Partnership (LSCP) is a statutory multi-agency partnership board.
Our vision is that children and young people are safeguarded, supported and their lives are improved. We can achieve this by all agencies working together.
Find out more about what we do:
Our work is delivered through a governance structure that includes:
- Assurance executive
- Strategic management group
- Operational delivery group
- LSCP sub groups
- Chris Cook - independent chair
- Stacey Waller - business manager
- Zoe Walters - audit and policy officer
- Caroline Mogg - child sexual exploitation coordinator
- Mary-Ann Round and Karen Hackett - learning and development officer
- Dan Hawbrook - e-safety officer
- Lisa Tomlinson - e-learning officer
- Eleanor Walukiewicz - training officer
- Jemma Parkinson/Rachael Powis - local authority designated officer
- Erica Coney and Jo O'Boyle - LSCP administrators
- Hannah Page - child death overview panel administrator
- Lay members - community members who help to support stronger public engagement in local safeguarding issues
- Liaison officers - search our directory to find a liaison officer
If you need any more information about the LSCP please email [email protected].
LSCP sub groups
Sub-groups are made up of representatives from agencies who form the membership of the Operational Delivery Group.
The LSCP’s work will be conducted through a number of permanent or temporarily convened sub-groups.
Policy, Procedure, Education and Training Sub Group (PPET)
The purpose of PPET is to promote effective working relationships, between member agencies, groups and voluntary organisations.
Its main functions are to:
- develop, maintain, monitor and review all LSCP policies, education and training
- to ensure all partners put the learning from serious case reviews into practice
Chair: Carol Drury, South Kesteven District Council
Significant Incident Review Group (SIRG)
Professionals and organisations in Lincolnshire with a role in protecting children, need to reflect on the quality of services and learn from their own practice and that of others.
Good practice should be shared so that there is a growing understanding of what works well. Equally, when things go wrong, there needs to be a robust and objective analysis of what happened and why. Lessons can then be learnt and services improved to reduce the risk of future harm to children
The purpose of SIRG is to oversee all open serious incident case, the associated action plans and consider examples of good multi-agency practice.
Chair: John O'Connor, children's services, LCC
Child Exploitation and Missing Sub Group (CE)
The purpose of the group is to develop, review, and maintain strategies, processes, and resources to ensure children are safeguarded and live free of the threat of exploitation and other emerging threats to their safety and well-being. The group will focus on:
- child sexual exploitation
- child criminal exploitation (including County Lines)
- missing children
- trafficked children
The CE&M Sub-group provides governance to the Strategic MACE.
Chair: Martyn Parker, Lincolnshire Police
Education Sub Group (ESG)
To engage education providers in the business of the LSCP and build a shared understanding of priorities to support schools and colleges in promoting the welfare of their pupils. The group aims to help Schools manage the fine balance between the need to educate children whilst meeting the requirement to safeguard pupils and promote their welfare.
Chair: Neil Allan, Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough
Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)
The Child Death Overview Panel will fulfil the requirements as described in Chapter 5 of Working Together to Safeguard Children to collect and analyse information about every death of a child aged under 18 years of age in Lincolnshire with a view to:
- identifying any matters relating to the death or deaths that are relevant to the welfare of children in the area and to public health and safety
- considering whether it is appropriate for any action to be taken by anyone in relation to their findings
- taking action to inform the necessary person
Chair: Dr Julian Saggiorato, designated doctor, South West Lincolnshire CCG
Find out more about the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership multi-agency arrangements.
We offer a variety of safeguarding training to support practitioners who work with children, young people, adults and their families.
It is delivered through a mix of with face-to-face training and e-learning courses.
Our programme identifies the aims and learning outcomes for all courses and identifies which groups of staff the training is appropriate for.
We use the National Competency Framework for Safeguarding Children and Adults.
For training queries, email [email protected].
A charge will apply for e-learning, face to face training and virtual workshops for academy schools, independent schools, further and higher education settings and private organisations.
Free e-learning courses
The below e-learning courses are free to all organisations:
- Awareness of private fostering
- Child home injury prevention (CHIP) e-learning
- Domestic abuse awareness – short course
- Friends against scams e-learning
- Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) e-learning
- Young carers - short course
- CSE e-learning for parents
- FGM e-learning course
- Understanding animal welfare
Our online manual contains all policies and procedures for the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership.
We also produce a range of resources for campaigns we lead on or take part in with other partners.
Campaign timetable 2020-2021
|Self-Harm Awareness||11-17 May 2020|
|National Child Safety Week||1-7 June 2020|
|Healthy Relationships – interim version||8-14 June|
|Safer Feeding||29 June- 5 July|
|Private Fostering||13-19 July 2020|
|Hate Crime and Racist Bullying Awareness||16- 22 Nov 20|
|World Suicide Prevention Day||10 Sept 2020|
|16 Days of Action against Domestic Abuse. LSCP to retweet/distribute||25 Nov- 10 Dec 2020|
|Online Safety -Safer Internet Day (online campaign)||Feb 2021|
|National CE awareness Day||Mar 2021|
|Healthy Relationships – full campaign)||TBC|
|Positive body image TBC||TBC|
Safer Internet Day - an internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world
The campaign starts on Sunday 7 February until Saturday 13 February 2021. Safer Internet Day falls on Tuesday 9 February 2021.
Each year the LSCP supports the national Safer Internet Day Campaign. This year we are making use of national, recognisable resources that are have been produced by the UK Safer Internet Centre.
This resource pack contains links to social media posts and supporting infographics. We would encourage you to make use of these across all social media platforms that are available to you.
The national pack also includes links to video's and other targeted resources. We also encourage partners to make use of the local resources that are available and listed below.
- to raise the awareness of key messages relating to Safe Internet Use and the reliability of online information
- to raise awareness of the resources available to support children, young people and families
- to raise awareness of the resources available to support professionals working with children/young people
- UK Safer Internet Centre social media pack and associated resources
- LSCP multi-agency training - generic e:learning is available entitled "e-safety" and training for professionals working with families is available and entitled "online safety"
- Stay Safe Partnership resources - for parents, schools, children and young people
- LSCP YouTube Channel - includes pre-recorded information video's related to internet safety
- Parental controls from Internet Matters
If you have any enquiries please contact Zoe Walters, Audit and Policy Officer, Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Partnership at [email protected].
Online safety campaign
Each year the LSCP runs an additional online safety campaign over the Christmas and New Year period. It is felt that this is appropriate due to many children and young people receiving internet capable devices as gifts. The focus this year is upon supporting parents to set up parental controls.
Hate Crime and Racist Bullying Awareness
The racist bullying and hate crime campaign will run from the Monday 16 November to Sunday 22 November. This coincides with the national Anti-Bullying Week 2020. The theme for the Anti-Bullying Week is 'United against Bullying' and the Anti-Bullying Alliance have produced numerous resources to support this event. This campaign focuses on racism as a specific form of bullying and its escalation to hate crime, institutional racism and extremism.
The LSCP has chosen to undertake a private fostering awareness campaign. We understand the importance of raising awareness of what private fostering is and the resources that are available in Lincolnshire. This campaign will run from 13-17 July 2020.
- Campaign briefing paper
- Suggested social media plan for twitter, Facebook and Instagram
- Set of private fostering infographics
- Set of suggested private fostering tweets
- Set of posters on private fostering
- Digital display screen presentation
- Links to useful resources
- Training briefing paper
This year’s Safer Feeding campaign will run from Monday 29th June – Sunday 5th July 2020. This pack contains useful information and guidance for professionals, parents and carers.
- Briefing document on safer feeding
- Key messages document
- Schedule of suggested Tweets and Facebook posts
- Set of safer feeding infographics
- Set of suggested safer feeding tweets
- Key facts information sheets
This campaign, running from 8-14 June 2020, seeks to consider positive healthy relationships in the broadest contexts and situations where they occur, rather than the emphasis being placed upon sexual relationships. This campaign aims to provide links to practical sources of support to children, young people, parents, carers and professionals.
- Briefing note on healthy relationships
- Key healthy relationship messages
- Suggested social media schedules
- Set of healthy relationships infographics
- Set of suggested healthy relationship tweets
- LSCP posters for healthy relationships
- Training briefing on healthy relationships
Child Safety Week
Child Safety Week is an annual community education campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT). This campaign will run from Monday 1 June - Sunday 7 June 2020.
- Briefing document for child safety week
- Key child safety week messages
- Campaign schedule
- Suggested child safety week tweets
- Infographics for child safety week
- LSCP posters for child safety week
- Training briefing for child safety week
- Useful resources
Following the Education Secretary’s announcement on 19 April, the Government is providing the NSPCC with funding to expand and promote their adult helpline in order to further protect children from harm during Covid-19 lockdown. The NSPCC helpline number is 0808 800 5000.
Self-harm awareness 2020
This campaign seeks to assist all stakeholders to promote and/or access appropriate services. It also seeks to assist all stakeholders to recognise that self-harm is a behaviour.
- Briefing note for self-harm week
- Suggested campaign plan
- Suggested self-harm week tweets
- Suggested infographics
- LSCP posters for self harm week
- Key messages and suggested resources
- Training briefing note
Safer Internet Day 2020 will be celebrated globally with the theme: Together for a better internet. We have focused on promoting the benefits of reduced screen time and awareness of child exploitation.
- Briefing note for online safety
- Social media graphics
- Suggested social media schedule for online safety
- Suggested online safety tweets
- Staying safe online leaflet
- Safer Internet Day resources
- Internet Matters guidance
- RCPCH guidance
- Children's Commissioners - digital 5 a day
The campaign will commence on Monday 16 March 2020 and run until Sunday 20 March 2020. National Child Exploitation (CE) Awareness day is on Wednesday 18 March 2020.
- Briefing note on child exploitation
- Suggested social media schedule for child exploitation
- Suggested child exploitation tweets
- Infographics on child exploitation
- LSCP poster
- LSCP partnership information report - Operation Insignia
- Fearless.org resources
- Home Office resources
- Barnado's resources
- Appropriate language toolkit
- The Children's Society resources
- Key messages for suicide prevention
- Infographics on suicide prevention
- Suggested social media posts
- Healthy Minds Lincolnshire
- Schools pack
- Heads up sessions
If you have taken part in any of our campaigns please take a few moments and give us your feedback.
Report a child death
If you become aware of a child death, it is your responsibility to notify the designated person for the LSCP in the area in which the child lived.
The Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is responsible for reviewing all deaths occurring in Lincolnshire.
Child safeguarding practice reviews
Decisions on local and national reviews
Partners must make arrangements to:
- identify serious child safeguarding cases which raise issues of importance
- consider if a case is appropriate for a review to be undertaken
- consider whether a case meets the criteria for a local review
The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, decide if it is appropriate to commission a national review of a case.
If a serious case review was commissioned under the old arrangements of: 'Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015' these must continue to completion.
The latest date for completion and publication of a Serious Case Review is 29 September 2020.
Current Serious Case Reviews:
Local Authority Designated Officer referrals
If you suspect a person who works with children, has:
- behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have harmed a child
- possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child
- behaved towards a child or children in a way that indicates that he or she may pose a risk of harm to children
- behaved or may have behaved in a way that indicates they may not be suitable to work with children
A referral should be made to the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) by filling out the LADO Referral form.
The Managing Allegations of Abuse Made Against Persons who Work with Children and Young People procedure applies when an allegation or suspicion arises within:
- an individual's own work
- with his or her own children
- with other children living outside the family
- historical allegations
If you are unsure whether a LADO referral form should be completed, make contact with the LADO service on 01522 554674 to discuss your concerns.
Both the referrer and the LADO should be clear about who will be taking what action, or that no further action will be taken.
The LADO will make a record of this decision.
If the LADO agrees that LADO threshold is met, the referrer (if a professional) must complete the LADO Referral form within 24 hours. Repeating all relevant information and any agreed actions.
What is child exploitation?
A child or young person can be groomed or coerced into an exploitative situation. This could be in the form of sexual exploitation or criminal exploitation.
Exploitative relationships are characterised by an imbalance of power. The use of controlling behaviours are used to keep the child or young person in a dependent position.
Child Exploitation Screening Tool
You should complete a Multi-Agency Child Exploitation Screening Tool if you are worried that a child may be involved in, or at increased risk of entering, an exploitative relationship or situation.
Please complete the form with the child or young person unless it is unsafe to do so.
Please read the Multi Agency Child Exploitation Guidance before completing your screening.
The weekly MACE meeting draws together information from different partner agencies to explore the options available for tackling child exploitation in the community.
You should make a referral to MACE if:
- the child has links to a known or suspected perpetrator of either sexual or criminal exploitation
- there is a significant risk of exploitation to the child from an unknown perpetrator
Use the referral section at the end of the CE Screening Tool to inform MACE of your concerns.
The key purpose of the Strategic MACE is to provide an overview of child exploitation in Lincolnshire.
Partnership Information Report
If you have information about a person at risk, please complete a Partnership Information Report. This is known locally as Operation Insignia.
It is a multi-agency system of sharing information with Lincolnshire Police. It helps to support vulnerable children and adults.
Your information will help form a picture around their situation. It will also allow police to take further action in investigating an issue.
This could include but is not limited to information that is indicating:
- child exploitation (criminal and sexual)
- human trafficking
- modern slavery
- county lines
- knife crime
Please note: this form is for low-level information only, to enable Lincolnshire Police to build a picture on concerns. It is in no way a method to report crimes. The right methods are: ringing 101 or 999, or using the online crime reporting system.
The report should be for matters at a lower level than you would notify the Police by ringing 999 or 101, but still important to share.
It is not to answer current safeguarding concerns or matters of urgency, and the form is not a means to ensure safeguarding actions.
If it is about significant harm to a child or vulnerable adult, normal safeguarding procedures apply.
Once received Lincolnshire Police will grade the information based on reliability, accuracy and origin.
Never assume someone else has passed on the information you have.
If you have any queries about completing the form, contact [email protected].
The LSCP provides an e-learning module: Safeguarding Children from Abuse by Sexual Exploitation. It is designed to improve awareness.
The LSCP recommends all agencies make the e-learning module mandatory for staff. Especially those who come into contact with children and young people.
The LSCP recommends the following principles when using child exploitation resources with children and young people:
- make sure resources are appropriate to the child or young person’s emotional needs and experience
- familiarise yourself with the young child or young person’s environment before using resources
- avoid materials, particularly films, which use harrowing examples and depictions to shock young people
- avoid resources that erase the actions of the offender/perpetrator or teach children that the decisions they made led to them being abused
Child Protection Conference
All agencies should make information available to the conference if they:
- have participated in a Section 47 Enquiry
- or, have relevant information about the child or family members
They should do this by using the appropriate reports.
The report should include details of:
- your agency involvement with the child and family
- information concerning your agency knowledge of the child’s developmental needs
- the capacity of the parents to meet the needs of their child within their family and environmental context
You should discuss with colleagues before preparing your contribution. This ensures it contains all relevant and available information from your agency.
You should ensure key issues in your report are shared with the parents and child (if old enough) before the conference.
COVID-19 Government guidance
Please find links to the following government documents:
- COVID-19 Safeguarding in Schools, Colleges and Other Providers
- COVID-19 Guidance on Vulnerable Children and Young People
COVID-19 Managing Child Protection Conferences
All Initial Child Protection Conferences and Review Child Protection Conferences will be held virtually from Tuesday 24th March 2020.
Children and their families will be contacted in advance of the meeting to explain why the meetings are being managed differently.
Social workers will speak with children before the conference to gain their views and information on school attendance.
If you have any queries, please contact the allocated Independent Chair or Social Worker.
COVID-19 online safety advice
While schools are closed it is important that parents and carers are aware of the advice and guidelines around online safety.
Please read the current guidance and advice that supported the LSCP Safer Internet Day Campaign 2020.
COVID-19 resources for parents and carers
For a range of information and advice on what to do if your child becomes ill visit www.rcpch.ac.uk.
COVID-19 advice for young people
We have also produced a leaflet with hints and tips for young people of Lincolnshire on dealing with COVID-19.
Volunteers and safeguarding
Please watch the three-minute YouTube clip produced by Waltham Forest, for basic information on safeguarding and how to raise a concern.
Face to face training is all currently cancelled in line with government guidance. However e-learning can be accessed from your own devices, including mobile phones, as it is an externally hosted web-based system. There are many useful and appropriate courses to choose from.
If an individual was booked on the 2 day, please suggest they complete the Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect – Core.
If you have any queries on training or accessing the e-learning system, please contact: [email protected]
Schools Safeguarding Assurance
We are seeking assurance from you that your safeguarding responsibilities, as set out under sections 157 and 175 of the Education Act 2004, are being met.
The LSCP is therefore seeking assurance of the safeguarding practice in your education setting.
To provide this assurance, you can utilise any of the following methods:
- complete the Lincolnshire County Council Safeguarding in Schools self- assessment audit tool, which will be sent out to you
- complete your own trust's safeguarding audit which should be available to view on request
- utilise other proof that safeguarding is monitored regularly and that effectiveness is evaluated, evidence of which should be available on request
- utilise the LSCP minimum standards safeguarding checklist
The assurance must be provided from your Governing Body or Board of Trustees and by completing the safeguarding assurance form:
Completed audits should not be sent with the assurance.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 27 November 2020.
If you cannot assure the LSCP, please let us know your intended action plan and this will be referred to the Local Authority Education Team. Our email is: [email protected]