About the Board


About the Board

Darlington Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) is a statutory body which is independently chaired and consists of senior representatives of all the key agencies and organisations working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Darlington.

Its objectives are to:

  • Co-ordinate local work undertaken by all agencies and individuals to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people
  • Ensure the effectiveness of that work

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Our Independent Chair

Is Simon Hart

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Membership of the Board


 Agency Job Title
Darlington Borough Council [External Link]

Director of Children and Adult Services

Assistant Director for Children's Services

Assistant Director Commissioning, Performance and Transformation

Head of First Contact and Locality Services

NHS England [External Link] Deputy Director of Nursing
CAFCASS [External Link] Service Manager
Darlington College [External Link] Deputy Principal
Durham Constabulary [External Link] Detective Superintendent
Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group [External Link]

Director of Nursing and Quality

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust [External Link] Associate Director of Nursing for Patient Experience and Safeguarding
Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust [External Link] Head of Safeguarding
Community Rehabilitation Company [External Link] Deputy Director of Operations
National Probation Service [External Link] Head of Durham National Probation Service
Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust [External Link] Associate Director of Nursing
Hurworth House School [External Link] Head Teacher
Education Village [External Link] Assistant Headteacher Beaumont Hill Academy
Hummersknott Academy [External Link] Vice Principal
Lay Members




 Advisors to the Board

Agency Job Title
 Darlington Borough Council  [External Link]                                               

Director of Public Health                                                           

Principal Lawyer

 Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group [External Link]

Designated Doctor

Designated Nurse

The Lead Member, Cyndi Hughes [external link] for Children and Young People is an Observer on the Board.

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The Board have a constitution [PDF Document] which sets out their governance and accountability arrangements for the Darlington Safeguarding Children Board.  In addition the Board have an executive summary [PDF Document] of the constitution.

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Structure of the Board

The structure of the DSCB is three tier [diagram] which includes the Board, Business Group and Subgroups.

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Strategic Partnerships

The DSCB works in partnership with other strategic partnerships with the aim to have strong joint working arrangements across agencies, which coordinates the vision, aims and priorities for Darlington and its population.  The strategic partnerships are:

  • Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board: Both DSCB and DSAPB recognise that safeguarding the most vulnerable within the community is a shared responsibility and there must be a ‘whole family’ approach and share a common business unit and responsibility for multi-agency training.
  • Community Safety Partnership: brings together five responsible authorities: Darlington Borough Council, the Durham Constabulary, NHS Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group, National Probation Service/Community Rehabilitation Company, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service which have a legal duty to work together to tackle crime, anti-social behaviour, substance misuse, environmental crime and issues around re-offending. In addition to the responsible authorities the CSP also brings together a range of partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors who are all engaged in activities which contribute towards making Darlington a safe place in which to live and work. The responsible authorities must also ensure that the CSP has a Community Safety Plan 2015/2020. [PDF Document]
  • Darlington Partnership have developed the Sustainable Community Strategy ‘One Darlington: Perfectly Placed’ [PDF Document] which aims to improve quality of life for all, promote the economic prosperity of the Borough and reduce inequality. The Darlington Partnership provides the strategic lead and also links into the wider devolution agenda as this develops
  • Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB): The Health and Social Care Act 2012 established health and wellbeing boards as a forum where key leaders from the health and care system work together to improve the health and wellbeing of their local population and reduce health inequalities.
  • Darlington Children and Young Peoples Collective (this is the equivalent of the Children’s Trust) and oversees the Darlington Children and Young Peoples plan 2017 - 22 [PDF Document].
  • Local Family Justice Board: Darlington Borough Council Legal and CAFCASS representatives, represent the DSCB perspective on the Local Family Justice Board.
  • Vulnerability Group which is a sub group of the community safety partnership oversees the arrangements for domestic abuse in Darlington.

A Darlington Protocol has been endorsed by the DSCB which sets out the key roles of each of the Boards and how they link with each other and the means by which they will ensure that leadership and accountability for issues of common interest are clear.  

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Board Member Induction Pack

The Board Member Induction Pack [PDF document] outlines the role and responsibilities of Board members and includes information about safeguarding, the role of the Boards and how this fits in with other strategic and operational groups in Darlington. 

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Annual Report

The Board publishes an annual report which sets out the effectiveness of the arrangements in Darlington to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

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Business Plan

The Board has a three year business plan [Word Document] which is reviewed at least annually.

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Annual Reports to Board

The Board receives a number of annual reports each year from differing service areas providing an overview of activities for that period.

Independent Reviewing Officer Annual Report 2017-18

Private Fostering Annual Report 2016-17

Managing Allegations Annual Report 2016-17

Key Messages

#purplechristmas - Friday 7th December

Friday 7th December is #purplechristmas - a social media campaign designed to raise awareness of issues surrounding child sexual exploitation (CSE) and sexual abuse. The campaign encourages people to discuss the issues and develop strategies to help address and prevent CSE. 

Friday 30th November 2018 is Carer's Rights Day

Every year Carers UK holds Carer's Rights Day to bring organisations across the UK together to help carers in their local community to know their rights and find out how to get the help and support they are entitled to. Having the right information at the right time can make all the difference when you are looking after someone. For further information and resources visit Carers UK website.     

Domestic Abuse- Safeguarding Children and Adults with Care and Support Needs

Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board and Darlington Safeguarding Children Board have jointly published a Multi-Agency Procedure and Practice Guidance document entitled Domestic Abuse-Safeguarding Children and Adults with Care and Support Needs. The guidance includes advice on Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation and Child/Adolescent to Parent/Carer Violence. For further information and procedural flow charts see:        

Darlington Joint Multi-Agency Procedure and Practice Guidance- Domestic Abuse- Safeguarding Children and Adults with Care and Support Needs [PDF Document]

Darlington Multi-Agency Domestic Violence and Abuse Procedural Flow Chart- Children and Adults with Care and Support Needs [PDF Document]

Darlington Multi-Agency Child/Adolescent to Parent/Carer Violence and Abuse (CAPVA) Procedural Flow Chart-Child Adult and Family [PDF Document]     

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking: Multi-Agency Practice Guidance 

Modern slavery encompasses a wide range of criminal offences involving exploitation. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 places a duty on specified public authorities to report details of suspected cases of modern slavery to the National Crime Agency. Modern slavery is a complex crime and victims may not be aware that they are being exploited or trafficked. For this reason victims of modern slavery are often 'held in plain sight'. To assist practitioners in recognising and responding to cases of modern slavery, Darlington Safeguarding Children Board and Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board have jointly developed and published a Joint Multi-Agency Procedure and Practice Guidance Document: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. 

Newcastle National Conference- Tackling Sexual Exploitation

On 22nd November 2018 Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board and Newcastle Safeguarding Adult Board hosted a national conference entitled Tackling Sexual Exploitation-Learning from the Newcastle Experience. The conference explored themes from the Joint Serious Case Review (Operation Sanctuary and Operation Shelter) and explored the unrecognised abuse of vulnerable adults throughout the UK as well as child sexual exploitation. The conference included presentations from keynote speakers Dame Louise Casey and barrister David Spicer, the author of the Newcastle Joint Serious Case Review as well as an overview of models of support for victims of sexual exploitation and a video presentation by Zoe Loderick, a sexual trauma specialist. The conference was attended by representatives from Darlington across the partnership.

Sunday 25th November 2018 is White Ribbon Day  

The white ribbon campaign is a global movement of men and boys working to end male violence against women and girls. In support of the campaign Family Help Darlington is hosting a White Ribbon awareness stall at the Dolphin Centre Darlington between 10.00am-2.00pm on Friday 23rd November 2018. Anyone who wishes to attend and support the campaign is welcome. For more information about the White Ribbon campaign visit www.whiteribbon.org.uk 

County Lines: criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults

The Home Office has developed guidance for frontline professionals on dealing with county lines. This guidance outlines what county lines (and associated criminal exploitation) is, signs to look for in potential victims, and what to do about it. The Home Office has developed promotional material to support frontline staff, letting agents and landlords understand the signs to look for in potential victims, and what to do about it. To view the guidance and promotional materials please follow the below link:

County lines: criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults [External Link]

National Safeguarding Week 2018 - 'Safeguarding is everybody's business'

Next week between 19th - 25th November 2018 is National Safeguarding Week, the purpose of which is to raise awareness of different forms of abuse across both child and adult safeguarding and how everyone has a role to play in spotting signs of abuse. 

You can obtain further information on what is happening within each organisation by viewing their social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.

If you are concerned that someone you know may be subject to abuse you should report it. Information on how to do this is available on the links below:

To report a concern about a child

To report a concern about an adult 

Anti-Bullying Week

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has developed a series of teaching resources as part of anti-bullying week 2018, which runs from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November 2018. The resources include assembly and lesson plans for primary and secondary schools, as well as posters, handouts and information on restorative practice. For further information see Anti-Bullying Alliance and information from the NSPCC Keeping children safe online - online course and Protecting children from bullying and cyberbullying

NSPCC- How Safe are our Children?   

The NSPCC Annual Report 2018 analyses available data for up to twenty indices to answer the question How Safe are Our Children? The key findings highlight increases in police recorded child sexual offences in the UK and increased numbers of children on child protection plans over the last decade. For further information and to access the report see  nspcc.org.uk/research resources/how-safe-are-our-children. 

Safeguarding the Unborn Practice Guidance 

In line with current guidelines and following the completion of the pre-birth audit undertaken in 2017, Darlington Safeguarding Children Board has reviewed and revised the Safeguarding The Unborn Multi-Agency Practice Guidance 2018. The updated guidance provides advice to practitioners in respect of procedures and assessments and can be found on the Professionals page of the website under multi-agency practice guidance.  

Child death review: statutory and operational guidance (England)

HM Government has published statutory and operational guidance for clinical commissioning groups and local authorities as child death review partners. This guidance sets out the full process that follows the death of a child who is normally resident in England. It builds on the statutory requirements set out in Working together to safeguard children [External Link] and clarifies how individual professionals and organisations across all sectors involved in the child death review should contribute to reviews.
To view please see: Child death review: statutory and operational guidance (England) [PDF Document]

10th October 2018 is World Mental Health Day 

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. The day provides an opportunity "for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide". This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is young people and mental health in a changing world. For more information www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2018

Darlington Neglect Strategy 2017-20 and Multi-Agency Neglect Practice Guidance 

Darlington Safeguarding Children Board has developed and ratified the Neglect Strategy 2017-20 and  Multi-Agency Practice Guidance. This sets out the strategic aims and objectives of Darlington's approach to tackling neglect and is supported by a strategic action plan which provides the meachanism to ensure the strategic aims and objectives are achieved. For more information see the Darlington Neglect Strategy 2017-20 [PDF document] and Multi Agency Neglect Practice Guidance 2018 [PDF document].    

Darlington Early Help Strategy 2017-20 

Darlington Safeguarding Children Board has ratified the Darlington Early Help Strategy 2017-20 which outlines the Early help offer for children, young people and families in Darlington. It informs the approach that the Local Authority and partners will take in identifying and delivering support as early as possible to children, young people and families. For more information see the Darlington Early Help Strategy 2017-20.  [PDF Document] 

HM Government publication July 2018- Information Sharing: Advice to practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers

HM Government has published updated non-statutory advice which reflects the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018. The advice is for all frontline practitioners and senior managers working with children, young people, parents and carers who have to make decisions about sharing information on a case by case basis.The advice may also be helpful to practitioners working with adults who are responsible for children in need. For further information visit HM Government:Information Sharing-Advice for practitioners [external link].       

Together we can tackle child abuse: Department for Education (DfE) campaign

Together we can tackle child abuse is a government campaign led by the Department for Education. It encourages members of the public to help protect children and young people by reporting any concerns of abuse or neglect to the Local Authority, NSPCC or the police. The campaign tackles the barriers that stop people reporting abuse by informing people about the four categories of child abuse, educating people about how to spot the signs of abuse and how to report concerns. For further information visit www.dfechildprotection-munroforster.com or contact tacklechildabuse@education.gov.uk

New guidance : Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and Local Safeguarding – Transitional Arrangements Statutory Guidance

In July 2018 the Department for Education (DfE) published statutory guidance setting out what organisations and agencies that have functions relating to children must and should do to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and young people under the age of 18 in England. The guidance covers: the legislative requirements placed on individual services, a framework for the three local safeguarding partners; and a framework for the two child death review partners. Guidance is provided on: assessing need and providing help including early help; organisational responsibilities; multi-agency safeguarding arrangements; local and national child safeguarding practice reviews; and child death reviews. This guidance replaces Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015). The (DfE) has also published statutory guidance to support Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBS), local authorities, safeguarding partners, child death review partners, and the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel in the transition. Further information: Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (PDF)  and Working together: transitional guidance (PDF).  For a quick guide to the main changes to the statutory guidance see Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018-changes to statutory guidance

#purplesummer - winning poster

On 15th June 2018 staff and partners in Darlington held a Purple Summer event, a social media campaign designed to raise awareness of issues surrounding child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation. During the lunch period school children were involved in creating posters, meeting partner agencies and raising awareness. The winning poster, designed by pupils from Carmel College can be viewed here [PDF Document].

Safeguarding Boards Business Manager Vacancy

We are looking to appoint an experienced and dynamic professional to drive forward the work of the both the Adult Safeguarding Partnership Board and Children's Safeguarding Board. The successful candidate will have a key role in ensuring a smooth transition from Local Safeguarding Board arrangements to the new Safeguarding Children Partnership.
Your role will be to provide business management and coordination to the Boards and support the Director of Children and Adult Services, Independent Chairs, Agency representatives and Lay Members of the respective Boards and sub-groups.
The Business Manager has line management responsibility for the Safeguarding Boards' Development Officers and Multi-Agency Training Officer.

For more information please view Darlington Borough Council Current Vacancies [External link]

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) and Local Safeguarding – Transitional Arrangements Statutory Guidance

The government has published two pieces of statutory safeguarding guidance which set the framework within which all practitioners should operate in order to protect children from abuse and neglect and promote their best interests. These are:

Revised Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 statutory guidance and

Local Safeguarding – Transitional Arrangements statutory guidance.

The revisions have been necessary to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017, in particular, reforming the arrangements for multi-agency safeguarding, serious case reviews and Child Death Reviews. The reforms underpin a stronger but more flexible statutory framework - one that will support local partners to work together more effectively in protecting and safeguarding children. We are committed to improving the outcomes for all our children, supporting everyone working with children and families to provide the right help at the right time. This is an important piece of guidance for agencies, organisations and practitioners to know what they must do individually and collectively to safeguard children. It sets out how they should work together in fulfilling this responsibility, including taking a child-centred and co-ordinated approach to safeguarding. At the same time, these documents support practitioners to exercise their expertise and judgment on how best to protect children and young people, and promote their welfare.

DSCB Young People's Conference- Tuesday 3rd July 2018

The DSCB Young People's Conference 2018  took place on Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at Darlington College. Over sixty pupils from seven secondary schools in Darlington attended the event which aimed to engage with the young people and improve their  understanding of safeguarding issues which may be relevant to them. The workshops included a presentation by Tea Staegemann from the Breck Foundation which focussed on educating young people to be emotionally intelligent and resilient in respect of gaming and grooming via gaming sites and social media platforms. The pupils also participated in workshops facilitated by Targeted Media Youth Workers C:The Box (Darlington Borough Council) which examined the risks of sharing information online and Darlington MIND which focussed on emotional well being, self harm and resilience. A number of partner agencies participated in a 'market place' of stalls which allowed the young people to obtain further information and discuss safeguarding topics with professionals. For further information about the Breck Foundation and the workshops see Darlington Safeguarding Children Board Young People's Conference 2018.  The feedback from the young people was overwhelmingly positive and the day was enjoyed by all participants. Each school will present the learning from the conference to Board in the autumn and the school which expresses the best learning will be awarded a prize. 

#purplesummer - Friday 15th June 2018

Friday 15th June is #purplesummer - a social media campaign designed to raised awareness of issues surrounding child sexual exploitation (CSE) and sexual abuse. The campaign encourages people to discuss the issues and develop strategies to help address and prevent CSE. 

To embrace #purplesummer, Darlington Borough Council is hosting a special event aimed at children and young people.  The event is taking place in Darlington Market Square from 12.30- 2.00pm on Friday as part of the campaign.  Partners from across the Borough will also be present.

Updated guidance on the provision of accommodation for 16 and 17 year olds who may be homeless and/or require accommodation

Updated statutory guidance on supporting 16 and 17 year olds who are homeless or threatened with homelessness has been jointly issued by MHCLG and the Department for Education. The guidance was originally published in 2010 following court judgements (including the Southwark Judgement) that clarified that primary responsibility for assessing the needs of 16 and 17 year olds rests with Children’s Services.  That principle remains – the main changes to the guidance are to reflect new provisions in the Homelessness reduction Act (2017) and changes to Working Together.
To view click here [PDF Document]

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published its Interim Report on 25 April. The Interim Report sets out what the Chair and Panel consider to be the key emerging themes from the Inquiry’s work to date and includes recommendations for specific changes which will better protect children from sexual abuse.
To view please follow the link: https://www.iicsa.org.uk/about-us/interim-report [External Link]

Darlington Safeguarding Children Board Constitution

The Darlington Safeguarding Children Board Constitution [PDF Document] has been updated and ratified by the Board, March 2018.

Department for Education (DfE)- Tackle Child Abuse

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a new phase in the campaign to tackle child abuse and neglect in England. The campaign aims to improve people’s confidence in spotting the signs of abuse or neglect. To view please follow the link: https://tacklechildabuse.campaign.gov.uk/ [External Link]


Sunday 18th March is National CSE Awareness Day. The NWG (National Working Group) want the world to unite against child sexual exploitation. The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.  Further information is available on the NWGERASE and stop-cse org websites.

Safeguarding Boards Lay Member Recruitment 2018

Safeguarding is everyone’s business and Darlington Safeguarding Adult Board (DSAPB) and Darlington Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) are seeking to recruit Lay Members to the Boards.

The role of the Lay Member is to raise awareness within the community of abuse and neglect and what action should be taken when abuse is suspected. The Lay Member will also promote the welfare of children and adults at risk and will raise awareness of the work of the Safeguarding Boards.  We are seeking individuals who reside in Darlington, have an active role within the community and an interest in safeguarding children and/or adults and who would like to help shape safeguarding policy and practice. 

The role is voluntary but expenses such as travel will be reimbursed if required. For more information about the role of Lay member, details of who is eligible and how to apply go www.darlingtonsafeguardingboards.co.uk/lay-member-recruitment-2018. The closing date for applications is Friday 2nd March 2018. 

Safer Internet Day 2018

Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan 'Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you'. Further details and resources are available on the UK Safer Internet Centre website and ERASE website (To educate and raise awareness of child sexual exploitation). 

January 2018 - Updated Procedures and Practice Guidance

DSCB has reviewed and/or developed the following Procedures and Practice Guidance, click on the links below to view:

Safeguarding children from Dangerous Dogs Practice Guidance (Dec 2017) [PDF Document]

Female Genital Mutilation Practice Guidance (Dec 2017) [PDF Document]

Procedure and Practice Guidance for managing allegations against staff and volunteers working with children (Dec 2017) [PDF Document] 

Child Protection Processes - Glossary of Terms (Jan 2018) [PDF Document]

Private Fostering Guidance (Jan 2018) [PDF Document]

December 2017 - Updated Procedures and Practice Guidance

DSCB has updated the following Procedures and Practice Guidance, click on the links below to view:

Children Missing from Home, Care or Education (Dec 2017) [PDF Document]

Child Sexual Exploitation Procedure and Practice Guidance (Dec 2017) [PDF Document]

Working Together - revised guidance for safeguarding children

The draft revised statutory Working Together guidance has been published and is open for consultation until 31st December 2017. To view the guidance please follow the link:  https://consult.education.gov.uk/child-protection-safeguarding-and-family-law/working-together-to-safeguard-children-revisions-t/ [External Link].

Hollie Guard

Hollie Guard is a new smartphone application which enables your phone to be used as a personal alarm, to discreetly get help, and alert friends and family to your whereabouts. Further information is available on the Hollie Guard website [External link] 

NICE Child Abuse and Neglect Guidance

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) have produced some Child Abuse and Neglect Guidance.  The guidance aims to help anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and young people to spot signs of abuse and neglect and to know how to respond. To review the guidance click on the link below.

NICE Child Abuse and Neglect Guidance

Information for professional people working with gender variant and transgender young people under 18 years.

Mermaids UK Charity have produced a fact sheet for practitioners who are supporting young people who may be gender variant, questioning their gender or identified as being transgender. The fact sheet provides information and signposting and useful links.

The Mermaids UK Charity Fact sheet [PDF Document]

Living in Fear - the Police and Crime Prosecution Service response to harassment and stalking

Following a joint inspection of Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution service on the approach to tackling crimes of harassment and stalking a report outlines a number of recommendations from the Home Office, the Police and the CPS. The report is available on the link below.

HMIC and HMCPSI Inspection Report into harassment and stalking [External Link]

Safeguarding Week 2017 - 'Safeguarding is everybody's business'

Safeguarding week aims to raise awareness of different forms of abuse across both children and adults and how everyone has a role to play in spotting signs of abuse. The week runs from 9th to 13th October 2017.  Details of what is happening during this week within the different organisations across Darlington is available by clicking on the link below:

Safeguarding Week 2017 events

You can obtain further information on what is happening within each organisation by viewing their social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.

If you are concerned that someone you know may be subject to abuse you should report it. Information on how to do this is available on the links below:

To report a concern about a child

To report a concern about an adult 

Department for Education (Dfe) - Exclusion from maintained schools, Academies and pupil referral units in England

The Department for Education (DfE) has published statutory guidance setting out the legal responsibilities for those who exclude students from educational settings in England.  To view the guidance click here [PDF Document].

Local approach to tackling Child Sexual Exploitation in Darlington

Darlington Safeguarding Children Board has developed an e-learning resource to support the multi-agency partnership on the local approach in Darlington to tackle child sexual exploitation.  The aim of the e-learning resource is to support all practitioners working with children and young people in Darlington to have a thorough understanding of the child sexual exploitation process in order to safeguard, protect children from harm and improve their outcomes.

Click link to access resource [External Link]

Department for Education (DfE)- Preventing and tackling bullying (July 2017)

The DfE has updated it guidance on preventing and tackling bullying which contains advice and guidance for headteachers, staff and governing bodies.  To view the guidance click here [PDF Document].

Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) Information Sharing Briefing

An information sharing briefing has been developed with support by Paul Oldham, MAPPA Co-ordinator to enable practitioners to better understand information sharing to enable agencies to work more effectively together in assessing risk and considering how to manage them.  Click here [PDF Document] to view the Briefing.

Updated procedures and practice Guidance

DSCB has updated the following procedures and practice guidance click on the links below to view.

Fabricated or Induced Illness Practice Guidance [PDF Document]

Organised and Multiple Abuse Procedure and Practice Guidance [PDF Document]

Child Death Overview Panel Procedures [PDF Document]

'Keep Them Safe' CSE Training resource for parents and professionals

PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) are providing a free CSE training resource for parents and professionals called 'Keep them Safe'.  It is an introductory online course designed to help teach the signs and impacts of CSE and what to do if you think a child is being exploited.  Click link  [External Link] to access resource.

Multi-Agency child Protection Procedures

A new online version of multi-agency child protection procedures will be launched on 1st June 2017.  The procedures are applicable to all those working in the Darlington Locality, whether paid or unpaid in private or voluntary sector organisations with responsibility for children. These procedures replace all previous procedure manuals.  To view the procedures click here.  A poster [PDF Document] has been developed to promote the procedures and new continuum of need and multi-agency referral form.  

Darlington Association on Disability: Reducing Bullying of Disabled Children:  

DAD’s Young Leaders, have been working with the Anti Bullying Alliance and the Council for Disabled Children on the All Together Programme to make a short film about some of the positive things that they use the internet for and staying safe online. The All Together Programme offers training support and resources to schools to help them combat bullying.  The programme has been developed over the last three years and builds upon the work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance’s previous SEND anti-bullying champion programme. The programme includes a special focus on reducing bullying of disabled children and those with SEN but aims to reduce bullying of all children and young people.This video now forms part of the resources available through the programme and is being shared through national networks to raise awareness and combat bullying. Click on the link to see the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tGLyhMOpvo [External Link]

Continuum of Need Indicator and Multi-agency referral form

The Continuum of Need Indicator (threshold tool) [PDF Document] that supports all practitioners working with children, young people and families has been refreshed to include additional circumstances such as; child sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation; missing from home, care or education. The tool will be used to determine the threshold when considering whether a referral will be accepted or whether an assessment will be undertaken and to establish what services will be offered or provided.  It is intended that poster size copies of the document will be available for all settings over the new few months.  If you would like a copy of the poster, please contact the business unit on 01325 406452 or e-mail: safeguardingboards@darlington.gov.uk

In addition the multi-agency referral form [Word Document] has also been updated to map against the new Social Care system and Early Help documents.   Can you please ensure all future referrals are provided on this form. 

Please note following changes to the Local Authority Front Door services - the Children's Access Point (CAP) will be the access point for all contacts regarding children, the team will also undertake the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub function.    The team previously known as MASH will become the Children First Response Team and will be responsible for the strategy discussions on new cases and Section 47 and will be completing assessments that on presentation require an assessment that indicates it can be completed in a short time period.

CAP contact details remain the same and are available here.

Notifiable Incident Procedure and Practice Guidance [Word Document] has been approved by the Children Board.  The Guidance identifies the responsibilities of partner organisations  to inform Darlington Borough Council of any incident that may meet the criteria of notifiable incident and seriously harmed.

Operation Encompass Launch - Darlington Borough Council is working with police and schools to improve the support for children affected by domestic abuse. Young people who see or hear arguments and violence at home often arrive for classes the next day upset and unprepared. Darlington Borough Council and the police are set to work more closely to better share information so teachers can provide the help their pupils may need.  Further information and sample templates on the initiative can be found here.

Nathan Gaskill, the first ever Young Durham Police, Crime & Victims' Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington talks about #CSE and the impact it can have on young people.  Watch his short video clip below.



In March 2017 the Department for Education is launching a national radio partnership.

‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ is a Government campaign to raise awareness and encourage members of the public to report child abuse and neglect. The campaign aims to encourage the public to report their concerns in order to get help to children more quickly.  The aim is  to create a new social norm around reporting and tackle the barriers that stop people taking action.

The core audience is parents aged 25-40. Research shows that this group is most likely to feel confident about reporting and can therefore be nudged into action. The campaign will serve as a reminder to professionals such as teachers and healthcare professionals who work with children, of their safeguarding responsibilities. The purpose of the campaign is to reassure the public that anything they notice can help a child at risk and that ‘if you think it, report it’.

Self-Harm Pathway and Guidance [PDF Document] has been approved by the Children Board.  The guidance has been developed to provide practitioners with referral pathways  for children who self-harm or are at risk of suicide in Darlington.

PREVENT Practice Guidance and Channel Process [PDF Document] has been approved at both the Children and Adult Board meetings.  The guidance has been developed to provide a clear framework for professionals with which to respond to safeguarding concerns for children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable to the messages of extremism in all its forms.  It also provides details of the local inter agency process and expectations in respect of safeguarding children and adults and the Channel process.

Information Sharing Protocol [PDF Document] has been approved at both the Children and Adult Board meetings. The protocol provides the framework for collaborative working to support individuals to share information to safeguard children and adults in Darlington.

Helping children and young people understand their rights - Coram Children's Legal Centre has launched Lawstuff, a website to help children and young people find out about their rights.  Information provided includes: online safety; children's services; home and family; abuse and bullying. To view visit their website. [External Link]

New Child Sexual Exploitation Definition: The Department for Education has changed the statutory definition of child sexual exploitation after concluding the previous version was “unclear and out of date”. Working Together [External Link] child safeguarding guidance has been updated to reflect the changes, and issued a new guide for practitioners on working with child sexual exploitation. [PDF Document]


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The e-bulletin is a joint bulletin with the Darlington Safeguarding Adult's Partnership Board (DSAPB).  The bulletins highlight new guidance, research, developments in safeguarding across children and adult's Boards'.  All the organisations on the Boards' contribute to the e-bulletin to promote and inform those individuals who work with both children and adults at risk (as defined by the Care Act 2014)

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After each Board meeting the Board develops a 'Messages Bulletin' which is aimed at the general public and those people working with children to have an understanding of the Board's work.  

If you wish to keep up to date with everything related to the Children Safeguarding Board then please don't hesitate to sign up to our newsletter and our E-bulletin: SafeguardingBoards@darlington.gov.uk.

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Communication and Engagement Strategy

The Darlington Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) and Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board (DSAPB) have developed a joint Communication and Engagement Strategy [PDF document] to embrace the 'Think Family' approach and ensure that the work of both Boards' is effectively communicated to the relevant audiences such as children, young people, adults at risk, families and the wider community in Darlington.  

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