Knowsley Children Safeguarding Awareness Week, from 8 to 14 February, brings together all the different agencies which work to ensure that children and young people are protected and safeguarded, to share learning and best practice.
Hosted by the Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership (KSCP), practitioners who work with children and young people will have access online to learning, resources and updates on safeguarding priorities.
The week will also focus on children’s mental health with a live online briefing session from Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) officers and a representative from KOOTH, the online mental wellbeing community for young people.
Those taking part in the week will be invited to watch and share the animation above, created by Knowsley’s Young Advisors, exploring ways to ease anxiety, stress and negative thoughts which children and young people may be experiencing as a result of the ongoing pandemic.
As part of the week partners will provide safeguarding updates highlighting the breadth of services provided across the borough to protect and safeguard children, including:
- YOS developing an Operation Inclusion Programme with other Merseyside Youth Offending Teams, Merseyside Police and the Crown Prosecution Service with a launch date of 1st April 2021. This is a new diversion/delayed prosecution service using the new Outcome 22 option where children can avoid prosecution if they complete work with YOS.
- MST CAN’s (MultiSystemic Therapy CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) significant outcomes for those families referred. All 42 children affected avoided a move to in-house foster care, had they been placed into the care system it could have had a huge impact on those children.
- Liv Housing’s winter scheme supporting families in poverty with help towards heating, water, and food bills. Also, it’s Young People’s Fund providing bespoke interventions to reduce harm, incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour.
- Initiatives led by the East Police Vulnerable Persons Unit (PVPU) including support for children who have witnessed Domestic Abuse and the Child Exploitation team is currently running an operation targeting modern slavery across the area.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:
“The week will provide the many different agencies who work together to ensure our children are protected and safe the opportunity to meet virtually and share important learning and best practice. Many of the services provided by the agencies have experienced increasing demands during the pandemic so it’s also a chance to recognise and celebrate what’s been achieved in these ongoing difficult times.”
“Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership is hosting the virtual Safeguarding Children Awareness Week as part of its commitment to continuous improvement and wider communication.”
Further details about the week are available on the Knowsley Safeguarding Children Partnership website.