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1 1 Safeguarding Children in Partnership with Londons BME & Faith Communities 13 th May 2011 Emma Aiyere Pan-London Project Co-ordinator

2 Project Aims Project Outputs Project Strands 1.Local projects (12 Local Authorities) 2.LSCB Audits 3.Focus Groups Professionals Culture community Faith community Project timeline and information 2 Outline

3 3 Project Aims

4 4 Co-ordination Co-ordination of this project is jointly by London Board & London Borough of Bexley. Project Aims are: To build capacity in BME & faith communities to safeguard children To foster partnership working between statutory services and the communities they serve London Safeguarding Children Culture & Faith Project

5 5 Project Outputs

6 6 Guidance on culture and faith issues to accompany the London Child Protection Procedures A Strategy Toolkit to assist LSCBs engage with local communities whose culture and faith distinguishes them from the host nation A Training Toolkit to assist professionals to better safeguard children whose circumstances include culture and faith issues

7 7 Project Strand 1 – Local Projects

8 8 London Safeguarding Children Culture & Faith Project Local projects: Barnet is developing a voluntary and community sector safeguarding advice service; supporting progress in safeguarding by faith groups & engaging with supplementary schools Bexley is piloting community parenting support groups to assist families from minority ethnic communities and faith groups Brent is undertaking a comprehensive community engagement exercise, followed by establishment of a community-led sub- group within the LSCB

9 9 Local projects continued : Enfield is piloting a training programme for professionals, church & community leaders and parents aimed at promoting prevention of harm and early intervention Greenwich is improving the engagement of the voluntary sector with the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board in six key areas e.g. information sharing Hackneys Youth Parliament members are interviewing young people and parents on the topics of HBV, domestic violence and forced marriage, to make recommendations for improving practice London Safeguarding Children Culture & Faith Project

10 10 London Safeguarding Children Culture & Faith Project Local projects continued : Haringey is developing a best practice training toolkit to equip staff to work competently with BME and faith communities Merton is tracking child protection interventions for minority ethnic & faith communities and engaging communities to better safeguard children; Also Merton children & young people will interview their peers to identify any culture or faith related differences in their views about their own safety& wellbeing Newham is piloting an education programme to raise community and multi-agency/faith understanding & awareness of child sexual abuse and spirit possession

11 Local projects continued : Newham is piloting an education programme to raise community and multi-agency/faith understanding & awareness of child sexual abuse and spirit possession Sutton is engaging local faith and community groups (and supplementary schools) and linking them into local voluntary sector umbrella organisation with advice and training Tower Hamlets is piloting the introduction of a multi-agency cultural competence training programme for professionals, to assist them to respond competently to children & families from a variety of communities and faiths 11 London Safeguarding Children Culture & Faith Project

12 12 Individual Borough Project

13 13 Borough & project profile: Population – 33%+ other than White; over one third born outside UK; 170 languages and dialects spoken in schools; Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim & other faiths. 25% children (much higher proportion of children in minority ethnic groups than in adult population) Key project strengths – joint project management between LA & local voluntary service; senior LA & LSCB buy-in and the project builds on existing relationships between the statutory and voluntary sectors and uses existing community & faith networks Goodwill & trust was already being fostered e.g. with an annual BME month and a part-time voluntary sector safeguarding support service Individual Borough Project

14 14 Emerging themes: Community & faith group priority is for trust and confidentiality Communities & faith groups are not clear about the difference between parenting support and safeguarding Individuals in community and faith groups have concerns over bringing shame on their community or group through reporting Local faith leaders are powerful and it is difficult for followers to challenge them. The leaders need to be positively engaged Professionals need to better understand cultural norms e.g. the caring role of older siblings in some large BME families Individual Borough Project

15 15 Emerging themes continued : Professionals need to understand extremes within a faith and culture Professionals should query and understand perceptions of disability across different faiths and cultures Professionals lack the confidence to challenge where the safeguarding issue clearly has a cultural origin Stereotyping of communities & faith groups continues to be evident Media stereotypes of faith groups – negative images of extremism Individual Borough Project

16 16 Areas for improvement: Protocols to include involvement of voluntary sector groups relevant to family culture. Joint assessments. Consistent practice. Better signposting needed Improved networking across statutory and voluntary sector professionals re safeguarding Guidance/training on rules of engagement with a family of a different culture e.g. times to ring, suitable dress, norms for eye contact. Increase understanding of cultural norms and where they come from. For statutory and voluntary sector staff working across cultures Individual Borough Project

17 17 Areas for improvement continued : Improve training for statutory services about the local community profile and the voluntary sector – update and deliver frequently to cover new staff/turnover Encourage diversity in members of the LSCB Develop a role for safeguarding advisers from the voluntary sector with knowledge of community languages – to advocate for a family Create more opportunities for dialogue across faiths to get a better understanding of beliefs in different areas e.g. faith and health, faith and parenting, faith & marriage Individual Borough Project

18 18 Areas for improvement continued : Develop a list of individuals and groups who can provide advice on faith/culture, with an understanding of safeguarding Provide information simply & in different languages Provide parenting programmes delivered in community languages Increase preventative work with families Individual Borough Project

19 19 Project Strand 2 – Audits for all 32 LSCBs

20 Most LSCBs audited have Child Protection Policy in place, quality assured and reviewed annually or in the event of local or national developments Professionals and service users are aware of the Child Protection policy and have access to it via the boroughs intranet (with links to it via the LSCB website) and hard copies distributed during training Recording of incidents, concerns and referrals in relation to BME children and young people achieved by –Routinely collecting data on ethnicity on contact, referral and interventions by Management information –Publishing equality data reports specifically for Children Services –Including monitoring of ethnicity in referrals made to Children Social Care and reported on in dataset Equalities Impact Assessment in relation to safeguarding processes has been carried out by some, while the rest are proposing to have it done 20 Policies and Procedures

21 Few LSCBs have a designated person / officer within the LA with clearly defined role and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding BME children and Faith communities at senior management level while most claimed that it is an integral part of everybodys job Few LSCBs claimed that their professionals and volunteers are clear about who within the Local Authority are the designated people and of the circumstances in which they should be contacted All LSCBs audited confirmed that professionals and volunteers have access to a supervision/support structure whilst working with BME children / young person or FAITH communities Most LSCBs audited confirmed that there are mechanisms in place that enable the views of BME children / young people and FAITH communities to be taken into account in the planning and provision of services 21 Responsibility, supervision & communication

22 To further promote the safeguarding of BME and Faith communities: All LSCBs audited have a current / recent project in place Most LSCBs have publications such as guidance / leaflets, posters etc in place Most LSCBs have an active engagement with BME children and Faith communities e.g. Through Youth LSCB Most LSCBs use diverse methods to actively engage BME children and Faith communities eg. Use of visual aids within the disabled childrens service to actively engage BME children that are LAC. Diverse methods used are appropriate to the childrens needs / abilities 22 Good practice promoting safeguarding

23 continued: Most LSCBs have carried out an area mapping of ethnicity / faith population as part of an assessment of local need e.g. language spoken Most LSCBs have a parenting support group as well as other support groups in place eg. Childrens center offering language support classes for parents whose first language is not English; Islamic Womens Resource Centre Good practice promoting safeguarding

24 All LSCBs audited: Are running training courses for the professionals on how to better safeguard BME children and Faith communities Have an induction process in place for all professionals who will have contact with BME children and Faith communities which include familiarisation with the Child Protection Policies and Procedures as well as basic Child Protection training eg. LSCBs multi-agency training combined with the Safer Network DVD for raising awareness of safeguarding in black and ethnic minority communities Have a register in place of all professionals who have completed the induction process. Register is maintained by the LA Organisational Development Team 24 Training for professionals

25 All LSCBs audited continued: Have a register in place of all professionals who have completed the induction process. Register is maintained by the LA Organisational Development Team Recognised that the professionals training needs are periodically reviewed to ensure knowledge of safeguarding BME children and Faith communities matters is maintained and up-to-date Confirmed that additional training is available for all professionals working with BME children / young people appropriate to role e.g. Training on Effective working with Black and Minority Ethnic Children and Families

26 26 Project Strand 3 – Focus Groups

27 Focus groups: Focus groups: These are being held in all 32 LSCB areas across London with the Professionals working with children, Culture community and Faith community An electronic survey is also taking place Results / responses from these focus groups will be shared at the next London Safeguarding Children Board Conference 27 London Project – Focus groups

28 28 Project Timeline and Information

29 29 London Safeguarding Children Culture & Faith Project Project timeline & information: Project outputs launch will be at the London Safeguarding Children Board Conference (30 th November 2011 at Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre) For current information about the Project see the London Board website: The London Board welcomes all contributions which can inform development of the Project outputs. If you wish to contribute, please contact the Project Co-ordinator, Emma Aiyere at:


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