Children’s MARS Toolkits for Professionals
Safeguarding Partner Links
North Lincolnshire Council – For further information regarding services for children and young people & the North Lincolnshire Fostering and Adoption Service.
North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group – For further information regarding healthcare services in North Lincolnshire.
Humberside Police – For further information regarding community policing in North Lincolnshire and advice on protecting vulnerable people.
Childline – if you have any worries about a child or young person
Not In Our Community – protection against grooming and child sexual exploitation
Life Central – central local resource for information and advice about emotional wellbeing
Kooth – An app for young people to access to online counselling and advice on emotional wellbeing.
SEND Local Offer – a local resource for advice and support for young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities.
North Lincolnshire SENDIASS – provide free, confidential and impartial information, advice and support to parents, carers, children and young people in relation to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and related health and social care matters.
Resources for Children, Young People and Families
Hints and Tips Support Leaflets
The below leaflets have been developed to signpost children, young people and families to support during the COVID-19 period.
The below leaflet provides guidance for parents and carers around what to do when their child goes missing. It also gives advice on what to do and how to react when they return home.
Not in Our Community – Missed Me?
Missed Me? is based on real life events and shows the different ways that children and young people can be pushed and pulled into situations of great risk and episodes of going missing.
Missed Me? has been created to help raise awareness of the reasons behind young people going missing and present them as victims rather than perpetrators of crime or the cause of situations including sexual and criminal exploitation.
Barnardo’s – See, Hear, Respond
See, Hear, Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and a group of national and local community-based organisations in response to Covid-19.
The programme has been created specifically to help children and young people who are experiencing harm and increased adversity during lockdown by providing support to those who are not being seen by schools or other key agencies.
To reduce the likelihood of harm and ensure other support and protective networks are in place the programme provides:
- Online digital support, including advice and information, online counselling and a telephone helpline
- Face to face interventions, such as support for groups at risk outside the home and one to one support
- Reintegration into education, including assessments and the delivery of support pathways back to education
Referrals are accepted for all children and young people under the age of 18 who are not already receiving support from statutory agencies, for example through Child Protection Plans, and especially want to invite referrals for families who are most isolated from support due to COVID-19, including:
- Under 5s with a specific focus on under 2s
- Those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and where there are concerns about their welfare e.g. online safety
- Children who maybe at increased risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation inside or outside of the home
- Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee children who experience barriers to accessing services
- Young carers
Further information is available on the Barnardo’s website.
Resources are available through the See, Hear, Respond Support Hub on a range of subjects including emotional wellbeing, advice for young carers and how to manage caring for children whilst working from home.
The ICON programme has been developed to help parents, carers and families understand that increased crying between 2 weeks and 6-8 weeks of age is normal and helps families cope with a crying baby. It also raises awareness of the dangers of a baby being shaken, something that can be triggered by a baby crying, and the devastating injuries this can cause sometimes resulting in death.
The ICON website iconcope.org provides further advice for both parents and professionals working with children and families.
- ICON information leaflet
- Coping with Crying – My Personal ICON plan
- The normal crying curve
- ICON intervention talking points
- Prevention of Abusive Head Trauma in babies – information sheet
- Maternal Postnatal template for GP practices
ICON was conceived following years of study and research into prevention of Abusive Head Trauma. The ICON founder, Dr Suzanne Smith PhD, consolidated the study and research with a visit to USA and Canada in 2016 (courtesy of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship) to see the prevention programmes in action and to understand more about what makes such programmes a success.
Her report is available on the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Website.
Relationship Matters is a partnership between North Lincolnshire Children’s Multi-Agency Resilience and Safeguarding (MARS) Arrangements and 14 other local authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber region helping families who may be having relationship difficulties.
The website offers families information, tips and help and what better time than now as the coronavirus has made big changes to the way in which we live our everyday lives.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists have published a document for parents and carers. It covers the effects that domestic violence and abuse can have on children, and how to try and avoid these problems.
Thinkuknow has produced education resources for professionals on the consensual and non-consensual sharing of nude images among young people.
Send me a pic? has been developed in response to learning from research into young people’s relationships online, and through extensive collaboration with young people across the UK.
The resource pack contains three sessions plans based on short film clips. Each clip shows a fictional online chat where young people request, receive and discuss issues related to nude images
To access the resources, visit the Send me a pic? page.
Online Blackmail is a new education resource which aims to help young people identify key characteristics of how blackmail manifests online, understand the impact it can have, and how they access help if they experience it.
The one-hour Online blackmail session can be delivered in schools, colleges, youth groups and other educational settings.
To access the resource, visit the Online blackmail education resource page.
This video provides a brief introduction to the principals of contextual safeguarding.
Membership of the Contextual Safeguarding Practitioner’s Network is free. By joining you will be able to access all features of the website and you will receive regular newsletter updates. Your contributions will help develop member practice and inform the research and policy efforts of the ‘International Centre: Researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking’.
Preventing Harmful Sexual Behaviour
Children and young people are most likely to be at risk of sexual abuse within their family and community. But not all sexual abuse is carried out by adults. Around one third of child sexual abuse is thought to be carried out by under 18s.
And as COVID-19 restrictions mean that some children might be spending more time unsupervised offline and online or away from supportive adults, there’s a real danger that cases of harm might increase.
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has developed a toolkit for parents, carers and professionals to help them be aware of the risks of harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people, so that they know what they can do to prevent. It contains advice, information, resources and links to useful organisations and further support.
The toolkit is available to view and download from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation website.