Welcome to The Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

 

Our website brings together information for children, young people & their families, as well as the professionals who work with them.

COVID-19

As an Adults Safeguarding Board and Children’s Safeguarding Partnership we hope that everyone is as safe and well as they can be and where ever possible adhering to the latest Government guidelines around Covid 19. We have added some information to our website with regards to advice and guidance about how to stay safe and well and also be mindful of those individuals who are using this situation to their own gain through the commission of fraud and scams. There is a useful link to Trading Standards attached with regards to this. 

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Thames Valley Police – Online Child Sexual Abuse: Information for Parents/Carers and Young People

 

Do you know who your children are speaking to online?

During lockdown, many of us are turning online to stay in touch and this goes for children as well as adults. Sadly, some criminals are using these extraordinary circumstances as a way to exploit and target young people when they are online.

Thames Valley Police have seen an increase in reports of online sexual abuse involving children since movement restrictions were introduced and are urging parents to take this opportunity to have honest conversations about online safety with their children and to review privacy settings on the apps and social networks that they are using.

To support parents during COVID-19, the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection division are producing fortnightly activity packs to help discuss staying safe online with your children. These age-appropriate resources, containing two 15-minute activities for each age group, can be found at www.thinkuknow.co.uk

Please see below links for further information: –

Article for Parents and Carers

Article for Young People

App Information

Info for Home Schooling

Useful Info and Links

Silent Solution (calling 999 and pressing 55) DA_5_list_800x400px_v3.jpg

Silent Solution is a police system used to filter out large numbers of accidental or hoax 999 calls.   It also exists to help people who are unable to speak, but who genuinely need police assistance. You will hear an automated police message, which lasts for 20 seconds and begins with ‘you are through to the police’. It will ask you to press 55 to be put through to police call management. The BT operator will remain on the line and listen. If you press 55, tap or make a noise, they will be notified and transfer the call to the police. If you don’t do any of the above, the call will be terminated after 45 seconds.

Further information can be found at: – https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/silentsolution

 

New coronavirus helpline for concerns about an extremely vulnerable person

Buckinghamshire Council now has a 24/7 phone number – 01296 383204 – set up specifically for calls relating to coronavirus only. This is the number to call if you have coronavirus-related concerns about an extremely vulnerable person. Please do not call this number for general enquiries, medical queries or any non-coronavirus related enquiry.

Please use their customer service centre number – 01296 395000 – for all other enquiries.

Community support hub information can be found at https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/community-hub/

 

ICON Campaign – Coping with a Crying Baby

This campaign has been initiated to help reduce the incidence of traumatic head injuries in babies. During this difficult and challenging time, there may be an increase in stress levels amongst families.

The Hampshire group developed an acronym ‘ICON’ which supports the core message and which has been fully endorsed by the national group.

ICON represents:

I – Infant crying is normal

C– Comforting methods can help

O– Its okay to walk away

N– Never, ever shake a baby

Please see the following ICON video and link to their website for guidance.

ICON Video

Website: http://iconcope.org/about-icon/

Community Volunteers During COVID-19 Outbreak

Please also see the following link to view a Government safeguarding factsheet , designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-factsheet-community-volunteers-during-covid-19-outbreak

COVID-19 Update – Guidance for Contacting the BSCP Team

Following recent Government guidance a decision has been made for support staff within the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership and Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board to work from home.

Where possible please contact the team via e-mail in the first instance.

For urgent matters where you need to speak to a member of the team please call: –

  • Vince Grey (Safeguarding Partnership Manager) on 07890 398035: or

  • Christine Hutson (Partnership Administration Officer) on 01296 387146 with effect from Monday 23rd March 2020.