Cheshire Anti-Slavery Network
Actively engage within Cheshire to prevent Modern Slavery and Trafficking.
Private Fostering Week - 9th July to 13th July 2018
It offers an opportunity to highlight the vulnerability of children in private fostering arrangements.
In keeping with the Government’s focus on safeguarding children at risk, the key objective is to raise awareness about this largely “invisible” group of children and to encourage professionals to make contact with the Local Authority where they believe an arrangement maybe in place.
Private fostering is when a child is placed for 28 days or more in the care of someone who is not their parent or close relative, (close relative being: step-parent, grandparent, sibling, uncle or aunt) through a private agreement made between their parent and a carer. These children are essentially “invisible” which places them in a vulnerable group where they can be subject to possible abuse and exploitation.
If you want to find out more, click to take you to the Private Fostering Policy and Procedure (MS Word, 218KB) and also further information for professionals.
Cheshire East Safeguarding & Dignity Awards 2018
The Cheshire East Safeguarding Adults and Children’s Boards aim to prevent abuse where possible and act quickly and appropriately when it does happen.
The Boards recognise that across Cheshire East there are many carers, health and social workers plus volunteers doing fantastic jobs, sometimes under very difficult circumstances.
The Safeguarding & Dignity Awards is an opportunity to celebrate and recognise good practice in organisations, teams, individual workers or volunteers with regards to treating individuals with dignity, and supporting and protecting children and adults at risk from abuse, harm or exploitation.
Successful nominees will be invited to attend a celebratory event at 2.00pm on 15 November 2018 at Congleton Town Hall where there will be light refreshments and awards for the winners.
So, if you know someone who goes the extra mile to treat individuals with dignity or to support and protect children and adults at risk please nominate them or their organisation for an award.
Nominations can be from anyone.
To nominate a person or team for an award, complete the nomination form (MS Word, 181KB) and send the form to SafeguardingAwards@cheshireeast.gov.uk.
Closing date for nominations - 14 September 2018
Cheshire East launches neglect strategy with public plea
Cheshire East Council has joined forces with partners to spearhead a new strategy to help prevent the most common form of child abuse - neglect. To tackle this head on, the council is calling on residents to help by reporting it.
Very serious matters such as radicalisation and child sexual exploitation are firmly in the minds of the public but the numbers of cruelty and neglect offences in England are the highest they have ever been. Neglect affects one in 10 children and in many cases leads on to even more serious issues.
Through Cheshire East’s Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) the neglect strategy will tackle the key challenge of identifying neglect much sooner and intervening immediately.
If you see any of the following in a child or young person then neglect may be happening:
- Often in dirty clothes;
- Looking malnourished
- Being out of school during normal school hours; and
- Displaying very withdrawn behaviour
In developing the strategy, the authority worked with children and young people affected by abuse and neglect, who said they wanted to be listened to, understand what their concerns are and what will happen next. This is what they said.
“When neglected you feel alone, isolated and like you’re different to the rest, nothing you do or say matters.”
“I felt like I missed out and for me it felt like it was my fault we weren’t allowed what others had, we didn’t get the love others got. It makes you feel different and even now two years later the feeling never goes away.”
Councillor Liz Durham, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: "Historically the challenge we have faced as a society in addressing this terrible problem, is that many of us have been too unsure of ourselves to come forward. Hopefully this will now change.
“Cheshire East Council is committed to making a difference to the lives of young people in our communities. We want the borough to be a great place to be young, where all our children and young people can thrive and feel safe from harm and neglect.
“The wider community of Cheshire East has such a vital role to play in ensuring that we achieve this.”
Gill Frame, independent chair of the LSCB said: “The impact of neglect on children is enormous. Neglect causes great distress to children, leading to poor health, educational and social outcomes and is potentially fatal.”
If you think you have seen signs of child neglect, please call 0300 123 5012 or visit our neglect page. Your information will be treated in complete confidence.