Safeguarding in Education Termly Meeting for Designated Safeguarding Leads 28th November 2017

Many thanks to all who attended the safeguarding in education forum on 28th November 2017,  particularly to those who presented and to John Lyon School for hosting.  The presentations from the event are available below:

CSE Update – Messages from Research  – Jacinta Kane

Safeguarding Training Centre from The Key – Isabelle Goodwin and Emma Espin

FGM Presentation by Norbury School – Louise Browning 

The New HSCB Training Framework – Ushma Patel 

Virtual School Updates – Mellina Williamson-Taylor 

Annual Conference 2nd February 2017- Presentations

Thank you to everyone who attended a very successful Annual Conference 2017. The presentations from the conference can be downloaded below:

Keynote speakers

Jan Irwin- Domestic Abuse- A journey through life

Dr Hannah Bows- Domestic Violence and older people



  1. Barbara Houston and Jackie Carter- Sharing good practice- Perpetrators of domestic abuse
  2. Martin Delaney, Kellie Philips, and Danielle Regev- Domestic abuse and substance misuse
  3. Hetal Amin and Mahbuba Husssain- What is an IDVA?
  4. Sarbjit Ganger & Pardip Gill- Cultural sensitivities- forced marriage and honour based violence
  5. Janet Gothelf- Domestic abuse and autism
  6. Tanya Denis and Grace Nartey- Domestic abuse and early years
  7. Foziha Hamid- Technology facilitated violence and abuse



HSCB Annual Conference 2016 Presentations

Thank you for all that attended a very successful Annual Conference 2016. The presentations from the conference can be downloaded below:

Lisa Thornhill – Young people who exhibit harmful sexual behaviour (Keynote)
George Curtis – Understanding and responding to peer-on-peer abuse (Keynote)
Wise Up To Drugs- Legal Highs (Workshop)
Legal Highs and Issues for Young People in Harrow (Workshop)
Safeguarding beyond the School Gates (Workshop)
FGM Presentation (Workshop)
Lisa Thornhill – Working with young people who exhibit HSB (Workshop)
George Curtis – A contextual exploration of peer-on-peer abuse (Workshop)

‘Chelsea’s Choice’ Theatre Production in Harrow

Following the success of the theatre production, HSCB has commissioned a re-run of ‘Chelsea’s choice which is due to take place early 2017.

What is ‘Chelsea’s Choice’?

Chelsea’s choice is an innovative 35 minute long theatre play highlighting the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation. The production shows how young people, boys and girls, are groomed by adults for the purposes of sexual exploitation using various methods, ensnaring young people and eventually taking complete control and dominating their whole lives. Students gained a better understanding of the devastating impact that sexual exploitation has on a young person’s life

The drama tells the story of a group of three students who discover the diary of a girl called Chelsea. Chelsea was a young girl who, having fallen out with her friends and family, was approached by a man called Gary. Gary was older, owned a car, had a flat and treated her like an adult. Unfortunately Gary was not what he seemed to be! Chelsea’s story is played out and examined by the three students along with their teacher in an attempt to understand what happened to Chelsea and how it could have been prevented.”

The production received positive reception from young people in Harrow- listed below for the feedback.

Harrow Youth Parliament – Chelsea’s Choice Responses in MP3

Serious Case Review

The HSCB has just published its latest serious case review into the tragic death of a baby in 2014. To read the overview report, see link below:

Serious Case Review: Overview Report and Executive Summary – Baby F – November 2015

FGM – new duty for reporting FGM (for under 18s) to Police

Some of you will be aware of the additions made to the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, introduced through the Serious Crimes Act 2015.  I particularly want to bring your attention to the new duty for regulated professionals to report to the police any concerns of FGM appearing to have been carried out on a girl aged under 18 (at the time of the discovery).  This duty comes into force on the 1st of October 2015. 

The duty applies to professionals working within healthcare, social care and teachers.  A useful factsheet has been produced by the Home Office (attached).  Please ensure that this information and the new duties are disseminated and understood by relevant practitioners.

The Home Office is currently producing updated guidance – including agency specific guidance, following a recent consultation process and this will be published on our website as soon as it becomes available.

Download FGM Factsheet – Serious Crimes Act 2005

To apply for HSCB training on FGM see here.

Prevent Duty- reporting radicalisation and extremism

From 1 July 2015 all schools, registered early years childcare providers, and registered later years childcare providers are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent duty.

Download Prevent Duty Guidance, which specifies guidance for authorities in England and Wales.

For further information about Prevent see here.

What to do if you are worried about a child. To discuss concerns or make a referral: