Welcome to the Local Safeguarding Children Group (LSCG) for the East.


The Local Safeguarding Children Groups (LSCGs) are the sub-groups of the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB). Their purpose is to explore safeguarding issues on a local level, enhancing knowledge of the local picture and being a conduit to between the locality and the overarching board. Click here for an information pack about Local Children’s Safeguarding Groups.

This locality webpage provides information about what’s happening in the East area of Norfolk with regard to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. If you would like to get in touch with the Local Safeguarding children’s group or have information you would like to include on this webpage, please email eastLSCG@norfolk.gov.uk.

East LSCG Membership

Click here to find out who is your LSCG rep.

Click here to access the Members Only section

Local Events & Training:

Click here for a calendar of events happening in your area.

  • Click here to see the dates for the Signs of Safety Development Session in the East for June – December 2017.

Locality News & Information

News – February 2017:

Click here to see Children’s Services Improving Times newsletter which this month is focused on what has been happening in the East.

Great Yarmouth Safeguarding Conference
The LSCG presented a safeguarding conference at Great Yarmouth Library on 2nd February 2012. We were pleased to welcome 120 delegates from a wide range of agencies, and for those of you that were unable to attend, you can find the presentation here.
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News – October 2016:

LSCB Raising Awareness of CSE and Internet Safety Event
On 23 August 2016 the LSCB East had a stall on Great Yarmouth Market Place to share information with the public around CSE. The stall was manned by staff from Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Police, Matthew Project, GFS Platform, GYROS and YOT. Members of the public had the opportunity to complete a short questionnaire and were given information on the agencies available to offer advice and support.

Information was provided to many parents and of those 63 agreed complete a questionnaire for us; 42 said they did know what CSE was, or had heard about it; 11 weren’t aware what it was or what it meant and 9 weren’t sure; 48 felt that their use, or they children’s use, of the internet or phone wasn’t putting them at risk; 9 were unsure or didn’t know and 6 people were worried or had concerns.

A lot of parents felt they had enough parental controls in place and felt their children knew what they were doing and weren’t at risk, felt they were clued up and aware. Several of the parents had very young children who weren’t allowed on the internet alone, didn’t have phones of their own, or weren’t allowed to have access after a certain time. One parent did say that although they did monitor they felt that young people could be clever.

Some parents have been involved in incidents or have social work involvement in the family.

There were some parents with worries, one father no longer lives with children and was concerned about their online safety, one young person was worried about a sister.

A lot of people felt confident or very confident to make contact with an agency or get advice or support. Some felt that they had people they knew who they would talk to such as teachers in school, social workers already involved. Others felt more confident once they’d been given some advice or information on the day about the agencies or information available.

Early Help Monthly BulletinClick here to see the latest Early Help Monthly Bulletin for October 2016.

News – August 2016:

Click here to see Children’s Services Improving Times newsletter which this month is focused on what has been happening in the East.

News – June 2016:

Early Help Surgeries with Social Care

The Family Support Plan (FSP) consultations are for FSP leads who are worried about children with a FSP Plan or a ‘stuck’ plan which is not creating change for children. The consultations meetings run once a fortnight with the next session being held on the 6th July. There are 2 slots per fortnight and these can be booked by contacting Louise Penn – louise.penn@norfolk.gov.uk. The consultation will offer the expertise of 4 Children’s Services managers, an Early Help manager and practitioners in the Early Help team. If you cannot attend the consultation meeting we could arrange a conference call.

Click here for more information about the Early Help Hub in the East.

east sos celebration

We held the first Signs of Safety partnership celebration event today where 74 practitioners from 25 different partner organisations attended. Presentations were given by the Social Work Team, Early Help Family Focus Team and Flegg High School and some really helpful practice development took place helping us to continue and further the use of Signs Of Safety here in Great Yarmouth.
SoS Celebration 26.5.16

On the 8th and 22nd June at 9:30am and 9:45am Children’s Services Social Work Team managers and Early Help Family Focus Team Manager are offering consultations by appointment using Signs of Safety to look at ‘stuck cases’ that partner agencies might be involved with. Consent from the family must be sought before consultation. Please phone to book a slot on 01493 448157. These consultations will continue to be offered to partner agencies on a rolling basis and can be either face to face or by conference call.

During the past year Children’s Services – Domestic Abuse Change Co-ordinator has trained 47 new Domestic Abuse champions from a range of organisations including Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Children’s Centres, schools and colleges. This will substantially increase the awareness of Domestic abuse across Great Yarmouth and build better capacity in knowing how to appropriately respond to children, parents and carers who are experiencing domestic abuse.

The Great Yarmouth LSCG has agreed to undertake a survey in the summer term of children and young people to better understand their experiences of ‘how safe they feel’ – This will look at utilising partner organisations asking set questions about children and young people’s experiences of safety in the home, at school and in their local community. This will help the LSCG look at how we can best provide support, guidance and information to partners across Great Yarmouth to ensure children and young people are better supported with their personal safety and wellbeing.

GY EH hub

The early help hub in Great Yarmouth based in Greyfriars House is open for partners to attend and bring cases or information to collaboration time every morning at 9:30am. The Early Help hub phone number is 01493 846375.

Locality Information:

Are you looking for information on services in East Norfolk? Have you tried the Norfolk Directory, if you can’t find what you’re looking for then the team of dedicated Community Capacity Coordinators & Partnership Officers may be able to help, who have a wealth of information and knowledge of services and organisations in the local area. The Community Capacity Coordinators for the East of Norfolk are Caroline Brand and Rebecca Norris, and the Partnership Officer is Clare Hodges. They hold a directory of services and can signpost professionals in the right direction. You can contact the team at cs.cpccteam.gtyarmouth@norfolk.gov.uk.

Your Community Capacity Co-ordinator’s are:

Caroline Brand caroline.brand@norfolk.gov.uk
Rebecca Norris rebecca.norris@norfolk.gov.uk
and they can be contacted on 01493 448157.

The Partnerships officer is Clare Hodges clare.hodges@norfolk.gov.uk

Your Signs of Safety Leads are:

Louise Penn (EHFF Manager) louise.penn@norfolk.gov.uk
Mairi Hutchinson (EHFF Manager) mairi.hutchinson@norfolk.gov.uk
Ben Ablett (Senior Practitioner) ben.ablett@norfolk.gov.uk
Karryn Dixon (Process Manager) karryn.dixon@norfolk.gov.uk

Useful Links:

Domestic Abuse Services:
Pandora : www.pandoraproject.org.uk
Leeway Domestic Abuse Services : www.leewaysupport.org
Ormiston : www.ormiston.org
Domestic Abuse Website: www.norfolk.gov.uk/domesticabuse

Well-being Services:
Point-One: www.point-1.org.uk
One to One Project: www.onetooneproject.com
Norfolk & Waveney well-being Service: www.wellbeingnandw.co.uk
Nelsons Journey: www.nelsonsjourney.org.uk

Young People Support Services:
West Norfolk Young Carers: www.westnorfolkcarers.org.uk
Benjamin Foundation: www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk
ASD Helping Hands: www.asdhelpinghands.org.uk
Mancroft Advice Project: www.map.uk.net

Stonham Homestay: www.homegroup.org.uk

Family Support & Community Services:
Children’s Centres: www.childrenscentres.info
Early Help: www.norfolk.gov.uk/earlyhelp
CAB: www.norfolkcab.org.uk
ASD Helping Hands: www.asdhelpinghands.org.uk

National Autistic Society: www.westnorfolknas.org.uk
Starfish: www.norfolkcommunityhealthandcare.nhs.uk
CAMHS: www.nsft.nhs.uk
NRP: www.norfolkrecoverypartnership.org.uk
Matthew Project: www.matthewproject.orgli