Welcome to the Local Children’s Safeguarding Group (LSCG) for West Norfolk

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 West 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 westlscg@norfolk.gov.uk.

West 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.

Locality News & Information

News – April 2017:
Click here to read the latest version of Improving Times which is focussed on the West locality.

News – November 2016:
Early Help Monthly BulletinClick here to see the latest Early Help Monthly Bulletin for November 2016.

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

Early Help Network Event – 28th September 2016 – West Norfolk PDCClick here to see the flyer for this event and apply using this booking form.

Domestic Abuse Champions Newsletter for the WestClick here to see the latest Domestic Abuse Bulletin – July 2016.

Early Help Hub: Click here to view the latest monthly bulletin for the West Early Help Hub.
help hub
Update on Early Help in Kings Lynn & West Norfolk: There is a fully functioning steering group in place and meeting monthly. The current agenda includes Co-location and the potential site for this, and Joint Working and Information Sharing. There has been some initial progress around co-location. The Operational Partnership Team have offered Early Help desk space in their current location. The Borough Council are looking at options for a larger space for the development of a Multi-Agency Hub similar to the South Norfolk model.
The Hub
A working day to day model will be designed to meet the needs of the west locality with input from partner agencies. The focus will be on communication, function, handover of cases and duty cover. There is some consideration being given to a hub coordinator.
Current Operational Hub – Allocations Meetings in the West
These meetings are a way to assess cases being referred into services in the West. Most cases presented will have come through the early help referral route, but this is also an opportunity for other agencies to discuss possible referrals into partner agencies.
The meetings are currently chaired by Robert Cole and Teresa Frost – Early Help Family Focus Team Managers, and are held on every 2nd Tuesday – the next meeting will be held on 10th July 2016. The meetings are currently being held at Priory House, Kings Lynn.  All are welcome. These meetings will continue until a functioning hub is in place.  There will be a change to operational meetings of some partner agencies. These agencies will start meeting on a bi weekly basis to discuss new referrals or potential referrals. This will enable discussion on the best service for clients and support and signposting for those cases to engage with families as early as possible. The agencies taking part in this are Childrens Services, Health, Housing and the Police (Operational Partnership Team).
Referrals and Cases
Referrals continue to increase into EHFF. Onwards referral to key partners are being used to manage client’s needs – Childrens Centers, FIP, Voluntary Sector. Cases will be supported through the Family Support Process (FSP) for most families. New training is now available for the FSP process. This encompasses the new paperwork and process which is based on the Signs of Safety model. Please remember that there are FSP process managers attached to early help. Their role is to support the set-up of FSP for families where agencies are not sure of the process.
Important contact names and numbers
MASH – Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub – 0344 800 8020
Early Help Process Manager: Rebecca Brown
West Duty number: 01553 669276 (open from 9am – 5pm to offer advice around Early Help, referral process and a Family Support Plan process)
Central Team Tel: 01603 223161
Secure inbox: nehffdatateam@norfolk.gcsx.gov.uk (for sending in referrals)
Email enquiries (non-confidential information only; please send referrals to the above, secure email address): norfolkfamilyfocus@norfolk.gov.uk

News – June 2016:
Universal Credit is coming and shall be replacing six benefits and tax credits with a single monthly payment if you are on a low income or out of work. Gayle Clarke from the Department of Work & Pensions attended the LSCG on 19th May 2016. Universal Credit is gradually being introduced across the country and the King’s Lynn area has started the benefit for single person claimants. Click here to access further links about Universal Credit.

Threshold Guide: This June sees the launch of the Norfolk Threshold Guide. There are a range of workshops across the county – the west event will take place on the 30th June 2016, 9:30AM-1:00PM at the West Norfolk Professional Development Centre, King’s Lynn. Click here for further details.

Cultural Competency Project: Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk Local Safeguarding Children Boards were funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to undertake an innovative project that pools knowledge and concerns across the Boards to improve the effectiveness of safeguarding practice. The three Boards shared concerns about the way agencies work with Eastern European migrant families, particularly around the identification of safeguarding risks and delivering effective interventions with children and young people. The findings from the project are accessible here.

Locality Information:
Are you looking for information on services in West Norfolk? Have you tried the Norfolk Directory, if you can’t find what you’re looking for then the team of dedicated Community Capacity & 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 West of Norfolk are Lynn Cook & Jayne Hallwood – they hold an up to date directory of services and can signpost professionals in the right direction.

The Community Capacity Co-ordinators for West Norfolk are:

Lynn Cook
Telephone 01553 669654
Email: lynn.cook@norfolk.gov.uk

Jane Hallwood
Telephone 01553 614904
Email: jane.hallwood@norfolk.gov.uk

Your Signs of Safety Lead’s are:

Early Help:
Nikki King – Assessment & Training Officer
Rebecca Brown – Process Manager
Rob Cole – Early Help & Family Focus Team Manager
Teresa Frost – Early Help & Family Focus Team Manager
Carol Manning – Head of Services & Partnerships
Sandra Wilson-Low – Service Manager (Stonham Home Group)
Sarah Mace – Senior Family Practitioner
Ashely Yallop – Senior Practitioner
Deborah Wilson – Operations Manager (YOT)

Social Care:
Sarah Adams – Team Manager (FIT)
Jason Barnes – Team Manager (Leaving Care)
Hayley Griffin – Head of Social Work (West)
Suzy Holman – Team Manager (Fostering)
Peter Hurst – Team Manager (NIPE)
Suzanne Jess – Assistant Team Manager (NIPE)
Nicola King – Children with Disabilities
Lisa Morton – Team Manager (LAC)
Trish Clarke – Social Worker (LAC)
Jayne Burch – Social Worker (Assessment)

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.org