Further Safeguarding Resources
- Information for families following the death of a child
- Bereavement Booklet for professionals working with children and young people
- Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
- What To Do If You’re Worried a Child is Being Abused 2015
Looked After Children & Care Leavers
Click here to view the Norfolk Looked After Children and Care Leavers Strategy 2016-19.
Click here to visit the Norfolk Early Help website for more information.
What is a young carer?
• A young carer is “a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person (other than someone who does this because of a contract or volunteering work)”.
• They will often be providing physical and/or emotional support to someone because that person has a disability, has a physical or mental illness, or has issues with substance misuse.
• We know that there are well over 5000 Young Carers in Norfolk but many are hidden because they do not realise they are a young carer, or because of fears of stigma/external involvement.
• Being a young carer can have a significant impact on their physical and mental health, educational attainment and their transition into adulthood.
Norfolk Young Carers Forum has put together a range of awareness-raising mini-presentations which cover various issues relating to young carers and the support available:
Mental Health Issues
There is a new national initiative called Shelf Help available in all of Norfolk’s public libraries to support young people 13-18 and their friends and families if they are dealing with mental health issues and to raise awareness of common issues, including advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying, body image and exams. Click here for more information.
Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation
Below is guidance that will assist you in deciding whether a Vulnerable To Radicalisation (VTR) referral is appropriate and to help you make that referral if you deem that it is. The quick reference guide gives an overview whilst the Vulnerable To Radicalisation Referral and Channel Guidance document provides more in depth explanation. The referral form itself provides notes to assist with completing it.
Click here for further information, relevant local and national documentation and Prevent resources.
Domestic Abuse and Violence
Drug and Alcohol Issues
The Matthew Project: Unity have produced the following leaflets to help raise awareness of the support they offer to young people and their families on tackling drug and alcohol issues.
For more information on drugs you can also visit the Talk to Frank website.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) & Forced Marriage
Norfolk Children’s Services now have a Kinship Team, offering support, guidance and annual reviews of all children cared for under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) or Private Fostering. The advice and support line is now open on 01603 224131. The team will take calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9.30am-1.30pm), and an answering service is now operational, with the team aiming to reply to queries within 3 working days. This advice line is primarily for special guardians, private foster carers, kinship carers and colleagues. Click here for the Kinship Team leaflet for colleagues.