Further Safeguarding Resources

Useful documents

Looked After Children & Care Leavers
Click here to view the Norfolk Looked After Children and Care Leavers Strategy 2016-19.

Early Help
Click here to visit the Norfolk Early Help website for more information.

Young Carers
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:

  • Young Carers Norfolk – Your Guide booklet
  • Young Carers Norfolk – Your Guide Poster
  • Who Are Young Carers
  • How it feels to be a Young Carer
  • Young Carers Presentation – Sources of Support
  • 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.

  • Guidance on Safeguarding Individuals Vulnerable to Radicalisation (VTR) and Referral Process – April 2016
  • VTR Practitioners Quick Guide – July 2016
  • Norfolk VTR Referral Form – April 2016
  • Click here for further information, relevant local and national documentation and Prevent resources.

    Domestic Abuse and Violence

  • Safeguarding Children Abused Through Domestic Abuse – Eastern Region Good Practice Handbook
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse Needs Assessment for Children and Young People in Norfolk – Executive Summary 2015
  • Link to Domestic Abuse resources in Norfolk
  • 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.

  • Are you affected by someone else’s drug and alcohol use?
  • Support for children, young people and families tackling drug and alcohol issues
  • Unity Poster
  • For more information on drugs you can also visit the Talk to Frank website.

    Safer Sleeping

  • Safer Sleeping Guidelines 2014
  • Safer Sleeping Assessment Tool
  • Caring for your Baby at night leaflet
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) & Forced Marriage

  • Freedom Summer 2017 poster for FM and FGM
  • NSCB FGM Policy – November 2016
  • Mutli-Agency Statutory Guidance on FGM – April 2016
  • FGM Mandatory Reporting Procedural Guidance October 15
  • FGM Mandatory Reporting Powerpoint 2015
  • FGM – The Guide to a Good Referral
  • FGM World Prevalence Map
  • National FGM Centre Resources and Guidance
  • National FGM Centre Knowledge Hub
  • Link to Norfolk Constabulary’s Summer Warning for FGM and Forced Marriage
  • Free training link for FGM
  • Government Guidance on FGM
  • FGM Powerpoint for Schools
  • FGM & Forced Marriage Guidance for Schools
  • Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance for dealing with Forced Marriage 2014
  • Multi-Agency practice guidelines: Handling cases of Forced Marriage 2014
  • Free training link for Forced Marriage
  • Forced Marriage Powerpoint for Schools
  • Growing Up Married Information
  • Private Fostering
    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.

  • Private Fostering Guidance for Police and other Criminal Justice Professionals
  • Private Fostering Guidance for Schools
  • Private Fostering Guidance for Health Professionals
  • Private Fostering in Norfolk: A multi-agency approach Best Practice Group Presentation – 18 October 2013