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Mpower offers a service to women who have had at least one child removed from their care and who need additional support in understanding the reasons behind this. Mpower helps by addressing the issues that led to removal, with the aim to reduce the likelihood of it happening again. Often these women do not feel in a position to seek support through other means. We build a trusting, non judgemental relationship and help women focus on themselves. We offer both practical and emotional support to within a tailored support plan and encourage them to access both community and therapeutic and specialist services according to need.

For more information please contact
Michelle Leach, Senior Practitioner, Gt Yarmouth Service – 07790 842063

June 2017 Conference
This month Great Yarmouth hosted a conference on using Signs of Safety in neglect cases.

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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.

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.