Child Protection Conferences, Children Looked After and Fostering Reviews
In light of recent Government advice in relation to reducing the spread of coronavirus, face-to-face meetings will not be held until further notice. These include Child Protection Conferences, Children Looked After Reviews, the annual review of all East Riding foster carers and LADO strategy discussions.
In relation to child protection conferences, where possible and appropriate, conference calling may be arranged or, alternatively, the chair of the meeting will contact those invited to the meeting individually to discuss their report to the meeting and to ask for views with regard to the plan for the child. The chair of the meeting or Social Worker will then contact individuals in due course to let them know the outcome of the meeting.
All those participating in Child Protection Conferences by telephone should be aware that the information which will be discussed will be highly confidential and, for some families, very sensitive and private. So please ensure that the only people in the room with you, if any, are those who are entitled to be party to this information. These discussions often also deal with adult themes and so children or young people should not be present unless previously agreed with the chair.
Given this temporary change to the arrangements for Child Protection Conferences, it is even more important that the CISROs receive reports for the meeting well in advance so that there is sufficient time to share the main points with families before the meeting takes place.
If you have any queries, please contact the child protection inbox by email:
In relation to Child Looked After reviews, young people will be invited to participate or contribute to the meeting if they agree to this and their personal circumstances allow. Other family members and professionals will be contacted as appropriate and relevant to gather information for the review report and recommendations.
If you have any queries, please contact the Child Looked After inbox by email:
The annual review of foster carers' suitability will take place following discussions with the Fostering Social Worker and carers on how best to proceed.
If you have any queries, please contact the fostering reviews inbox by email:
Managing Allegations first steps. Advice for Head-teachers, Senior Staff and Governors
The LADO in-box is monitored Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm. Initial contact should be by email to:
During Coronavirus pandemic contact by the LADO will be by telephone, loop-up/Microsoft Teams or email where appropriate/relevant, this will include strategy discussions.
Supporting children and young people with their worries and anxiety about Covid-19
Emerging Minds, in collaboration with the University of Reading and the University of Oxford, had published evidence-based advice for parents and carers supporting children and young people with worries about coronavirus. Emerging Minds has also shared a podcast from a recent webinar on supporting children and young people with their worries and anxiety.
Mental Health Support with specific advice on ‘Coronavirus and your wellbeing’
offers support to children and young people and their parents/carers with their mental health and wellbeing. Specific advice on managing self-isolation and anxiety about coronavirus.
Boloh: Barnardos BAME COVID-19 helpline
Is a Black and Asian family Covid-19 Helpline for children, young people and parents/carers affected by COVID-19. Professionals can also use the helpline to discuss how to support a child or young person you are working with.
Local Support for Domestic Abuse
Phone DVAP (01482) 396330
Please note: this is not a 24-hour service.
If you are, or someone you know is, in immediate danger call 999
Silent Solution: If you ring 999 on your mobile but are too scared to speak or make a noise press 55 to confirm there is a genuine emergency.
For more information about Silent Solution:
East Riding Domestic Abuse Service (DVAP) Online Chat and Support
Available 10am-2pm Monday to Friday
COVID-19 advice and tips for healthy relationships can be found at:
SafeLives have developed specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID-19 for both professionals and families around DA:
National Domestic Violence Helpline
Tel: 0808 2000 247
Thinkuknow have published guidance for parents and carers to support children who may be spending more time online at home while they do their school and socialise with friends.
Suggestions to help parents keep children safe online include chatting to find out how they use online technology and what it means to them, reminding children to report anything worrying, and how they can do this and setting up to reviewing paternal controls.
Safeguarding - Basic Information and guidance for all volunteers
The ERSCP recommends that all volunteers watch this short video guide and complete the ERSCP one-hour e-learning package - Awareness of Child Abuse: