June Newsletter

Update to the Minimum Content Checklist

All organisations are responsible for ensuring that their workforce is competent and confident in carrying out its responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  

Employers and voluntary groups should ensure their workers and volunteers are aware of how to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns, including signs of possible maltreatment. This knowledge and expertise should be put into place before they attend other multi-agency training. 

We provide introductory safeguarding training, Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People for Third Sector agencies and those who are not able to access or deliver training in-house. 

For those organisations who can provide their own training at this level, we have created a Minimum Content Checklist which lists the core areas that should be covered and some suggested content. It is the responsibility of the individual organisation to audit their in-house safeguarding training against the minimum content as detailed in the checklist. 

The Minimum Content Checklist has recently been updated. Please ensure you refer to this updated version when commissioning your inhouse training. 

Drowning prevention week 

Drowning Prevention Week is an annual summer campaign that takes place from 15 June to 22 June. It is intentionally timed before the school summer holidays, when children spend more time outdoors.

In hot weather increasing numbers of children put themselves at risk of drowning from swimming in rivers, lakes, canals or reservoirs. It can be tempting to cool off in open waters, but there are many dangers, even for a strong swimmer. 

The RLSS UK's National Drowning Report 2023 states that warmer weather is directly linked to an increase in fatal drowning incidents. 

“46% of drownings occur in the summer months and this rises to 75% amongst 13 – 17-year olds.” 

With the correct knowledge and judgment, accidents in and around water are mostly preventable. 

We are supporting Drowning Prevention Week along with our partners, Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Active Leeds. During the week we will be posting water safety messages and ask that you repost our messages too. Help us encourage everyone to have water safety conversations and keep children and young people safe in and around water. 

Remember to use the hashtags: #DrowningPreventionWeek #DPW #EnjoyWaterSafely #RLSSUK 

West Yorkshire Consortium Procedures 

Did you know that in West Yorkshire, the five Safeguarding Children Partnerships (SCPs) formed a consortium to share and jointly commissioned multi-agency safeguarding children procedures? Sometimes safeguarding procedures can be identical across West Yorkshire and having them in a single space ensures that any agency working in West Yorkshire will be able to work with children and families in a consistent way. Of course, sometimes there are differences in how local authority areas respond to children’s needs and these are clearly highlighted in the procedures. In addition, there is a wealth of information relevant to safeguarding children on a wide range of topics. 

These procedures are reviewed and updated regularly so you know you have the latest version. The procedures can be accessed via a single online manual at West Yorkshire Consortium Inter Agency Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures (proceduresonline.com) or via the LSCP website in the Practitioners/ Guidance and Protocols section.

Safeguarding Week

Safeguarding Week is almost upon us. It takes place week commencing 24 June 2024 across all of West Yorkshire. 

There are still some places left on the regional Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships programme of FREE events. Places are filling up fast and some sessions are already fully booked. 

Don’t miss out and make sure to book your place

LSCP Safeguarding Training

We provide a series of multi-agency safeguarding learning and development opportunities for Leeds practitioners. Spaces are currently available on the following:


New briefings

Dates for your diary

15 - 22 June Drowning Prevention Week

17 - 23 June Learning Disability Week

24 - 28 June Safeguarding Week 2024

26 June International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

14 July National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Honour Based Violence

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