Safeguarding Week

Safeguarding Week takes place week commencing 19th June 2023 across all of West Yorkshire and includes Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safer Stronger Communities, Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board, West Yorkshire Police, and Bradford, Wakefield, Calderdale and Kirklees Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships.

Safeguarding children, young people, adults and families remains a priority for all of us. Help us to make Safeguarding Week a success by showcasing and celebrating the fantastic work that you do to protect and safeguard all people in Leeds.

This is an opportunity for all organisations to celebrate and share good practice, and raise awareness of the services you provide to protect and support families and promote this across the city.

West Yorkshire Regional Events

This year we have teamed up with the regional Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships to provide a programme of FREE events available to anyone in West Yorkshire.

You can book your place on any of the following sessions: 

Monday 19 June 2023 - Hosted by Leeds

11.00 to 12.00    How to complete an Organisational Safeguarding Assessment (Online)

12.00 to 13:00    West Yorkshire Fire Service's Safe & Well and Safeguarding services (Online)

12.55 to 14.00    An introduction to Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (Online)

14.10 to 15.30    Financial Abuse and Safeguarding (WYFEAT) (Online)

14.00 to 16.00    Domestic Homicide Reviews Briefing: Overall Learning (Online)

Tuesday 20 June 2023 - Hosted by Kirklees

10.00 to 12.30    Mental Capacity Act (Making decisions)What does it mean for you in your role?

Venue: Brian Jackson House Huddersfield HD1 Tuesday 20 June

12.30 to 15.00    Mental Capacity Act (Making decisions).  What does it mean for you in your role? Executive Functioning (inability to action the decision)

Venue: Brian Jackson House Huddersfield HD1 Tuesday 20 June

Wednesday 21 June 2023 - Hosted by Wakefield

09.15 to 12.15    Trauma Informed Care: A Lifespan Perspective (Online)  

Thursday 22 June 2023 - Hosted by Calderdale

10.00 to 13.00    Cot to College to Child-bearing ages in Adulthood: How difficult homes can leave a legacy in the adult space (Online) 

Friday 23 June 2023  - Hosted by Bradford

10:00 - 10:30     Paediatric dental neglect (Online)  

11:00 - 12:00     Barriers to child neglect (Online)

13:00 - 14:30     Neglect and Safeguarding Adults (Online)

We have also compiled the following list of useful resources and videos for all practitioners to access: 

Team Briefings

We have developed Team briefings to encourage discussions and reflection on a variety of safeguarding subjects within your team meetings.

They are available on the following subjects:

  • CSE
  • Child Death Process
  • Neglect
  • Think Family, Work Family
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse
  • Child Criminal Exploitation
  • Harmful Sexual Behaviour
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Basic Introduction to Missing or Absent Children
  • Dynamic Risk Assessment.

E-Safety Guidance

Online safety is not just an IT issue, it is about safeguarding children and young people whenever they are online.

The use of technology has become a significant component of many safeguarding issues, often providing a platform which can be exploited intentionally or unintentionally. An effective approach to online safety provides an organisation, school or college with a framework with which to protect and educate their staff and the children and young people who they work with, and respond to any concerns.

E-Safety Guidance - Discover what the minimum standards for that an organisation should have in place and what should be reflected within your own policies and procedures.

Was Not Brought

Many children and adults are reliant on someone else to take them to meetings or appointments that relate to their welfare, care or health and as a result they are sometimes not taken to them. This may mean that a practitioner may record them as having ‘not attended’.

The Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safer Leeds and Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board see this as a concern and are asking all Leeds practitioners to use “Was Not Brought” rather than “Did Not Attend” for recording or noting the non-attendance of children, young people and adults who are reliant on someone else to take them to a meeting or appointment.

Find out about the Was Not Brought approach and the actions you should take to record non attendance at appointments.

Early Help Approach and Strategy

Early help is a collaborative approach not a provision and relies on local agencies working together effectively with families to identify who needs help and then to meet their varied needs. Early help can be provided through a single agency or a multi-agency response as appropriate to the needs of the child and family and the concern.

Find out about the Early Help Approach and Strategy.

YouTube based Training Sessions

Increase your knowledge by accessing one of our YouTube based training sessions. These courses can be undertaken in your own time and are available free of charge.

Introduction to County Lines

General Awareness of Modern Slavery

Basic Introduction to Harmful Sexual Behaviour Displayed by Children

Fabricated and Induced Illness.

Learning from Practice

Looking at practice, and understanding what happened and why things happened as they did, can help to improve future responses.

The LSCP strongly believes that all reviews, and associated processes, are about considering the details of a particular case, looking at how decisions were informed and actioned based on what was known at the time, identifying good practice along with any potential opportunities for practice development and improvement.

Take a look at the Learning from Reviews section to see how you can improve your practice.

Safeguarding Topics

See our Safeguarding Topics section, where practitioners can find a rich source of local and national information covering a range of safeguarding topics, to support them in their role protecting children and young people.

We encourage all practitioners to explore these pages, to increase their knowledge and understanding of some of the areas that can make children and young people vulnerable.

Throughout the week we all be active on social media and invite all our partners to post information on their own activities using the hashtag #safeguardingweek2023 and don't forget to use the Safeguarding Week stamp.

Leeds Safeguarding Week stamp

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