Identify and protect children and young people at risk of harm

Identify and protect children and young people at risk of harm

​Priority aim

Identify and protecting children and young people at risk of harm and ensure they feel safe, especially from: domestic violence, child sexual exploitation, radicalisation and extremism, serious youth violence, child abuse and neglect and deliberate and accidental injury.

Why this is a priority

Ensuring children are safe from all types of abuse, neglect and injury is a key priority for the partnership.

Lewisham has one of the highest rates of reported domestic violence, 555 children in Lewisham were identified as being exposed to high risk domestic violence in the home in 2013-2014, with up to a third of all children in the borough exposed to any domestic violence in any one year.

Since January 2013, there have been 37 identified cases of child sexual exploitation in Lewisham and it is a key priority for the partnership to intervene early and take decisive action on these cases. In common with other local authorities, Lewisham has seen an increasing demand for Children’s Social Care Services.

The number of contacts in March 2015 was 2257 which is 15% higher than the same point the previous year. In March 2015, there were 377 children subject to a child protection plan an increase of 73 cases on the previous year.

In general rates of accidents and injuries in children in Lewisham are lower than is the case for the country as a whole. Hospital admissions rates caused by injuries in children up to the age of 15 and in young people aged between 15 and 24 are lower than average.

Road traffic accidents have been the focus of particular attention in Lewisham. The numbers of children killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents is significantly lower than the national average as a result.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 placed a duty on specified authorities including implementing the Prevent Strategy in educational establishments. While individual instances of radicalisation remain relatively low in Lewisham, this remains an area of concern for the partnership. 

What we are doing

  • Delivering our Violence Against Women and Girls Action Plan which sets out a series of approaches the partnership will take towards reducing incidences of domestic violence and supporting women who experience domestic violence.
  • Ongoing implementation of the Safeguarding Children Board’s action plan arising from our Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy in relation to prevention, protection, support, enforcement and accountability
  • Adopting early intervention approaches to reduce the number of children suffering abuse and neglect and continuing to provide timely assessment of children in need of services and those services being provided.
  • Working proactively across the partnership to ensure information sharing on all cases of children at risk of harm continues to be shared and acted upon.
  • Keeping children safe from accidental injury including through work on promoting road safety.
  • Embedding an extensive training programme for teaching staff and frontline professionals from various sectors is in progress raising awareness of the Prevent strategy and safeguarding approaches.

How we will know if we have been successful

​Performance measure Baseline 2014/15 ​Target 2017/18 ​Who is monitoring this?
Number of children on CPP per 10,000 Lewisham population under 18 61.4 40 Safeguarding Children Board
% children subject to a CPP for a second or subsequent time 13.5% 9% Safeguarding Children Board
Number of victims identified and safeguarded through referrals to MARAC (single annual figure) 26
40 ​Safer Lewisham Partnership
Number of cases of cases of children identified as at risk of child sexual exploitation being managed by the partnership 28 n/a ​Safeguarding Children Board
​Hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries in children aged 0-14 years. Rate/10,000  ​101.6 ​84.6 ​Safeguarding Children Board

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