Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership

Quick Guides and Safeguarding Resources

In this page you will find useful resources on both local and national issues. You can also access free online courses on a range of topics by visiting our eLearning page.

This page is under constant review and development and will include regular changes.

The following include resources and information relating to our SSCP Priorities:

Domestic abuse is an incident or pattern of controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent behaviour, including sexual violence.  In the vast majority of cases it is experienced by women and is perpetrated by men, often, but not always, by a partner or ex-partner.

Complex safeguarding summarises the significant harms that some young people experience beyond their family environment, increasingly known as extra-familial harm.  It recognises the different relationships young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online and often features involvement in criminal exploitation; sexual exploitation; using or supplying drugs; drinking alcohol. If not supported early, these experiences can and do follow young people into adulthood: exploitation does not end when a young person turns 18.

Hidden harm is harm or abuse that is usually hidden from public view occurring behind closed doors, often not recognised, or reported.  There are a number of definitions of hidden harm but for the purposes of the SSCP’s improvement planning, it is defined as children and young people who are living in households where the drug or alcohol use or the mental health of parents/carers is problematic, impacting on their ability to provide adequate care for their children.  Other local areas include domestic abuse, exploitation and the mental health of children and young people within this definition; these are dealt with as individual priorities for the SSCP.

Vulnerable Babies is by definition all babies under the age of two years old. However, there are several factors which mean the risk to babies is significantly higher. Examples include, domestic abuse, maternal substance misuse, safe sleeping, physical abuse and neglect, poor parental mental health. The risks faced by a baby to any of these factors begins from conception and is present when still in the womb and throughout infancy up to two years of age.

Mental Health of Children and Young People is the health of our young people which may result in inner turmoil, behaviour changes, inability to function, or self-harm and suicide. There are several reasons a young person’s mental health can suffer and this is why we have decided to create this priority for the SSCP. By acknowledging the complexity of young people’s mental health, we aim to create a partnership where we can ensure our young people are healthy, resilient and have access to services and support that fully meet their needs.

Covid-19 Recovery will remain a priority whilst we are feeling the impact of the challenges faced by all during the pandemic. We are aiming to collect, collate and reflect on data whilst also listening to our children, their families, and the communities of Sunderland’s experiences during this time. We will adapt to meet the needs of all and to ensure our children are safe from harm and have access to the same positive opportunities.

Other Quick Guides and Resources:

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