Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy
The Child Sexual Exploitation Strategy outlines the overarching approach to tackling child sexual exploitation in Wandsworth.
It outlines the overarching approach to tackling child sexual exploitation in Wandsworth and sits above a number of more operational tools including a multi-agency protocol, action plan and outcomes framework. When combined, these documents support a comprehensive and coherent borough-wide response that is needs-led and outcomes-focused.
The purpose of the Neglect Strategy is to set out the strategic aims and objectives of our approach to tackling neglect. This strategy also identifies key principles under which work around neglect should be undertaken and identifies key priority areas of work in order to improve Wandsworth's response to neglect. It provides guidelines for practitioners to help identify neglect. It may relate to other safeguarding concerns such as child sexual exploitation and radicalisation, where neglect could be a contributing factor.
Tackling child neglect is identified as a priority for Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board. Wandsworth Council has also made a commitment to improve opportunities for children and young people with an emphasis on early intervention and preventative work as a corporate priority. Neglect can take a number of forms, physical, sexual and emotional, and is not always associated with deprivation. It may relate to other safeguarding concerns such as child sexual exploitation and radicalisation, where neglect could be a contributing factor.
This strategy was developed by a group of multi-agency partners and sets out how WSCP will make a difference to children living with neglectful caregiving.
Online Safety Strategy
Today's children are citizens of a digital world. In their daily lives the use of the internet and digital technologies, including mobile phones, represent a seamless extension of the physical world. Their emotional lives and their development are bound up in the use of these technologies. In contrast to many adults for whom these technologies are additional tools to be used for specific tasks, many of today's children do not even notice they are using these technologies. As online content, social networks and instant messaging converge with mobile technology to produce lives which are always 'on', any line which may have existed between being online and offline is disintegrating.
Local Safeguarding Children Boards have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in their locality. If we accept the challenge of the digital world, then the responsibilities which come with this duty must now include the development of strategies for safeguarding children in the online environment.
To ignore the Online Safety issues when implementing statutory guidance could ultimately lead to significant gaps in child protection policies, leaving children and young people vulnerable.
Wandsworth Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) accepted this role and responsibility and created an Online Safety Strategy, which was updated in February 2018.
We want every child, young person and adult in Wandsworth to be treated with dignity and respect. We believe that our homes, communities, schools, youth facilities, neighbourhoods, workplaces, streets and recreational spaces should be free from fear and intimidation so that everyone can develop, learn and flourish, make a positive contribution and achieve their potential.
Wandsworth is a core member of the Anti-bullying Alliance (ABA) and we have adopted the ABA’s definition of bullying:
“Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace.”
The Anti-bullying Strategy is being updated and an Anti-bullying Charter is in place.
If you wish to receive a copy of this Strategy, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on 020 8871 7401 to request a copy.
Female Genital Mutilation
The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Strategy outlines a partnership approach to tackling FGM in Wandsworth.
Linked to the FGM Strategy are some clear FGM guidance for frontline professionals who have responsibilities to safeguard children and protect adults from the abuses associated with FGM, and sets out a framework for a multi-agency response to such incidents.