Essex Safeguarding Children Board – Key messages from Board meetings

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) meets 4 times a year. In these meetings the Board - which is made up of different agencies - discusses matters that affect children young people and their families in order to find ways of better protecting them from harm. It does not discuss individual cases but rather overarching themes.

Here, we want to share with you some of the key themes discussed at each meeting.

December 2016

Addressing Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) within Essex

An update was presented to the Board on progress made to tackle CSE in Essex. 

This included information from research on Missing Children, showing that there is an increased risk of children who are not in school getting drawn into crime or anti-social behaviour and they are more at risk of exploitation.

The Board will therefore continue its work on understanding exploitation, including gathering the views of children and young people to help inform plans for support. 

We will also re-launch the award-winning “I Didn’t Know” CSE campaign in March 2017. 

Inspired by a video project created by the Essex Children in Care Council, this campaign was set up in 2016 between Southend, Essex and Thurrock Safeguarding Children Boards and Essex Police. It aims to raise awareness about CSE as well as support communities in recognising it, and knowing what to do to get support.

Tackling child sexual exploitation requires a commitment by everyone. To find out about the campaign and where to get advice, please visit the CSE pages on our website.

Safer Sleeping Campaign

 The Board agreed to continue a publicity campaign to raise awareness of safer sleeping to reduce the  number of child deaths occurring each  year.

 A successful campaign across Facebook and Twitter took place over the Christmas season, with  agencies and members of the public joining  together in a short space of time to share #YearofSaferSleep messages. This reached over 450,000 people.

 To access downloadable tips on safer sleeping habits please look at our safer sleeping pages  on our website.

ESCB Strategic Planning

One of the ways the Board works is to have a plan in which we list the areas we want to focus on over the coming year. This enables us to put in place actions to tackle any issues that may affect the safety of children and young people. 

We agreed that some of these areas for the coming year would include:

  • Young people’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Online safety
  • Child Sexual exploitation, gangs and bullying