Further Safeguarding Resources

Coronavirus Information for Parents
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    for advice for professionals working with children including official guidance, updates, and answers to questions raised.

Useful documents

Early Years
Click here to view the Early Years safeguarding flowcharts.

Looked After Children & Care Leavers
Click here to view the Norfolk Looked After Children and Care Leavers Strategy 2016-19.

Early Help
Click here to visit the Norfolk Early Help website for more information.

Young Carers
What is a young carer?

  • A young carer is a person under 18 who provides practical and/or emotional support for another person, usually a family member because of a health condition. They may be providing care for a parent, grandparent or guardian, or helping their parents care for another child in the family.
  • The person they care for may have a disability, a long-term or temporary physical or mental illness, or have issues with substance misuse.
  • There are over 5000 Young Carers in Norfolk but many are ‘hidden’ because they do not realise they are a young carer. This may be because they consider it simply is ‘how life is’, or because of fears of stigma/other people becoming involved in their situation.
  • Being a young carer can have a significant impact on their physical and mental health, educational attainment and their transition into adulthood.

What support is available for young carers?

Norfolk County Council have commissioned a specialist support service for young carers and their families across Norfolk, looking after the needs of the young carer themselves, as well as the whole family. The Young Carers & Family Service is a partnership of voluntary sector organisations, young carer groups and youth work providers. The partners are:

The Benjamin Foundation
Caring Together
GYGYC
Holt Youth Project
MTM Youth Services
Suffolk Family Carers
Voluntary Norfolk
West Norfolk Carers

Young carers or any member of their family can ask for support directly, or a professional such as a teacher, youth worker or GP, can make a referral on their behalf. Call the Carers Matter Norfolk Advice Line if you are seeking or would like to discuss support for yourself or for someone else. It is FREE to call and advisors are available 7 days a week. 0800 083 1148 You can also make an online referral at www.youngcarersmatternorfolk.org

You will find more details about the Young Carers service, the partners and other young carers groups and support available, including information about Young Carers Needs Assessments and Young Adult Carer Transition Assessments in this Sources of Young Carers Support in Norfolk which has been prepared by Caring Together and their Norfolk Young Carers Forum project.

Covid-19 Update: Most of the organisations who provide support for Young Carers have adapted their services to take into account social distancing requirements. While group activities and face-to-face support are no longer possible, an enhanced level of support for young carers is being provided online and by phone. Please see: Sources of Support for Young Carers during Covid19.

Mental Health Issues
There is a new national initiative called Shelf Help available in all of Norfolk’s public libraries to support young people 13-18 and their friends and families if they are dealing with mental health issues and to raise awareness of common issues, including advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying, body image and exams. Click here for more information.

Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation
Below is guidance that will assist you in deciding whether a Prevent referral is appropriate and to help you make that referral if you deem that it is. The quick reference guide gives an overview whilst the Prevent Referral and Channel Guidance document provides more in depth explanation. The referral form itself provides notes to assist with completing it.

Click here for information about PREVENT training for NCC employees.
Click here for information about PREVENT training for other professionals.

Click here for further information, relevant local and national documentation and Prevent resources.

Domestic Abuse and Violence

Drug and Alcohol Issues
The Matthew Project: Unity have produced the following leaflets to help raise awareness of the support they offer to young people and their families on tackling drug and alcohol issues.

For more information on drugs you can also visit the Talk to Frank website.

Safer Sleeping

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) & Forced Marriage

Private Fostering
Norfolk Children’s Services now have a Kinship Team, offering support, guidance and annual reviews of all children cared for under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO) or Private Fostering. The advice and support line is now open on 01603 224131. The team will take calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays (9.30am-1.30pm), and an answering service is now operational, with the team aiming to reply to queries within 3 working days. This advice line is primarily for special guardians, private foster carers, kinship carers and colleagues. Click here for the Kinship Team leaflet for colleagues.