THE LEWISHAM SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN’S BOARD (LSCB) brings together all the main organisations who work with children and families in Lewisham, with the aim of ensuring that they work together effectively to keep children safe.
The LSCB Business Unit:
Nicky Pace, Independent Chair
Marinda Beaton, Business Manager
Nikki Thorpe, Development Officer
Eileen Bezuidenhout, Administrator
Address: 3rd Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London SE6 4RU
Tel: 020 8314 3396
For more details, go to their website: http://www.safeguardinglewisham.org.uk/lscb/lscb
There are also many very useful professional resources, toolkits and reports on the Safeguarding Board website
CHILD EXPLOITATION & ONLINE PROTECTION
CEOP is there to support young people, parents and carers while surfing online, and offers help and advice on topics such as:
- harmful content
It also enables people to immediately report anything online which they find concerning, such as harmful or inappropriate content, or possible grooming behaviour.
For more information or to report a concern click on the CEOP icon below:
SERVICES FOR YOUNG CARERS IN LEWISHAM
A young carer is a young person aged 18 or under who looks after a mum, dad, brother, sister or other relative who is disabled, ill, has mental ill health or a problem with drugs or alcohol. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister.
Carers Lewisham Young Carers Service supports children and young people aged 5-18, by giving them:
- Access to holiday activities including trips, a summer residential and events
- Signposting and referrals to other statutory services
- Access to information and advice relating to their caring role, right and entitlements, and support services
- Term-time respite activities
- Schools support to improve early identification, assessment and support to young carers in education through awareness-raising to teachers and pupils, offering 1:1 support, advocacy and signposting.
Regular Young Carers Clubs
- 3rd Saturday of every month, 11am-4pm, Ringway Community Centre, 268 Baring Road, Grove Park, SE12 0DS : 11-16 years old.
- 2nd Saturday of every month, 12-2pm, Telegraph Hill Centre, Kitto Road, London, SE14 5TY: 8-11 years old.
- 1st Saturday of every month, 12-3.30pm, Cherry Blossom Children’s Centre, 118 Old Bromley Road, BR1 4JY: 8-11 years old.
At these clubs, young carers can access; 1:1 support, play games consoles such as Wii & XBOX, access the internet, sporting activities, arts and crafts and much more. Refreshments and snacks are available at all the clubs free of charge. Pick-ups and drop-offs are available for young carers aged 11 years old and under.
Access further information on the Young Carers website: http://www.carerslewisham.org.uk/young-carers/
Tel: 020 8699 8686
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gingerbread is the national charity providing expert advice for single parents, and for professionals who work with them. In recent months we have had frequent requests for specific advice for teenage single parents, especially around what benefits they are entitled to receive.
Our free helpline provides support and expert advice on anything from dealing with a break-up, to going back to work or sorting out maintenance, benefit or tax credit issues. Our friendly advisers will talk through your options and will send you useful information.
Tel: 0808 802 0925.
CHILDREN WITH SEN and DISABILITIES
There are a range of services available in the borough to support children or young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). This is known as the local offer.
The Lewisham local offer has been developed in partnership with children and young people aged 0–25 with SEND and their parents and carers. It sets out in one place clear, relevant and up-to-date information, advice and support across education, health and social care.
Lewisham Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service or SENDIASS is a free, confidential and impartial service for parents and carers, children and young people (up to 25 years).Lewisham SENDIASS offers independent support for parents and families who have children and young people with a SEND. We also provide this independent advice directly to young people aged 16 up to 25 years with SEND.
Our experienced team of local advisors offers impartial, confidential advice and support on all matters relating to SEND. Our aim is to enable you to make informed decisions.
The type and range of support offered includes:
- Information regarding the local offer, local policy and SEN/ disability law from independently trained staff
- Advice for parent/carers, children and young people on gathering, understanding and interpreting information and applying it to their own situation
- Personalisation of personal budgets
- Information on the local authority’s processes for resolving disagreements, its complaints procedures and means of redress
- Signposting children, young people and parents to alternative and additional sources of local and national information, advice and support
- Individual casework and representation where needed including support in attending meetings, contributing to assessments and reviews and participating in decisions about outcomes for the child or young person.
- Support for parents and young people in managing mediation and appeals to the SEND Tribunal
How to access this service:
KIDS operate an open referral system for this service. Parents can either ring or email to make a self-referral to the service.
Phone: 0203 319 2163
Our Children and Family Centres also offer some services that support children and young people with SEND and their families:
MY SUPERPOWER – support group for families of children with ASD
DOWNS GROUP – support group for children with Downs Syndrome and their families
Project 17 works to end destitution among migrant children. We work with families experiencing exceptional poverty to improve their access to local authority support.
We believe that all children have the right to a home and enough to eat, regardless of their parents’ immigration status. To achieve our vision, we provide advice, advocacy and support for individuals. We build capacity in other organisations and we campaign for the improved implementation of statutory support.
Individuals: call us to discuss your situation on 07963 509 044
Advisers: call us to discuss your client’s case on 07701 330 016
LEWISHAM REFUGEE AND MIGRANT NETWORK
LRMN provide Information and Advice on Asylum, Immigration, Welfare, Housing and Health, and provide Training, Employment, Women’s Support, Emergency Support and Other Activities.
The Sayes Court Clubroom,
341 Evelyn St,
London, SE8 5QX
Tel: +44 (0) 208 694 0323