Contextual Safeguarding


Peer on Peer Sexual Abuse and Harassment in schools and colleges

Newcastle Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) recognises the risk and potential impact of peer-on-peer sexual abuse and harassment in schools and colleges and have prepared a Local Offer.

FGM/Harmful Practice

All acts of FGM are a crime and the girls and women subjected to FGM are victims of this crime. The act of FGM to female children under the age of 18 is also a form of child abuse and Safeguarding Children procedures apply. Safeguarding Adult procedures also apply to adult females who come under the Care Act 2014 definition of an Adult at Risk.

These groups of children and adults will have differing needs for support, therapeutic intervention and protection and different safeguarding pathways apply.


Neglect Special Interest Group Resources
Below are some of the links to the resources used by the group.

Early Help

Early Help in Newcastle: the co-ordination of multi-agency support around families

Early Help for Practitioners
As a practitioner involved in Early Help the information below will help guide you through the process, whether you are a member of the Team around the Family (TAF) or the lead practitioner.

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring families get the right help at the right time we have:

  • Improved the services at Access Point – and this remains the first point of contact for new Early Help Assessments and Plans (EHAP)
  • Strengthened Early Help presence and interface with Children’s Social Care at the Front Door
  • Updated and simplified the Early Help Assessment and Plan and this can be found below
  • Streamlined processes for tracking cases, through a single weekly meeting in each locality.

Enquiries:  Telephone 0191 211 5805 or contact the Community Family Hub on the numbers below.

You can log a completed EHAP or other whole family assessment by emailing

What is the role of the lead practitioner?

The lead practitioner supports children, young people and families and co-ordinates regular reviews of the support plan agreed by the Team Around the Family (TAF). 

The lead practitioner supports child and young people through important transitions. They also ensure there is a careful and managed handover when it would be more appropriate for someone else to be the lead practitioner.

For this to work well, all TAF members are responsible for updating the lead practitioner with developments and progress on the case. 

Why does there need to be a lead practitioner?

When one person takes the lead for each case we can avoid duplication and families will experience a more joined-up approach. 

Who can be a lead practitioner?

For most children and young people the person carrying out this role will be carefully chosen from the range of practitioners who are already working with that child, young person or family. This could be a school worker, health worker, Community Family Hub worker, or someone else.

What is important is that the role of lead practitioner results in children and young people gaining access to better coordinated and targeted support.

All agencies must work together, taking on the lead role for some cases and participating as TAF members for other cases.

Who is the TAF?

The TAF is made up of the different people who could help a family.  This could include workers from schools, health, the Community Family Hub, and a wide range of other services.

In some cases the TAF will also include staff from other areas, for example, if a child lives in Newcastle but goes to school in North Tyneside. 

Where can I find guidance on the whole process?

You can find out more information by ringing 0191 211 5805 or by contacting your Community Family Hub.

Central – Families Matter, Blakelaw – 0191 214 2460

East – Byker Sands – 0191 275 9636

West – Health Resource Centre, Benwell – 0191 277 3742

What forms do I need?

The forms you need are below:

 Where can I access training?

We will post future training dates here as they become available.

We have not yet finalised our 2020/21 training dates.

If you want to contact us to request training or find out more in the meantime, please use the contact details at the top right of this page.

Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is when someone takes advantage of a person sexually. Through threats, bribes, violence, humiliation, or by telling the victim that they love them, they force the victim to do sexual things for their own or other people’s benefit or enjoyment (including: touching or kissing private parts, sex or taking sexual photos).


Newcastle is a safe, diverse and largely tolerant city, but we cannot be complacent. PREVENT  is here to safeguard people and communities from the threat of radicalisation and extremism.

Prevent is one of four elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. Prevent’s Channel Panel programme provides practical help to stop people being drawn into extremism. It supports people to move away from those who would promote extremism, whatever its form. Every panel is different, reflecting that everyone’s risks are different.

In Newcastle, we use the same indicators of vulnerability, regardless of how a person is potentially being radicalised Newcastle Channel Panel Procedures. If you think someone would benefit from the Channel Programme, you can make a confidential Prevent referral. Click here if you have a concern about an  adult and here if you are concerned about a young person.

The following animation  ‘How to make a Prevent Referral ‘Biteable’ explains what happens if you make a referral.

The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 contains a duty on what are called ‘specified authorities’ to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

In March 2015, Parliament approved guidance, issued under section 29 of the Act, on how specified authorities should comply with their Prevent duty. The Revised Prevent Duty Guidance was published in July 2015.

Violence Against Women & Girls

The United Nations defines violence against women and girls (VAWG) as:

“…any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” (General Assembly Resolution 48/104 Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, 1993).

VAWG impacts women and girls of all ages, from all walks of life, regardless of their level of education, income, where they live or their sexuality. It is a major obstacle to ending gender inequality and discrimination globally.

Private Fostering

What is private fostering?

Information and advice on what it is and what to do if you are involved in or aware of a private fostering arrangement.

Private fostering is the term used when someone who is not a parent or a ‘close relative’ (e.g. great aunt, cousin, mum’s friend or a neighbour) is looking after a child or young person under the age of 16 (under 18 if they are disabled) for 28 days or more in their own home. It also covers children who stay at a residential school for more than two weeks of the school holidays. 

A relative is defined in the Children Act 1989 as a grandparent, uncle, or aunt (whether by full-blood, half-blood or by marriage or civil partnership), sibling or     step-parent.

Common situations in which children are privately fostered include:

  • Children with parents or families overseas
  • Children with parents working or studying in the UK
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Trafficked children
  • Local children living apart from their families
  • Adolescents and teenagers
  • Children attending language schools
  • Children at independent boarding schools who do not return home for holidays
  • Children brought in from abroad with a view to adoption

In these situations, the local council’s Children’s Services department must be informed. A social worker will visit the home to speak to the carer and the child to ensure the child is safe, carry out background checks and make sure support is being provided.

Birth parents, private foster carers and persons who are arranging for a child to be privately fostered are required by law to notify the local council’s Children’s Services department of the arrangement. If you know someone in a personal or professional capacity who is privately fostering or is about to, you should encourage them to notify Children’s Services and if they are not able to do so then you should take responsibility for notifying them.

Support available for private foster carers may include:

  • advice on benefits and possible funding for some essential items
  • parenting support and advice
  • help in bringing families in crisis back together

What do I need to do?

If you are a parent/carer/family member or practitioner notify Newcastle Children’s Social Care, Initial Response Service on 0191 277 2500 and let them know about the Private Fostering arrangement. A social worker will be assigned to support the child and family. More information about private fostering is available in the NSCP procedures