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The Kent Safeguarding Children Multi-Agency Partnership are working with partner agencies to provide you with up to date information and access to resources to help safeguarding children and young people in Kent.

KSCMP Training Update

Following the advice from the Government, we have taken the decision to suspend the training calendar until September 2020.

During this time, we are encouraging professionals to use the suite of online courses that is available here.

Update from Partners

  • Information from Kent Police can be found here.
  • Information from Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Groups can be found here.
  • Information from Kent County Council can be found here.

Local Guidance and Resources

Kent and Medway Safe Havens

Mental Health Matters (national charity passionate about support people with mental health and emotional welfare needs) have opened Safe Havens in Canterbury, Maidstone, Thanet and Medway. Safe Havens provides a safe place where people aged 16+ can access immediate support if they are feeling distressed, frightened, overwhelmed, feel like things are getting too much for them, perhaps suicidal or thoughts of hurting themselves, isolated, or are in crisis.

Safe Havens are free to access and no referral is needed. They are an out of hours service meaning staff are available in the evenings and at weekends.

Canterbury Safe Haven

Opening Hours: Everyday (6pm-11pm)

Email: canterbury.mhm@nhs.net

Telephone:07876 476703 / 07483 163953

Maidstone Safe Haven

Opening Hours: Everyday (6pm-11pm)

Email: maidstone.mhm@nhs.net

Telephone: 07484 061684

Medway Safe Haven

Opening Hours: Everyday (6pm-11pm)

Email: medway.mhm@nhs.net

Telephone: 07850 901151 /  07808 795036

Thanet Safe Haven

Opening Hours: Everyday (6pm-11pm)

Email: thanet.mhm@nhs.net

Telephone: 07850 655877

Further information can be found here.

National Guidance and Resources

Free Online COVID-19 Training

People in Positions of Trust Guidance

From 1 September 2020, Kent County Council Adult Social Care and Medway Council’s Adult’s Services, will no longer be accepting ‘Adult LADO’ referrals. Please be advised that there is no change to the Children’s LADO function

In accordance with the Care Act, all Kent and Medway Safeguarding Adults Board (KMSAB) partner agencies must have their own policy/procedures in place for responding to concerns against any person who works with adults, in either paid or unpaid capacity, in positions of trust (PiPoT). This applies to all organisations commissioned to provide services by them, so they respond appropriately to allegations made.

If a person who isn’t connected to an organisation has a concern, they should contact the local authority for safeguarding advice.

To support this change, the KMSAB has produced a policy document “Managing Concerns around People in Positions of Trust”, which is available on the link below. The Board’s main Policy, Procedures and Guidance document (section p14) has also been updated.

KMSAB Managing Concerns around People in Positions of Trust

https://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/111169/Managing-Concerns-around-People-in-Positions-of-Trust.pdf

Updated Multi-Agency Safeguarding Adults Policy, Procedures and Practitioner Guidance for Kent and Medway

https://www.kent.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/11574/Multi-Agency-Safeguarding-Adults-Policy,-Protocols-and-Guidance-for-Kent-and-Medway.pdf