Children and Young People

Breckland Council and the Police often receive complaints about young people causing nuisance, many justified and other a misconception about why youngsters congregate. We would encourage our residents to know where their children are and what they are doing. Impose boundaries and expectations so that they understand levels of good behaviour and how to be responsible citizens. If parents work with agencies by educating their children about choice and consequence in the home, then this lends itself to improving life within our communities even further.

Norfolk County Council has a Local Safeguarding Children's Board (LSCB) in place, consisting of statutory and voluntary partners including Breckland Council.  The purpose of this board is to ensure a co-ordinated and consistent approach to the safeguarding of children across Norfolk.

The partnership makes sure that agencies working with children carry out their safeguarding responsibilities.  Breckland Council has reporting responsibilities and has a duty to pass on any concerns they are made aware of around a child's safety or welfare, either directly to Norfolk County Council or the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) if necessary.  If there is an immediate safeguarding risk to any child, then it will always be reported to the Police too.

The MASH brings key professionals together to facilitate early, better quality information sharing, analysis and decision-making. This helps to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults more effectively. Within the MASH, information from different agencies is collated and used to inform what action to take. As a result, agencies are able to act quickly in a co-ordinated and consistent way, to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are kept safe.

At Breckland Council, Officers that encounter or work with children regularly whilst carrying out their duties for the local authority have received training from Norfolk County Council on safeguarding procedures to help them in recognising and the reporting of safeguarding incidents. 

Norfolk County Council also provides information on  Signs of Safety;  a new approach Children Services have implemented, which supports families who may need help bringing up their children.   More information can be found at www.norfolklscb.org/.

If you yourself are concerned about a child or vulnerable adult in Norfolk, then contact the safeguarding team on 0344 800 8020. If you consider the incident to be an emergency, call 999.

Last updated: 01/09/2020 13:48:37