Local Practice Guidance & Resources
The resources listed below have been selected to support the work of the BSCP and it’s policies and procedures (currently available in the online Policies and Procedures Manual).
Whilst some of the resources have been developed within Buckinghamshire, others have been produced as part of a national campaign, or have been sourced and shared (with consent) from other Local Authorities or LSCBs.
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The ReConnect Team are a multi-disciplinary county-wide team within Buckinghamshire CAMHS working with parents and their children aged 0-2 at risk of developing a disorganised attachment. The aim of the work is to strengthen the relationship between parent and child, enhance parents reflective capacity of their children’s experiences and to offer therapeutic work to improve attachment relationships. The aim is to prevent maltreatment, neglect, and intergenerational abuse/ neglect – thus reducing numbers of children going into care and being removed from parents and repeating cycles of abuse and trauma. We work with single parents, couples and parents of either gender.
The criteria for referral to the ReConnect service are:
• Unborn baby or child under 2 is subject to a child protection plan or PLO.
• The parent acknowledges the risks raised by the Local Authority and is willing to engage in therapy.
And one or more of the following:
• Mental health needs (including diagnosis of personality disorder)
• Intellectual Disability
• Substance misuse difficulties
• Domestic abuse present or history of
• Previous children removed from their care
• History of abuse and/or neglect in own childhood
• Concerns about parental sensitivity or attunement to child’s needs
How to make a Referral:
Any professional working with the family can make a referral to Reconnect with parental consent either by calling the SPA (Single Point of Access team) on 01865 901 951 between Monday-Friday 8am-6pm or completing a ReConnect referral form.
The ReConnect team also offer consultations to professionals, this can be accessed via the SPA team too and a ReConnect clinician will contact you.
ReConnect have no waiting list and are accepting referrals irrespective of COVID guidelines!
ReConnect offer an extensive and thorough assessment process with parents which is usually between four to six sessions either weekly or fortnightly. Following the assessment, a care plan will be recommended which could include one or all of the following evidence based interventions:
• Mentalization based group therapy over six months.
• Individual mentalization based therapy – fortnightly.
• Video Interactive guidance
• Individual trauma therapy- Narrative exposure therapy or Trauma informed CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy).
Additional Information :
Jaden Moodie SCR and the need for multi-agency meetings re child victims of exploitation
Below is the link to the Serious Case Review concerning the murder of 14 year old Jaden Moodie by Ayoub Majdouline in 2019 (Jaden Moodie murder: Man jailed for gang killing – BBC News)
Jaden Moodie SCR- https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/sites/default/files/WFSCB%20-%20SCR%20Child%20C%20May%20final_.pdf (NB link may need to be copied into your internet browser)
One of the main findings from the SCR was;
3. By early January 2019 there were considerable numbers of professionals involved with Child C and his family, creating obvious risks of duplication and confusion. When children are exposed to child criminal exploitation there is a strong argument for case discussion involving all agencies engaged with the child and family to be held in every case and for this principle to be stated clearly in national and local guidance.
Children with Disabilities: Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention (Government Guidance)
This document is to support professionals working with children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and mental health difficulties in health and social care services and special education settings.Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention
Children of Parents with Learning Difficulties (developed and shared by Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton LSCPs)
This link provides a clear definition of Learning Difficulties, as well as highlights the potential impact of those difficulties which practitioners should be aware of when working with families. It also details the action which must be taken by agencies to ensure that the children living within these household are considered and protected.
Professional Curiosity – Flowchart
Consent – it’s as simple as a cup of tea (VIDEO: sourced from YouTube)
Contexual Safeguarding is a means of recognising that some children experience, or are at risk of, harm from relationships developed outside of their families; for example, within their schools, in their town or online. Parents and carers can have little to no influence over these relationships and professionals needs to consider their impact on the children they are working with.
Contextual Safeguarding Implementation Toolkit (developed by Contextual Safeguarding Team) includes guidance on establishing an extra-familial risk plan, the legal implications of implementing Contextual Safeguarding and examples of overarching polices and procedures for partners.
Videos and Podcasts (published by Contextual Safeguarding Team)
Blog: Working with parents to address extra-familial harm (Parent-led publication by Pace)
Learning from the experts: Young people’s perspective on how we can support health child development after sexual abuse (study by The International Centre)
Child Sexual Exploitation: “All of us were broken” (report by Missing People)
An exploratory study into family experiences of Child Sexual Exploitation – All of us were broken
Home Conditions Assessment Tool (developed by Buckinghamshire County Council / Families First / Buckinghamshire Health Trust)
This is a short assessment of the home conditions and their impact on the children who live there. It considers 20 aspects of home conditions such as odour, cleanliness and home maintenance. It concludes with a decision about the level of concern, what actions need to be taken, what tasks need to be done and who needs to do them.
Lift the Baby (VIDEO accessible on lift the baby website: developed by Berkshire CCGs)
http://www.liftthebaby.org.uk – This video has been created by Berkshire CCGs to highlight the ‘safe sleep’ message for Dads and their babies.
PANTS: The underwear rule (NSPCC)
www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/underwear-rule/ – Guides, advice and resources for parents and professionals teaching children that their “Privates Are Private”.
Rethinking “Did Not Attend” – Was Not Brought (VIDEO: developed by Nottingham LSBC, sourced from YouTube)
Understanding Unidentified Adults Toolkit (developed and shared by Hampshire LSCB)
This toolkit provides practical tools, resource library and a workforce development slide deck, as well as case studies and examples of good practice.