The Practice has specifically appointed Doctors and Senior Administrative Assistants in the Practice to deal with Safeguarding concerns. You can however, speak to any member of our team or your own GP/Practice Nurse.
Dr N Chandra – (Male) Senior Partner/Safeguarding Adults GP
Justin Wood – Reception Supervisor – Admin lead to Dr Chandra – Safeguarding Adults
Dr Sharmala Ramalingam (Female) – GP Partner/Safeguarding Children GP
Rachael Atkinson – Patient Data/Registrations/Admin lead to Dr Sharmala – Safeguarding Children
If you have any concerns you can contact them by calling 01924 767 101 select option 4 for our Practice Secretaries and ask initially to speak to Justin on ext 1840 or Rachael on ext 1816. Your call will be treated in the strictest confidence.
XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.
You can download the newsletter here: Newsletter Kooth info sheet
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Campaign urges local people to `Speak Up’ if they have suspicions about child sexual exploitation
Independent charity Crimestoppers has launched a campaign in West Yorkshire to help the public recognise that the offenders of child sexual exploitation may not fit into any stereotype, but could be anyone. Crimestoppers is highlighting how these perpetrators work, be that individually or as a group. They may also fit into certain ‘categories’ of offender; The Hook, The Predator, The Coordinator. Further details about this campaign can be found here: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/get-involved/our-campaigns/national-campaigns/combatting-child-sexual-exploitation/
Worried about a child?
Click on the link below for useful information, advice and muliti agency contact details
http://www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk/ or contact your GP at the Practice.
For more information click on the link below (some of the web pages are under construction just follow the link in the text the the Huddersfield Safeguarding site which is supporting Kirklees at present). You can also speak to your G.P. at the Practice.
PACE is a collaborative organisation which works in partnership with several statutory and voluntary agencies. We firmly believe that a multi-agency approach is key to tackling child sexual exploitation.
Pace is a leading specialist charity that brings the parent perspective to tackling child sexual exploitation. Our expertise comes from years of experience of working with parents, which is reflected in our training courses and in our approach to multi-agency working.
you can access the PACE website here: http://paceuk.info/
The history of PACE:
Pace (formerly CROP, the Coalition for the Removal of Pimping) was founded by Irene Ivison and a number of supporting parents in 1996 following the murder of her 17 year old daughter Fiona, who was groomed, sexually exploited and then coerced into prostitution by a known perpetrator. Three weeks after she was forced into prostitution, Fiona was murdered by a client.
Irene had spent three years asking social services to help remove Fiona from her groomer’s clutches. But social care did not deem Fiona to be at risk because she came from a ‘good family’ and they deemed her relationship to be consensual, rather than the calculated exploitation of a vulnerable child. The man who killed her received a life sentence, but the groomer who pimped her remains free today.
It was these twin agency failures – the inability of the social services to intervene and the refusal of the criminal justice system to recognise the groomer’s role in Fiona’s death – which propelled Irene to set up CROP alongside other affected parents.
Right from the start, CROP was run by parents for parents, offering individual telephone support and running self-help groups. When the parents organised the inaugural CROP conference in 1998, they ensured that police officers, social services, health authorities and children’s charities attended to hear their voices for the first time.
Irene died after complications from a routine operation in 2000, just four years after CROP was established. But her influence on government policy was clear. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair thanked her posthumously for her contribution in highlighting that children exploited through prostitution are victims of sexual abuse, and her recommendations informed the Sexual Offences review (2003) and National Plan to Prevent Sexual Exploitation of Children
Female Genital Mutilation
You can speak to your GP at the Practice we are here to help and support you.
FGM helpline – 0800 028 3550
The NSPCC’s FGM helpline is a free 24-hour service. Please ring if you are concerned that a child’s welfare is at risk because of FGM and are seeking advice, information or support. Though callers’ details can remain anonymous, any information that could protect a child from abuse will be passed to the police or social services.
Help and support
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to arrange for a child to be taken abroad for FGM.
If you are worried that you or someone you know might be taken abroad for FGM, please call the police or local children’s services immediately. You can also ask a trusted adult such as a teacher or school nurse for advice first.
You can also obtain support from your Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) – there’s one covering every local authority area.
Non-urgent advice for British nationals abroad can be obtained from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office helpline,
on 020 7008 1500.
A new website has been launched this week by teenagers to help educate other young people about FGM and what steps they can take to stop it. Further information can be found in the link below:
NHS WEBSITE: more information just click on the link below:
Information Leaflets about FGM to download below just click on the language you require :
A Statement Opposing Female Genital Mutilation (you can print this and take it with you when travelling)
Support for Young Asian women and families being possible victims of rape and honour crimes/violence. Information is also contained in the leaflet attached and the link to the Karma Nirvana website helpful as there is also information to give to patients.
A ‘HATE’ CRIME is when a crime is committed against you because of who you are.
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A ‘MATE’ CRIME Staying safe from people who pretend to be your friend – People should treat you fairly and kindly. If anyone treats you badly you must tell someone you trust.
download our easy read booklet here: 18b_mate_crime_factsheet