Croydon Safeguarding Children Board (CSCB) is the statutory body that brings together local agencies working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people up to the age of 18 in the borough. The CSCB is made up of statutory and voluntary partners and includes representatives from Health, Children’s Services, Police, Probation, as well as Lay Members. Its main role is to coordinate what is done locally to protect and promote the welfare of children and young people in Croydon and to monitor the effectiveness of those arrangements to ensure better outcomes for children and young people. For more information on its subgroups, the board itself and for the Board structure go to http://croydonlcsb.org.uk/

 

Meet the recently elected Board Members for the Croydon Children Safeguarding Board & Sub Groups. Click on any of the tabs below to view each individual.

 

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"Place2Be is a school-based counselling service, dedicated to improving the emotional wellbeing of children, their families and the whole school community. We help children explore their problems through talking, creative work and play. We are based in 11 schools in Croydon and are often involved with supporting schools in dealing with safeguarding concerns. Representation on this board will support us in this process and also help us to strengthen our link with external agencies to ensure effective partnership working and allow us to input into the development of safeguarding policies and procedures at a strategic level."

Email - Rina Bajaj
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"I am interested in representing the VCS on this board as I have been involved since its inception, I have seen first-hand how all areas of health and wellbeing have been addressed in this setting and how Croydon, as a CCG and Local Authority, is actively seeking to be accountable to residents and all stakeholders. Through the wider networks that I am involved in through my role at Croydon Drop In, I am able to disseminate relevant information and bring a very 'real' dimension to discussions around mental health and wellbeing issues. As a CEO of a local charity I have worked in partnership with many Croydon VCS organisations, which has assisted in ensuring resources are utilised in the most effective way possible. My current VCS colleague on the HWBB has also supported this work and together we have been able to demonstrate the positive aspects of working in alliance with other VCS organisations. Alongside the skills and expertise required in being responsible for the operational management of a registered charity, I am also a qualified and experienced trainer, working in the fields of Community & Youth Work, Group Work, Personal Development and Social Enterprise development. I would welcome and appreciate the opportunity of representing the VCS on this board."

Email - Kim Bennett


"For four years the organisation I founded, and am director of, has provided intensive mentoring for 82 Croydon young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties referred to us by the Youth Offending Service, Schools, PRUs and Social Care. The chohort we support are Level 3 and 4 (Child Safety Board) and typically feature court orders, school refusers, vulnerable young people, LACs, domestic violence, gangs involvement and substance missuse. Our outcomes include reduced re-offending, increased educational engagement, family partnship and EET. We work alongside YOS, FFT, FRS, CAMHS, CAYSH, Social Care, Housing and Alternative Education Provision.

I personally sit on the Youth Crime Prevention Board and was asked to join the CSE & Missing children Board by the chairperson. In addition to my work in Ment4, I am an international consultant in anti-human trafficking."

Email - Pete Stanley
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"For four years the organisation I founded, and am director of, has provided intensive mentoring for 82 Croydon young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties referred to us by the Youth Offending Service, Schools, PRUs and Social Care. The cohort we support are Level 3 and 4 (Child Safety Board) and typically feature court orders, school refusers, vulnerable young people, LACs, domestic violence, gang’s involvement and substance misuse. Our outcomes include reduced re-offending, increased educational engagement, family partnership and EET. We work alongside YOS, FFT, FRS, CAMHS, CAYSH, Social Care, Housing and Alternative Education Provision. I personally sit on the Youth Crime Prevention Board and was asked to join the CSE & Missing Children Board recently. In addition to my work in Ment4, I am an international consultant in anti-human trafficking."

Email - Peter Stanley
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"With 17 years’ experience of working within education as a teacher, consultant and therapist, I believe I have a wealth of experience to contribute to the education subgroup of the CSCB.

As a class teacher (mainstream and special needs), outreach teacher and newly qualified teachers’ consultant, I have substantial experience of engaging with children, parents/carers and school staff on sensitive matters of safeguarding. As a child and family therapist I work in partnership with schools to support the emotional development and mental health of their pupils/students. This role allows me to form effective relationships with whole families and schools, in order to foster a safe and containing environment in which the child/young person can thrive. As a representative on the education subgroup of the CSCB, I can offer my experience and knowledge of working with children and families within the education system, both from the perspective of an educator as well as an external agency providing specialist support for families with complex needs."

Email - Julia Yearwood