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 Member for the Croydon Safeguarding Children Board & Sub Groups 2018-20. Click on any of the tabs below to view each individual.

 

Photo of Tracey Ford

"I will bring my first-hand experience as a bereaved mother to the issues of keeping children safe in the Borough. Through the youth campaigning organisation I set up in 2010, I am very aware of the increasing youth violence issues affecting more and more children in Croydon. I believe I will bring a grassroots perspective and over 10 years' experience of the critical issues which need to be considered and addressed in order to tackle the epidemic of safety for all children in the Borough. I will ensure that the voice of parents, children and the local voluntary sector organisations are representative of the local communities and to ensure that the safety of children is a priority."

Email - Tracey Ford
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"I am the Counselling Manager and designated Safeguarding Lead for Croydon Drop In (CDI), a local charity that has supported children, young people and their families in the borough of Croydon through a range of offers for almost 40 years. As the safeguarding lead I am responsible for ensuring that the agency policies and protocols remain current, comply with the latest legislation and are delivered in the spirit of best practice. I continue to update on safeguarding training through the LA and share news and developments with the agency staff teams. I have many years of experience and learning in this field as well as the practical application and knowledge of safeguarding and, importantly, the well-being of children and young people who seek help and support in the community and at CDI."

Email - Rhona Kenny


"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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"I feel, at 27 years of age, that I am able to identify closely with the issues young people face. I am a confident communicator, I have the ability to debate efficiently and unbiased. I grew up participating in youth-related crime but I was fortunate enough to turn a negative outlook on life into a positive outlook and create a successful community organisation. I deal with over 60 young people per week so on a sports/mentoring basis so I am able to base opinions from a young person’s point of view."

Email - Raymond Bascombe
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"Cassandra Learning Centre would like to work with children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation because we feel we could offer up a safe place for them to open up and share their experiences and access the relevant support."

Email - Jennifer McDermott
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"I have worked with people for 10 years and would like to share the voice and experiences. Lingua House supports young asylum seekers and refugees' – including unaccompanied minors - emotional well being by helping them to learn English, understand how the borough of Croydon works and create activities and opportunities for them to engage fully in community life. We provide support with health and immigration appointments and weekly English lessons to young people.""

Email - Aslam Shahin
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""I am a co-founder and Director of My OutSpace Centre, which is accredited social enterprise based in Central Croydon. The centre specialises in supporting parents into employment or self-employment and the only centre, which offers safe flexible workspace and childcare provision. I work with over 100 families each year and most of them are those who have children under 5 years old. I believe I am a perfect candidate to represent Early Help Board as I have relevant experience and local knowledge. I am also a parent myself who struggled with isolation issues, recovered from post-natal depression via setting up our social enterprise and now supporting others to achieve their potential and overcome various barriers.

 

The biggest issues we see among parents is lack of self-confidence, which very often leads to mental issues, like post-natal depression and lack of awareness about local services. We work with various children centres creating awareness around support services available in Croydon, run peer to peer support groups, coffee mornings, parenting classes, signposting as well as employability courses and one to one mentoring support. If I am successful in joining the Early Help Board, I will do my best to create awareness about support services available to parents with young children within the borough as well as to create accessible a one stop information point."

Email - Yuliana Topazly
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"I have a strong interest and experience of mental health issues as a carer for my daughter and also for my husband who developed dementia. I am a carer member of the Carers Partnership. As a volunteer at Health Watch I have participated in analysing data and producing reports, in addition to enter and view in care homes and patient/public surveys at CUH and GP hubs. I sit on the One Coydon over 65s user steering group where I am a member of the Life programme sub group. Given the levels of knife and other crime I would also be interested in representing this area."

Email - Patricia Knight
Photo of Elsie Sutherland

"I have been involved in the voluntary and community sector for many years and have a background in social work. I have chaired a number of forums and committees, including OPeN.

 

I am responsible for training ministers and lay preachers in nine Methodist church congregations in safeguarding practices for both children and adults. I keep up to date with changes in policy and practice, and am also developing a safeguarding policy for the trustees of Anerly Town Hall."

Email - Elsie Sutherland
Photo of Aslam Shahin

"I have worked with people for 10 years and would like to share the voice and experiences. Lingua House supports young asylum seekers and refugees' – including unaccompanied minors - emotional well being by helping them to learn English, understand how the borough of Croydon works and create activities and opportunities for them to engage fully in community life. We provide support with health and immigration appointments and weekly English lessons to young people.""

Email - Aslam Shahin
Photo of Yuliana Topazly

"I am a co-founder and Director of My OutSpace Business Centre, which is accredited social enterprise based in Central Croydon. The centre specialises in supporting parents into employment or self-employment and the only centre, which offers safe flexible workspace and childcare provision. I work with over 100 families each year and most of them are those who have children under 5 years old. I believe I am a perfect candidate to represent Early Help Board as I have relevant experience and local knowledge. I am also a parent myself who struggled with isolation issues, recovered from post-natal depression via setting up our social enterprise and now supporting others to achieve their potential and overcome various barriers.

 

The biggest issues we see among parents is lack of self-confidence, which very often leads to mental issues, like post-natal depression and lack of awareness about local services. We work with various children centres creating awareness around support services available in Croydon, run peer to peer support groups, coffee mornings, parenting classes, signposting as well as employability courses and one to one mentoring support. If I am successful in joining the Early Help Board, I will do my best to create awareness about support services available to parents with young children within the borough as well as to create accessible a one stop information point. Thank you."

Email - Yuliana Topazly

CSCB Newsletter

The July issue contains information about the parenting support offer in Croydon and a report on Croydon's first Youth Congress
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