So, it looks as if we maybe working towards a more open environment.
And we have taken the first step towards the end of lockdown.
Schools have re-opened their doors and children are returning to classrooms.
If we can keep adhering to the guidelines and the “R” number stays down, we should be able to start mixing with other people.
As a result we can now “talk to people” face to face.
We all need to keep looking out for the child or young person who does not want to talk.
And we need to ask why?
As a safeguarding professional, you need to be able to have those difficult conversations with children and young people.
The NSPCC are offering updated guidance on talking to children and there are some useful videos to see also.
“Talk to me” is a joint enterprise with Attensi
Locally we are also looking at improving the skills around talking to children.
And will be looking to update those staff who are currently trained to undertake ABE (Achieving Best Evidence) interviews.
In collaboration with our colleagues from Sussex Police we will be providing dates for staff to attend.
As a result we suggest you keep a watch out for these on the website, the Gateway and on our social media streams.
We all still need to look and listen to the youngsters we work with.
Talk to someone !!