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Protecting Medway’s children

Date: 19/03/2008           Category: Childrens Care

The safety of Medway’s children is at the heart of a conference being held in April. Medway Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) is holding its annual conference on Thursday, 3 April at the Kings School, Rochester. Anyone working with children living in Medway is invited to attend the event at Satis House in Boley Hill. Guest speakers include MSCB Chairman Jim Leivers and Donald Findlater, Director of Stop It Now UK, a charity that works to reduce child sexual abuse. Topics include child safety and the internet; how to handle babies safely; first aid for children; and the Parentis parenting programme. Workshops are also being run by Medway Primary Care Trust; the NSPCC; Kent Fire and Rescue and Medway School Nurses Team. Board Manager Sally Mortimore said: “The aim of the conference is to raise awareness that safeguarding children in Medway is everybody’s responsibility. It’s a chance for anyone working with children to start thinking in a different way about how we can work together to make sure children are kept safe – whether they are out playing are at home or at school.” Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care Cllr David Wildey said: “We are committed to ensuring that Medway’s children and young people have the best start in life. This conference is an excellent example of partnership work, and will give people that safeguard children the opportunity to meet and discuss ways to ensure our children are safeguarded.” Medway Council’s Director of Children’s Services Rose Collinson said: “Keeping children safe is the key to ensuring that children enjoy, achieve and have a bright future. “We’re all responsible for safeguarding and this conference is a great way to share and exchange practice and collectively reducing the risks for children in Medway.” The conference is sponsored by the Kings School and takes place from 9am to 3.45pm. Spaces are free, but should be booked in advance by calling 01634 336329 or email mscb@medway.gov.uk MSCB was set up in April 2006, to coordinate all work to safeguard children in Medway and focuses on issues such as child protection, road safety, safety in the home and bullying. It also works to raise awareness about the safeguarding of children in the community and investigate cases where a child has died or has been seriously harmed. The Board comprises of Kent Police; Medway PCT; Medway Maritime Hospital; Kent Probation; Kent and Medway Connexions; Kent and Medway Mental Health Partnership; Medway Secure Training Centre; CAFCASS; HMP Cookham Wood; Medway Council; Kent Fire and Rescue Service; NSPCC and CVS.