Resources and links
Bristol City Council has a duty to ensure that every child is safe from harm and neglect and, where possible, brought up by their own family. The council’s Children and Young People’s Services has lead responsibility for carrying out this duty.
Safeguarding children is a multi-agency concern co-ordinated by the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB), the local multi-agency partnership of education, health, police, social care and associated services.
It is possible that your child or children have been allocated a social worker due to issues relating to a child protection concern or to undertake an assessment of their needs. You may want to seek advice and support from an independent organisation such as the Family Rights Group or the NSPCC.
Female Genital Mutilation
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is also known as female circumcision or female genital cutting. FGM has no health benefits, and it harms girls and women in many ways. It involves removing and damaging healthy and normal female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural functions of girls’ and women’s bodies.
Professionals who are concerned that a child may be at risk of FGM should visit our Professionals page for more information. Members of the public should report a concern if you are worried about a specific child.
More information on FGM can be found on the Bristol Against Violence and Abuse website, or download the below leaflets:
Building the Bridge is the organisation that works to keep Bristol communities safe against radicalisation and extremism. This leaflet lets you know what help and information is available if you have concerns that someone may be vulnerable to radicalisation.
The Findability resource contains information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families, including all schools and SEN schools in Bristol.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Free From Fear
Free From Fear is a film premiere, designed by young people, to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation among young people. The project was put forward by young people supported by Barnardo’s. The film features three spoken word performances on surviving sexual abuse through the viewpoint of the older self, giving strength to the younger self.
Shout Out Speak Out Leaflet
The below leaflet has been adapted for Bristol from a design developed by Barnardo's Northern Ireland and the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland. We would like to thank them for their support in sharing this leaflet.
Poster - This version can be printed as a leaflet or an A3 poster
Foldable Leaflet - This version can be printed and folded in to a pocket sized leaflet.
County lines is the police term for urban gangs supplying drugs to suburban areas and market and coastal towns. It involves child criminal exploitation (CCE) as gangs use children and vulnerable people to move drugs and money.
Following the publication of County Lines guidance last year, the Home Office is now working with partners to raise awareness of county lines. A range of materials have been developed to help statutory and non-statutory staff identify victims and report concerns to protect those exploited through this criminal activity.
Adverse Childhood Experiences
Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are stressful events or experiences that occur in childhood. Studies have found that as the number of ACEs increased in the population studied, so did the risk of experiencing a range of health conditions in adulthood.
Bristol is an ACE aware city and held a conference on ACEs in March 2019. You can see the presentations from that conference here.