Bulletin 11 – 1st August 2018

Welcome to the August 2018 edition of the Manchester Safeguarding Boards e-bulletin

This is a web page version of our e-bulletin, which we send out via Mail Chimp. Anyone can sign up for our mailing list here on our website (at the bottom of the page) and receive our e-bulletins directly.

The Manchester Safeguarding Boards (MSB) comprises the Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) and the Manchester Safeguarding Children Boards (MSCB). The Boards share an Independent Chair, Julia Stephens-Row; and are supported by the MSB Business Unit.

Our bulletin includes news, events, training opportunities and links to information and resources which we hope will be of use to the multi-agency safeguarding workforce and the wider community across Manchester.

Please keep an eye on the news feeds on our home page for the most up to date safeguarding news.

Staying safe in the heat

Many of our partners will be working to get information out to our communities about how to stay safe and well in the hot weather; visit www.nhs.uk/heatwave for more information or download the ‘beat the heat‘ leaflet or read the tips at www.bbc.co.uk

The main risks posed by a heatwave are:

  • dehydration (not having enough water)
  • overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
  • heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:

  • older people, especially those over 75
  • babies and young children
  • people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
  • people with mobility problems or who have had a stroke
  • people with serious mental health problems
  • people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
  • people who misuse alcohol or drugs
  • people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports.

The LGA severe weather hub has some useful information at www.local.gov.uk/severe-weather to help prepare for, and react to, extreme weather; likewise at www.gov.uk/hot-weather-health-warnings

What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care

The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is a new initiative that aims to improve outcomes for children, young people and families by improving the basis on which decisions are made in children’s social care. The Centres’ mission is to foster a culture of evidence informed practice. The Centre will generate evidence where it is found to be lacking, improve its accessibility and relevance to the practice community, and support practice leaders to build a culture of evidence use in their organisations.

A stakeholder engagement report has been published and a new website launched at whatworks-csc.org.uk which will develop throughout the year reflecting further engagement with the sector.

The Centre has also published a summary of key messages from its stakeholder engagement work to date. Key themes that have emerged so far include: the importance of working with the sector, rather than doing to or for the sector; keeping children at the heart of what the Centre will do; and having a strong, realistic focus on implementation and improving practice, allowing for local context and nuance.

Working together to safeguard children (2018) published

Revised statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children was published on 4th July at www.gov.uk/working-together-to-safeguard-children–2

The new advice is aimed at all professionals who come in to contact with children and families and includes guidance on current threats to child protection, such as sexual and criminal exploitation, gangs and radicalisation. Senior police, council and health leaders will jointly be responsible for setting out local plans to keep children safe and will be accountable for how well agencies work together to protect children from abuse and neglect.

Find out more in our news post

It’s not just young children who suffer neglect

When most people think about neglect they think of young children alone, hungry or unloved. But many older children are also neglected at home, leading to skipping school, running away or mental health problems.

The Joint Inspectorates have published an important thematic report recognising how often older children suffering neglect are not noticed or don’t get the help they need. This report calls for greater awareness among professionals in adult’s services of the risks of neglect of older children who are living with parents with complex needs. The report is a sign that things must get better for older children who are neglected. It points to good practice local authorities can learn from.

Read the report at www.gov.uk/growing-up-neglected-a-multi-agency-response-to-older-children  and www.gov.uk/neglected-older-children-missed

The Children’s Society have developed a short briefing for professionals who work with young people to help them to identity and support teenagers experiencing neglect – you can read this at www.childrenssociety.org.uk/thinking_about_adolescent_neglect_practitioners_briefing.pdf

National suicide bereavement survey

Dr. Sharon McDonnell and her research team at the University of Manchester in collaboration with Support After Suicide Partnership are conducting an anonymous national suicide bereavement online survey.

Anyone aged 18 or over, who has been bereaved or affected by suicide (including professionals) can participate. Please help raise awareness of the survey by sharing the following link as widely as possible. Also, if you feel able, please complete the survey.  Visit research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/Impactofsuicide

Modern slavery and human trafficking

Greater Manchester agencies held a week of action around modern slavery and human trafficking on 2nd to 6th July, sharing information, case studies and resources.

The MSB has published a 7 minute briefing Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking – what to look out for and there is lots of information in our modern slavery and child trafficking resources and in the Trapped campaign news post

Spot the Signs: Child Exploitation and Missing Awareness Poster Hub
Catch 22 will be adding a new poster each month to download, print off and share with your networks. The materials are most relevant for professionals who work with children, but are useful for anybody who wants to know more about Child Exploitation and Missing From Home – find them at www.catch-22.org.uk/cse-awareness-poster-hub

Every Child Protected Against Trafficking (ECPAT) has published a snapshot report providing an overview of the state of modern slavery affecting children in the UK. The report includes latest statistics and recent policy developments and makes 10 recommendations to the UK Government including: reforming the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for children to ensure that decisions about whether or not a child has been trafficked are made by trained multi-agency child protection professionals rather than by central government; improving data collection on child trafficking; and providing a comprehensive, rights-based independent legal guardianship (advocacy) service for all separated and trafficked children and young people up to a minimum of 21 years old.

Read ‘Child trafficking in the UK 2018: a snapshot’ at  www.ecpat.org.uk/child-trafficking-a-snapshot

The multi-agency MSB Staying Safe: Manchester’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Strategy 2018/20 (published May 2018) has been endorsed by the Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board and the Manchester Safeguarding Children Board.

CQC has published a statement on modern slavery in order to provide clarity to providers, other stakeholders and CQC staff on their role in combatting modern slavery and human trafficking and the actions that they are taking – read this at www.cqc.org.uk/modern-slavery-statement

New advice to help employers deal with domestic abuse and stigma

Public Health England (PHE) and Business in the Community have published a new toolkit to help employers support workers affected by domestic abuse – find this at www.gov.uk/government/advice-to-help-employers-deal-with-domestic-abuse-and-stigma

Find out more about domestic abuse in our DVA resource  or to find out more about Manchester CSP’s approach to DV&A contact  i.halliday@manchester.gov.uk , d.edwards1@manchester.gov.uk or l.conroy@manchester.gov.uk  in the Community Safety Team

Child abuse linked to faith or belief

The National FGM Centre has released two YouTube videos discussing child abuse linked to faith or belief. The first is an animation telling the story of young boy in the UK who was accused of witchcraft by his aunt and uncle; the second offers advice to professionals about how to work with children who have been accused of witchcraft.

Branded a witch – Mardoche’s story (YouTube video) at www.youtube.com/watch?v=liOxqgZRss0
Mardoche Yembi offers advice to professionals at youtu.be/38bKOfS1z6s

Oral Infant Mutilation (IOM)
Oral Infant Mutilation involves gouging out the teeth of a toddler/child to prevent common childhood illnesses. IOM  is a traditional practice performed, usually by village healers but also by priests and midwives as an accepted remedy for illness.

Infants presenting with diarrhoea and/or fevers are subjected to the removal of unerupted baby teeth as the swelling of the gums is mistakenly thought to indicate the presence of ‘tooth worms’. The tooth buds, usually of the eye teeth, are prised out of the gum, without anaesthesia, with unsterile tools such as a bicycle spoke, a hot nail, a penknife etc. Blood loss and shock due to the crude nature of the operation can lead to anaemia.

The unhygienic methods can cause septicaemia, tetanus, transmission of blood-borne diseases such as HIV/ AIDS, and can on occasions be fatal. Long term effects can include eradication and/or malformation of other primary and permanent teeth in the area.

Families believing in the practice could travel to other countries to perform the ritual on their infants.
Visit www.dentaid.org/overseas/oral-mutilation/ for more information and leaflets in various languages.

Updates from MSB Board meetings

Annual Performance Data
The performance annual update was provided. Some good news found within the data set is that 100% of GP’s are now trained in IRIS referrals. There has been an increase in domestic violence and abuse reporting, which indicates better reporting and perhaps better recording. There has also been an increase in Modern Slavery and Modern Slavery crimes, which indicates more recognition. An area of concern is the low number of disclosures of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The National Contest Strategy update was presented. This was launched on 4th June and provides a refresh on Prevent, Pursue, Protect and Prepare, along with learning from the Manchester and London attacks.

The national Peer Review will be taking place in Manchester in September where selected agencies will be asked to complete a self-assessment. A final report will be shared with the Board once complete. Manchester will be completing Channel Peer Reviews starting in July and the learning from this will be shared following the Channel Strategic Monitoring Group in October.

Manchester Population Health Plan
Both Boards were presented with the Population Health Plan, highlighting issues for both the adult and child population of Manchester and promoting the need to work towards better health priorities in Manchester. Read the report at  www.manchester.gov.uk/public_health

GM Complex Safeguarding
Both Boards were presented with an update regarding GM Complex Safeguarding. The DfE have provided funding to spread learning and best practice across all 10 GM areas. There will be a GM Complex Safeguarding Strategy, GM Standards of Practice, commissioned training for complex safeguarding workers and a commissioned specialist consultancy for teams.
Manchester plans to run a Complex Safeguarding Conference in conjunction with the GM Complex Safeguarding Lead.

Changes to LSCB’s
The Government has provided funding for 10 Early Adopters who will share their findings by October. By June 2019, everyone should have published their Plan and it should be implemented by September 2019. There will be further discussions ongoing between the three statutory bodies, who have already agreed that contribution in terms of responsibilities and resources will be equal.

Partner spotlight – Housing services

Housing staff have a key safeguarding role to play, alongside their colleagues in social care, health and the police, in keeping people safe. They are well placed to identify people with care and support needs, share information and work in partnership to coordinate responses.

See our seven minute briefing on Rented housing in Manchester- private landlords & the social sector

Our Housing Services – information for providers & safeguarding practitioners resource  sets out the responsibilities of Registered Providers of social housing and includes a map which shows where the largest Registered Providers have stock in the city and includes their contact numbers.

Information sharing from Board Partners

Our partners Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) have partnered with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to tackle youth anti-social behaviour and offer young people a programme of events to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer.

During the long summer break there is temptation for young people to get involved in activities that may seem like harmless fun but can be seen differently by other people or carry serious consequences if things get out of hand.

Safe4Summer aims to provide young people with enough activities to banish boredom and offers advice about personal safety as well as promoting messages about social responsibility.

In addition to offering advice to young people, GMP are urging the community to help make their local area a safer and more enjoyable place to live. Parents and guardians are advised to maintain a line of communication when their children are out and about and talk to them about personal safety and the dangers of issues such as underage drinking.

The wider community are asked to be proactive in reporting any instances of anti-social behaviour to police on 101 or via the new live chat function on the GMP website.

For more information and to find out what activities for families and young people are happening in your local area visit www.safe4summer.com.

Managing allegations against people who work with children – making a referral to the Designated Officer (formerly known as LADO)
A reminder to all staff that any referral made on the Designated Officer Referral Form MUST include the name of the adult whom the allegation is being made about, and their place of work. Please note no action can be taken without a named adult.

If you have concerns without knowing the specific details and you wish to inform the Designated Officer, you can send an email to quality.assurance@manchester.gcsx.gov.uk or telephone 0161 234 1214 and ask to speak to the Designated Officer.

Further information about making a referral to the Designated Officer can be found in our allegations management resource.

Independent Domestic Violence Advice Service
On 28th June, the Independent Domestic Violence Advice Service (IDVA) held a Team Learning Day focusing on single agency learning arising from a Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) and a Serious Case Review (SCR).

The team focused on the Adult CA SAR, which has been published along with a learning pack and 7 minute briefing. Also, as IDVA are represented on the SCR Panel for the Child P1 SCR, which is underway but not yet completed, the team was also able to consider early learning emerging from the review and begin the process of considering any actions that might be relevant to their service and partnership-wide actions to recommend to the Board.

The IDVA Team found the Team Learning Day to be a productive and positive exercise.

Neglect Strategy Update – Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2)
If you would like to find out more about Graded Care Profile 2 visit the NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk/graded-care-profile or the MSB Neglect Strategy resource

If you have any ideas or suggestions we would like to hear them. Please share them by emailing Linda Evans at L.Evans1@manchester.gov.uk.

MSB training offer – upcoming courses

Protecting vulnerable babies & preventing child deaths conference
Date: Wednesday 10th October 2018    Time: 9am – 4pm
Venue: Hough End Police Social Centre, Mauldeth Road West, M21 7SX
The MSB have organised a free full day learning event aimed at front line practitioners and senior managers working with children and their families in Manchester.

The main purpose of this event will be to disseminate learning about emerging themes in child deaths and to raise awareness of the various organisations practitioners can signpost families to for additional support and advice.

For more information or to make a booking request visit the MSB Training website

The MSB Training Coordinators will be revising our multi-agency training offer over the summer – we will be advertising an abridged programme in the autumn whilst we resource delivery of the revised programme.

Applying for MSB training
Anyone wanting to apply any MSB courses or briefings will need to register and apply through the MSB Training website and all applications will need to be approved by line managers. There is a User Guide on the website to assist with the application and registration process.

Partner training offers

Mental Health Act Awareness Event
Date: 12th September 2018 from 10am till 1pm.
CWTC is hosting a free event to raise awareness of the Mental Health Act and educate people on the facts.   Free Refreshments will be provided. Support is also available in Urdu.

To register, please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-act-awareness-event-tickets-47983805855 or see our news post for more information

Suicide Bereavement UK Conference 2018
Date: 26th September 2018
Venue: Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Manchester.
This international conference is a collaboration between Suicide Bereavement UK and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. It provides a platform whereby individuals can network, learn from each other and share good practice in this newly developing field in the UK. Over 350 delegates, from several countries attend this event and it is always over-subscribed.

To find out more and book a place visit suicidebereavementuk.com/suicide-bereavement-conference

PABBS evidence-based suicide bereavement training
Date: 16th October & 6th November
Venue: Pendulum Hotel, Manchester M1 3BB
Fees: £250 + VAT per person
PABBS evidence-based suicide bereavement training has been informed by a three-year study, led by Dr. Sharon McDonnell’s research team at the University of Manchester. The study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and first of its kind internationally. The training helps to address one of the key areas for action in England’s suicide prevention strategy (DH, 2017).

To find out more and book a place visit suicidebereavementuk.com/sbuk-training

National conference – Diversity and inclusion in bereavement support
Date: 15th November 2018   Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Venue: Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ
Fees: £95 per person, fees for participants include course materials, a certificate of attendance, refreshments and light lunch.

Recognising that we live and work in a multi-cultural and diverse society, this conference is aimed at promoting and raising awareness when providing bereavement support. This conference will hear from experts in their field, sharing current research, statistics and evidence-based practice, with the focus on providing bereavement support in a diverse and inclusive society.

To find out more and book a place visit childbereavementuk.org/national-conference-diversity-and-inclusion-in-bereavement-support/

Online training

Our online training offer continues to grow, with over 70 adults and children safeguarding training courses available through our partner Virtual College – for more information visit manchesterscb.virtual-college.co.uk

Understanding Young Minds – free online course
Virtual College have worked in partnership with SelfharmUK to create a free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children – find the course at www.virtual-college.co.uk/understanding-young-minds

Real Safeguarding Stories
A free online resource for professionals with safeguarding responsibilities has been developed by Bradford Council and Collingwood Learning

Working with safeguarding professionals from across Bradford Council, they have developed a series of videos each based upon stories either from the people involved or through anonymised cases. Some stories have been edited and some have been combined so that we can cover the key issues in a simple, quick, and powerful way. But everything is based upon real people, and real situations. Sign up at realsafeguardingstories.com

You can also find information about other free online courses in our online learning with other providers’ resource.

MSB Resources

The website now has over 200 pages of information for practitioners, children & young people, adults, families & carers, and the wider public to access.

This includes safeguarding help & advice and links to resources, videos, policies and campaigns.

We always suggest that practitioners bookmark the website and visit it frequently as new content is added all the time.

Difficult conversations with parents & carers
Open discussion with parents and carers when there are welfare concerns about a child often provokes anxiety in practitioners. Professional challenge is part of good child protection practice.

To increase practitioners’ confidence we have published the MSB Difficult Conversations with Parents (July 2018)
The information in this guide is not exhaustive and it should be used as a reference tool alongside practitioners own safeguarding practices and in conjunction with appropriate supervision.

Four factors to consider when preparing for a difficult conversation with a parent or carer are:

  1. Principles – that underpin safeguarding children
  2. Planning – how to plan or be prepared
  3. The conversation – things to consider when having a conversation
  4. Examples – open questions and suggestions.

Find out more in our professional curiosity & challenge resource.

Trust your instinct campaign
The MSB Trust your instinct campaign aims to help everyone in Manchester know what to say and do if they see things are not going well for others.

The earlier the help, the less likely things are to get worse, and the better things will be for the person, family and community. Seeing a sign that something is seriously wrong and knowing what to do could actually prevent a tragedy.

The guide lists some things that show things might not be going well for somebody, and it explains why it is important to take notice and Trust your instinct.

The booklet and two posters can be downloaded from the MSB website; paper copies and posters can be obtained from the MSB Business Unit.

MSB 7 Minute Briefings
The MSB have introduced ‘seven minute briefings’ to allow managers to deliver a short briefing to staff regarding a particular subject. The briefings will be shared on a regular basis, providing a mixture of new information or a reminder of basic information with challenge for teams to think about the application to practice within their teams.

We are aiming to add to these briefings on a regular basis and with this in mind we have created a 7MB about writing a 7MB to encourage partners to have a go at drafting them.

Our published briefings can be downloaded from our 7 minute briefings resource  – new briefings are:

  1. Rented housing in Manchester- private landlords & the social sector
  2. Criminal Exploitation
  3. Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking – what to look out for
  4. Writing a 7 minute briefing

New podcast for social care sector
Research in Practice has launched a new podcast series, aimed at those working within social care sector. This free, open access resource is centred on five key areas: trauma, neglect, mental health, complex exploitation and strengths-based approaches.

Find out more at www.rip.org.uk/research-in-practice-podcasts

Free social work tools and resources for direct work with children and adults by social workers but useful for everyone
Available from www.socialworkerstoolbox.com these resources cover a range of issues such as adoption & fostering, alcohol, assessment, bullying, CSE & sexual abuse, disability & health, domestic abuse, drugs, finances, law (UK), mental health, parenting and safety.

Policies and Procedures

Professionals across all agencies are reminded of the importance of using the GM Safeguarding Procedures.

The GM Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual has been updated and can be accessed at www.proceduresonline.com/greater_manchester/scb

Useful safeguarding information and links – adults & families

How older people move between health and social care in England
CQC have published Beyond Barriers, bringing together key findings and recommendations for change, following completion of 20 local authority area reviews exploring how older people move between health and adult social care services in England.

Many older people have complex and long-term care needs that need more than one professional and more than one service. Their experience depends on how well services work together with and for them, their families and carers.

The report highlights some examples of health and care organisations working well together, and of individuals working across organisations to provide high quality care. It sets out a number of recommendations designed to encourage improvement in the way organisations and professionals work to support older people to stay well.

Read the report at www.cqc.org.uk/beyond-barriers-how-older-people-move-between-health-care-england

Safeguarding Adults Reviews library
The Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) library will contain reports and associated resources to support those involved in commissioning, conducting and quality assuring SARs.

Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) are a statutory requirement for Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs). SARs can inform adult safeguarding improvement. They can identify what is helping and what is hindering safeguarding work, to tackle barriers to good practice.

Commissioned by the Department of Health, this library is being developed jointly by Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) and Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), working closely with colleagues from the sector. Find out more at www.scie.org.uk/safeguarding/adults/reviews/library

The scale and nature of fraud: a review of the evidence
This review undertaken by Home Office Analysis and Insight details findings from an evidence review undertaken to bring together what is known about the scale and nature of fraud affecting individuals and businesses in the UK. The aim of the review was to help establish the current state of the evidence base on fraud and identify new areas for research.

Read more and view the report at www.gov.uk/the-scale-and-nature-of-fraud-a-review-of-the-evidence

The Homelessness Reduction Act
The Homelessness Reduction Act came into force 3rd April 2018. There is also a New Code of Guidance which provides advice and guidance on all the homeless legislation as well as an overview of the different Acts governing homelessness.

Find this at www.gov.uk/homelessness-code-of-guidance-for-local-authorities/overview-of-the-homelessness-legislation

Accounts of child sexual abuse shared with the Truth Project
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published accounts of child sexual abuse shared with the Truth Project, set up for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences in a supportive and confidential setting – find these at  www.truthproject.org.uk/i-will-be-heard

Further information: Truth Project experiences shared: victims and survivors speak out can be found at  www.iicsa.org.uk/TruthProjectExperiencesJune2018.pdf

Useful safeguarding information and links – children & families

Home alone during the summer holidays
The NSPCC has released figures from its helpline looking at calls from people worried that young children had been left at home unsupervised by a parent or carer during the summer holidays. Figures show that 849 referrals were made to the police during August 2017 by the helpline, a third of which were for children aged 5 or under.

The NSPCC website includes tips and a tool to help parents and carers decide whether or not to leave their children on their own for the first time this summer.

Further information, including a guide, can be found atwww.nspcc.org.uk/parent-guide-home-alone or take a look at the NSPCC tool Is my child ready to be left home alone? at home-alone.nspcc.org.uk

Information sharing
The Government has published important new guidance on information sharing which reinforces the importance of strong working relationships between agencies and encourages a willingness to share and use information in the interest of children.

The ‘Myth Busters’ section considers where inhibitions about sharing information can undercut effective safeguarding practice – read more at www.gov.uk/safeguarding-practitioners-information-sharing-advice

Storing Up Trouble
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children published its report Storing Up Trouble (following on from No Good Options last year), which highlights the increasing variability of services for children, and especially the considerable local variation in thresholds. Read the report at www.ncb.org.uk/storinguptrouble

Protecting children in entertainment: a course for chaperones
The NSPCC has launched an interactive online learning course on how to protect children during rehearsals and productions. The course, produced in association with the National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) covers key statutory guidance that chaperones in the entertainment industry need to follow.

Further information can be found at www.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-in-the-performing-arts/

Reporting safeguarding incidents
Ofsted has published guidance on how local authorities should report a serious incident of child abuse or neglect, or the death of a child who is looked after. From 29th June 2018 local authorities in England must notify the national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel within 5 working days of becoming aware of a serious incident.

Local authorities should also report incidents to the relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) at the same time as notifying the panel. Notifications can be made online using the online form for notifications of serious childcare incident for local authorities. Children’s social care providers should use the separate notification form for adoption support agencies, children’s homes, independent fostering agencies, residential family centres, and secure children’s homes.

Find out more at www.gov.uk/report-a-serious-child-safeguarding-incident

Action for Children – Revolving door Part 2: Are we failing children at risk of abuse and neglect?
In 2017, Action for Children (ACT) published research showing that there were an estimated 140,000 children on the fringes of social care without support. These children were referred to local authority children’s services because someone was worried about them, were assessed, but did not meet thresholds for statutory support, and then were not signposted to other help. At the time, ACT questioned if the children left in this situation, end up in a revolving door being re-referred into children’s social care, only getting help when they reach crisis point.

This report reveals just how many of these children are coming back for help year after year because the opportunity for early intervention may have been missed. Read the report at www.actionforchildren.org.uk/children-are-at-risk-of-potential-abuse-and-neglect

The LGA response to Action for Children’s ‘Revolving Door’ report can be viewed at www.local.gov.uk/lga-responds-action-childrens-revolving-door-report

The Children’s Commissioner’s Vulnerability report 2018
The 2018 vulnerability report tells us about the numbers of children who are growing up in England with vulnerability and risks that could affect their lives, wellbeing and life chances.

The overview report provides a summary of the underlying data and analysis, which is set out in more detail in four technical reports. A set of slides summarises conversations with young people about the framework. On the website you can also view previous reports with more discussion of some of the issues in measuring and defining vulnerability.

The report recommends that Boards consider how the analysis of the wider range of children and young people who are vulnerable – rather than just those who are ‘in Need’, on Protection Plans or Looked After – can be applied to priorities both locally and nationally.

Read the report at www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/childrens-commissioner-vulnerability-report-2018/

Strengthened safeguarding guidance for schools and colleges
The DfE has revised its statutory safeguarding guidance for all schools and colleges, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education‘ (KCSIE)
The revised guidance comes into effect from 3rd September 2018 and sets out what schools and colleges should do to keep children safe; up until 3rd September, schools must continue to refer to the current guidance.

Revised separate advice for schools and colleges on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children has also been published, and is available immediately to support schools and colleges. This guidance provides advice to help school and college staff deal with allegations of child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment.

Read the new guidance in full at www.gov.uk/government/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2

How safe are our children? 2018
The NSPCC has published How safe are our children? 2018 which compiles and analyses the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across the four nations in the UK. The report sets out what the available data tells us about the current child protection landscape, and takes a closer look at how safe children are online.

Further information from www.nspcc.org.uk/how-safe-are-our-children-2018

Save the dates – adults & families

Be Clear on Cancer – Blood in Pee campaign 19th July to 23rd September
Public Health England is re-running the Be Clear on Cancer ‘Blood in Pee’ campaign from 19th July to 23rd September 2018.

The aim is to raise public awareness of visible haematuria – a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancer – and encourage those who notice this symptom to see their GP. Even if they see blood in their pee on one single occasion. This campaign is specifically aimed at men and women over 50 years from lower socio-economic groups.

Provider organisations can find out more and order free campaign resources from the Campaign Resource Centre; resources include posters, leaflets and materials that can be used on websites and social media channels at campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/blood-in-pee

World Alzheimer’s Month 1st to 30th September
World Alzheimer’s Day 21st September
Run by Alzheimer’s Disease International, (ADI) the aim is to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s and dementia and September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day.

The month is an opportunity for individuals, businesses and charities to hold events and raise awareness in their communities of the effects of dementia. Participants can get campaign materials for their event from ADI. It is also an opportunity for sufferers, carers, professionals, press and media and communities to work together against dementia as well as raising awareness of the realities of it, while combating stigma and misinformation and lobbying the government for better help and care.  Find out more at www.worldalzmonth.org

World Suicide Prevention Day 10th September / GM ‘suicide prevention day’
Various events and activities to raise awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death and give organizations, agencies and individuals a chance to promote awareness about suicide, mental illnesses associated with suicide, as well as suicide prevention. Find out more at www.iasp.info/wspd

Sexual Health week 24th to 30th September
Informs the public, influences service providers and supports health professionals.
This year, the theme will be consent: a topic that underpins all our work on sexual health and wellbeing, for both health and education professionals.  Find out more at

Save the dates – children & families

International Youth Day 12th August
Focusing on tweens and teens and their place in society – not just to protect them, but to include them in the development of communities around the world, whether they’re rich or poor.
Among the focal areas for youth development and protection with this UN initiative include education, employment, the environment, delinquency, girls and young women, HIV/AIDS and intergenerational relations. Find out more at www.un.org/en/events/youthday

National Read a Book Day 6th September
International Literacy Day 8th September
Raising awareness on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy – reminding everyone “Literacy is the best remedy”
Find out more about Read Manchester at literacytrust.org.uk/communities/manchester

Parents in Sport Week 2018 1st to 7th October
The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is running its national campaign Parents in Sport Week for its third year. The campaign aims to highlight the important role parents play in youth sport and encourage parents in get involved in their child’s sporting journey. The NSPCC is asking schools to spread the word about the campaign to parents and carers and encourage them to take a look at the resources for parents we have to offer. Sign-up to receive regular updates about the event at thecpsu.org.uk/parents

Wear Blue Day is back! 9th November
This year schools, colleges, universities, individuals, organisations and businesses will be asked to wear blue on the 9th November 2018 and donate to Bullying UK. We all know someone who has experienced bullying in some aspect of their life. We recognise that the impact of bullying can be a very difficult process to overcome. Join us in our mission to help end bullying. #WearBlueDay

Anti-Bullying Week 2018 is 12th to 16th November
This year anti-bullying week will run from 12th to 16th November and this year’s theme is ‘Choose Respect’ which has been chosen after consultation with over 800 children, schools and organisations. There are lots of planned events throughout the UK.

Anti-bullying week is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and they have lots of free resources, ideas and campaign toolkits at www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk

Partner bulletins

The Quality Assurance Team in MCC Education & Skills produce a regular ‘Safeguarding updates for schools and colleges’ newsletter which can be found on the schools hub (for those who have access) or the MSB website in our schools & early years resource

Manchester Community Central Bulletins
The Macc bulletin provides a selection of items uploaded to the Manchester Community Central website over the previous week. It includes news, events, training opportunities, job opportunities, volunteering and links to information and resources.

Their quarterly newsletter provides updates on the services and support Macc provide and examples of how they work with groups.  Sign up for both at www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/news-and-events

Sign up for the MCC Age Friendly e-bulletin at www.manchester.gov.uk/sign_up_for_our_e-bulletins

Let us know about your bulletin at manchestersafeguardingboards@manchester.gov.uk

In our last newsletter

Domestic Violence and Abuse – guidance for practitioners
As part of the learning from our reviews, additional guidance has been issued to help practitioners support a victim who withdraws, denies or retracts an allegation of DVA outside of the criminal justice system

When a disclosure is made a Manchester Multi Agency Domestic Violence and Abuse Assessment form should be completed (aka DASH/RIC). The referral pathway for all levels of risk is on the front page of the referral form

Reassure the victim that support is available if they want help. Try to establish the reason for their withdrawal/denial/retraction and consider the impact of coercion and controlling behaviour, fear of consequences, witness intimidation and any cultural or physical barriers to accessing support.

If a victim does not consent or declines a referral and there are still concerns then practitioners should seek advice from their safeguarding lead. Agencies should always follow relevant safeguarding children and adult at risk policy guidelines and consider all other information available and include this if making a referral.
Find out more in our DVA resource.

Have your say about Our Manchester
As safeguarding is everyone’s business, the MSB is interested in the views of all Manchester residents and visitors. One of the ways we do this is by sharing intelligence collected by our partners and the Our Manchester residents survey is one of these sources.

This short survey is still live and can be found at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CMWYC/ so why not fill it in?

MSB Bulletins
The archive of MSB bulletins can be viewed as web page on our website

And finally….

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The aim of the Manchester Safeguarding Boards is to ensure that everyone in our city is able to live in safety; free from abuse, neglect or crime – no matter what their age or circumstances.

We believe everyone who lives or works in the city has a role to play in achieving this.

Thank you for your support.


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