Welcome to the September 2018 edition of the Manchester Safeguarding Boards e-bulletin
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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.
Strengthened safeguarding guidance for schools and colleges
Read the new guidance in full at www.gov.uk/government/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2
The UK Safer Internet Centre and its partner SWGFL have published an article which looks at the revised guidance, highlighting the main changes and what they mean for teachers. Alongside most references, they have also signposted resources and services that may be helpful.
Find this article at www.saferinternet.org.uk/keeping-children-safe-education-2018-revised-guidance-teachers.
Greater Manchester shines a light on hidden practice of FGM
A new awareness poster has been distributed across Greater Manchester to remind teachers, healthcare professionals and social workers of the support available and their mandatory duty to report cases of known FGM in under 18s to the police.
Key agencies are asked to be extra vigilant in the new term and to share concerns with appropriate agencies at the earliest time to prevent FGM from taking place. Anyone with concerns should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Wigan Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) published a Serious Case Review following a case where a child tragically died at 10 weeks old. The child died whilst in a car seat and the coroner ruled ‘it was not possible to ascertain the cause of death’.
Dr Paul Kingston, Independent Chair of WSCB, said: “The findings highlight the difficulties faced by families in sustaining safe sleep arrangements, amidst gaps in cohesive professional advice from many sources, not least in relation to sleeping in car carry seats which is not a unique issue to Wigan.”
Read the full report at www.wigan.gov.uk/WSCB/Serious-case-review
Trauma and transitional safeguarding
- Developing and leading trauma-informed practice: Leaders’ Briefing
- Trauma-informed approaches with young people: Front-line Briefing
- Transitional safeguarding – adolescence to adulthood: Strategic Briefing.
Campaigns to raise awareness of ‘County Lines’ and the exploitation of vulnerable people
‘County lines’ refers to gangs and organised criminal networks which export illegal drugs into suburban, rural and coastal areas, using dedicated mobile phone lines or deal line. This crime sees gangs exploit children and vulnerable adults to move drugs and money. The gangs move into a rural or suburban area for a short time, taking over the home of a vulnerable person where they set up a base. Many of those taken advantage of by these gangs have been forced to carry out criminal activity by threats, grooming and extortion and can be described as modern day slaves.
Find out more at crimestoppers-uk.org/drug-gangs-and-county-lines
Crimestoppers are working closely with the Home Office on a campaign which targets front-line staff who may encounter young people who are being exploited and provides them with a range of materials, including posters and guidance booklets, on how to identify a young person who may be being exploited by gangs and how to safeguard that vulnerable young person.
The Institute of Licensing is working with the Home Office and Crimestoppers on another County Lines awareness campaign, aimed at helping taxi and private hire vehicle staff identify and safeguard victims of ‘County Lines’. Taxis are a common form of transport for children being exploited by ‘county line’ gangs. Children may make the whole journey between the city and rural town in a private hire vehicle or taxi, or else use one for part of the journey.
New Unit to tackle exploitation of vulnerable young people
See the full story at www.gov.uk/new-unit-to-tackle-exploitation-of-vulnerable-young-people
The Good Childhood Report 2018
Children are struggling with their identity and alarming numbers are self-harming. Pressure to fit in is making children unhappy – from how they look, to their sexuality, to how boys and girls must behave. Twice as many girls are self-harming as boys, and almost half of children attracted to the same or both genders self-harm.
You can read an interactive summary or download the report at www.childrenssociety.org.uk/the-good-childhood-report-2018
Prior to the release of this report The Children’s Society released findings that one in six (16%) of more than 11,000 children surveyed reported self-harming at the age of 14 including nearly one in 10 boys (9%). Their full press release is available at www.childrenssociety.org.uk/one-in-four-14-year-old-girls-self-harm
In Your Corner Campaign!
Time to Change is giving away a simple, effective and inspiring set of resources and advice to support your work with young people. In return, all they ask is for you to commit to delivering four very short sessions about mental health during the month of November.
This year’s campaign is called In Your Corner and will feature new sessions, plans and films. You can register for the free materials by signing up now at www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved-schools/sign-your-corner
Consultations and inquiries
Public Health England want hear what you think about creating healthy communities and placing communities at the heart of public health.
Community life, social connections, sense of belonging and having a voice in local decisions all contribute to health and well-being. These community factors build our sense of control, resilience and well-being and help protect us against illness and help us maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Take part in the survey at communities.cqc.org.uk/public-health-england-healthy-communities-consultation closing date for responses is 19 September.
Find out about differences in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy between communities by visiting the Public Health Outcomes Framework at fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/public-health-outcomes-framework
Maternity mental health survey
Healthwatch England have started a project looking at mental health at all stages of life. The first focus is maternal mental health.
Are you pregnant or have you had children in the past 3 years? Help Healthwatch England with this important work by taking a moment to fill in this survey – visit www.healthwatch.co.uk/having-baby-and-effect-your-mental-health
Guidance for Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education
DfE is seeking views on draft regulations, statutory guidance and a regulatory impact assessment for relationships and sex education and health education. Visit
consult.education.gov.uk/pshe/relationships-education-rse-health-education/ to take part; the consultation closes on 7 November 2018.
The sale of energy drinks
Following the publication of the latest chapter of the government’s childhood obesity plan in June 2018, this consultation proposes that a ban would apply to drinks that contain more than 150mg of caffeine per litre and prevent all retailers from selling the drinks to children. Find out more at
www.gov.uk/ending-the-sale-of-energy-drinks-to-children and have your say at consultations.dh.gov.uk/obesity/sale-of-energy-drinks-to-children/ closing date for responses is 21 November.
The Child Fair State Inquiry
Children England believe the welfare state – in all its provisions – should holistically support the needs of ALL children, irrespective of their background, history or immigration status.
The inquiry will involve testing the branches of the current welfare state to see how well they deliver on children’s need for home, safety and security, love and belonging, health, and purpose – and how new policies and practices could be designed and structured to enable them to do this better.
Children England would like to hear from individuals and organisations with experience or expertise in any branch of the welfare state to share examples of what’s working, what’s not and which new ideas we should explore.
Find out more or contribute at www.childrenengland.org.uk/childfairstate
MSB recently published Reviews
This report can be viewed on our Serious Case Reviews resource; details of the upcoming learning event are given below.
Information sharing from Board Partners
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has successfully applied for money from the Government’s Trusted Relationship Fund to run a new project in the area over the next four years. The scheme aims to intervene early to make sure children build their resilience to the threats posed by abusive predators or being drawn into county lines.
The project aims to deliver better quality, trusted relationships between professionals and vulnerable children and young people. The scheme will see psychologists brought in to guide 120 professionals and enable them to deliver more effective interventions. This will support abused children to build their resilience and support them through trauma recovery.
Mental health support for children and young people
Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership has announced plans to set up rapid response multi-agency teams made up of mental health, youth work and social care practitioners to help improve early identification of mental health issues among young people and ensure the right help could be offered. Under the new pathway, mental health support for young people will be made available seven days a week either face-to-face, online or over the telephone and via pre-planned or drop-in sessions.
Read the Children & Young People Now article at www.cypnow.co.uk/youth-workers-to-be-recruited-to-mental-health-support-teams
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 & events
Date: 13th September 2018 Time: 9.30am – 4pm
Venue: Phoenix Mills, 20 Piercy St, Manchester M4 7HY
Aim: to raise awareness regarding the impact of parental substance misuse on the continued well-being of children and young people.
Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People
Dates: 17th September and 11th October
Awareness of Signs of Safety
Dates: 1st October (now full) and 4th December 2018 (more dates to be added in the New Year).
Aimed at multi-agency professionals who work with children and or their families in Manchester.
Please do not apply for this course if you are either a MCC children`s social worker or MCC early help officer as you will need to complete the specific MCC training course.
Parental Mental Health and Safeguarding Children
Date: 16th October 2018
Aim: to explore attitudes, values & existing knowledge about mental health including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, autism, personality disorder and psychosis.
SCR learning events September – November
Aimed at safeguarding leads or practitioners who will be cascading back the SCR learning to their team or agency. SCR learning packs will be made available before the learning events and cascade messages will be sent out when the full reports are published on the MSB website.
Child N1 SCR
Date: 13th September Time: 2-3pm (registration from 1.30pm)
Venue: Irish World Heritage Centre, M8 0AE
Child N1 was a 3 year old who was put in the bath by their mother, who says she left the child briefly, before going back upstairs to find the child submerged in the bath. Cause of death is unascertained. Greater Manchester Police charged mother with allowing or causing the death of a child and administering a harmful substance (in a previous incident). This event will be presented by the lead reviewer Val Charles.
Child M1 & M2 SCR
Date: 31st October Time: 2-3pm (registration from 1.30pm)
Venue: Broughton Park Rugby Club, 2 Houghend Crescent, M21 7TA
This SCR concerns the abuse and neglect of a baby and a 5 year old child. Domestic violence is a factor in the home and the father should not have been in the home having contact. This event will be presented by the lead reviewer David Hunter.
Child O1 SCR
Date: 27th November Time: 2-3pm (registration from 1.30pm)
Venue: Broughton Park Rugby Club, 2 Houghend Crescent, M21 7TA
Child O1, a baby of 3 months, was admitted to hospital with injuries consistent with having been shaken. Mother and baby resided at a mother and baby unit; both baby and sibling were on child protection plans due to witnessing domestic violence. Serious injuries were sustained and mother was charged with Section 18 assault. This event will be presented by the lead reviewer Russell Wate.
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
Date: 12th September 2018 Time: 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
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2018 – breakfast briefing
Date: September 20th Time: 8.30-10.30am
Venue: Abraham Moss Community School, Crescent Road, Crumpsall
OneEducation are offering a free briefing on KCSIE, to schools in Greater Manchester, to share relevant information concerning essential updates and changes that come into effect on 3rd September 2018.
Visit www.oneeducation.co.uk/keeping-children-safe-in-education-2018-briefing-on-key-changes/ or www.oneeducation.co.uk for more information or to book a place.
MECC e-cigarette workshop for the health, social care and local authority workforce
Date: 26th September 2018 Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester
Closing date for registration 19th September 2018
This workshop will be delivered by national experts from NCSCT, PHE and HEE to provide an overview of vaping, summarise the evidence on safety and effectiveness, and discuss some of the main conversations and FAQs with smokers about vaping.
The sessions are aimed at nurses, healthcare practitioners and frontline staff working to support staff to offer appropriate advice on using nicotine-containing products on general sale. The sessions also provide a safe platform to ask questions, share best practice and raise concerns.
As places are limited resources will be provided to cascade information to colleagues and individuals working across settings. To register visit www.nwcpwd.nhs.uk/mecc-e-cigarette-workshop-manchester – you will be asked to log in, so if you are not a PHPN member, please register to join first (no registration fee involved). For any assistance with registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 625 7250.
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/
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.
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.
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 this month are ‘Text only’ versions of all our 7MB and an Action plan template.
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
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
The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team estimates that between £5 and £10 billion a year is lost by UK consumers because of scams. This has led to the Friends Against Scams initiative, which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’.
The scheme encourages people to get involved to protect each other from becoming vulnerable to a scam. More information on how to become a ‘friend’ against scams can be found on the Friends Against Scams website www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/
A guide to adult safeguarding for adult social care employers – updated July 2018
Adult social care employers are responsible for ensuring that people who use their service can live free from harm, abuse and neglect – this is fundamental to high quality care and support. This guide supports managers and leaders to ensure all the key aspects of adult safeguarding are covered in the workplace.
‘Culture for care’ toolkit – updated August 2018
Any actions to improve health and well-being will only be effective if they are aligned with workplace culture, and lots of businesses overlook this element. The ‘Culture for care toolkit’ to help organisations develop a positive culture in the workplace. It has updated guidance and activities to help.
Find the toolkit at www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Positive-workplace-culture
Emerging Concerns Protocol
Eight health and social care regulators, including the Care Quality Commission, have signed an agreement to share concerns more effectively, meaning better, safer care for everyone.
The ‘Emerging Concerns Protocol’ seeks to provide a clearly defined mechanism to share information and intelligence that may indicate risks to users of services, their carers, families or professionals. It will help make sure regulators are transparent with the public, providers and professionals about the way that they work together. Find out more and read the protocol at www.cqc.org.uk/emerging-concerns-protocol
Supporting smokers to quit: A summary of resources for healthcare professionals
PHE has developed a summary document which draws on a variety of resources from several professional organisations to provide an overview of available guidance, tools and training. To access the document sign-in or register for free on PHE’s campaign resource centre.
The rough sleeping strategy
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published the rough sleeping strategy, which sets out the government’s vision of halving rough sleeping by 2022, and ending it by 2027.
The strategy includes a comprehensive range of commitments and is based around three approaches: preventing people at risk of rough sleeping from doing so; intervening with people who are currently rough sleeping through more effective and joined up services, and supporting people to recover from rough sleeping with a greater focus on providing homes.
The strategy includes plans for care leavers including: employing specialist personal advisers to provide intensive support in the 47 areas in England with the highest rates of rough sleeping amongst care leavers. The strategy also announces plans to launch a new Social Impact Bond (SIB) aimed at young people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are not in education, employment or training and are at risk of homelessness and rough sleeping; and recognises the increased risk of homelessness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.
Read in full at www.gov.uk/the-rough-sleeping-strategy
Transforming Later Lives
The Centre for Ageing Better has launched ‘Transforming Later Lives’ its strategy to help society make the most of the social and economic opportunities presented by people living for longer, and to help those most at risk of missing out on a good later life.
Ageing Better’s long-term vision for responding to this demographic change focuses on achieving ambitious goals in four areas (fulfilling work, safe and accessible homes, healthy ageing and connected communities).
Read more at www.ageing-better.org.uk/transform-later-life
Online abuse and the experience of disabled people
The House of Commons has published draft recommendations and launched an inquiry into online abuse and the experience of disabled people. Recommendations include: making incitement of disability hatred a specific crime; and requiring social media companies to produce easy to read privacy notices.
Further information and the draft recommendations can be found at www.parliament.uk/parliament-2017/online-abuse-17-19/
Reforming the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards system
In July 2018, a new Bill was introduced to the House of Lords to reform the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLs) system. The current DOLs system places a disproportionate and significant burden on the adult health and social care system and because of a current backlog vulnerable people are not being protected in line with their human rights. Close work with stakeholders, following a Law Commission Review, has led to the reformed model which will increase the protection of vulnerable people, carers and their families, as well as health and care professionals.
The full announcement can be read at www.gov.uk/new-law-introduced-to-protect-vulnerable-people-in-care
New Guide to help with complaints and feedback
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman and Healthwatch England have launched a new guide to help care providers see best practice in receiving and dealing with comments, complaints and feedback about their services. The new single complaints statement sets out what service users, their families and representatives can expect when making a complaint or leaving feedback.
Born out of the Quality Matters initiative, which aims to improve the quality and consistency of adult social care provision across the country, the statement offers a simple bulleted guide for each stage of the complaints process. Care providers are being encouraged to adopt the new statement and share it with users of their services. It can be downloaded from www.lgo.org.uk/adult-social-care-resources
NAO overview of adult social care
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a slide set which gives an overview of adult social care. This is an update of the overview which the NAO published in 2014 and compiles their findings from their work since then. The new information can be found on their website www.nao.org.uk/Adult-social-care-at-a-glance.pdf
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.
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
Useful safeguarding information and links – children & families
Learning about inter-professional communication and decision making from recent Serious Case Reviews was analysed as part of the Learning into Practice Project, a partnership between the NSPCC and SCIE.
SCIE have used this analysis to produce a series of briefings intended to support managers, senior managers and practitioners to consider whether similar issues may be occurring for them locally, and how they might tackle them. Each briefing contains a set of self-assessment questions to support this process.
Practice issues from Serious Case Reviews:
- Disagreement about use of early help assessment
- Confusion about ‘referrals’ and ‘contacts’ in children’s social care (CSC)
- Not making a referral after bruising to non-mobile babies
- Not making a referral when young people disclose sexual activity
- Unresolved disagreement about the need for children’s social care involvement
- Not convening strategy discussions
- Confusion about interpretation of medical information on cause of injury
- Incomplete information sharing by schools in child protection
- Misinterpretation of Police decisions not to pursue a prosecution
- Unequal weight given to views of different agencies in Child Protection Conferences
- Unfocused discussion in Child Protection Conferences
- Reluctance to share all information in presence of families at child protection conferences
- Euphemistic language in reports and written records
- Lack of communication between children’s and adults’ social care.
View or download these resources at www.scie.org.uk/learning-from-case-reviews
National child obesity slide set
PHE has released an update of the national child obesity slide set. These slides present key data and information on patterns and trends in child obesity in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics. The slides are a useful tool for practitioners and policy makers working on obesity and can be downloaded at www.gov.uk/phe-data-and-analysis-tools-obesity-diet-and-physical-activity
Research on children living in households with mental health issues, parental substance misuse and domestic abuse (the ‘toxic trio’)
The Children’s Commissioner has published new quantitative analysis on the numbers of children in England living in households where the ‘toxic trio’ of factors affecting adults may be present. The ‘toxic trio’ is the interaction of:
- Domestic violence and abuse (DV&A) within the household
- Parental substance misuse (alcohol or drugs)
- Parental mental health issues.
The Commissioner spoke to children being supported by three projects set up to support children living in these households – their views are presented in their report ‘Are they shouting because of me?’
Find both reports at www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/are-they-shouting-because-of-me/
Transgender awareness in child and family social work
In May 2018 the Department for Education (DfE) published a research report looking at the issue of transgender awareness in child and family social work. The research was commissioned as part of a wider government programme looking at ways to reduce the inequality and discrimination which transgender people experience.
Read the report at www.gov.uk/transgender-awareness-in-child-and-family-social-work or a tri.x briefing at www.trixonline.co.uk/policy-briefs/august-239/
Fostering Better Outcomes
This briefing is on ‘Fostering Better Outcomes’ the Department for Education (DfE) response to the Education Select Committee (ESC) report into fostering and the Foster Care in England (FCE) report. Read the report at assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/Fostering_better_outcomes_.pdf or a tri.x briefing at
SEND complaints: guide for young people
The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance for young people aged 16-25 in England who are unhappy with their special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision or support at school or college, and need help and guidance on how to resolve disagreements.
Further information or to download guide at www.sendpathfinder.co.uk/send-complaints-a-guide-for-young-people-in-education
The Department for Education (DfE) has updated guidance on how and when schools, local authorities and awarding bodies in England share the pupil, child and workforce data they collect, to include references to the Data Protection Act 2018.
Children and covert intelligence
The Home Office has published a revised code of practice for the use of covert human intelligence sources. The guidance states that a parent, guardian, personal contact or professional such as a social worker should be present at meetings between sources aged under 16 and the police, intelligence service or other public authorities.
Further information and a copy of the code from www.gov.uk/covert-surveillance-and-covert-human-intelligence-sources-codes-of-practice
Secure children’s homes: how to place a child aged under 13
Updated guidance on what local authorities need to do to place a child under 13 in a secure children’s home, and guidance on when it is appropriate to do so. Covers what documentation the DfE needs, out-of-hours applications, secure placements under the 72-hour rule and how they inform of decisions. View at www.gov.uk/secure-childrens-homes-how-to-place-a-child-aged-under-13
Physical activity and well-being strategies for young prisoners
The Ministry of Justice has published an independent review of sport and physical education in the justice system. Recommendations include: every prison, young offender institution, secure training centre and secure children’s home should implement an integrated physical activity and well-being strategy; and the Ministry of Justice should develop a physical activity strategy for women and girls in prison. The government has published its response to the recommendations.
Further information and read the report at www.gov.uk/a-sporting-chance-an-independent-review-of-sport-in-justice
An article written by the NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC), looks at the definition of child trafficking. The article discusses the difference between child trafficking and child smuggling and describes the modes and characteristics of trafficking from different countries of origin, and the destinations of children.
Read it in full at www.communitycare.co.uk/definition-child-trafficking/ or find further information from the NSPCC Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) at learning.nspcc.org.uk/child-trafficking-advice-centre
Action for Children and Carers Trust have released findings from a survey of 270 young carers under the age of 18 looking at how they spend their summer holidays. Findings show that: 47% of young carers spend more than four hours a day during the summer caring for a relative; 68% said they feel more stressed or worried during the holidays; and 57% worry about talking about what they did in the summer break when they go back to school.
Read the results at www.actionforchildren.org.uk/three-quarters-of-young-carers-feel-lonely
Children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour
The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse (CSA) has published key messages from research on children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). The research looks at: what is known about children and young people who display HSB; HSB and the internet; effective assessment of children and young people displaying HSB; effective interventions; and preventative approaches.
The NSPCC has developed an evidence-informed framework and accompanying multi-agency audit tool to help local areas to assess their practice, processes and leadership and to develop and improve their multi-agency responses to children displaying HSB.
The NSPCC Scale-up Unit offers support package that helps local areas to undertake the audit and implement the framework effectively in their area. For more information contact email@example.com
Further information from www.csacentre.org.uk/key-messages/ and www.nspcc.org.uk/harmful-sexual-behaviour-framework/
Therapeutic interventions after abuse and neglect
NICE has published a quick guide for practitioners and managers to help and support abused and neglected children, young people and their families. The guidance includes age appropriate evidence-based interventions to consider when working with children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect as well as principles to consider. The NSPCC’s ‘Letting the Future’ In therapeutic programme for children and young people who have been sexually abused is featured in the guidance.
Further information from www.nice.org.uk/quick-guides-for-social-care/therapeutic-interventions-after-abuse-and-neglect
Assessment of Independent Child Trafficking Advocates
The Home Office has published an assessment of the Independent Child Trafficking Advocates (ICTA), specialist professionals who support children who have been identified as trafficked. The assessment looks at: how the service was implemented in early adopter sites (one of which is Greater Manchester); how the service works alongside existing service provision for trafficked children and the outcomes for children who had an ICTA.
Early years safeguarding
The Department for Education (DfE) has published the outcome of the consultation looking at level 2 early years’ practitioner qualifications. The criteria for safeguarding has been strengthened and revised so that: level 2 practitioners will be required to know the legal requirements and guidance on child protection; recognise when a child is in danger, at risk of serious harm or abuse and explain the procedures to be followed to protect them; and know their specific role and responsibilities in relation to protecting children.
Visit www.gov.uk/early-education-and-childcare-workforce-level-2-qualifications for more details.
What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care
The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care has announced the names of 21 local authorities and trusts that it will work with to co-develop research, co-design and test products and services to support the use of evidence.
Further information from whatworks-csc.org.uk
Save the dates – adults & families
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
Organ Donation Week 3rd to 9th September
This year’s campaign is focused on helping people to understand that they need their family’s support to agree to organ donation and the NHS is encouraging councils and partners to get involved in supporting the campaign by sharing its campaign materials.
Find out more at www.organdonation.nhs.uk/organ-donation-week
Heart Age campaign re-launch on Tuesday 4th September
To increase awareness of heart health and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, the campaign is encouraging adults to complete the One You Heart Age Test. The test reveals your heart age compared to your real age and gives advice on how to lower it.
Find out more about the campaign, get involved and download the Heart Age Campaign Partner Toolkit 2018
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 well-being, for both health and education professionals.
Find out more at www.fpa.org.uk/sexual-health-week-2018
Save the dates – children & families
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
Register with the North West Population Health and Prevention Network (NWPHPN) to support your health and well-being professional development and practice. You will have access to education, training, networking and information sharing opportunities and receive regular e-bulletins with a round-up of news and forthcoming network and wider events – visit www.nwcpwd.nhs.uk/nwphpn-register
One example is the Smokefree NHS newsletter – the PHE tobacco control team has launched a quarterly e-newsletter focusing on supporting a smokefree NHS. The newsletter will provide updates on relevant streams of work such as the CQUIN, delivery of the Tobacco Control Plan for England, and guidance/training for healthcare professionals as well as case studies from trusts across the country.
The House of Commons Library – an independent research and information service based in the UK Parliament – has recently started producing briefings on a range of local government issues including housing and social care which you can have delivered straight to your inbox.
Find out more and subscribe at commonslibrary.parliament.uk/subscribe/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
The archive of MSB bulletins can be viewed as web page on our website
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We believe everyone who lives or works in the city has a role to play in achieving this.
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