eBulletin Edition 014

January 2014

Welcome to the January edition of the Tameside Safeguarding Children Board eBulletin.

This edition provides information about:

  • The New TSCB Website>
  • Tameside's New Thresholds for Assessment and Continuum of Need document
  • The National Crime Agency internet safety resources for LGBT Teenagers
  • A GMP/ Crime Commissioner campaign to teach school children about the risks of Female Genital Mutilation
  • Looked After Children - Foster Care extended until 21 plus links and information related to keeping children safe.

The purpose of this bulletin is to keep everyone who works with children, young people, parents and families in Tameside in touch with the latest Safeguarding developments. Safeguarding children and young people is everyone's responsibility; we are all involved in some way. If you have ideas for future e-bulletins please contact Lauren.Price-Wagstaff@tameside.gov.uk .

New website

The new look Tameside Safeguarding Children Board website goes live at the end of March '14 and we would like to thank those professionals, parents and carers and children and young people, who have helped us to develop the site.

The website provides information about the Board and its priorities and has dedicated areas for Parents & Carers, Children & Young People, Community & Voluntary and Professionals.

Use the website to sign up for our TSCB E-Bulletin, to access the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures Manual or to book a place on our Multi Agency Training courses. We will be developing the website on an ongoing basis and welcome any suggestions you may have for improvements and additions. We hope you find the new website useful.

New Thresholds for Assessment document

New Guidance on Thresholds for Assessment and the Continuum of Need has been produced by the TSCB in accordance with the requirements of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013. The aim is that with help of this of this guidance, practitioners from all services will be better able to identify and respond appropriately to children's needs. The guidance says that 'Children and young people in Tameside should be able to grow up in circumstances where their needs are met and they are safe' and this is best achieved when thresholds are shared and clearly understood.

We will be delivering a series of short launch events for practitioners – dates will be available soon.

National Crime Agency Resources

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has launched new internet safety resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teenagers.

Female Genital Mutilation

Greater Manchester's Police and Crime Commissioner is backing a campaign to teach children in schools about the risks of female genital mutilation. The campaign, backed by The Guardian, has been organised by a 17-year-old student Fahma Mohamed.

Although female genital mutilation is illegal, it is estimated that 24,000 girls are at risk in the UK. For more information on Fahma's campaign, and to sign the petition, visit her site at change.org.

For more information about female genital mutilation, including information about where to get help and advice.

Foster care extended until 21 after 'significant' legal reform

Campaigners hail the long-awaited announcement 'the most significant reform for children in care in a generation'

Voice of the Child

Practitioners across Tameside are being asked to consider the best ways of hearing the voice of the child in all our work with children, young people and families. All who attend Safeguarding Courses delivered by the TSCB are taking part in exercises to identify good practice in gaining children's views and finding out what life is like for them. The suggestions of what works well will be drawn up and shared with the workforce as a resource for future practice.

Links to the Voice of the Child DVD are also being shared so that teams can use the material with workers and, where appropriate with children. The free DVD and training materials are available at below.

Learning from practice

Key messages from the latest Tameside Serious Case Reviews will be shared at the next Safeguarding Practice Update Session. These are short sessions for all staff designed to update on current safeguarding issues, both locally and nationally. The Safeguarding Update Session is on the 8th May, 2014 from 14:30 – 15:30. Send an application form from the TSCB website to training@tameside.gov.uk

Electronic cigarettes

The safety of electronic cigarettes has not been scientifically demonstrated and research is awaited. However, it is known that the cartridge and refill accessories can prove a choking and poisoning hazard to young children and care needs to be taken in their storage and management where young children are present. The World Health Organisation have advised that until there is clear evidence of the safety of electronic cigarettes for all users consumers should be advised not to use such products.

Training Update

The new TSCB programme for 2014/15 will be posted on the website in March. There will be full descriptions of courses, their content and the competences achieved by those attending. All Core Courses will continue to run with the addition of Substance Misuse Awareness sessions and, in the near future, Domestic Abuse Training – A Whole Family Approach and a course on Understanding and Responding to Emotional Harm. Updates will be posted on the website and via these bulletins.

Any other news ….

Please make contact if you have any Safeguarding Children news that you would like to be included in this bulletin Lauren.price-wagstaff@tameside.gov.uk