eBulletin Edition 015

March 2014

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

This edition provides information about;

  • Learning from the TSCB Child G Multi Agency Critical Review
  • The launch of the TSCB Thresholds Guidance
  • The new TSCB website
  • Sexual Health and CaSH (Contraception and Sexual Health) Awareness for Frontline Staff

The purpose of this eBulletin is to keep everyone who works with children, young people, parents and families in Tameside in touch with the latest Safeguarding developments. Safeguarding children 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

Learning from the TSCB Child G Multi Agency Critical Review (MACR)

At the Safeguarding Practice Update Session in February the needs of Vulnerable Young People in Tameside were considered. Participants shared current concerns and identified common areas of risk and need. A key concern for all present was the increase in suicide and self - harm amongst teenagers identified in Serious Case Reviews and general practice.

Tameside's Serious Case Review of Child G reflected this issue and key learning as well as a multi-agency action plan identified.

The headlines for practice from Child G include the need for all practitioners to:

  • Be aware of the Voice of The Child and have a clear picture of their journey.
  • Be able to respectfully challenge parents, family members and colleagues as needed in the interests of the child.
  • Have an understanding of disability including conditions like Aspergers Syndrome.
  • Have an awareness of the Emotional Harm that can result from highly critical parenting.

These and many more lessons for practice will be incorporated into TSCB Training and discussed in more detail at the next Safeguarding Practice Update Session on 8th May from 14:30 – 16:30 at Festival Hall, Denton.

Thresholds Guidance

These sessions mark the launch of Tameside's new Thresholds for Assessment and the Continuum of Need. All agencies working with children, young people and their families should send representatives from their service.

Also at these sessions Key Learning from Tameside Serious Case Reviews will be shared.

Places at a session are by nomination – please see the attached form for nominations. Applicants only have to attend one session, all at Festival Hall, Denton, M34 3JX.

  • Thursday 1st May 9:30 – 12:30
  • Tuesday 13th May 14:00 – 17:00
  • Wednesday 7th May 14:00 – 17:00

The New TSCB Website

Our new Tameside Safeguarding Children Board website went live on 28th March 2014.

The website has dedicated areas for Parents & Carers, Children & Young People, Community & Voluntary and Professionals and can be used to sign up for multi agency training, to access the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures Manual and much much more.

Survey Monkey Please take a look and let us know what you think, we have devised a short questionnaire and would be grateful if you would give us some feedback by using this link.


Sexual Health and CaSH (Contraception and Sexual Health) Awareness for Frontline Staff

This free training opportunity is available to all staff (paid or unpaid) whose work brings them into contact with children and young people in some way.

Training will be delivered at Werneth House, Tameside Hospital, Fountain Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 9RW. by Gary Hall from the YOUthink team and Anne Coope from the CaSH Service.

Dates currently available for 2014:

  • Friday 25th April in Room F10
  • Friday 23rd May in Room F10
  • Friday 27th June in Room F10

All sessions start at 9.15 and finish at approx. 12.30.

For further enquiries about this Training please contact Gary Hall via phone 0161 342 7600 or email gary.hall@tameside.gov.uk.

Managing Allegations of Abuse made against Adults who Work with Children and Young People.

Please note that this Greater Manchester procedure has been updated and can be found at:

Examining Children’s Perspectives Online

EU Kids Online has published a briefing examining children's perspectives on problematic situations online and what they actually do to avoid them.

Anti-Bullying Alliance Guidance

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has produced guidance for teachers on the internet behaviour of children with special educational needs and disabilities. It also provides an insight in to the levels of cyberbullying and discriminatory behaviour which they face.

New guidance on Sex and Relationship Education for schools

Domestic Violence and Abuse to NICE guidance

Domestic Violence And Abuse: How Health Services, Social Care and the Organisations They Work With Can Respond Effectively.


Figures released by ATVOD (The Authority for Television on Demand) show that pornographic websites and materials are being accessed by underage children in the UK.

1st March 2014 is Self-harm Awareness Day

New website launched for young people being treated for mental health conditions

YoungMinds has launched a new website, HeadMeds, which enables children and young people being treated for mental health conditions to find out more about the medication they are prescribed.