eBulletin Edition 018

July 2015

Welcome to the July 2015 edition of the Tameside Safeguarding Children Board E.Bulletin.

This edition provides information about;

  • CSE and the ‘It’s not Okay’ Campaign
  • Forced Marriage, FGM and Honour Based Violence
  • Radicalisation and the Prevent Agenda
  • Greater Manchester Procedures Manual Update
  • Learning and Improvement
  • HM Government Safeguarding Guidance updates
  • The Annual TSCB Conference
  • TSCB Training Programme

The purpose of this E.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 is everyone’s responsibility; we are all involved in some way.

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Child Sexual Exploitation

The Tameside Safeguarding Children Board multi-agency CSE sub-group, has produced the 2014 – 2016 CSE Strategy in collaboration with Phoenix Tameside. The strategy outlines the strategic approach and the tactics employed by the Phoenix team to tackle CSE. It explains how performance will be assessed and how CSE trends will be monitored to inform TSCB on how best to respond. It also details an action plan and the steps to be achieved between 2014 and 2016.

Greater Manchester’s Project Phoenix team have developed the Project Phoenix Handbook. The handbook promotes good practice to improve the consistency of service delivery across Greater Manchester, particularly local authorities, Greater Manchester Police (GMP), high schools and further education institutions, the third sector, public health and other key safeguarding and community safety partners.

It’s Not Okay

The It’s Not Okay campaign was launched by Project Phoenix in September 2014 and continues to grow in momentum. Project Phoenix is a collaboration of public and third sector partner agencies, led by the police to tackle CSE across Greater Manchester. ‘It’s Not Okay’ is a campaign and web-based resource providing information and advice to young people, parents and professionals on spotting the signs of and accessing support for young people at risk of or affected by CSE. The site contains real-life stories and advice for young people on how to keep safe.

Project Phoenix have also produced a video on the experience of young people that have been the victims of CSE which can be viewed on YouTube.

Forced Marriage, Honour Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation

Derbyshire Constabulary have produced guidance for professionals which gives information and warning signs to look out for in relation to Forced Marriage, Honour Based Violence and Female Genital Mutilation. Access the guidance via our website here. TSCB awareness sessions for 2015-16 will take place on 15th October and 10th March, from 1.30pm – 4.30pm. More details of TSCB training courses can be found on our website.

Additional free Home Office FGM training can be accessed here.

Radicalisation and Prevent

The government is asking all agencies working with children and young people to be aware of and understand how to recognise and report those potentially vulnerable to radicalisation. The Prevent agenda is a government initiative to counter terrorism and terrorist related activity. The Prevent Strategy outlines how terrorism and radicalisation can be defined, how to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and the sectors and institutions where there is a radicalisation risk. The Safeguarding Board is considering how best to advise professionals in this area of work.

GM Procedures Manual

The Greater Manchester Multi-Agency Safeguarding Procedures have been updated; these procedures are an important resource which we would strongly encourage all staff to sign up to. Details of the amendments and new chapters added can be found on the GM safeguarding website; there are updates in a number of chapters including:

  • Common Assessment Framework
  • Child Protection Conferences and children with a Child Protection Plan moving across local boundaries
  • Pre-Birth Assessments
  • CSE
  • Domestic Abuse
  • FGM
  • Children involved in gangs
  • Suicide and Self-harm.

Practitioners can also sign up for automatic updates via the website.

Learning and Improvement

TSCB continually strives to promote improvement by identifying key learning points from the work we undertake; this enables us to highlight both good practice and areas where we can strengthen and improve current working arrangements. TSCB have developed 7 minute briefings which capture the learning and recommendations from Serious Case Reviews that have taken place over the last 18 months. These briefings have been circulated and provide practitioners with the opportunity to discuss cases as a team; if you have not already had sight of these briefings, please speak to your manager.

You can find the 7 minute briefings on our website.

Government Safeguarding Children Guidance Updates

Updated Information Sharing Guidance has been issued and provides practitioners with guidelines around best practice for information sharing in order to reduce the risk of harm to children and young people. The guidance is applicable for practitioners working with children, or those working with adults responsible for children who may be in need.

An updated Working Together to Safeguard Children document has also been released which details the requirements of individual services to safeguard children, and a framework which allows LSCBs to monitor service effectiveness. This document is applicable for senior managers and upwards from organisations that commission services to work with children and families.

Keeping Children Safe in Education outlines the Department for Education’s statutory guidance for educational establishments to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. This document should be read in conjunction with the previous document, Working Together to Safeguard Children.

TSCB Conference, March 2015

On 23rd April, TSCB held it’s annual conference on ‘Suicide, Self-harm and Serious Case Reviews: What Makes Our Teens Vulnerable’ which was attended by 180 staff and volunteers from a range of services working with children and families in Tameside. The motivation for the conference was a shared concern that a number of Tameside teenagers had self-harmed or taken their own lives in recent years, leading to the initiation of Serious Case Reviews; the findings of theses reviews can be found on the TSCB website. The aim of the day was to consider what it is that makes some teenagers vulnerable so that staff from any setting coming into contact with teenagers could recognise risks and provide support at an early stage.

Conference delegates heard visiting speakers and Tameside staff talk about self-harm and suicide, how we can prevent it and what young people need from services. Guest speaker, Malcolm Rae, spoke of problems teenagers face and the effects on their behaviour, but how parents and professionals can focus on the behaviour and not the underlying cause. Alice Newton shared information about the work of Papyrus, an organisation dedicated to preventing suicide of children, teenagers and young adults. She had inspirational evidence of the support offered to parents and teenagers. More information and training can be arranged via the Papyrus website.

Learning was shared from reviews that have been held by TSCB in response to self-harm and suicide of teenagers in Tameside and conference delegates made a written pledge to develop their practice as a result of the day’s learning. The Independent Chair of TSCB, David Niven, stated that the Board will follow up the pledges to ensure that our work with teenagers improves following this conference. The pledges will be published on the TSCB website and in the next e-bulletin.

Training Programme

The new training programme for 2015/16 is now available and can be found on the TSCB website. You can also book onto training courses via our website; a new online booking system will go live during Summer 2015, so please keep an eye on the website for updates. There will be a new policy released around training charges which will be available once the system is launched.

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