eBulletin Edition 019
Welcome to the October 2015 edition of the Tameside Safeguarding Children Board E.Bulletin.
This edition provides information about;
- TSCB Training
- TSCB Learning and Improvement group
- NSPCC Leaving Children Alone
- Prevent duty
- Health Staff Changes
- FGM Mandatory Reporting for health professionals
- Youth forum
- Drugs and alcohol
- ‘Know who your friends are’ Project Phoenix Week of Action
- Thresholds; Children’s Needs and How we Respond
TSCB runs training courses on a variety of different topics within the safeguarding arena. In September, the online booking system became live; this enables professionals to set up a training account where courses can be viewed and booked easily. There have been some new courses added to the list including training on FGM and Honour-Based Violence. To register to book on to training courses click here.
We would also like to announce the appointment of Christine Bryan who is the new Training Administrator for the Board. Chryssy will be a full time member of the team and is on hand to answer all your training queries.
Learning and Improvement Group
The Learning and Improvement Framework Sets out the mechanism by which key learning outcomes from the work of the Board can be implemented, enabling professionals to reflect on their safeguarding practice when working with children. One key area of work for this group is the findings of the multi-agency audits, and how identified actions can be translated into improvements to practice. The group meets every 6 weeks to undertake a workshop exploring these issues.
NSPCC leaving children alone
There is no specific age at which the law states it is advisable to leave a child or children home alone. The NSPCC has produced guidance on the factors to consider when making the decision which can be found on their website.
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 latest update can be accessed here.
Prevent training is now available to primary school staff in Tameside; it is recommended that one staff member from each school – preferably a safeguarding lead - attends. There are 4 sessions available during November; for details and dates please contact out training administrator.
There have been a number of changes to staff with safeguarding responsibility in the Health arena. Angela Connor and Jayne Hopewell are the Named Nurses for Tameside Foundation Trust and Stockport Foundation Trust respectively. Hazel Chamberlain is Designated Nurse for the CCG and Victoria Leonard is LAC Designated Nurse, and Adam Armitage is Designated Doctor for Tameside Foundation Trust. For all contact details, please visit the SFT and TFT website
FGM mandatory reporting (health)
As you will be aware, it will be mandatory to report known cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on girls under 18 to the police, from October 2015. This new mandatory reporting requirement for all regulated teachers, healthcare and social care professionals is one of several introduced by the Serious Crime Act 2015, to help tackle FGM across England and Wales. A new Tameside FGM pathway has been developed with colleagues in CSC, Health, Education and the Public Service Hub. GM Safeguarding Tri-x procedures explain in detail what FGM is – and how agencies/professionals should respond. A GM regional FGM Forum is held quarterly and is attended by a rep from Tameside.
The TSCB Youth Forum was set-up in June and aims to reflect the views and opinions of children and young people on the work of the Board. The members are aged 14-18 and have set their own terms of reference and ground rules for the group. The group’s current focus is around social media and informing the Board around making improvements to the website. For more information, please get in contact.
The children and young person’s section of the website is currently being updated so look out for the changes soon!
Supervision has benefits for staff, agencies and service users alike. However, in order to be effective, supervision must be located in an overall performance management framework. This enables a supervisory cycle which draws on a number of performance management tools, enabling the professional to feel supported and develop competencies in achieving the aims of their role. Keep an eye on our website for supervision materials in the Local Assessment and Guidance section of the website, which is currently under development.
Drugs and alcohol
On the 1st August, Lifeline launched a new integrated drug and alcohol service in Tameside; this includes services for both adults and young people, and has seen 356 new referrals into the service and an increase in engagement by service users. In addition, 1200 people were safely transferred from existing services. A new recovery house for male service users has been set up and is at capacity, with a second recovery setting scheduled to be ready to take female service users in 2 weeks-time. Self-referrals and agency referrals can be made via telephone. For more information, please visit this link.
‘Know who your friends are’ – a week of action
A week of action ran on the 21st September 2015 to mark a year since the launch of the ‘It’s not okay’ child sexual exploitation awareness campaign in Greater Manchester. The theme for the week of action was ‘know who your friends are’ and promoted online safety and raised awareness of ‘peer-on-peer’ sexual exploitation.
If someone is pressuring you, block them, tell someone, or report them. For more information, visit the It’s Not Okay website.
Tameside Safeguarding Children Board is currently updating the children and young people’s section of its website on issues such as CSE and Domestic Abuse and is providing links to useful websites for young people to access.
TSCB has developed Thresholds Guidance to support decision making processes and to provide guidance to professionals across all agencies supporting and safeguarding children. The guidance includes the early assessment process and the level of early help services available, and the criteria for level of need. This guidance can be found on the Thresholds Guidance page of the website.