eBulletin Edition 021

April 2016

Welcome to the April 2016 edition of the Tameside Safeguarding Children Board E.Bulletin.

This edition provides information about new procedures and processes that all practitioners working with children or their parents/carers need to be aware of. They link to the learning and recommendations from Serious Case Reviews and to new statutory requirements. The E-Bulletin includes;

  • Safeguarding Practice Update
  • Working with Children with Disabilities
  • Private Fostering
  • Self-Harm and Suicide
  • TSCB Recruitment
  • E-Learning Changes
  • Reporting Abuse Campaign
  • CSE Week of Action
  • NSPCC Whistleblowing Campaign
  • CAF
  • Training Programme 2016/17
  • AFRUCA FGM Support
  • Serious Case Reviews and Child Protection

Safeguarding Practice Update

The next Safeguarding Practice update is scheduled to take place on the 20th April 2016. This update will look at the learning and recommendations from a recent case review for Child Q. This continues to be a popular event where valuable learning will be disseminated to practitioners and is now at full capacity of 60 attendees; due to its popularities, we are welcoming expressions of interests for attending the event. If we gather enough expressions, we will schedule another learning event, so please send an expression of interest to our training administrator, Chryssy.

Working with Children with Disabilities

Following discussion and development at the Learning and Improvement Group, there is now an updated section for professionals working with children with disabilities on the TSCB website. Working with children and families where the child has a disability can be complex, and it is vital to ensure that the child’s needs remain central, inclusive and exclusive of their disability. The information on the website includes top ten tips and the ISCAN ‘passport’, a useful resource which summarises a child’s needs.

Private Fostering

Private Fostering is when a child aged under 16 – or under 18 if they have a disability - goes to live with people who are not related to them for 28 days or more. The Private Fostering Service has undergone a refresh, with a new Local Authority statement and a brand new leaflet about the service, which can be found on the TSCB website. There is also an update on the guidance for ‘Children Living Away from Home’ in the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures.

Self-Harm and Suicide

Following the Learning and Improvement group workshops in January and March, a training programme for Self-Harm and Suicide has been outlined and is now in development, this will be incorporated into the training programme very soon, so keep an eye on the training section of the TSCB website. Please be aware that, as a prerequisite to the face-to-face course, you will need to complete mandatory E-Learning modules:

  • Mental Health and Well-being - This session is aimed at a universal audience and aims to help practitioners to describe mental health and well-being and identify the wider social determinants which protect vulnerable children and adolescents.
  • Managing Risk: Self-harm and Suicidality - This session is aimed at more experienced/specialist users and will focus on the shorter and longer-term management of self-harm and suicidality, building on the assessment frameworks covered in linked sessions within MindEd.

TSCB recommends that all practitioners working with children and young people consult the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures on self-harm and suicide for guidance; this encompasses definitions of self-harm, causes and triggers, pathways and response, dos and don’ts, and practical advice for staff on how to address a young person’s self-harming with them.

TSCB Recruitment

TSCB has a variety of voluntary positions available and would welcome expressions of interest from professionals, community members and young people. These are fantastic opportunities for both personal and professional development that can also help to support career progression.

Training Pool

TSCB are currently recruiting to their training pool, and need professionals that would be able to facilitate or deliver courses. TSCB deliver more than 20 safeguarding courses and needs expertise from lots of different professional backgrounds. Trainers are required to commit 4 days training a year and in return will be fully trained and supported. If you are interested, please get in touch with the Training Organiser, Lynn Ready to come along to our Recruitment Session on the 26th April. We will send you a role description and discuss in more detail how you can benefit from joining the pool.

TSCB training in Tameside is a valued resource, the main benefit being that courses are facilitated by staff members from a variety of partner agencies. It is vital that this is maintained so that TSCB training retains its strong multi-agency focus, giving a holistic overview of safeguarding concerns and how they are relevant for professionals in different work settings. All courses are developed by the facilitators, allowing them to have ownership of the content and delivery.

Lay Member

TSCB has an open vacancy for a lay member to support, scrutinise and challenge statutory partners. Applications are welcome from Tameside residents who have experience in; child safety/protection, early years & child development, youth and community engagement and/or early intervention & prevention. We are looking for an individual who will act as independent, yet informed observer. Whilst it is not possible for the Lay members to represent all the communities of Tameside, we want you to bring a community perspective to the work that we do.

Our Lay Members operate as full members of the Board as well as participating in sub-groups where appropriate. Appointments will be for 3 years, and subject to annual review. We require a commitment of at least ten days per year. The successful candidate will receive an induction, regular supervision and will be free to access TSCB training.

Youth Forum/Youth Engagement

The Voice of the Child is central to all services working with children and young people. The TSCB Youth Forum discusses safeguarding issues, the work of the Board and partners, and how to involve more young people in safeguarding. The main aim of the forum is to ensure that Young People have their voices heard and that their recommendations are acted on; the ‘Children and Young People’ section of the website has been developed with the help of the youth forum members and we are working with schools on safer social networking. A Youth Forum section is currently under construction on the website, so please look out for it! In the meantime, please contact the TSCB office if you would like more information on the youth forum. The next meeting is on Tuesday 26th April. Spread the word; if you are currently working with any young people who you think would like to get involved, please encourage them to do so. Furthermore, if you have any projects, initiatives, documents, posters, leaflets or anything else that you would like to consult with the group on, please get in touch.

E-Learning Changes

E-Learning via Virtual College is being phased out and will no longer be available in the near future; a new provider will take over the E-Learning and we will inform practitioners in due course of the changes and how to access learning. In the meantime, other free E-Learning packages are available to enhance practitioner knowledge:

  • Channel Awareness details the government process in relation to counter terrorism and the Prevent agenda, and people at risk of radicalisation.
  • FGM E-Learning supplied by the Home Office.
  • Combating CSE is a resource for healthcare professionals developed by Brook in partnership with the Department of Health.

Please note, these E-Learning courses are supplementary and DO NOT replace TSCB Training Courses on child protection.

Reporting Abuse campaign

The Department for Education have launched a national campaign to encourage the public to report child abuse; the public are uniquely placed to support the work of professionals by reporting suspected abuse, but the evidence suggests people do not know how to report, or are unsure whether to escalate their concerns. The campaign will focus on raising the public’s awareness of how to report abuse using publicity materials in public places across the borough and directs them to report abuse via www.gov.uk/report-child-abuse

CSE Week of Action

The ‘It’s Not Okay’ CSE week of action took place from the 14th to the 20th March; the focus for the week was to raise awareness of the potential risks faced by children that go missing from home. During the week, Tameside’s Phoenix Team and other partner agencies held a number of events to promote awareness of the issue of child sexual exploitation and young people going missing. There was also media coverage of the Barnardo’s ‘Real Love Rocks’ programme, and the positive impact this has had in schools in the borough. For more information, you can visit the It’s Not Okay website and the Barnardo’s ‘Real Love Rocks’ website.

Please remember that TSCB operates a ‘Library Loan’ of the Barnardo’s resources; these can be borrowed for a period of 3 months. Please contact the TSCB office for more information.

NSPCC Whistleblowing campaign

The NSPCC have launched a whistleblowing helpline for any professional concerned about how a workplace child protection issue is being handled. This can also apply to an issue which a professional believes is likely to happen. All callers are protected by law to prevent unfair treatment at their place of work as a result of whistleblowing. For more information, please visit the NSPCC website.

Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

The CAF holistically assesses the whole family and household which means agencies are able to provide the right support rather than focus on issues in isolation. It makes sure that all agencies coordinate their efforts, prevents duplication of work and ensures families are not passed between services.

The CAF is for children who have additional needs in one or more of three areas:

  • 1. Their growth and development
  • 2. Additional educational requirements
  • 3. Family and environmental issues and any specific needs of the parent/carer

If any of the above needs are identified by the practitioner, they can record the level of concern and interventions required.

TSCB encourage all agencies to use the CAF; the CAF form and guidance can be found on the TSCB website.

There will be a CAF relaunch in May and training will be available on the 28th and 29th June, with further training planned for July and September. The relaunch will take place by email, so please check the TSCB website after this to book onto the training.

Training Programme 2016/17

The training programme for 2016/17 is now on the TSCB website. These courses cover a wide range of safeguarding topics including FGM, Safer Recruitment, Neglect and many more. You will also find the ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children – Foundation Course’ which TSCB recommend for all new staff across agencies working with children and young people. Booking on the courses is easy; visit the website and set up a learner account if you have not already done so. Please be aware that TSCB operates a charging policy; this applies for private providers attending courses and is also applied to all agencies for none attendance. Please read the charging policy on the training page of the website for full details.

FGM Support from AFRUCA

AFRUCA’s new therapy service provides emotional well-being support for African children affected by FGM in Greater Manchester; the service aims to Bridge the gap to specialist mental health services by providing support to those both at risk or under pressure to have the procedure, and for those where the procedure has already taken place. Anyone can refer a child to the service. AFRUCA also provide specialist training on the psychological effects of FGM, as well as information and advice to both community members and practitioners. For more information, please see the leaflet which is on the TSCB website.

Serious Case Reviews and Child Protection

ACDS have released a document which explores the history and rationale of SCRs, good practice for effectively managing the process and an exploration of the factors which make reviews of child protection practice challenging. This includes managing public and political responses to incidents, and how to appropriately disseminate learning from SCRs amongst the workforce. Please take the time to read this document which you can find on the TSCB website or the ACDS website.