eBulletin Edition 22

June 2016

Welcome to the June 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;

  • Children’s Needs Framework
  • CAF Launch
  • Self-Harm Referral Pathway
  • LSCB Review
  • Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures Update
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • Lynn Ready is retiring!

Children’s Needs Framework Launch

The Children’s Needs Framework supports children, adult and family services to; safeguard children, provide support at the earliest opportunity, achieve good outcomes, and prevent problems escalating. Key to this is strengthening the early help offer and the assessment process, crucially engaging multi-agency partners with the CAF process and how it can be utilised in early intervention. The Tameside Children’s Needs Framework covers the continuum of need, CAF, team around the family meetings, the role of the lead professional, multi-agency consultation, risk assessment tools and a service directory. To read the full framework, please visit the TSCB website. The Framework was recently launched at a multi-agency event attended by practitioners from across Tameside and staff were encouraged to disseminate the learning amongst their teams. Practitioners also detailed their next steps, which included, reinforcing the use of the framework through staff supervision and team meetings, directing staff to the TSCB website and downloading copies of the documentation for teams to use for reference, identifying a CAF champion within a team, promote the use of CAF and quality assure completed CAFs.

CAF Launch and CAF Training

The key objective of the CAF is to coordinate a package of support which empowers families to create solutions. The CAF is a mechanism by which the child’s journey through early years and education can be recorded, identifying where specialist support is needed. All practitioners are encouraged to use the CAF; the CAF form and CAF guidance can be found on the TSCB website.

CAF training is now available to practitioners; please book early to avoid disappointment as places are going fast! You can book via the TSCB website.

Self-Harm Referral Pathway

The Tameside Self-Harm Policy and Procedure is for use by anyone working with children and young people in Tameside. The document includes the pathways to follow where a young person has self-harmed or has expressed the intention to self-harm, the support available for young people depending on their identified level of need and risk, and tools for assessing the risk level. Self-harm training is also in development, and this will be supplemented by E-Learning modules, which are a prerequisite for completing the course; the link to the modules can be found on the TSCB website. This link will take you to the MindEd website, which contains details of other courses on working with young people experiencing mental health difficulties.

LSCB Review

In May, the Wood Review was published by the DfE; this review looked in depth at the local arrangements for Local Safeguarding Children Boards across England, the roles and functions of boards, gauging their effectiveness by reviewing chairing arrangements, partnership commitment and ability to affect change. The review also looked at the arrangements for serious case reviews and child death overview panels. In summary, the review recommends a change to the existing arrangements, whereby the three key agencies involved in children’s safeguarding – health, police and children’s social care – will make decisions around local safeguarding arrangements. The recommendations, in summary*, are:

  • The introduction of a new statutory framework; this will have statutory requirements but give local partners an element of freedom in making arrangements.
  • The 3 key partners will make plans to outline arrangements including the involvement of other key agencies, how arrangements will be resourced and how independent scrutiny will be ensured. All local agencies must cooperate with these arrangements.
  • LSCB membership will be based on the existing and emerging needs
  • Legislation and statutory guidance will be published to underpin the new framework, and there will be arrangements for review and inspection.
  • Replace the current arrangements for Serious Case Reviews with a system of local and national reviews; reviews identifying local learning will be conducted locally, those indicating national learning will be conducted by a national panel.
  • National overview of CDOPs will be transferred from the DfE to Health.

*taken from the NSPCC summary

To read Alan Wood’s full report and the government response, please visit the DfE website.

Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures Update

The GM Safeguarding Procedures are updated on a regular basis; June’s updates include children in need moving across local authority boundaries, PACE arrangements, and safeguarding children online. TSCB encourages the workforce to consult the procedures regularly and sign up for updates. The updated procedures can be found on the tri-x website.

Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE)

The KCSIE guidance includes safeguarding information for staff, how safeguarding is managed in education, safer recruitment and dealing with allegations. The guidance has been updated and will be effective as of September 2016 and can be found on the DfE website.

Safer Social Networking

Social networking has been identified as a key factor in a number of children’s safeguarding issues, most notably, bullying and CSE. TSCB Safeguarding Youth Forum had a number of discussions on the topic, which centred on the need for a relatable resource to educate young people around online safety; this lead to Kat Quinn, Quality Assurance Officer for TSCB attending training on SSNAP, the ‘safer social networking activity pack’ developed by Ineqe, a leading authority on online safety and the dark web. SSNAP was well received by the Youth Forum and, thanks to their input, was proposed as a means of providing safety input to young people in secondary schools. SSNAP was trialed at New Charter academy. The resource was adapted to be delivered by pupils, to pupils and was well received; 100% of pupils fed back that they had learned something and found the lesson enjoyable. SSNAP can also be used with professionals working with young people to promote an understanding of how to use social media safely. For more information, please contact Kat.

Lynn Ready is retiring

After over 30 years working for the Local Authority, Lynn Ready is retiring at the end of June. Lynn’s wealth of experience as a practitioner, her positive approach, sense of humour, colourful mind-maps and trusty flipchart lists have been invaluable in her role as trainer, and Lynn will be greatly missed by the TSCB team and beyond. Good Luck Lynn, and we’re sure our paths will cross again in the future!