eBulletin Edition 24

January 2017

Welcome to the January 2017 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;

  • Phoenix CSE Week of Action Feedback
  • Child R overview report
  • Young People’s Podcast
  • Prevent Factsheet
  • Online Safety
  • Safer Social Network Activity Pack (SSNAP)
  • Training Pool
  • Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Training
  • Local Family Justice Board

Phoenix CSE Week of Action Feedback

The latest It’s Not Okay Week of action – organised by the multi-agency Project Phoenix team – ran from 31 October to 6 November and aimed to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and, in particular, encourage people to stay alert to anyone who may be vulnerable while travelling. Young people that have been groomed online often use public transport to travel and meet offenders; during the week police and partner agencies spoke to commuters about the signs they can look out for. People with concerns were urged to report them to police, or alert transport staff.

During the Week of Action, Tameside Phoenix team visited train and bus stations, schools and Ashton Moss leisure complex to raise awareness of CSE safety messages. Tameside taxi and cab drivers also received training in spotting the signs of CSE. There were multi-agency visits to Tameside premises where intelligence suggests there may be links to CSE activity.

New online safety sessions for parents and carers are also to be launched in Tameside libraries. Approximately 85% of CSE cases being investigated in Tameside involve online activity. Parents and carers will be able to bring their children’s mobiles, tablets and laptops to the free sessions to get hands on help with updating security settings. To book onto a session see here.

For further information on the campaign and how to spot the signs of CSE see www.itsnotokay.co.uk you can also join in the conversation online using the hashtag #itsnotokay

Child R Overview Report

The Serious Case Review into the death of Child R has now been published and is available on the TSCB website. The report contains a number of key learning points including using the right resources when working with parents with a learning difficulty, focusing on potential risk during as well as after birth, and the value of conducting joint assessments.

The Child R 7 minute briefing is also available on the TSCB website; the 7 minute briefing comes with an action plan which can be used within teams to understand how learning can impact on and improve practice within teams.

Young People’s Podcast

A series of podcasts have been released in partnership with NHS Derbyshire looking at the Mental Capacity Act. Episode 8 in the series explores children, young people and deprivation of liberty and can be found here.

Prevent Factsheet

The National Police Chief’s Council have received a factsheet on Prevent, the government’s anti-terrorism strategy which attempts to tackle radicalisation. The factsheet gives an overview of Prevent activity during 2015/16 including referrals and outcomes.

Online Safety

TMBC continue to run Online Safety talks and workshops in libraries across the borough until February to help keep children safer online. There are two separate one- hour sessions that parents, carers and youth workers can book onto. The first is an introduction to the dangers of being online, and offers practical advice about online safety, and the second workshop will provide practical help with updating devices with security settings. For more information and how to book a place, please visit the TMBC website.

SSNAP and the Safeguarding Youth Forum

The Safer Social Networking Activity Pack (SSNAP) is a resource for highlighting the potential risks of sharing too much information on social media, how to be safer online and where to go for help and support. Work continues around Safer Social Networking following the successful roll out of peer-to-peer sessions based in secondary schools, with discussions around how this can translate into primary settings. SSNAP can also be used with teaching and support staff who want to enhance their knowledge of social media. Additional work is also being undertaken to explore how parents can work in partnership with schools to reinforce e-safety message at home.

The Safeguarding Youth Forum is recruiting. The Youth Forum originally pioneered taking the SSNAP resource into schools, and have done some excellent work in updating the TSCB website. Young people aged 14-18 who want to have their voices heard on safeguarding issues in Tameside are welcome to join the group, which is entirely led by its members. For more information, please contact Kat.

Training Pool

We are always on the lookout for practitioners who would like to join the training pool. The pool is a brilliant opportunity for practitioners to use their skills and experience to help develop others, and we have a wide variety of courses available to facilitate. If you would like to discuss this with Andy directly, please phone or email him.

Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Training

Training took place for Tameside Multi-Agency Professionals, including the Police & Crown Prosecution Service, at Greater Manchester Police Headquarters on Tuesday 10th January 2017. Evaluations were positive and the Learning Improvement & Activity Group will be reviewing the possibility of commissioning further training later this year. Barnardo’s Counter Trafficking Service will be implementing ‘Independent Child Trafficking Advocates’ projects from the 30/01/17. The Advocates will work directly with Children & Young People who have been trafficked or are at risk of trafficking; providing advocacy, support, signposting and offering services to them in accordance with the aims and objectives of the project. They will be responsible for supporting navigation through social care, immigration and criminal justice systems & processes. Further information in relation to referral pathways etc. will follow in later additions of this bulletin, from members of the TSCB team or directly from the Barnardos Programme Manager, Hannah Stott, email.

Local Family Justice Board

The Greater Manchester Local Family Justice Board is now circulating regular newsletters to keep stakeholders informed and involved with the work of the Board. The Board works collaboratively with the Family Court Forum to disseminate information to agencies concerned with practice, procedure and performance in the family jurisdiction.

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