eBulletin Edition 26

July 2017

Welcome to the July 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;

  • Revised Threshold Guidance
  • Child T 7 minute briefing
  • Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • TSCB Conference
  • Learning Disabilities Resources
  • Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures
  • Independent Child Trafficking Advocacy
  • Child Sexual Exploitation in Greater Manchester
  • Respectful Challenge

Revised Threshold Guidance

All professionals have a role to play in safeguarding children and need to be able to respond quickly to make sure families get the right support at the right time. The revised Threshold Guidance sets out what professionals should do to address the needs of children and families including, when and how to provide early help or, when to make refer a child protection concern to the Children’s Hub.

Child T 7 minute briefing

The 7 minute briefing for the case of Child T is now available on the TSCB website. 7 minute briefings cover historical information, circumstances around the critical incident, and what agencies can learn from the case, as well as recommendations for changes to practice. This briefing includes findings and recommendations on parental responsibility and when it is appropriate to share information and on our response to children with emotional health and well-being needs.

Children & Young People Mental Health

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England offer a range of courses which are tailored for people who teach, work, live with and care for young people aged 8 to 18. The courses can be attended by anyone from age 16 upwards. Every Youth MHFA course is delivered by a quality assured instructor, and the courses will be hosted by TOGMind in Ashton, supported by TSCB. As a pre-requisite to this course, participants must also complete E-Learning, delivered by Mind-Ed. For more information, including how to book on to both E-Learning and the face-to-face course, please visit the MindEd Training section of the TSCB website. Please note the booking route is different to booking on a TSCB course, so please read the instructions.

The eating disorder charity Beat is offering training courses aimed to update and develop knowledge of eating disorders, and how they affect children and young people. Beat are offering half day courses at a variety of locations across Greater Manchester. For more information, including how to book a place on the course, please visit the Healthy Young Minds website.

TSCB Conference

Tameside Safeguarding Children Board are holding a Multi-Agency conference, ‘Tackling Childhood Neglect’ on Thursday 19th October 2017. The conference will be promoting effective Multi-Agency identification and response to childhood neglect and has secured the participation of a keynote speaker, Professor Jan Horwath, formerly of the University of Sheffield. The conference will be exploring and examining the impact of neglect on the daily lived experience of the child and planning effective Multi-Agency interventions. To book a place applicants will need to create an individual learner account if they don’t already have one via the TSCB Training pages.

Adults with Learning Disabilities Resources

Tameside General Hospital Learning Disability Team support clients with learning disabilities, their carers, and other services involved in their support. Information on this service can be found on the hospital website.

The TSCB website now contains a number of resources to use when supporting an adult with a learning disability; this includes information from the Department of Health, Mencap as well as a booklet for parents with a learning disability. To access these resources, please visit the TSCB website.

On Monday 19th June a new multi-agency pathway was launched to support parents with a learning disability during pregnancy and early parenthood. This work was undertaken as a result of the Child R Serious Case Review, published last year, and is a great example of how we can learn from case reviews and make improvements to the way we deliver our services.

Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures

The Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures (GMSP - also known as Tri-x) is a manual that all professionals involved in children’s safeguarding should refer to. GMSP are updated regularly, and also contain links to local safeguarding procedures. To access the manual and sign up to receive updates, please visit the tri-x website.

Independent Child Trafficking Advocacy

The Independent Child Trafficking Advocacy (ICTA) Service has been commissioned by the Home Office to undertake work with potential victims of trafficking.

Under the Modern Slavery Act (2015) all children identified as potentially trafficked within Greater Manchester must be referred into the National Referral Mechanism and to the Barnardo’s ICTA Service; this would include:

  • Young people who have been trafficked to the UK from abroad
  • Young people trafficked for the purposes of exploitation through CSE
  • Young people trafficked for the purposes of exploitation through criminal activity
  • Young people who are identified as potentially trafficked and are currently missing

ICTA workers provide advocacy for any young person aged under 18; they will work with young people while a decision is being made under the NRM process and on an ongoing basis if they receive a conclusive grounds decision regarding their trafficking status. For further information and link to the ICTA leaflet please go to the CSE & Child Trafficking section of the TSCB website.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in Greater Manchester

Safeguarding children in sport

Sports clubs and coaches across Tameside have teamed up with the council, police and health to take a stand against child sexual exploitation during the It’s Not Okay in Sport week of action from 19-25 June. There were awareness raising events and training across the borough to help ensure everyone who works and volunteers with children in sport know how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation and how to report it and get help. Sports clubs were encouraged to sign and display an ‘It’s Not Okay’ charter, reinforcing their commitment to tackling and preventing child sexual exploitation from happening on their watch. The charter can be downloaded at: http://www.itsnotokay.co.uk/professionals/latest_news/.

In 2013, an independent inquiry was conducted by Ann Coffey into the high profile CSE Grooming cases, which took place in Rochdale, Rotherham and a number of other areas. ‘Real Voices – CSE in Greater Manchester’ was published in 2014 and explored the attitudes of the police and other agencies in relation to the victims, and how CSE had become a ‘social norm’ in some areas of Greater Manchester. A new report has now been published as a follow-up to gauge how attitudes have changed; ‘Real Voices – Are they being heard?’ can be found on the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester website.

The Wigan and Rochdale Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Innovations Project is a partnership between Wigan and Rochdale local authorities, Greater Manchester Phoenix CSE Project, the Children’s Society and Research in Practice, on behalf of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities. It aims to address the problem of young people affected by sexual exploitation being placed in high cost or secure accommodation that was not always meeting their needs. A report on the project and its findings can be found here.

In other news, funding has been extended for the Off the Record Time-2-Talk project, which offers counselling and support to children and young people affected by CSE and sexual abuse. The counsellor delivering this project attends CSE governance meetings held by the Phoenix Police Team, to enable early identification of children and young people that would benefit from this support. For more information, please visit the Off the Record website.

Respectful Challenge

The issue of Respectful Challenge has presented itself in several Serious Case Reviews. There have been instances where professionals have not respectfully challenged parents, and where practitioners have not respectfully challenged each other, and this has impacted on the outcomes for children and young people. TSCB is planning to undertake research with Manchester Metropolitan University to explore this issue in greater detail and identify how practice can be improved, by enabling professionals to effectively and constructively challenge each other. We would be looking to recruit participants from the health and social care sectors, as well as police and education; if you are interested or would like any further information, please contact Kat by email or by phone 0161 342 4326.