eBulletin Edition 28

December 2017

Welcome to the December 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;

  • Ongoing criminal proceedings
  • Multi-Agency Learning Reviews
  • Important Information about TSCB Training
  • Respectful Challenge Research Project – participants needed!
  • Child T Learning Event
  • Modern Slavery
  • ‘It’s Not Okay’ Week of Action 12-19 March 2018
  • Tri-x Procedures Update

Ongoing Criminal Proceedings

There may be occasions when a child you are supporting is involved in ongoing criminal proceedings, when an accusation has been made that the child has been abused or harmed, and this is subject to a police investigation. It is important at this time that the investigation is allowed to progress unhindered but, crucially, the child continues to be supported by services. The following guidance has been provided by the police, although since all cases are different, there is no hard and fast rule.

Good Practice after an Achieving Best Evidence interview has taken place:

explain to the child that the police are conducting an investigation and that if they remember more about what has happened or want to say anything about the incident, the police will be contacted; the police will then arrange an ABE. If the child makes any unsolicited comments, this should be recorded verbatim and the police contacted; this information would be disclosable under the Criminal Procedure and Investigation Act as third party material.

Good Practice before an ABE interview has taken place:

explain to the child that, until the interview has been completed, you won’t ask them any questions about things that could be linked to the investigation. If a child does choose to open up, do not shut them down but do not prompt them or try to evoke further information; ensure verbatim notes are made which also include the circumstances under which the comments were made.

Medical Reasons:

it may be necessary to ask the child further questions about what has happened; ensure there is a verbatim record of what was said which can be corroborated by another adult.

Any information should be signed and dated, and the officer in the case can always be contacted for further advice and guidance.

Multi-Agency Learning Reviews

As part of a drive to implement learning from audits and encourage reflection on challenging cases, the first Multi-Agency Learning Review took place in November, focusing on two cases from the TSCB Multi-Agency thematic audit on sexual abuse. The MALR involved a discussion between the professionals who were involved in the case to reflect on how it was to work with the family and their circumstances, and what could be learned from these cases to further improve practice.

Multi-Agency Learning Review - Child Sexual Abuse


The MALR looked at a case of child on child sexual abuse between two siblings.

The purpose was to understand the context, the issues and the learning points.


The family had issues with neglect and had been involved with a variety of services. The family had frequent moves between Local Authorities. Dad did not engage very much with services; Mum engaged but would often avoid and deflect interventions.

Following the alleged incident, Mum took the children to the police station; charges were made but subsequently dropped due to a lack of evidence.


The discussion involved professionals from the agencies that had worked with both children.

The discussion centred on the family history and the information that was known to agencies, the circumstances around the incident itself and, crucially, the aftermath for both children, and how they were supported.


  1. Consider the most appropriate tools to use when working with a family, based on their needs and the issues they are experiencing.
  2. Early consideration should be given to appointing a second social worker when abuse is between siblings to ensure both young people have an advocate.
  3. Where a newly qualified member of staff is involved in a complex case, due consideration should be given as to who should be assigned as primary and secondary social worker, based on experience and professional confidence.
  4. Good practice is enhanced by reflective multi-agency case discussion; routine inter-agency discussion about complex cases is productive in identifying the best way to work with the child and family and to overcome any blockages. These multi –agency discussions should be encouraged.
  5. Consideration should be given to shared recording across agencies where a child is on a Child Protection plan.
  6. Managers should give consideration as to which key training courses meet the requirements of their teams.

If you would like to nominate a case to be put forward for an MALR, please contact Ged Sweeney, Head of Safeguarding.

Important Information about TSCB Training

Please read the "Mandatory E-learning associated with the ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children- Foundation Course’" and "Reminder of the changes to the electronic booking system for TSCB Multi-Agency courses" regarding booking on to training courses; this is especially important if you are booking on to the Foundation Course and need to complete E-Learning.

The page outlines the full process which must be followed in order to complete your booking, secure a place on the course and to obtain your certificate.

View all TSCB courses here.

Respectful Challenge Research Project – Participants Needed!

research into Respectful Challenge between multi-agency professionals in Tameside. The first part of the project – individual interviews with professionals on their thoughts around Respectful Challenge – has now been completed, and we are looking to recruit professionals for the second part.

This will involve participating in Focus Groups to discuss the themes from the first stage of interviews. The findings of the research will be used to shape recommendations for practice and future training.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Kat, TSCB QA Officer, on 0161 342 4326.

For more information on this topic, please see the Top 10 Tips for Respectful Challenge along with a PowerPoint presentation on the TSCB website.

Child T Learning Event

During 2016, TSCB held a Multi-Agency Critical Review to look at the death of Child T. The review made two recommendations; that the assessment and referral of young people to counselling services should be included in the children’s mental health service pathway, and that the LSCB should be assured that practitioners in all agencies are aware of and apply the relevant guidance and legislation relating to the sharing of information with parents in the context of parental responsibility.

TSCB are now holding a joint learning event with the Oldham LSCB to look at the theme of mental health, and how these issues were prominent in the case. This event will be held on 24th January 2018 and bookings will be open on Monday 18th December. If you would like to attend, you can book on using your Learner’s Account through the TSCB website.

Modern Slavery

The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for victims of modern slavery has been reformed, increasing ongoing support and advocacy; full details can be found in the government briefing, here. These reforms have been shaped and influenced by an evaluation of the NRM which can be found here.

TSCB will be adding a new section to their website on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in the near future.

There are a very small number of places available on the next Modern Slavery training course which can be booked via the TSCB website. If you don’t secure a place, please check the website 5 working days before the course date, as there will be the opportunity to book on if any places have been cancelled. Please be aware this is not a guarantee and we do NOT operate a waiting list for training.

‘It’s Not Okay’ Week of Action

‘It’s Not Okay’ is the national campaign for tackling Child Sexual Exploitation; you can visit the website here.

The next ‘It’s Not Okay’ Week of Action will run from 12-19 March 2018 with a ‘back to school for parents’ theme to provide parents and carers with easy to remember tips for protecting their children against Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Digital resources will be shared with schools and partners to help promote quick ‘ABC’ guides on issues such as online safety.

TSCB and TMBC will also be supporting and raising awareness of Safer Internet Day on 6 February 2018.

If you are planning any activities for either of these events please email Claire Chambers with more information.

Following on from the Systems Review into CSE, a recommendation was made to raise awareness of services available to support victims and those at risk of CSE. A full list of these services can be found on the newly updated CSE section of the Tameside Service Information Directory (SID). If you have any more information about services to add to the SID, please contact Alex Milhench.

Tri-x Procedures Update

The Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures has been updated and can be accessed here; make sure you visit and sign up for updates directly to your inbox.