eBulletin Edition 32

December 2018

Welcome to the December 2018 edition of the Tameside Safeguarding Children Board E.Bulletin.

This edition provides information about new initiatives 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 Case Review and audit activity and to new statutory requirements. The E-Bulletin includes;

  • New Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements
  • Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures Manual
  • Free Parenting Courses
  • Handle With Care
  • Safeguarding Practice Update

New Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements

Tameside has published its new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements. From the 21st December Tameside Safeguarding Children Board will be replaced by a new Tameside Safeguarding Children Partnership. You’ll see the new logo and branding on our website and in future communications and publications from January 2019. For further information click here.

The work to deliver safeguarding training, share learning from case reviews and good practice will continue. However, a new partnership will mean that new initiatives and ways of working will be rolled out, many of which you have already begun and you will know about. They include;

  • A new model of Integrated Neighborhoods Working that will ensure the delivery of the Early Help offer.
  • Implementing Signs of Safety as its overarching practice model that will offer a more inclusive, strengths based approach for all of the partnerships work with children and families.
  • Developing a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub that will mean safeguarding concerns are responded to in a robust and effective manner.
  • A new Children’s Safeguarding Executive Partnership and support functions, with delegated powers of responsibility that will replace the current Local Safeguarding Children Board.

Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures Manual

The latest updates to the Greater Manchester Procedures have been released. They include revisions to the Information Sharing and Confidentiality, Single Assessment Chapter and links to Good Practice Supporting the Voice of the Child.

Please remember the importance of keeping up to date with the latest policies and procedures and sign up for updates direct from the GM Safeguarding Partnership website.

Free Parenting Courses

Tameside Council has invested in three award winning Solihull Approach online courses, for all parents, parents-to-be and carers (including grandparents!).

These courses are normally £19-£39 per person, but are FREE to all residents of Tameside with the access code ‘SUNFLOWER’.

Please encourage parents you work with to go to www.inourplace.co.uk and apply the code ‘SUNFLOWER’ to access one of these courses;

  • Understanding your child
  • Understanding your pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby
  • Understanding your baby

Handle With Care

Sadly there have been a number of Serious Case Reviews across Greater Manchester linked to Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS).

"Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), a form of abusive head trauma and inflicted traumatic brain injury, is a preventable and severe form of physical child abuse. It results from shaking an infant by the shoulders, arms, or legs. SBS may result from both shaking alone or from impact (with or without shaking). The resulting whiplash effect can cause bleeding within the brain or the eyes. Nearly all victims of SBS suffer serious health consequences and at least one of every four babies who are violently shaken dies from this form of child maltreatment. Babies (newborn to 4 months) are at greatest risk of injury from shaking. Inconsolable crying is a primary trigger for shaking a baby."

Supporting and educating expectant and new parents is one of the best ways to prevent SBS. There is guidance readily available for practitioners to share and discuss with families from Manchester Safeguarding Boards and from the NSPCC website.

Safeguarding Practice Update

The next Safeguarding Practice Update will be examining the theme of ‘Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements’ on the 10th January 2019 9am – 12 noon @ Newton Suite, Hyde Town Hall, Corporation Street, Hyde SK14 1AL.

The aim of the session will be to raise awareness of Multi-Agency professionals regarding the purpose and process of Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).

Bookings are via individual learner accounts on the Tameside Safeguarding Children Board website www.tamesidesafeguardingchildren.org.uk.

Applicants will need to create an individual learner account if they don’t currently have one.

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