Welcome to the July 2018 edition of the Manchester Safeguarding Boards e-bulletin
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The Manchester Safeguarding Boards (MSB) comprises the Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) and the Manchester Safeguarding Children Boards (MSCB). The Boards share an Independent Chair, Julia Stephens-Row; and are supported by the MSB Business Unit.
Our bulletin includes news, events, training opportunities and links to information and resources which we hope will be of use to the multi-agency safeguarding workforce and the wider community across Manchester.
Please keep an eye on the news feeds on our home page for the most up to date safeguarding news.
Staying safe in the heat
The main risks posed by a heatwave are:
- dehydration (not having enough water)
- overheating, which can make symptoms worse for people who already have problems with their heart or breathing
- heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
A heatwave can affect anyone, but the most vulnerable people are:
- older people, especially those over 75
- babies and young children
- people with a serious chronic condition, especially heart or breathing problems
- people with mobility problems or who have had a stroke
- people with serious mental health problems
- people on certain medications, including those that affect sweating and temperature control
- people who misuse alcohol or drugs
- people who are physically active – for example, labourers or those doing sports.
Life without labels
The MCC Corporate Parenting Panel meets regularly with our children to understand, listen and respond to issues that matter to them. At a recent Panel, the young people and panel members focused on five words and identified preferable alternatives:
- LAC/Looked After – use our children
- care leaver – ‘no label’ simply use children/young people
- hard to reach – use unsuitably supported
- placement – use home
- contact – use family time.
It is clear that young people feel more can be done to challenge the use of language and ‘labels’ given to care experienced young people. Labels can be stigmatising and unhelpful. So that is why we are asking partners to join in changing the language you use when talking about our children.
Clearly there will be times when it would be appropriate to use terms such as ‘looked after children’ or ‘care leavers’ as these are terms used in legislation and associated with the duties and responsibilities of agencies. However, the rule of thumb should be to use plain language, and no ‘jargon’ unless it is absolutely necessary in the interests of our children.
Together we can lead the way in breaking down the barriers that our children face
Manchester’s Youth Buzz Awards
This year there are 13 award categories ranging from the Young Leader Award to the Best Creative Campaign Award.
The online nominations open in early July and you can find out more information by visiting www.manchesteryouthcouncil.co.uk or following MYC on twitter@mycthehive.
Make a Stand against domestic abuse
The CIH believe that the housing sector must do more on this issue. The pledge gives housing organisations the opportunity to sign up to make four focused, but easily deliverable commitments to provide support for people experiencing domestic abuse.
More information is available at www.cih.org/makeastand
Domestic Violence and Abuse – guidance for practitioners
When a disclosure is made a Manchester Multi Agency Domestic Violence and Abuse Assessment form should be completed (aka DASH/RIC). The referral pathway for all levels of risk is on the front page of the referral form. Find out more at www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/domestic-violence-abuse/
Reassure the victim that support is available if they want help. Try to establish the reason for their withdrawal/denial/retraction and consider the impact of coercion and controlling behaviour, fear of consequences, witness intimidation and any cultural or physical barriers to accessing support.
If a victim does not consent or declines a referral and there are still concerns then practitioners should seek advice from their safeguarding lead. Agencies should always follow relevant safeguarding children and adult at risk policy guidelines and consider all other information available and include this if making a referral.
Modern slavery and human trafficking
The multi-agency MSB Staying Safe: Manchester’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Strategy 2018/20 (published May 2018) has been endorsed by the Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board and the Manchester Safeguarding Children Board.
CQC has published a statement on modern slavery in order to provide clarity to providers, other stakeholders and CQC staff on their role in combating modern slavery and human trafficking and the actions that they are taking – read this at www.cqc.org.uk/modern-slavery-statement
Clean Air Day was 21st June
If you have ever wondered about the ‘healthiest’ commute this similarly short video gives a surprising insight… www.theguardian.com/london-air-pollution-public-transport
Read our news post for more information and a link to the national programme and resources, which includes tool-kits for schools, communities, workplace and healthcare professionals.
Have your say about Our Manchester
This short survey is still live and can be found at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CMWYC/ so why not fill it in?
It’s your call interactive online course
Workers who visit or enter people’s homes may see or hear things that others may not and the course will: help them recognise the signs of possible abuse and neglect; encourage them to report concerns; and support those who may have already witnessed signs of child abuse to know what to do about it and provide advice.
Updates from MSB Board meetings
Manchester Self-Neglect Strategy
Work is ongoing with members of the MSAB to develop a Manchester Self-Neglect Strategy. Our focus will be on self-neglect and hoarding and will include tool-kits for multi-agency use as a means of spotting the signs and raising awareness. It is intended to launch the strategy in time for winter; in the interim see our resources on hoarding and adult abuse.
MSB Adult Conference held on 7th June 2018
The conference focused on having difficult conversations in the context of Making Safeguarding Personal. It was a lively event attended by 92 professionals from across partner agencies. Opening the conference was our Chair, Julia Stephens-Row, who gave an overview of the role of MSB and the learning from the Safeguarding Adult Review in relation to Adult AB.
The conference was facilitated by AFTA Thought an innovative training company who use drama-based training to bring safeguarding scenarios to life. AFTA Thought arrived with a company of seven actors and instantly captivated the audience with an engaging piece based on Transactional Analysis. Following this, the group acted out several scenarios with ongoing feedback and interaction from the audience. The Oscar-worthy performances from some of the actors evoked a highly emotional response from our audience; ranging from laughter, astonishment, and even tears. Some of the comments left on our Twitter@MCcrSafeguarding include:
- ‘Absolutely amazing and inspiring conference. Thank you’
- ‘The best training I have ever been on. Great content acting and facilitation. The attendees were captivated’
How to have difficult conversations with parents – A user guide for practitioners
This guide has been updated to include Signs of Safety; the guide is currently child focused and this document will be improved to include adults. The guide will be sent out to all partners and new staff and will be available on our website and shared at training courses.
The protecting vulnerable babies and preventing child deaths conference planned for October 2018 was discussed and further topics suggested for the agenda.
Partner spotlight – Licensing
Licensing exists to regulate business activity in order to protect people and animals. From small independent businesses such as taxi drivers and cafes to large multi-national businesses there is a golden thread of licensing regulation intertwined throughout. In reality there are very few business sectors where licensing regulation is not a relevant factor. It is important to recognise the role partnership plays in licensing and business; when both parties work well together it is mutually beneficial
Find out more including advice on the requirements for a temporary event and for the employment of children and young people in our Licensing resources.
Home Office campaign to help taxi and private hire vehicle staff identify and safeguard victims of ‘County Lines’
To help safeguard vulnerable children and protect them from gangs, the Home Office, Institute of Licensing and CrimeStoppers are working to increase awareness among taxi and private hire vehicle drivers, and licensing staff, of the signs to spot a potential victim.
Thousands of children and teenagers – some as young as 12 – are being exploited by criminal gangs to carry drugs from urban areas to coastal and market towns. Many of these children travel between the city and rural towns in taxis or private hire vehicles in a criminal activity known as ‘county lines’.
Taxis are a popular form of transport for children being exploited by ‘county line’ gangs. Children may make the whole journey between the city and rural town in a private hire vehicle or taxi, or else use one for part of the journey.
Find out more in our taxi and private hire resource or at www.gov.uk/government/county-lines-posters-for-taxi-and-private-vehicle-hire-staff
Information sharing from Board Partners
With research suggesting that parents are often unable to identify obesity in their children a new animated web tool, called Champ OnTrack, has been launched in Manchester to help tackle childhood obesity.
GMP joins forces with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation
Greater Manchester Police has joined the campaign to get people who look at sexual images of children seek help to stop.
The campaign aims to deter offenders from continuing to download illegal and harmful images of children and encourage them to access support via a confidential and anonymous helpline that is operated by Stop it Now! a child sexual abuse prevention campaign run by the Foundation.
The campaign makes it clear that downloading sexually explicit images of anyone under 18 is illegal, is the cause of great harm to the children in the images and highlights the severe consequences for those who continue to offend.
Just as important, information will be sent to people across Greater Manchester who routinely look at indecent images of children, signposting them to a range of online self-help resources and information that can help them understand their behaviour, what triggers it and how they can stop.
Online help is available via a dedicated website www.get-help.stopitnow.org.uk and through the confidential and anonymous Stop it Now! helpline: 0808 1000 900
Neglect Strategy Update – Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2)
If you would like to find out more about Graded Care Profile 2 visit the NSPCC website www.nspcc.org.uk/graded-care-profile or the MSB Neglect Strategy resource
If you have any ideas or suggestions we would like to hear them. Please share them by emailing Linda Evans at L.Evans1@manchester.gov.uk.
MSB training offer – upcoming courses
Date: Wednesday 10th October 2018 Time: 9am – 4pm
Venue: Hough End Police Social Centre, Mauldeth Road West, M21 7SX
The MSB have organised a free full day learning event aimed at front line practitioners and senior managers working with children and their families in Manchester.
The main purpose of this event will be to disseminate learning about emerging themes in child deaths and to raise awareness of the various organisations practitioners can signpost families to for additional support and advice.
For more information or to make a booking request visit the MSB Training website
Graded Care Profile 2 Training
As part of the Neglect strategy, Manchester City Council has opted to use the Graded Care Profile 2 assessment tool. This training is initially being targeted at professionals in all agencies and organisations in North Manchester.
You should apply for this course if you work with children and or their families in North Manchester. The training is aimed at practitioners and or their managers who will be using the assessment tool. North Manchester professionals only:
Date: 10th July 2018 Venue: The Grange Community Resource Centre, Pilgrim Dr, Manchester M11 3TQ
All training courses need and learning events are advertised on the MSB Training website
The MSB Training Coordinators will be revising our multi-agency training offer over the summer. We will be advertising an abridged programme in the autumn whilst we resource delivery of the revised programme.
Applying for MSB training
Anyone wanting to apply any MSB courses or briefings will need to register and apply through the MSB Training website and all applications will need to be approved by line managers. There is a User Guide on the website to assist with the application and registration process.
Partner training offers
Date: 15th November 2018 Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Venue: Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ
Fees: £95 per person, fees for participants include course materials, a certificate of attendance, refreshments and light lunch.
Recognising that we live and work in a multi-cultural and diverse society, this conference is aimed at promoting and raising awareness when providing bereavement support. This conference will hear from experts in their field, sharing current research, statistics and evidence-based practice, with the focus on providing bereavement support in a diverse and inclusive society.
Understanding Young Minds – free online course
Virtual College have worked in partnership with SelfharmUK to create a free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children – find the course at www.virtual-college.co.uk/understanding-young-minds
Real Safeguarding Stories
A free online resource for professionals with safeguarding responsibilities has been developed by Bradford Council and Collingwood Learning
Working with safeguarding professionals from across Bradford Council, they have developed a series of videos each based upon stories either from the people involved or through anonymised cases. Some stories have been edited and some have been combined so that we can cover the key issues in a simple, quick, and powerful way. But everything is based upon real people, and real situations. Sign up at realsafeguardingstories.com
You can also find information about other free online courses in our online learning with other providers’ resource.
This includes safeguarding help & advice and links to resources, videos, policies and campaigns.
We always suggest that practitioners bookmark the website and visit it frequently as new content is added all the time.
Trust your instinct campaign
The MSB Trust your instinct campaign aims to help everyone in Manchester know what to say and do if they see things are not going well for others.
The earlier the help, the less likely things are to get worse, and the better things will be for the person, family and community. Seeing a sign that something is seriously wrong and knowing what to do could actually prevent a tragedy.
The guide lists some things that show things might not be going well for somebody, and it explains why it is important to take notice and Trust your instinct.
The booklet and two posters can be downloaded from the MSB website; paper copies and posters can be obtained from the MSB Business Unit.
MSB 7 Minute Briefings
The MSB have introduced ‘seven minute briefings’ to allow managers to deliver a short briefing to staff regarding a particular subject. The briefings will be shared on a regular basis, providing a mixture of new information or a reminder of basic information with challenge for teams to think about the application to practice within their teams.
We are aiming to add to these briefings on a regular basis and with this in mind we have created a 7MB about writing a 7MB to encourage partners to have a go at drafting them.
Our published briefings can be downloaded from our 7 minute briefings resource – new this month are:
- Rented housing in Manchester- private landlords & the social sector
- Criminal Exploitation
- Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking – what to look out for
- Writing a 7 minute briefing
New podcast for social care sector
Research in Practice has launched a new podcast series, aimed at those working within social care sector. This free, open access resource is centred on five key areas: trauma, neglect, mental health, complex exploitation and strengths-based approaches.
Find out more at www.rip.org.uk/research-in-practice-podcasts
Free social work tools and resources for direct work with children and adults by social workers but useful for everyone
Available from www.socialworkerstoolbox.com these resources cover a range of issues such as adoption & fostering, alcohol, assessment, bullying, CSE & sexual abuse, disability & health, domestic abuse, drugs, finances, law (UK), mental health, parenting and safety.
Policies and Procedures
The GM Safeguarding Children Procedures Manual has been updated and can be accessed at www.proceduresonline.com/greater_manchester/scb
Useful safeguarding information and links – adults & families
Greater Manchester is holding a Festival of Ageing from 2nd to 15th July 2018, with a range of fun activities, such as music, dancing, hobbies, physical activities, information stalls and lots of opportunities to join in.
The Festival fortnight will be a celebration of positive and diverse images of ageing. It will be a chance to recognise and acknowledge the brilliant contributions, value and skills older people bring to Greater Manchester.
Further information can be found on the Festival website www.ambitionforageing.org.uk/festival
Are you happy?
We all want to live happy and fulfilling lives and we want the people we love to be happy too. So happiness matters to all of us.
Happiness is about our lives as a whole: it includes the fluctuating feelings we experience everyday but also our overall satisfaction with life. It is influenced by our genes, upbringing and our external circumstances – such as our health, our work and our financial situation. But crucially it is also heavily influenced by our choices – our inner attitudes, how we approach our relationships, our personal values and our sense of purpose.
Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and more caring world – members take action to increase wellbeing in their homes, workplaces, schools and local communities. Their vision is a happier world, with fewer people suffering with mental health problems and more people feeling good, functioning well and helping others.
Visit Action for Happiness at www.actionforhappiness.org to find out more and to download a guidebook or posters about the keys to Happier Living.
Workplace bullying and your emotional health
Workplace bullying can have a devastating impact on emotional health and your own self-worth but it’s not always easy to know where you can go for some support and a listening ear. It’s entirely understandable that you may not feel comfortable enough to find anyone within the workplace that you can confide in, especially if things are tense and difficult at work and you are having to face this every day.
Read more about getting support if you are bullied at work at www.bullying.co.uk/workplace-bullying
Actions against bank account scams
Push payment scams are a growing form of financial fraud. The industry, financial regulators and the police are working together to try to reduce its impact. A House of Commons briefing note outlines some current initiatives.
The ‘Take Five’ campaign to encourage people to be sceptical about requests for them to send their bank details to unknown people or to change previously agreed payment details at the last minute.
Customers are encouraged to contact Action Fraud and or the police if they think they have been defrauded. In limited circumstances victims might be able to go to the Financial Ombudsman if the bank has been negligent. The Financial Conduct Authority proposes to extend the remit of the Ombudsman to include such scams.
Learning from safety incidents
CQC has launched ‘learning from safety incidents’ a series of resources that share learning from their enforcement activity.
Since April 2015 CQC has had the power to bring criminal prosecution against health and social care providers for failing to provide care in a safe way; and have prosecuted nine providers which has led to a number of patterns emerging. Their learning from safety incidents resources focus on safety incidents related to the prosecutions. Each resource explains what happened, what CQC and the provider have done about it, and the steps others can take to avoid it happening in their service.
Find the first five resources on the CQC website www.cqc.org.uk/learning-safety-incidents
Driving improvement – Case studies from adult social care services
The CQC have published Driving improvement: Case studies from nine adult social care services, a report showcasing nine adult social care services that have significantly improved their rating.
The report highlights the key themes that run throughout which include leadership and cultural change. Managers from the nine services shared their top tips for improvement and highlight to other providers that improvement in adult social care is possible. Read the report at www.cqc.org.uk/driving-improvement-case-studies
Carers Action Plan 2018/20 Supporting Carers Today
Tri.x have produced a short summary of the Carers Action Plan at www.trixonline.co.uk/policy-briefs/2018
The government published its Carers Action Plan policy 2018/20 on 5th June. It sets out the practical actions the government plan to take over the next 2 years to ensure the delivery of the programme of work on carers.
Useful safeguarding information and links – children & families
Change4Life and Disney, with the support of Sport England, have joined forces to launch a brand new Train Like A Jedi programme that will take children on a galactic adventure and inspire them to get more active. The programme features a Star WarsTM themed follow-along video which guides children through 12 Jedi moves.
Find out more at www.nhs.uk/change4life/train-like-a-jedi including information to help promote the campaign, including posters, take-home packs, digital resources, activities for schools and resources for teachers. May the Force be with you!
Childhood obesity: a plan for action, Chapter 2
The government has set out its renewed approach to tackle childhood obesity, outlining the national ambition to halve childhood obesity and significantly reduce the gap in obesity between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030.
Read Childhood obesity: a plan for action, chapter 2 at www.gov.uk/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action-chapter-2
How well do you know the legal ages?
What’s in an age? Take a short quiz to see how many key milestones you can get right at https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/how-well-do-you-know-the-legal-ages
Strengthened safeguarding guidance for schools and colleges
The DfE has revised its statutory safeguarding guidance for all schools and colleges, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education‘ (KCSIE) – the revised guidance comes into effect from 3rd September 2018 and sets out what schools and colleges should do to keep children safe; up until 3rd September, schools must continue to refer to the current guidance.
Revised separate advice for schools and colleges on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children has also been published, and is available immediately to support schools and colleges. This guidance provides advice to help school and college staff deal with allegations of child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment.
Read the new guidance in full at https://www.gov.uk/keeping-children-safe-in-education-2
The free online Safety Self-Review Tool for schools
360 degree safe is free to use and is intended to help schools review their online safety policy and practice. The tool walks schools through each aspect of online safety, helping them to collaborate, report, and progress – find out more at 360safe.org.uk
Sign up for free mental health resources
The Time to Change campaign is making it as simple as possible for schools to engage students and staff with the topic of mental health stigma next year. By devoting a lesson, assembly or short session plan to changing how your school community thinks and acts about mental health, you can make a huge difference.
Visit www.time-to-change.org.uk to find out about the range of ready-to-use resources which include five easy ways to start a conversation in your school and ensure no young person feels isolated or ashamed anymore. Talking about mental health is easier than you think.
How safe are our children? 2018
This NSPCC report sets out what the available data tells us about the current child protection landscape, and takes a closer look at how safe children are online.
The report sets out different indicators; each indicator looks at the question of ‘how safe are our children?’ from a different perspective; they also include historic data, to help track progress over time.
Read the full report at www.nspcc.org.uk/how-safe-are-our-children-2018
Bridging the gap: protecting older children from sexual exploitation ‘It Does Not Stop Because You Turn 18’
The NWG Network has launched a new report and resource designed to ensure vulnerable young people continue to receive the support they need when they turn 18.
Reports have shown that this milestone birthday can be a difficult time for many young people in need of any kind of support from authorities, whether that be social care, police, the health service or voluntary sector.
Whilst there are some protocols in place for dealing with the transition from children’s services to adult services this support varies significantly from one geographical area to another making this transition period a time when young people could be particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.
The report outlines the problems that exist and looks in detail at what professionals involved in the safeguarding of children can do in the lead-up to them turning 18.
The charity has also launched a new bench-marking tool which covers a number of issues that have been identified across the country regarding supporting and safeguarding 16 to 18-year-olds including the transition into adult services.
The full report is available from www.nwgnetwork.org and NWG members can also download the bench-marking tools.
Child health profile 2018 published
PHE has published the Child Health Profile pdfs which present data across key health indicators of child health and well-being. The profiles provide an annual snapshot of child health and well-being for each local authority in England and sit alongside an interactive version which is available for both local authorities and CCGs. They are designed to help local organisations understand the health needs of their community and work in partnership to improve health in their local area.
Find the profiles at www.gov.uk/government/2018-child-health-profiles
Save the dates – adults & families
Health Information Week (HIW) is a multi-sector campaign to promote the good quality health resources that are available to the public. This campaign aims to encourage partnership working across sectors and benefit all staff and the public by raising awareness of the resources that are available to them.
How can you get involved? Follow the week’s events and join the campaign via Twitter: #HIW2018, follow @Healthinfoweek or find out more on the website libraryservices.nhs.uk/health-information-week-2
Be Clear on Cancer – Blood in Pee campaign 19th July to 23rd September
Public Health England will re-run the Be Clear on Cancer ‘Blood in Pee’ campaign from 19th July to 23rd September 2018.
The aim is to raise public awareness of visible haematuria – a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancer – and encourage those who notice this symptom to see their GP. Even if they see blood in their pee on one single occasion. This campaign is specifically aimed at men and women over 50 years from lower socio-economic groups.
Provider organisations can find out more and order free campaign resources from the Campaign Resource Centre; resources include posters, leaflets and materials that can be used on websites and social media channels campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/43-blood-in-pee
Save the dates – children & families
This year schools, colleges, universities, individuals, organisations and businesses will be asked to wear blue on the 9th November 2018 and donate to Bullying UK. We all know someone who has experienced bullying in some aspect of their life. We recognise that the impact of bullying can be a very difficult process to overcome. Join us in our mission to help end bullying. #WearBlueDay
Anti-Bullying Week 2018 is 12th to 16th November
This year anti-bullying week will run from 12th to 16th November and this year’s theme is ‘Choose Respect‘ which has been chosen after consultation with over 800 children, schools and organisations. There are lots of planned events throughout the UK. Anti-bullying week is organised by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and they have lots of free resources, ideas and campaign tool-kits.
Manchester Community Central Bulletins
The Macc bulletin provides a selection of items uploaded to the Manchester Community Central website over the previous week. It includes news, events, training opportunities, job opportunities, volunteering and links to information and resources.
Their quarterly newsletter provides updates on the services and support Macc provide and examples of how they work with groups. Sign up for both at www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/news-and-events
Sign up for the MCC Age Friendly e-bulletin at www.manchester.gov.uk/sign_up_for_our_e-bulletins
Let us know about your bulletin at email@example.com
In our last newsletter
The Serious Violence Strategy sets out the government’s response to serious violence and recent increases in knife crime, gun crime and homicide. For further information visit www.gov.uk/serious-violence-strategy
The Home Office has published promotional material to support the work of the Serious Violence Strategy dealing with County Lines – the drug dealing model which involves networks from urban centres expanding their drug dealing activities into smaller towns and rural areas.
Posters have been produced to help bus and coach company staff, train and rail operator staff, taxi and private vehicle hire staff, and private security industry staff identify victims and report their concerns to protect children and young people exploited through this criminal activity.
Find the resources at www.gov.uk/county-lines-criminal-exploitation-of-children-and-vulnerable-adults
The archive of MSB bulletins can be viewed as web page on our website
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The aim of the Manchester Safeguarding Boards is to ensure that everyone in our city is able to live in safety; free from abuse, neglect or crime – no matter what their age or circumstances.
We believe everyone who lives or works in the city has a role to play in achieving this.
Thank you for your support!