Welcome to the June edition of our bulletin – a regular communication from the Boards
Please circulate this bulletin as widely as possible amongst your workforce and volunteers – and anywhere else it may be of interest.
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 the home page of our website for the most up-to-date information – visit www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk
We will be issuing bulletins on a regular basis throughout the year; and we are hoping to join the world of social media very soon and then be able to share information in a variety of ways.
MSB Priorities for 2017/18
The Boards have developed their strategic priorities for 2017/18, with invaluable input from children, young people and adults with care and support needs.
By having a joint business plan the Boards can provide a joined up response to and ensure we fulfil our overarching strategic priority: To be assured that safeguarding is effective across Manchester and achieve our thematic priorities for 2017/18 that:
- mental health, learning disability and substance abuse are key considerations across all of our priorities;
- we support and challenge our partners against each priority; and
- strong and effective governance and accountability are fundamental to assurance.
Our priorities for 2017/18 are:
- ENGAGEMENT and INVOLVEMENT: Listening & learning; hearing the voice of children & adults; Making Safeguarding Personal
- COMPLEX SAFEGUARDING: Domestic Violence & Abuse, FGM, Sexual Exploitation, Radicalisation, Missing, Organised Crime, Modern Slavery, ‘so-called’ Honour Based Violence
- TRANSITIONS: Moving from childhood to adulthood in a safe and positive way
- Ensuring the basic needs of every child are met
- Adults at risk of self-neglect or wilful neglect or neglect by omission are safeguarded and supported.
For more information, or to see our ‘business plan on a page’ visit our website www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk
Learning & Development
Upcoming events and courses
Identifying and Responding to Sexual Behaviours in children – Traffic Light Tool
20th September 2017: 9.00am – 12 noon at the Manchester Cycling Centre (near Etihad Stadium) M11 4DQ
This half day course is delivered by Brook Manchester who have developed a Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool which aims to support professionals working with children and young people by helping them to identify and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours. The tool uses a traffic light system to categorise the sexual behaviours of young people and is designed to help professionals working with children and young people to identify, assess and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours.
Managing Risky Business – Managers Only Course
12th & 13th October: 2017 9.30am – 4pm at the Manchester Cycling Centre (near Etihad Stadium) M11 4DQ
This is a two day management course, the aim of which is to strengthen the culture of effective inter-agency management in safeguarding children. The course will explore the impact of the current safeguarding context on a manager’s role; reflect on a shared understanding of assessing and managing risk across agencies; enable managers to understand their role in facilitating staff’s ability to undertake collaborative work; and enable managers to understand how their interactions with other agencies contribute to safeguarding children.
This course is delivered by an experienced external trainer and there are only 25 places. Places will be allocated to ensure that as many agencies are represented as possible.
Introduction to Loss, Grief and Bereavement
25th July 2017: 1.45pm-4.00pn (2 hour briefing) at the Wind Rush Millennium Centre, 70 Alexandra Road, Moss Side, Manchester M16 7WD
This course is delivered by Child Bereavement UK. Their training is based on learning from bereaved families, helping professionals to understand the needs of distressed families and children, and how appropriate support from the outset can have positive and sustained benefits for their future wellbeing.
Bereavement UK advise that this course is not usually suited to anyone who has suffered a recent, significant personal loss or bereavement.
Anyone wanting to apply any of the above courses will need to register and apply through the MSB training website training.manchesterscb.org.uk
Online training offer
Our Online training offer continues to grow with over 70 adults and children safeguarding training courses available through our partner Virtual College for more information go to manchesterscb.virtual-college.co.uk
Allegations Management (LADO) LEAFLETS
We have produced some resources to support those involved in the process:
- LADO Leaflet for Employers – Managing allegations
- LADO Leaflet for individuals about whom an allegation has been made
- LADO Leaflet for parents & carers.
Copies can be found on our website www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/resource/lado/
Refresh of Working Together to Safeguard Adults & Children from Domestic Violence & Abuse
The MSB Working Together to Safeguard Adults & Children from DVA and MSB DA Assessment Referral Form have been refreshed and are available on the website www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/resource/domestic-violence-abuse/
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; they can be downloaded from the MSB website www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk
New this month:
Let us know what you think of these briefings and any topics you would like to see covered at firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaflets and posters
With the development of our website we are uploading information leaflets and posters which we hope will be of use not only to our practitioners and volunteers; but also to children, young people and their families; adults with care and support needs and their families and carers; and the wider Manchester community including businesses.
Recent additions to the website can be found in our resources hub
Policies & procedures
Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures
The combined Greater Manchester LSCB Procedures have recently been updated online. See greatermanchesterscb.proceduresonline.com for the latest changes.
The GM LSCB Safeguarding Procedures are updated twice a year and planning for the next update which will take effect in November has already started. The MSCB representative on the GM Policies subgroup is Jane Maguire – if there are any multi agency policies that need to be developed or reviewed please contact Jane on email@example.com
MSCB Neglect Strategy 2017/20
A multi-agency group have been working together to develop a Neglect Strategy which has now been agreed by the Board and is published on our website at www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/resource/neglect/.
The Board is now looking at the screening and assessment tools practitioners will need to deliver this strategy – once these are available we will arrange to deliver briefings on the Strategy and our approach to delivering it.
Manchester has a high number of children experiencing neglect at all levels of the Need and Response Framework. Research tells us Neglect can have a cumulative and pervasive impact on the development of children and young people and this is likely to have a long term impact on their well-being. It is vital that we understand why Manchester has such high levels of neglect and that we have a clear and consistent approach to addressing responding to it and measuring our impact.
To effectively safeguard children requires professionals to understand child development and poverty; and to be curious and inquisitive about children’s daily lived experience and the circumstances in which families live. There is a body of research that suggests there is a strong association between families’ socio-economic circumstances and the chances that their children will experience child abuse and neglect.
Information from the Boards
The Independent Chair convened a meeting of key partners in late April to seek assurance that the issue of misuse of this substance, the effects of which had been the subject of wide media coverage, was being robustly dealt with. Colleagues were able to provide necessary context to the issue; the coverage it had received; and describe the wide-ranging and comprehensive range of preventative, intervention and enforcement measures being deployed in the City.
These measures were already having an impact upon the scale and impact of the issue. However, further work is still required over the coming weeks and months, and it was agreed that those present would provide the Chair with a further update in early August.
A leaflet which provides useful information about incidents relating to the use of ‘Spice’ in Manchester can be found on our website www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk
Children & Social Work Act 2017 – update on safeguarding reforms
The Children and Social Work Act 2017 is now law, and although there was a short hiatus during the election the DfE and DoH will be pursuing implementation to the following expected timeline. You can find the Act at www.legislation.gov.uk
As well as provision for new local safeguarding arrangements to replace LSCBs; proposals for local and national practice learning reviews to replace SCRs and reforming CDOP, the Act contains important proposals on social work regulation, care leavers, the statutory inclusion of PHSE in schools and other measures. There remains however a need to have multi-agency partnership arrangements for safeguarding in place.
The expectation is that local plans will be drawn up by April 2018 and agreed for implementation by April 2019, but that some jurisdictions may propose and have agreed new arrangements ahead of this. It was agreed by the MSCB to wait to see what the regulations require before making any changes to the current arrangements.
- Guidance to be revised – likely formal consultation around November 2017, and implementation in early 2018
- Existing statutory requirements of LSCBs will remain in place until the date that new local safeguarding arrangements are initiated.
Changes to LSCBs
The current work of DfE with the advice of the Safeguarding Reform Board is focusing on drafting statutory guidance and regulations to ensure that local arrangements are effective. Whilst the way in which this is done will be much less prescribed, there will still be a core set of requirements that everyone must fulfil.
Changes to learning reviews
In additional to local practice reviews, national reviews will be introduced. A new ‘national panel’ will oversee these arrangements, it will be independently chaired and unfettered in what it determines requires a national review. The criteria for national reviews in draft are emphasising the focus upon thematic approaches and issues which require a change in law or statutory guidance. Those for local reviews are emphasising the focus upon learning. Current thinking from DfE is to emphasise criteria that focus upon learning rather than fixed criteria in relation to an individual child that makes a review mandatory.
Changes to CDOP arrangements
At present the thinking on CDOP arrangements is running behind the other changes, although there is a consensus about the need for larger populations to be under revised CDOP arrangements in order to produce meaningful learning, and the need for a more effective national database in order to take steps to prevent modifiable child deaths.
Making safeguarding personal
The following case study for ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ was presented to the March board as a piece of good practice –Ed’s story:
- Ed lives in sheltered accommodation and has a care package
- Physical health needs are identified by his social care team
- The team discuss and Ed is seen by a district nurse who works with him to address his physical health needs
- During a visit Ed tells his district nurse that his neighbour has been taking his money and food
- The district nurse recognises that this may be financial abuse and asks Ed if she can share this information
- The district nurse speaks to Ed’s social worker and a referral for safeguarding is made
- The social worker works with Ed to discuss his options and to make enquiries into the claims of abuse
- The district nurse is part of the enquiry team, Ed knows and trusts her and is central to the process.
- Ed feels included in all decisions made about him.
So what has changed due to ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’?
- The safeguarding enquiry includes Ed’s whole care team
- Ed is able to share sensitive information with a team he knows and trusts
- Adult Social Care maintain a lead but the whole team take an active role in working with Ed to keep him safe
- Ed is central to all decisions made about him.
To find out more about ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ visit our website www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/making-safeguarding-personal/
Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement
Multi agency case file audit programme
The last completed multi agency audit was on the theme of Child in Need; one of the key findings of this audit was that the multi-agency partnership should recognise that every Child in Need requires as much commitment from partners as a child on a Child Protection plan. The final report and action plan will be circulated to the workforce.
The next audit report due to go to the Board is on the theme of Domestic Violence & Abuse. This is a joint MSAB / MSCB audit and the findings will be considered by both Boards.
The third audit in the rolling audit programme for 2017 will be looking at multi-agency involvement in Pre-Birth Assessments and will commence shortly.
MSAB Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) subgroup
The MSAB QAPI subgroup has recently appointed a new Chair and Deputy and has reviewed its membership. A multi-agency data set of Performance Indicators for Safeguarding Adults has recently been developed and a full year’s worth of data for 2016/17 has been considered by MSAB Board members for the first time. The first multi-agency case file audit of safeguarding adults practice has recently taken place on the theme of Domestic Violence & Abuse and the draft report is being written.
Multi-agency case file audits
For further information about any of the above items including copies of past multi-agency audit reports please contact the MSB Policy & Performance / Quality Assurance Officer: Jane Maguire, email firstname.lastname@example.org or tele 0161 234 1531
Updates from recent Board meetings
MSAB BOARD MEETING JUNE 2017
The MSAB considered and signed off the reports from two recently completed Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SAR). Work is ongoing to finalise the action plans and arrangements for dissemination of learning arising from the reviews. Progress will be monitored by the MSAB over the coming months and arrangements for publication will follow shortly.
Tim Kyle (National Probation Service) updated the MSAB on the findings of a recent inspection of Probation Services across Greater Manchester. While some areas for improvement were noted, a number of positive aspects of delivery and examples of good practice were also highlighted, including the Integrated Gang Management Unit and the Women’s Problem Solving Court function.
The Board also heard about the outcomes of other relevant inspections conducted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) during 2016/17 and considered the new Performance Framework and data from Quarter 4 of 2016/17.
MSCB BOARD MEETING JUNE 2017
The MSCB received an update on two important areas of Complex Safeguarding – Missing from Care, Home and Education and Child Sexual Exploitation. The Board also finalised the priorities for the year 2017/18 and the various subgroups will be working on action plans to deliver this.
The Board considered a report in relation to Early Help and agreed with the recommendation that where early help work has been carried out, this should accompany the referral; practitioners need to ensure that the good work they have already done is passed on.
It was also identified that the multi-agency MSCB Decisions Framework for referrals was not being followed in respect of the different thresholds. Consequently many more referrals are being made for Social Care support than is necessary, as once an assessment takes place no further action is needed.
All agencies are reminded that:
- From the 1st March 2017 a Request for Early Help Support form should be completed by partner agencies requesting targeted Early Help interventions when those families are unable to be supported by universal or single agency services.
- The form is available on the Help and Support Manchester webpage
- The form should be completed with the agreement of the child and family. If there is a lead professional for the child or family an Early Help Assessment should have been completed prior to the request for support form being submitted.
- The MSCB Decisions Framework can be found on the Early Help Practitioner zone within Help & Support Manchester or via our website www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk
Please check with your agency Designated Safeguarding Lead if you are unsure whether or not to make a referral.
JOINT Inter-Board Protocol
Both Boards were made aware of the development of an Inter-Board Protocol which is being produced by the MSAB and MSCB together with the Health and Well-being Board, the Community Safety Partnership and the Manchester Children’s Board to be clear who is taking primacy where the responsibilities lie in terms of cross cutting issues. Inter-Board meetings will be held three times a year between the chairs so that there is a common approach to tackling issues and ensure join up across the partnerships.
MSAB/MSCB JOINT ENGAGEMENT EVENT JUNE 2017
Both Boards came together on 13th June to engage with a range of service users and user group representatives and talk about the priorities for both Boards for 2017/18.
Service users and representatives were invited to share their views about the ‘we will ‘ statements in our draft ‘Business Plan on a Page’ and tell Board members what they thought we needed to do to make changes happen.
A lively, fast-moving event generated some very good discussion, and the Independent Chair thanked all the service users and representatives for taking the time to attend and actively contribute to the event.
The views expressed will help the Boards to finalise the ‘Business Plan on a Page’ which will shortly be published on the Manchester Safeguarding Boards website and other platforms.
Useful information and links
NSPCC ‘HOW SAFE ARE OUR CHILDREN?’ 2017 Report
The NSPCC published its fifth annual ‘How safe are our children?’ report on the 21st June 2017. This report has become the most authoritative set of data on child protection and safeguarding published in one place in the UK and compiles the most robust and up-to-date child protection data across the four nations based on 20 indicators; and it builds on the successes of the reports published in previous years. The report can be found on the NSPCC’s website www.nspcc.org.uk/howsafe and was launched at the NSPCC annual flagship conference ‘How safe are our children?’ To coincide with the launch the NSPCC will be highlighting and releasing to the media information concerning children and young people experiencing or at risk of emotional abuse. The NSPCC is calling on the government to take action and commission the much needed research so that the work of government, planners, and professionals can be informed by accurate data.
Local Family Justice Boards Newsletters
This is a challenging time for agencies operating within the family justice system which means that it is critical for all agencies – including local authorities, the family courts and Cafcass – to cooperate effectively.
Local Family Justice Boards (LFJB) play a crucial role in meeting these challenges and a key step will be the sharing of information at a local level. The Greater Manchester LFJB publishes a newsletter to disseminate examples of useful resources, research and local practice in order to foster collaboration and innovation. More information and the newsletter can be found on the website www.manchesterlawsociety.org.uk
A Safety Warning – 13A Electrical Socket Inserts
In certain circumstances, the use of plastic 13A electrical socket inserts (sold as safety accessories), can overcome the safety features designed into socket outlets. It is a requirement of the IET Wiring Regulations – BS7671:2008 (2015), that socket outlets have shutters and preferably be of a type complying with BS1363. Electrical sockets that are manufactured to BS1363 (13A wall socket-outlets, multi way adaptors and flexible extensions) must have an interlocking shutter mechanism to stop the insertion of foreign material into the socket tubes. The BS1363 standard also sets a distance which a plug pin has to be inserted before coming in contact with live parts.
Socket covers are not constructed to any electrical or other safety standard. The pins on the socket covers may be larger than the socket tubes which can cause damage to the socket and defeat the safety design of BS 1363. 13A electrical socket inserts should not be used in health or social care premises, nor supplied for use in a home or residence. Any socket inserts currently in use should be withdrawn and responsibly disposed of.
Winston’s Wish- Bereavement Support
Winston’s Wish was the first charity to establish child bereavement support services in the UK and have been supporting bereaved children since 1992. Winston’s Wish has developed a range of practical support and guidance on bereavement to children, their families and professionals via a national helpline and publications for all ages. They also offer specialist support programmes for children affected by deaths related to murder, manslaughter, suicide or the military community. The charity supports children, young people and their families after the death of a parent or sibling.
If families require support they can telephone the free helpline 08088 020 021 or ask a question using the form on their website or by email email@example.com.
For more information about the services available please see their website www.winstonswish.org
Real Voices: Are they being heard?
This light touch review, follows up work undertaken two years ago by Ann Coffey MP, in relation to the Greater Manchester response to CSE and demonstrates that while improvements have been, and continue to be, made, we recognise there is always more that can be done.
The report highlights some excellent practice and it is clear from the investment that Greater Manchester has made in this area of work that we have developed effective partnership working, which has been recognised nationally. www.basw.co.uk/resources/real-voices-are-they-being-heard
New radio project to help children who go missing
Children who regularly go missing from home, school or care are being invited to take part in an innovative radio project designed to raise their aspirations, provide training and skills, and challenge their risky behaviours. The Unity Radio Changing Self-Belief project will be targeted at young people across Greater Manchester who are at risk from harm as a result of their going missing.
The idea is that young people listen to other young people and this project will give young people the opportunity to explore the reasons and risks behind going missing, and use their radio programme to reach out to others who may be in a similar position.
Unity Radio broadcasts dance and urban music to a young audience across Greater Manchester. The station will work with 50 young people from across Greater Manchester each year for two years, with the young participants attending two weekly workshops and presenting a live two-hour radio show each week.
Once their time with the project is over, those taking part will be encouraged to make further positive changes in their lives by volunteering at local youth projects, staying on at Unity as a volunteer, or access further education and training opportunities.
The project starts July 2017 and will run until June 2019. Tune in to Unity Radio at www.unityradio.fm or 92.8FM.
Children who go missing may be vulnerable to issues such as child sexual exploitation and radicalisation, and are more likely to be involved in criminality, either as a victim or offender, sometimes as a result of being exploited by criminal gangs. As well as putting themselves at significant risk from harm, children who go missing place a huge demand on policing and other agencies. Between January and November 2016, 4,000 children in Greater Manchester went missing in 16,000 reported incidents.
For more information on the It’s Not Okay is the GM campaign for tackling child sexual exploitation visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
The Inquiry has been established to investigate failings by institutions to protect children from sexual abuse, and to recommend changes that will help keep children safer now and in the future.
In addition to its investigations into a range of institutions the Inquiry is leading a programme of research and analysis, and will host seminars to gather information and views on a range of important topics. Alongside this, the Inquiry’s Truth Project gives victims and survivors of child sexual abuse the opportunity to share their experiences, which will help inform the Inquiry’s findings and recommendations.
Find out more about the Inquiry’s work, and about how your organisation can work with the Inquiry to support the Truth Project from their website www.iicsa.org.uk
The What Works Network uses evidence to make better decisions to improve public services
This initiative aims to improve the way government and other organisations create, share and use (or ‘generate, transmit and adopt’) high quality evidence for decision-making. It supports more effective and efficient services across the public sector at national and local levels.
What Works is based on the principle that good decision-making should be informed by the best available evidence. If evidence is not available, decision-makers should use high quality methods to find out what works.
The network is made up of 7 independent What Works Centres and 2 affiliate members. Together these centres cover policy areas which receive public spending of more than £200 billion. What Works Centres are different from standard research centres. They enable policy makers, commissioners and practitioners to make decisions based upon strong evidence of what works and to provide cost-efficient, useful services. Find out more at www.gov.uk/guidance/what-works-network
National Improving Lives: Autism and Learning Difficulties conference
Following on from previous successful events around Improving Lives: Supporting Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism: The Challenges and Opportunities, Open Forum Events have recently announced a new conference.
The Autism and Learning Difficulties conference will seek to share a greater understanding of the impacts of learning difficulties and how these affect individuals and their families. The agenda has been designed to explore how potential can be realised and life chances maximised through the support on offer and strategic reform. You will hear from a line-up of individuals, expert professionals and contributors working with and for people with a learning difficulty, who can provide an insight into the key issues, exchange ideas and learn how life chances and opportunities can be provided for all.
In our last newsletter
Past copies of the MSB bulletins can be viewed in our bulletins resource. Previous highlights included:
Child Protection – Information Sharing (CP-IS)
For more information about CP-IS implementation in your service area please contact your Head of Safeguarding:
- Manchester Children’s Services – Linda Evans (Head of Quality Assurance for Safeguarding) L.Evans1@manchester.gov.uk
- CMFT – Bridget Thomas (Head of Safeguarding) Bridget.Thomas@cmft.nhs.uk
- UHSM – Deborah Ward (Head of Nursing – Safeguarding) deborah.ward.uhsm.nhs.uk
You can also find more information about the CP-IS service at https://digital.nhs.uk/child-protection-information-sharing
MSAB Annual Safeguarding Assurance Statements
MSCB Section 11 Safeguarding Self-Assessment 2017 incorporating “Voice of the Child”
Thank you to everyone who has completed and returned their statements or self-assessments:
- please send any outstanding Assurance Statements to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of June.
- please send any outstanding self-assessments and action plans to email@example.com by the end of June.
Contributions to Annual Reports
Thank you to everyone who has returned their contribution:
- any outstanding agency contributions to the Annual Reports should be returned by email no later than the 26th June 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org
- templates have been provided for contributions and a webpage version of the emails can be found at www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/self-assessments-and-annual-report-contributions/
The MSB Business Unit are available Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm on 0161 234 3330 or email: email@example.com