Welcome to the September edition of our regular communication from the Manchester Safeguarding Boards
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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 the home page.
MSB Priorities for 2017/18
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
- TRANSITION: 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 see our MSB Business Plan on a Page
Learning & Development
SCR Learning Events
Following the recent Learning Events for SCRs G1 and H1, learning packs have been made available on the MSB website. These can be used by individual agencies for internal cascading within organisations to make sure that the valuable lessons learned are shared across staff teams.
Please keep an eye out on the MSB Training website for future learning events, which are planned to take place on a monthly basis.
Neglect Strategy and Multi-Agency Levels of Need and Response Framework Briefings
Wednesday 4th October & Friday 10th November 2017 1.30pm – 4pm (registration from 1.00pm)
Fire Service Training Centre, Thompson Street, M4 5FP
Manchester and its partners in the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership (GMSP) have refreshed and agreed a new Neglect Strategy. This briefing will consider our agreed Multi Agency Levels of Need and Response Framework with an emphasis on the importance of early help.
There are 100 places on this briefing and it is aimed at anyone who works with children and or their families in Manchester and in particular those who can cascade learning in their service.
Managing Risky Business – Managers Only Course
Thurs 12th & Fri 13th October 2017 9.30am – 4pm (registration from 9am)
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.
Professional confidence, curiosity and challenge
Thursday 16th November 1pm – 5pm (registration from 12.30pm)
The Manchester Safeguarding Children Board has organised a free half day learning event aimed at anyone who works with children and or their families in Manchester. The key themes of this event will be professional confidence, professional curiosity and professional challenge. The learning event will include a presentation by Harry Ferguson Professor of Social Work at the University of Birmingham and author of `Child Protection Practice (2011) and co author of `Best Practice in Social Work: Critical Perspectives (2007)`.
Please save the date in your diaries. Further details will be available shortly.
Anyone wanting to apply any of the above courses or briefings will need to register and apply through the MSB training website training.manchesterscb.org.uk and all applications will need to be approved by line managers.
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
In July the MSB launched its Trust your instinct booklet which 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 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 will add to these briefings on a regular basis; download them from the MSB website; new this month:
- Emollients and smoking
- Safer Sleeping
- Levels of need and response framework.
Escalating a concern – advice for practitioners
The MSCB adopts the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership (GMSP) Escalation Policy found at greatermanchesterscb.proceduresonline.com and these are supported by the MSCB escalation flow chart.
For more information visit our resource hub.
Allegations Management (LADO) leaflets
We have produced 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 in our resource hub along with the LADO Referral Form and guidance.
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 in our resource hub.
Recent additions to the website can be found in our resource hub – please let us know of any topics you would like to see covered.
MSB Policies & Procedures
Neglect Strategy 2016 – 2019
The MSCB Neglect Strategy has now been agreed by the MSCB Board and Leadership Group and is available in our resource hub.
The Strategy was developed by a multi-agency group who represented board agencies and were led by Linda Evans (Head of Quality Assurance for Safeguarding) as professional advisor to the MSCB.
The development of this Neglect Strategy is of critical importance and it will provide strategic direction and priorities to 2019. Manchester has a high number of children experiencing neglect at all level of the Multi-agency Levels of 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 imperative 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.
Neglect is identified as an objective in MSCB Business Plan. As part of the Neglect Strategy the Board is working with the NSPCC to implement Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2), a tool designed to help practitioners to assess the level of neglect a child is experiencing and the parents/carers capacity to make the required changes. The first phase of implementation will be in Early Help services in the north of the City, followed by Statutory Services. An initial implementation meeting took place on 12th September 2017.
In October 2017 GCP2 ‘train the trainer’ training will be delivered to 20 professionals from across the partnership in the north in readiness for the implementation from January 2018.
Information sharing from Board Partners
International Older People’s Day Sunday 1st October 2017
Every year, the United Nations designates the 1st October as International Older People’s Day. Events will be taking place across the country to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and raise awareness of the issues and challenges of ageing in today’s world.
The Age-Friendly Manchester e-bulletin lists just some of the fantastic events going on to celebrate Older People’s Day in Manchester
The misuse of this substance, the effects of which have been the subject of wide media coverage, is being dealt with by wide-ranging and comprehensive range of preventative, intervention and enforcement measures being deployed in the City.
A leaflet which provides useful information about incidents relating to the use of ‘Spice’ in Manchester can be found in our resource hub.
Voices of Survivors
Voices of Survivors is a Lloyds Bank Foundation funded partnership between three of Greater Manchester women’s charities: Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH), Manchester Rape Crisis and Trafford Rape Crisis.
The partnership is trying to reach all the women they can across Greater Manchester and are working closely with Manchester Metropolitan University to research the needs of female survivors of sexual violence and exploitation. The aim is to ensure that voices of the women are heard and, by bringing together a variety of frontline agencies, to create a network of high quality support across Greater Manchester. Visit their website is vosgm.org.uk
Entry Points & Pathways for Homeless Mental Health Support
Healthwatch Manchester have mapped the entry points and pathways and these can be found on their website www.healthwatchmanchester.co.uk
This is a piece of ongoing work which can only kept alive with feedback and contributions – Healthwatch welcome any comments queries or suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
CMFT Contact details
The structure and contact details for the safeguarding team at CMFT can be found on their partner page of our website.
If other partners want to share their contact details, or other relevant information, we will be happy to upload them onto the relevant partner page.
The Guardian Project
This is a GM resource that not only provides support to children and young women who are victims and survivors of FGM but also support to professionals at strategy meetings, court reports and preparation for and support during a medical examination.
For more information and to download a leaflet visit our resource hub.
Mandatory reporting duty for FGM for Health Education and Social care professionals
All practitioners are reminded them that this is a personal duty NOT a safeguarding team duty.
Safe & Together – Launch Event – Monday 9th October 2017
On Monday 9th October the MSB will be launching a new model for domestic violence and abuse. Safe & Together is an internationally recognised, best practice approach, enabling practitioners to make good decisions for children impacted by domestic violence perpetrators.
Safe Together is being funded through the Community Safety partnership and supports Manchester’s Delivering Differently strategy. Find out more about the DVA service offer in our resource hub.
Healthy Schools Manchester
Manchester Healthy Schools Team has been working in partnership with Manchester schools for over seventeen years – tackling health inequalities and improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people. In November 2016, the team merged with the School Nursing service to create the School Health Service; closely aligning the work of both teams to the Healthy Child Programme.
For more information visit the Healthy Schools website www.manchesterhealthyschools.nhs.uk
The criminal exploitation of children and adults (many of whom are vulnerable) is an issue in Greater Manchester and addressing this problem is a priority for Programme Challenger. This criminal exploitation takes many forms, the most common relating to the supply and movement of drugs (often referred to as “County Lines”), offences in relation to guns and other weapons, money laundering, violent offences and in some cases “cuckooing” where criminals forcibly take over control of a person’s home.
In order to raise awareness of these issues with the public and professionals, Programme Challenger has developed the “Trapped” campaign which comprises a poster and wallet card (both of which include augmented reality) and a short film made by a design company and actors based in north Manchester.
A web page containing links to resources and more information can be found at www.itsnotokay.co.uk/professionals/trapped1
A key objective of the campaign is to encourage people to report their concerns to the police or to Crimestoppers, which they can do through the usual channels (999 in an emergency, 101 for non-emergencies or 0800 555111 anonymously).
In a non-emergency situation information can be emailed directly to the Challenger team at email@example.com
The Trapped campaign will be formally launched at an event in The Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey on 23rd October 2017.
This event will also act as the start of a Trapped week of action, during which the primary objective will be to engage with the public across Greater Manchester, raise awareness of Trapped and the various forms of criminal exploitation that may be taking place in their communities, as well as encouraging them to report their concerns to GMP. Please spread the word about the week of action through your local networks and encourage the involvement of other relevant partners.
Updates from recent Board meetings
The MSAB and MSCB held one of their regular joint Board meetings, where members came together to look at areas of safeguarding common to both.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Manchester has some of the poorest health outcomes in the country and research has shown the more adverse experiences a person was exposed to, the greater the likelihood of poor health outcomes. Further research has looked at how this understanding can be used in a preventative and treatment approach and how it aligns with a strengths based approach, such as Signs of Safety. Public Health Manchester are developing a pilot project that harnesses the ACE approach based in Harpurhey. Next steps will be to look at place based workforce and training needs and seek further investment.
A video about ACE science and impact in practice can be viewed at www.ted.com/talks/nadine_burke_harris_how_childhood_trauma_affects_health_across_a_lifetime
Manchester Complex Safeguarding Hub
Manchester has adapted the Greater Manchester definition of complex safeguarding ‘Criminal activity (often organised), or behaviour associated to criminality, involving children, young people and adults with multiple vulnerabilities where there is exploitation, a risk of exploitation and / or a clear or implied safeguarding concern.’
The Complex Safeguarding Hub will build on the success of Operation Challenger; the Children and Adult’s Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH); CSE/Protect; and Missing from Care services; bringing together expertise, knowledge and skills and focus on the following strands of criminal exploitation:
- Sexual Exploitation
- Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (including County Lines)
- Violent Extremism
- Honour Based Abuse (including Female Genital Mutilation)
- Organised Crime Groups / Serious Youth Violence (including Threats to Life).
Manchester NHS University Foundation Trust – a new Single Hospital Trust
Hospitals in our region are facing a number of challenges and following an independent review a single Hospital Trust for the communities served by the City of Manchester and Trafford will come inot effect on the 1st October 2017. The new single hospital trust will be known as the Manchester NHS University Foundation Trust. All hospitals will keep their current names and retain a strong identity in the new Trust.
The new organisation will aim to improve the health and quality of life of our diverse population by building an organisation that will:
- excel in quality, safety and patient experience;
- be recognised internationally as a leading healthcare provider;
- attract, develop and retain great people;
- play its full part in the GM health and social care economy; and
- undertake large scale research, innovation and teaching for the benefit of the NHS.
Safeguarding within Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC)
The Accountability and Assurance Framework for Safeguarding in the NHS describes the roles and responsibilities of NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS providers and various other bodies in the health system.
The function of the safeguarding team within MHCC is to assure themselves of the safety and effectiveness of the local health economy from commissioning to provision. This team consists of Designated (delegated duties from NHSE) and Specialist Nurses and Doctors for Looked after Children and safeguarding children and adults.
There are robust arrangements across MHCC that closely align and are represented at both Boards; and the organisation is subject to regulatory reviews from different bodies.
Joint Inter-Board Protocol
An Inter-Board Protocol has been agreed by the MSAB and MSCB together with the Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board, the Manchester 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.
A copy of the IB Protocol can be found in our resource hub.
Both Boards have considered drafts of their 2016/17 Annual Report which contains a range of information detailing the work of the partners as well as key pieces of work undertaken by the Board, including multi-agency case audits, training and the introduction of new strategies.
The report aims to provide an overview of the performance and effectiveness of the safeguarding system as a whole, the challenges being faced and what steps each Board is taking to address this. Board partners have submitted an assurance statement setting out the work and main developments that are taking place around safeguarding in their agency.
The Annual Reports will be published on the MSB website shortly and partner agencies will be encouraged to share them with their workforce.
MSB SUBGROUP ACTIVITY
MSB Complex Safeguarding Subgroup
The subgroup held a workshop event in August where members took time out to consider the impact of its work on the various workstreams that fall within its remit; and to start to shape an updated work plan for the remainder of 2017/18. That new work plan was endorsed, with some minor additions, at the main subgroup meeting in September, where members also heard updates on progress with implementation of the new Complex Safeguarding Hub and the latest developments in the Radicalisation and Extremism agenda.
MSAB BOARD SEPTEMBER MEETING
Local Care Organisation
Safeguarding Board members heard a presentation from the new Local Care Organisation (LCO), which set out the emerging governance structure for the organisation and their commitment to adult safeguarding.
The LCO will be a new partnership between the main statutory health and social care providers in Manchester and also a wide range of non-statutory organisations including the voluntary and community sector. This joint venture will provide:
- A high standard of care closer to home
- Co-ordinated partnership working, to simplify pathways into services & accessibility to them
- Delivery of population health.
Integral to the goals and priorities of the LCO will be ensuring people start well and age well. The LCO will be a full and active participant in a joined-up, city-wide approach to the six principles of safeguarding, and of ‘making safeguarding personal’.
Domestic Homicide Review
Board members were appraised by the Community Safety Lead of the key details, recommendation and actions arising from completion of a recent domestic homicide review. Dissemination of relevant learning from the review will benefit from inclusion in the Board’s recently established programme of learning from reviews, overseen by the new Learning from Reviews Subgroup.
Making Safeguarding Personal Audit
The Board will, over the coming few months, be undertaking a local audit of how effectively its member organisations are embedding the principles of ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ in their policy, practice and day-to-day provision. The audit is being carried out in conjunction with the North West Association of Directors of Social Services (NWADASS) and it is anticipated that local findings will be reported to NWADASS before the end of the year.
MSAB SUBGROUP ACTIVITY
MSAB SAR Subgroup
Arrangements for publication and dissemination of learning arising from two recently completed Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SAR) are ongoing, with details shortly to be released of a learning event for practitioners. The subgroup also heard and signed-off the findings and recommendations from two learning reviews; the learning from which will be disseminated under the new Learning from Reviews Subgroup’s direction over the coming weeks.
MSCB BOARD MEETING
The MSCB have held two scheduled meetings and an extraordinary meeting to consider the findings of SCRs I1 and J1. A further Extraordinary Meeting is planned in September to consider the findings of SCR E1.
MSCB Improvement Journey
The Manchester Safeguarding Children Board, and its key partner Manchester City Council Children’s Services, are on an improvement journey.
The next Ofsted inspection will be our opportunity to showcase the fantastic work that our partners, at all levels, do every day to help Manchester’s children and families. That does not mean we will not be talking about our challenges – inspections are about being honest and open but also about being clear about how we are working to overcome those challenges and learn from them.
For more information about our improvement journey, please see our resource hub. We hope these resources will prove useful in enabling you to share information with your front line staff and support them in preparation for an inspection and continuing our improvement journey.
MSCB SUBGROUP ACTIVITY
SPDG & Fora – Supporting young people with potentially acute health conditions
The May meetings of the three MSCB locality fora revised agendas reviewed a case study regarding supporting young people with potentially acute health conditions. This generated discussions around the contribution of multi-agency partners in supporting children, young people parents and carers to safeguard children with acute and chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and eczema.
The Fora discussions identified that families do not always understand the seriousness of their child’s medical conditions and the worst scenario outcome of death if they do not act appropriately. Moreover multi agency workers including social workers do not always understand the seriousness of some medical conditions.
For more information, including key learning from the fora discussions visit our resource hub.
Update on the Manchester Children’s Board
The July meeting was a highlight for the Children’s Board as the session was directly led by approximately 20 young people who challenged Board members and articulated the spirit of ‘Our Manchester’ and showcased the incredible work that they, young people’s VCS groups, are driving forward in the city.
The session included a presentation of the ‘Be Bothered’ campaign let by the Young Carers Forum aimed at improving services, which 42nd Street and others are closely involved with.
The Children and Young People’s Plan is the strategic plan of the Children’s Board.
Levels of Need
Work continues to improve understanding around the levels of need framework and a MSCB Task & Finish Group are making sure that the agreed action plan is implemented. Recent developments include the publishing of a 7 minute briefing. Work is also ongoing around sampling and auditing of referrals to help identify where improvements will have most impact.
Manchester supported ‘Private Fostering Week’ in July with a social media campaign to raise awareness across staff, partners as well as the general public – visit www.manchester.gov.uk/privatefostering for more information.
A targeted communications campaign is being designed to raise awareness of private fostering with professional and community groups and this will include youth centres, dentists, GP’s and schools. More advice for practitioners can be found in our resource hub
Useful safeguarding information and links
A recent report by Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, found that parents are split over whether they should share images and videos of their children online or not.
Fidget spinners – a hidden hazard in the latest playground craze
Fidget spinners are the latest playground craze, with YouTube videos demonstrating how to do tricks with them attracting millions of views. There’s no doubt many children will be using the long summer holidays to perfect their fidget spinning skills.
But doctors have raised concerns about cheap fidget spinners with LED lights powered by small ‘button’ batteries, where the battery compartment is easily accessible to children. If swallowed, those button batteries may cause serious injuries.
Find out more about how to keep children safe at from the CAPT website
SIDS charity raises concerns about Baby Boxes
The Lullaby Trust has issued advice to parents who are considering the use of a baby box as a sleeping place for their baby. Baby boxes are a range of products, usually made from cardboard with a mattress inside, intended for use as a baby’s sleeping place. The charity points out that it is not possible for baby boxes to fully comply with safety standards, as current British and EU safety standards for nursery furniture only exist for traditional cots cribs and bassinets and there is currently no specific standard for the use of a cardboard box as a sleeping place for an infant.
For the full statement and guidance for parents visit www.TheLullabyTrust.org.uk
Smoking is bad for everyone’s health and increases the risks of complications during pregnancy, including miscarriage, poor growth of the baby and stillbirth. Smoke from other peoples cigarettes is also harmful, so all babies and children need their home to be kept completely smoke free.
For more information and support for you and your family to live smoke free:
- The Manchester Stop Smoking Service on (0161) 205 5998 or visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree
- The NHS Pregnancy smoking Helpline 0800 169 9169
Smoking and asthma
Smoking or being around other people smoking, can lead to asthma symptoms or even an asthma attack. If you, or other significant adults in your child’s life, smoke this puts your child at risk. If your child has asthma, being exposed to tobacco smoke will make their symptoms worse – they’ll be more likely to cough and wheeze, and may not sleep well.
Even if your child doesn’t have asthma, being around parents, grandparents or other family members who smoke increases their risk of developing childhood wheeze. Children exposed to second hand smoke are also at much greater risk of cot death, meningitis, lung infections and ear disease. If children are living with people who smoke they’ll be three times more likely to start smoking themselves than children in smoke-free homes. Make sure other adults and your child understands the risks to their asthma and childrens’ health from smoking. If they do start smoking as a child or adolescent they are increasing the risk of asthma symptoms continuing into adulthood as well as other serious diseases. There’s also evidence to suggest that teenagers who start smoking double their risk of developing asthma.
For further information visit www.asthma.org.uk/advice/manage-your-asthma/quit-smoking/
Preventing Infections & Vaccinations
There are some infections that can harm a baby if caught when pregnant. One of these is Rubella (German Measles). This infection can be prevented by having a vaccination more than 1 month before falling are pregnant (not in pregnancy itself). Most women in the UK have already had this vaccination, known as ‘MMR’ and are immune.
If you think that you may not be immune, you should discuss this with your GP who can check and arrange vaccination if necessary.
Clothing can affect how snugly the seat’s harness fits a child, so it’s important to check it is snug on every journey – if a child is wearing a thick jacket or bodysuit the harness will not be close enough to their body, which means it will be too loose which reduces the safety of the seat considerably. If more than two fingers can fit between the child’s chest and the harness, it is too loose.
Newborn infants may be at risk of breathing difficulties if left in car safety seats for long periods, particularly when travelling. New research warns that infants under four weeks shouldn’t travel in car seats for more than 30 minutes. Some babies may be susceptible to breathing problems if they stay in a baby seat for longer than this. When you do need to take a baby in a car, always use an approved rearward-facing baby seat that is properly fitted.
For more information about child car seats, including details of the law, visit www.childcarseats.org.uk/
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Genetics Service – Making a Referral
The aim of the regional genetic service is to provide a diagnostic, counselling and support service to individuals and their families with a genetic disorder affecting any body system at any age. Referrals are accepted from GPs, medical specialists, specialist nurses, midwives and healthcare colleagues throughout the North West region. Referrals to genetic clinics are usually to a named consultant but if not specified are allocated according to a consultant with a special interest, an appropriate out-reach clinic or to the urgency clinic.
If you would like further information regarding the service, make a clinical referral and obtain or obtain a copy of the referral form please visit the website mft.nhs.uk/saint-marys/genomic-medicine/
Home Safety & Fire Surrounds
Having a fireplace surround installed safely in the home by a professional can often by overlooked during home improvement projects, but for families with children in particular, this could prevent an easily preventable injury or death in the home from the surround toppling on top of a youngster.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have promoted the importance of safe installation of modular, stone or artificial stone fireplace surrounds following the death of four-year-old Matthew Green, who was killed when a fireplace surround fell on him.
Individual components of fireplaces can weigh more than 50kgs and unless fitted in a secure manner, this makes the mantel, in particular, liable to topple off the lintel. RoSPA’s advice when buying one of these products is to:
- Seek professional advice BEFORE buying the product
- Get assurance that the product you intend to buy is suitable and safe for your home
- Get quotes for the fireplace surround AND fitting in advance. Ensure that the combined cost is within your price range
- Get the fireplace surround fitted by a professional.
The Health and Safety Executive produced a safety alert concerning installation of modular, stone and artificial stone fireplace surround which can be found on on the RoSPA website www.rospa.com/home-safety/advice/product/fireplace-surrounds/
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) is a national charity providing dedicated support to adults who have been bereaved by suicide. The charity currently has around 150 volunteers across the UK who help to run the services and continues to grow. The volunteers come from all walks of life but nearly all have been touched by suicide themselves and this experience enables them to connect with others.
SOBS provide help and support for those affected by a suicide offering a range of services including the helpline 0300 111 5065 which is open from 9am to 9pm every day.
For more information about the help and support available please visit the website uk-sobs.org.uk
In our last newsletter
The MSB bulletins can be viewed as a webpage on our website.
Previous highlights included:
- 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.
- Making safeguarding personal Ed’s story -to find out more about ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’ visit our resource hub.
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