Bulletin 4 – 30 November 2017

Welcome to the November 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 our home page

Local Safeguarding Children Fora – members wanted!

The North, Central and South Safeguarding Children Fora are the connection between the strategic work of the MSCB and front-line practitioners from all agencies. Their main purpose is to ensure that there is a direct link between practice issues at a local level and the overall direction of the Board.

Meeting are held quarterly and are co-chaired by managers from the voluntary sector, health and children’s social care.

The Fora are well attended, with lots of lively discussion and ideas, but we always want to ensure we have a perspective from across the full range of practitioners and volunteers and so are looking for new members. Please contact the Business Unit at manchestersafeguardingboards@manchester.gov.uk if you would like more information about becoming a Fora member.

Safeguarding Updates for Schools & Colleges

The second newsletter aimed at keeping schools and colleges up to date with the latest information, tools and support available is available on our Schools resource – is full of useful information for all education settings and has the dates of the upcoming dates for the Designated Safeguarding Leads events.

For more information contact the Education Safeguarding Team team on at QAEducation@manchester.gov.uk

Changes for LSCBs

At the MSCB in November reference was made to the proposed changes to safeguarding boards – the Board will be responding to the consultation and members have been invited to contribute to this or submit their own response.

Main Changes – the Children and Social Work Act 2017 sets out provisions which will:

  • replace LSCBs with new flexible local safeguarding arrangements led by three safeguarding partners (local authorities, chief officers of police, and clinical commissioning groups)
  • place a duty on those partners to make arrangements to work together and with any relevant agencies for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in their area
  • require safeguarding partners to identify and arrange for the review of serious child safeguarding cases which they think raise issues of importance in relation to their area
  • provide for the establishment of a national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel which will commission and publish reviews of serious child safeguarding cases which it thinks raise issues that are complex or of national importance
  • give clinical commissioning groups and local authorities joint responsibility for child death reviews, and enable a wider geographical footprint for these partnerships in order for them to gain a better understanding of the causes of child deaths.

New Draft Guidance and Regulations – at the end of October the DfE published four documents of draft guidance and regulations to be attached to the Children and Social Work Act. These can be found on the DfE ‘Working Together’ page (underneath the online consultation and list of regional DfE events). There are three sets of guidance (Working Together, Transitional, and Child Deaths) and a consultation document on guidance and Regulations.

View the consultation and supporting papers on the website consult.education.gov.uk/child-protection-safeguarding-and-family-law/working-together-to-safeguard-children-revisions-t/

See also our news item www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/consultation-significant-revisions-working-together-safeguard-children/

Green Paper on adult social care

The Government has announced its intention to publish a Green Paper on reform of care and support for older people. The Government has also announced a new period of consultation and engagement with relevant stakeholders to inform the Green Paper.

The scope is explicitly focused on older people rather than all recipients of social care, but will cover the role of carers and has a potentially wide scope. Separately, the Government has confirmed it will also run a parallel programme of work to consider the needs of working age adults.

Within the Green paper, our understanding is that the ‘cap on care costs’ will now not proceed in April 2020 as previously planned (following the previous Government’s delay to this part of the Care Act back in 2015) but we understand that the care cap will remain in scope for discussions during the pre-green paper consultation period.

Read more at www.gov.uk/government/news/government-to-set-out-proposals-to-reform-care-and-support.

Learning & Development

Professional Curiosity, Confidence and Challenge Conference – 16th November
This event was opened by the Independent Chair Julia Stephens-Row, followed by a short introduction by MCC Strategic Director of Children’s Services Paul Marshall. The main speaker was Professor of Social Work Harry Ferguson from the University of Birmingham.

The aim of the conference was to provide an opportunity for front line practitioners, managers and support staff from all agencies who work with children and or their families to discuss the challenges that professionals meet when working with and supporting children and their families.

The conference was well supported with a total of 166 front line professionals and managers attending. A wide range of organisations were represented which included: Housing, Health, High Schools, Primary Schools, Nurseries, Cafcass, Probation, Youth Justice, Health, Private Sector, Sport, MCC services, Voluntary Sector, Police as well as two Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Boards. The conference included breaking up into multi agency groups to discuss a case study. There was a lively debate which included contributions from a wide range of agencies.

Learning from Serious Adult Reviews A1 and C1 – 8th November
The above event was delivered by the reviewer Hayley Frame. A total of 38 professionals attended including representations from Housing, Health, Adult Services, Probation and Police. Copies of the learning packs can be found at www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/resource/safeguarding-adult-reviews/

Learning from Serious Case Reviews
A series of monthly SCR events are being delivered by the MSCB. So far Child G1, H1 and I1 have been delivered and the learning packs can be found on the website at www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/resource/serious-case-reviews/

Learning Event SCR child J1 on 12th December at Hough End Police Social Centre, Mauldeth Road West. This is aimed at Safeguarding Leads or those who will be cascading back to their agencies using the learning pack provided.

New courses for 2018
The following courses have been added to our training programme:

  • Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse on 18th January 2018 – Venue Windrush Milllenium Centre M16 7WD
  • Introduction to Loss, Grief and Bereavement on 22nd January 2018 – Venue Hough End Police Social Club
  • Child Sexual Exploitation on 27th February 2018 – Hough End Police Social Club
  • Parental Mental Health and Safeguarding Children on 16th March 2018 – Windrush Millenium Centre M16 7WD

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

New Resources

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 poster 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.

For more information visit our resource hub.

MSB website
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

Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Procedures
The combined online Greater Manchester LSCB Procedures were updated at the end of November – 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 June 2018 starts in January. The MSCB representative who sits 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 by email on j.maguire@manchester.gov.uk

Safeguarding Procedures usage survey
The GM Policies subgroup is carrying out an exercise to find out how many practitioners working with children in Greater Manchester are aware of the online safeguarding procedures – answer a few questions in this very short survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C7XGFBQ

Multi-agency case file audit programme
Earlier this year multi-agency safeguarding partners took part in an audit on the theme of Domestic Violence & Abuse. Two reports were written, one for MSAB and one for MSCB, and sent to the partnership workforce for circulation within their agencies after being presented to both Boards.

Key messages for practitioners include the importance of sharing relevant information with the GP, this can lead to improved outcomes for children and families.

An audit has also been carried out by partners on the theme of Looked After Children, one of the key learning points that came out of the audit was the importance of keeping an up to date and detailed chronology that records all the significant events in a child’s life.

The audit that is currently underway is on the theme of Neglect and the learning points from this audit will be circulated in due course.

One of the key findings of a previous audit on the theme of Child in Need 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 even though the work is led by the local authority. The Child in Need guidance was revised in November and is available on our website www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/resource/child-in-need/

For copies of any previous multi-agency audit reports or information about the audit programme generally, please contact Jane Maguire by email at j.maguire@manchester.gov.uk

Information sharing from Board Partners

Manchester City Council want to hear from care leavers aged 16-25 years who were previously Looked After by Manchester local authority
Manchester City Council and Barnardo’s, working with Coram Voice, are offering this opportunity for young people to have their say, so that they can improves services both locally and nationally. It only takes 10 mins to complete – find the survey at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ManchesterYLBC

The survey is called ‘Your Life Beyond Care’ and was designed by and for care leavers, so answers will help providers understand what they can do to make things better for young people.  The survey is anonymous, so young people are free to tell say exactly how they feel.

Please can partners promote this survey within their networks and display the flyer available from our website www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/life-beyond-care-survey-care-leavers/

Suicide by children and young people: National Confidential Inquiry
Any child or young person who self-harms or expresses thoughts about this or about suicide must be taken seriously and appropriate help and intervention should be offered at the earliest point.
A report ‘Suicide by children and young people. National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness (NCISH)’ has been published by  the University of Manchester, 2017 – you can read the report at research.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/cmhs/research/centreforsuicideprevention/nci/reports/cyp_2017_report.pdf

Updates from recent Board meetings

Annual Reports
Both Boards have published 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 Annual Reports can be found on the MSB website and partner agencies are encouraged to share them with their workforce.

Manchester Arena Incident
At both recent Boards members were updated on the medium and long-term response to the Arena attack of the 22nd of May 2017 –  the response and recovery process were commended and  the strong partnerships working acknowledged.

Work currently underway is now focussed around recovery – the report  summarised the ongoing welfare and health response; the ongoing support for families of those injured and killed; and the acknowledgement that children and young people will require mental health support, when and where it is needed for many years to come; the families of those accused and arrested have received support from relevant services.

The Welfare and Health Group have looked at groups impacted by the Attack. A Coordination and Liaison Team has been established to ensure people discharged from hospital have a package of support; 87 hospitals have been involved and the last adult was discharged from hospital at the beginning of November 2017.

The Manchester Resilience Hub is ensuring people are accessed for screening. If additional support is needed there are self-help tools available online and the Hub can put community resources in place. If support is not available then the case will be escalated to NHS England. The Hub have also commissioned extra training; liaised with HR directors and looked at employee systems for staff.

Communication is key and social media has played a significant role. The website is now running and should be able to facilitate support.

The Community Recovery Group have set up programmes and a benefit concert has put funds in place for a memorial. £18 million has been received in donations and £11.1 million has been paid out to victims based on length of hospital stay and those with lifelong injuries. A third phase looked at victims who suffered psychological injuries.

A debrief to consider lessons learned will be held once the first response phase has finished; there will also be an Independent Review.

Multi-agency safeguarding case file audit
The findings of the Multi-agency safeguarding case file audit Report for Domestic Violence and Abuse was received by the Board. Members agreed and supported the recommendations
It is important that Domestic Violence remains a high profile focus and will be subject to further audit.

Greater Manchester Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
Members were updated on the Greater Manchester MAPPA 2016/17 Annual Report and answered questions on trends in the Probation Service in respect of offenders – more information from www.gov.uk/government/publications/mappa-annual-reports-2016-to-2017

Training Quality Assurance Strategy
The MSB Training Quality Assurance Strategy was presented on behalf of the Learning and Development Subgroup. It has been created to assess the quality of multi-agency training and awards one of three ratings: Bronze, Silver or Gold.

DoLS Update
The Board was updated regarding the current number of DoLS applications and the Law Commission’s review and recommendations in relation to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) has stated that there needs to be a more streamlined process.

There was a discussion around processes relating to reassessment of people who move around hospital services and Healthwatch Manchester stated that they are often approached by relatives enquiring how to challenge the DoLS process.

Ofsted Inspection
The November Board received a summary of the recent Ofsted Inspection of Childrens Social Care which has reported improvements since the last Inspection. A Draft Report will be circulated around the 30th of November for comments and feedback with the final Report due on the 19th of December and this will be published on the 21st of December.

Levels of Need / Peer Review
Agencies continued to discuss the Levels of Need Framework implemention and how this is being applied and embedded in their organisations.

To date three successful Neglect Briefing Staff Events at have taken place and these will be continued in 2018.

Manchester Child Death Overview Panel
The Manchester Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP), Greater Manchester CDOP and SUDI Annual Reports were received by the Board, providing a summary of all Child Deaths during the reporting period – for more information visit our website www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/resource/child-death-overview-panel-cdop-information-practitioners/

Useful safeguarding information and links

HCPC guidelines – Focus on social media
Recently published guidance on social media contains useful pointers for professionals and students about how to interact using social media in a way that meets professional standards.

The guidance focuses on issues that registrants and other stakeholders come across most frequently. It was informed by an online workshop and public consultation and complements guidance produced by professional bodies.

HCPC have also produced a range of case studies that demonstrate the positive and negative effects of social media on registrants’ practice.

Download the Guidance on social media from the HCPC website www.hcpc-uk.org/registrants/socialmediaguidance/

Sleep Positioners
There has been a lot of coverage in the news about sleep positioners. Several UK retailers have stopped selling baby sleep positioners amid fears they can cause babies to suffocate. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has linked the products to at least 12 baby deaths in America, in some of which babies had rolled from their side to their front and suffocated.

The Lullaby Trust do not recommend wedges and sleep positioners as evidence shows that the safest way for a baby to sleep is on a firm flat mattress, in a clear cot free of pillows, toys, bumpers and sleep positioners. Babies are at higher risk of Sudden and Unexpected Death if they have their heads covered and some items added to a cot may increase the risk of head-covering and can also increase the risk of accidents.

The Lullaby Trust recommends that while evidence on individual products is not widely available that parents do not take any chances and stick to scientifically proven safer sleep guidelines.

A checklist to help new parents work out what they need to buy to sleep their baby safely is available on their website www.lullabytrust.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/safer-sleep-product-checklist-double-spread-7.pdf

Immunisations and Vaccinations
The NHS provides a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK free of charge on the NHS and the ages at which they should ideally be given – find this on the website

Parents and carers who are not sure whether ythey or their child child have had all their routine vaccinations can ask their GP or practice nurse to find out. It may be possible to catch up later in life.

Road Safety Week 20th – 26th November 2017
Across the UK, speeding on roads is a major problem. Speeding puts everyone in the community at risk of serious injury. But the dangers are particularly acute for children, whose lack of awareness and smaller size leaves them vulnerable to fast moving traffic.

Key messages from this year’s Road Safety Week, which is coordinated by Brake and supported by the THINK! Campaign, include:

  • Speed causes deaths and serious injuries on our roads
  • 20mph is the only safe speed in heavily built-up areas used by pedestrians and cyclists
  • Going slow = stopping in time
  • Speed is scary and noisy. It stops communities being enjoyable places for children and families to walk, talk and play
  • Speed cameras work. They save lives

For more information visit the website http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/about

Winter is here and on dark evenings pedestrians are reminded to keep themselves safe and be aware of road safety. Sometimes young people forget good habits they learned as a child.

Road incidents are a major cause of injury and death for young people in Great Britain. The transition between primary and secondary school is a significant factor in child pedestrian casualties as children often begin to walk to school unassisted and have to negotiate unfamiliar routes. Combined with the risk taking tendencies, adolescents between the ages of 12-16 year olds are consequently one of the most vulnerable groups of road users accounting for 51% of all child (0-16 years) road casualties.

Remember the Green Cross Code:

  1. First find the safest place to cross
  2. Stop just before you get to the kerb
  3. Look all around for traffic and listen
  4. If traffic is coming, let it pass
  5. When it is safe, walk straight across the road, do not run

For more information visit the website think.direct.gov.uk/education/secondary/parents/young-people-and-road-safety/

Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) – Preventing Burns from Hair Straighteners
National Burn Awareness Day took place on Wednesday 18 October. Run by the Children’s Burns Trust and the British Burn Association, it promoted prevention and good first aid. 1 in 10 parents of under-fives admit their child has suffered a serious burn from hair straighteners or tongs. Hair straighteners can reach temperatures of 235oC – that’s as hot as an iron.

The findings, from Electrical Safety First and the Children’s Burns Trust, show that serious burns from hair straighteners are to blame for 1 in 20 of all admissions to specialist paediatric burns units. Hospitals report that the number of children burned by hair straighteners has doubled in the last ten years. Crawling babies, toddlers and young children are the most likely to be burned. The burns can be nasty and deep. Find out more about the problem and what you can do to stop these injuries.

For further information on how to prevent accidents visit the website www.capt.org.uk/preventing-burns-from-hair-straighteners

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Asthma and Smoking
Smoking or being around other people smoking, can lead to asthma symptoms or even an asthma attack. If adults in a child’s life this puts the child at risk. If a 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.

Manchester has the worst rate of smoking-related deaths in the COUNTRY – find out more about the impact that smoking has on the city’s health  in the GMHC report

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