Welcome to the February 2018 edition of the Manchester Safeguarding Boards e-bulletin.
This is a web page version of our e-bulletin which can be viewed at mailchi.mp/msb-e-bulletin-february-2018
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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 and events.
Local Safeguarding Children Fora – members wanted!
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 email@example.com if you would like more information about becoming a Fora member.
Safer Internet Day 2018
Join more than a thousand organisations across the UK to help inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
Safer Internet Day 2018 Education Packs and SID TV films are available on the SID website along with details of how organisations, schools and individuals from across the UK can get involved in the social media campaign on Safer Internet Day – visit www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018
Do you have time to talk about mental health?
Find everything you need to start a conversation; or if you’re not sure how to get started or you’d like more ideas – visit www.time-to-change.org.uk/ and together we can change the way people think and act about mental health.
Our Voices 2018 Writing Competition for Children & Young People in Care & Care Leavers
The competition is open until 8 February 2018 and is a great opportunity to celebrate the talent of care-experienced young people and show the world what they can achieve.
Entries (to be submitted online at www.coramvoice.org.uk/voices18) and can be anything from poems, short stories, raps and song lyrics, with a 500 word limit. There are four categories to enter: primary school, lower secondary (11-14), upper secondary (15-18) and care leavers.
Learning & Development
Learning from Serious Case Reviews
A series of monthly SCR events are being delivered by the MSCB. Details of published reports and the learning packs can be found in the SCR resource.
Learning Event Child K1 SCR on 16th March 2018
To be held at Broughton Park, 2 Hough End Crescent, Manchester, M21 7TL; this briefing is aimed at Safeguarding Leads or those who will be cascading back to their agencies using the learning pack provided.
Learning from Serious Adult Reviews (SAR)
Copies of the learning packs can be found in the SAR resource.
New courses for 2018
The following courses have been added to our training programme:
- 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.
APPLYING FOR MSB TRAINING
Anyone wanting to apply any MSB 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.
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
Published Safeguarding Reviews
In December 2017 the MSAB published the SAR in relation to Adult AA – the full report and learning pack can be found on the SAR resource page of the website.
Serious Case Reviews (SCR)
In December 2017 the MSCB published three SCR in relation to Child H1, Child I1 and Child K1 – the full reports and learning packs can be found on the SCR resource page of the website.
MSB Policies & Procedures
The combined online Greater Manchester LSCB Procedures were updated at the end of November 2017 – visit 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, started 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Information sharing from Board Partners
NESTAC’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation event ‘Aspire, Inspire: Women speak out against FGM’ is being held on Thursday 15th February, 11am – 4pm at Methodist Church Central Buildings, Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JQ.
For booking please email: Info@nestac.org.uk or tele: 07862 279289
Child Sexual Experience (CSE)
A reminder to all staff that there is a Child Sexual Exploitation Risk Indicator Checklist (RIC) which has been developed to help practitioners think through their concerns for young people. Please ensure that the demographics and summary of concerns pages are fully completed and where appropriate a copy of the whole form is sent to the relevant Safeguarding Team.
Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS)
CP-IS is the system which highlights when a child attends an urgent care setting and their information is accessed via the Summary Care Record if they are:
- On a Child Protection Plan
- A Looked After Child
- Unborns subject to child protection plans.
The system is now live in the Adult Emergency Department (ED) at Manchester Royal Infirmary; the Walk in Centre (WiC) Manchester Royal; and the Paediatric Emergency Department (PED) Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
Designated clinicians in ED, PED and the WiC are now able to see a child’s Child Protection/LAC status and the contact details for the Local Authority Children’s Social Care department are available (if the Local Authority responsible for the child is also signed up to CP-IS). Manchester City Council went live on 12th December 2017.
The system is an additional tool to inform Local Authorities of a child’s attendance in an urgent care centre and provide staff in the urgent care centres with additional information on attendance to inform their safeguarding assessment. There have already been cases where this information has assisted staff in accessing relevant information at the first point of contact which has informed their assessment and the care plan for the child.
Training and practice guidance have been developed to support the implementation and a quick guide has been circulated to staff within the departments.
Further information is available from the Acute Safeguarding Children’s Team on Tele: 0161 274 4981 or find out more and download the quick guide on our CP-IS resource page.
The DVA Forum and Strategy Group have recommended a BBC news item which highlights Operation Encompass and can be viewed at www.bbc.co.uk/news/domestic_abuse
Good progress is being made towards Operation Encompass going live with the Central and South areas of the city in early 2018. Feedback from schools in the North has been very positive and encouraging.
Find out more at www.operationencompass.org/
Just for Kids Law have produced an animation which aims to prompt social workers to consider the frustrations and fears of legal proceedings from the young person’s perspective.
View the film at www.theguardian.com/film-young-parents-child-taken-into-care
Useful safeguarding information and links – children & families
Talking to children about emotional resilience and self-harm – Free online course
The Safeguarding Children e-Academy have worked in partnership with SelfHarm UK to create a course that not only allows parents to understand more about self-harm, but also how they can proactively raise the topic with their children in confidence.
Parents can take the free online course by registering at www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/self-harm-free-online-course/
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust – Safer Sleeping Practice for Infant
MFT have updated their Safer Sleeping Practice for Infants Guidance – this can be found in the Safer Sleeping resource on our website.
Safeguarding Children and Young People on Remand
This briefing highlights key findings in relation to young people detained in Young Offender Institutions and Secure Training Centres and considers the ways in which young people in custody can be particularly vulnerable. The report also has a section on the important roles played by Social Workers, Independent Reviewing Officers and Youth Offending Team workers in keeping young people safe while they are on remand. Find a summary at www.trixonline.co.uk/policy-briefs
Change4Life campaign:’100 calorie snacks, two a day max’
Public Health England (PHE) have launched a new Change4Life campaign encouraging parents to make healthier choices when it comes to their child’s snacks by looking for ‘100 calorie snacks, two a day max’.
PHE are supporting parents to put this into practice with helpful tips and tools available on the Change4Life website www.nhs.uk/change4life
Nappy sacks, used to dispose of soiled nappies, can also pose a risk to babies and young children. RoSPA are aware of at least 18 deaths involving these items, where babies have suffocated after a nappy sack covered their mouth and nose, or have choked after putting a nappy sack in their mouth. This was highlighted in a recent case in Oldham.
Parents and carers are generally aware of the dangers posed by plastic bags, but may not make the link to nappy sacks posing similar risks. Nappy sacks or bags tend to be fragranced, are made of a much more flimsy material, and do not rustle in the same way as plastic bags meaning they can be easily grasped and breathed in by young babies without parents realising.
RoSPA is able to provide, free of charge to children’s service providers, 400 Nappy Sack leaflets (in batches of 100 including a poster) or these can be downloaded from www.rospa.com/nappy-sacks/
Button Batteries – What are the Dangers?
Child Death Overview Panels (CDOP) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) have become aware of the dangers of children swallowing the button cell batteries that can be found in toys, remote controls, calculators and small electronic devices.
NHS England issued a patient safety alert to raise awareness of the risk of death and serious harm from delays in recognising and treating ingestion of button batteries.
Although a child may not choke, if undetected the batteries can do serious damage to the gastrointestinal system. When combined with saliva, the electrical current from the battery produces caustic soda that burns through the throat or stomach and can cause further damage to other internal organs. Removal of the battery alone may be insufficient action to prevent further damage as symptoms can manifest up to 28 days later. Patients need expert input, and careful monitoring and follow-up.
If a child swallows a button cell battery, seek medical advice immediately and take them to A&E straight away. Remember that the saliva in their body will react with the battery and so time is very much of the essence in these cases.
Warning over Babies Sleeping in Car Seats
The results of a small study suggest spending long periods of time in a car seat may lead to babies having breathing difficulties. But the researchers pointed out “we cannot be certain of the clinical significance or potential risks”.
It may be a good idea to rethink leaving a baby in a car seat for prolonged periods when they’re not travelling. Taking regular breaks when driving long distances is also recommended. As well as giving a baby a chance to move out of their car seat, it will also help keep the driver alert and reduce the risk of accidents. RoSPA recommends taking at least a 15-minute break every two hours.
Find out more at www.nhs.uk/warning-over-babies-sleeping-in-car-seats/ and in our child safety & accident prevention resource
Safer Sleeping – How to Reduce to the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
The NHS advise that the safest place for a baby to sleep is on their back, in a Moses basket or cot in a room with their parent or carer for the first six months; this is the same for all times of the day and night as the chance of SIDS is particularly high for babies who are sometimes placed on their front or side
It is important to make sure that baby’s room is a comfortable temperature – not too hot or too cold; the chance of SIDS is higher in babies who get too hot, so try to keep the room temperature between 16 -20°C.
Some parents choose to co-sleep with their babies. It is important for you to know that there are some circumstances in which sharing a bed with your baby can be very dangerous – find out more in our safe sleeping resource.
For questions about SIDS or safer sleep, call The Lullaby Trust information line on 0808 802 6869 (lines open Monday-Friday 10am – 5pm) or visit their website www.lullabytrust.org.uk/safer-sleep-advice/
Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges
In December 2017 the DfE published new advice for schools and colleges on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and harassment between children – this can be found at
Keeping children safe in education – consultation
In December 2017, the DfE commenced consultation to seek views on proposed changes to the statutory guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’.
This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 18 February 2018 and can be found at consult.education.gov.uk/safeguarding-in-schools-team/keeping-children-safe-in-education/
Innovation in children’s care
SCIE have also recently published a report on how to mobilise learning from new, innovative ideas, so that children and young people across the country can benefit.
Read more at www.scie.org.uk/children/innovation
Useful safeguarding information and links – adults
Tackling loneliness and social isolation: the role of commissioners
With one million people aged 65 and over in the UK reporting they are often or always lonely, few would refute the need to tackle this issue. However, loneliness and social isolation are conditions that are difficult to identify, complex to address and hard to resolve. The evidence base for interventions to address the problems of loneliness and social isolation is emerging but inconclusive at this stage. Read the SCIE Briefing at www.scie.org.uk/loneliness-social-isolation
Innovation in adult care
SCIE have published a briefing explaining that innovative, often small-scale models of health, social care and support for adults can be scaled up and grown to benefit as many people as possible. New and better ways of delivering relationship-based care are needed, and often already exist, but are inconsistently implemented or poorly scaled.
Read more at www.scie.org.uk/future-of-care/adults
Free Call Blocking Devices: National Training Standards (NTS)
The Department of Culture Media & Sport provided funding to the NTS Scams Team for call blockers to tackle the issue of nuisance calls. The current focus is on protection of consumers with dementia.
The initial phase of the project started in April 2017, when local authorities were asked to identify people living in their communities with dementia that would benefit from a call blocker.
The second phase went live in November 2017, making free call blockers available to any person living with dementia who is receiving scam or nuisance calls.
To get a FREE call-blocking device YES should be answered to the following questions:
- Do you or the person you are applying for receive nuisance and scam calls?
- Does the person who would like the call blocker have dementia?
If yes to the above then apply at www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/callblocker
The units available are trueCall Secure units and more information about the units can be found at www.truecall.co.uk
Friends Against Scams
Anyone can be involved in Friends Against Scams for example as a ‘Friend’, SCAM champion or a Friends Against Scams organisation – find out more or access the online training at www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk
Find out more about staying safe in our fraud, scams & safety resource
LGiU Policy Briefing: UK Poverty 2017
This report, published in December 2017 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), examines trends in poverty and their causes in the UK over the twenty years since 1995-96 and can be found at www.jrf.org.uk/report/uk-poverty-2017
The report examines variations in poverty across UK countries and regions, between ethnic groups, examines the effects of costs, housing, and health on poverty, and the of consequences of poverty for relationships
This briefing will be of interest to members and officers in all types of authorities with an interest in housing, poverty reduction, adult social care, and wellbeing.
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