Bulletin 6 – 5th March 2018

Welcome to the March 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-march-2018

Please circulate this e-bulletin as widely as possible among your workforce and volunteers – and anywhere else it may be of interest.

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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.

Councillor Sheila Newman

It is with great sorrow that we have to tell you that Councillor Sheila Newman, Executive Member for Children’s Services and a dedicated member and supporter of the MSCB for many years passed away suddenly on the 18th February.

Our thoughts are with her husband, Lord Mayor Councillor Eddy Newman, their three daughters and family at this sad time.

‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ campaign

Phase 3 of the Government’s campaign ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ has been launched and radio advertising will air across the country from 20th February through to the end of March.

The key call-to-action for reporting across the campaign content directs to www.gov.uk/tacklechildabuse where members of the public can enter their postcode to contact their local council.

A national moment – week commencing 12th March
The campaign has secured partnerships with LBC radio and Huffington Post and are developing a news story which will go live during the week of 12th March. The week will offer an excellent platform for us all to come together and give the campaign a national moment, generating a nationwide conversation about this important issue.

LBC (Leading Britain’s Conversation) radio
LBC will run a Special Report Week, each day it will broadcast expert interviews about the campaign. Presented by Shelagh Fogarty, these will explore key issues around child abuse and neglect.

Ahead of the week, from 5 March, the campaign will be trailed on air. On either side of the Special Report Week, LBC will run social media and a dedicated web page for the campaign – as well as radio adverts on LBC and its Heart networks.

Huffington Post
New for phase 3 of the campaign is a partnership with the Huffington Post which will run four dedicated articles featuring the campaign content on its site, alongside targeted advertising.

Call to Action
The key call-to-action for the campaign is www.gov.uk/tacklechildabuse where members of the public can enter their postcode to contact their local council and report.

Find out more in our campaign resource.

Childnet Film Competition 2018

Childnet has launched its ninth annual Film Competition. The competition challenges young people aged 7-18 years to create short films to inspire their peers to ‘Connect with Respect’.

Delivered as part of its work as one of three charities in the UK Safer Internet Centre, Childnet offers resource packs for schools and youth organisations to support young people in making their films.

Entries must be submitted by 11 June 2018.

Judged by a panel of experts from the BBC, BAFTA, BBFC and BFI, the winning films will be shown at the finalists’ event in London and will be used as educational resources in schools across the UK.

Find out more and get involved by visiting the website www.childnet.com/film-comp

Professionals breaking the silence survey

Professionals breaking the silence is a new NSPCC project to develop a practical resource that will help those working with children to deal confidently with disclosures of abuse and neglect.

As the first step in developing this resource, the NSPCC has created a survey to hear from those who work either directly or indirectly with children and young people about their experiences of dealing with disclosures.

The survey closes on 25 March 2018 – find it at www.snapsurveys.com

Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance

The consultation has now concluded and you can download the full outcome ‘Changes to statutory guidance: Working Together to Safeguard Children; and new regulations the Government consultation response at www.gov.uk/working-together-to-safeguard-children-revisions-to-statutory-guidance

New Business Unit staff

Jacqui King joined the team in February as the Integrated Board Manager and brings with her a varied 22 year background in local authority adult social care.

Jacqui is a registered qualified Social worker who has manged teams in both front line adult services and quality assurance in Manchester.

Heather Clarkson has joined the team as the Adults & Children Safeguarding Boards Coordinator. She has an operational background in safeguarding, having specialised in Child Sexual Exploitation, Serious Sexual Offences against adults and children and Domestic Abuse.

Heather will be overseeing the Adults & Children Safeguarding Boards, along with the MSAB Executive and MSCB Leadership Groups.

Julie Wilkes, the other Safeguarding Boards Coordinator, will be focusing on progressing the SARs and SCRs that the Board is currently undertaking.

Laura Scully has joined the team in a new post with a specific focus on Adult Safeguarding, working alongside the Training Coordinator for Children’s Safeguarding.

Laura’s priorities for the role are to develop the Adult Safeguarding training offer. This includes identifying multi-agency training needs, and creating a programme to reflect this. Laura is also in the early stages of planning an Adult Safeguarding conference for 2018.

Learning & Development

MSB Training Programme 2018/19
The MSB Training Programme is currently being revised and that additional dates for most courses will be available shortly so please visit the training website in a couple of weeks – thank you for your patience.

Upcoming courses
Management of Allegations Against Adults who work with Children – 25th April 2018 at the Windrush, Millennium Centre, 9.30-11.30am (registration from 9.15am). Note: this course is for managers only.

The Graded Care Profile 2 Neglect Assessment Tool – Training session for north area professionals will take place on 25th April 2018 at the Factory Youth Zone. Schools and Education staff are currently under represented so applications from these agencies in the north of Manchester are particularly welcomed.

Details of upcoming courses offered by the MSB and its partners can be found on the MSB training website

Learning from Serious Case Reviews
The MSB Learning and Development Subgroup are organising a series of learning events in the coming months. The next is on 16th March for Child K1 SCR. This event is nearly full however if your agency is not currently represented please apply via the MSB Training website

Published SCR reports and learning packs can be found in our SCR resource

Learning from Serious Adult Reviews
There are no current Learning events, however published SAR reports and learning packs can be found in our SAR resource

Anyone wanting to apply any MSB courses or briefings will need to register and apply through the MSB training website and all applications will need to be approved by line managers.

Our online training offers over 70 adults and children safeguarding training courses available through our partner Virtual College – for more information visit manchesterscb.virtual-college.co.uk

Real Safeguarding Stories
A free online resource for professionals with safeguarding responsibilities has been developed by Bradford Council and Collingwood Learning

Working with safeguarding professionals from across Bradford Council, they have developed a series of videos each based upon stories either from the people involved or through anonymised cases. Some stories have been edited and some have been combined so that we can cover the key issues in a simple, quick, and powerful way. But everything is based upon real people, and real situations.

Sign up on the website realsafeguardingstories.com

You can also find information about other free online course in our online learning with other providers resource

Published Safeguarding Reviews

Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) Adult CA
On 2nd March the MSAB published the SAR in relation to Adult CA – the full report and learning pack can be found on the SAR resource.

Managers should ensure this information is cascaded as required, in particular to any members of their agency who may have been involved in this case.

New Resources

The website now has over 200 pages of information for practitioners, children & young people, adults, families & carers, and the wider public to access.

This includes safeguarding help & advice and links to resources, videos, policies and campaigns.

We always suggest that practitioners bookmark the website and visit it frequently as new content is added all the time. Do let us know if there is a safeguarding resource you would like to see and we will do our best to provide it.

Recent new additions to our resource hub are:

Trust your instinct campaign
The MSB Trust your instinct campaign aims to help everyone in Manchester know what to say and do if they see things are not going well for others.

The earlier the help, the less likely things are to get worse, and the better things will be for the person, family and community. Seeing a sign that something is seriously wrong and knowing what to do could actually prevent a tragedy.

The guide lists some things that show things might not be going well for somebody, and it explains why it is important to take notice and Trust your instinct.

The booklet and two posters can be downloaded from our TYI resource ; paper copies and posters can be obtained from the MSB Business Unit.

MSB 7 Minute Briefings
The MSB have introduced ‘seven minute briefings’ to allow managers to deliver a short briefing to staff regarding a particular subject. The briefings will be shared on a regular basis, providing a mixture of new information or a reminder of basic information with challenge for teams to think about the application to practice within their teams.

We are aiming to add to these briefings on a regular basis; they can be downloaded from our seven minute briefings resource.

New this month:

  • SAR – Partners are asked to ensure that they are aware of the SAR criteria and processes and know what action to take if they have a case that might meet SAR criteria – this 7 MB provides a summary for reference.
  • If you have any queries regarding the SAR process, please contact Julie Wilkes, Safeguarding Board Coordinator at j.wilkes@manchester.gov.uk

Information for Board Partners

Neglect Strategy Update – Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2)
In early February 2018, our second GCP2 ‘train the trainer’ session was delivered by the NSPCC to 15 professionals who work in the north of the City. The NSPCC trainers commented on the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by everyone who has been involved in this training to date.

In January we began rolling out the GCP2 training to practitioners working in the north of the City, interest in this training has been good and we will be looking at putting on more than one session a month to respond to the numbers. Staff working in the north of the City can access this training via the MSB training website.

All agencies agree that it is very important that children who are at risk of harm are identifies as early as possible so we can get them the right help. Graded Care Profile 2 is a neglect assessment tool that helps professionals working at all levels of need to measure the quality of care being given to a child. It is an assessment tool that helps professionals to better understand the child’s experience of neglect and the root cause.

If you would like to find out more about Graded Care Profile 2 visit the NSPCC website at learning.nspcc.org.uk or the MSB Neglect Strategy resource.

On the 22 February we held a GCP2 Implementation Group meeting to look at what is working well and how we can improve our implementation plans so we can reach the wider workforce.

Phase 2 of the GCP2 implementation will be led by Rebecca Boyce (Detective Chief Inspector, GMP) and will be focused on the central area of the City. More information about this will be sent out via board members shortly.

Awareness Raising
As part of the Phase 2 roll out we will be delivering further Neglect briefings, look out for these dates which will be circulated shortly.

During the next months we will be looking at how we can raise awareness about Neglect and the detrimental impact it has on children. If you have any ideas or suggestions we would like to hear them. Please share them by emailing Linda Evans at l.evans1@manchester.gov.uk.

Updates from MSB Board meetings

The North West People in Positions of Trust Policy was discussed and members agreed to adopt the Policy as an MSB policy subject to some changes. This policy is similar to the LADO process in Children’s Social Care. All local authorities need someone in post to undertake the function of looking at people who work with adults with care and support needs.

CQC Inspection Reports on Health and MCC were discussed.
The Health report was published on 9th January 2018 with the initial feedback being positive. The report can be found at www.mhcc.nhs.uk/2018/01/4.2-CQC-LAC.pdf

The MCC report did not focus specifically on the MSAB or safeguarding, however the MSAB is mentioned in the report. There is mention of MSP and good examples of personalised care.

Changes to LSCB’s
The consultation on the draft Working Together proposals concluded in December 2017. The current format of Safeguarding Children’s Boards will cease to exist in the current set up. LSCBs will be replaced with new flexible local safeguarding arrangements led by three safeguarding partners – local authorities, chief officers of police and clinical commissioning groups – with the duty placed on those partners to make arrangements to work together and with and relevant agencies for the purpose of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in their area.

These proposals will be debated by Parliament in March 2018, with the final guidance expected to be released in May 2018.

Safeguarding Partnership Arrangements are expected to provide a plan by June 2018 as to how the safeguarding arrangements are going to transfer and these transitions are expected to be completed by September 2019.

OFSTED action plan
The ‘getting to good’ action plan was presented, which discusses the 7 main findings of the OFSTED Report, highlighting recommendations, actions and the recognition that partnerships maintain a cohesive approach to services for children. This action plan is being developed to respond to recommendations.

MSCB Annual Training Report
The MSB annual training report was presented on behalf of the Learning and Development Subgroup, reporting on the increases in attendance at courses; the number of courses being held; the number of people completing online courses, and the updated Training website which is mobile compatible, which has made it easier for people to access and obtain information.

There is now also a QA strategy which is available from our training offer resource.

MSB Business Plan refresh
The next MSAB and MSCB Board meetings are on Thursday 8th March and will incorporate a joint MSAB / MSCB workshop where Board members will be reviewing and refreshing the Business Plan for 2018/19.

Useful safeguarding information and links – children & families

NSPCC website updates: parental mental health and substance misuse
The NSPCC has updated its website page on family issues children experience to include information on parental mental health and parental substance misuse:

Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) – Online safety and social media policy template
The CPSU has developed a template ‘exemplar’ of an online safety and social media policy for use by sports clubs and organisations that work whose members include children and young people. This useful document outlines expectations in relation to communication between members, staff, parents, boundaries relating to privacy and management of the organisations on-line presence.

The template can be used to get an idea of the types of things that need to be included and can form the basis of your own policy. Everyone in your organisation, including staff, children and parents should read the policy and agree to its terms.

Find out more and view the template on the CPSU website thecpsu.org.uk/sample-online-safety-policy

Child Safety Week 4th – 10th June 2018
Child Safety Week is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. CAPT provide a range of resources to help practitioners run local activities and events and promote safety messages in a fun and engaging way – find out more on their website www.capt.org.uk

Liquid Laundry Capsules
Some of the most serious accidents happen in the home, particularly in the kitchen, and RoSPA has been made aware of cases involving young children who have been injured after biting into or placing liquid laundry capsules in their mouths. The cases of which RoSPA is aware involved children being admitted to hospital because of the ingestion of liquid detergent from capsules. In addition to children swallowing detergent, doctors have also raised awareness of the risk of injury to young children who get liquid detergent in their eyes.

A key phrase for parents to remember when it comes to storage of cleaning products is keep them up, keep them closed, keep them safe.

To download information and resources visit www.rospa.com/liquid-laundry-capsules

Blind Cord Safety
Since 2004 RoSPA has called upon the blind industry to take voluntary action to reduce the risk of looped cords. Guidance, released in February 2014, strengthens the child safety elements of the industry standard. It requires that new blinds must be “safe by design” or be supplied with the appropriate child safety devices installed.

This means that where there is a loop that is present, or could be created, a safety device must be installed at the point of the manufacture. These safety devices either break under pressure, tension the cord or chain or provide the facility to store cord(s) out of reach. Professional installers must fit these devices. If you are fitting blinds yourself follow the instructions supplied with the product and make sure you fit any safety device.

For more information regarding blind cord safety please visit www.rospa.com/blind-cord

Choking & Suffocating
A child dies in the UK every month from choking, and hundreds more require hospital treatment. Choking is one of the leading causes of death for children under 3. Even if a child is confident eating solid foods, a grape or a cherry tomato is just the right size to get stuck in their windpipe.

DON’T RISK IT, QUARTER IT! RoSPA has developed information for parents and carers on how to keep children safe from choking and suffocating.

For further information please visit their website www.rospa.com/accidents-to-children suffocating

Visit the MSB Child safety & accident prevention resources for more information.

It’s Your Call – NSPCC campaign
The NSPCC have developed a short, interactive online course – It’s your call – to help employees recognise the signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what actions need to be taken.

Find our more at www.nspcc.org.uk/its-your-call

Child sexual abuse
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published a rapid evidence assessment summarising the existing evidence base about social and political discourses concerning child sexual abuse in England and Wales from the 1940s to 2017 and identifying the ways in which those discourses may have influenced institutional responses to abuse.

An evidence assessment of 37 discourses between the 1940’s and 2017 identified from the literature reviewed, found that there has not been an agreed, uniform definition, explanation or theory of child sexual abuse over these decades.

Find the report at www.iicsa.org.uk/3848

Deprivation of liberty in relation to children and young people Strategic Briefing
The deprivation of liberty for children and young people is a complex and sensitive area of practice with an evolving legal framework. This Research in Practice Strategic Briefing considers the legal basis to support local authorities in decision-making in this field of work.

View the Briefing at www.rip.org.uk/deprivation-of-liberty-in-relation-to-children-and-young-people-strategic-briefing

Useful safeguarding information and links – adults

Adult services: improving the experience
A new guideline covers the care and support of adults who access social care in their own homes, residential care and community settings. It aims to help people understand what care they can expect and to improve their experience by supporting them to make decisions about their care.

The briefing is produced by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care, which is a consortium led by SCIE.

Read the briefing at www.nice.org.uk/NG86

Together we can tackle loneliness and isolation in older age
The Campaign to End Loneliness inspires thousands of organisations and people to do more to tackle loneliness in older age.

Nobody should be lonely in older age. Loneliness is not inevitable. People of all ages need connections that matter.

But there are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK. They lack the friendship and support we all need.

The Campaign to End Loneliness is a network of national, regional organisations and people working together through community action, good practice, research and policy. They aim to ensure that loneliness is acted upon as a public health priority at national and local levels.

The campaign was launched in 2011 and is governed by five partner organisations, Age UK Oxfordshire, Independent Age, Manchester City Council, Royal Voluntary Service and Sense; and works alongside more than 3000 supporters.

Find out more at www.campaigntoendloneliness.org

Estimates suggest more than a million people in the UK have hoarding issues, with firefighters increasingly concerned about the role clutter can play in fatal fires.

They are calling for the mandatory collection of data around hoarding in order to better understand the true scale of the problem – and help save lives.

Find out more in our Hoarding resource

Partner bulletins

Sign up for the MCC Age Friendly e-bulletin at  www.manchester.gov.uk

Manchester Community Central Bulletins
The Macc bulletin provides a selection of items uploaded to the Manchester Community Central website over the previous week. It includes news, events, training opportunities, job opportunities, volunteering and links to information and resources.

Their quarterly newsletter provides updates on the services and support Macc provide and examples of how they work with groups. Sign up for both at www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/news-and-events

In our last newsletter

Operation Encompass
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

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 justforkidslaw.org/news/animated-film-if-i-could-talk-me

The archive of MSB bulletins can be viewed as web page on our bulletins resource.

And finally….

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The aim of the Manchester Safeguarding Boards is to ensure that everyone in our city is able to live in safety; free from abuse, neglect or crime – no matter what their age or circumstances.

We believe everyone who lives or works in the city has a role to play in achieving this.

Thank you for your support.


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