Welcome to the April 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-bulletin-april-2018.
This bulletin is sent to all members of the MSAB, MSCB and their subgroups – please circulate it as widely as possible amongst your workforce and volunteers – and anywhere else it may be of interest.
Anyone can sign up for our mailing list here on the MSB website home page and receive our bulletins directly.
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.
Kerslake Review published
The review was established following the May 2017 attack, which left 22 dead, hundreds injured and many thousands affected.
The report highlights several areas that went well and also examines the major issues for learning – read more in our news post
‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ campaign
Radio advertising will air across the country 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.
Find out more on our campaign resource page
NHS Safeguarding Guide
Domestic Abuse Consultation March 8th – May 31st 2018
Throughout the twelve week consultation period the government will be listening to partners, to the many organisations and their staff working to tackle domestic abuse, and to the public. To anyone who has been affected by domestic abuse or knows of someone who has.
For more information, links to the consultation document and downloadable content to support you to participate in the consultation and spread the message visit consult.justice.gov.uk/homeoffice-moj/domestic-abuse-consultation or the our news post
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – Truth Project National Awareness Campaign
In January 2018 the Inquiry launched an awareness campaign across England and Wales to publicise the Truth Project. The aim is to ensure that victims and survivors of child sexual abuse are aware of the Truth Project and have the opportunity to speak to the Inquiry if they wish.
‘Keeping Children Connected’ conference
Parental imprisonment affects around 200,000 children each year. Alongside their European partner COPE (Children of Prisoners Europe), POPS will be hosting this conference to explore the theme of ‘progress and parental imprisonment’.
Download the Keeping Children Connected Flyer to disseminate to professionals who may come into contact with children affected by parental imprisonment from our events post
To book a place on the conference go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keeping-children-connected-conference-2018-tickets-42236772323
If you require any further information please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
MSB training offer – upcoming courses
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 training.manchesterscb.org.uk
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.
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Strategy
Early Help are organising three events in the localities to launch the Manchester Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Strategy.
The events will also include a briefing and awareness raising on County Lines and the Trapped Campaign.
- Event 1 – Monday 23rd April, 9.30am – 12.30pm @ The Factory Youth Zone, Harpurhey
- Event 2 – Friday 27th April, 1-4pm @ Benchill Community Centre, Wythenshawe
- Event 3 – Monday 30th April, 1-4pm @ Friends Meeting House.
If you would like to book a place on any of the events listed below, please e-mail email@example.com stating which date you would like to attend with your contact details.
Please confirm by 17th April 2018 to ensure a place.
Learning from Reviews
The MSB Learning and Development Subgroup are organising a series of learning events in the coming months as detailed below.
Please cascade details of the events amongst your agencies and encourage safeguarding leads and or those who will cascade learning using the learning packs to apply to attend the briefings.
Learning from Serious Case Reviews
Child E1 SCR – Tuesday 24th April 9.30-10.30am (registration at 9.15am). Venue: Broughton Park Rugby Club 2 Houghend Crescent M21 7TA
Baby E1 died soon after birth. Baby E1’s Mother (who was 14 years old) reported that she did not know she was pregnant until labour started. Mother gave birth, but did not tell anyone until two days later and Baby E1 was found to be dead. No agencies were involved with the mother or father of E1. This SCR will explore the findings and highlight the importance of professional awareness of the Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy guidance and detail within it – see our concealed pregnancy resource
Child F1 SCR – Tuesday 24th April 11am-12noon (registration at 10.45am). Venue: Broughton Park Rugby Club 2 Houghend Crescent M21 7TA
Child F1 died at the aged 13 years old from a heart condition that was exacerbated by their morbid obesity. F1 had been obese for many years prior to the period under review. The review will include professional responses to obesity and lack of parental engagement including neglect – see our acute health condition resource
Child L1 SCR – Friday 18th May 9.30-10.30am (registration 9.15am). Venue: Broughton Park Rugby Club 2 Houghend Crescent M21 7TA
Child L1 was the subject of potentially life threatening injuries when they were less than two months old whilst in the care of their parents. Whilst pregnant with Child L1, the mother had made disclosures to her GP practice of physical abuse by her husband to herself and Child L1’s elder sibling who was ten months old at the time. The review will discuss professional responses to disclosures and retractions of Domestic Violence and Abuse and other features – see our domestic violence & abuse resource
Published SCR reports and the learning packs can be found on our website in our serious case reviews resource.
Learning from serious case reviews: infants
The NSPCC has published a briefing summarising the learning from serious case review reports published during 2017, where children aged two or under were the subject of the review. Key issues identified include: vulnerable parents may need extra support to care for their baby and keep them safe; premature babies may be more vulnerable to abuse and neglect; professional optimism may lead to risks being underestimated.
Read the briefing on the NSPCC website at learning.nspcc.org.uk/learning-from-case-reviews/infants
Learning from Serious Adult Reviews
Adult BA SAR – Friday 18th May 11am-12noon (registration 10.45am). Venue: Broughton Park Rugby Club 2 Houghend Crescent M21 7TA
Adult BA died in December 2015 (aged 56 years old). In the final months of life Adult BA had moved from a ground floor flat tenancy which had been occupied for several years into the flat above in order to live with, and allegedly be cared for, by the perpetrator Adult B2. Adult B2 neglected and subjected BA to violence which contributed to the death of BA -see also our mate crime resource
Published SAR reports and the learning packs can be found in our safeguarding adult reviews resource.
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.
Understanding Young Minds – free online course
Virtual College have worked in partnership with SelfharmUK to create a free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children – find the course at www.virtual-college.co.uk/understanding-young-minds
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 at realsafeguardingstories.com
You can also find information about other free online courses in our online learning with other providers resource.
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.
Recent new additions to our resource hub are:
- Psychological Abuse – advice for all
- Vulnerable Witnesses – awareness for practitioners
- Bereavement – support for all.
MSAB Person in a Position of Trust (PiPoT) Guidance and High Risk Protocol (HRP)
The MSAB PiPoT Policy (Published March 2018) provides a framework for working with adults who are deemed to have mental capacity and who are at risk of serious harm or death through self-neglect, risk taking behaviour or refusal of services.
The High Risk Protocol (HRP) is for adults who have care and support needs and are at risk of significant harm or death and have the mental capacity to make unwise choices. If the adult is assessed as having the capacity to understand the consequences of refusing services, then HRP should be considered. Both can be found on our mental capacity & deprivation liberty resource.
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 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 7MB this month: Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) Screening Process
- Do you know what the criteria for holding a SAR is?
- Do you know how to make a SAR referral?
- Do you understand the processes around screening and decision making that happen when a SAR referral is made?
A new 7MB has been published explaining the screening process for SAR referrals. This accompanies an earlier briefing on the general SAR criteria and process – both can be found in our seven minute briefings resource.
PHE data and analysis tools
This single point of access from across Public Health England (previously known as the ‘Data and knowledge gateway’) provides many high quality data and analysis tools and resources to help local government and health service professionals make decisions and plans to improve people’s health and reduce inequalities in their area.
They can be used by anyone with an interest in understanding the health of the population and how it varies across the country. Find the tools at www.gov.uk/phe-data-and-analysis-tools
Information sharing from Board Partners
The second Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) ‘train the trainer’ session was delivered by the NSPCC to 15 professionals who work in the north of the City in February as planned. Again the NSPCC trainers commented on the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by everyone who has been involved in this training to date.
We continue to roll out GCP2 training to practitioners working in the north of the City, we have put on more sessions as interest in this training has been so good. Staff working in the north of the City can access this training via the MSB training websitetraining.manchesterscb.org.uk
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.
We need your help to raise awareness about the Neglect Strategy and our plans to implement GCP2. Please add these items to the agenda of your service or team meetings.
If you have any ideas or suggestions we would like to hear them. Please share them by emailing Linda Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org
Updates from MSB Board meetings
A joint event was held by the MSAB and MSCB in March, where Board members discussed the Business Plan priorities and to refresh the MSB Business Plan for 2018/19.
Discussions were held around Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Substance Misuse and the progress made and activities ongoing in this area. It was agreed that these areas do not need to be on the Business Plan going forward as they are already covered in other work streams.
The group then split into smaller groups and discussed the specific Business Plan priorities – Engagement and Involvement, Complex Safeguarding, Transitions, Neglect (children) and Neglect (adults), focusing on the progress made, where there are any gaps and what we need to do to achieve these priorities.
Update from LCO
The new Manchester LCO Committee advised that with regard to the strategic oversight of assurance of LCO, there will be a single offer, which will include Health Community Services and Adults Social Care and links with MFT Commissioners, Primary Care, Local Authority, Mental Health. Safeguarding will be a key priority for the LCO. A full report will be provided to the Board in May.
Adult BA SAR
The Adult BA SAR Action Plan was discussed and a Learning Event will be held as a result of this SAR (see above) along with some actions around Mental Capacity training by the MSB.
The North West Policy for Managing Concerns Around People in Positions of Trust (PiPoT) has now been published along with the High Risk Protocol (HRP). Both can be found on our mental capacity & deprivation liberty resource.
Changes to LSCBs
The response from the Working Together Consultation was published in February and it was recognised by the Board that this is an opportunity to create change, whilst retaining what we do well and that we need to make sure that we do not lose the focus on adults for this Board. The three key partners for the Adults Board – GMP, CCG and LA need to plan the transition process together, once parliamentary agreement has been made.
By the end of June/July, we need to have a plan to take forward; and a transition period with arrangements in place by September 2019. It was agreed the Adults Board will have a development event in September when it is clearer what the arrangements will look like – for more information see our news post
Getting to Good
The Early Help Strategy has been refreshed and there will be a workshop held with schools involved after the Easter holidays.
This Strategy is for the period up to 2021 with debate and proposals for consideration, and work is well underway. An e-learning model has been developed around Early Help which is now being adjusted, working with Macc. There is a continuous audit of learning of what happens after an Assessment in terms of levels of need. The Levels of Need refresh was unchanged last time, but with this refresh, it is going to be easier to understand, as we needed a simpler more digestibleway of setting out the five Levels of Need.
‘Early Help Assessment Closure Information’
Partners are kindly reminded to ensure Early Help Assessments are closed appropriately. Please see the updated closure information on the Early Help Resource Pack
An alert was brought to the attention of MSCB regarding products being billed as a ‘cure’ for Autism. Cures includes a ‘bleach enema’. Discussions were held around how we get messages out to communities that there is not a cure for Autism. This raised a broader conversation around what messages are currently being given out by other groups so that the Board can communicate them effectively. This discussion is to be taken further by the Independent Chair and communications will be engaged if required.
The National Autistic Society provides a range of information and support for autistic people and their families and for practitioners on their website www.autism.org.uk
Changes to LSCBs
There will be parliamentary time in March/April and Regulations will come out in May/June. Statutory partners, GMP, Health and the Local Authority, will be putting plans in place as to how transition arrangements will work and be configured. This plan needs to be provided by June/July, with a view to a transition arrangement taking place latest September 2019, possibly earlier.
We do not want to lose the good working partnership arrangement around safeguarding children in Manchester and we need to make sure we increase, rather than diminish the current arrangements. Children’s Services, Health and GMP will be linking with Adults Services to establish the next steps. The Board will then be involved in the shaping of changes.
Domestic Violence & Abuse Strategy
An update on the DVA strategy implementation was presented to both Boards.
The Domestic Violence & Abuse Strategy has been embedded for approximately 18 months and is working well. The major challenge noted was funding – this can not only impact the quality of provision, but also the ability to monitor and evaluate those provisions. The recommendations within the paper were reviewed and all recommendations that applied to the Board were agreed:
MSAB and MSCB will support as required the forthcoming work on updating the DV&A action plan.
MSAB and MSCB member agencies will contribute to the promotion, cascading and embedding of learning from completed DHRs amongst staff and partners, through signposting materials on the MSB website and attendance at relevant learning events.
Changes to GMP
A report was presented to both Boards regarding an ongoing GMP pilot in Rochdale around how their detectives work, particularly in the Public Protection Investigation Unit. Detective resources are now integrated, so they do not have specialists in vulnerability and instead there is a wider pool of resources and officers trained to deal with all incidents and vulnerabilities.
Manchester is planning to take the themes and learning from the Rochdale Pilot and work out their model, ensuring this is overseen by vulnerability leads.
It is felt that partners will benefit from more available resources and all officers being aware of safeguarding issues. The Board will assist with training needs if necessary.
Useful safeguarding information and links – children & families
Childline has launched a campaign to encourage young people to speak out and seek help for race and faith based bullying. The campaign #UnderstandMe includes a short video; information on what young people can do if they have been stereotyped or discriminated against; a link to message boards to talk to other young people who have had similar experiences; and information on how to contact Childline counsellors for help and support. Find out more at childline.org.uk/understand-me
Best practice for PE changing rooms: factsheet
The NSPCC Knowledge and Information Services have published a factsheet providing guidance on best practice for PE changing rooms in primary schools. The guidance includes: what schools need to consider when organising changing facilities for children; staff supervision; changing areas for children with additional needs; and using off-site changing rooms.
Download the NSPCC factsheet at www.nspcc.org.uk/schools-factsheet-best-practice-for-pe-changing-rooms.pdf
Child protection in sport
The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has launched a new webpage bringing together information about getting parents involved in sport and how they can encourage children’s safe participation in sport. Visit the website at thecpsu.org.uk/parents
The Children’s Society has published a report looking at why 16 and 17 year-olds, referred to children’s services and assessed as being a child in need or who become subject to child protection plan, need more support as they move in to adulthood.
Read the report ‘ Crumbling futures: why vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds need more support as they move into adulthood’ on The Children’s Society website www.childrenssociety.org.uk/seriously-awkward-full-report.pdf
How communities can come together to keep children safe
The NSPCC’s children’s services hub on the Guardian website describes Together for childhood, an evidence-informed approach that brings together local partners and families to make communities safer places for children.
Further information on the NSPCC: Together for childhood approach can be found on their website www.theguardian.how-communities-can-come-together-to-keep-children-safe
Useful safeguarding information and links – adults
The National FGM Centre has recently launched a new FGM Assessment tool and guidance for social workers. The tool provides social workers with a range of questions to help them assess cases where FGM might be an issue. More information can be found on the Centre’s website nationalfgmcentre.org.uk/fgm-assessment-tool/
Age-Friendly Transport in Greater Manchester – Are we getting there? Greater Manchester Older People’s Network Report
The report based on the findings from the conference Age-Friendly Transport in Greater Manchester – Are we getting there? makes 10 recommendations which will support the development of a more age-friendly transport system in Greater Manchester. The Greater Manchester Older People’s Network would hope to continue to work with the combined authority, Transport for Greater Manchester and other providers to help translate some of these recommendations into actions.
For more information and to read the report visit www.manchestercommunitycentral.org/are-we-getting-there-age-friendly-transport-across-gm-17-january-2018
Greater Manchester Festival of Ageing
Greater Manchester’s first Festival of Ageing, taking place from 2 to 15 July, is looking for people from across the city-region to get involved.
The Festival, which is part of Ambition for Ageing, will offer a range of activities, such as music, dancing, hobbies, physical activities, information and lots of opportunities to join in or create your own festival fringe event.
Leading on the festival is charity 4CT, who are urging people to get involved now by registering for a limited-edition festival wristband, applying for funding or information to host an event, getting in touch to volunteer for the festival or signing up to perform during the festival. To register for any of these opportunities visit the festival webpages www.ambitionforageing.org.uk/festival
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
Sign up for the MCC Age Friendly e-bulletin at www.manchester.gov.uk/sign_up_for_our_e-bulletins
In our last newsletter
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/
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. Find out more and get involved by visiting the website www.childnet.com/film-comp
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/government/consultations/working-together-to-safeguard-children-revisions-to-statutory-guidance
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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.