Bulletin 8 – 1st May 2018

Welcome to the May 2018 edition of the Manchester Safeguarding Boards e-bulletin

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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.

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Home education: call for evidence

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a call for evidence on issues connected with elective home education. The call for evidence covers: registration of children educated at home; monitoring of home education provision; support for home educators. The DfE is also seeking comment on draft versions of two DfE guidance documents about elective home education – one for local authorities and the other for parents. The deadline for the consultation is 2nd July 2018.

Visit www.gov.uk/home-education-call-for-evidence-and-revised-dfe-guidance

Serious Violence Strategy and awareness raising materials

The Serious Violence Strategy sets out the government’s response to serious violence and recent increases in knife crime, gun crime and homicide.
Further information at www.gov.uk/serious-violence-strategy

The Home Office has published promotional material to support the work of the serious violence strategy dealing with county lines –the drug dealing model which involves networks from urban centres expanding their drug dealing activities into smaller towns and rural areas.

Posters have been produced to help bus and coach company staff, train and rail operator staff, taxi and private vehicle hire staff, and private security industry staff to identify victims and report concerns to protect children and young people exploited through this criminal activity. Find these resources at www.gov.uk/county-lines-criminal-exploitation-of-children-and-vulnerable-adults

Safeguarding Adults Conference Thursday 7th June

The Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board has organised a free half day learning event aimed at anyone who works with adults in Manchester on Thursday 7th June 1.30pm- 4.30pm (registration from 1.00pm) Broughton Park Rugby Club.

The purpose of the Conference will be to focus on having difficult conversations in the context of Making Safeguarding Personal.

This event will provide an opportunity for front line practitioners, managers and support staff who work with adults across all agencies to discuss the challenges that practitioners meet when working with and supporting adults and their families.

Anyone interested in attending this conference will need to register and apply through the MSB training website. All applications will require approval by their line manager and will receive a confirmation email once this has been completed.

AFRUCA’s champions anti-slavery event week

As part of Afruca’s event week, on Friday 4th May 2018, Inspiration Production, in partnership with AFRUCA Children’s Charity, is presenting the Manchester screening of the film ‘In a Strange Land’ – a film about modern day slavery and human trafficking.

Red carpet at 5.30PM – Film starts at 6.30PM

To register go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/screening-of-in-a-strange-land-tickets-45285792023 or see our news item.

National Information Centre on Children of Offenders (NICCO) website

April 2018 saw the official launch of the new National Information Centre on Children of Offenders (NICCO) website.

NICCO is the updated version of the well-established Barnardo’s i-HOP knowledge hub. The new-look site continues to provide details of all the resources, services and quality assessed research that were previously listed on i-HOP in 3 distinct directories: the Directory of Services, Directory of Resources and Directory of Research.

Visit www.nicco.org.uk for more information and to subscribe to updates from NICCO.

Growing up in the North of England

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report ‘Look north: a generation of children await the powerhouse promise‘ looking at the issues and experiences of children growing up in the North of England. Recommendations include placing children’s prospects at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse giving them the same attention as economic regeneration.

To read the report visit www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/poorest-northern-kids-to-be-at-heart-of-the-northern-powerhouse/

MSB training offer – upcoming courses

Graded Care Profile 2 Training Dates in May
As part of the Neglect strategy Manchester City Council has opted to use the Graded Care Profile 2 neglect assessment tool. This training is being targeted at all professionals in all agencies and organisations who work with children and or their families in North Manchester.  Training dates for Central and South Manchester are being planned and will be available shortly.

Please apply for this one day course if you work with children and or their families in North Manchester. This training is aimed at practitioners and or their managers who will be using the assessment tool.

  • Wednesday 16th May. Venue Factory Youth Zone 931 Rochdale Rd Manchester M9 8AE
  • Tuesday 22nd May. Venue The Grange Community Resources Centre M11 3TQ

Introduction to Loss, Grief and Bereavement – Friday 18th May (1.30pm-4.30pm)
This course is delivered by Child Bereavement UK. Their training is based on learning from bereaved families, helping professionals to understand the needs of distressed families and children, and how appropriate support from the outset can have positive and sustained benefits for their future wellbeing.
Child Bereavement UK advise that this course is not usually suited to anyone who has suffered a recent, significant personal loss or bereavement.

All training courses need and learning events are advertised on the MSB training website

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. There is a User Guide on the website to assist with the application and registration process.

Learning from Reviews

The MSB Learning and Development Subgroup are organising a series of learning events in the coming months; please cascade details of the events amongst your agencies and encourage safeguarding leads and those who will cascade learning using the learning packs to apply to attend the briefings.

Learning from Serious Case Reviews
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.

Published SCR reports and the learning packs can be found on the website in the SCR resource.

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. Visit our mate crime resource for advice.

Published SAR reports and the learning packs can be found in the 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.

NSPCC learning from case reviews: disguised compliance
Disguised compliance involves parents giving the appearance of co-operating with child welfare agencies to avoid raising suspicions and allay concerns. Published case reviews highlight that professionals sometimes delay or avoid interventions due to parental disguised compliance.

The learning from these reviews highlights that professionals need to establish the facts and gather evidence about what is actually happening, rather than accepting parent’s presenting behaviour and assertions. By focussing on outcomes rather than processes professionals can keep the focus of their work on the child.

Read the briefing on the NSPCC website at www.nspcc.org.uk/disguised-compliance/

Partner training offers

Manchester Suicide Prevention Training 18th May 2018 – 9.30 and 13.30
A free half day training event to support the Manchester Suicide Prevention Plan to reduce deaths by suicide. This training is open to anyone working or volunteering in Manchester who would like to increase their awareness of and skills in suicide prevention. More information in our news item.

To book a place through Eventbrite:

Big Manchester FoR Change briefing sessions
Big Manchester have arranged a number of briefing sessions to share learning from the FoR Change project.

The briefings are aimed at professionals working with cohabiting couples with children where there are concerns about domestic violence and abuse. Find out more in our big-manchester-for-change-briefing-sessions news item.

Please cascade among your agencies and all applications are made via the links below:

Keeping Children Connected’ conference – 8th June 2018
Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University
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’.

More information at www.manchestersafeguardingboards.co.uk/keeping-children-connected-conference-8th-june-2018/

To book a place on the conference go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keeping-children-connected-conference-2018-tickets-42236772323

Online training

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

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/resources/resource-packs/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 course in our online learning with other providers‘ resources.

MSB Resources

The website 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.

Childhood obesity video for health professionals
A new video by Public Health England demonstrates the role of health and care professionals in tackling childhood obesity. The video, part of the ‘All Our Health’  campaign, outlines the role health and care professionals have in supporting children, young people and families in maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise and a balanced diet.

Find the video at www.youtube.com/watch_campaign=644087_Childhood+Obesity

The video highlights the importance of balanced nutrition and an active lifestyle before and during pregnancy, and explains the positive effects of breastfeeding and recommended weaning practices on children’s health. You’ll also hear about how much time children of different ages should spend being physically active each day, and tips on appropriate portion sizes for children’s meals.

The All Our Health resource is constantly evolving and can be found at www.gov.uk/all-our-health-personalised-care-and-population-health

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 the MSB website; paper copies and posters can be obtained from the MSB Business Unit.

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

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

Free social work tools and resources
Free social work tools and resources for direct work with children and adults by social workers but useful for everyone are available at www.socialworkerstoolbox.com

The tools cover a range of issues such as Adoption & Fostering, Alcohol, Assessment, Bullying, CSE & Sexual Abuse, Disability & Health, Domestic Abuse, Drugs, Finances, Law, Mental Health, Parenting and Safety.

Policies and Procedures

Professionals across all agencies are reminded of the importance of using the GM Safeguarding Procedures at greatermanchesterscb.proceduresonline.com

Why is a chronology important?
Do you know why it is so important to keep the chronology up to date on a child’s record?
One of the themes that occurs regularly both in Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) and in multi-agency case file safeguarding audits is the lack of an up to date chronology on the child’s record.

Having a meaningful chronology that is easily available allows practitioners to have a full understanding of the child’s history, which can then be used to inform assessments and planning for the child. The chronology contributes to the emerging picture so that current events can be understood in the context of historical information. This is especially important in cases of neglect which can often be long term and fluctuate over the years.

A chronology should be succinct and informative and provide the story of significant events in a family’s history. A significant event is any incident that impacts (positively or negatively) on a child’s safety and welfare, their home environment or circumstances. For example; house moves & changes in household members including new partners; school changes including changes in attendance, behaviour, or presentation; physical & mental health issues; births, deaths, serious illnesses & injuries of family or friends; missing from home episodes, criminal activity, domestic abuse, anti-social behaviour, imprisonment.

A chronology should also record details of interventions and engagement with professionals and the resulting impact.

For further information see the chronology guidance here on our website.

Information sharing from Board Partners

Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance
The Greater Manchester Women’s Support Alliance is made up of seven charities that provide support services to women, from those at risk of offending, to those serving a prison sentence; with the aim of preventing them entering, or helping them exit, the Criminal Justice System and rebuilding their lives, thereby fulfilling their individual potential and achieving their lifestyle ambitions.

In Manchester Women Matta is a women’s centre that provides women with a safe and homely space in which to access gender-specialist support services. It is a ‘one-stop-shop’ offering group work, one-to-one and counselling supporting women around:

  • Domestic violence/sexual abuse
  • Mental health
  • Substance misuse and alcohol addiction
  • Debt or money issues
  • Parenting support
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Education and employment
  • General emotional well-being and physical well-being.

The Centre has a clothing bank and IT access. As well as support services it is also a creative and community space offering drama and art workshops, theatre trips, a gardening project and more. More information can be found at www.womeninprison.org.uk

Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP)
The Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) is a multi-agency group that reviews the deaths of children who are normally resident in the city and ensures there is a coordinated response by relevant organisations to an unexpected death of a child. The CDOP reviews all child deaths aged 0-17 years (excluding stillbirths and legal terminations of pregnancy) with the aim of reducing infant mortality across the borough and supporting local and national campaigns.

The Manchester CDOP has recently issued the first quarterly newsletter which is aimed at parents, carers and members of the public to raise awareness of some of the emerging CDOP trends. The newsletter provides advice and information regarding services available to parents and carers with the aim of preventing future deaths of children and young people.

The MSB asks that practitioners disseminate the newsletter to staff and promote the newsletter with their service users and display it in public waiting areas. The newsletter can be found on our CDOP resource.

Winston’s Wish
Winston’s Wish was the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity – supporting bereaved children since 1992. As the first charity to establish child bereavement support services in the UK, they continue to lead the way in providing specialist child bereavement support services across the UK, including in-depth therapeutic help in individual, group and residential settings.

The Freephone National Helpline is free to call on 08088 020 021 and offers therapeutic advice following a bereavement. For more information and advice please visit the website www.winstonswish.org

Neglect Strategy Update – Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2)
If you would like to find out more about Graded Care Profile 2 visit the NSPCC website at www.nspcc.org.uk/graded-care-profile or the MSB Neglect Strategy resource

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.

The 2018 CSE It’s Not okay – week of action commencing Monday 18th June
The theme this year is a follow on from CSE in Sport 2017 and is largely aimed at parents and carers – educating and empowering them to take a proactive role in the safety of their children. This will include online safety, but also in respect of holiday club provisions, extra-curricular activities, associations and social activities.

Find out more at www.itsnotokay.co.uk Twitter: @notokayGM  or Facebook: www.facebook.com/notokayGM

North West Asylum Casework Directory
UK Visas and Immigration Safeguarding Hub is nationwide with regional teams. The North West Asylum Casework Directory is based in Liverpool and can be contacted on tele: 0151 2132682 or email: NWACDSafeguarding@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk

The team presently deals with “LIVE” asylum cases – these are cases within the region that are either undecided or still in the court process. Once an applicant reaches ARE (Appeals Rights Exhausted) they no longer have any involvement.

Find out more in our unaccompanied asylum seeking children resource.

Updates from MSB Board meetings

Annual reports
We are at the time of year where we embark upon the process of compiling the MSAB and MSCB Annual Reports.

The process and timeline for production and publication of the Annual Reports has been discussed and agreed. It is intended that the format of the reports will be slightly different this year and that an Executive Summary will also be produced.

Board members have been sent requests by email and asked to forward their contributions for the Annual Reports by email no later than the 4th June 2018.

Prevent Training
Following on from the Prevent updates provided to both Boards in January the Prevent training offer to Board organisations: Home Office Prevent e-learning pack can be found at www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk/

Please contact Samiya Butt (s.butt@manchester.gov.uk) should your organisation have any specific needs or training queries; note:

  • NHS colleagues have their own Prevent training delivery arrangements
  • GMP colleagues can contact the Prevent Team in the CTU for any specific requirements.

Herbert Protocol
The Herbert Protocol is aimed at giving peace of mind to those who care for someone who has dementia and worry that they may go missing. This is a national scheme being introduced locally by Greater Manchester Police and other local agencies.

It is a simple risk reduction tool to help the police in their search for people with dementia who go missing and it encourages carers and family members to compile useful key information which could be used in the event of a person with dementia going missing.

The Herbert Protocol is a form which is kept at home, or in a safe place, with important information about a vulnerable person. Find our more in our Herbert Protocol resource.

Useful safeguarding information and links – adults and families

NICE guidelines
Care and support of people growing older with learning disabilities
NG96 published April 2018
This is guideline covers care and support for adults with learning disabilities as they grow older. It covers identifying changing needs, planning for the future, and delivering services including health, social care and housing. It aims to support people to access the services they need as they get older.  Find the guidance at www.nice.org.uk/guidance/NG96

Learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges: service design and delivery
NG93 published March 2018
NICE have published guidelines which cover services for children, young people and adults with a learning disability (or autism and a learning disability) and behaviour that challenges. It aims to promote a lifelong approach to supporting people and their families and carers, focusing on prevention and early intervention and minimising inpatient admissions. Find the guidance at www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng93

People’s experience in adult social care services: improving the experience of care and support for people using adult social care services
NG86 published February 2018
This guideline covers the care and support of adults receiving 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. Find the guidance at www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng86

My Marriage My Choice awareness film and project website
Exploring Forced Marriage of adults with learning disabilities and developing knowledge, policy and practice to keep people safe, My Marriage My Choice is a two year study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research – School of Social Care Research (NIHR-SSCR).

An awareness film, showcased at the recent launch events is now available on the project website www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/mymarriagemychoice

This is an educational film that includes powerful real cases, expert analysis of the issues and messages for families and for practitioners working with them. The film and clips are designed to be used for awareness and training with groups or individuals. Please be aware that some content may be upsetting, particularly where real-life experiences are recounted.

More resources, including Practice Guidelines/Toolkit for practitioners and a Case Study Collection, are also available on the website.

Female genital mutilation: information website
NHS England’s FGM Prevention Programme has launched a website, bringing together in one place the work of NHS England on female genital mutilation (FGM). The website includes information about: commissioning services for women and girls with FGM; service standards for commissioning FGM care for patients under the age of 18; best practice guidance, pathways and templates to safeguard against FGM; and the mandatory reporting duty. Visit the website at www.england.nhs.uk/our-work/fgm/

Loneliness – What characteristics and circumstances are associated with feeling lonely?
The Office of National Statistics has published an article on loneliness, as part of work they are carrying out to help inform the Government’s strategy to alleviate loneliness.

The article shows that:

  • five per cent of adults in England report feeling lonely “often” or “always”
  • younger adults aged 16 – 24 report feeling lonely more often than those in older age groups
  • women report feeling lonely more often than men
  • those single or widowed are at particular risk of experiencing loneliness more often
  • people in poor health or who have conditions they describe as “limiting” are also at particular risk of feeling lonely more often
  • renters report feeling lonely more often than homeowners.

Read the full article on the website www.ons.gov.uk/lonelinesswhatcharacteristicsandcircumstancesareassociatedwithfeelinglonely

One You campaign
Major steps to cut people’s excessive calorie intake have been unveiled by Public Health England (PHE), as part of the government’s strategy to cut childhood and adult obesity.

The package includes:

  • new evidence highlighting overweight or obese children consume up to 500 and 290 calories too many each day respectively
  • a challenge to the food industry to reduce calories in products consumed by families by 20% by 2024
  • the launch of the latest One You campaign encouraging adults to consume 400 calories at breakfast, and 600 for lunch and dinner; this comes as adults consume 200 to 300 calories in excess each day.

Find out more at campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources and www.gov.uk/sugar-reduction

Useful safeguarding information and links – children & families

Disrespect Nobody Campaign
The third phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 29 March to the beginning of May 2018.

The aim of the campaign is to prevent young people, both boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old, from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships.

For 2018, the focus of the campaign will be consent, sexting and personal boundaries, which are the issues many young people need more education and information on. All campaign advertising including radio, video-on-demand and social media, directs young people to the campaign website www.disrespectnobody.co.uk where they can get further information and the details of organisations which can provide help and support.

The Home Office has produced a range of partner support materials to help you use the resources with the young people that you work with and promote it within your local area. These include posters, social media assets and materials developed specifically for LGBT young people – find these at www.gov.uk/disrespect-nobody-campaign-posters

Child Protection Evidence
Child Protection Evidence is a new RCPCH evidence-based resource available to clinicians across the UK and internationally to inform clinical practice, child protection procedures and professional and expert opinion in the legal system. Find our more at www.rcpch.ac.uk/child-protection-evidence

A series of NSPCC resources for health professionals working with children, detailing the aspects of physical child abuse has been developed based on collaborative work by the NSPCC and Cardiff Child Protection Systematic Reviews. The resources are available from their website at www.rcpch.ac.uk/key-topics/child-protection/evidence-reviews

The information contained within the resources will be of use to a wide range of professionals in different disciplines who work with young peoples and their families and covers issues such as:

  • Bruises on children
  • Emotional neglect and emotional abuse in pre-school children
  • Fractures in children
  • Head and spinal injuries in children
  • Neglect and emotional abuse in children aged 5-14
  • Neglect and emotional abuse in teenagers aged 13-18
  • Oral injuries and bites on children
  • Thermal injuries on children.

Homeless young people
Homeless Link has published a report exploring the trends, causes and nature of homelessness experienced by young people (aged 16-24) in England. Findings from a survey of 109 service providers and 79 local authorities show that: 44% of the young people supported by homelessness accommodation organisations are not in education employment or training; 41% lack independent living skills; 35% have mental health problems; and 28% of those accessing services over the last 12 months are aged 16 or 17.

For further information or to read the report visit www.homeless.org.uk/2018/apr/16/welfare-reforms-are-exacerbating-youth-homelessness-new-research-reveals

Adolescent neglect
The Children’s Society has published a review of research on adolescent neglect. The report includes: a definition of adolescent neglect; the impacts of neglect, ways in which adolescent neglect can be identified, assessed and responded to in practice. A briefing for professionals has also been published.

For further information and to read the reports visit www.childrenssociety.org.uk/understanding-adolescent-neglect

The Adolescent Neglect – Briefing for Professionals highlights the key issues for front-line professionals who work with young people, parents or families to consider in relation to adolescent neglect. It was commissioned by the Luton SCB to support their work. Read the briefing at www.childrenssociety.org.uk/thinking_about_adolescent_neglect_practitioners_briefing.pdf

The future of the voluntary sector in addressing child sexual exploitation
Specialist voluntary sector workers have historically played a key part in local responses to child sexual exploitation (CSE). New research shows that their success at engaging young people rests on their independence, which allows them to work in flexible ways that emphasise young people’s choice. Read more at www.rip.org.uk/is-there-still-a-role-for-the-voluntary-sector-in-addressing-child-sexual-exploitation/

Young person-centred approaches to CSE
Following the work carried out by the Alexi Project on CSE, RiP have published a number of documents aimed at supporting professionals.

Peer sexual abuse and harmful sexual behaviour
The NSPCC has published a report looking at what children, young people and adults who contact Childline or the NSPCC helpline (for adults) are saying. Findings show that many young people can be confused about whether or not they have experienced peer sexual abuse for reasons including: confusion about what constitutes ‘normal’ sexual activity; the abuse was carried out by a friend or partner; the abuse took place online.

Adults are unclear about which behaviours are part of ‘normal’ sexual development, and which are harmful and/or abusive. The report highlights what young people say helps them get back on track after experiencing peer abuse including: providing good education on healthy relationships, abuse and consent from a young age; recognising the seriousness of sexual abuse; and engaging in purposeful conversations with young people.

For further information or to read theIs this sexual abuse?” NSPCC helplines report visit www.nspcc.org.uk/2018/nspcc-helplines-report-peer-sexual-abuse/

Young Minds Beyond Adversity
Experience of adversity and trauma in childhood can significantly increase the risk of mental and physical ill health in adolescence and adulthood. Yet too often services become fixated on what they see as challenging or risky behaviour. These services can quickly stigmatise or criminalise young people’s normal response to adversity and trauma.

It is, therefore, vital that we understand the impact that adversity and trauma can have on the mental health and well-being of young people, and how we can strengthen resilience and support recovery.

Addressing Adversity is a nationwide project that promotes trauma-informed practice that helps professionals to support children and young people who have experienced distressing or disturbing times.

Find out more about the project and download resources from the website at youngminds.org.uk/addressing-adversity-book

Safeguarding in the performing arts
The NSPCC has updated its website to include advice on keeping children safe in music, drama, dance, television and theatre. The advice covers making the environment as safe as possible for children and young people; ensuring children are properly supervised by the right people; and following the relevant legislation and guidance for child performers

Further information from learning.nspcc.org.uk/safeguarding-child-protection/for-performing-arts/ or the MSB Children in entertainment & employment (CEE) resource

Anti-knife crime campaign
In March the Home Office launched an anti-knife crime advertising campaign to reduce knife crime among young people and challenge perceptions that carrying a knife is normal. The campaign includes a dedicated #knifefree website which provides advice, signposts support services and highlights activities to empower young people to change their behaviour.
Further information and resources from www.knifefree.co.uk/

Partner bulletins

The Quality Assurance Team in MCC Education & Skills produce a regular ‘Safeguarding updates for schools and colleges’ newsletter which can be found on the schools hub (for those who have access) or the MSB website in our schools & early years resource.

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

Partners – let us know about your bulletin at manchestersafeguardingboards@manchester.gov.uk

In our last newsletter

‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ campaign
Phase 3 of the Government’s campaign ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ has been launched.  Find out more on our campaign resource page

Domestic Abuse Consultation March 8th – May 31st 2018
The Home Office have launched a public consultation “Transforming the response to domestic abuse”. Consultation on the Bill closes on 31 May 2018.

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 our news post.

Domestic Abuse Bill: briefing
AVA (Against Violence & Abuse) has published a good practice briefing on the Domestic Abuse Bill consultation. The briefing gives an overview of the consultation, detail of its key proposals and key points including proposal 5 recognising the harm domestic abuse inflicts on children.

For further information or to read the briefing visit avaproject.org.uk/domestic-abuse-bill-consultation/

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – Truth Project National Awareness Campaign
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was set up as a result of serious concerns that some organisations had failed, and were continuing to fail, to protect children from sexual abuse.

More details about the Truth Project and the national awareness raising campaign is available on the website www.truthproject.org.uk or the MSB news post

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

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

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