Welcome to the June 2018 edition of the Manchester Safeguarding Boards e-bulletin
This is a webpage version of our e-bulletin which can be viewed at https://mailchi.mp/f92fb41d6a12/msb-e-bulletin-june-336611.
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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.
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 out more on the GMP website www.gmp.police.uk or in our Herbert Protocol resource.
Using Public Health England campaigns
Home education: call for evidence
To have your say visit www.gov.uk/home-education-call-for-evidence-and-revised-dfe-guidance
Strategy for dealing with safeguarding issues in charities: policy paper
Pressure ulcers: safeguarding adults protocol
Safeguarding adults protocol: pressure ulcers and the interface with a safeguarding enquiry can be found at www.gov.uk/pressure-ulcers-safeguarding-adults-protocol
This guidance from the Chief Social Worker helps practitioners and managers across health and care organisations to provide caring and quick responses to people at risk of developing pressure ulcers. It also offers a process for the clinical management of harm removal and reduction where ulcers occur, considering if an adult safeguarding response is necessary.
Pressure ulcers, which are largely preventable, cause distress to individuals and their families and create financial pressures for the NHS. While the treatment of pressure ulcers is mainly clinical, prevention is a shared responsibility.
Mental Health Awareness week
Stress is a common problem for many as it is a completely natural physical reaction to anything (from traumatic events to daily tasks). We all know what it is like to feel stressed. But when you are submerged by stress, it may lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.
Two thirds of us experience mental health problems at some point in our lives and a recent study from the Mental Health Foundation found 1 in 6.8 people are experience mental health problems in the workplace.
So even if you do not struggle with a mental health problem yourself, the chances are one of your colleagues does. So we would encourage you to make stress a commonly talked about topic within your workplace.
To help your workplace become a safe place, some wellbeing tips that should reduce stress in the workplace and encourage people to discuss their stressors are:
- have a friendship with your colleagues
- try to rely on at least one of your colleagues, having someone to turn to can allow you to get things off of your chest
- encourage your colleagues to take breaks, sometimes even reminding your manager that they need a break can be beneficial
- establish a quiet zone in your office, where people who are stressed can go to calm down
- why not encourage them to practice a breathing technique in the space
- approach your manager in a proactive and positive way ensuring they understand that you can either finish things half-heartedly with more chance of error, or finish a few tasks brilliantly.
You can find more information at www.stress.org.uk
How dogs can help with mental health – mind boosting benefits of dog ownership
This useful and detailed guide contains a host of information about the benefits of dog ownership and mental health. Find the guide at www.dogowner.co.uk/dogs-mental-health/
The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health, mental health isn’t just an issue one week of the year; it is all year round.
Do you know anyone who is a carer? Free course available
These free courses range from first aid to healthy eating. See what’s on offer at www.manchestercarersnetwork.org.uk/events. You can also get in touch via Facebook and Twitter, or call Manchester Carers Network on 0161 834 6069.
MSB Safeguarding Adults Conference 7th June
The MSB Safeguarding Adults conference will be facilitated by AFTA Thought, an exciting drama-based training organisation bringing safeguarding topics and themes to life.
‘Our actors breathe life into characters and events, illustrating reactions and their consequences with emotion and lasting impact. Our goal is to inspire new thinking and create memories that stay with you, long after the training’s over.’
The purpose of this conference will be to focus on having difficult conversations in the context of Making Safeguarding Personal. Expect a highly engaging and thought-provoking event; with the opportunity to develop expertise and confidence in having difficult conversations.
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 a line manager and will receive a confirmation email once this has been completed.
MSB training offer – upcoming courses
As part of the Neglect strategy Manchester City Council has opted to use the Graded Care Profile 2 assessment tool. This training is initially being targeted at professionals in all agencies and organisations in North Manchester.
You should apply for this course if you work with children and or their families in North Manchester. The training is aimed at practitioners and or their managers who will be using the assessment tool.
North Manchester professionals only on the following dates:
- 12th June 2018 Venue: The Grange Community Resource Centre, Pilgrim Dr, Manchester M11 3TQ
- 26th June 2018 Venue: The Grange Community Resource Centre, Pilgrim Dr, Manchester M11 3TQ
- 10th July 2018 Venue: The Grange Community Resource Centre, Pilgrim Dr, Manchester M11 3TQ.
All training courses need and learning events are advertised on the MSB training website
APPLYING FOR MSB TRAINING
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
Learning from Serious Adult Reviews
Published SAR reports and the learning packs can be found on our Safeguarding Adult Reviews resource
Learning from Serious Case Reviews
Published SCR reports and the learning packs can be found on our our Serious Case Reviews resource,
North West ADASS and North West Safeguarding Group SAR Event
On 18th April, North West ADASS (Association of Directors of Adults Services) and the North West Safeguarding Group hosted an event focusing on Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) at Bolton Town Hall. The event was attended by the Independent Chair of MSAB, members of the Business Unit and representatives from Adult Social Care.
The aim was to increase confidence for Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) chairs, staff and partners in commissioning, managing, and learning from SARs that are Care Act compliant. The event should help facilitate practice and systems learning so that adults at risk and in need of protection are better safeguarded. The morning focused on decision making about SARs and the challenges of undertaking effective reviews. The afternoon focused on learning from published SARs, and also reported on progress about the DoH commissioned work on SAR quality markers and the SAR report repository.
Partner training offers
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’.
For more information see our event post.
To book a place on the conference go to www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keeping-children-connected-conference-2018-tickets-42236772323
Making Manchester a Breastfeeding-Friendly City – free event 28th June
Date: 28th June 2018 Time: 9.30 am – 1.00pm
Venue: Federation House, Federation Street, Manchester M4 4BF
This free event is aimed at those in the field across various sectors (health, local government, businesses, VCOs and charities) as well as members of the public with an interest in breastfeeding.
The aim of the session is to build on the collective knowledge and experience of what is required to make Manchester a truly breastfeeding-friendly city and how we can work together to achieve this goal. The event will be a combination of presentations and discussions with an opportunity to network.
If you would like to attend, please book a place as soon as you can via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-manchester-a-breastfeeding-friendly-city-tickets-44873922109
Be change: Hate Crime short film launch – 29th June
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Manchester Central Library Performance Area
This event is to launch a short film produced by Remedi with support from Manchester Youth Justice. This follows a successful restorative justice initiative funded by the Home Office to address hate crime amongst children and young people in a specific part of the city. The film will be distributed across all schools across Greater Manchester.
National conference – Diversity and inclusion in bereavement support
Date: 15th November 2018 Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Venue: Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ
Fees: £95 per person; fees for participants include course materials, a certificate of attendance, refreshments and light lunch.
Recognising that we live and work in a multi-cultural and diverse society, this conference is aimed at promoting and raising awareness when providing bereavement support. This conference will hear from experts in their field, sharing current research, statistics and evidence-based practice, with the focus on providing bereavement support in a diverse and inclusive society.
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 course in our online learning with other providers’ resources.
Published Reviews May 2018
This is a very sad case in which the person who was meant to be caring for Adult AB actually subjected them to violence which contributed to their death.
This case has prompted greater awareness with regard to self-neglect and the vulnerability of individuals living with others who display predatory and controlling behaviour.
On the 15th May 2018 the MSCB published three SCRS in relation to Child F1, Child G1 and Child L1.
These reports can be viewed on our Serious Case Reviews resource, where practitioners will also find learning packs in relation to each case.
We are working to support our partner agencies to improve some of the less tangible social issues which recur throughout reviews, for example disguised compliance, hard to engage families and understanding family background and culture – all whilst ensuring whole family needs are considered and the voice of the child remains paramount.
The MSCB is working with a range of partners to promote the prevention of abusive head trauma in babies and to highlight the need for obesity to be recognised as neglect and necessary challenge and support given to children young people and their families.
Multi-agency case audits
A recent multi agency case file audit found that when a child or young person is on a child protection plan because of neglect it can be hard to gather enough evidence to take the case to court to get a care order.
This means that a child or young person may be living in neglectful circumstances for a longer time than is desirable, which can have a long term impact on their emotional health and wellbeing, not to mention putting them at risk of harm.
Every practitioner who works with a family whose child is on a child protection plan can help with gathering and recording evidence of what it is like for that child to live with neglect every day. This can be done by:
- keeping an up to date chronology on file
- clearly recording any conversations you have with the child or any observations you make about the child or their surroundings
- keeping a record of any assessments that you carry out
- sharing any relevant information with the social worker.
This evidence will contribute to multi-agency assessments, plans and reports through the child protection planning and core group process. A new way of gathering evidence of neglect is called the Graded Care Profile 2, training is currently being rolled out in the North of the city, check the MSB training website for details.
We always suggest that practitioners bookmark the website and visit it frequently as new content is added all the time.
Professionals across all agencies are reminded of the importance of using the GM Safeguarding Procedures at greatermanchesterscb.proceduresonline.com/
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 our 7 minute briefings resource.
New podcast for social care sector
Research in Practice has launched a new podcast series, aimed at those working within social care sector. This free, open access resource is centred on five key areas: trauma, neglect, mental health, complex exploitation and strengths-based approaches.
Free social work tools and resources for direct work with children and adults by social workers but useful for everyone
Available from www.socialworkerstoolbox.com/ these resources cover a range of issues such as adoption & fostering, alcohol, assessment, bullying, CSE & sexual abuse, disability & health, domestic abuse, drugs, finances, law (UK), mental health, parenting and safety.
Information sharing from Board Partners
The National Youth Advocacy Service NYAS have been commissioned to deliver Manchester’s Children’s Rights Service as of 1st May 2018.
NYAS is a rights based charity which operates across England and Wales for children, young people and adults. In Manchester NYAS will be delivering advocacy and independent visiting services to our children and young people.
NYAS will also recruit and train volunteers across Manchester to become Independent Visitors. To find out more about becoming an Independent Visitor visit www.nyas.net/services/independent-visitors/
If you know a child or young person who may want support from an Advocate or an Independent Visitor you can call the NYAS helpline on 0808 808 1001 or visit the NYAS website
If the young person you are working with would like more information about NYAS or would like to get involved you can visit the NYAS young people’s website. You can also download the NYAS app to your mobile device from the app store or google play.
It’s Not Okay in sport – the 2018 It’s Not Okay week of action 18th to 23rd June
The theme 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 is to include online, but also in respect of holiday club provisions, extra-curricular activities, associations and social activities.
Sport clubs are encouraged to sign up to the ‘It’s Not Okay in Sport’ charter and display it on their notice boards to show that child sexual exploitation will not be tolerated within their environment.
‘It’s Not Okay in Sport’ will also empower young people within the sporting community to get involved in raising awareness of child sexual exploitation with their peers.
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 Community Safety Strategy 2018/21 was presented to both Boards. The full report can be found at www.manchester.gov.uk/community_safety_strategy
The Herbert Protocol was presented and accepted at the Board. The protocol is a plan whereby families or carers of vulnerable adults who suffer from dementia and/or other mental health issues can prepare a form that in the event that the vulnerable person is reported missing from home the police has a range of information to quickly locate the missing person.
All agencies agreed to circulate and raise awareness within their own organisations. A video explains more at youtu.be/0YOWrSsnt2o
The details for the Safeguarding Adults Conference on 7th June are on the MSB training website and front line staff are encouraged to attend.
The CAMHS transformation plan was presented to the Board. Kooth.com was also discussed – this is an online, anonymous counselling service for children and young people which has been rolled out successfully and is commissioned for two years.
An update was provided on the Neglect Strategy, which is soon to be rolled out in the central Manchester areas. The south areas will follow on from this. Agencies are asked to ensure a strategic buy-in to ensure implementation of this strategy.
The Neglect Audit was presented and positive improvements had been made from the previous year. Five recommendations were made as a result of the audit and these were shared with the Board for action.
An MSCB Extraordinary Board was also held to discuss a completed Learning Review – a review concerning fabricated induced illness; and the Child M1 SCR . Subject to minor changes, the findings and recommendations of both were agreed.
Useful safeguarding information and links – adults & families
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 launch events is now on the project website www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/mymarriagemychoice and also on YouTube at
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.
Greater Manchester Festival of Ageing
Greater Manchester is holding a Festival of Ageing from 2nd to 15th July 2018, with a range of fun activities, such as music, dancing, hobbies, physical activities, information stalls and lots of opportunities to join in.
The Festival fortnight will be a celebration of positive and diverse images of ageing. It will be a chance to recognise and acknowledge the brilliant contributions, value and skills older people bring to Greater Manchester.
Further information can be found on the Festival website www.ambitionforageing.org.uk/festival
The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act Interim Report
An independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 was commissioned by the government in October 2017. The interim report was published on the 1st May 2018. It summarises the work so far, some of the findings and the key topics that have emerged as priorities for further examination. The final report and recommendations is expected at the end of 2018. This briefing paper provides a summary of the interim report and can be found at www.trixonline.co.uk/policy-briefs/may/may-231/
Deprivation of Liberty Standards (DoLs): Consultation Response
The government has published its response to the Law Commission’s consultation on how the law should regulate deprivations of liberty (DoLS) for people who lack capacity to consent to their care and treatment arrangements.
View the document at www.gov.uk/deprivation-of-liberty-standards-dols-consultation-response
Useful safeguarding information and links – children & families
The Child Safety Week 2018 action pack is available from www.capt.org.uk/csw-action-pack. It is an essential guide for anyone who wants to get effective messages out to children and families about preventing accidents.
The action pack is full of quick and easy activity ideas to bring the week to life – use them as they are or build on them and share your own.
You can also order a poisoning prevention Taste Test kit from the sponsor, Bitrex completely free from www.bitrex.com/contact-us
Sign up for more… you can automatically receive all the alerts to free resources and developments in Child Safety Week if you sign up at www.capt.org.uk/child-safety-week
The NSPCC has launched a campaign calling on the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to bring in a new law to keep children safe online. The #WildWestWeb campaign is calling for: an independent regulator for social networks; a mandatory code which introduces safe accounts for children, grooming alerts using algorithms, and fast-tracking of reports to moderators which relate to child safety; and mandatory transparency reports making social media networks to disclose how many safety reports they get and how they deal with them.
Find out more at www.nspcc.org.uk/campaigns/wild-west-web/
Parental alcohol and drug use: toolkit for local authorities
Public Health England (PHE) has published a toolkit for local authorities to help identify problematic parental drug and alcohol use in their area, and to understand the impact this can have on children and young people living in the same household. The toolkit aims to help local authorities commission services to reduce and prevent harm to children and families; and address the effects of adverse childhood experiences and to safeguard children.
Download the toolkit at www.gov.uk/parental-alcohol-and-drug-use-understanding-the-problem
Strengthened safeguarding guidance for schools and colleges
The DfE has revised its statutory safeguarding guidance for all schools and colleges, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education‘ (KCSIE)
The revised guidance comes into effect from 3rd September 2018 and sets out what schools and colleges should do to keep children safe; up until 3 September, schools must continue to refer to the current guidance.
Revised separate advice for schools and colleges on sexual violence and sexual harassment between children has also been published, and is available immediately to support schools and colleges. This guidance provides advice to help school and college staff deal with allegations of child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment.
Read the new guidance in full at www.gov.uk/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2
Relationships and sex education
The NSPCC and PHSE Association have published lesson plans and guidance to help schools teach relationships and sex education (RSE). The resource includes lesson plans for teachers spanning Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 (age 10-16) covering subjects including: transition to secondary school; online safety and online friendships; consent; sexualised behaviour; unhealthy relationships; and sharing sexual images. A guide for teachers to support the delivery of the ‘making sense of relationships’ lesson plans has also been published.
Find the lesson plans at www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/nspcc
Resources on preventing teenage relationship abuse
The PSHE Association has published teaching resources designed to support the government’s Disrespect NoBody campaign to help prevent abusive behaviours within young people’s relationships.
Further information can be found at www.pshe-association.org.uk/disrespect-nobody-teaching-resources-preventing and the Disrespect NoBody campaign website www.disrespectnobody.co.uk/
Manchester Community Central Bulletins
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In our last newsletter
The Serious Violence Strategy sets out the government’s response to serious violence and recent increases in knife crime, gun crime and homicide. For further information visit www.gov.uk/serious-violence-strategy
The Home Office has published promotional materials to support the work of the serious violence strategy dealing with county lines and these can be found at
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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.
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