Resource Hub

Our easy-to-navigate resource hub is where you can find content in a way that suits you.

Resources are arranged A to Z  – or you can click on a category below to narrow your search – or simply use the search button above!

In the hub you will find all our polices and procedures; along with topic based resources, briefing sheets and other learning tools.

Let us know if we have missed something and we will endeavour to fill the gap. 

 

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About the MSAB
What is the MSAB and what do we do? Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) is a statutory multi-agency board made up...
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About the MSCB
What is the MSCB and what do we do? Manchester Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) is a statutory multi-agency board made...
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Accommodation for young people aged 16 & 17 - resources for practitioners
It is important to remember that a child running away and choosing to be homeless may not have planned to...
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Age restricted products & solvent abuse - advice for all
The law makes the selling of age restricted products to those under age a criminal offence, with various penalties. Retailers...
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Alcohol & substance misuse - advice for all
It is estimated that around 200,000 adults are currently receiving treatment for substance misuse problems and of these one third...
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Allegations management / LADO - resources for practitioners
Children and young people can be subject to harm by those who work with them in any setting. This may...
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Animal abuse & the link to family violence - advice for practitioners
While many people consider animal abuse and family violence to be two separate issues, studies suggest that they are actually...
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Behaviour management & discipline strategies - advice for practitioners
Physical punishment is using any physical force to punish a child for wrongdoing. There is no justification for smacking or...
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Belief in spirit possession & witchcraft - advice for practitioners
Child abuse linked to a belief in spirit possession and witchcraft occurs across the country. In such cases a parent or...
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Boards Affiliated to the MSAB & MSCB - Inter Board Protocol
The MSAB  and MSCB are affiliated to a number of other statutory boards. Inter Board Protocol  Safeguarding is everyone’s business...
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Breast Ironing - advice for practitioners
Professionals working with children and young people must be able to identify the signs and symptoms of girls who are...
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Bruising / Marks in Non Mobile Infants - guidance for practitioners
Infants who have yet to acquire independent mobility (rolling/crawling) should not have bruises/ marks or other injuries without a clear...
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Bulletins from the MSB
As part of our aim to improve communications and awareness raising the MSB will be sending out regular bulletins. Our bulletins...
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CSE & sexual abuse - resources for practitioners & volunteers
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is illegal activity by people who have power over young people and use it to sexually...
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CSE - advice for children & young people
It’s not okay for someone to manipulate you into doing sexual things for their own or someone else’s benefit. If...
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CSE - resources for families & the community
Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or...
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Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) - information for practitioners
Since 1 April 2008 Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) have been required to review the deaths of all children in...
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Child Development Stages - advice for practitioners
This resource provide examples illustrating expected development for children aged between one month and five years. They consider the following...
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Child Health - supporting practitioners with advice and resources for all
Immunisations and Vaccinations The NHS provides a checklist of the vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK...
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Child Protection functions - resources
Manchester resources relating to the child protection (CP) functions can be found on the GMSP procedures. Partner Agency reports for Child...
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Child Trafficking - advice & resources for practitioners
Child trafficking is child abuse. Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold. Children...
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Child in Need - resources for practitioners
All Child in Need cases open to Manchester City Council (MCC) Children’s Services must have a Child in Need (CiN) Plan...
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Child safety & accident prevention - advice & resources for all
Preventing childhood accidents is vital in ensuring all children grow up in a safe, stimulating environment. Practitioners from all agencies...
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Child sex offender disclosure scheme - advice for practitioners
The child sex offender disclosure scheme (CSOD) was rolled out across all England and Wales police forces in 2011, following...
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Children & young people in hospital - advice for practitioners
The MSB has adopted the relevant chapters of the GMSP procedures to provide guidance to practitioners and assist them to...
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Children & young people with potentially acute health conditions - advice for practitioners
The contribution of multi-agency partners in supporting children, young people, parents and carers to safeguard children with acute and chronic...
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Children Missing from Education - advice for practitioners
Statutory guidance for local authorities, and advice for other groups, on helping children who are missing education get back into...
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Children’s Health and Parents Related by Blood – advice for all
What is consanguinity? Consanguinity refers to relationships between blood relatives e.g. first cousins which is common in a number of...
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Chronology writing - guidance for practitioners
A chronology seeks to provide a clear account of all significant events in a child, young person or adult's life to date....
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Clare's Law - advice for practitioners
The domestic violence disclosure scheme - commonly known as ‘Clare’s law’ - allows individuals to ask the police to check whether a...
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Communication & engagement resources
Our communication and engagement resources help us 'join the dots' to ensure safeguarding is everyone's business - we have bulletins,...
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Compromised parenting - resources for practitioners
Compromised Parenting is a term used to describe situations when parents' capacity to safeguard and appropriately care for their child(ren)...
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Concealed or denied pregnancy - advice for practitioners
In a concealed pregnancy, a woman is aware of the pregnancy but does not tell professionals, or may hide the...
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Connected carers - advice & resources for practitioners
Kinship Care A kinship carer looks after the child of a relative or friend on a full time basis, whether...
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Consent Policy for children & young people - resources for practitioners
It is expected that practitioners working with children and families will discuss their intention to refer a safeguarding concern to...
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Coping with traumatic events - advice for all
Following recent tragic events we have complied some information which we hope may be of use. You can download the GM...
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Councillors & Local Authority Members - useful links
Local Government Association (LGA) The LGA is an excellent source of information for councillors on safeguarding issues for children and...
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Cross boundary cases - advice for practitioners
Children and families move across Local Authority boundaries for many reasons. If a referral relates to a child who is...
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Cultural awareness - advice for practitioners
Although some cultural practices are subjective as to whether they constitute abuse, there are a number which can be definitely...
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Dangerous Dogs - advice for all
Unfortunately, over the years there have been some very sad cases where children have been serious injured or killed by...
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Disabled children - advice for practitioners
Any child with a disability is by definition a ‘child in need’ under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 ...
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Domestic Homicide Reviews - information for practitioners
The Manchester Community Safety Partnership (CSP) is responsible for undertaking Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHR) where the death of a person aged...
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Domestic Violence & Abuse - resources for all
Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is the abuse of someone within an intimate or family relationship. It is the repeated,...
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Early Help Support Form
“Early Help is intervening early and as soon as possible to tackle problems emerging for children, young people and their...
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Early Years - advice for childcare practitioners & childminders
Childcare professionals and staff/volunteers who work in early years settings see the children in their care on a regular basis...
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Easy Read resources - advice for all
Resources developed by Shared Lives Manchester to support their service users and to assist other partners: Adult Safeguarding - Shared...
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Employing a carer - advice for all
If you employ somebody to help care for you or provide you with support, it is important that you are...
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Employing young people - advice for all
If a young person has a part time job, are aged between 13 and 16, and are still at school...
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Escalating a concern or resolving professional differences - advice for practitioners
What to do when you are concerned about a decision or practice in a case involving a child or young...
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Events & festivals - safeguarding advice for organisers
Running events can present a variety of additional safeguarding challenges. Considerations need to be made about issues including security and...
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FGM - resources for practitioners
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is also...
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Fabricated or induced illness - advice for practitioners
Fabricated or induced illness (FII) is a rare form of child abuse. It occurs when a parent or carer, usually...
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Families of offenders - resources for practitioners
There are a range of resources available for practitioners who are working with offenders' families and children. i-HOP i-HOP is...
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Fathers - resources for practitioners
Fathers matter a great deal to children; they play a significant role within the family, whether or not they are...
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Forced Marriage - advice for young people
A forced marriage is one that is carried out without the consent of both people. This is very different to...
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Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse - advice for families & the community
A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot)...
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Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence & Abuse - resources for practitioners
Forced Marriage A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning...
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Forms & guidance for practitioners
The Manchester MASH operate a consultation line for partner agencies - the number is 0161 219 2895 and is available between 8.45am and...
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Foster Care Agencies, Children's Homes & ISA Providers - resources for practitioners
The MSB would like to encourage all staff working for Foster Care Agencies, Children's Homes, Independent Supported Accommodation (ISA) providers...
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Fostering & support - advice for practitioners
Fostering is a way of providing a family life for children who cannot live with their own parents. It is...
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Fraud, scams & safety - advice for all
Scams hit the headlines almost every day with British consumers estimated to lose around £3.5 billion every year – the...
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GMSP multi-agency procedures - advice for practitioners
The first point of reference for any child related policy or procedure query should be the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership (GMSP)...
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Gambling establishments - safeguarding advice for premises
The Gambling Act 2005 promotes safer practice at premises where gambling activities take place. Under this legislation, licensees and their...
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Gambling – advice for young people
Gambling is taking part in a game or activity where you risk losing something, usually money, in order to try...
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Gang activity & serious youth violence - information for practitioners
There are a number of areas in which young people are put at risk by gang activity, both through participation...
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General Practitioners - useful safeguarding links & resources
This resource is provided jointly by the Manchester Safeguarding Boards (MSB) and the Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) Safeguarding...
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Glossary of terms: adults safeguarding
This resource explains the meaning of commonly used terms relating to safeguarding adults. Abuse Includes physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, financial, material, neglect, acts...
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Glossary of terms: children’s safeguarding
Terminology in the area of safeguarding children can be complex and changes as services are reshaped. This glossary sets out what...
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Hard to engage families - advice for practitioners
All agencies and organisations should devise and implement policies on working to engage with children, young people and their families...
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Harmful sexual behaviours - advice for practitioners
Harmful sexual behaviour includes: using sexually explicit words and phrases inappropriate touching using sexual violence or threats full penetrative sex...
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Head Lice Infestation - advice for all
Professionals working in schools and other organsiations should be aware that a 'Severe and Persistent Infestation' of head lice or...
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Health Practitioners - useful links & resources
This resource is provided jointly by the Manchester Safeguarding Boards (MSB) and the Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) Safeguarding...
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Hidden men - resources for practitioners
The NSPCC has published a thematic briefing about learning from case reviews related to hidden men. Learning includes: professionals should...
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Hoarding - advice & resources for practitioners
A hoarding disorder is where someone acquires an excessive number of items and stores them in a chaotic manner. The...
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Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy - advice for all
Some people who lack capacity need an advocate to represent their rights and defend what is in their best interests....
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Infant Mortality Review
The final report following the North West Sector Led Improvement Infant Mortality Review has how been approved by the stakeholder group....
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Information Governance - resources for all
Information governance covers the way the Boards and their partners handle the often sensitive information which they need to share...
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Initial Family and Friends Care Assessment: A good practice guide
A good practice guide on initial family and friends care assessments has been launched by Family Rights Group. The guide...
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Jargon buster: acronyms list
Here are some of the acronyms and jargon you might come across in safeguarding work. Terminology is complex and changing...
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Learning from Practice
The Boards have a duty under Working Together and the Care Act to “learn from practice” where something has happened...
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Leaving care - advice for practitoners
Barnardo's Manchester Leaving Care Service (MLCS) provides an assessment, planning and support service to all young people leaving care from...
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Legislation & government guidance
There are a number of key pieces of legislation and government guidance that support the work of the Boards.
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Levels of Need (multi-agency decisions framework)
The Multi-agency Levels of Need & Response Framework has been developed to assist those who work with children, young people...
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Licensing resources - for businesses & event organisers
Since the introduction of Local Safeguarding Boards in 2006, changes have been made to the way in which premises such...
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Local Authority staff - resources
Manchester City Council Find information and resources: about Early Help in the Early Help Practitioner zone Help and Support Manchester...
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MARAC and SARAC - advice for practitioners
MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) Across Greater Manchester services are working together to stop domestic abuse and help anyone...
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MSAB business documents
Download or view the business documents of the Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board. Downloads on this page:
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MSB Complaints Protocol - advice for all
A complaint may be made by any professional or member of the public about the way the Boards have carried...
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MSB Document Management Process - advice for partners
A defined Document Management process ensures the consistent development, implementation and review of multi-agency business documents, policies and procedures, and...
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MSB subgroups - information for partners
In addition to the main Boards, the MSAB and MSCB have created a number of subgroups to undertake specific tasks...
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MSCB Improvement Journey
The Manchester Safeguarding Children Board, and its partner Manchester City Council Children's Services, are on an improvement journey. For more information...
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MSCB business documents
Download or view the business documents of the Manchester Safeguarding Children Board.
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Making Safeguarding Personal - advice for all
“Ensuring every citizen in Manchester is able to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect. Everyone who lives or...
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Manchester Children & Young People's Plan
Manchester’s Children and Young People’s Plan sets out how the city intends to take forward the overall ambition and approach...
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Manchester Safeguarding Standard
The Manchester Safeguarding Adults Board (MSAB) and Manchester Safeguarding Children Board (MSCB) expect all providers and commissioners of services for...
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Mate crime - advice for all
Mate crime occurs when a person is harmed or taken advantage of by someone they thought was their friend. Mate...
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Mental Capacity & Deprivation of Liberty - advice for all
Every day we make decisions about our lives. These decisions could be about simple things like what we eat and...
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Mental Capacity Assessments - resources for practitioners
The MSB have developed guidance for practitioners completing capacity assessments with adults or young people in your role The MSB Citywide...
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Mental health - resources for practitioners
It can be difficult to maintain good mental health in the face of everyday hassles. It is common for people to worry...
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Missing adults - advice for all
If an adult who has learning difficulties or a condition such as Alzheimer’s goes missing you should always call the...
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Missing children - advice for all
Every situation is different and there are no set rules about when a child should be considered missing; however if...
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Modern Slavery - resources for practitioners
Modern slavery includes: slavery human trafficking forced labour and domestic servitude. Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at...
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Neglect Strategy - information for practitioners working with children & young people
Neglect can result when adults fail to meet the basic physical and /or emotional needs of the children they are...
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Online learning with other providers - free to all
There are a number of online learning tools on safeguarding issues that are available to practitioners, volunteers and the public. The following...
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Online learning with the MSB
There are various sources of online learning available to professionals, practitioners and volunteers who work in Manchester. Whilst we recognise that this...
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Online safety - advice for parents & carers
Few parents or carers understand their children's new cyber culture. They do not understand what they are doing (and how...
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Online safety - advice for practitioners
The internet is a great way for children and adults to connect with others and learn new things. As interactions between...
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Parental Substance Misuse - advice for practitioners
Parental misuse of drugs or alcohol becomes relevant to child protection when the misuse of the substances impacts on the...
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Photographing children & young people - advice for practitioners & volunteers
Agencies frequently use photographs of children, young people and adults in printed publications and on websites to publicise services or...
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Police - useful links & resources for partners
Greater Manchester Police's easy read page GMP has produced some information in an easy read format for you to share...
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Prevent (radicalisation and extremism) - resources for practitioners
Radicalisation refers to the process by which a person comes to support terrorism and forms of extremism leading to terrorism....
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Private Fostering - advice for practitioners
A child or young person is privately fostered if they are under 16 (or 18 if disabled) and looked after...
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Private fostering - advice for children, young people & families
Are you under 16 (or under 18 if you have a disability) and living with an adult who is not your parent...
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Probation & Youth Justice services - advice for practitioners
The MSAB and MSCB have two Probation partners: Cheshire & Greater Manchester Community Rehabilitation Company Visit cgm-probation.org.uk for more information...
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Professional curiosity, confidence & challenge - resources for practitioners
Nurturing professional curiosity spans all four of the MSB priorities and is an essential part of working together to keep...
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Public data - safeguarding in context
When looking at the performance of the work of the Boards it is important that we understand the context of the...
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Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement - information for partners
Multi-agency quality assurance and performance improvement activities are key functions of the Boards and allow us to monitor and evaluate...
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Road Safety - advice for all
Right across the UK, speeding on the roads is a major problem. Speeding puts everyone in the community at risk...
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SMART Planning - tips for practitioners
Case reviews have regularly raised concerns about planning issues e.g. lack of focus, plans not reflecting identified concerns, over optimism...
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Safe Sleeping & reducing the risk of sudden infant death - resources for practitioners to share
One key theme across the country and locally is the risk factors for Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). Despite...
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Safeguarding Adult Reviews - resources for practitioners
The aim of a Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) is to carry out a multi-agency review which seeks to determine what...
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Safeguarding Alert - advice for adults
If a you or someone else reports abuse, this is called making a Safeguarding Alert. A Safeguarding Coordinator will then work...
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Safeguarding Policy - advice for partners
As part of the Manchester Safeguarding Standard, the MSAB and MSCB require all partners to have safeguarding policies and procedures that...
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Safer recruitment (employment & volunteering with children) - advice for practitioners
Safer recruitment is central to the safeguarding of children and young people. All organisations which employ staff or volunteers to...
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Schools and Early Years - useful links & resources
Safeguarding Updates for Schools & Colleges Issued by the Safeguarding in Education Team - these newsletters will keep schools and early...
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Section 11 audits - information for practitioners
The Children Act (2004) places a statutory obligation on a number of agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of...
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Separation and divorce - resources for practitoners
After separating many parents feel that they are on an emotional roller coaster and find it difficult to talk to...
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Serious Case Reviews - resources for practitioners
Serious Case Reviews (SCR) play a vital role in helping practitioners and organisations to continually improve the way they work,...
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Service offer in the City for Domestic Violence & Abuse
Domestic violence and abuse is the abuse of someone within an intimate or family relationship. It is the repeated, random...
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Seven minute briefings - resources for all
The MSB have introduced 'seven minute briefings' to allow managers to deliver a short briefing to staff regarding on key...
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Sexting - resources for practitioners
Sexting is when someone sends or receives a sexually explicit image, video or text, usually on a mobile phone. Sexting...
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Sexuality - resources for all
Sexuality and sexual orientation is about who a person is physically and emotionally attracted to. Everyone has a sexual orientation...
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Sexually active under 18s - resources for practitioners
Procedures have been devised with the understanding that most young people under the age of 18 will have a healthy...
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Signs of Safety - resources for practitoners
Manchester is one of many local authorities implementing the Signs of Safety approach to help protect children, which means practitioners will see...
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Smoking and related issues - safeguarding advice for all
Make your home and car smoke free to prevent fires and protect children and other people who live with you....
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Stalking & harassment - advice for all
Stalking can be defined as persistent and unwanted attention where the victim feels pestered and harassed. There are many forms...
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Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood (SUDC) - advice for practitioners
The death of a child or young person is always sad. Talking and thinking about a child's death is a...
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Suicide and Self Harm by children & young people - advice for practitioners
Any child or young person who self-harms or expresses thoughts about this or about suicide must be taken seriously and...
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Supervision - guidance for practitioners
Supervision (sometimes referred to a clinical supervision) should be offered to all staff whose work brings them into contact with children,...
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Taxis - safeguarding & safety handbook
A Safeguarding and Safety Handbook has been produced by Manchester City Council and Greater Manchester Police in conjunction with organisations representing...
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Tips for single agency (in-house training)
All agencies are responsible for ensuring that their workforce is competent and confident in carrying out its responsibilities for safeguarding...
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Together We Can Tackle Child Abuse Campaign - advice for all
The Manchester Safeguarding Children Board is supporting the government’s  ‘Together, we can tackle child abuse’ campaign, launched by the Department...
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Training - our multi-agency offer
Multi-agency training helps practitioners and volunteers understand their roles, responsibilities and safeguarding procedures; and create a shared understanding of assessment...
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Trust Your Instinct
We work with Manchester people every day, so our Trust your instinct booklet aims to help you know what to...
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Unaccompanied asylum seeking children - resources for practitioners
Unaccompanied asylum seeking children and young people (UASC), also known as separated children or unaccompanied minors, are children who are...
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Unborn babies & vulnerable pregnant women - resource for practitioners
One in four women experience domestic violence and abuse at some point in their lives. This may be physical, sexual, emotional...
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Use of social media by practitioners & volunteers - advice for all
Digital technology has become an important part of everyday life; however an increasing number of cases where workplace practice has...
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Useful links & publications
This resource is to assist practitioners by providing links to (hopefully) useful websites; however we do not endorse these sites.  If you...
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Voluntary Sector & Faith Groups
The MSB are aware that many voluntary, community and faith groups and supplementary schools may need support in ensuring their safeguarding arrangements...
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What is abuse - easy read version
Who is an adult at risk of harm? An adult at risk of harm is someone who is over 18...
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What is adult abuse? - advice for all
We all have the right to live our lives free from abuse. It is recognised that certain groups of people...
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What is child abuse?
Abuse (also called Significant Harm) can happen to a child at any age. Abusers can be adults but not just...
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What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding refers to the multi-agency procedures for protecting children, young people or adults from abuse or neglect. If you are...
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Whistleblowing - advice for practitioners
Whistleblowing is the term used when a worker passes on information concerning wrongdoing. Government guidance calls it “making a disclosure”...
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Working Together 2015
Working Together to Safeguard Children First published on 26 March 2015 this is the key Statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote...
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Young carers - advice for practitioners
Young carers are children and young people who spend time looking after someone else - usually a family member who...
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