Season’s greetings from the Manchester Safeguarding Boards
Our regular monthly bulletin will be back in the new year. It 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. You can sign up to receive it here on our website.
Please keep an eye on the news feeds on our home page for the most up to date safeguarding news.
MSB priorities survey
Every year we assess our priorities and take a look at whether there are new areas we need to concentrate on to achieve this goal.
Please take part in a short survey to help us to look at what our priorities should be for 2019/20:
- find the MSAB priority setting survey at MSAB priority setting survey
- find the MSCB priority setting survey at MSCB priority setting survey
Closing date is 8th January 2019 – thank you for your contribution.
Scared to share??
Did you know that when Working Together was updated in July 2018 the government made the rules about information sharing much clearer? This is what it says:
“Fears about sharing information must not be allowed to stand in the way of the need to promote the welfare, and protect the safety, of children, which must always be of paramount concern.”
Also you do not always need consent to share personal information, although you should try to get it. It is good practice to get consent to share information as soon as you start to work with a family, so that this does not become a potential barrier later on if concerns start to escalate. There may be times when it is not appropriate to seek consent, either because the individual can’t give it, it is not reasonable to get it OR because to gain consent would put a child or young person’s safety at risk.
Take the time to read the updated guidance in Working Together 2018 pages 18 to 20 and make sure everybody that you work with knows about it too.
Find the guidance on the gov.uk website at assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/Working_Together_to_Safeguard_Children-2018.pdf
‘How Are You? Campaign
The ‘How Are You?’ campaign will be back in the New Year and, once again, it will be encouraging all adults to take the free ‘How Are You?’ health quiz.
The quiz will help you to take a moment to think about how your current lifestyle could be impacting your health, and support you to make positive changes, whether that is eating better, stopping smoking, cutting down on drinking or getting active.
Campaign activity will begin on 27 December 2018, with an additional campaign push starting on 11 January 2019.
Take the ‘How Are You?’ quiz on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/oneyou/how-are-you-quiz (before the Christmas chocolate comes out!)
The MSB Business Unit are available Monday to Friday 9am – 4pm on:
- tele: 0161 234 3330
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be monitoring our phones and inbox over the festive period.
The aim of the Manchester Safeguarding Boards is to ensure that everyone in our city is able to live in safety; free from abuse, neglect or crime – no matter what their age or circumstances. We believe everyone who lives or works in the city has a role to play in achieving this.