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Are you worried about a child? Don’t ignore it—Report it!

 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, professionals and volunteers may come into contact with individuals and families they haven’t met before.

If you’re worried that a child is being neglected, abused or is not being looked after properly please don’t ignore it.

Trust your instincts and get in touch with The Bridge team if you’ve seen or heard something that you thought wasn’t right.

Call: 0161 603 4500 (8:30am-4:30pm) outside these hours 0161 794 8888

In an emergency call 999

For more information visit: www.salford.gov.uk/worriedaboutachild or download a copy of Life in Salford (March 2020) magazine

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Coronavirus: NSPCC resources to professionals

NSPCC Learning has published a coronavirus page which pulls together a list of services and resources to support professionals' work with children, young people and families during the coronavirus pandemic. It includes information and advice on: undertaking remote teaching safely, the current UK government safeguarding guidance for schools; how to have difficult conversations with children; our online safeguarding training; and how to contact our information service. The page will be reviewed and updated regularly.Visit the page: Coronavirus: safeguarding and child protection

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Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. If you need to talk to someone who understands please call the free national helpline on 0808 2000 247 anytime, day or night. See www.salford.gov.uk/domesticabuse  for details of other organisations which can support you.

They won't judge, they won't tell you what to do - they are there to listen and support you.

We now have a specialised Domestic Abuse provision in Salford. Five specialised DA workers are available for advice and support on safety planning for victims and anything DA related when a child resides in the property. For more information contact Claire Baddley, Salford Childrens DA email: claire.baddley@salford.gov.uk

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Coronavirus: online safety

The government has published its Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for parents and carers to keep children safe online guidance, which includes useful resources to help keep children safe from different risks and where to go to receive support and advice.

If you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating online report it to CEOP. CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. For more information visit   www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/

The Children's Commissioner for England, in association with the privacy law firm Schillings, has produced a digital safety and wellbeing kit for parents and a safety guide for children to help keep children safe and well online during the coronavirus outbreak.

"Let's Talk About It” is an initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance to the public in order to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism. While we are all self-isolating and socially distancing due to Coronavirus, we will all become more reliant on communicating online, watch their film about online gaming here and read through our advice for parents, guardians and carers to make sure you and your family stay safe online. For more information visit: www.ltai.info/staying-safe-online/

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Coronavirus: NSPCC support for parents and carers

NSPCC have published a coronavirus page which pulls together a list of services and resources to support parents and carers during the coronavirus pandemic. It includes information on working from home, supporting children with anxiety due to coronavirus, keeping children safe from abuse and online safety. The page will be reviewed and updated regularly.

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Coronavirus: Modern Slavery

The Home Office has published guidance on support for victims on modern slavery, as victims may be particularly isolated and hidden during the coronavirus outbreak. The guidance, which covers child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation, explains what support is available for victims of modern slavery across all UK nations. Read the guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of modern slavery

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Counter-extremism 

The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) has published resources on counter-extremism and preventing radicalisation in schools. The resources, developed in collaboration with the Department for Education (DfE), the Home Office and school practitioners and extremism experts, are designed to help staff safeguard pupils from extremism as part of the Prevent duty. It includes videos on topics including: the grooming process; a whole-school approach; and understanding vulnerability. View the resources: Counter-extremism: preventing radicalisation in schools

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GMCA News Bulletin

We are continuing to bring you regular updates from Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Mayor of Greater Manchester in a bid to keep the people of Greater Manchester informed and ensure they are receiving all of the right advice and guidance at this time in relation to COVID-19.

In response to COVID-19 two websites have been established, one to help coordinate the community response to the outbreak in Greater Manchester and another to ensure businesses can get the support they need

The latest Government advice and guidance, including on how to protect yourself and others can be found here.

We always appreciate feedback, so if you have any suggestions about what you'd like to see in this newsletter, please email us: news@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

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ICON Campaign

During this challenging time stress levels at home may be increased. Please follow the ICON guidance for coping with crying. The advice and support that underpins ICON is available for all health and social care professionals to ensure the message is provided to all families with babies. 

For more information visit or to download the resources visit https://safeguardingchildren.salford.gov.uk/parents-and-carers/infant-crying-and-how-to-cope-icon/

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Advice for parents

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. It can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured. Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done.

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COVID-19 VCSE Update: Staying Socially Connected

Download the twice-weekly COVID-19 update for voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises in Salford.

For more information call 0161 787 7795 or email office@salfordcvs.co.uk.

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Shout: confidential 24/7 text service launched across GM

New support being offered by SHOUT service - a confidential 24/7 text service operated by trained crisis volunteers who will chat using text responses. Advice is available for anyone struggling with a host of issues, including: anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, abuse or assault, self-harm, bullying or relationship issues. The service is overseen by clinical supervisors.

The newly launched confidential SHOUT text service can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, simply by texting GMSalford to 85258

For more information you can visit: https://hub.gmhsc.org.uk/mental-health/shout-24-7-text-messaging-service-to-support-those-in-crisis/

You can see more about the digital support as it becomes available via GM through the following link: https://hub.gmhsc.org.uk/mental-health/digital-mental-health-resources/

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Q42 Producers has been launched (update on behalf of 42nd Street)

This is an exciting opportunity for any LGBTQ+ people aged 13-25 in Greater Manchester to create content for the Q42 website, blog and social media! It is our aim to empower the voices of local young LGBTQ+ people, and give them a platform to be heard!

To learn more about this exciting initiative, please find our poster attached, and read more at: https://q42.org.uk/q42-producers-your-voice-matters/

Please share this news as widely as possible, especially with local LGBTQ+ young people, we are eager to promote their voices, especially during these particularly difficult times! If you share this on your social media, please be sure to tag us @Q42Project

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Dad Matters - Service Update

Dad Matters is a Home-Start Project, based in Greater Manchester.

Supporting dads to:

  • have successful relationships with their families, and to support dads with anxiety, stress and mental health issues.
  • get dads engaged with services that have traditionally been targeted at mums, and to train & support volunteer dads to work with us.
  • make sure dads know how important they are, how to access support when they need it and why it’s essential for baby’s development.

Our team is made up of specialist staff from Home-Start HOST and the Tameside Early Attachment Service (NHS) with links to midwifery, health visiting, mental health services and voluntary sector organisations across Greater Manchester.

The two attached documents provide and update on how the service is being delivered over the next few weeks.

For more information: https://dadmatters.org.uk/about/

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SilverCloud Launched in GM

SilverCloud offers online programmes for adults (aged 16 years+) to help ease your levels of stress, sleep better or to build resilience.

The programmes  are designed to help you improve and maintain your wellbeing by addressing underlying issues that can have a negative impact on how you would like to live your life and includes:

  • Space from COVID-19
  • Space for stress
  • Space for Mindfulness
  • Space for resilience
  • Space for sleep

To access the self-help support:  https://GM.silvercloudhealth.com/signup

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GM i-Thrive programme - Training Needs Analysis survey

The GM team are undertaking a training needs audit for anyone working in Greater Manchester with Children and  Young People. The survey aims to assess your training needs so that we may work towards improving your local training offer.

The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and the responses will be invaluable as we try to understand the current training needs of staff working with Children and Young People throughout Greater Manchester.

To complete the survey, you can either follow the link to the Survey Monkey web link: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LTJJG3T   where you will be able to complete the survey online, or alternatively, you can complete the survey using the attached Word document. If you wish to complete the Word version of the survey, you can complete the attached survey and email to: gm.thrive@mft.nhs.uk

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New Covid-19 Government Guidance for Unpaid Carers

The Dept. of Health & Social Care have recently provided information and guidance for people who are caring, unpaid, for friends or family during the coronavirus outbreak.

For more information: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-providing-unpaid-care

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COVID-19 VCSE Update: Staying Socially Connected

Download the twice-weekly COVID-19 update for voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises in Salford.

For more information call 0161 787 7795 or email office@salfordcvs.co.uk.

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Professional Challenge and Escalation

Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) have updated the professional challenge and escalation guidance in response to learning from Case Reviews.

Recent case reviews have evidenced that multi-agency working is strong in Salford and partners are good at sharing their views regarding what is working well for children and families and what could be better. However, there are times when disagreements occur and require informal/formal escalation if concerns cannot be resolved.

Learning from case reviews has found that effective challenge and escalation has not always been achieved and on occasions this has meant that the multi-agency professionals have remained in disagreement without resolution, impacting on how effective agencies work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Constructive challenge among colleagues within agencies and between agencies provides a healthy approach to keep children safe. There needs to be a clear process in place to achieve and evidence this while keeping the focus on the child and their needs.

The updated procedure and supporting form is available on the policies and procedures page on the SSCP website. We will incorporate this into the SSCP multi-agency training programme.

Please promote the revised procedure within your agency and contact sscp@salford.gov.uk if you want to update the SPOC list.

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Case Reviews

We have recently published the learning from two case reviews; Child H and Child C using 7 Minute Briefings.

For more information visit https://safeguardingchildren.salford.gov.uk/professionals/practice-reviews/

Please disseminate the key learning, reflect on the implications for your service and outline the steps your team will take to improve practice in line with the findings and recommendations.

If you have any feedback please email: sscp@salford.gov.uk

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Kooth: free online counselling for children and young people launched in GM

The online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform will be available to any young person who may be struggling with their mental health – and particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Kooth is for young people aged 11-18 and offers a variety of resources, including:

  • A live chat function that allows young people to contact a qualified counsellor
  • Chat forums with other young people
  • Crisis information
  • Self help resources

Scheduled and drop in counselling sessions are available 365 days a year and include slots at evenings and weekends.

To sign up to use Kooth: www.kooth.com

To find out more please see the Kooth Online Counselling Flyer or visit https://hub.gmhsc.org.uk/mental-health/kooth/

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GM Crisis Care Pathway– Service Update

  • Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) have been classified as essential services in line with national guidance around crisis care during COVID-19.
  • Assessments and follow up appointments will be undertaken by telephone or video call wherever possible, with face to face appointments only where absolutely necessary.
  • For further information please see GM Crisis Care briefing around the crisis care pathway and updates to services in response to COVID or email Salford Thrive: EHWB@salford.gov.uk.

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COVID-19 VCSE Update: Staying Socially Connected

Download the twice-weekly COVID-19 update for voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises in Salford.

For more information call 0161 787 7795 or email office@salfordcvs.co.uk.

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Spirit of Salford

Spirit of Salford Network partners have developed a new service to support isolated and lonely residents during the coronavirus response. The 'Stay at Home, Stay in Touch' service offers regular check-in and chat calls. 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): a guide for VCSE organisations

CVS has produced some guidance for voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read the CVS guide here.

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#StayHomeSaveLives

Your organisation can help by getting out the message to #StayHomeSaveLives, in this crucial stage in trying to manage the coronavirus, it’s vital the public stay at home (unless necessary).

You can use Public Health England's coronavirus resources on staying at home to amplify the message across your communication channels and social networks.

Or share posts on your social media from trusted accounts such as Public Health England, NHS and Salford City Council.

Access the campaign materials here.

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NEW ‘Safeguarding Information for Volunteers’ Factsheet

SSCP and SSAB have jointly developed a ‘Safeguarding Information for Volunteers’ fact sheet. Please download and share the briefing with all volunteers supporting some of our most vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is important that all volunteers understand how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect and how to report any safeguarding concerns.

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Safeguarding Children during COVID-19

We have produced some information about safeguarding children during COVID-19 for volunteers and members of the public. Most children are safe at home but for those children who are struggling we encourage everyone to play their part and if you see something: say something. Please take a look at the short film clip and accompanying information sheet to help you to get help for children if needed.

Download the information sheet for volunteers (PDF, 189kb)

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NEW ‘Safeguarding Information for Volunteers’ 7 Minute Briefing

SSCP and SSAB are working together to support safeguarding partners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have jointly developed a ‘Safeguarding Information for Volunteers’ 7 Minute Briefing. Please download and share the briefing with all volunteers supporting some of our most vulnerable residents during this time.  It is important that all volunteers understand how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect and how to report any safeguarding concerns.

To download a copy visit: SSCP 7 Minute Briefings

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Salford Thrive Update

 Salford thrive network have recently:-

For more information email: EHWB@salford.gov.uk

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Latest news

Details of all the latest news from the Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership.