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News from December 2019

Annual Report 2018-19

SSCB is pleased to publish their respective Annual Report for 2018-19.

The Board is required to publish an annual report on the effectiveness of safeguarding in the local area. The report provides a rigorous and transparent assessment of the impact and effectiveness of local services to safeguard children in Salford. It identifies key achievements and challenges.

This is the final year that we will publish an Annual Report as Salford Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB). The report for 2019-20 will be published by the new Partnership in accordance with Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.

For more information visit:  https://safeguardingchildren.salford.gov.uk/about-the-partnership/annual-report/

Item added 18th December 2019

Welcome - Safeguarding Children Partnership Performance & QA Coordinator

Welcome to Jane Maguire who joins the Safeguarding Children Partnership Business Unit as the Performance and Quality Assurance Coordinator. Jane has worked for many years in a similar role in Manchester Safeguarding Partnership and is looking forward to a new challenge in Salford. In addition to other duties Jane will be supporting the Safeguarding Effectiveness subgroup and the Case Review Practice subgroup as well as linking in with the Workforce Development subgroup. Part of her role will be to ensure that learning from reviews and audit is acted on and incorporated into workforce learning & development and multi-agency policy & procedures to make sure that we are continually learning from experience to improve the way we work together to support children & young people. Please make her welcome if you see Jane in a subgroup meeting or in a separate meeting as part of her induction.

Contact Jane Maguire on Tel: 0161 603 4174 or email: jane.maguire@salford.gov.uk

Salford Safeguarding Effectiveness Framework

Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership has agreed a comprehensive set of processes which enable the partnership to be assured about the effectiveness of safeguarding in multiple ways. This includes - single agency audit, Section 11 self-assessment, multi-agency practice audit & review, practitioner forums, findings from inspection, and performance data reporting. The attached document “Salford Safeguarding Effectiveness Framework” explains in detail how the framework operates.

Practice review policy and toolkit

The Practice Review Policy and Toolkit has been published. 

If you are aware of multi-agency working that has resulted in a seriously good outcome, or you are concerned about the way agencies have worked together with a particular case, you can make a referral to the practice review sub group.

Tackling Neglect Summit

On 29th October 2019 key partners including young people across Salford, from all services, at all levels, came together to understand and shape how we can reduce the prevalence and impact of neglect on the lives of children in Salford. We will be launching a Neglect Strategy in March 2020. Watch this space.

GM Life readiness survey

To ensure that all young people have the opportunity to reach their potential, and grow up inspired to exceed expectations – Andy Burnham and the GMCA are working together to ensure that our young people get the support they need to develop skills and be ready for life after school and college. A key part of this is to find out how to improve things is to get feedback from young people.

GM Life readiness survey aimed at Year 10 pupils has been circulated to schools. If your school submits responses from 50% of your cohort (or 100 pupils) you will receive a detailed report of the return. Schools who received this report last year found it very useful.

The link to the survey is https://www.gmconsult.org/strategy-team/e692ca6d The survey closes on 20th December.

Knife crime conference

The Knife crime conference will be held on 28th February,  the day will be a mix of speakers, workshops, and a performance.  This will be the beginning of a Salford wide challenge to knife crime, with follow up events to happen throughout 2020. 

Salford Parent and Carer Panel

We are setting up a Salford Parent Panel and asking parents/guardians/carers to work with us in partnership to keep our Children and Young People Safe and Well and make sure they have what they need to be their best.

For any further information contact Rachel.Prest@salford.gov.uk  

How to have difficult conversations with children

The NSPCC guidance covers tips on preparing for a conversation and offers general principles that will help when discussing sensitive subjects with children and young people. It includes links to the Childline helpline where children and young people can get confidential advice and support as well as resources on the Childline website. 

Contextual Safeguarding

Contextual Safeguarding is an approach to understanding, and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families. It recognises that the different relationships that young people form in their neighbourhoods, schools and online can feature violence and abuse. Parents and carers may have little influence over these contexts, and young people’s experiences of extra-familial abuse can undermine parent-child relationships. Therefore children’s social care practitioners need to engage with individuals and sectors who do have influence over/within extra- familial contexts, and recognise that assessment of, and intervention with, these spaces are a critical part of safeguarding practices. Contextual Safeguarding, therefore, expands the objectives of child protection systems in recognition that young people are vulnerable to abuse in a range of social contexts. For further information and resources visit Working Together to Safeguard Children and the Contextual Safeguarding Network

Child Criminal Exploitation

Greater Manchester Project Phoenix have provided a 7 minute briefing on Child Criminal Ex­ploitation.

Anti-bullying Week 2019

Anti-bullying week took place from 11-15 November 2019, with the theme 'change starts with us'. In preparation for the week Childline launched a campaign to give young people the tools they need to help a friend who’s being bullied. This includes advice on: helping a friend; building confidence and self-esteem; and bullying and cyber-bullying on social networks. Videos to promote the campaign are also available.

Also as part of anti-bullying week in Salford, we were keen to understand how resilient Salford young people are. The annual resilience survey went out to schools, colleges and training agencies for young people in years 4, 8 and 12.

There’s also a useful roundup of websites and resources from Inspiring Young Lives

Hate Crime     

Greater Manchester is a place where everyone should feel safe to be themselves. No one should face violence, abuse or hatred just because of who they are, who they love, where they’re from, what they look like or what they believe.

There is a lot of great work taking place to tackle hate crime in each area of Greater Manchester but we can be more effective if we work together.  The GMCA have been working with many people and organisations involved in tackling hate crime to develop a set of priorities including a public consultations to help prevent and tackle hate crime.

You can report a hate crime anonymously online. Whether victim or witness, visit the True Vision website www.report-it.org.uk or LetsEndHateCrime.com for advice in your area. Further information is also available on Salford Hate Crime Reporting Centres.

Mental Capacity Act 2005 Resource and Practice Toolkit

Tri-X have made their MCA resource available to everyone. The resource supports all practitioners working in statutory health and social care to understand the Act and practice confidently when applying its principles.

GM Race Equality Change Agents Programme

The SSCP has been successful in the entry on to RECAP which aims to translate the work delivered as part of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) Experts Programme at a local level, translating the learning to benefit all partner organisations within Greater Manchester. Sharn Begum our SSCP Workforce Development Manager will be our lead on this programme and develop a project with the aim to improve, access, experience and outcomes for all.

Useful Links

Other Training and Events in Salford, Greater Manchester and the North West

  • Early Help Assessment and Team Around the Family training
  • Emotional health and well-being training and events
  • GMMH Recovery Academy courses – includes a range of free educational courses and resources for people with mental health and substance misuse problems, their families and carers as well as professionals.

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