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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

COVID-19 news bulletin (May 21, 2020)

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.

Coronavirus: online safety

The NSPCC has updated the online safety content for parents and carers on its website to include new advice on talking to your child about online safety and upsetting coronavirus content online.

Visit the NSPCC website: Online safety and coronavirus
Upsetting coronavirus content online

NSPCC Helpline campaign

The NSPCC has launched a government funded campaign to raise awareness of our helpline, which provides free support for anyone who’s worried about a child.

Watch the campaign video: Still here

Find out more about the helpline: NSPCC helpline

Download the NSPCC and DfE helpline toolkit

Coronavirus: guidance on temporary changes to education, health and care legislation

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance on temporary changes to the law on education, health and care (EHC) needs assessments and plans in England during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The guidance provides a summary of these legislative changes and sets out the key implications for those who play a part in the processes relating to EHC needs assessments and plans.

Read the guidance: Education, health and care needs assessments and plans: guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 news bulletin (May 6, 2020)

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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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.

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.

Latest news

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