August 2022

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New SSCP Training Officer

Hi everyone, I’m Deb Drinkwater and I have recently been appointed the role of part time Training Officer for Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership.  Although I only started at the beginning of August, the warm welcome I have received, and working alongside familiar faces I knew in previous roles, have ensured that I already feel part of the team.

I have worked in and around Salford for many years in Local Authority roles (including SSCB as it was back then) and working for Salford CVS providing Safeguarding support to the Voluntary & community sector. I qualified as a Youth & Community Worker initially, but the focus of my career has been addiction recovery and community development. Consequently safeguarding has been at the heart of everything I do – raising awareness with communities and frontline workers, and supporting individuals and families to make positive changes.

In my spare time I like walking, live music, a bit of photography and family activities. I recently climbed Mount Snowdon although this is not the norm for me.   It was a challenge I set for my ‘big’ birthday in July – although I absolutely loved seeing the sunrise at the peak, I don’t think I am ready to climb any other mountains just yet – but I do love new experiences and challenges so who knows.

Its great to be back with the team at SSCP – looking forward to meeting and working with colleagues across the partnership and re-connecting with some familiar faces too.

Water Safety - in and outside of the home

As the warm weather continues water safety outside of the home remains a concern.  However there are also still reported drownings happening inside of the home.  At home, younger children are most likely to drown in the bath or garden pond.  Babies can drown in as little as 5cm of water.

The Institute of Health Visiting have produced a useful downloadable document with advice on water safety inside and outside the home. Below is a summary of the key advice:

  • Make sure you have everything you need close to hand (towels, nappies etc.) when you’re giving your child their bath.
  • Do not leave your baby alone in the bath, even for a second.
  • Don’t rely on another child to watch your baby while you leave the bathroom.
  • Make sure your garden is secure so that your child cannot get into neighboring gardens, where there may be ponds or other drowning hazards.
  • Supervise young children when they’re playing in a paddling pool, at all times. Always empty the water immediately after use.
  • Water butts for storage of rainwater should always have a secure lid on them.
  • Hot tubs should always be securely covered when not in use.

Gambling and young people

Although gambling is illegal for those under 18, research shows many young people do engage in gambling through different means.  Big Deal is an online resource which provides information for young people if they are worried about their own or another persons gambling.  They also have an information hub for parents and professionals, in addition to a helpline and live chat option.

To understand the links between gaming and gambling YGAM for parents is a site which offers information, education and safeguarding awareness.

Anti-violence sculpture comes to Salford 

A large bee sculpture made from surrendered weapons will be coming to Salford in September.  Created by The British Ironwork Centre in collaboration with Greater Manchester Police, the sculpture is to serve as an educational tool with an anti-violence message.  All the weapons used were taken from the streets of Manchester.  

Free webinar - Safer sleep

The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) is offering a free webinar titled Safer sleeping: What do we know about sleeping arrangements and sudden infant deaths?, taking place on Thursday 22nd September 2022.  The session is free and open to all with free registration in advance

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) - promoting home safety assessments

GMFRS is asking mulit-agency partners to help promote their Home Fire Safety Assessments and referral pathway by taking seven simple steps: 

  1. Provide a link to the HFSA webpage on your website
  2. Provide a link to the HFSA partner webpage on your intranet  
  3. Promote HFSAs on social media as widely as possible, across all relevant channels  
  4. Distribute HFSA promotional leaflets and display posters 
  5. Attend HFSA training and encourage colleagues to attend 
  6. Include fire safety in your service user assessments 
  7. Sign up to our Home Fire Safety Partnership Newsletter and encourage colleagues to sign up

Equality and Diversity

Our vision is to make Salford a fair and inclusive city where everyone has an equal voice, access to services and opportunities, and are included and represented in decisions that affect them, irrespective of their age, disability status, ethnicity, faith, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background.  Salford has a strong commitment to tackling inequality which is reflected in The Salford Way, a city-wide approach to ensure partners work together to build a fairer and more inclusive Salford for all.  A key part of this approach is the  Salford Equality Strategy our catalyst for change to ensure we work together to build a fairer and more inclusive Salford for all.

All partners of the SSCP are required to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are a thread through all our priorities/activity, as are the views and voices of young people. 

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