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Female Genital Mutilation - International Day of Zero Tolerance 6th February 2022

Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons and is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights, the health and the integrity of girls and women.

The Salford FGM Task Group has recently launched a new FGM Assessment Toolkit with accompanying guidance.  Its purpose is to support in multi-agency assessment of whether FGM has taken place or there is a risk of FGM to an adult, child or close family member. 

More information on support services and access to the toolkit and guidance, can be found on the FGM page of the SSCP website.

Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week 7th-13th February 2022

A hate crime incident is an offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by an offender's hatred of someone because of their:

  • race, colour, ethnic origin nationality or national origins
  • religion
  • gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • alternative sub-culture

Hate crime incidents include:

  • physical attacks - to people or property, including offensive graffiti or arson
  • the threat of attack - including offensive letters, telephone calls, online messages or groups of people hanging around to intimidate
  • verbal abuse or insults - including offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures and bullying at school or in the work place

Hate incidents can be verbal abuse but if the victim feels threatened or is caused distress, this could become a hate crime.

You can report any form of hate crime anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or phone the police's non-emergency reporting number on 101.  In an emergency ring 999.

True Vision is an national website set up by government for people to report hate crime. The information is collated and then passed to the victims local police force for action.

There are also community reporting centres where people can report hate crime or talk about their concerns. In Salford these include Eccles, Swinton, Walkden and Pendleton Gateways and Broughton Hub.

Race Equality Week also runs 7th - 13th February 2022

Race Equality Week is an annual UK-wide movement uniting thousands of organisations and individuals to address the barriers to race equality in the workplace.  Further information and campaigns can be found on the Race Equality Matters website.

LGBT+ History Month 

February marks a month long observance of LGBT+ history, to promote equality and diversity.  This year will also mark the 50th anniversary of the first Pride March in the UK.  More information and resources can be found on the LGBT+ History Month website.

Childrens Mental Health Week 7th-13th February 2022

This year's theme is 'Growing Together', encouraging children (and adults) to consider how they have grown and how they can help others to grow.  A toolkit has been developed to help schools across the UK explore the concept of growing emotionally and thinking about ways to help each other.  

In this toolkit, there are mental health and wellbeing resources for primary and secondary school pupils themed around four different areas:

  1. Anti-racism
  2. LGBTQI+
  3. Girls and young women
  4. Disability and neurodiversity

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Event 7th March 2022

The Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) are holding another Listening Hub event entitled "Emotional Health and Wellbeing". This is being supported by a number of partners and will take place at The Lowry for face to face attendees.

We are keen to listen to the voices of participants so they can help to shape the priorities and w can demonstrate "You said ..., we did..."

There are limited spaces available to attend the event face to face, priority will be given to children, young people and families to attend face to face, professionals are asked to attend the event online.

The event is aimed at children in Year 6 and above, young people, parents and carers as well as professionals working with children and young people in Salford. There are more details and booking instructions on the flyer.

Education Inclusion

Education Inclusion briefings have taken place over the last 18 months to ensure that there is a clear multi-agency understanding of the potential impact of educational neglect.  To date over 400 children's services, school and health professionals have attended the briefings.  The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of good levels of school attendance and ensure that every professional working with children and families understands their responsibility to support vulnerable children to sustain good levels of attendance and subsequently improved educational outcomes.  The briefing outlines education legislation and where to access advice and support.

Obesity and Neglect

Childhood obesity alone is a concern, but not automatically a child protection concern. However, professionals working with obese children should be mindful of the possible role of abuse or neglect in contributing to obesity. Failure to reduce overweight on its own is not a child protection concern, but consistent failure to change lifestyle and engage with outside support can indicate neglect. It is envisaged that only a very small number of children will reach the safeguarding threshold in relation to obesity linked to neglect.

Water Safety at Home

This months focus on safeguarding babies and young children is on water safety in the home.  More people die from drowning in the UK and Ireland than from domestic fires or cycling accidents and a child can drown in as little as 2cm of water. 

The Royal Life Saving Society UK shares information and campaigns to help prevent drownings.  Their guide to water safety at home includes advice on safety in the garden, indoors and in swimming pools.

*New Guidance* Support and Safeguarding (formerly Thresholds of Need in Salford)

The partnership vision is that; “All partners are committed to working together so that every child in Salford is safe, well and able to reach their full potential.” The Support and Safeguarding in Salford: Helping children to thrive Guidance” has been produced/drafted by the SSCP.  This will replace the Threshold of Need and Response Salford.  The Guidance is for anyone who works with or cares for children including families, professionals, and members of the community. It has been produced to ensure the right support, from the right people is available at the right time for children and their families when needed and explains how to get different types of support.

Vickie Hollingworth, Service Manager, Childrens Safeguarding Unit, facilitated the working group on behalf of SSCP said “Now is a really exciting time for people living and working in Salford, we are committed to ensuring all of our families have access to the right support at the right time by the right person. It was a pleasure to work with partners and parents to develop this new guidance. It gives our families an opportunity to know what to expect when accessing support in Salford and provides our practitioners the clear tools and guidance to support this”.

The guidance document is available now to download from the dedicated SSCP Support and Safeguarding page.

Useful Links to Training, Information and Resources

The SSCP has developed a Virtual Training Programme offering webinars, spotlight briefings, lunchbowls, practitioner forums and videocasts. Our training programme is complemented by e-learning courses7 minute briefings Learning from Practice Reviews, and Learning Events.  A selection of informative presentations can also be viewed on the SSCP You Tube Channel.  We will continue to review the possibility of offering face to face training in line with Government advice and local needs.

A new short video has been produced by the Violence Reduction Unit, for parents and young people, regarding 'speaking out', when a young person is being groomed into crime or exploitation.  The video 'speaking out could save a life' has been shared by the GMCA and is now available to view.

  • Visit also Salford Thrive for further Training, Resources and Events including Psychological First Aid, Mindfulness, Helping young people with anxiety, low mood and depression during Covid 19
  • The Emotional Health Service Directory will help you access useful resources and services available to support children and young people's emotional health and well-being and to provide guidance when making a referral into services. 
  • To support us to become more aware of trauma and how we can support resilience across the City, take a look at The Salford Way which includes self care resources for taking care of ourselves and our colleagues.

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