*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 will be available for download from the dedicated SSCP Support and Safeguarding page from 31st January 2022.

Stop Abuse Together Campaign

On 13th January 2022, the UK Government launched the Stop Abuse Together campaign. The campaign aims to empower parents and carers to take steps to help keep their children safe from abuse. The website enables parents to:

● Learn about the potential signs of abuse
● Build trust by speaking to their children regularly, which can help prevent abuse
● Find further support, including through the NSPCC helpline.

The key messages of the campaign are:

  • It’s estimated that one in ten children in England and Wales will experience sexual abuse before they turn sixteen. That’s equivalent to three in every classroom.
  • Most children won’t tell anyone at the time of their abuse. That’s why it’s important to know how to spot the signs and where you can go for support if you’re concerned. 
  • There are things you can do to help keep the children in your life safe from abuse. Learning to spot the signs, having regular conversations with your child and knowing when it’s right to reach out for more support, can help keep them safe.
  • If you feel something’s not right, you can reach out for support by calling the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.
  • No matter what’s happened, there’s always someone who will listen to you and take what you say seriously.
  • All children have a right to be safe from sexual abuse, and we all have a role to play in keeping them safe. Let’s stop abuse together.

Safe Sleep

The lullaby trust recently featured an article, based on a survey conducted in March 2021 which found that less than a third of dads are given information on safe sleeping, to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.  

The survey of over 500 new and expectant dads, found that less than a quarter of dads had been able to attend all antenatal appointments and over 50% had not been allowed to attend any at all.  The article highlighted potential links with lockdown restrictions, combined with the increased pressure placed on services by COVID-19, as factors leading to a reduction in information and support to new parents.  

The Lullaby trust offer safer sleep advice and a number of information based presentations wan be viewed for free online.

Local support and information for dads and working with dads can be found on the Salford pages of the Dad Matters website.

Salford Equality Network

The Salford Equality Network is a partnership of public, Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) and private sector organisations who are committed to improving inclusion in the city through the sharing of learning and best practice.

In November 2021, Salford launched its new Equality and Inclusion Strategy.  This new strategy forms a key part of the wider Salford Way approach to addressing inequality and is the catalyst for change to build a fairer and more inclusive Salford for all.

A video of the launch of the strategy can be viewed on the Partners in Salford website, in addition to the full Salford Equality and Inclusion Strategy and an easy read version of the document.

Home Fire Safety Assessments

From 5th January 2022, GMFRS moved from Safe and Well visits to Home Fire Safety Assessments. As such there is a change to the referral pathway  to support the new service offer.  Information about home fire safety assessments and a link to an ‘Online Home Fire Safety Check’ is available on the GMFRS website. Householders or third-party referrers (including partner organisations) can click the link to open up an online check which the user will complete by selecting answers to a series of questions about fire safety in the home.  The system will use the answers entered to determine the presenting level of fire risk and establish whether the householder who is being referred is eligible for an HFSA. If they are, it will present an online referral form which can then be completed and submitted. The form is received by GMFRS’s Contact Centre staff who will telephone the householder to make the HFSA appointment.

Low-risk householders, who are not eligible for an HFSA, will be provided with personalised online fire safety advice when they complete the online check. The advice can be read, downloaded or printed.

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. We will continue to review the possibility of offering face to face training in line with Government advice and local needs.

The SSCP you tube channel has recently been reviewed and updated.  The latest upload includes a short narrated presentation for professionals, on how to introduce and discuss the ICON 'Babies Cry, You Can Cope' guidance with parents and carers.  

  • 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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