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Practice Review Toolkit
Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) will conduct a child practice review in the event of a child's death or serious injury, where abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor. The review will look at the involvement of organisations and professionals with the child and their family.
A Practice Review Toolkit is available to assist safeguarding partners in understanding the notification, criteria and process for referral of cases for consideration for rapid and local reviews. The toolkit contains information on: review methodology options, guidance for involving children and families in reviews, assurance questions and checklist, Chair and Lead Reviewer specifications, referral form, agency summary form, chronology template, request for information letter, case discussion tool, rapid review meeting report, review action plan, and review action plan verification.
The toolkit also contains guidance on how to make a referral for a review for when multi-agency working has resulted in a 'Seriously Good Outcome'.
The toolkit and further supporting information can be found on the Practice Review page of the SSCP website.
Working with unknown males 7MB
Reviews in Salford and the GM area have found that children can be at risk from male carers associated with the family who are not known about by professionals working with the family. This could be for example a father, stepfather, mother’s or grandmother’s partner, or the partner of a babysitter. These local findings are backed up by the findings of a national report called The Myth of Invisible Men. Read a summary of the findings in this new 7 Minute Briefing from the SSCP.
Strategy meetings 7MB
Local reviews have found that the strategy meeting is not always used as an effective way to share information, assess risk and plan further actions to safeguard the child. The strategy meeting is an essential part of child protection procedures and must be attended by statutory partners – health, police and children’s social care. A reminder about why strategy meetings and the contributions of each partner are so important can be found in this new 7 Minute Briefing from the SSCP.
Child Safety Week
Child Safety Week is an annual community education campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), a UK charity working to reduce the number of children and young people killed, disabled or seriously injured in accidents. The charity help families build confidence and skills in managing risks to children's safety, so that all children have the freedom to grow and learn, safe from serious harm.
The campaign is designed to act as a catalyst for safety conversations and activities UK-wide.
This year, Child Safety Week runs from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th June, with the theme Safety in mind. Campaign resources and safety information factsheets are available for download from the CAPT.
Drowning Prevention Week (DPW)
DPW is one of the largest summer water safety campaign across the UK and Ireland, running from 18th to 25th June. The campaign is designed by the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) to explore opportunities to raise awareness of water safety ahead of a summer outdoors. Starting in May, through the summer, the risk to the public through accidental drowning increases significantly. DPW is critical in raising awareness and encouraging the public to enjoy water safely.
RLSS have produced a number of resources including an education pack. They are encouraging people to get involved through sharing information online, running DPW activities, and for schools to deliver thematic lessons.
Loneliness Awareness Week
Recent media reports suggest that young people are significantly more likely to suffer from loneliness than older age groups.
Hosted by Marmalade Trust from 14th to 18th June, this week raises awareness of loneliness and encourages people to talk about it. This year the theme is acceptance; to see loneliness as an experience, not as a condition. By building a greater awareness and acceptance of loneliness, to help manage the feeling.
Restrictions brought about as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic has led to more and more people experiencing loneliness, impacting their overall well-being. The campaign is designed to remove the stigma and shame surrounding loneliness through talking about it.
Learning Disability Week
MENCAP host an annual campaign for Learning Disability Week from 20th to 26th June. The theme this year is to show how people with a learning disability are reconnecting with friends and their communities. They also want to talk about the issues many people still face after the end of COVID restrictions, like still having to isolate or dealing with poor mental health and anxiety. Further information on the campaign and how to take part can be found on the MENCAP website.
World Refugee Day
Salford City Council and Salford CVS are hosting a free networking event to mark World Refugee Day on Monday 20 June.
The week’s theme of ‘healing’ and plans to become an official City of Sanctuary will be shared.
The free event is for service managers and frontline staff across Salford and Greater Manchester within a council or at a voluntary sector organisation, to discuss how to better connect with asylum and refugee support agencies and how services can be improved for those seeking sanctuary.
True life testimonies of sanctuary seekers in Salford will be shared and celebrated.
Gypsy, Roma and Traveller history month
Friends, Families and Travellers is a national charity that works to end racism and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people and to protect the right to pursue a nomadic way of life. Every June since 2008, people from across the UK have celebrated Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month. Through celebration, education and raising awareness, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month helps to tackle prejudice, challenge myths and to amplify the voices of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in wider society. This year the theme for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month is 'What Makes a Home?' A range of participation packs have been created for organisations and are now available for download, for those who wish to take part in this history month.
Equality, diversity and inclusion
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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