News from 2018

Early Adopter Programme Update

Salford is one of 17 safeguarding early adopters and our plans to implement requirements in the new Working Together to safeguarding children 2018 are progressing well.  We will publish the new arrangements, which various subgroups have had input to, by the end of January 2019, meeting the 'aspirational' DfE date for publication.  The main changes will be to strengthen our review from practice and safeguarding assurance, improve understanding of impact, improvement, and remove the current co-ordination and delivery group which feedback indicated replicated the Board. The latter will save time for those partners who were on both groups.

An evaluation of case reviews is underway, which is due for completion by the end of January.   In addition, we have:

  • Trialled a new method of case discussion on new referrals which those involved reported helped to focus on the lived experiences of the child and analysis of the case.
  • Developed a safeguarding assurance model which we will be taking forward with relevant sub-groups on 31st January 2019.
  • Used the Learning Event on 14th December to identify how people best learn and would like to receive new knowledge.

The new arrangements come into effect on 1st April, and we look forward to holding more learning events, development sessions and sharing with professionals in Salford to ensure all partners are committed to working together so that every child in Salford has a safe and happy childhood.

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Procedures Manual - December 2018

The Greater Manchester Safeguarding procedures manual has been updated.

For more information visit:

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Children's Services Inspection Outcome

Salford Children's Services was inspected in October 2018. Overall effectiveness was judged to be Good but there are a few areas that need to improve.

For more information download the full report published 12th November 2018.

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Early Help Assessment Goes Live

The Early Help Assessment was launched 1st November 2018. The Early Help Assessment and Team around the Family (TAF) are designed to promote integrated working and family participation across level 2 within Salford, using an asset based solution focused model.   If you are just about to start a new assessment or about to have a TAF meeting please start to use the new Early Help form.

For more information or to download the new assessment visit:

Any support, queries, consultations around early help needed please contact the Early Help Assessment Coordinators (Early Help Assessment Team) T: 0161 6034239.

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FGM Campaign 2018

Home Office launched the FGM campaign on 5th October as part of their commitment to tackling this crime and protecting vulnerable women and girls.

The campaign aims to educate communities about the long-term health consequences of FGM, raising awareness that it is illegal and signposting to the NSPCC FGM helpline for support, advice or to report.

To support the campaign please download the posters and use the partner pack to promote the campaign through your channels.

For more information please Email:

Safeguarding Early Adopter Programme Briefing - October 2018

SSCB is an Early Adopter. The DfE Early Adopters Programme aims to support local areas develop and test innovative approaches to implementing the new safeguarding reforms.

Carole Brooks Associates will provide independent support to the Early Adopter Transformation Project in conjunction with a small group of SSCB members.

Please download and disseminate our October 2018 briefing. It sets out what we want to achieve, how we will do it, a timetable and what you can do to support the changes.

For more information email: or tel: 0161 603 4336

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Lead Professional Handbook

We have developed a Lead Professional Handbook to address SCR Child R, Recommendation 12. The role of the Lead Professional is to take the lead to coordinate provision and act as a single point of contact for a child or young person and their family. 

Please download and disseminate the handbook to all front line practitioners and managers working with children and their families in Salford. Please also ensure all single and multi-agency agency training that make references to the lead professional role aligns to this handbook. 

We want practitioners feedback! .....What difference has the handbook made?

  • Is the process for identifying the Lead Professional clearer?
  • Do you better understand the responsibility and functions of the Lead Professional?
  • How has the handbook impacted on your practice?

Thank you to everyone that has contributed to the document. The handbook will continue to be updated in line with updated local and national guidance. 

If you have any further comments or queries please email:

Lead Professional handbook

Homelessness Public Duty to Refer

From 1 October 2018, under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017, public services have a duty to refer those who are homeless or threatened with homelessness to housing services, with the applicants consent.

For further information visit:

You can also complete the Housing allocations policy consultation which ends on 12th October 2018.

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Emotional Health Service Directory for Children and Young People

If you work or volunteer with children and young people you are best placed to recognise problems.

The Emotional Health Service Directory is designed for you. You can use it to refer children and young people to appropriate services, and get support. The latest version is now available to downloadable. This includes Junction 17 referral pathways.

For more information contact

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Early help strategy

The refreshed Early Help Strategy (2018-2021)for Salford outlines our plan to deliver the help and support families need at the earliest opportunity to enable them to thrive.

For more information on early help visit

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Early help assessment to replace Family assessment

We have listened to feedback and we are pleased to announce that the Family Assessment is to change to an Early Help Assessment from 1st November 2018.

A number of briefings will be delivered across the city.

To book on to a session e-mail

For any other queries please contact 0161 603 4239.

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Sexually Harmful Behaviour (SHB) Pathway

We have recently published a revised local SHB pathway and supporting resources.  

For more information visit:

If you have any comments please email:

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Early Adopter Funding

The DfE has recently confirmed that SSCB has been successful with a bid for the Early Adopter Programme.

The Early Adopters programme aims to support local areas develop and test innovative approaches to implementing the new safeguarding reforms. Seed-funding is available to local areas who can demonstrate that they have a viable plan to implement the multi-agency reforms.

Our bid focused on planning for local child safeguarding practice reviews. The intended outcomes of the project include:

  • Effective planning for local child safeguarding practice reviews.
  • Implement an effective Quality Assurance and Learning and Improvement framework
  • Work with other local partnership boards to share and embed learning
  • Work with the new national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel to share and embed learning.
  • Improve the new partnership communications
  • Inform the work of the Greater Manchester's Safeguarding Standards Board

We are looking to commission independent project support to lead the early adopter - transformation project plan starting in October 2018

For more information email: tel: 0161 603 4336

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Child T

We have published a 7MB regarding Child T. Please reflect on the findings, discuss the implications for your service and outline the steps your team will take to improve practice in line with the findings and recommendations.

For more information please download the Child T-Executive Summary (Adobe PDF format, 324 kb)

If you have any feedback please email:

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Trapped Weeks of Action- 2 - 8 July 2018 #FindAWayOut

Child Trafficking Week of Action focused on Criminal Exploitation. To support the week of action please download and distribute the social media toolkit to promote the campaign.

To report a crime call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively call the Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700. To pass on information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For more information visit:

For more information on the campaign please contact Jayne Horan, GM Complex Safeguarding Lead email:

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'Keep Switched On' CSE Weeks of Action 18 - 24 June 2018 #ItsNotOkay

Parents and carers are the focus of this year's week of action and the 'Keep Switched On' campaign aims to encourage them to be vigilant about their child's safety whether they are online, or off out.

To support the week of action please download and distribute the social media toolkit to promote the campaign:

Keep Switched on Social Media Pack (Microsoft Word format, 29kb)

For more information contact Danielle Young, Senior Public Relations Officer, Greater Manchester Police email:

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Information Sharing Guidance 2018

This guidance has been updated to reflect the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, and it supersedes the HM Government Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers published in March 2015.

This advice is for practitioners and senior managers. It helps them decide when and how to share personal information legally and professionally. It might also be helpful for practitioners working with adults who are responsible for children who may be in need.

Information sharing is essential for effective safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. It is a key factor identified in many serious case reviews (SCRs), where poor information sharing has resulted in missed opportunities to take action that keeps children and young people safe. 

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges in England on Keeping children safe in education becomes effective from 3 September 2018. It sets out the legal duties to follow to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 in schools and colleges. Annex H of the guidance provides a table of all changes.

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Sitting Right With You Campaign 2018

1 in 3 women are victims of abusive relationships. Is this #SittingRightWithYou?

1 in 6 men are victims of domestic abuse. Is this #SittingRightWithYou?

Domestic abuse isn't just physical, it could be controlling and intimidating behaviour. It's time to start talking about it. Is it #SittingRightWithYou?

Controlling what someone wears, their money, who they talk to is just as damaging and is abuse. Is this #SittingRightWithYou?

If you're worried about your partner's behaviour towards you, or maybe your behaviour towards your partner, it's time to talk about it. Is It #SittingRightWithYou?

Is domestic abuse #SittingRightWithYou? It's time to start talking about it.

Enjoying the warm weather? For every 1 degree it gets warmer there are four more incidents of domestic abuse. Is this #SittingRightWithYou?

Visit #sittingrightwithyou for advice and support for young people. For more information on the campaign please contact Claire Smith, Senior Communications Officer, GMCA email:

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Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

The Government has today published Working Together 2018 and the accompanying transitional arrangements. The reforms underpin a stronger but more flexible statutory framework - one that will support local partners to work together more effectively in protecting and safeguarding children.

The 2018 version replaces the 2015 version and the transitional guidance helps explain how to move to a new system of practice reviews.

version of the guidance for young people is available for practitioners to share.

For more information please visit

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Working Towards Revised Safeguarding Children Arrangements

The requirement for councils to have LSCBs will soon be replaced with a requirement on three partners - local authorities, the police and the health service - to make arrangements for working together on child protection in a local area.

Following publication of local arrangements, safeguarding partners will have up to three months to implement the changes. Once the arrangements have been published and implemented, the SSCB for Salford will cease to exist.

We are already preparing our local plans to enable us to reform at the earliest opportunity. Proposed key changes include:

  • Establishing a Transitional Safeguarding Executive
  • The Board will be redefined as the Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership
  • Independent scrutiny arrangements
  • Introduce a Safeguarding Effectiveness and Audit Group and Safeguarding Practice Review Panel
  • Child Death Overview Panel governance
  • Stakeholder engagement

"We welcome more flexible and proportionate local safeguarding arrangements. It is an opportunity to be innovative and build on our already "Good" Board inspection rating." Simon Westwood, SSCB Independent Chair.

The final proposals will be developed for the Safeguarding Executive to agree once the Government publish the new statutory guidance expected by the end of June. For more information please download the proposal paper.

Any comments or queries please email:

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Domestic Abuse Consultation

In March this year the government launched a public consultation on transforming the response to domestic abuse.

Salford is committed to doing everything we can to end domestic abuse. To achieve this we need to build a society that has zero tolerance and actively empowers victims, communities and professionals to confront and challenge it and the consultation responses will shape the response to domestic abuse at every stage, from prevention through to rehabilitation.

How can you help?

  • Download the partner toolkit (Adobe pdf format, 296kb) and disseminate within your agency
  • Participate in the consultation by 31 May 2018
  • Share the content, videos and facts on social media #thisisabuse

For more information regarding the consultation visit:

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New SSCB Case Review 7 Minute Briefings

The SSCB  have introduced 'seven minute briefings'  (7MBs) to allow managers to deliver a short briefing to staff regarding the lessons learnt from multi-agency case reviews.

We have recently published our first 7MB regarding Child MT. Please reflect on the findings, discuss the implications for your service and outline the steps your team will take to improve practice in line with the findings and recommendations.

For more information visit

If you have any feedback please email:  

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Threshold of Need and Response 2018

The SSCB has refreshed the Threshold of Need and Response Framework. This is an interim update since the last version published November 2016. The document will need a full review following the implementation of Working Together 2018 and the refreshed Early Help Strategy.

This document is the criteria for taking action and providing help across this full continuum to ensure that services are commissioned effectively and that the right help is given to the child at the right time. It should be transparent, accessible and understood by all practitioners and applied consistently.

Key updates include:

  • Reference to Family Assessment
  • Links to the MARAM Tools
  • 7 Minute Briefings
  • Alternative  Young Peoples Plan
  • Lead Professional Handbook

Please promote this guidance in your agency and embed into relevant training and policies.

For more information visit

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It's Not Okay Week of Action- 18th June 2018

The theme is CSE in Sport and is largely aimed at parents and carers - educating and empowering them to take a proactive role in the safety of their children. This will include holiday club provisions, extra-curricular activities, associations and social activities. More information to follow shortly.

Visit for more information.

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Family Assessment Newsletter Spring 2018

This newsletter is intended to provide an update on the Family Assessment process regarding any significant developments as well as information about supporting tools.

Child Employment National Awareness Campaign - April 2018

Many young people benefit from part time working and although there are restrictions on the hours and type of work, young people and employers most often find it a rewarding arrangement. However it is important that there is awareness about child employment laws so that young people are not vulnerable to exploitation and injury and employers can be sure they have safe arrangements in place. Child employment laws exist to safeguard school age employees (13 to 16 years old).

If you become aware of any young people you work with who have a weekend or evening job, or even if you find they are working during the school day please contact the Child Employment and Entertainment Licensing Officer who will then check to see if they are licensed and if necessary will make enquiries to ensure they are. It is important for young people to have the opportunity to work but we also have to make sure they are not being exploited whilst in work.

For further information about the types of work young people can undertake, the hours they can work and the times of the day they can be employed please visit Child Employment. To make a referral  contact Karina Daniels (Child Employment and Entertainment Licensing Officer) on 0161 778 0394/0161 603 4350, email or visit  Twitter and Facebook

Complex Safeguarding Conference: Exploitation in Salford - 22nd March 2018 

Presentations and relevant information from this event is included on the Complex Safeguarding page

Disrespect NoBody campaign

The Home Office Disrespect NoBody campaign aims to prevent young people aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships. The Disrespect NoBody website includes information for young people about sexting, relationship abuse, consent, rape and porn, as well as information about organisations young people can approach for help. Promotional material for partner organisations is also available for the campaign which runs to the beginning of May 2018.

Anti-knife crime campaign

The Home Office has launched an anti-knife crime advertising campaign including graphics and posters to reduce knife crime among young people and challenge perceptions that carrying a knife is normal. The #knifefree website provides advice, signposts support services and highlights activities to empower young people to change their behaviour.

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Standing Together-Police and Crime Plan

The Mayor of Greater Manchester published the new Police and Crime plan 20 March 2018 to build a safer and stronger Greater Manchester. It is a plan for police, community safety, criminal justice services and citizens in greater Manchester.

The three-year strategy focuses on three main priorities:

  • To keep people safe - for those who live, work, socialise and travel in Greater Manchester, as well as protecting those who are vulnerable.
  • To reduce harm and offending - preventing anti-social and criminal behaviour by intervening earlier and rehabilitating offenders.
  • To strengthen communities and places - by helping to build resilient communities and strengthening the delivery of public assets.

Read more about the launch or download the Police and Crime Plan- 'Standing Together'

For more information Email: or Tel: 0161 778 7000

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DfE - Together, we can tackle child abuse: CSE Campaign Materials

New materials to help agencies support CSE awareness day on 18 March 2018 have been added. Please visit the campaign site to access, use and share the new materials.

To support the awareness day please download and distribute the social media pack to promote the campaign.

For more information visit

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General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

On the 25 May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1988 will be replaced by a new piece of legislation called EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Are your current processes and policies compliant with the upcoming regulation?

Virtual College have developed free online training and resources

For more information visit

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Working Together to Safeguard Children: revisions to statutory guidance

The DfE have published a summary of responses they received, along with the government's response outlining the next steps.

For more information visit:

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Salford Homelessness Reduction Act Briefing

In April 2018 the new Homelessness Reduction Act comes into force, bringing with it a whole scale change in the way that we will deal with homeless (and those threatened with homelessness) households. Please download and disseminate the summary briefing of the key elements of the Act.

Please note the 'Public Duty to Refer' - the definition of Public Service is yet to be provided by Central Government. However, it seems likely that your services/organisations will be included in this duty. It is essential therefore, that all Public Services understand their responsibilities to help to identify and refer those who are threatened with homelessness at an early stage, so that services can engage with those households to try to prevent homelessness.

For more information please contact Jane Anderson (Housing Options Service Manager) email

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Independent Child Trafficking Advocacy (ICTA)- Free Awareness Raising Workshop 26th March 2018

Challenger have funded Barnardo's to run a series of awareness raising sessions for GM staff to promote ICTA to boost awareness and referral levels. Please download and distribute flyer below.

Independent Child Trafficking Advocates (ICTAs) are professionals who support children who have potentially been trafficked. The ICTAs provision was trialled by Barnardo's in 2014 -2015 and we have now set up the ICTAs Service in three early adopter sites across England and Wales.

The role of and ICTA is outlined in s.48 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015; under the Modern Slavery Act all children within Greater Manchester who are aged under 18 and identified as potentially trafficked; must be referred into Barnardo's ICTAs Service; this would include:

  • Young people who have been trafficked to the UK from abroad
  • Young people trafficked for the purposes of exploitation through CSE
  • Young people trafficked for the purposes of exploitation through criminal activity
  • Young people who are identified as potentially trafficked and are currently missing

For more information visit:

Email: Tel: 0161 707 0222

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DfE Phase 3- 'Together, we can tackle child abuse': campaign toolkit launched

Children have designed a range of new and emotionally engaging creative content. Free to use for all, the content has been tried and tested with parent groups and experts in the sector.

This new range of digital content includes animations, animated gifs and infographics, which will:

  • Inform people about the different types of child abuse and neglect
  • Educate people on how to spot the signs
  • Reassure people about the reporting process, and support them through it

You will also find core campaign content on the partner site including; logo, campaign key messages, campaign overview copy, and suggested social media posts.

Access the materials, and guidance on how to use them, now at:

Your support is very important. We would like to encourage every local agency to have a look at the toolkit content and consider how you can support the campaign to ensure maximise reach of the campaign during this period. Keep an eye out over the coming weeks as more assets and content will be added to the campaign site.

For further information email: or tel: 0207 089 6100.

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International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM- 6th February 2018

In support of the 2018 International Day of Zero Tolerance our local FGM Task and Finish Group has developed a FGM 7 Minute Briefing for practitioners. The aim of the briefing is to raise awareness of the on going need to protect girls and women from this harmful and illegal practice. Please disseminate to all relevant practitioners.

The Greater Manchester FGM Forum leads regional efforts to combat FGM. Greater Manchester faith and community leaders pledged zero tolerance of FGM. For more information

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Safer Internet Day 6th February 2018- Social Media Toolkit

The National Police Chief's Council are partnering with NCA-CEOP command and the UK Safer Internet Centre to share advice and information via local police services across the UK about staying safe online.

To support the safe and responsible use of technology please download and distribute the social media pack to promote the campaign.

More information about Safer Internet Day 2018 can be found on UK Safer Internet Centre website

#SID2018 #ItsNotOkay

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Multi-agency Criminal Investigation Briefing

In response to Child R Serious Case review, Recommendation 13 SSCB with support from the Police has developed a multi-agency criminal investigation briefing for staff on their engagement with parents during criminal investigations.  

Practitioners who are informed by parents that they are under criminal investigation should:  

Do offer support.

Don't initiate conversation regarding the incident for which they have been arrested.

Do document and contact the Lead Professional and or the Investigating Officer for further advice.

Should the parent initiate a conversation. Do document as soon as is practicable what was said, where, at what time and when.

Do be aware that the above will be relevant to any subsequent proceedings under the Disclosure Act.

For more information regarding Child R SCR visit: 

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Exploitation in Salford Event- 22nd March 2018

This event will focus on complex safeguarding issues and how we protect and prevent the exploitation of children, young people and adults in Salford.   Please download and circulate the flyer to practitioners, managers and safeguarding leads within your agencies to save the date in diaries to attend.   Further information and booking details will follow soon.

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Criminal Exploitation Toolkit

The Children's Society as part of the National CSE/A Prevention Programme for England and Wales has developed a toolkit which focuses on working with children and young people trafficked for the purpose of criminal exploitation in relation to 'county lines'.

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It's Not Okay Week of Action- 2 July 2018

The GM Phoenix Steering Group has postponed the campaign until 2nd July 2018. The week of action will focus on giving parents guidance on simple steps they can take to protect their children regarding against CSE e.g. online safety and checking safeguarding procedures at extra-curricular activities. A communication toolkit will be circulated to partners in advance.

There are still plans to provide a simple It's Not Okay communication toolkit for Safer Internet Day on 6 February and national CSE Awareness Day on 18 March. Visit for more information.


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Hate Crime Awareness Week 5-12 February 2018 

Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week takes place from 5 February - 12 February 2018.  

There is a general Greater Manchester theme of "No Bystanders" which also promotes the #westandtogether campaign. This encourages people to challenge hate incidents witnessed and support victims. Don't be a bystander to hatred and prejudice - that's the call to Greater Manchester people ahead of Hate Crime Awareness Week. Every person across the city-region is urged to sign up to the Greater Manchester Promise to never stand by if they see someone being abused or attacked because of who they are. 

Sign the promise and help end hate crime by visiting to stand up against hate crime and show that #WeStandTogether 

Throughout the week there will be activities and events across Salford and Greater Manchester to encourage people to learn more about hate crime and how to tackle it.  Hate crimes are acts of hostility, such as violence or verbal abuse, directed at someone because of who they are. It's things like someone being spat at because they are black, or being called names because they are a Muslim and wear a headscarf, or being beaten up for being gay.

Reporting hate crime is easy - you can do it online at True Vision, call the police on 101 or, if you don't want to speak to police, report it at one of dozens of independent reporting centres across Greater Manchester.

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Family Assessment Poster and Leaflet

As of 1st April 2017 the Family Assessment replaced the CAF as the early help assessment tool used across Salford. In addition, Team around the Children (TAC) meetings are now referred to as Team around the Family (TAF) meetings. The CAF team have created a leaflet and a poster to explain the Family Assessment and TAF processes to practitioners and families.

The poster can be printed out and displayed in your setting. The leaflet is designed for both practitioners and parents and includes links to the most commonly used forms and websites. The printable leaflet can also be printed or e-mailed to parents/carers for them to access at home.

There are also a range of supporting tools available to support you with the family assessment

If you or your colleagues would like to access Family Assessment training please book on via

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Our People, Our Place

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) launched 'Our People, Our Place' the new Greater Manchester Strategy on Friday 27th October 2017. The Strategy sets out 10 clear priorities for delivering this goal, including:

  • Children starting school ready to learn
  • Young people equipped for life
  • Safer and stronger communities Safe, decent and affordable housing

Find out more at

Working Together 2018 Consultation

The Department for Education invites your views on changes to the statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' and new regulations. These revisions are being made largely to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017. We are encouraging all SSCB Board Members to respond as well as on behalf of your organisations. To contribute your views please complete the online survey wherever possible. Visit to submit your response. The consultation on the proposals closes on Sunday 31st December 2017.

We are also coordinating a response on behalf of the Salford Safeguarding Children Board. A word version of the questions is available to download below - please submit any comments to by 17th November 2017 to enable us to coordinate a response ahead of the consultation deadline. Please note you only need to comment on any questions you wish too.

If you have any queries on the consultation please do not hesitate to contact Tiffany Slack, SSCB Business Manager.

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