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New SSCP YouTube Channel

We have recently launched our new SSCP YouTube channel to share lessons learnt from case reviews, multi-agency briefings and practitioner forums. 

December uploads include:

  1. Childrens Voice and Lived Experience 
  2. Parental Mental Health Tool
  3. Strategy Meetings and Section 47 Pathway
  4. Thriving families and Neglect
  5. Working Effectively with fathers

To subscribe to our channel or watch the videos visit Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership - YouTube

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 updates and consultation

The 'Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018' has been updated with factual changes in relation to information sharing, homelessness duty and references to domestic abuse. More information on further changes to the guidance are also available on Tri.X resource Hub

The Government is also seeing views on: 

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 4 March 2021. 

New Complex, Contextual and Transitional Safeguarding Resources 

Understanding Exploitation Factsheet: Complex Safeguarding, Contextual Safeguarding and Transitional Safeguarding – what’s the difference? This fact sheet will explain what each of those terms means and covers both children/young people and adults at risk.

7 Minute Briefings on a number of topics that relate to Complex Safeguarding such as Child Criminal Exploitation, Child Trafficking, Child Sexual Exploitation and County Lines Drugs & Gangs.

Learning from Practice Reviews

We have published Case TK and OH Joint Learning Review and Jo Rapid Review 7 Minute Briefing.

For more information visit https://safeguardingchildren.salford.gov.uk/professionals/practice-reviews/

Please disseminate the key learning, reflect on the implications for your service and outline the steps your team will take to improve practice in line with the findings and recommendations.

What difference has this made? If you have any valuable feedback about the impact this learning has had on practice please email: sscp@salford.gov.uk

Learning from Lockdown

We have today (16th December) published Learning from lockdown 7 Minute Briefing.

In Salford there has been an increase in serious injuries to babies and children under 2 years during the lockdown period. This reflects national research published by Ofsted which shows there has been a 20% increase in babies being killed or harmed during March to October, as well as a rise in unexpected infant deaths. The SSCP have developed a 7 Minute Briefing to highlight the learning from local reviews, and promote the new Early Help Service Antenatal and Postnatal Pathway for new parents.

For more information visit https://safeguardingchildren.salford.gov.uk/professionals/practice-reviews/

Please disseminate the key learning, reflect on the implications for your service and outline the steps your team will take to improve practice in line with the findings and recommendations.

What difference has this made? If you have any valuable feedback about the impact this learning has had on practice please email: sscp@salford.gov.uk

Restorative Conferencing

Working with families to achieve better outcomes is a priority across the partnership in Salford. This training will develop your understanding of working WITH families and build on our existing practice models surrounding Child Protection. This interactive virtual session will introduce you to the new model of Child Protection Conferencing whilst exploring your own input and agency responsibilities

During the course we will explore:

  • Restorative Practice
  • How we fulfil our responsibilities set out in legislation
  • Introduced to the new model of Child Protection Conferencing and the introduction of the Family Plan
  • Explore evidencing impact on children

The course is aimed at any person working with children and families, we welcome applications from both statutory and community partners.

For more information email: sscptraining@salford.gov.uk

Family Nurse Partnership Update

In September 2020 Family Nurse Partnership Nationally, undertook a change in programme delivery from a structured visiting service to a more personalised programme aided by the implementation of a New Mum Star assessment tool.

Personalisation reflects an understanding that every client has different characteristics and needs and that it is beneficial and effective to tailor interventions accordingly.

New elements of personalization are the Target the eligibility criteria to recruit the most vulnerable and those who are likely to benefit most from the intervention. With the addition of using an assessment tool, New Mum Star, and clinical judgement to:

  • Flex content according to client needs
  • Vary intensity - dialling - according to client needs
  • Opportunity for the client to graduate when her child is between 1 and 2 years old.

To support these changes a new FNP Notification form has been written with Clear Criteria setting to aid notification into the service have been shared.

For more information email: Salford.fnp@nhs.net or FNP@srft.nhs.uk

Listening Loops: An effective tool for demonstrating impact

The Listening Loop has been developed as part of the SSCP ‘Making a Difference in Salford: What’s life like for you?’ participation project and enables practitioners to document the great work that happens when they listen to the people they work with.

It is designed to understand, increase and support participation from children, young people and their families and show the importance of listening across Salford. It is also an effective way to demonstrate participation and reflect or share learning with other teams or services.

The Listening Loop template is available here, supported by a 7 Minute Briefing which explains more about the tool and when you might use it.

Harbour: Help with Domestic Abuse in Families

With the aim of empowering children and young people to reach their potential and live a live free of domestic abuse, Harbour is for children aged five to 18 who live, go to school or work in Salford and who have experienced domestic abuse in the home or in their own relationships.

It is funded by Salford City Council in association with NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and uses services provided by Trafford Domestic Abuse Services (TDAS) and TLC: Talk, Listen, Change. Harbour offers a variety of support including one to one counselling group work, workshops, direct work with young people who harm and children and family support following separation from the abuser. TDAS also has dedicated young person’s independent domestic violence advocates (IDVAs).

For more information, or to make a referral, please visit TDAS or TLC.

Serious Violence Duty

Plans underway by the Home Office to introduce the Serious Violence Duty to Parliament in January 2021 as part of a wider Policing And Crime Bill.

Following public consultation last year the Government announced that it would bring forward legislation introducing a new serious violence duty (“the duty”) on public bodies which will ensure relevant services work together to share data and knowledge in order to target interventions and reduce serious violence.

The duty will cover England and Wales and it will require the following authorities and organisations within a specified area, to work together to prevent and reduce serious violence: local police forces, local criminal justice organisations (including probation and youth offending teams), fire and rescue authorities, local health commissioning representatives, and local authorities. Local partners will be required to conduct an assessment of local serious violence issues, identifying the most prevalent crime types and cohorts most at risk, and then formulate and implement a response strategy with bespoke local solutions. Educational authorities will also be required to participate in these partnership arrangements where necessary.

Domestic Abuse Bill

The Domestic Abuse Bill is about to have its second reading in the House of Lords.

Its aims are to:

  • Create a statutory definition of domestic abuse, emphasising that domestic abuse is not just physical violence, but can also be emotional, coercive or controlling, and economic abuse.
  • Establish in law the office of Domestic Abuse Commissioner and set out the Commissioner’s functions and powers.
  • Provide for a new Domestic Abuse Protection Notice and Domestic Abuse Protection Order.
  • Place a duty on local authorities in England to provide support to victims of domestic abuse and their children in refuges and other safe accommodation.
  • Prohibit perpetrators of abuse from cross-examining their victims in person in the civil and family courts in England and Wales.
  • Create a statutory presumption that victims of domestic abuse are eligible for special measures in the criminal, civil and family courts.
  • Clarify by restating in statute law the general proposition that a person may not consent to the infliction of serious harm and, by extension, is unable to consent to their own death.
  • Extend the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the criminal courts in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to further violent and sexual offences.
  • Enable domestic abuse offenders to be subject to polygraph testing as a condition of their licence following their release from custody.
  • Place the guidance supporting the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare’s law”) on a statutory footing.
  • Provide that all eligible homeless victims of domestic abuse automatically have ‘priority need’ for homelessness assistance.
  • Ensure that where a local authority, for reasons connected with domestic abuse, grants a new secure tenancy to a social tenant who had or has a secure lifetime or assured tenancy (other than an assured shorthold tenancy) this must be a secure lifetime tenancy

This will offer many new protections for domestic abuse victims and their families. It will also create new obligations for Local Authorities. Interestingly, at the moment, most of those responsibilities fall on upper tier authorities, so in London the Greater London Authority rather than the 32 boroughs will have much of the new responsibility arising from the Bill.

The second reading in the House of Lords may see this challenged

Barnardo's Launches Specialist Helpline 

A helpline supporting vulnerable Black, Asian and minority ethnic children and families, who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis, has recently been launched by Barnardo’s.

The helpline offers therapeutic support and through its live webchat facility offers a lifeline to communities struggling to deal with issues such as sickness and bereavement and rising hate crime due to the pandemic, on top of entrenched existing inequalities, including poverty, financial hardship and health problems.

Jewish Community Services Directory

The Federation of Jewish Services (The Fed) has recently researched and published the brand-new Manchester Jewish Services Directory on behalf of the Manchester Jewish Community Strategic Group.

To assist members of the community in accessing appropriate support whenever needed the directory lists the contact details of 39 organisations with information about the support each provides.

To access: www.thefed.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Community-Directory.pdf

ICON Campaign

During this challenging time stress levels at home may be increased. Please follow the ICON guidance for coping with crying. The advice and support that underpins ICON is available for all health and social care professionals to ensure the message is provided to all families with babies. 

For more information visit or to download the resources visit https://safeguardingchildren.salford.gov.uk/parents-and-carers/infant-crying-and-how-to-cope-icon/

Lullaby Trust—Safer Sleep for babies

Unsafe sleeping is an issue that often is found to be a cause of Sudden Unexpected Death in Children (SUDC).

The Lullaby Trust provides advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support to bereaved families.

Their advice page covers sleep positioning, room temperature, how to share your room with a baby, best mattresses, co-sleeping, swaddling and sleeping products.

This guide contains guidance for parents and guardians on sleeping as well as products such as cots, prams car seats and thermometers.

Other National Days - December 2020

National Grief Awareness Week (2nd -7th December 2020)

On average 600,000 people die a year in the UK. Everyone experiences death in their life but talking about grief is still a taboo topic. For more information about national grief awareness week please visit National Grief Awareness Week

For bereavement support visit: https://www.salford.gov.uk/births-marriages-and-deaths/dealing-with-a-death/bereavement-support/ 

Useful Links to Training, Information and Resources  

The SSCP has developed a Virtual Training Programme offering webinars, spotlight briefings, practitioner forums and videocasts. Our training programme is complemented by e-learning courses7 minute briefings Learning from Practice ReviewsLearning Events and by subscribing our new SSCP YouTube channel. We will continue to review the possibility of offering face to face training in line with Government advice and local needs.  

  • Visit also Salford Thrive for further Training, Resources and Events . 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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