News from February 2021
Peer Review of Multi-agency Safeguarding Arrangements 2020
We recently commissioned Carole Brookes Associates Ltd to independently evaluate the effectiveness of our multi-agency Safeguarding Children Partnership Arrangements which we implemented in April 2019.
Bolton Safeguarding Children Partnership was a critical friend in the peer review and supported us to assess strengths, observations and identify areas for improvement.
The review took place during a challenging period as agencies were all embracing new ways of working and digital technology to sustain service delivery in response to the pandemic. It has been helpful to hold the mirror up, reflect on our journey and is something that should be celebrated.
Salford is a strong partnership and the findings evidence we are going well beyond compliance but it identified key areas for improvement to maintain the robust partnership. An action plan is being drafted by the Safeguarding Operational Group to ensure the learning is taken forward.
For more information download the findings or contact SSCP Business Unit email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SSCP Job Opportunity: Head of Business and Impact Lead
Now is a very exciting time to join Salford’s Safeguarding Children Partnership.
We have a culture of strong partnership working in Salford and a recent peer review of our safeguarding arrangements evidenced our good impact and areas for us to strengthen in order to be outstanding in our partnership arrangements.
An excellent opportunity has arisen to lead the SSCP business unit and be responsible for ensuring that the impact of the SSCP arrangements improve outcomes for children in Salford.
Closing Date for applications: 14th March 2021 midnight.
For more information or to apply visit: SSCP Head of Business and Impact Lead (engageats.co.uk)
New Domestic Abuse Toolkit
The online Domestic abuse tool kit has been develop to support you in the identification and management of Domestic abuse cases.
The tool kit has over 100 resources to help practitioners support domestic abuse cases.
The tool kit is broken down into 3 lead heading to help support domestic abuse work with;
Each of these heading have 3 drop down sections;
- Literature/ research
The resources section has an extensive list of resources and tools available to help you to engage and work more effectively to keep victims and families affected by domestic abuse safe.
The service section has insight into specialist provision available with referral pathway information and referrals forms.
The literature section has information on case studies and research completed in relation to the lead heading and domestic abuse.
We’re live now. Follow the link to familiarise yourself with the toolkit
- You can also find the page via the drop down menu at the top of every page on the Salford council website.
- You can navigate to the page via Professionals > Domestic abuse
- You can use the site search engine.
The Toolkit will be reviewed quarterly and updated by Claire Baddley, domestic abuse lead for children’s services, with further research, resources and services available to ensure it is kept up to date.
The resources available are developed by/quality assured via RESPECT and Safe lives who are leads accrediting bodies within the Domestic abuse sector.
Any resources or tools suggested for the tool kit are welcomed and can be sent to Claire.email@example.com for review.
Domestic Abuse Codeword Scheme
The Home Office is launched a new ‘Abuse Codeword Scheme’ 14 January. The scheme provides a simple and discreet way for people experiencing domestic abuse to signal that they need immediate help from the police or other support services, using a codeword in their local pharmacy.
The scheme is designed to complement existing national campaigns and communications materials that can be used locally.
Babies in Lockdown: Report & Resources
The GM Health & Social Care Partnership have updated their website to include a recent report undertaken by the Parent-Infant Foundation, together with Best Beginnings and Home-Start UK, who conducted a survey of families’ experiences of lockdown during their babies’ first 1001 days, the findings of which suggest that the impact of lockdown on some of these babies could be severe and may be long-lasting.
To access click here
Are you worried about someone? Don’t ignore it – report it
As the COVID-19 restrictions continue, professionals and volunteers may come into contact with individuals and families they haven’t met before, meaning that they are often perfectly placed to identify potential safeguarding issues.
With many children not in school and many vulnerable adults relying on carers, your actions may be the chance for someone to get help. If something doesn’t look or feel right, please trust your instincts and tell someone.
If you’re worried that a child is being neglected, abuse or not looked after properly, please call the Bridge on 0161 603 4500 between 8.30am and 4.30pm or complete the online referral form. For concerns about an adult call the adult social care contact team on 0161 631 4777 (between 8.30am and 4.30pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Outside of these hours you can contact the emergency duty team on 0161 794 8888 for concerns about either an adult or child. If someone is in immediate danger, always call 999.
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.
February uploads includes the Obesity Pathway
To subscribe to our channel or watch the videos visit Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership - YouTube
Learning from Practice Reviews
Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) Eric
The report and seven minute briefing for the recently completed safeguarding adult review ‘SAR Eric’ was published 12th January 2021 and is available to view on the SSAB website.
Housing Awareness Pack
As a result of a recent joint Salford Adult Review (SAR) / Domestic Homicide Review, housing sector colleagues in Salford have come together to develop an awareness package to increase knowledge of partners to the way housing is made up, the support available, particularly where there are welfare or safeguarding concerns and there is a lack of engagement from the household and the range of powers available to housing to intervene.
The pack includes:
Spotlight Briefing Powerpoint Presentation
The pack can be found at https://safeguardingadults.salford.gov.uk/guidance-pages/housing/
New Kooth Campaign #Don’t do it alone
The message of the campaign is: There are some things in life you might want to keep to yourself. Like singing embarrassing song lyrics or talking with your cat or... you get the picture! But when it comes to mental health problems, you should never deal with it alone.
Kooth have created video of 5 influencers to support the message and to remind teenagers that they are not alone when dealing with their mental health. There is always someone there to talk to.
To view: https://youtu.be/PEShtD0vTzc
Children & Young People’s Engagement - Online Survey
Youth Focus NW are mapping children and young people’s voice activity across Greater Manchester on behalf of GMCA, the information will support the understanding and strengthening of CYP voice activity across all aspects of GM CYP Programme.
To access the survey: https://iywuk.typeform.com/to/ApaoSEuM
GM Hate Crime Awareness Week (1st-7th Feb 2021)
The week provides an opportunity for everyone across Greater Manchester to stand together and to celebrate our diversity. It is a chance to educate, raise awareness of hate and encourage both victims and witnesses to report it. For more information on the activities taking place during the week please see the attached flyer.
Other National Days - February 2021
Children's Mental Health Week (1st-7th Feb 2021)
This year’s Children’s Mental Health week is taking place from 1– 7 February with the theme of ‘Express Yourself.’
Place2Be have updated their free resources for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons or independent learning. To access: Resources
Mentally Healthy schools: Children’s Mental Health Week toolkit includes resources for children, staff and parents. To access: toolkit
Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence (1st-7th Feb 2021)
For the latest on sexual abuse & sexual violence week, please visit Its Not Okay website.
Safer Internet Day (11th February 2021)
Safer Internet Day Theme for this year is “An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world.” For more details please visit the safe internet day website.
LGBT History month (February 2021)
Visible Justice: An LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Handbook Launch event
This useful handbook, developed by Salford Youth Service and 42nd Street, will provide information, accessible tools and guidance to support LGBTQ+ inclusion for educational settings and professionals working with Salford children and young people. Covering topics from foundational terms and concepts to how to navigate complex issues, you’ll be sure to want to get your hands on a copy of this important and helpful resource!
Date: Tuesday 9 Match 2020, 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Eating Disorders Awareness Week (1-7th March)
As part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, 1-7 March 2021, Manchester and Salford Community Eating Disorder service will be delivering an online briefing session for professionals to raise awareness on Eating Disorders to #edawarenessweek. Please note the session will be delivered on Microsoft Teams
Date: Friday 5th March, 11.0am – 12.00pm
To book a place please email EHWB@salford.gov.uk
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 courses, 7 minute briefings Learning from Practice Reviews, Learning 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 including Eating Disorders, 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.
Safeguarding Resources, Training and Information
- Domestic Abuse Awareness - Training, Information, 7 minute briefings and facts sheet
- Latest Greater Manchester policies Tri-X briefings, Tri-X Circular and Tri-X Resource Hub – includes Good Practice Supporting the Voice of the Child
- Local supporting pathways and policies including Professional Challenge and Escalation Policy
- Lessons Learnt from Practice Reviews including Chronology guidance and Ecogram guidance
- SSCP 7 Minute Briefings: Jo Rapid Review, Learning from Lockdown,Sexting
- SSAB 7 minute Briefings:Eric, Safeguarding Adult Reviews, Housing
Other Updates and Information
Details of all the latest news from the Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership.