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The Listening Hub Launch 

We are excited to be able to share and celebrate the launch of the Listening Hub with an Animation Video

The Listening Hub video was produced with parents, young people and professionals to illustrate what the Listening Hub is and how anyone living in Salford can share their views with us. It is a new way for children, young people, parents, carers, professionals and communities to get in touch so that their voices are heard.  What you tell us does matter and will contribute to how we shape and consider our priorities and our practice in safeguarding and supporting children and families in Salford.

Our first Listening Hub event will take place on 29th October on 'Keeping Children Safe online' with young people, parents and professionals both face to face and virtually.

For more information about the Listening Hub, events and how you can get involved and share your views, visit The Listening Hub

Good outcome review

The SSCP is keen to celebrate success. We recently carried out a “Seriously Good Outcome” practice review about a family who had previously had children removed from their care but continued to work with professionals and were able to keep their baby within the family. Good practice highlighted by the review includes:

  • Early completion of a pre-birth assessment
  • Excellent communication within the core group and clear definition of roles and responsibilities
  • Building the confidence of the parents and empowering them to make their own decisions
  • Utilising all members of the core group to reinforce key messages in a consistent way

Learning from Practice Reviews

A recent review has once again highlighted the vulnerability of babies aged under 12 months. Practitioners are encouraged to be extra vigilant where babies are concerned. Key messages include:  be confident to ask difficult questions about males in the household; share information about domestic abuse incidents; make use of opportunities to support and safeguard pregnant women.

Read the Case Review 7 Minute Briefing "Chloe" available on the 7-Minute Briefing page

Safeguarding Babies Under 1

The ‘ICON guidance’ for coping with infant crying has been promoted throughout September and October, following a national review into safeguarding babies under 1 from non-accidentally injury.  The review can be viewed here.

Further information for parents and professionals can be found on the ICON website ICON - Babies cry you can cope - Advice and Support | ICON (iconcope.org)

Greater Manchester 10 Tips for Talking

Greater Manchester is promoting ten key messages to support the development of language and communication skills for babies and young children which can be used by everyone. Each tip is designed to give families and anyone working with children some small suggestions that can make a big difference and help give children the best start. 

The 10 tips, along with information slides, posters and leaflets can be accessed on the website for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA): 

 Greater Manchester (GM) 10 Tips for Talking - Greater Manchester Combined Authority (greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk)

Suicide in Children and Young People

The National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) have published a report dated 14th October 2021, drawing on data to identify the common characteristic of children and young people, who die by suicide.  The report makes recommendations for service providers and policy makers.

This is the second report by the NCMD, looking at deaths that occurred or were reviewed by the Child Death Overview Panel between 1st April 2019 and 31st March 2020.

To view the key findings and download the report visit the NCMD website.

Further support, resources and advice on the prevention of youth suicide, can be accessed through registered charity Papyrus Papyrus UK Suicide Prevention | Prevention of Young Suicide (papyrus-uk.org)

National Events

Black History Month - October 2021

During October the UK Celebrates Black History Month. The first Black History Month was celebrated only in London, in 1987 but in the years since, the celebration has spread across the whole UK and is now celebrated annually throughout each October.

The main aims of Black History Month are to celebrate the achievements and contributions of black people not just in the UK, but throughout the world and also to educate all on black history.  This years campaign is titled ‘Proud to be’.

AHDH Awareness Month - October 2021

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurodevelopmental disorder which has for many years been recognised as particularly affecting children.  However, it has only relatively recently been recognised as affecting adults too.  The aim of this international month of awareness is to increase knowledge of ADHD, by providing information that is reliable,  based on research and scientific evidence.

This years theme is 'Reframing ADHD: Discovering New Perspectives'.  Further information and resources can be found here.

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 ReviewsLearning Events and by subscribing our 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 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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