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Safeguarding News
March 2016

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A message from Keith Makin, Chair of NSCB

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“Trust the process”. A phrase that many of us have heard but one that should be used warily. In order to trust the process, we have to be confident that the process works and have a sound and up-to-date understanding of our own role within each process. 
The NSCB’s Procedures Manual plays a pivotal role in our joint understanding of how our processes work to keep children safe and it has just been updated. Please check the summary of these updates and make sure that any that are relevant to you and your organisation are understood and necessary action taken.

Procedures and processes have been in the forefront of our minds in the last few weeks as Ofsted has carried out an inspection of the NSCB and Children’s Services. We will inform you of the outcome as soon as possible.

This month we published the Serious Case Review conducted into Child R and Family R. The overview report can be downloaded from the NSCB website along with a briefing for managers to disseminate and discuss with staff. You will also be able to book one of the last places on the practitioner learning event being held on Friday 1st April. 


Serious Case Review published - Child R and Family R  

Today Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board published the overview report for the Serious Case Review undertaken into Child R and Family R. This involved the death of a baby who died from co-sleeping and subsequently identified neglect to be an issue within the family. 

See the Child R and Family R Overview Report and Briefing for Professionals.

Safe Sleeping for Babies campaign launched  


Safe sleeping for your baby at all times. The safest place for a baby to sleep for the first six months is on their back, in a separate cot or moses basket, in the same room as you.

The safest way for a baby to sleep is on its back, in a cot or moses basket in the same room as its parents or carer. The county wide campaign launched by Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board aims to raise awareness amongst parents and the professionals that support them. See more about this campaign and download leaflets & posters 


New whistleblowing advice line for professionals launched by NSPCC

Commissioned by the Home Office, the advice line provides free advice and support to professionals wanting to raise concerns about how child protection issues are being handled by their own or other organisations. 
See more about the Whistleblowing Advice Line. 


Consultation starts on proposed changes to Children's Centres in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire County Council has launched a six-week consultation into proposed changes to children’s centre services. Children’s centre services will still be available across Northamptonshire, but it’s planned that a larger proportion of the funding available for services will be used in areas of greatest need, such as Northampton East and Central, Corby and Wellingborough. Following discussions with children’s centre providers, the county council is holding a consultation on proposals which could see the closure of eight of Northamptonshire’s 50 children’s centres.The consultation closes on April 28th.
To see more about the proposals and to take part in the consultation, copy this link into your browser:


Northamptonshire County Council announces plans for new Children's Services Trust 

Northamptonshire County Council has announced plans to create a new trust to deliver children’s services in the county. The proposal is part of the county council’s draft council plan, announced in December, and will see the standalone trust delivering services previously delivered directly by the council itself.
See more about the Children's Services Trust.


'Missing Children: Who Cares?' report praises Northamptonshire + update on convictions for CSE from RISE Team

A report just published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies has praised Northamptonshire for raising awareness of CSE. The Rise Team also report on recent convictions and investigations.
See more and download report . 

Rotherham CSE Survivor presents to 150 Northamptonshire Frontline Police Officers at CSE Training

Two days of training were held at the Northamptonshire Police Headquarters in January for 150 frontline police officers, based around a powerful presentation by CSE survivor, Emma Jackson.
See more about this event or listen to Emma Jackson speaking about her experience (from last year's CSE Conference in Northampton).


Have your say on the NSCB Procedures Manual  

We know that many people use the NSCB's online Procedures Manual, but is it working well for you? Please take a couple of minutes to provide some feedback using this short online survey

Follow the NSCB on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest child safeguarding news...




Northamptonshire Neglect & Self-Neglect Conference - 26th May 2016

The Neglect Conference is open to all professionals working with children and adults in Northamptonshire and will be held at the Kettering Conference Centre. The morning session focuses on children and the Neglect Toolkit and the afternoon will focus on self-neglect in adults. Booking will be available shortly. Should you wish to attend both the morning and afternoon sessions, you will need to register for both.  See more about the Neglect Conference  

Role of the Designated Officer - Awareness Raising Events

The Designated Officer service is running a short event once a month between March and June that explains their role and the support they offer.  See dates and book your place.



The full course diary for the new 2016/17 financial year will be available shortly. April and May are already available to book online so check the calendar for the latest availability or see our FAQs about face to face training with Barnardo's.

E-Learning with the Safeguarding E-Academy

Online training is always available, so please take a look at the e-training options available now. 

NSCB’s ‘Introduction to Safeguarding’ training is available as an e-learning module. The e-learning course has six modules aimed at specific needs/roles within agencies. Visit the NSCB website for more information about e-learning and the full range of courses available.


CSE E-Learning 

Do you or your staff need to have an awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation? The NSCB e-learning course 'Safeguarding children and young people from abuse by sexual exploitation' will provide staff with the knowledge needed to spot the signs and understand key risk factors. All e-learning can be taken free of charge by all practitioners. Find out more about this course and how to book.

Cancellations, fines and bookings

How to cancel a course and more about the Cancellation and Charging Policy.


NSCB Procedures Manual Update February 2016

The NSCB  Online Procedures Manual has been extensively updated. 
See a summary of all the Procedures Manual updates.


Referring to the MASH? The online Multi-Agency Referral Form has been updated... 

Following agreement at the NSCB's Executive Steering Group, a number of changes have been made to the online form to help practitioners when making referrals to the MASH. The key changes are:
  • Links added to the Thresholds and Pathways document and Early Help Assessment (EHA) paperwork. 
  • Detail added to signpost to Universal Services, Early Help Assessment and Complex Case Discussion when review of thresholds deem the referral not to be Level 4.
  • Drop down lists added to identify referrer agency and primary reason for referral.
  • Links to the either the CSE Toolkit or Neglect Toolkit added if primary reason for referral is identified as CSE or Neglect. 
  • Updates to the consent section to make it clear that the family are aware that a referral may lead to multi-agency checks.  
View the online Multi Agency Referral Form  


How to escalate your concerns about lack of progress with a specific case

Any concerns about a case that is not making the progress you expect should be escalated:

Cases where you have concerns about decisions regarding referrals, if plans are not 'SMART' or information is missing, or if social workers or partner agency staff are not attending core groups and review meetings, these matters should be raised and challenged. In these circumstances, follow the EHA Escalation Process. Further support on escalating concerns can be provided by the Early Help Coordinators: See contact details for your local EHA Coordinators.

For cases where there are disagreements over the handling of concerns reported to Children's Social Care, please refer to the Procedure for Resolving Professional Disagreements in Individual Cases within the NSCB's Procedures Manual. Note, this procedure is currently under review.  

When to ask for a 'Complex Case Discussion' for a specific case

A Complex Case Discussion is used when an Early Help Assessment or the support being provided to a child or young person is not achieving its intended outcomes. This could be because the family is not engaging, the needs of the child or family have become more complex or there's a lack of resources or services for example. In these cases, a complex case discussion gathers the key professionals involved to review the case and find a way forward.  Find out more about Complex Case Discussions and how to request one.

New 'First Response Service' for NCC Safeguarding and Children's Services

The new First Response Service will be the first response to all referrals that meet the threshold for a social work assessment. The service will carry out all assessments under S17 and S47 of the Children Act 1989 using the new Single Assessment (see below). Two teams (the Initial Assessment Team and S47 Team) have been merged to form the new First Response Service. They will work closely with Early Help and Prevention Services to ensure families get the right services from the right people at the right time. This change will have no effect on your referral pathways and the advice and support you receive from the MASH. 
Download the First Response Service Communication Sheet (PDF)


Move to new 'Single Assessment'  for Safeguarding and Children's Services

A new Single Assessment (SA) has now replaced the old Initial Assessment, Core Assessment and Initial Child Protection Conference Report (ICPC Report). The SA is an ongoing assessment that is part of a child or young person's journey within Safeguarding and Children's Services.  The SA reduces duplication for practitioners and provides a smoother service for children, young people and their families, who will only have one assessment.
Download the Single Assessment FAQ Sheet (PDF) or the February 2016 SA Update sheet (PDF).


Learning from recent cases: Child O

A baby was brought to A & E sustaining non-accidental injuries that led to multiple bleeds to the brain. The family had a history of domestic abuse and maternal mental health problems.  A case mapping exercise has been carried out in relation to this and learning points for the agencies involved are summarised in a PDF:
Download the Child O Case Mapping Exercise.


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