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Safeguarding News
October 2016

News  –  Training  –  Learning  –  Policy Updates  –    

Good Practice  –  Who's Who  –  Contact Us

A message from Keith Makin, Chair of NSCB

This month the spotlight falls on Domestic Violence and Abuse. This is a key priority for the Board and an important area for all staff working with children, young people and adults to be aware of.

The effects of Domestic Abuse on children and young people can last a lifetime and often effect a child's ability to form positive relationships long into adult life. Northamptonshire Police have been doing a great deal of promotional work already around this topic through the 'Domestic Abuse is Control... Turn it Off' campaign and using the #standbyforaction on social media.

On Thursday 6th October, Nene & Corby CCG are holding a Domestic Abuse Conference at Kettering Conference Centre. The conference is fully booked so if you're attending, enjoy the day and be sure to share the learning with your colleagues back in the work place on your return.

The NSCB website has a host of useful information on how we are tackling Domestic Abuse in Northamptonshire including details on how to access training, procedures to follow where you have concerns, the domestic abuse notification scheme to Schools and tools and advice for working with potential victims. Make sure you check out the links below and help stamp out Domestic Abuse in Northamptonshire.


NSCB information on Domestic Violence and Abuse

Less than half of all incidents of Domestic Violence are reported to the Police although they still receive 1 call every minute on the subject. All practitioners working with children, adults and families should have an awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse and how to spot the signs, react and report accordingly. The NSCB website provides and number of links and resources to help you,

New research project to explore links between Arson and Domestic Violence

A new research project has been launched which works with children and young people to explore the link between deliberate fire setting and a background of domestic violence. This is being carried out by the University of Northampton in partnership with the Arson Task Force.

Neglect Toolkit launch videos now available

Are you and your staff using the Neglect Toolkit and the Graded Care Profile (GCP) in your assessments and referrals for Neglect? If not, you should be, as it's the agreed partnership assessment tool to help identify neglect. Check out the links below and book yourself onto the GCP workshops coming up in November and February.

Private Fostering

Do you work in a School or Early Years Setting? Would you know what to do if you were made aware of a Private Fostering arrangement? The NSCB will be writing to all Schools, Early Years Settings and GP's shortly asking them to confirm the number of children / young people who are currently privately fostered. It is important that the NSCB has this information to ensure these particular children and young people are known to the Local Authority.
Find out more about what to do if you become aware of a private fostering arrangement.

'Wall of Silence' comes to Northamptonshire

The University of Northampton will be hosting the 'Wall of Silence' Exhibition throughout November and is the first time it has been available to see in the Midlands. To launch the exhibition a short conference is being held on 2nd November.
Find out more about 'Wall of Silence' and book your place at the launch conference.

Button Batteries cause deadly risk to toddlers
The BBC and Child Accident Prevention Trust have issued a stark warning on the risk that button batteries pose to toddlers. Your help is needed to alert parents of the dangers and help prevent more tragedies.
Find out more about what you can do to help and the advice and guidance given.

Online Safety

Have you read the latest e-safety newsletter produced by Simon Aston (NCC E-Safety Officer)? The newsletter offers lots of hints and tips for keeping children and young people safe online. In the newsletter you will also find details of the e-safety training Simon is delivering in November.
View the latest e-safety newsletter and see the online safety training flyer.

Recruitment begins for FitzRoy House

FitzRoy House will become the largest adolescent mental health facility in Europe when it opens on the St Andrew's Healthcare site in Northampton in early 2017. St Andrews Healthcare are seeking compassionate and dedicated people to join there team and who wish to make a difference to the lives of these particular young people.
Read more about St Andrews and FitzRoy House.
Follow the NSCB on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest child safeguarding news...



Face to Face training courses

The full training calendar for the rest of the year is now available to book online, check the calendar for the latest availability or see our FAQs about face to face training with Barnardo's.

Upcoming face-to-face training courses:

Learning from Serious Case Reviews
Thurs 20th Oct  9.30am - 16.30pm (County Hall, Northampton)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Mon 24th Oct  9.30am - 16.30pm (John Dryden House, Northampton)

Thematic Workshop 'Disabilities'
Wed 26th Oct  9.30am - 12.30pm (TBC)
Wed 26th Oct  13.30am - 16.30pm (TBC)
Thurs 27th Oct  9.30am - 12.30pm (County Hall, Northampton)
Thurs 27th Oct  13.30am - 16.30pm (County Hall, Northampton)
Fri 28th Oct  9.30am - 12.30pm (Council Chamber, Thrapston, East Northants)

Graded Care Profile Workshop:
Fri 25th Oct  9.30am - 12.30pm (John Dryden House, Northampton)
Fri 25th Oct  13.30am - 16.30pm (John Dryden Hose, Northampton)

Course cancellations, fines and bookings

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


The NSCB E-learning training is always available to you and is free of charge. There are over 30 courses to choose from covering a wide range of topics. Courses take between 1-2 hours to complete so take a look at the online learning options available now. 

E-Learning Course of the Month

This month's suggested learning topic is 'Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse' course where you will learn about the power and control wheel, impact Domestic Abuse has on Children, the MARAC process and best practice for supporting victims. Upon completion you will be able to print a certificate and have it count towards your CPD.
Find out more about E-learning and sign up here.

Training for Managers

Are you a Manager or Supervisor with responsibility for safeguarding? The NSCB offer a range of courses that will help you fulfil your duties.
Visit the training for Managers' page of the NSCB website to find out more.


Serious Case Review for Child Q

The NSCB will shortly be publishing the overview report and 6 Step Briefing for this case. You will be able to download the report from the NSCB SCR webpage very soon and we will want to hear specific examples of how the learning from this review has changed your practice. Please email your examples to  

A Professionals' De-brief to go through the recommendations highlighted in this case will be held on Monday 10th October in Northampton. Spaces at this de-brief are extremely limited so please use the link below to check availability and book your place asap.
Book you place at the Professionals de-brief for Child Q.

Multi Agency Case Audits

The NSCB regularly carries out audits on a series of cases based on specific themes to help identify learning and good practice. As a result of each audit a Learning Summary and 6 Step Briefing are produced to enable learning to be disseminated across the partnership. Recent topics for Multi Agency Case Audits include, Disabled Children, Child Sexual Exploitation and Homelessness.
View and download the learning summaries and 6 Step Briefings for any of the audits recently carried out.


NSCB Procedures Manual Update 

Link to NSCB Procedures Manual

When was the last time you looked at the NSCB Procedures Manual?

If you are unsure what to do with a specific case have a look in the Procedures Manual where you will find lots of helpful advice about what to do with cases in a wide variety of situations.

Visit the NSCB Procedures Manual.   


What is 'Good' Early Help?

A definition of good early help practice has been agreed by the NSCB. This sets out what good practice in early help assessment, support and intervention should look like and has recommendations across a number of areas including the identification of needs; holistic assessment; outcomes-based intervention; Team Around the Family reviews and management oversight.
Read the full definition on the NSCB website.

Early Help Partners Survey

Last year, NCC ran a survey to understand more about partners understanding of, and confidence in, Early Help. The survey is being repeated this year to understand the progress made. The survey should take 5 minutes to complete and its finding will inform early help work and make sure it focuses on the things you and your colleagues need.
Take the Early Help Partners Survey.

Child Protection Conference Reports

Do you submit reports to Child Protection Conferences? If so, please ensure that your reports are submitted within the relevant timescales for both initial and review conferences.
See the NSCB Child Protection Conferences Procedure to remind yourself of the specific timescales for sending and receiving reports.


Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Strategy

The NSCB FGM Strategy is now available to view on our website which provides an outline of how we aim to prevent FGM from happening, improve services and professionals’ responses to women and girls who have undergone or are at risk of FGM, and ensure specialist support, information and advice is available to them.
Read the full FGM Strategy on the NSCB website.

Who's Who in Safeguarding

Ann Bodsworth, Joint CEO Northampton Womens Aid

Every month we introduce colleagues throughout the partnership who work in safeguarding. This month we met with Ann Bodsworth, Joint CEO Northampton's Womens Aid.
Find out more about Ann.

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