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Safeguarding News
February 2017

News  –  Training  –  Learning  –  Policy Updates  –    

Good Practice  – Who's Who – Contact Us

A message from Keith Makin, Chair of NSCB

January 2017 saw the launch of 'Kayleigh's Love Story' (see details below) with the support of Kayleigh's family, Leicestershire Police have made a film about aspects of the last two weeks of her life.

Kayleigh's Love Story is a warning to young people, both girls and boys, about the dangers of speaking to people they don't know online. The film highlights just how quick and easy it can be for children to be groomed online without them or those around them knowing it is happening. Its purpose is to protect children now and in the future and to stop another family losing a child in this way.

It's vital that young people understand the importance of staying safe online and that parents can spot the warning signs that may indicate their child is being groomed. Here in Northamptonshire, the work being undertaken by Simon Aston, E-safety officer with Northamptonshire County Council is really important to ensure awareness is raised across the County. You can view the professionals e-safety page of the NCC website here. The site also contains information on staying safe for parents and young people. Also, look out for Twitter activity from the NSCB and Simon (@NCCcybersafe) on Tuesday 7th February to support Safer Internet Day 2017.

Finally, On Thursday 26th January, you may have already seen that we published the Serious Case Review into Child N, which received extensive media interest. You'll be able to find copies of the Overview Report and 6 Step Briefing below and I'd like to encourage you all to read and share the learning with your teams.



Kayleigh's Love Story

You may have already seen national media publicity about the case of a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Leicestershire who was groomed online in November 2015 and subsequently raped and murdered by her groomer’s next door neighbour.


NCC Receives Almost £1M to Create New Childcare Places 

New childcare places for working parents will be created in Northamptonshire from September thanks to a Government grant of almost £1 million. The new places will be created for three and four-year-olds who will be eligible for 30 hours free childcare a week from September, which is an increase from 15 hours a week under the current national scheme.
Read more about the scheme and to access information to find out if families you work with may be eligible.

International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM

Monday 6th February is an international day of zero tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. Here in Northamptonshire we have been working hard to raise awareness of FGM and how practitioners should respond. Below you will find a number of links to useful information on our website.
Read more about FGM and our approach in Northamptonshire and your responsibility under mandatory reporting legislation. See the FGM Strategy for Northamptonshire and access our multi agency procedure plus free training.

Care Leavers Conference - Presentations and Videos

Held on the 6th of December 2016 at St Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, this conference explored the specific vulnerabilities of young people leaving care, and how to build their resilience. The conference involved a number of national and local speakers with feedback from those attending very positive.

New Pilot Scheme Aims To Boost Wellbeing Benefits Of Sharing Books With Babies

As part of a new pilot scheme aimed at promoting reading with young children parents will be offered a library card for their baby when they register the birth.
Read more about the scheme and how it will be implemented here.

NSCB Annual Conference - Save the Date

The NSCB have provisionally set the date for the 2017 conference as Tuesday 19th September. Further details on how to book, venue and speakers will be communicated via the NSCB website. 


NSCB Twitter Update

The NSCB twitter account gives you access to the latest news and opportunities from the Board. For those of you who use Twitter your support in re-tweeting is much appreciated to get our messages out as far as possible.
Follow the NSCB on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest child safeguarding news...



Face to Face training courses

The last few remaining places on face to face training until 31st March 2017 are available to book online, courses with places remaining are detailed below but you can check the calendar for the latest availability or see our FAQs about face to face training with Barnardo's.

The training calendar for April 2017 onwards is currently being developed. Once courses are finalised and available to book we will circulate an e-bulletin with all the information and booking details.

Graded Care Profile Workshop:
Thurs 23rd Feb  9.30am - 12.30pm (Police HQ, Northampton)
Thurs 23rd Feb  13.30am - 16.30pm (Police HQ, Northampton)

Learning from Serious Case Reviews
Wed 8th Mar 9.30am - 16.30pm (Northampton)

Effective Supervision and Management in Safeguarding
Thurs 23rd Mar 9.30am - 16.30pm (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 why not set yourself the task of completing a course or 2 by the end of the financial year. Below you will find the NSCB e-learning catalogue and our 10 step guide to getting started with e-learning.

NSCB e-learning catalogue
NSCB 10 step guide to getting started with e-learning 

E-Learning Course of the Month

As part of our training challenge, the suggested courses for February and March are below Human Trafficking and Safe Sleeping for Babies. Remember, you don't have to try our suggestions as there is a large selection of courses available to you upon completion of any e-learning course you will be able to print a certificate and have it count towards your CPD.
  • February = Human Trafficking, Exploitation & Modern Slavery
  • March = Safe Sleeping for Babies - Reducing the risk of SIDS
Find out more about e-learning and sign up here.


Community and Voluntary Sector CSE Awareness Events

We have planned a series of events designed specifically for the Voluntary and Community Sector to help raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), how to spot the signs and the next steps to take. The first event is scheduled for Wednesday 22nd February, for VCS organisations based in South Northamptonshire.
For more information and details of how to book can be placed on our events page.

Speaking Out to End Sexual Violence Conference

The Institute of Public Safety Crime and Justice and Northants Rape Crisis are hosting the above conference on 16th March 2017, 9:30 - 16:30 in the Newton Hall, University of Northampton Avenue Campus. Tickets for the event cost £60
For more information and details of how to book a place at this event please click here.


Serious Case Review - Child N

On 26th January we published the findings of the Serious Case Review into Child N.  You can access the Overview Report and access the 6 Step Briefing on the links below. All agencies should be using the 6 Step Briefing to discuss the learning from this review and how its recommendations can be put into practice.
This review involved examining the actions of agencies involved in the case of a five-week-old baby who suffered catastrophic, life-changing injuries at the hands of her parents. The victim, referred to as Child N, suffered lifelong disabilities as a result of the abuse for which her parents received significant jail terms last year.
View and download the Overview Report and 6 Step Briefing.


NSCB Procedures Manual Update 

Link to NSCB Procedures Manual

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

The latest update to the NSCB Procedures Manual went live on Monday 6th February 2017. To view the changes made, please visit the NSCB website where you will find a summary document.

NSCB Procedures Manual changes February 2017.

It is essential to ensure practitioners are following these multi agency procedures alongside any single agency guidance when considering the safeguarding of children and young people in specific circumstances.

Visit the NSCB Procedures Manual.   

Definition of Missing / Absent 

From 16th January 2017, Northamptonshire Police in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council (Safeguarding and Children’s Services’ Senior Management Team - SMT) have agreed to move to the nationally agreed definitions of Missing and Absent Children.
For more information on this change and to view the definitions please visit the missing protocol page of the NSCB website.



Neglect Update - Are you using the Neglect Screening Tool?

As part of the Neglect Toolkit that was launched in May 2016, a Screening Tool was introduced alongside the Graded Care Profile (GCP) to be used by practitioners who have limited contact with children and families, to assess if a referral should be made for a full GCP assessment to be undertaken.
See the Neglect Toolkit and the Screening Tool. .

Step Down from Social Care to Early Help leaflet for professionals 

The leaflet outlines the step down process from Social Care to Early Help including the role of the Social Worker, what the Social Worker should expect from practitioners, who will provide and coordinate any appropriate ongoing support and what will happen if parents, carers and young people do not consent to continued support.
See the NSCB website for more information on Early Help or download the leaflet here.

Child Protection Conference Reports

Do you submit reports to Child Protection Conferences? If so, it is important that you ensure 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.

Who's Who in Safeguarding


Simon Aston, E-Safety Officer, Northamptonshire County Council

Every month we introduce colleagues throughout the partnership who work in safeguarding. This month we met with Simon Aston, E-safety Officer at Northamptonshire County Council.
Find out more about Simon.

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