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Safeguarding News
May 2015

News  –  Events  –  Training –  Policy Updates  –  Good Practice  –  Who’s Who  –  Contact Us

A message from Keith Makin, Chair of NSCB

All of us involved in child safeguarding have to respond to new issues as they emerge. One of these new issues is the threat to our young people of radicalisation. Extremists are adept at using the web and social media to target young people with their views.
We have seen a steady increase in referrals to the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) about this issue, mainly from social care and Police colleagues. Please be alert to this increasing risk and report any concerns directly to the MASH on 0300 126 1000 or by email: Please see the online Policies and Procedures Manual for our procedure for identifying and dealing with extremism and radicalisation.

The Department for Education has just published an updated version of ‘Working Together 2015’. This is the key statutory guidance for everyone who works with children. Please take the time to read this document. The main changes to the statutory guidance are outlined on the website.

Finally, we are looking to recruit more young people to join the Young People's NSCB
If you have a youth forum in your organisation that would like to participate, please get in touch. The next round of Young People’s NSCB meetings take place in Kettering on 20 May and Northampton on 21 May. 

I always welcome comments or feedback, please get in contact with me through the NSCB Business Office.


FGM in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire General Hospital reports on the number of new cases of FGM. Recent legislation in the Serious Crime Act 2015 provides a range of new powers to protect victims and prosecute those who fail to protect girls from FGM. Read the full story

2015 Bullying Survey results

More than 3,000 young people from 73 schools and colleges across the UK have taken part in the annual survey carried out by anti-bullying charity 'Ditch the Label'. They report that 43% of young people said they had been bullied and 50% of young people have bullied another person. View the statistics and full report.

Promotional image stating The Annual Bullying Survey 2015 is now available from Ditch the Label and includes statistics on bullying described in the paragraph before this image

New Helpline for Victims of Interpersonal Violence

Northamptonshire Rape Crisis is now offering an interpersonal violence helpline that provides increased access to support for victims of interpersonal violence, which includes rape, stalking, sexual abuse, FGM, harassment, historic sexual abuse, forced marriage, honour based violence and sex trafficking. See full information and contact details.

New figures on local young people treated for drug/alcohol abuse

168 local young people under 18 were treated for problems with drugs and alcohol in 2014-15. Cannabis and alcohol remain the main issue, but rises have been recorded in the use of ‘legal highs’ and cocaine. Plans include expanding treatment and early help for families with substance misuse issues. See the statistics and find out more

Changes to the Early Help Service

Since the launch of 'Troubled Families' in 2012, over 1,000 families have been helped in turning their lives around. By taking the best of the 'Troubled Families' model and applying it across all of 'Early Help', we aim to help over 4,000 families by 2020. Troubled Families will become Early Help Families. Read about the changes and improvements being implemented now.  

Learning from cases of CSE and Domestic Violence

Learning from the Multi-Agency Case Audits (MACA) looking at cases of Child Sexual Exploitation and Domestic Violence are now available on the website. These contain many useful findings for all agencies including schools, health and social care. View the MACA learning summaries.  

Could you foster a teenager?

Northamptonshire County Council has launched a campaign to recruit more foster carers, particularly those who can offer a home to an older child. 216 of the 539 children currently in foster care in Northamptonshire are aged 13 years and over. Find out more about fostering teenagers. 

Police warn over playground game 'sleeper'

A new ‘school playground game’ called ‘Sleeper’ that involves children suffocating each other until they become unconscious has resulted in an 8-year-old child being admitted to hospital. View the warning.

'Cold Water Shock' can kill swimmers warns Fire & Rescue Service

As the weather warms up, children and adults are being urged not to swim in rivers, lakes and canals, where the water is still cold enough to cause the body to go into shock. View the warning. 

Advice for parents and carers - preventing accidents in the home

A new section has been added to the ‘Parents and Carers’ area of the NSCB website to provide the latest information and advice about preventing common types of accidents to children in the home.


22 May 2015 - Launch of the CSE resource toolkit. Some places are still available for this 1/2 day event.  

2 July 2015 – Safeguarding Conference, the Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton.


Upcoming face-to-face courses with places available:

Barnardo’s Training and Consultancy is providing a wide range of training opportunities, from basic awareness-raising of child protection issues to professional development for senior practitioners and managers. Find out more about face to face training with Barnardo's.

E-Learning with the Safeguarding E-Academy

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.

Free training for people working in the Voluntary Sector

NSCB offers free safeguarding training to anyone working in the Voluntary Sector who has contact with children and young people. Find out about e-learning and face-to-face courses for the Voluntary Sector.

Cancellations, fines and bookings

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


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New information sharing guidance for practitioners

Confused about 'confidentiality' and 'consent'? Ivan Balhatchet, Assistant Chief Constable at Northamptonshire Police advises on the Seven Golden Rules of Information Sharing.

Changes to 'Working Together'

The Department for Education has published an updated version of the key statutory guidance for anyone working with children in England. View a summary of the key changes and download ‘Working Together To Safeguard Children 2015’.

NSCB Procedures Manual Information Leaflet

NSCB has published a leaflet to promote the key policies within the online Procedures Manual. The Manual also contains a number of templates, toolkits and risk assessment tools to help practitioners make informed decisions. Download the leaflet (PDF 254kb). 


The LADO and allegations made against staff:

The LADO operates independently within Children's Services and is accountable to NSCB. Find out more about the role of the LADO.  

Escalating a CAF:

If you’re supporting a child/family through the CAF and have an issue with the response of another organisation, follow this four-step process.  

Resolving disagreements between professionals on individual cases:

NSCB is clear that there must be respectful challenge when a Professional or agency has a concern about the action or inaction of another. See the process for resolving professional disagreements for individual cases.

Making an online referral to the MASH:

The NSCB referral form, used by Professionals to submit safeguarding concerns to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), is now available as an online form. It is more secure, more efficient and will also give you a reference number on submission. Please use the online form instead of Word or PDF formats whenever possible. Go to the online NSCB referral form.


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Support & Wellbeing Officer  
at Lodge Park Academy 

Maxine Reilly tells us about her day-to-day work in the school and experiences in child safeguarding. Read the full interview.

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) –
Chris Edwards

Chris joined Northamptonshire County Council as the LADO in September and tells us about the challenges of dealing with allegations against staff. Read the full interview.

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