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Safeguarding News
&Training Update 
August /Sept 2015

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A message from Keith Makin, Chair of NSCB

What should you do if you discover a child is living with someone who isn't their parent or close family member? There are many circumstances where a child or young person ends up living away from the family home, with distant relations, neighbours or the parents of friends.
This situation (known as 'private fostering'), can often be beneficial for the child, the family and the child's carer. But very often, the parents and carers are not aware that Children's Social Care must be informed of these arrangements. 

All professionals working with children in Northamptonshire that are made aware of a child living by private arrangement with someone who is not a close family member for 28 days or more, should notify the MASH  - or else ensure that the parents or carers of the child notify the MASH. Please signpost parents and carers to our webpage on this topic, which includes a video that explains how notifying the local authority can help with accessing extra support and help. Professionals can see the full definition of Private Fostering

The start of the school year is a good time to focus on our own continued learning as professionals. This edition of the newsletter focuses on the wide range of new safeguarding training courses now available, both online and as traditional, face-to-face courses. 
Please take the time to review the new training options with your colleagues, which include awareness raising of FGM, CSE and many more child safeguarding topics relevant to us here in Northamptonshire. 


'Hidden Scars' community project raises awareness of FGM at Northampton event

Hidden Scars, a new local community project that aims to raise awareness about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) held their first ever event at Northamptonshire Central Library in July. Covering many aspects of FGM with speakers from Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire County Council, NSCB and many others, the event was a great success. See the Hidden Scars website and listen to the radio broadcast about the event.
FGM Awareness image that links to the website of the Hidden Scars Project. 


Guidance for parents and carers whose child has been referred to Northamptonshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

A new webpage and downloadable leaflet is available for parents and carers to help them understand what happens when a child is referred to the MASH.  See the guidance and leaflet.

New Early Help Strategy for Northamptonshire 

If you work or engage with children and families in Northamptonshire, you should be aware of the new Early Help Strategy. This explains how all of us play a role in identifying those in need of early help and our plans to ensure the Early Help System is strong and fit for purpose . Find out more about the new Early Help Strategy or see latest update on Early Help.

NSCB and NCC make it easier for local Foster Care Agencies, Providers of Residential Children's Homes to get safeguarding information 

A special e-newsletter for managers and staff working with our local foster care agencies, residential children's homes and similar provision is now being sent out regularly. The first e-newsletter has been well received and future editions will be used to publicise forthcoming events for this sector.  See the e-newsletter and sign up to receive a copy.


50+ e-Learning safeguarding courses now available

Practitioners in Northamptonshire working with children and young people can access a wide range of online training courses free of charge. The courses raise awareness and understanding of a wide range of topics including:
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) 
  • Extremism
  • e-Safety
  • Child Development
  • and many more...
An 'Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect' course is also provided for practitioners to complete as an introduction to child safeguarding, prior to starting other courses. 

All the e-Learning courses contribute towards practitioner's CPD requirements and certificates are provided on successful completion of each course. 

Download the full range of e-Learning courses and find out how to register.

Face-to-face training:  calendar to 31st March 2016 now available

The full NSCB training calendar delivered by Barnardo's is now available. The following courses can be booked online:
  • Thresholds & Pathways and Early Assessments
  • Working Together 
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Learning from Serious Case Reviews
  • The Voice of the Child
  • Domestic Violence
  • Neglect and Child Development
  • Disguised Compliance
  • Challenging Behaviours
When booking your course remember to:
  1. Check with your manager first to confirm suitability and
  2. Cancel the booking if you can't attend - most courses have a waiting list.
See the face-to-face training calendar

Courses this month with places still available:

The following face-to-face training sessions currently have places available and can be booked online:

Thresholds & Pathways, Early Assessment: ½ day training with Barnardo’s
Tues 22nd Sept     9.30am 
- 12.30pm (Daventry)
Weds 23rd Sept     1.30pm 
- 4.30pm (Northampton)
Weds 7th Oct          
9.30am - 12.30pm (Thrapston)

Working Together Level 3: ½ day training with Barnardo’s
Weds 7th Oct   1.30pm 
- 4.30pm (Thrapston)

Domestic Violence, DARIM & Safety Planning: 1 day training session with Barnardo’s
Weds 29 Sept  9.30am 
- 12.30pm and also 1.30pm - 4.30pm (Daventry)

Child Development and Neglect - Level 2: 1 day training session with Barnardo’s

Mon 5th Oct   9.30am - 4.30pm (Northampton)

CSE Training All practitioners can access the 'Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation' e-Learning course to raise awareness on the subject. Practitioners working at level 2 and above can also access the CSE training delivered face to face by Barnardo's. Teams carrying out in-house training can also make use of the NSCB's CSE videos from the CSE Conference in May. Find out more about CSE training

FGM Training

The NSCB offers FGM training both via e-Learning and as part of face-to-face training delivered by Barnardo's. Find out more about FGM training


Training for Young People

Young people who are babysitters, peer mentors or who volunteer to work with other children or young people at youth groups or similar, can access a free e-Learning course on safeguarding. Find out more about training for young people.

'Getting Learning into Practice' - a guide for managers

Managers play an essential role in ensuring that the training undertaken by their staff is quickly embedded into day-to-day practice. See the guide

Safeguarding refresher training - every 2 years

When was the last time you attended safeguarding training? The Learning and Development Strategy advises that professionals take a refresher course every 2 years. Login or register to take the e-learning safeguarding refresher course

CSE Conference follow-up 

Did you attend the CSE Conference in May or the Barnardo's Action Learning Set Training in March? If so, please complete this short online survey to tell us what impact it's had on your practice and what you've done since. Go to the short survey.

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