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Safeguarding News
December 2015

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A message from Keith Makin, Chair of NSCB

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There are moments when all of us struggle to remain optimistic, particularly when faced with the recent shocking and depressing statistics on child sexual abuse from the Children's Commissioner. But looking back at 2015, I'm inspired by the energy and determination of so many people I've met with and worked with in Northamptonshire.
Every day across our county, a huge number of people are working hard to make children safer. Very often it's the small things that make that difference. By ensuring we are up to date with training, by communicating well with each other, by listening carefully to the children we come into contact with, by knowing what to do and when to do it. All these things make a difference.

I'm optimistic about the future and hope you all are too. With the holiday season nearly here, I wish you all health, happiness and the very best for 2016.


Children's Commissioner publishes report on child sexual abuse in England 

A new report estimates that as many as 450,000 children were abused in England in a two year period to March 2014. Of those only 1 in 8 are known to the authorities and 66% of abuse occurs within the family or trusted circle. The report includes ten recommendations, mostly aimed at the government and schools.
See the report's ten recommendations or download the report. 


Children's Commissioner report: Protecting Children From Harm: a critical assessment of child sexual abuse in the family network in England and priorities for action.


Department of Health publishes guidance for Health Professionals on the mandatory FGM reporting duty

Four new resources have been made available to Health Professionals to help explain the new mandatory duty to report cases of FGM in girls under 18. This includes guidance leaflets for professionals and patients, a poster and training guide. See the FGM reporting duty guidance for Health Professionals. 

New campaign posters and radio adverts to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation in Northamptonshire

Eye catching new posters about spotting the signs of child sexual exploitation are being launched across the county. Northamptonshire Police report an increase in cases since the campaign began at the beginning of the year.
Download a PDF campaign poster for noticeboards in your school, workplace, community centre or see the latest about this campaign.


Social Work Academy graduates 2015

The first cohort of newly qualified social workers have now finished their training with the Academy and have met with Isabelle Trowler, the Government's Chief Social Worker. The third cohort is now due to start their training. 51 academy graduates are now employed by Northamptonshire County Council. Find out more about Northamptonshire's Social Work Academy.

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 could you take a couple of minutes to provide some feedback using this short online survey

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Making Children Safer Events 

There are still some spaces left on the remaining events which run until the end of March 2016. The events focus on best practice and changes to Early Help and identifying and supporting children at risk of or subject to child sexual exploitation. See dates and book a place for the remaining events. 

Anti-Bullying Conference - 22 January 2016

In partnership with The Lowdown, the NSCB is holding an anti-bullying conference for schools and interested practitioners in January 2016.  Download the flyer to find out more and book your place.

NSCB CSE Conference - a success

An impact assessment of last May's CSE Conference has shown that it was a major success, with staff able to spot signs of CSE more effectively and actively use the CSE Toolkit launched at the event. The online videos from the conference sessions are very useful for internal training sessions. See the full impact assessment report


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

Child Development & Neglect level 2: 1 day training session with Barnardo's
Mon 18th Jan  9.30am - 4.30pm (Northampton)

Thresholds & Pathways + Early Help Assessment: ½ day training with Barnardo’s
Tues 19th Jan    9.30am - 12.30pm (Northampton)
Weds 20th Jan     9.30am - 12.30pm (Northampton)

Thurs 11th Feb    9.30am - 12.30pm (Northampton)

Working Together level 3: ½ day training with Barnardo’s
Tues 19th Jan    1.30pm - 4.30pm (Northampton)
Thurs 11th Feb    1.30pm - 4.30pm (Northampton)

Child Sexual Exploitation level 3: 1 day training session with Barnardo’s
Mon 1st Feb  9.30am - 
4.30pm (Northampton)

Thematic Workshops - Radicalisation and Extremism: ½ day training with Barnardo’s
Tues 15th Mar    9.30am - 12.30pm (East Northants)
Tues 15th Mar    1.30pm - 4.30pm (East Northants)
Weds 16th Mar   1.30pm - 4.30pm (Daventry)
Thurs 17th Mar  9.30am - 12.30pm (Northampton)
Thurs 17th Mar  1.30pm - 4.30pm (Northampton)

Fri 18th Mar  9.30am - 12.30pm (Kettering)

Barnardo’s Training and Consultancy provides a wide range of training opportunities, from basic awareness-raising of child protection issues to professional development for senior practitioners and managers. See our FAQs 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 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.


UPDATED PROTOCOL: 'Children who run away or go missing from home or care'

The Northamptonshire Multi-Agency Protocol On Children Who Run Away Or Go Missing From Home Or Care has been updated. All practitioners working with children and young people should read and be aware of the protocol. Please ensure any local copies of the protocol are deleted and replaced with the updated guidance. See the updated protocol.

Next update for the NSCB Procedures Manual scheduled for January 2016

A special e-Bulletin summarising the changes and additions made as part of the update will be sent out in January.


Do you know when to contact the Designated Officer (DO)? 

If you have a concern about any professional or volunteer who works with children, you should contact the Designated Officers for advice and guidance.

The DO will
  • investigate potential cases of risk or harm by adults and professionals who work with children in settings such as schools, hospitals, football clubs, church groups, child minders - it could be any setting where people work with children.
  • provide advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisations regarding allegations and concerns relating to paid or unpaid workers.
There are now two permanent DO's for Northamptonshire, Andy Smith and Alex Spriggs who will be offering awareness training about their role and how you should manage concerns about staff.  

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. Equally, 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.



Children who don't live with their parents or close family - 'private fostering' notification

If you become aware of a child that is living with someone other than their parents, official carers or close family members for more than 28 days, Northamptonshire County Council should be notified. NSCB has online guidance about what to do - please share it with the child's parents or whoever they are living with. See more about action you should take regarding children in private fostering arrangements

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