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Safeguarding News
December 2016

News  –  Training  –  Learning  –  Policy Updates  –    

Good Practice  –  Who's Who  –  Contact Us

A message from Keith Makin, Chair of NSCB

As we reach the end of 2016 it seems a good time to reflect on some of the achievements the Board has made over the last twelve months.

It’s certainly been a busy year, with a new Procedures Manual introduced, three Serious Case Reviews published, a new Neglect Strategy and Toolkit launched and the creation of a system of Six Step Briefings to make the dissemination of learning from all levels of case reviews more straightforward, to name but a few of the larger pieces of work undertaken.

Taking all of that into account and the other work undertaken by the Board, I am confident that children and young people living in our county are safer now than they were 12 months ago and that is down to the hard work of everyone working with children in Northamptonshire.

One fantastic achievement we have received this month is from one of our training partners, the Virtual College who provide all our e-learning courses. As part of their 10 year celebrations we are pleased to have been given an award to recognise our ‘Positive Contribution to Learner Engagement’ as a result of our Training Challenge which has been used as a model of good practice by other LSCBs across the country. If you haven’t done so recently be sure to check our e-learning provision as it really does offer a fantastic range of courses to enhance your Continuous Professional Development.

With the holiday season already in full swing all that is left for me to do is wish you all a very Merry Christmas a Happy New Year and all the best for 2017 as we strive to make the county the safest place for children and young people to grow up and thrive.



Share a room, not a bed

The NSCB has re-launched its safe sleep campaign aimed at preventing avoidable deaths of newborn and small babies.


Pupils takeover children's services in Northamptonshire for the day!

Young people took charge of Northamptonshire County Council’s children’s services on Friday 18th November as part of national Takeover Challenge. Take over Challenge is a nationwide event run by the Children’s Commissioner for England which gives children the opportunity to step into the shoes of adults at work.
Read more about what the young people got up to on the NCC website.

Breast Ironing

What is breast ironing and could it be happening here in Northamptonshire? The practice has been debated in parliament with calls for a UK law to prevent the practice. Do you know what breast ironing is and could you recognise it?

New hospital based role to support patients at risk of Domestic Abuse

Northampton General Hospital is strengthening the support it gives to patients at risk of domestic abuse thanks to the creation of a new role.

Designing Europe's largest Mental Healthcare facility for young people

It's a sad reality that mental health issues affect around one in ten young people today. Fitzroy House will become Europe's largest mental health facility for young people when it opens in January 2017. 
Find out more about Fitzroy House including its design, unique features, state of the art therapy and education facilities on the NSCB website.

"If we'd had an alarm that night then Dominic would be here today."

Ten year old Dominic died when a neighbour's faulty boiler leaked carbon monoxide gas through the wall and into his bedroom. Wherever there is a fuel burning appliance or open fire, there is a risk of a carbon monoxide leak.
The Child Accident Prevention Trust have written some handy advice on keeping children safe which can be found on the NSCB website.

Council support for community safety concerns in South Northamptonshire.
A new drop-in surgery is now up and running for residents in South Northamptonshire to raise concerns regarding community safety including safeguarding, public safety and anti social behaviour.
Click here for further details including dates and times of the surgeries from the South Northamptonshire Council website.

Maddie is the new chair of Young Healthwatch

Maddie is the new chair of Young Healthwatch. Maddie says "I enjoy seeing the difference I make in the community with the work that I do and I love to see how it positively improves the healthcare experience for children and young people in Northamptonshire."
Click here to find out more about Young Healthwatch.

Ending Violence against Women and Girls

The 2010 Call to End Violence against Women and Girls Strategy has been updated. This sets out new objectives to make violence against women and girls everyone's business.
Read more about the strategy and our response in Northamptonshire on the NSCB website. 

LBW - LADO Before Wicket

On 8th October LADO Andy Smith presented to the English Cricket Board (ECB) national conference at Loughborough University on managing allegations, the role of the LADO and some more general themes of keeping children safe in cricket.
Read more about Andy's presentation on the NSCB website. 

NSCB Twitter Update

The NSCB twitter account gives you access to the latest news and opportunities from the Board. We currently have over 750 followers but would love to see more of you follow us. Over the next few months the NSCB twitter account will be used to re-launch our safe sleeping campaign as well as communicating other important safeguarding messages. 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 face to face training calendar up to 31st March 2017 is available to book online, check the calendar for the latest availability or see our FAQs about face to face training with Barnardo's.

A number of our courses are already fully booked. If you add yourself to the waiting list you will be e-mailed if someone cancels their place.

Upcoming face-to-face training courses:

Strengthening Families
Wed 14th Dec  9.30am - 16.30pm (Police HQ, Northampton)
Wed 1st Feb 9.30am - 16.30pm (John Dryden House, Northampton)

Thematic Workshop 'Supervision'
Fri 3rd Feb  9.30am - 12.30pm (TBC)
Fri 3rd Feb  13.30am - 16.30pm (TBC)
Fri 10th Feb 9.30am - 12.30pm (County Hall, Northampton)
Fri 10th Feb 13.30am - 16.30pm (County Hall, Northampton)
Fri 17th Feb  9.30am - 12.30pm (Council Chamber, Thrapston, East Northants)

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 (TBC)

Effective Supervision and Management in Safeguarding
Thurs 23rd Mar 9.30am - 16.30pm (TBC)

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 over Christmas period. 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 this month's suggested course is 'Collaborative Working: A Whole Family Approach' course where you will learn about considering the whole family in the course of your work. 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.

Protective Behaviours Training
This course is open to Head Teachers / Deputy Head Teachers, DSLs or PSHE co-ordinators in Northamptonshire Schools. This is a 2 day course available to those schools who haven't already completed the course in the last academic year.
Click here to view the course flyer or view course dates and book a place here.


Serious Case Reviews in 2016

This year the NSCB have published three Serious Case Reviews. It is essential the learning from these reviews is disseminated to all practitioners. Below are the links to them and their Six Step Briefings. Multi Agency Case Audits (MACA)
The NSCB regularly carries out audits on a series of cases based on specific themes to help identify learning and good practice. During 2016 we have carried out the following MACA's.
  • Self Harm (January 2016)
  • Disabled Children (March 2016)
  • Child Sexual Exploitation 2 (June 2016)
  • Homelessness (September 2016)
View and download the learning summaries and 6 Step Briefings for any of the audits carried out.

Other Reviews
In addition to our Serious Case Reviews the NSCB also carry our other reviews into cases that do not meet the criteria for a Serious Case Review but where learning can still be identified. During 2016 we have carried out two further reviews each of which can be found below.


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 will go live on Monday 6th February 2017. To view a preview of the changes to be 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.   


New LADO Referral Form?

Changes to the Designated Officer referral form came into effect on 1st December and are now sent through a new process, the links can be found on the NSCB website. All referrals should still come through MASH in the first instance to ensure child safeguarding issues are made a priority. We would encourage all queries and consultations to the Designated Officers to be made via telephone with contact numbers available on the link below.
Read the full details of LADO service and to make a referral on the NSCB website.

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.

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, 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.

Who's Who in Safeguarding

Ben Leach.  Head of Safeguarding and Dementia at Northampton General Hospital

Every month we introduce colleagues throughout the partnership who work in safeguarding. This month we met with Ben Leach,  Head of Safeguarding and Dementia at Northampton General Hospital..
Find out more about Ben.

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