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Safeguarding News
June 2015

News  –  Events  –  Training –  Policy Updates  –  Good Practice    –  Contact Us

A message from Keith Makin, Chair of NSCB

"You could have heard a pin drop" tweeted a colleague attending the launch of NSCB's ‘Tackling CSE Toolkit’, as Emma Jackson recounted her experience of surviving CSE in Rotherham.  If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch videos of the event on the NSCB’s website. 
The launch event had fantastic feedback and saw attendees committing to do 3 things to tackle CSE and posting on twitter:
The Tackling CSE Toolkit has been designed to reflect the roles and responsibilities of the different agencies involved and also contains a section specifically for parents and another for young people. I urge you read the elements of the Toolkit that are relevant to you and to share this information with your colleagues and the families you work with.

The NSCB is now Tweeting on Twitter! In addition to this monthly newsletter we will also be tweeting regularly about relevant news and events. Follow us @NorthantsSCB and see tweets from the CSE event #tacklingCSEnorthants

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


'Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation' Conference and Toolkit launch

600 local practitioners attended the conference on 22 May which included the launch of the ‘Tackling CSE Toolkit’. If you missed the conference, you can watch videos of the event online and listen to the powerful account from CSE survivor Emma Jackson (audio only). Read full story and watch online. 

(Above: Julie Quincey presents the Tackling CSE Toolkit)

The ‘Tackling CSE Toolkit’ is available on the NSCB website with a specific version to download for each practitioner group. 
Download theTackling CSE Tookit for:

Early Help Assessment (EHA) replaces CAF from 1 June

The transition period for moving from the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) to the new EHA started on 1 June and will run until 30 October 2015. All new assessments should be completed on the new EHA form. Existing CAFs can continue, but all families should be moved to the new EHA system by 30 October.
Go to to access guides, documents and forms or view the EHA summary and FAQ on the NSCB website.  

New website for adoption and fostering in Northants

Know someone who's interested in fostering or adopting? The new website has simple guides to the adoption and fostering processes and provides lots of useful information:
View the adoption website:
View the fostering website:


Do you understand the apps, online games and networking sites children and young people use?

Try out the NSPCC’s NETAWARE website, it's easy to use and enables you to look up descriptions and reviews of the commonly used apps, social networking, dating and online gaming sites used by children and young people. This provides parents, carers and anyone working with children with enough insight and knowledge to make decisions about the potential risks to their child’s online safety. Visit the NetAware website and see how it can support discussions about online safety.

(Above: Net-Aware website - makes young people's online world easy to understand)

"Safeguarding Boards need fairer funding and reasonable remit" says LGA

The new report from the LGA makes points about funding, growing remits, difficulties with engaging the Education sector and in resourcing Serious Case Reviews.  View the LGA's story and report.  

Accidental Poisoning Cases - Accident Prevention Week 

Every year in Northamptonshire, around 230 children aged 5 years or under are admitted to A&E after accidentally swallowing a poisonous substance. View the common substances swallowed and advice on keeping small children safe at home.

Tackling Domestic Abuse

A ‘task and finish group’ with representatives from key agencies across Northamptonshire has been set up to provide a full understanding of domestic abuse in the county, including strengths, gaps, solutions and available budget. Key issues emerging as priorities for improvement include provision of safe accommodation, the response to perpetrators, working with children and the ‘think family’ approach. The group will report their findings to the Children’s Services Improvement Board in July. For further information please contact the NSCB Business Office.

Neglect Strategy

A mini project is underway to review how partner agencies identify and manage cases of neglect in the County. In conjunction with examples of best practice and the recent Ofsted thematic review of neglect, we are seeking to identify further improvements that can be made locally. For further information contact the NSCB Business Office or View the NSCB’s 'Neglect Toolkit' on the Policies and Procedures Manual website

NSCB now on Twitter! 

Find the latest child safeguarding news and events at - follow us @northantsSCB. 


2 July 2015 – Safeguarding Conference, @ Marriott Hotel, Eagle Drive, Northampton. Now fully booked.

21 July 2015 Healthy Communities, Healthy Future Conference
@ Kettering Conference Centre and hosted by Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire and Northamptonshire Community Foundation. A one day conference and workshops to look at how the voluntary sector can work with partners in the county to deliver health and wellbeing services at a local level. 

16 September 2015 – Making Children Safer Event, @ Towcester Race Course. The next round of ‘Making Children Safer’ events begins in July with dates running through to March 2016. Book your place ASAP - places are still available for 16 Sept. This next phase of events is focussed on best practice in Early Help and Child Sexual Exploitation. 


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.


NSCB Policies and Procedures Manual to be updated on 6 July 2015

The next update of the Policies & Procedures Manual will include a number of changes:
  • CAF replaced by EHA
  • Revisions to existing policies
  • New policies
  • New chapters on people posing a risk to children, safeguarding in sport and concealed pregnancies
  • New toolkits and more.
An email bulletin will be sent out once the Manual has been updated with links to the relevant changes. If you receive this e-newsletter directly from NSCB, you will automatically receive the e-bulletin. The policies and procedures manual can be accessed from

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). 


Allegations against staff and the Local Authority Designated Officer:

Would you know what to do if an allegation was made against a colleague? Any allegations must be reported to the Local Authority Designated Officer. Find out more about how to report an allegation and the LADO.  

Private Fostering arrangements – would you know what to do?
If a child is living with adults who are not parents, step-parents or close relatives for more than 28 days, it’s likely they are being ‘privately fostered’. If you become aware of any private fostering arrangement, you should notify the MASH on 0300 126 1000 or email It is a legal requirement for the local authority to be notified of any private fostering arrangement. See the Private Fostering policy and procedure for further information

NSPCC briefing on cases of suicide:

This latest learning from the NSPCC includes warning signs of suicidal thoughts in young people, how to engage with the young person, supporting parents and carers, and working effectively across agencies. View Learning Summaries and Briefings page to download the PDF  


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