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Safeguarding News
August 2016

News  –  Training  –  Learning  –  Policy Updates  –    

Good Practice  –  Who's Who  –  Contact Us

A message from Keith Makin, Chair of NSCB

The summer months have so far been a busy time for the NSCB. We have already held our Annual Conference on 7th July, published the Serious Case Review into Child M and re-launched our Procedures Manual as well as the other business undertaken by the Board.

The Annual Conference produced many highlights and was a fantastic event, attended by over 150 professionals from all over the county. For me the highlight was hearing from our young people and in particular their opinion of the professionals they work with. Two quotes have stuck with me that we should all remember when working with children and young people “I felt unsafe when I wasn’t getting on with my workers” and “Good interaction with professionals makes us feel safe”.

This month we published the Serious Case Review conducted into Child M. The overview report can be downloaded from the NSCB website along with the 6 step briefing for managers in all agencies to disseminate and discuss with staff. It is essential we ensure all staff hear about the learning from Serious Case Reviews and put the recommendations in practice.

The NSCB’s Procedures Manual plays a pivotal role in our joint understanding of how our processes work to keep children safe. The manual has undergone a complete overhaul and more details can be found below.

I hope that you all enjoy a summer break and are fighting fit for the Autumn and Winter!



Neglect Toolkit launch videos now available

Link to Neglect Conference Video
The videos from the Safeguarding Conference held on the 26th May are now available for you to use in team meetings and refresh the messages heard. Remember, the Neglect Toolkit including the Graded Care Profile is also available to download on the website and should be disseminated to all staff.
Download the videos from the Neglect Conference or See the Neglect Toolkit webpage on the NSCB website.  

Private Fostering Week - What professionals need to know

4th - 10th July was Private Fostering week. Did you see the e-bulletin produced by the NSCB and would you know what to do if you came across a Private Fostering arrangement?
Read the Private Fostering E-Bulletin and Find out more about what to do if you become aware of a private fostering arrangement.

Youth Ambition Awards winners announcedLink to Youth Ambition Awards Article

Some of the County’s most inspiring young people have been honoured at Northamptonshire’s fourth annual Youth Ambition Awards. Winners included a play about bullying created and performed by pupils, a teenager who leads a group working to improve services for looked after children, and a youth project targeting stigma around mental health. The awards, organised by Northamptonshire County Council, were presented at a special event at Wicksteed Park, to recognise some of the fantastic things being done by children and young people across Northamptonshire. 
Find out more about the Youth Ambition Awards and see the full list of winners.

Online Safety

Have you read the latest e-safety newsletter produced by Simon Aston (NCC E-Safety Officer)? The newsletter offers lots of hits and tips for keeping children and young people safe online. You will also find information on two important programmes launched by the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command on Monday 4th July, which are designed to help professionals keep pace with and protect children from the changing landscape of risk.
View the latest e-safety newsletter and see information on National Crime Agency programmes.

NGH 'Chit Chat' group NGH Chit Chat Midwivesshortlisted for two national awards

An antenatal group for women and partners who need extra support with their experience of pregnancy and childbirth has been shortlisted for two national awards. The Chit Chat group was established by Northampton General Hospital’s Midwives as a way of tailoring antenatal education, parenting advice and peer support to women with additional needs, including learning disabilities or anxiety.
Fine out more about the Chit Chat group.

New project launched to address retention of Children's Social Workers

Northamptonshire County Council has successfully applied to be part of a public sector mentoring project to look at ways to improve the retention of children's social workers.
Read more about the project here.

NGH receives Unicef Baby Friendly accreditation

Northampton General Hospital has received the Baby Friendly accreditation from Unicef for its work in supporting mother and baby relationships.
Read more about the award here.
Follow the NSCB on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest child safeguarding news...



Face to Face training courses

To book online, check the calendar for the latest availability or see our FAQs about face to face training with Barnardo's.

Upcoming face-to-face training courses:

Strengthening Families: 1 day training session with Barnardo's
Fri 16th Sept  9.30am - 16.30pm (Northampton)

Thematic Workshop 'Think Family': ½  day training session with Barnardo’s
Tues 27th Sept  13.30am - 16.30pm (East Northants)
Wed 28th Sept  13.30am - 16.30pm (Northampton)
Thurs 29th Sept  9.30am - 12.30pm (Kettering/Corby)
Thurs 29th Sept  13.30am - 16.30pm (Kettering/Corby)
Fri 30th Sept  9.30am - 12.30pm (Daventry)

Learning from Serious Case Reviews: 1 day training session with Barnardo's
Thurs 20th Oct  9.30am - 16.30pm (Northampton)

The full training calendar for Quarters 3 and 4 will be available soon, so please check the site regularly for all courses available.

Course cancellations, fines and bookings

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

Online learning courses

Online training is always available, so please take a look at the online learning options available now. 

2016-17 E-Learning Annual Training Challenge - it's not too late!

Have you signed up to complete the Annual Training Challenge? It's not too late to sign up! Thank you to all of those who have completed courses so far this year. Why not commit to completing the 'E-Safety and Disabilities' courses over the next two months?
Find out more about the annual training challenge and how to sign up.

Training for Health Staff

Have you completed your 35 hours of CPD this year, including 20 hours of participatory learning? No? Then the NSCB is here to help.
Find out more by reading the e-bulletin circulated to all Health partners.

Training for Managers

Are you a Manager or Supervisor with responsibility for safeguarding? The NSCB offer a range of courses that will help you fulfil your duties.
Visit the training for Managers' page of the NSCB website to find out more.



Serious Case Review for Child M

This Serious Case Review was published by the NSCB in July. If you haven't yet done so, please review this case using the links below. The NSCB want to hear specific examples of how the learning from this review has changed your practice. Please email your examples to 
Download the full Overview Report for Child M and the
NSCB 6 Step Briefing for Child M

Single Agency Audit - Child V

A multi agency Learning Exercise was led by Safeguarding Children’s Services to review the case of Child V, which has led to learning being identified for children who are living in neglectful circumstances with parental disguised compliance.
Read and Download the NSCB 6 Step Briefing for Child V.  

Case Mapping Exercise - Child X

This case did not meet the criteria for a Serious Case Review but provided an opportunity for significant learning around the case of a baby / toddler who sustained multiple non-accidental injuries.
See the full Learning summary and Download the NSCB 6 Step Briefing for Child X.


NSCB Procedures Manual Update 

Link to NSCB Procedures Manual

The NEW NSCB Procedures Manual was launched on 2nd August and is now live for all agencies and practitioners to use.The manual features a brand new layout which is easier to navigate and enables you to clearly find the policy or procedure you are looking for as well as a host of new features detailed below.

It is important that all agencies involved in child safeguarding in Northamptonshire review the updated Procedures Manual. All agencies must then ensure that their own internal processes and procedures are up-to-date.

For more information on the new manual see the e-bulletin produced to accompany the new manual or visit the NSCB Procedures Manual.   



How to escalate your concerns about lack of progress with a specific case

If you're working with a child and have concerns that the child's case is not making the progress you expect, you should follow the escalation procedures below:

Follow the Early Help Assessment (EHA) Escalation Process for cases where you have concerns about:
  • Decisions regarding referrals;
  • Plans that are not 'SMART' or information is missing;
  • Social Workers or partner agency staff not attending core groups and review meetings.
These matters should be raised and challenged. Further support on escalating concerns can be provided by the Early Help Coordinators: See contact details for your local EHA Coordinators.

For cases where there are disagreements over the handling of concerns reported to Children's Social Care, please refer to the Procedure for Resolving Professional Disagreements in Individual Cases within the NSCB's Procedures Manual. Note: this procedure is currently under review.  

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.

Northamptonshire Youth Offending Service (NYOS) share success

NYOS has an excellent track record of providing effective services to children & young people, their parents/carers and the victims of the offences they have committed. Reoffending rates and the use of custody are down, earlier intervention levels are up. See more information about the detail of the achievements, including the views of the young people who receive the services.

Who's Who in Safeguarding

Lesley Hagger - New Director of Lesley HaggerChildren's Service for Northamptonshire County Council

Every month we introduce colleagues throughout the partnership who work in safeguarding. This month we met with Lesley Hagger, the new Director for Children's Services at Northamptonshire County Council. Find out more about Lesley and her plans for the next 12 months.

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