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April 2017

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A message from Keith Makin, Chair of NSCB

As we approach the end of the Financial Year, we also see the end of the current NSCB Business Plan (2015 – 2017) cycle, and while a great deal of work has been undertaken and completed over the last two years, it is fair to say that there is still a lot to do to ensure that children and young people are kept safe from harm in this county.
The end of this cycle has given us the opportunity to look critically at the structure of the Board and, in these straightened times, ensure we are providing value for money to all our partners. The forthcoming changes will allow us to operate a smaller more manageable Board with more focussed Sub Groups delivering its objectives. The review has also enabled us to strengthen our relationship with the Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB), Health & Wellbeing Board and Public Health with the Business Office now supporting both the Children’s and Adults Safeguarding Boards. The revised structure of the Boards can be found here.
The restructure and the revised Business Plan has enabled us to step back and take a look at the functions the LSCB should be undertaking in light of its statutory role, defined in Working Together 2015:
In order to fulfil its statutory function a LSCB should use data and, as a minimum, should:

  • assess the effectiveness of the help being provided to children and families, including early help;
  • assess whether LSCB partners are fulfilling their statutory obligations;
  • quality assure practice, including through joint audits of case files involving practitioners and identifying lessons to be learned; and
  • monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training, including multi-agency training, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

LSCBs do not commission or deliver direct frontline services though they may provide training. While LSCBs do not have the power to direct other organisations they do have a role in making clear where improvement is needed. Each Board partner retains their own existing line of accountability for safeguarding.
Over the next 2 months, members of the Business Office, Board and Executive Support Group will be developing both the Business Plan for the next cycle and an associated Action Plan to support its work. We would be very interested to hear what you as practitioners, feel the Board priorities should be going forward, any suggestions and ideas would be welcomed, and should be sent to the Business Office at I look forward to being able to share our new Business Plan with you in future newsletters.


Northamptonshire Youth Ambition Awards Are Back!

The search is underway for young unsung heroes in Northamptonshire with the launch of the 2017 Youth Ambition Awards.The awards are organised by Northamptonshire County Council to showcase some of the incredible achievements of young people across Northamptonshire.


"Together, We Can Tackle Child Abuse" Campaign

During March the Department for Education has been running its "Together, We Can Tackle Child Abuse" Campaign. I hope you have seen some of the NSCB Tweets over the last month attempting to dispel some of the myths around child abuse. The campaign also reminds the public that we all have a role to play in protecting children while seeking to remind professionals, including teachers and healthcare professionals who work with children, of their safeguarding responsibilities.
Visit the DfE tackle child abuse campaign for more information.

Has Your School Seen Kayleigh's Love Story Yet?

Most of you will now have heard about Kayleigh's Love Story, a short film produced by Leicestershire Police and a powerful warning about the dangers of online grooming. Northamptonshire Police are encouraging all Secondary Schools to show the film to pupils and have a support package in place should pupils need to talk about their concerns. They can arrange for an officer, engagement worker and a safeguarding nurse to be present at screenings as well as offering support material, help and advice. 
Read more about Kayleigh's Love Story and find out how you can book a screening in your school.

New Corporate Parenting Strategy Launched

The new Corporate Parenting Strategy has been launched by Northamptonshire County Council which sets out the county's commitment to support children in care and care leavers. All staff who work with children in care or care leavers should read and understand the strategy to ensure they are aware and understand their responsibilities.

FGM Awareness Campaign

This multi-agency campaign is aimed at educating practitioners and the general public in the signs to look out for which may indicate a child is at risk of FGM, particularly in the run-up to the school holidays, or what is known colloquially as ‘the cutting season’. On the NSCB website you will find more information including the signs to look out for, campaign posters and your responsibilities in regard to mandatory reporting of FGM. You will also find information on how to access awareness raising training on FGM for you and your staff to access free.

Northants FGM Community Association Website

As part of the NSCB work around FGM we are proud to work with the Northants FGM Community Association. The community association now have a website where they will update on the work they are currently undertaking in the county to assist in the NSCB's work.
Visit the FGM Community Association Website here.

Additional Support for Northamptonshire Care Leavers Agreed

Northamptonshire County Council have agreed new measures to help care leavers make the transition to independent living. Training flats will be created in Northampton to help young people leaving care develop the independent living skills they will need in early adulthood. 
Read more about the additional support available to care leavers here. 


NSCB Twitter Update

The NSCB twitter account gives you access to the latest news and opportunities from the Board. 
Follow the NSCB on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest child safeguarding news...



Face to Face training courses

The training calendar for April 2017 onwards is currently being developed. Once courses are finalised and available to book we will circulate an e-bulletin with all the information and booking details.

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 by the end of the financial year. 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 - "Safeguarding Children Refresher"

When was the last time you took a Safeguarding Refresher course? Access to this course is free to everyone working in Northamptonshire as part of the NSCB E-Learning package.

It is a statutory requirement for anyone who works with children to update their knowledge of legislation and guidance and maintain the ability to act on concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people.

The government guidance states that refresher training should take place at least every three years.

This course was originally developed in collaboration with experts from six Safeguarding Children Boards and has recently been updated to include all child safeguarding areas required to be covered by Ofsted and CQC inspections, these include:

  •  Female Genital Mutilation
  •  Radicalisation
  •  Forced Marriage
  •  Child Trafficking
  •  Child Sexual Exploitation

Find out more about e-learning and sign up here.

Community and Voluntary Sector CSE Awareness Event

We have planned a series of events designed specifically for the Voluntary and Community Sector to help raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), how to spot the signs and the next steps to take. The first event is scheduled for Wednesday 26th April, for VCS organisations based in South Northamptonshire.
For more information and details of how to book can be placed on our events page.


The NSCB regularly carry out reviews of cases and publish its findings. Over the last few months we have published a number of Serious Case Reviews and learning summaries into other cases and Multi Agency Case Audits (MACA) carried out by the Board. Below you will find details of some of these reviews please make sure you have read and discussed the 6 step briefings.

Serious Case Reviews
Child R and Family R - published March 2016
Child M - published July 2016
Child Q - published January 2017
Child N - published January 2017

Case Mapping Exercises / Single Agency Reviews
Child V - published May 2016
Child X - published June 2016

Multi Agency Case Audits (MACA)
Child Sexual Exploitation 2 - June 2016
Homelessness - September 2016
Domestic Violence 2 - December 2016

Over the next year the Board will be publishing more learning summaries into cases where learning for all practitioners has been identified as well as having an updated MACA process which will enable learning from these audits to be disseminated with frontline practitioners quicker and ensure we are constantly improving practice to make the children and young people living in Northamptonshire safe.


NSCB Procedures Manual Update 

Link to NSCB Procedures Manual

When was the last time you looked at the NSCB Procedures Manual?

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.   

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) - Update

The CSE Assessment Tool to be used by all practitioners when referring cases of CSE has been updated and should be used from 01/04/2017.
To view the revised CSE Assessment Tool please click here.

On 16/02/2017 the revised definition of CSE was launched. You can read the full definition below which can also be found here on the NSCB website.
Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.



Neglect Update - Are Your Practitioners Using The Toolkit?

The Neglect Toolkit that was launched in May 2016, which included a Screening Tool for practitioners with little contact with children and families alongside the Graded Care Profile (GCP). If you are making a referral to MASH please make sure you are using one of these assessment tools to support you referral and work with the child and family.
See the Neglect Toolkit.

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 on-going 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.

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