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Safeguarding children from sexual violence, child sexual exploitation and harmful practices (Metropolitan Police)

 The Metropolitan Police has published new guidance for schools and colleges to help them safeguard children from sexual violence, child sexual exploitation and harmful practices.In a forward to the guidance, former police officer and National National Leader of Governance Advocate, Matt Miller MBE says, 'Safeguarding is never far from our tho...
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Who are you really talking to?

 Click here - Updated County Lines Guidance

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults is a geographically widespread form of harm that is a typical feature of county lines activity. It is a harm which is relatively little known about or recognised by those best placed to spot its potential victims.

This guidance is intended to explain the nature of this harm to enable practitioners to recognise its signs and respond appropriately so that potential victims get the support and help they need.

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Training for Safeguarding Leads

The Government has launched a new online portal today that will strengthen its support to charities handling safeguarding concerns or allegations.

Click here for the portal, based on Gov.uk, offers a step by step guide to help charities correctly manage their concerns, identify the right people to contact if needed and access helpful resources and advice.

Following a combined £1.2 million DCMS and National Lottery Community Fund investment the portal will be promoted by six organisations across England. They have been appointed to champion the importance of good safeguarding and locally available sources of advice and support.

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 A great website for children in the care system, or young people leaving it, is IMO - write, speak, share.

 IMO was created by the Children's Commissioner for England in collaboration with an advisory network of teens with care experience.

IMO is a voice for teenagers in care and for care leavers. It is somewhere to  share stories, experiences , achievements and  advice, and find loads of great free stuff! 

The site also shares opportunities for care leavers, like jobs and apprenticeships!

The site is really useful resources and it could be used in mentoring sessions to look some of the issues.

Click here : https://imohub.org.uk/

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Mental Health Week - 3rd - 9th February 2020 (Place2be)

 Children's Mental Health Week is now in its sixth year. The theme of this year's Children's Mental Health Week is 'Find your Brave'. Life is all about taking small brave steps every day. Bravery could be about sharing worries and asking for help when you need it, trying something new or making the right choices. Life often throws us challenge...
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About Us

 The Black Country Sexual Abuse Forum has been re-established by NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and First Person Plural (FPP). It is a multi-agency network for statutory and voluntary sector agencies and survivors. 

Who can attend?
Membership is open to representatives from statutory sector health, social care, education and voluntary sector organisations; to individual workers and practitioners of all disciplines, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, service users and carers. 

Why attend?
The Forum aims to facilitate mutual support, learning and the sharing of information related to supporting, caring for and advocating on behalf of survivors of non-recent and recent child sexual abuse and related issues. 

The Forum offers opportunities to network with others and coordinate resources across agencies raise knowledge and awareness on issues relating to sexual abuse explore ways of delivering services to survivors of sexual abuse and to share good practice discuss new ideas, interventions and approaches.

Thursday 30 Jan 2020, 11am – 1pm (Launch & session on adult survivors of child sexual abuse) – link to book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blackcountry-sexual-abuse-forum-tickets86803316055

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Covid - 19, Advice from Women's Aid

A clinic for women (18 years+) who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has opened in Sandwell.  A range of support and care will be delivered by an all femal team including: Physical assessments and treatment Emotional support and counselling General information  See the poster below for more information   Download PDF Fil...
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Kayleigh’s Love Story - Leicester Police Resource

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Safeguarding Children involved in performances

 People are often surprised to find that private tutors are not required to have an Enhanced DBS check to work with children and young people, even in 1:1 situations. The tutoring industry is largely unregulated and given that 27% of 11 - 16 year olds have had private tuition in the last 12-months (41% in London)*, this is of concern.

The Tutors' Association (TTA) President, Tim Morris, is a vocal advocate for regulation in this area and shares his thoughts in a useful article in a recent edition of FE News that can be found here: https://www.fenews.co.uk/fevoices/39394-tackling-the-issue-of-safeguarding-in-private-tuition

For  further information  regarding Private Tutors  contact Paul Cooper LADO 01902 556061 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ( non secure email).

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Keeping children safe online over the holidays CEOP

No doubt you'll be working with a young person who has asked for some form of internet-enabled tech for Christmas. Check out our blog for tips on how you can make sure that young people are safer online, over the Christmas period and beyond.  What parents can do: The Internet of Things: 9 ways of making your connected home more secure Seasonal...
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Wolverhampton United Against Dementia Event

 With two months to go until Safer Internet Day, we are delighted to announce that we have launched the Safer Internet Day Educational resources as well as the theme!

This year our educational resources are focusing on the theme of identity online and whether young people are #freetobe themselves online. The free resources explore how young people manage their identity online and are tailored for 3-7s, 7-11s, 11-14s, 14-18s and parents and carers, along with guidance for educators.

To accompany the resources, there is also a range of short films for 5-11s, 11-14s, parents and carers, as well as a campaign film outlining the theme of the Day.

 UK Safer Internet Centre Childnet.

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Working Together 2015 updated Feb 17 - new definition of CSE

 The National Council For Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have created a number of 'KnowHow pages' which outline simple steps that voluntary organisations in England can take to ensure that they are run in a way that actively prevents staff, volunteers and everyone they come into contact with from suffering harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect.

The website is very thorough and case studies cover all kinds of organisations from village halls, mobile book buses, house clearance charities and pensioners' clubs.

If you are a third-sector organisation or charity, or if you work with one, this NCVO KnowHow website will help keep your staff and users safe whether they are children or vulnerable adults.

Find out more here: https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/safeguarding

There is a range of help and support for voluntary, community and faith organisations working in Wolverhampton from Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council click here for more information 

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Petals FGM awareness apps launched in Wolverhampton

With the festive season approaching, people are reminded to be aware of the key warning signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

The See Me, Hear Me partnership led by West Midlands Police and councils across the West Midlands, including the City of Wolverhampton Council, is highlighting the signs of this hidden crime in the run up to Christmas, to help people identify concerns and get help.

A child or young person receiving unexplained money or gifts this Christmas could be an indication something is wrong. This, along with other unusual behaviour such as mood swings, skipping school, being secretive and staying out late, are all signs that parents, carers, schools, professionals and young people should not ignore.

Emma Bennett, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Director of Children's Services, said: "We know young people will be getting new things and exchanging gifts during the festive season, but it's important for parents and carers to look out for anything unusual as this could indicate they may be at risk of abuse.

"CSE can affect both girls and boys and being aware of the warning signs - and acting on them early - can help prevent abuse happening or escalating.

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18th March is CSE awareness day.

The local authority are offering Reducing Parental Conflict training to professionals. Research has found that children exposed to parental conflict experience a decline in their mental health and poorer long-term outcomes. Practitioners or agencies that have contact with parents either directly, or by working with their children, play an important role in identifying and supporting the reduction of parental conflict. The Reducing Parental Conflict Programme supports practitioners and agencies working with families in building awareness and developing the confidence, knowledge and skills to work with parents to reduce conflict and improve outcomes for children.

We are offering free training for individuals who work with children and families around parental conflict. The training consists of 2 modules and we are anticipating this should take the entire day (9-5pm). The training will be in February 2020 and from 9-5pm. The exact date will be confirmed upon registration. Refreshments will be provided but delegates are asked to bring their own lunch. Location and exact date of training will be confirmed upon registration. Please note places are on a first come first served basis.

Individuals will have the opportunity for 'Train the Trainer' if they wish to do so. The two day 'Train the Trainer' course will be held on Monday 17th February 2020 and Tuesday 18th February 2020 from 9-5pm for any individuals who wish to become a trainer in reducing parental conflict.

If you wish to register on either the standard training or train the trainer please contact Shanara Abdin on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Children and young people at risk from gang-related activity

Thank you to everyone who attended the event on the 14/11/19.

Sally Roberts, Chief Nurse, Quality of Director, Wolverhampton CCG

Wolverhampton Safeguarding Executive Group Chair opened the event and spoke about the recent changes and the move from a Safeguarding Board to Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together partnership.

Dawn Williams, Head of Safeguarding provided an overview of key learning and emerging themes from local case reviews, followed by Simon Hill, Independent Safeguarding Consultant shared his reflections on coercive control drawn from Domestic Homicide Reviews.

Simon's contribution set the scene for Ryan Hart, Coco Awareness. Ryan gave a powerful and personal account of the experiences of his family and the impact of coercive control.

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Young Minds Crisis cards resource

  Young Minds Crisis helpline, ChildLine and the Police  resource, a useful card to hand out so that young people  can get help if they're struggling with their mental health.Download the Young Minds crisis cards here: https://youngminds.org.uk/media/3391/crisis-cards-sheet.pdf Download PDF File Here
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Removal of online sexual images - with help from Childline and the YOTI app

The goal of the Family Rights Group is to enable children to be raised safely and thrive within their family and community. The charity works with parents whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system and with members of the wider family who are raising children unable to remain at home. As part of a wide-range of resources, the gro...
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I am a family member / friend / concerned neighbour

You can take part in National Safeguarding Adults Week which runs from 18-24 November 2019.

Download and print your Safeguarding Adults Week Poster

Click here to visit Ann Craft trust and download resources

Each day of the week will focus on a different safeguarding theme.

To help you prepare for the event, a number of resources have been prepared to support each theme.

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Honour-Based violence

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Safeguarding Children involved in performances

Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together have published two Learning Lessons Briefings into the deaths of Adult Z and JIM​, neither death met the criteria for a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) but it was clear that lessons could be learnt from both deaths.

Click here and scroll down to the Non-statutory reviews section.

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