-A A A+
Latest News

Summary of Safeguarding Children Board mtg on 08-03-16

How does a group of people from a range of agencies sitting round a table and called the Safeguarding Children Board actually make children safer? Here's my report on what we discussed when we met last week.

Continue reading
  1706 Hits

Prevent / Extremism / Channel

Prevent is one of the four key stands that make up the Government’s counter terrorism strategy, CONTEST. It focuses upon supporting individuals at risk of being radicalised by terrorist and/or extremist groups, before they reach a criminal threshold. A key component of Prevent is the Channel programme.

Like child protection, Channel is a multi-agency safeguarding programme run in every local authority in England and Wales. It works to support vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism and provides a range of support such as; mentoring, counselling, assistance with employment etc.Channel is about early intervention to protect vulnerable people from being drawn into committing terrorist-related activity an addresses all types of extremism.

Participation in Channel is voluntary. It is up to an  individual, or their parents for children aged 17 and under, to decide whether to take up the support it offers. Channel operates in a non-criminal space. Channel is chaired by the local authority. Meetings are held on a monthly basis.

 If you have any concerns about someone and would like more advice please contact the Community Safety Team by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone on 01902 551214.

Click here for more information and a link to the Channel Referral form

Continue reading
  3012 Hits

Prevent / Extremism / Channel

Prevent is one of the four key stands that make up the Government’s counter terrorism strategy, CONTEST. It focuses upon supporting individuals at risk of being radicalised by terrorist and/or extremist groups, before they reach a criminal threshold. A key component of Prevent is the Channel programme.

Like child protection, Channel is a multi-agency safeguarding programme run in every local authority in England and Wales. It works to support vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism and provides a range of support such as; mentoring, counselling, assistance with employment etc. Channel is about early intervention to protect vulnerable people from being drawn into committing terrorist-related activity an addresses all types of extremism.

Participation in Channel is voluntary. It is up to an  individual, or their parents for children aged 17 and under, to decide whether to take up the support it offers. Channel operates in a non-criminal space. Channel is chaired by the local authority. Meetings are held on a monthly basis.

 If you have any concerns about someone and would like more advice please contact the Community Safety Team by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone on 01902 551214.

Click here for more information and a link to the Channel Referral form

 
  3785 Hits

I work with adults with care and support needs

[pb_row][pb_column span="span12"][pb_text]

Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility!

However, it is also true to say that safeguarding is a particular responsibility for anyone who works with people, or who works in an organisation that provides services for people.

Everyone has a right to live in a world free from abuse and neglect. We also all have the right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect.

Safeguarding adults is about preventing and responding to the abuse or neglect of adults with care and support needs in Wolverhampton.

Continue reading
  6200 Hits

3rd March - Learning from serious incidents

This important event for front line staff in partner agencies provided an opportunity to share and discuss the learning from local and national Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs), children's Serious Case Reviews (SCRs), and Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs).

Continue reading
  1189 Hits

The Underwear Rule

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/

  1395 Hits

I work with adults with care and support needs

[pb_row][pb_column span="span12"][pb_text]

UK and European laws make it clear that it is very, very important that each person, including you, must be free to live their own life in the way they want to.

In a very few situations, the law allows doctors or social workers to take away some of these freedoms from people in their own best interest. This is called Deprivation of Liberty.

To make sure that doctors and social workers don't abuse this power that the law gives them, they have to follow a set of steps called the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (sometimes called DoLS for short).

Click here to see a youtube video from the Department for Health which explains all about Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

Continue reading
  1724 Hits

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

[pb_row ][pb_column span="span12"][pb_text el_title="Text 1" width_unit="%" enable_dropcap="no" appearing_animation="0" ]Senectus purus consequat tellus et interdum justo id nulla ut, aenean imperdiet facilisis pretium elementum porttitor hac tempor, vehicula per proin fusce varius proin sollicitudin cursus. cubilia curae maecenas suspendisse phasellus amet nibh torquent integer, sem felis suspendisse magna et rhoncus sodales tempor, laoreet habitant dui in vel himenaeos hac.[/pb_text][pb_video el_title="Video 1" video_source_link_youtube="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbZWRiU9BSc" video_youtube_dimension_width="500" video_youtube_dimension_height="270" video_youtube_show_list="0" video_youtube_autoplay="0" video_youtube_loop="0" video_youtube_autohide="2" video_youtube_cc="0" video_alignment="center" appearing_animation="0" video_sources="youtube" ][/pb_video][/pb_column][/pb_row]

  966 Hits

New Seen & Heard E-learning resource

 

1. Concerned about an adult or a child / young person?

  • Children Safeguarding concerns - tel: 01902 555392 (Mon-Thurs 8:30am - 5pm {4:30pm on Fridays}) or 01902 552999 (out of hours)
  • Adult Safeguarding concerns - tel: 01902 551199 (Mon-Thurs 8:30am - 5pm {4:30pm on Fridays}) or 01902 552999 (out of hours)
  • Click here for full details

 


 2. WST Business Unit

Victoria Bowles – Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together Manager

Continue reading
  44559 Hits

I work with adults with care and support needs

Whistleblowing is an important facet of the ability of all organisations to safeguard children, young people and adults with care and support needs.

It provides protection for any member of staff (whether paid or voluntary) who raises a concern about policy, procedure or practice (of individuals or the organisation or service as a whole) which impacts on the safety and / or wellbeing of anyone using the service. The protection is from being treated unfairly or losing their job.

The 'whistleblower' must first have used the everyday channels within the organisation to raise their concerns. If their concerns have not been addressed through the normal safeguarding channels, they can then seek protection for raising their concerns in good faith (i.e. not maliciously to get at another member of staff) under the organisation's 'whistleblowing' policy.

Whistleblowing normally involves the 'whistleblower' by-passing the normal reporting routes and raising the issues with more senior managers, the organisation's governing structures, or even to an external body. Each organisation's whistleblowing policy will clarify the ways in which this should be done. 

You should be aware of your own organisation's whistleblowing policy, if not ask where it can be found.

Continue reading
  3032 Hits

Whistleblowing

Whistleblowing is an important facet of the ability of all organisations to safeguard children, young people and adults with care and support needs. A renewed focus on whistleblowing has come from the Francis Report into the failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust. Click here to find out more about this inquiry and its findings.

 

It provides protection for any member of staff (whether paid or voluntary) who raises a concern about policy, procedure or practice (of individuals or the organisation or service as a whole) which impacts on the safety and / or wellbeing of anyone using the service. The protection is from being treated unfairly or losing their job.

The 'whistleblower' must first have used the everyday channels within the organisation to raise their concerns. If their concerns have not been addressed through the normal safeguarding channels, they can then seek protection for raising their concerns in good faith (i.e. not maliciously to get at another member of staff) under the organisation's 'whistleblowing' policy.

Whistleblowing normally involves the 'whistleblower' by-passing the normal reporting routes and raising the issues with more senior managers, the organisation's governing structures, or even to an external body. Each organisation's whistleblowing policy will clarify the ways in which this should be done. 

You should be aware of your own organisation's whistleblowing policy, if not ask where it can be found.

Continue reading
  3143 Hits

I'm worried about making matters worse

Many people worry that they will be ‘interfering’ if they get involved. But it is equally worrying if someone is being abused and you say nothing. Your support can make a difference. But if you approach the person sensitively, without being critical, most people will appreciate an expression of concern for their well-being, even if they are not ready to talk about their situation. It is unlikely you will make things ‘worse’ by expressing concern.

Remember throughout the whole process, the views, wishes and wishes of the adult with care and support needs will always be listened to and respected and nothing will be done which will make matters worse for them.

  1005 Hits

Domestic Violence and Abuse

  278 Hits

I'm worried about the care my relative is receiving

There can sometimes be a thin line between 'poor care', and abuse and neglect.

The bottom line is this: is the person getting the support they need which has been identified in their care plan as important for their health and wellbeing?

Poor care includes things like:

  • not being able to access fresh air
  • take part in meaningful activities
  • have nutritious food.

Restraint

In some cases the use of restraint or other forms of restrictive practice may be necessary and appropriate to keep your family member or others safe.  Where restraint is used, it must be done in the least restrictive way.  Any inappropriate use of 'restraint' and any other restrictive practices could be regarded as either abuse or 'poor care'.

Continue reading
  2667 Hits

What will happen if I report something?

Your concerns will always be taken seriously

The person you have told, whether that is a Police officer, nurse, care worker or someone else will ensure that all of the information is put on a Safeguarding Adults Concern and Notification form.  A social care manager will then decide whether a full safeguarding investigation is needed or whether there are other services which may be better placed to help resolve the problem.

Sharing your information with other professionals

If the social work manager decides to use the safeguarding process, information may have to be shared with other parties, including the Police, if this is considered necessary to protect you or another person from harm

  • You will be told if information needs to be shared
  • you will be asked at each stage of the process what you want to happen.

If it looks as though a crime has been committed, specialist Police officers may need to make enquiries.  The Police will never take any steps which will make matters worse for you.

Continue reading
  1933 Hits

What is Safeguarding and what does a Safeguarding Adults Board do?

For most types of abuse the best thing to do is to tell somebody you trust.

However if you are at risk of Forced Marriage or Honour Based Violence, it is safest to get help directly from the police by calling 999 and not involve anyone else including family and friends as doing so might put you more at risk!

If you have had Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) you can get help and support from your GP or other healthcare practitioners.

If you think you might be at risk of FGM, 'sunna', female genital cutting or female circumcision call Adult Social Care on 01902 551199 (between 8:30am and 5:00pm {4:30pm on Fridays).

If outside these hours call the Emergency Duty team on 01902 552999. or if at immediate risk call 999.

Continue reading
  1499 Hits

Publications and Resources

[pb_row ][pb_column span="span6"][pb_text el_title="Text 3" width_unit="%" enable_dropcap="no" appearing_animation="0" ]

Adults Safeguarding 

[/pb_text][pb_image el_title="Image 2" image_file="images/safeguarding-children/buttons2/I_Work_With_Children_Young_People/Resources_Publications.jpg" image_size="fullsize" link_type="url" image_type_url="http://www.wolverhamptonsafeguarding.org.uk/index.php/safeguarding-adults/i-work-with-adults-with-care-and-support-needs/resources-and-publications" open_in="current_browser" image_container_style="no-styling" image_alignment="inherit" appearing_animation="0" ][/pb_image][/pb_column][pb_column span="span6"][pb_text el_title="Text 2" width_unit="%" enable_dropcap="no" appearing_animation="0" ]

Childrens Safeguarding 

[/pb_text][pb_image el_title="Image 1" image_file="images/safeguarding-children/buttons2/I_Work_With_Children_Young_People/Resources_Publications.jpg" image_size="fullsize" link_type="url" image_type_url="http://www.wolverhamptonsafeguarding.org.uk/index.php/safeguarding-children-and-young-people/i-work-with-children-young-people-families/resources-and-publications" open_in="current_browser" image_container_style="no-styling" image_alignment="inherit" appearing_animation="0" ][/pb_image][/pb_column][/pb_row][pb_row ][pb_column span="span12"][pb_text el_title="Text 1" width_unit="%" enable_dropcap="no" appearing_animation="0" ]

These pages contain;

  • national statutory guidance
  • national good practice resources
  • local processes and associated forms
[/pb_text][pb_button el_title="Button 1" button_text="WST Covid-19 Safeguarding Poster " link_type="url" button_type_url="http://www.wolverhamptonsafeguarding.org.uk/images/Campaigns/Safeguarding_poster_for_Covid-19.pdf" open_in="new_browser" button_alignment="inherit" button_size="default" button_color="btn-warning" appearing_animation="0" ][/pb_button][/pb_column][/pb_row]
  7566 Hits

WSCB Annual Report 2018-19

Wolverhampton is joining in with national CSE Awareness Day on 18th March #HelpingHands. Click on title to read more.

Continue reading
  399 Hits

Wolverhampton taxi drivers offered Safeguarding training in fight against Child Sexual Exploitation

[pb_row ][pb_column span="span8"][pb_text]

All Wolverhampton Hackney Carriage and Private Hire drivers are being offered training to act as 'eyes and ears' to help prevent Child Sexual Exploitation: a crime in which perpetrators groom youngsters and sexually and emotionally abuse them.

This safeguarding training has been compulsory for all new drivers registering with City of Wolverhampton Council since July 2015 but is now being rolled out all existing drivers as well.

Click here for more details about this announcement.

[/pb_text][/pb_column][pb_column span="span4"][pb_image el_title="Image 1" image_file="images/safeguarding-children/TAXI_TRAINING_1.jpg" image_size="fullsize" link_type="no_link" image_container_style="no-styling" image_alignment="inherit" appearing_animation="0" ][/pb_image][/pb_column][/pb_row]

  5070 Hits

WSAB Annual Report 2018-19

On 21-01-16 Ofsted published revised policy and guidance for whistleblowers in local authority social care called Whistleblowing to Ofsted about children's social care services’.

You can access the policy here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/whistleblowing-about-childrens-social-care-services-to-ofsted

The new policy and guidance outlines what Ofsted will do when they receive certain concerns about children’s social care services from a whistleblower. Our previous whistleblowing policy referred only to safeguarding in local authority children’s services, whereas our new policy extends to all matters relating to the inspection and regulation of children’s social care establishments, agencies, services and providers (children’s social care services).

This revised whistleblowing policy and the planned NSPCC National Whistleblowing Advice Line have been launched to be help staff who think their concerns are not being taken seriously and /or nothing is being done to improve the safety of children. 

Other useful information on WHISTLEBLOWING can be found at:

  511 Hits

Our Partners

© 2020 Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together

Quick Exit