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 Summer Squad is an exciting programme of hundreds of events designed to keep children and young people across Wolverhampton active, engaged and entertained during the summer holidays. The activities are being provided by a wide range of organisations at more than 50 different venues across the city. Activities being promoted already include: ...
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The annual day of remembrance is held each year on July 14th to remember those lost to honour killings. 

The Day of Memory was inspired by Bradford-born Shafilea Ahmed who was murdered by her parents in 2003 after suffering years of abuse for becoming 'too westernised'. 

There are an estimated 12 honour killings each year in the UK although the exact number is unknown.

"In almost 25 years of campaigning I have rarely heard from families or communities speaking out against the horror of honour killings, so who remembers the victims? Each year on July 14th we do. We celebrate victim's lives and remember them as the most honourable of beings." Jasvinder Sanghera CBE  karmanirvana.org.uk

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Forced Marriage

We are asking those working or Volunteering in non-school organisations to let us know if they would be interested in attending this this training, details of course content below. 

Click here to express your interest and  indicate in the access section of the form if you would prefer an evening or Saturday course. 

As a result of the Bichard enquiry into the Soham tragedy of 2002, the DCSF has made it mandatory that at least one member of every interview panel recruiting school based staff should have received appropriate training. It is also viewed that best practice would deem this training necessary across the wider children's workforce and Vulnerable Adults.

The course includes an assessment which is taken away at the end of the day for marking. Certificates, which are graded and then distributed to all delegates, it is therefore essential that attendance is for the whole day.

Target group: This course is essential for managers and practitioners who are involved in the recruitment and selection processes for staff and volunteers who will be working with, or providing services for children, young people, and can also be useful for staff who supervise and/or manage staff, as well as those with a designated/lead role for safeguarding and child protection business.

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The government has published a draft of the statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, to come into force in September 2019. This update is simply to ensure that the guidance is consistent with other areas of government policy. There are no core changes or new expectations.

The changes are to be found on pages 108 and 109, and include:

  • reference to the Safeguarding Partnerships that should be in place from September 2019 and will replace LSCBs
  • references to the new curriculum for Relationships Education, and Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education
  • reference to the new Ofsted framework
  • reference to the new guidance 'Teaching online safety in school' https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teaching-online-safety-in-schools

The draft Keeping Children safe in Education for September 2019 can be downloaded here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

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​Working Together 2018 requires all Local Safeguarding Children Boards to publish their new Children's Safeguarding Partnership Arrangements. These will take effect from September 2019. 

Click here for the new arrangements.

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SCIE Training - Webinar Series

Working Together 2018 requires Child Death Review Partners (CCG and Local Authority) to make arrangements to carry out child death reviews. New arrangements will come into place from 30 June. Click here for the new arrangements.
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Section 42 Webinar

Wolverhampton Safeguarding Boards and its partner agencies have recently approved new guidance relating to the convening of 'Concerns meetings'.  This multi-agency good practice guidance aims to: 1. Encourage partners, professionals and services to deliver co-ordinated, early responses to issues and concerns about adults, in a proact...
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Share your views on Sexting in Schools and Colleges - ThinkuKnow

The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) is gathering views on its guidance Sexting in Schools and Colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people (English and Welsh versions). Your feedback will help UKCIS to make further improvements to the guidance. If you would like to take part, the survey should take no longer than 15 minute...
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The Safer Wolverhampton Partnership (SWP) is the strategic lead for addressing Interpersonal Violence (IPV) and Violence Against Women & Girls ( VAWG) in Wolverhampton. The Partnership is committed to:

 • Addressing the root cause of IPV, including VAWG 

• Challenging perpetrator behaviour and holding them to account

 • Alleviating the wide-ranging effects of all forms of IPV on victims, survivors, their children, and our communities. 

The vast majority of IPV is made up of VAWG; VAWG acknowledges the gendered nature of interpersonal violence, in that the majority of victims are female. Whilst it cannot be overemphasised that the national and local strategies recognise that there are both female and male victims and perpetrators and therefore encompass work around women and girls, and also men and boys, the gendered nature of these crimes must feature in our service response. The IPV strategy covers six key themes: Domestic Abuse (DA), Sexual Violence (SV), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Honour-Based Violence (HBV), Forced Marriage (FM) and Stalking and Harassment

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 CAPE (children of alcoholic parents engagement), a new, national capacity building programme for professionals who work with and support children affected by parental alcohol misuse

Our work with children and young people has helped us create a number of booklets. These can help you start discussions about the impact of a parent's drinking. The resources below include activities, ways to talk about treatment and recovery and how young people feel growing up in a home affected by alcohol misuse.

For more information click here

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This document is an update by the Safer Recruitment Consortium of a document previously published for schools by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). It was initially issued as those working with children had expressed concern about their vulnerability and requested clearer advice about what constitutes illegal behaviour and what might be considered as misconduct. 

Education staff asked for practical guidance about which behaviours constitute safe practice and which behaviours should be avoided. This safe working practice document is NOT statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE); it is for employers, local authorities and/or the Three Safeguarding Partners to decide whether to use this as the basis for their code of conduct / staff behaviour guidelines.

Click here to view or download your copy of GSWP


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Who are you really talking to?

What is Hate Crime?

Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds of your:

  • race
  • religion
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity
  • disability

It doesn't always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are, is also a crime. The same goes for someone posting abusive or offensive messages about you online.

For more Information on hate crime and organisations that offer support and advice to victims and witnesses click here www.stophatewv.net

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Mental Health - Think Family

Occasionally situations arise when workers within one agency feel that the actions, inaction or decisions of another agency do not adequately safeguard a child or an adult with care and support needs.

 The purpose of this protocol is to ensure that in such situations issues between agencies are resolved in a timely manner.

Click here for the WSB Escalation Policy.

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New for teens: When nudes get shared
We know that professionals often have to deal with cases of nude or semi-nude images being shared amongst schools and groups of friends. We want young people to understand that it's unacceptable for anyone to share an image in this way.

Share our new article with secondary-aged pupils to help them understand that it's wrong to share a nude image of someone else, and what to do if an image is being shared around.
New for parents: 7 questions parents ask about nude selfies
Many parents ask us about young people taking and sharing revealing pics of themselves.

In our new article, we answer 7 of the most frequently asked questions with the best advice on keeping children safe.

Why not share this article and our four animated films with parents to help them to understand why young people take and share nude selfies, and how to support their child if an image has been shared.
Work with primary-aged pupils and want to explore image sharing?
Episode 2 of Jessie & Friends looks at the importance of seeking permission before sharing a photo. Use our animations and resource pack to talk about image sharing, the importance of consent, and how to ask for help if they have a problem online.

For 8-10 year olds, the Play Like Share cartoons and Band Runner game explore sharing content online, helping children learn to identify risk and get support when they need it.  

Work with 16-18 year olds? 

Have your say Thinkuknow are developing new resources for 16-18 year olds to help safeguard them from the threat of online blackmail.
Complete our short survey to help us gather information which will help us create engaging learning resources for this age group.
The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and is comprised of 14 questions.  Take the survey

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Other useful info

 Childnet have published a new  toolkit to explore online issues with young people aged 11-14.

 Myth vs Reality, explores the topics of online pornography, healthy relationships and body image. This toolkit is an extension of their successful practical PSHE toolkit 'Crossing the Line', which aims to generate discussions amongst young people aged 11-14 about their experiences online.

Myth v Reality can be found here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/pshe-toolkit/myth-vs-reality

Crossing the Line can download here: https://www.childnet.com/resources/pshe-toolkit/crossing-the-line

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Child employment

NSPCC  have added eight case reviews to the Collection this month featuring a number of issues including child sexual abuse, foster parents, professional curiosity, risk assessment.

Subscribe to NSPCC monthly case reviews update 

Click here to view WSB Serious Case Reviews

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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Free places are now available on a behaviour change programme for men who want help to learn non-abusive ways of behaving in their relationships.

The programme has been commissioned by the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership and is delivered by My Time, an organisation with a wealth of experience working to help men change their controlling or violent behaviours since 2012.

The 30-week programme comprises of weekly two-hour sessions supporting men to recognise the triggers for abusive behaviours towards current or ex-partners, and providing them with strategies to make positive changes.

Penny Darlington, Chair of Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum, said: "We want to help individuals who are controlling, violent or abusive in their relationships to face up to how their behaviour affects their partner and family, understand what triggers their behaviour, and learn non-abusive ways of behaving.

"Taking part in a programme like this can make significant differences to the lives and relationships of all of those involved – including individuals themselves, their partners and/or ex-partners, and any children who may have be affected by their abusive behaviour.

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Life Or Knife

Prevention and Advice;

Young men aged 15-19 are the most likely group to be in possession of knifes.

Knives and weapons have been used in a variety of crimes to threaten and injure victims. The most likely weapons to be used are kitchen knifes.

Mothers of teenage boys are being encouraged to look out for the signs that their son may be carrying a knife and talk to them about the very real danger, that by carrying a knife, they are more likely to be stabbed themselves. Many victims in the West Midlands have often found their own knife has been grabbed and used against them in an attack.

Visit our website (online) www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/knife-crime to see a list of some of the warning signs that your child may be carrying a knife.

For those mothers who do find their sons are carrying knives, the police are asking these mothers to encourage their sons to surrender their knife at one of the many knife surrender bins across the region.

Our **campaign**, find out more (online) www.west-midlands.police.uk/campaigns/life-or-knife

If you want to report this crime anonymously, you can do so using Fearless (online) www.fearless.org/en/give-info, a service which allows you to pass on information without giving your personal details.

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Iain Millar (Police, PCSO, Wolverhampton, Wolverham

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Recognising child abuse & neglect

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Early Help

  •  Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.

    Tips include:
    • Encourage your child to take revision breaks and find a balance between studying and doing things they find enjoyable and relaxing.
    • Make sure they are eating and drinking at regular intervals.
    • Reassure them – reinforce that you are and will be proud of them no matter what happens.
    • Remain positive and hopeful!
    • Let them know their feelings are valid and normal, but also offer support and solutions where possible.
    • Anxiety is often worst at night and this means it is useful to encourage good bedtime routine
    You can find out more here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-exam-time/
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