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National Trading Standards Campaign - Scamnesty

Throughout December 2020, the Friends Against Scams Team are running a Scamnesty (a scam mail amnesty) campaign aiming to encourage everyone in the UK to send in any unwanted scam and nuisance mail that they receive into the National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team completely free of charge - to get involved use the PDF attached and share messag...
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Whole System Approach to Contextual Safeguarding and Exploitation Briefings

Exploitation Briefing workshops will commence on the 14th of December. The purpose is to promote the revised practice, processes and different ways of working that have been outlined in this report that was presented to WST Exec on the 5th November . The workshops are targeted at Safeguarding Leads (the person/s who takes the lead responsibility in...
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'Making Research Count' - a series of webinars to disseminate the findings from recent research into Contextual Safeguarding

Making Research Count is a national collaborative research dissemination initiative, established by a consortium of universities (including the University of Bedfordshire) and developed by regional centres. This particular webinar series will be organised by MRC as part of their wider overarching programme. Team members from the Contextual Safeguar...
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Bright Sky - Mobile App for Women experiencing Domestic Abuse

Hestia have developed an app to support women who are being subjected to domestic abuse.   The app is also designed to be used by specialist and non-specialist practitioners and other employers, and for anyone looking for information about issues around domestic abuse such as online safety, stalking and harassment and sexual consent Featu...
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Flu Jab posters for people with Learning Disabilities - Easy Read

Below you can download three easy read posters for people with learning difficulties - please circulate and display within your agencies to encourage those with LD to get their free Flu Jab.  Flu Easy Read - Winter 2019-2020... https://www.wolverhamptonsafeguarding.org.uk/images/flu_Easy_Read_version_Winter_2019_2020_A4_.pdf Flu Easy...
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Friends Against Scams - Scam Awareness Campaign

The National Trading Standards, Friends Against Scams initiative  has been running for 4 years, and there is a push to encourage as many friends, family and colleagues to take part in the on-line training on offer via their website. The initiative aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to ta...
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West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network - Acknowledging Anti Slavery Webinar - 8 Oct 2020

 The West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network, supported by PHE are hosting a webinar to acknowledge Anti-Slavery Day 2020. This year, the webinar will take place on Thursday 8th October, 09:30 to 15:30 and will be a series of panel discussions followed by question and answer sessions. You can either join us for the whole day or dip in and out for i...
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Operation Encompass Information for Schools

Operation Encompass is a nationwide initiative that promotes a timely referral of Domestic Abuse cases to schools to ensure that children and young people exposed to or involved in domestic abuse within the home are offered support in a timely manner. The aim of the Operation is to provide early support and intervention for children and young peopl...
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7 Minute Briefing - Safeguarding Adult Review

Lewisham have published a 7 minute briefing in relation to an adult with Autism, Learning Difficulties and OCD.  You can view the briefing below: Download PDF File Here
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MARAC and DASH basic training

 Extra spaces have been made available for the MARAC and DASH basic training course.  The dates are as follows: You can book a space on the course here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/112124485354
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(SCIE) webinar -Co-production and communities: How to make it real for commissioners

Social Care Institue of Excellence (SCIE) have been holding some useful, informative webinars.  The latest webinar focuses on Co-Production and communties. Below you can find a recording of the webinar and supporting presentation slides. SCIE Webinar - Presentation Slides
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New Centralised Hub for info on Safeguarding Children is now available for Parents, Carers and the Community

A new centralised hub of information on child safeguarding is now available online for parents, carers and the wider community to make use of to keep children safe from risk and harm. Led by HM Government, it includes information on safeguarding risks and harms children may be particularly vulnerable to during coronavirus (COVID-19). These include ...
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The Haven CYP Referral Form

The Children and Young Persons Service at The Haven is still accessible during this time. Available for download is the updated CYP referral form for external agencies to use. Please note that the form should be as complete as possible to enable us to assign to the most appropriate service area. Please note that some services are chargeable, a...
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Mental Health - Think Family

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Mental Health Awareness Week

Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together is supporting the city’s participation in Mental Health Awareness Week (organised by the Mental Health Foundation) which is taking place this week until Sunday 24 May. This year's theme is kindness and the positive impact all acts of kindness can have on people's mental health and wellbeing – particularly during lockdown.

Kindess includes

Being kind to others: someone there to listen when you’ve needed to talk, volunteering to help those who need support

Being kind to yourself: taking time to do something for yourself to help your wellbeing e.g. taking some ‘me time’ to do something you enjoy.

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#ThinkModernSlavery - Free awareness training sessions

Transforming Communities Together have arranged some free online Modern Slavery awareness training sessions: Monday 1st June 2020 – 13:00pm to 14:30pm Thursday 11th June 2020 – 19:00pm to 20:30pm Monday 15th June 2020 – 19:00pm to 20:30pm Thursday 25th June – 13:00pm to 14:30pm Booking is via https://tctogether.org.uk/events
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General Safeguarding Advice

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What to look out for...

Below are some examples of safeguarding concerns to look out for to best protect vulnerable adults, children and families during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Always THINK FAMILY! Whether your safeguarding concern be for a child or an adult – who else is in the household that could be affected?

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  • Increased stress levels in the household due to self-isolation and those at risk not being able to flee or leave
  • Children not seeing trusted adults regularly
  • Living with perpetrators who may have more control over a family
  • Children of separated parents not being able to move between households
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  • Financial abuse from people you don't know offering to do the shopping for you
  • Vulnerability to loan sharks because of reduction or loss of income
  • Overcharging for goods and services or selling things at a premium
  • Zero-hour contracts or reduced or no work and the take up of loan sharks
  • An increase in potential scammers targeting those self-isolating
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  • People being targeted for support by people they don't know who don't belong to an organised group
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  • Individuals not going out for essentials for fear of catching the virus.
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  • A carer needing to self-isolate or even becoming ill that could lead to unintended abuse because of stress and reduced access to support and respite
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  • A decision not to provide care to someone due to real or perceived Covoid-19 symptoms
  • Lack of access to safe places and resources such as school and free school meals
  • Increased risk of poverty to a household
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  • Lack of knowledge and clarity of the virus risks, symptoms and actions to be taken
  • Access to handwashing facilities
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  • An increase in episodes of mental health or relapses of parents due to reduced direct support
  • Isolation from friends and support network
  • Anxiety about friends and family’s health
  • Uncertainty about the pandemic
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  • Increased vulnerability due to being out of school and usually ‘safe’ routines.
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Click the link below to download a copy of our WST Covid-19 Safeguarding Poster to display within your agency

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Below is a list of useful resources for safeguarding children and adults in Wolverhampton which we will be adding on over the coming weeks.

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Safeguarding Week 2020

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Wolverhampton Safeguarding Week 2020 is taking place from Monday 15th - Sunday 21st June. It provides the opportunity to raise the profile of safeguarding with members of the public, community groups and everyone who works in the city.

Everyone is encouraged to get involved in spreading the messages below.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order hard copies of the A3 posters, and speech bubbles which you can use to make displays by engaging with the public / service users or to tell us what you will be doing to contribute to Safeguarding Week.

Please share any photos of your activity on Twitter #WVstandupdpeakout @wvsafeguarding or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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RESOURCES FOR SAFEGUARDING WEEK 2020

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Exploitation Awareness

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National Child Exploitation Awareness Day (sponsored by NWG see https://www.nwgnetwork.org/events/national-child-exploitation-awareness-day-2020) is on 18th March each year.

In Wolverhampton, the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership and Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together partnership have planned a range of joint activities to raise awareness of exploiation among both children and adults.

Please use the resources below to:

  • create a display
  • get your staff and service users involved in conversations
  • spread the message onsocial media and other platforms
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POSTERS

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Covid-19

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Safeguarding REMAINS everyone's duty during the Coronavirus outbreak

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Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together is a multi-agency partnership made up of many organisations all with one aim in mind, to protect the welfare of vulnerable children, adults and families in Wolverhampton.

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Domestic Abuse

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