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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.

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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

 
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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

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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.

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

This is the first blog I have done as Chair of Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Board. However, our research tells us that most people don't know what the word 'safeguarding' means or what safeguarding is, so let me start by saying something about why we meet, what we do and most importantly why it matters.

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Thresholds of Need and Support in Wolverhampton

This sets out the role and processes around universal support, single-agency Early Help, multi-agency Early Help, and support from specialist services. It also gives indications of the level of need that can be managed by each level of support.

The Thresholds document encourages conversations between practitioners both within their agency, amongst colleagues in Teams Around the Family (TAF), and with colleagues from agencies offering different levels of support. Anyone who is unsure of how best to manage the risks and support for a family should phone the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on  01902 555392.

Thresholds Windscreen (page 7 in the Threshold documents) 

Supporting Families Pathway (page 25 in the  Thresholds document)

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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

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Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

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I work with adults with care and support needs

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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.

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The Underwear Rule

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

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Publications and Resources

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Adults Safeguarding 

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Childrens Safeguarding 

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These pages contain;

  • national statutory guidance
  • national good practice resources
  • local processes and associated forms
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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.

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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.

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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'.

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Domestic Violence and Abuse

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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.

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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.

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Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

What is the MASH?

The Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the single point of contact for all early help and safeguarding concerns regarding children and young people in Wolverhampton. It brings together expert professionals, from a range of services that have contact with children, young people and families, making the best possible use of their combined knowledge and information to meet children’s needs and keep them safe from harm.

Click here to download a pdf guide to the MASH for professionals


What does the MASH do?

The MASH:

  •  Is a ‘front door’ to manage early help and safeguarding referrals
  •  Provides a secure and confidential environment for professionals to share information.
  •  Enables early identification of potential safeguarding concerns and facilitates access to timely and effective interventions.
  •  Prioritises referrals using Red, Amber & Green (RAG) rating.
  •  Makes sure that cases that don't meet the Threshold for Children's Social Care are picked up by other agencies as Early Help or other appropriate support.
  •  Where necessary, activates ‘immediate response’ social work services to provide protection for a child or young person(s).

To report any concerns about a child's safety or wellbeing telephone (01902) 555392. This is the number for the MASH. Early Help and Social Care staff in the MASH will carry out a range of information checks to see what if any additional information there is in partners' files to ensure the best possible picture of the family is used to inform decisions about keeping children safe and the sort of help and support the family might need.

Don't forget, if you aren't sure whether or not to call the MASH  - just do it: always do something rather than nothing! The experienced staff in the MASH wil be more than happy to talk through your concerns and help decide on the best way forward.

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Bullying

 Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, ignoring someone, pushing, hitting,  spreading rumours,  sexual comments,undermining someone or threatening them.

It can happen anywhere – at school, online or at home. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child emotionally, psychologically or physically.

Bullying that happens online, using social networks, games and mobile phones, is often called cyberbullying. A child can feel like there’s no escape because it can happen wherever they are, at any time of day or night.

See the online safety page for more information on online safety-bullying

What Parents and Carers should do - Take action!

 

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Domestic Abuse

What is Domestic Abuse? The term Domestic Abuse is used to describe anything from emotional abuse and financial abuse to sexual abuse, intimidation, isolation and/or threats.

This can mean:

  • Putting the person down or making the victim feel bad about themselves
  • Playing mind-games and making the person feel they are stupid or going mad
  • Enforced isolation from family or friends
  • Trying to keep the person from getting a job
  • Making the person ask for money or withholding money
  • Actual or threatened physical harm
  • Making another person do sexual things against their will
  • Making someone afraid by smashing things and destroying things
  • Making or carrying out threats to hurt someone emotionally - threatening to take the children away or commit suicide

If you are a parent experiencing Domestic Abuse you may have many concerns over your children, including being:

  • Worried that you will be prevented from taking your children with you if you leave a violent relationship
  • Worried over contact your children may have with the abuser
  • Worried that you need financial or practical support to look after your children
  • Worried that your children have been traumatised by Domestic Abuse and want extra support for them
  • Worried that your children may be abducted.

If you are affected by Domestic Abuse, you are not alone. You can talk over these concerns, confidentially, with a number of specialist, sensitive services who won't judge you because of what you say or force you to make a decision you do not want to make.

It is important to remember that the abuse you have experienced, and your children have been exposed to, is not your fault.

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