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Child Trafficking

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Human trafficking is the recruitment, movement and receipt of a person, with deception or coercion, into a situation of exploitation.
Trafficking can be cross-border or internally within one country The Palermo Protocol establishes children as a special case. Any child transported for exploitative reasons is considered to be a trafficking victim, whether or not they have been forced or deceived. This is partly because it is not considered possible for children to give informed consent. Even when a child understands what has happened, they may still appear to submit willingly to what they believe to be the will of their parents
“Child” shall mean any person under eighteen years of age.

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Childline produced this short video about a young person from Eritrea who was trafficked.

 

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Why do people traffic children?

Children are trafficked for many reasons, including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, labour, benefit fraud and involvement in criminal activity such as pick-pocketing, theft and working in cannabis farms. There are a number of cases of minors being exploited in the sex industry. 

How are children recruited and controlled?

  • confiscating the child’s identity documents;
  • threatening to report the child to the authorities; 
  • violence, or threats of violence, towards the child; 
  • threats of violence towards members of the child’s family; 
  • keeping the child socially isolated; 
  • keeping the child locked up; 
  • telling children that they owe large sums of money and that they must work to pay this off; 

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Understanding child protection processes

Click here for Information for Parents and Carers leaflet

A Child Protection Conference is a meeting that follows a Child Protection Enquiry if the social worker is still worried that your child/children is at risk of being harmed.

You will be invited to attend the meeting and will be asked to say what you think about the concerns and you will be able to ask questions of the professionals. You can bring someone with you to support you if you wish.

If they are old enough to understand, your children might be invited too.

The meeting is chaired by an independent person. It is their job to make sure the meeting is fair and that everyone can safely share their views. Sometimes parents may be asked to leave for a while, if there is information that cannot be shared for legal reasons. The chairperson will meet you before the meeting to explain how the meeting will work and to make sure you feel able to say what you think.

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Understanding Child Protection

Click here for what is a child protection conference  leaflet

Click here for The Children's Society- Black Country Advocacy Service leaflet

A Child Protection Conference is where a group of people come together to talk. It happens when it is thought that something has gone wrong in your family and that you or other children in your family are not safe.

It might be because you or other children in your family have been hurt or not looked after properly by the person or people who should keep you safe.

A Social Worker will meet with you and your family to try to understand what is happening. If they are worried, they will arrange a Conference so that everyone who knows you and your family can talk about what has happened.

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I am a family member / friend / concerned neighbour

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Safeguarding is everyone's business!

Family members, relatives, friends and neighbours all have an important part to play in keeping adults with care and support needs safe from abuse and neglect.

If you are worried or concerned about someone, please don't keep it to yourself - report your concerns.

It doesn't matter if you're not sure whether an action / series of actions / a situation is abuse or neglect  all the local agencies and national helplines would much rather you phoned / got in touch so that they can help you know what if anything needs to be done to keep someone safe from harm.

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Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Together

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The Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Board is well established and provides strategic leadership for Adult Safeguarding work to ensure there is a consistently high standard of professional response to situations where there is actual or suspected harm.

There are currently fifteen partner agencies represented on the Safeguarding Adults Board, we also have several representatives from several other partner agencies who act as advisers / observers.

We meet four times per year and also have a development event which is usually in March, June, September and December.

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Welcome to Wolverhampton Safeguarding

All sorts of organisations work in partnership to keep children / young people, and adults with care and support needs safe from abuse and neglect and promote their wellbeing. These organisations make up our Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together partnership.

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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:

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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).

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What will happen if I report something?

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If you are concerned about an adult (including yourself) ....

If you are suffering abuse, or you know or suspect some else is being abused call us on:

  • Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm 01902 551199
  • For emergencies out of above hours 01902 552999
  • If immediate action is needed dial 999

It is better to report abuse over the phone so that our officers can take the necessary information. You can make a report anonymously by telephone.

You can also report abuse using our Safeguarding Adult and Notification Form (SA1). All fields will need to be completed as we may need to get in touch with you for further details. It is not advisable to make an anonymous report using this form.

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Board Members Area

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Report Abuse

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If you are concerned about an adult (including yourself) ....

If you are suffering abuse, or you know or suspect some else is being abused call us on:

  • Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm, Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm 01902 551199
  • For emergencies out of above hours 01902 552999
  • If immediate action is needed dial 999

It is better to report abuse over the phone so that our officers can take the necessary information. You can make a report anonymously by telephone.

You can also report abuse using our Safeguarding Adults Concern and Notification Form (SA1)All fields will need to be completed as we may need to get in touch with you for further details. It is not advisable to make an anonymous report using this form.

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'Orange' Wolverhampton resources

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Pathway for Raising Concerns about radicalisation

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Keith's Story - helping us to understand hoarding

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SINGLE AGENCY TRAINING RESPONSIBILITIES

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If you are a child or young person under 18 years old, this zone of the website is for you.

Click here to find out how you can report abuse or find someone to talk to about something that is hurting you, making you afraid or feel all alone.

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Safeguarding children is all about organisations working together to keep you and other children and young people safe from abuse and neglect, and making sure that nothing stops you from growing up free from fear to reach your full potential. The 'buttons' below give you an idea of what this covers.

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Summary of Safeguarding Adults Board meeting – June 2016

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Information in this section of the website is for parents, carers and other adults concerned for the well-being and safety of any child or young person.

If you can't find what you are looking for, please get in touch and let us know what is missing using the details on the 'Contact Us' page.

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I work with children / young people / families

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This section provides information and guidance for professionals, practitioners and managers to support your work with children, young people and families. This is designed to help you keep up to date with developments in safeguarding practice and provides information across a range of issues and how to respond to them.

Policies and procedures provide the framework within which an organisation and its staff (employees and volunteers) operate. They define what an organisation does and how it does it. Clear policies and procedures support: effective decision making; provision of guidelines on what employees and volunteers can and cannot do; what decisions they can make and what activities are appropriate.

All organisations working with children and young people and / or their parents and carers should have robust policies and procedures which will ensure that: children and young people are safe; workers know and understand their roles and responsibilities; and workers know how to respond appropriately if they have concerns about a child or young person’s safety or welfare.

Ensuring that agencies and professionals work effectively together is essential when working with children and young people.

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Tragic death of two year old in Wolverhampton

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NEW SAFEGUARDING ARRANGEMENTS

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 on the button below for full details.

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Safeguarding Adults

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Click here to report a concern about an adult with care and support needs

What is 'Safeguarding Adults'? All organisations in Wolverhampton are committed to preventing the abuse or neglect of adults (particularly those in need of care and support) and promoting their well-being. This is known as 'Adult Safeguarding'.


How is this co-ordinated? - A partnership of organisations called Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Board works closely together to make sure that adults with care and support needs are teated fairly, able to protect themselves, and / or be protected from abuse and neglect.


How do we work? - All organisations work to the same values, principles, policy and procedures (shared by all areas in the West Midlands) including promoting the well-being of adults with care and support needs; putting service-users at the centre of all adult safeguarding processes; and making services personal to each individual. These principles are also the ones that underpin the Care Act 2014.

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I am an adult with care and support needs

This part of the website is for you if you are 18 or older, and need help to keep yourself safe.

Everyone has a right to live without abuse and neglect and to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect.

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

The Safeguarding Adults Board aims to work with local people and our partners so that adults with care and support needs are safe and able to protect themselves from abuse and neglect.

For you to get safeguarding help, the level of care or support you need doesn't matter, nor does it matter whether or not you have anyone to help you with those needs.

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