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Information given to us is sometimes shared with other people, such as the Police or health professionals. This only happens if they need to have this information to help keep someone safe.

If you tell us you are worried about someone being abused, you may not always be told all of the details of what action is taken. This is because the council has a duty to keep information about people safe.

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FGM International Day of Zero Tolerance

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) includes all procedures involving total or partial removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It's also known as ‘female circumcision’ or ‘cutting, and by other terms such as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez and khitan, among others. FGM has no health benefits, and no religious texts require girls to be ‘cut’, however FGM is carried out under the banners of culture and religion within families and communities in the mistaken belief that it benefits the girl in some way, eg. preserve/prove her virginity as a preparation for marriage.

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Mandatory Reporting Duty for Girls Under 18

Any adult assessment must consider the potential risks of FGM to any other women or girls living in the same family. In addition to general safeguarding duties, since October 2015 all registered health and social care professionals and qualified teachers have a personal professional duty to report FGM in girls under 18 years; professional registration can be affected by non-compliance with this duty.

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Safer Recruitment


All voluntary, community and faith organisations need to understand their safeguarding roles and responsibilities (alongside those of other organisations and services) in order to help keep adults with care and support needs safe from abuse and neglect, and promote their wellbeing.

There is a range of help and support for voluntary, community and faith organisations working in Wolverhampton from Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council. This includes safeguarding support which you can access as follows:

1. Specific support for faith groups

There are over 250 faith groups in Wolverhampton which you can find details for all of these on the Wolverhampton Faith Map

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Home Office Disrespect NoBody Campaign

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I'm worried about making matters worse

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Keeping Children Safe In Education Conference Nov 2016

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Keith's Story - helping us to understand hoarding

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Learning and Development

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Learning and Development Committee

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Publications and Resources

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Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Board has published its annual report for 2014-15

It is a criminal offence to offer employment for certain posts involving working with adults with care and support needs, defined as regulated activities, without employers checking the appropriate barred list. Other roles, with less responsibility for vulnerable groups will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check only.

Details about the DBS can be found here:

Click here to find out if you can check someones criminal record

The following steps may be taken as part of an employers’ recruitment processes depending on the role:

  • Your identity will be confirmed by sight of original official documents such as a Birth Certificate, Passport etc in line with the Asylum and Immigration Act 2006.
  • Original documents relating to all the professional qualifications required to fulfil the post must be supplied.
  • Your employment history will be examined and clarification will be sought where there are gaps and discrepancies arising from information provided either by you as the candidate or your referee(s).
  • References will be used to check employment dates and relevant experience. A minimum of two written references will be taken up and, for some posts, these references will be requested prior to interview. The identity of all referees will be verified. All candidates are required to provide details of any unspent convictions. Most convictions must be disclosed for certain posts working with vulnerable groups.All jobs falling into this category will be identified on the Job Description.
  • For posts working with adults with care and support needs, a DBS check, and/or a barred list check will be required.The barred lists contain details of people deemed unsuitable to work with adults with care and support needs. All jobs requiring a DBS check and/or barred list check should be identified in the Job Description.

It is a criminal offence to apply, offer or accept to work with adults with care and support needs (paid or unpaid) if barred from working with adults with care and support needs.

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Adult Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub goes live


On December 1st 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) as set out under the timetable of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.


The Disclosure and Barring Service:

The Safeguarding and Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 set out the foundation for this scheme. The Disclosure and Barring Service has an Independent Barring Board (IBB) with responsibility for taking barring decisions on new referrals and the management of two barred lists which replaced List 99, PoCA and PoVA Lists.

The system aims to provide employers with a quicker and more effective vetting and barring service. All disclosures for work with children and vulnerable persons are to be at an enhanced level for Regulated Activity.

The new organisation, DBS, will provide a service combining criminal records checking and the barring functions:

  • The barring part of the DBS will provide Caseworkers, who receive and process referrals about individuals, who have harmed, or who pose a risk of harm to, children, young people or vulnerable adults;
  • The checking part of the DBS will allow employers to check and access the criminal record history of people working, or applying to work (whether paid or unpaid) in certain positions, especially those that involve working with children and vulnerable adults;
  • The DBS website provides a range of advice, guidance and relevant forms.

Referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service:

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (SVGA) places a legal duty on Regulated Activity Providers (employers, volunteer managers and personnel suppliers) to refer any person who has:

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Duty to refer

Referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service:

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (SVGA) places a legal duty on Regulated Activity Providers (employers, volunteer managers and personnel suppliers) to refer any person who has:

Harmed or poses a risk of harm to a child or vulnerable adult;Satisfied the harm test; or Received a caution or conviction for a relevant offence.

Under the provisions of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act, 2006, the following groups have a power to make a referral to the DBS:

Local authorities (safeguarding role);Education and library boards;Health and social care (HSC) trusts (NI);Keepers of registers eg General Medical Council, Nursing and Midwifery Council;Supervisory authorities eg Care Quality Commission, Ofsted.

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On 14th November 2019,Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together in conjunction with Safer Wolverhampton Partnership held a Conference on Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews and Serious Case Reviews for Adults and Children, this was an opportunity to share and discuss the learning from local Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs), Children's Serious Case Reviews (SCRs), and Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs). In the case of adults, this particularly relates to those those adults living with domestic violence and adults with care and support needs. 

Presentations from the Conference can be downloaded using the links below:

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New Learning Lessons toolkit - request your copy now!

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Wolverhampton Safeguarding partners (all public sector, private sector and voluntary sector organisations based in the city and / or delivering services or support to Wolverhampton residents) that don't have access to their own e-learning platforms can access the City of Wolverhampton Council's e-learning Guest Area FREE OF CHARGE.

Please read the guidance below and then click here to request safeguarding e-learning licences

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

About the Safeguarding Boards' free e-learning courses

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Violence Against Women and Girls

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The Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) agenda at both local and national levels acknowledges the gendered nature of domestic and sexual violence in that the majority of victims are female. However, it cannot be over-emphasised that the local and national strategies recognise that there are female and male victims and perpetrators, and that strategies encompass work with women, men, girls and boys. VAWG includes the following types of violence and abuse:

Click here for the Wolverhampton Tackling Interpersonal Violence & Abuse Strategy 2019-2022

Click here for Wolverhampton's Overarching Domestic Violence Protocol and Guidance  2018

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Duty to refer

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Put simply, modern slavery or human trafficking is the movement of a person from one place to another (this could be country to country, town to town, or even as simple as one room in a building to another) into conditions of exploitation, using deception, coercion, abuse of power or the abuse of the person’s vulnerability. Even if a victim consents and is willing to be moved, trafficking could still be taking place.

It involves either the threat of harm or actual harm to the person themselves or their family.

It affects:

  • both women / girls and men / boys
  • UK nationals
  • people trafficked from overseas

It includes forced labour, domestic servitude and human trafficking, debt bondage (or baonded labour), descent-based slavery, child slavery and forced or early marriage. See https://www.antislavery.org/slavery-today/modern-slavery/ for more information.

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Child Protection Case Conferences

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Child Protection Case Conferences

In Wolverhampton there is a lot of partnership working around Hidden Harm, you can find further information about this on the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership website.

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