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Ofsted Inspection - March 2017

Following a 4 week visit to Wolverhampton, Ofsted Inspectors found the Council's Children's Services to be 'Good' and that Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board 'Requires Improvement to be Good'.  

CLICK HERE for a copy of the full Inspection report of Children's Services and the Effectiveness of the Local Safeguarding Children Board.

For some of the highlights of the inspection of Children's Services see http://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/article/10695/Childrens-Services-in-Wolverhampton-Good-says-Ofsted.

Whilst the overall grade for Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board was ' Requires Improvement to be Good', the Inspectors identified many 'Good' features including:

  • The board is well chaired and well led
  • Governance arrangements are robust
  • As well as strengthening the engagement of schools and health partners, the chair has successfully promoted a more joined-up approach across children and adult services.
  • Partner agencies are well represented on the board at a suitably senior level.
  • Attendance at board meetings is good and a well-developed sub-group structure ensures that the board is able to deliver on its work programme, especially now that additional funding has been provided to increase the board's capacity to get things done.
  • The board's website, which is attractive and easy to navigate, provides a wealth of useful information
  • The serious case review sub-group and the child death overview panel are well developed and effective.
  • Learning from serious case and child death reviews are systematically shared with professionals and partner agencies.
  • Robust strategic and operational arrangements are in place to safeguard and protect children and young people who go missing and/or are at risk of sexual exploitation.
  • Links with local faith groups have been strengthened.
  • Through the activities of the 'B-safe' group, children and young people are able to shape and influence the work and thinking of the board. 
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Please ensure you read the terms and conditions of booking. 

Please Note: All private providers will incur a £50 charge per full day course, or £25 per half day course, per person.



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BASIC SAFEGUARDING E-LEARNING

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

This Basic Awareness e-learning is suitable for all staff whether or not their job is related to work with children and young people, or adults with care and support needs.

The City of Wolverhampton Council’s e-learning Guest Area has two Basic Safeguarding Awareness modules which must be completed, plus a number of other safeguarding modules including: Prevent / radicalisation awareness, making safeguarding personal, FGM.

A certificate is available for download on completion of each module which can be shown to a manager / person in charge and added to your training record. Access is granted for one month.

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SINGLE AGENCY TRAINING RESPONSIBILITIES

Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together partner organisations are responsible for ensuring all relevant staff receive Introduction to Safeguarding Training. Please contact your manager if you have not received introductory safeguarding training within your own agency.


Voluntary and community organisations that don't have a training budget should contact Stephen Dodd (YOW Co-ordinator at WVSC) by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01902 328985, for details of the support and opportunities that WVSC can offer in relation to safeguarding training.

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MULTI-AGENCY TRAINING

Click here to go to the multi-agency training course booking page 

If all the places on a particular course have already been allocated, please register for the waiting list. If 10 people do this, another course will be commissioned to meet the demand.

A wide range of multi-agency training courses  are provided FREE OF CHARGE to partners (public sector and voluntary sector organisations based in and / or delivering services in Wolverhampton). 

Private sector organisations, and organisations not based in the city will have to pay a £50 non-refundable charge per attendee for each multi-agency course (see terms and conditions when booking a place).

Attending training is an essential part of your continuing professional development. In order to get the most out of a training event we ask that you consider your own responsibilities with regard to attending and assisting in evaluating the training.

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Ofsted Inspection - Report March 2017

Following a 4 week visit to Wolverhampton, Ofsted Inspectors found the Council's Children's Services to be 'Good' and that Wovlerhampton Safeguarding Children Board 'Requires Improvement to be Good'. Read more ....

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Adult Safeguarding posters to download

Types of Abuse posters to download Read More...

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Wolverhampton United Against Dementia Event

'It's time to Unite against Dementia!' - Read More ..

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Comment on convictions relating to the death of 2 year old Jeremiah Regis

At the end of last week the step-father and the mother of 2 year old Jeremiah Regis were both sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court for their part in his death. Read more ....

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Making safeguarding personal - Person-centred safeguarding

The Care Act (2014) sets out a clear legal framework for how we should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

Local Authorities must “lead a multi-agency local adult safeguarding system” that seeks to prevent abuse and neglect and stop it quickly when it happens, but with the person at risk consenting to the interventions and at the centre of it.

  • The law says that the Local Authority must “make enquiries, or request others to make them”, when an adult with care and support needs is or may be at risk of abuse or neglect.

Section 14.2 of The Care Act Guidance states that safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:

  • has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
  • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect

Section 14.4 of The Care Act Guidance states that interventions must adhere to Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) principles.

“We all have different preferences, histories, circumstances and life-styles, so it is unhelpful to prescribe a process that must be followed whenever a concern is raised”.

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Working Together 2015 updated Feb 17 - new definition of CSE

New defintion of CSE   read more ..

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18th March is CSE awareness day.

  Join us in raising awareness of CSE Day Read More ..

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Sexting

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Sexting is when someone shares an intimate photo of themselves with another person via text, DM or social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat etc.

Being involved in sending explicit pictures, where the person in the picture is under the age of 18, can be a criminal offence.

If you are under 18 Childline can help to remove a nude or explicit image you have shared online - click here for information

 Or you can speak to someone that you can trust like a parent or carer, teacher or family member. You may feel uncomfortable about telling your parents but they will need to know so that they can help and support you.

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Petals FGM awareness apps launched in Wolverhampton

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Two new web applications have been launched to help prevent people in Wolverhampton becoming the victim of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Read more ....

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Safeguarding Children involved in performances

This event is open to all involved with Children in performances,e.g. chaperones,dance schools, amateur/professional dramatic societies. Read More ....

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Private Fostering

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Do you know a child being looked after by someone who is not a close relative?
If you do this is known as private fostering. Private fostering is defined as:

"when a child or young person under 16 years old (or 18 if they have a disability) is looked after by someone who is not a parent, close relative, guardian or person with parental responsibility for 28 days or more without the involvement of City of Wolverhampton Council."

Close relatives are defined as:

  • Brothers and sisters     
  • Aunts and uncles
  • Grandparents
  • Step-parents

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Kayleigh’s Love Story - Leicester Police Resource

A short video highlighting the risks of grooming and sexual exploitation Read More...

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Children who go missing

In advance of forthcoming Regional Guidance on 'Children who go Missing' our local Partnership guidance on 'Children who go Missing' in Wolverhampton is given below. This should be read in conjunction with your own agency's pathways.

‘Children running away and going missing from home, care or view' is a safeguarding issue. The DfE published statutory guidance in January 2014 which primarily addressed the responsibilities on Local Authorities to children who run away or go missing from home care.


DEFINITION

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) recently reviewed the definition of Missing Children as follows:

‘Anyone whose whereabouts cannot be established will be considered as missing until located, and their well-being (or otherwise) confirmed.’

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Children and young people at risk from gang-related activity

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Children and young people who are exposed to gangs, gang-related activity and youth violence - whether through their family, their peers, the area they live in, or the internet and social media - are potentially at risk of significant harm. Any staff member who is aware of that a child / young person is exposed to such risks should initiate a suitable multi-agency response that maximises opportunities for engagement with support services and reduces the likelihood of harm.

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Information for parents - Advice for Parents and Carers on Gangs

NSPCC / Childline information, advice and help around gangs and young people

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