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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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Self-Assessment Toolkit

 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

Click here for the expectations of partner agencies 

Click here for the Dash Risk Assessment and guidance 

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I'm worried about making matters worse

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West Midlands Forced Marriage & Honour Based Abuse 24hr Multi Lingual Helpline 0800 953 9777       

Click to download -   HBV Leaflet 1   HBV Leaflet 2

Forced marriage is a CRIME. It is a form of  domestic violence against women and men,  a serious abuse of human rights, and where a minor is involved, child abuse.

A 'forced' marriage (as distinct from a consensual "arranged" one) is defined as one, which is conducted without the valid consent of at least one of the parties and where duress is a factor. Duress cannot be justified on religious or cultural grounds.

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FGM and Forced Marriage e-learning training packages

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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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Practices vary across communities with girls/women being ‘cut’ at any time from two days after birth, before puberty, during pregnancy, or following delivery of their first child. The most prevalent age group is 0-15 years,and some recent reports suggest that the age range is getting younger.

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 18years; professional registration can be affected by non-compliance with this duty. 

To report call 101, record information and reference number , update safeguarding lead

KEY FACTORS TO LOOK OUT FOR:The family belongs to a community which practices FGM, are making plans to go on holiday / requested extended leave from school.

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I am an adult with care and support needs


All voluntary, community and faith organisations need to understand their safeguarding roles and responsibilities (alongside those of other organisations and services) to help keep children and young people 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
  • To access this support, please contact Pavitter Kaur Mainn - (Faith Engagement Workerby email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 07538 105780

2. Individual and group support for any voluntary or community organisation

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Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report 2015 – 2016

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Disclosure and Barring Service

Hidden Harm is defined by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs as:- “Parental problem drug use and its actual and potential effects on children”

We estimate there are between 250,000 and 350,000 children of problem drug users in the UK – about one for every problem drug user. Parental problem drug use can and does cause serious harm to children at every age from conception to adulthood. Reducing the harm to children from parental problem drug use should become a maincobjective of policy and practice. Effective treatment of the parent can have major benefits for the child. By working together, services can take many practical steps to protect and improve the health and well-being of affected children. The number of affected children is only likely to decrease when the number of problem drug users decrease ( Hidden Harm Multi Agency Guidance 2013).

All professionals who come into contact with families where substance misuse is an issue have a responsibility to ensure that children in these circumstances are identified as early as possible and are given appropriate intervention, support and protection:- “Early Intervention breaks the all too common cycle in which people who grow up with dysfunctional behaviours and lifestyles transmit them to their children, who, in turn, transmit them to their grandchildren. Early Intervention offers a real chance to break this destructive pattern and of raising children to become good parents and carers in turn” (Allen 2011)

It is essential that all professionals involved work in partnership, exchange relevant information, share knowledge and expertise in order to safeguard children effectively.

Summary of Key Messages

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Safeguarding Training Pathway for School staff and Governors

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Information sharing

To achieve the best outcomes for children and young people; to promote their welfare and safeguard them from harm, agencies need to work together. Children and young people’s needs and circumstances can be complex and it is only by agencies coming together and working collaboratively that we can achieve a holistic assessment of the child or young person within their family and community and ensure that they receive the services that they need.

Effective inter-agency working is dependent upon effective information sharing whether a child or young person needs some additional support (early intervention) or whether there are concerns that they are at risk of significant harm (safeguarding).

Click here for Information Sharing Guidance 2018



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Top tips to help young stay safe online - media release from the City of Wolverhampton Council

Wolverhampton has now adopted the NEW West Midlands Regional Safeguarding Children procedures.

These cover:

  • ​Statutory Child Protection Procedures - which would be the same wherever you are in England (Level A procedures)
  • Regional Safeguarding Guidance - which apply across the whole of the West Midlands area (Level B procedures)
  • Local Area Specific Safeguarding Information and Procedures - developed in Wolverhampton, and containing local contacts, processes and structures (Level C procedures)


To access the NEW Safeguarding Children procedures:

  1. firstly, click on the image below or copy http://westmidlands.procedures.org.uk into your browser address bar
  2. next  click on 'Wolverhampton' in the drop down list under the left hand menu -  this makes sure you are shown Wolverhampton's local (Level C) procedures
  3. finally, click on 'contents' in either the top menu bar or the side menu

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Publications and resources (children's safeguarding)

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National statutory guidance

Early Years Foundation Stage statutory guidance 2019

Female Genital Mutilation - Statutory Guidance 

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VCS Safeguarding Forum

One of the most important roles for any volunteer or employee is to be able to recognise abuse or neglect in the course of their everyday work. Sometimes, the signs are very obvious such as broken bones or cuts and bruises. However, sometimes the signs are a lot less easy to spot.

All adults working with children and young people need to be alert to signs of abuse or neglect and know how to respond appropriately (including knowing who in their organisation to share their concerns with and where appropraite, knowing how to ask relevant non-leading questions to see if there is a reasonable and consistent explanation for the signs observed).

Recognising Neglect

  • Constant hunger - inc. scavenging for food
  • Poor personal hygiene - inc being unwashed, body odour
  • Poor state of clothing - poor fitting or inappropriate shoes, clothes too small, no suitable outdoor clothing
  • Frequent lateness or non-attendance at school, etc
  • Untreated injuries/medical problems


Recognising Physical Abuse

  • Unexplained injuries or burns, particularly if they are recurrent
  • Improbable excuses given to explain injuries
  • Refusal to discuss injuries
  • Untreated injuries
  • Fear of parents being contacted
  • Arms and legs kept covered – even in hot weather
  • Fear of medical help


Recognising Emotional Abuse

  • Over-reaction to mistakes
    Sudden speech disorders
    Neurotic behaviour e.g. rocking, hair-twisting, thumb sucking
    Self mutilation
    Extremes of passivity or aggression


Recognising Sexual Abuse

  • Vivid details of sexual activity
  • Compulsive masturbation
  • Sexual drawings
  • Sexualised play with explicit acts
  • Soreness of genitalia or bottom

Once the abuse has been recognised, all staff need to know how to raise their concerns withn itheir organisations through their named safeguarding lead, and with Children's Social Care via the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub on 01902 555392.


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Pathway for Raising Concerns about radicalisation

Safer Recruitment:

All organisations engaging people in 'Regulated Activities' must have robust and transparent recruitment procedures in place to ensure children, young people and vulnerable adults are safeguarded and they should be familiar with the Local Safeguarding Children Board policies and procedures.

Before recruiting staff (whether paid or unpaid), the following should be considered:

 The application process should include the organisations commitment to safeguarding in for example the Job Description and any other documentation;

Thorough checks should be made of an applicant's identity, work history and references including any gaps in time;

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Exploitation Awareness

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Child sexual exploitation can be hard to identify and a change in behaviour in a young person may often seem like normal teenage behaviour. But for some, these could be the signs of something far more serious.

It’s not always easy to know what young people are up to and abusers can be very clever in their manipulations.

A young person may feel they are in a loving relationship, while perpetrators will often seek to break the bond between the child and their family.

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Ofsted Inspection - March 2017

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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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Recognising child abuse & neglect

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There are four recognised categories of child abuse: Physical Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Neglect and Sexual Abuse.

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Physical Abuse When an adult, child or young person deliberately hurts a child, such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.

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Sexual abuse and sexual exploitation

Key to our approach to supporting children and young people in Wolverhampton is a commitment to early help through a range of evidence based interventions. Early Help is a collaborative approach not a service and should not be confused with the Council's Early Intervention Service. Early Help and our Think Family approach go hand-in-hand.


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.

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VCS Safeguarding Forum

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Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

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Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity (a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or (b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator. The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

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CSE Screening Tools and other resources to support work on CSE

  Publications / Resources
Petch CSE 12 and under screening tool
CSE 13 and over screening tool
CSE Pathway Guidance
CSE Pathway
Partnership Information Report
Wolverhampton's Multi-Agency CSE strategy 2019 - 2020
West Mids Met CSE Regional Framework
Tackling CSE West Midlands Q1 Assessment 2016
See Me, Hear Me - West Midlands CSE website and resources
CSE Social Media Library
Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation - A Resource Pack for Councils
 CSE Disruption Toolkit    
Guidance on adopting a Victim-Centred Approach
Seen & Heard e-learning resource
Common sexting codes and Secret sexting codes

Criminal and Civil Partnership Disruption Options for Perpetrators of Child and Adult Victims of Exploitation

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Modern Slavery

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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