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Response to Covid-19 from The Haven Wolverhampton

We have been asked to stay home to save lives. For women who are subjected to domestic abuse, social distancing is #justasSCARY. The Haven have created a safety planning toolkit for those at risk of Domestic Abuse during the outbreak.  Their 24 Hour helpline and online chat services are still up and running. The COVID-19 outbreak and all that ...
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Covid - 19, Advice from Women's Aid

Covid-19 will have a serious impact on the lives of women and children.  Womens aid have published three information documents for victims and survivors. To download the information, click the followng links: Covid advice from Womens Aid Economic Abuse and the Coronavirus Outbreak Safety Planning Guide for Victims and Survivors
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Information for Children and Young People about Coronavirus

Childline has created a new webpage with information for children and young people about coronavirus. The page includes information about: what coronavirus is; where children and young people can find help if they are worried; coping if they are staying at home; and what to do if they are feeling unwell. for more information, click here: https://ww...
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Online safety

 The MARAC team will be launching a Controlling and Coercive Behaviour awareness campaign in April called "See the Cs".

The aim of the campaign is to increase the basic understanding of the dynamics of this behaviour within our partner agencies with a view to enabling them to better support victims both from an emotional and practical perspective, and also evidentially. We of course see this behaviour across our MARAC cases and there is still much work to be done around identifying this type of abuse, and ultimately being able to evidence it when the crime is reported.

The campaign will be launched via a week of events commencing Monday 20th April, schedule as follows:

Monday 20th April – See the Cs Launch Event at Tally Ho

This is a one day conference aimed at supervisors and leaders, with guest speaker Professor Evan Stark headlining and more to be announced.

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NEW - Learning Lessons Briefings

 Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together have published five new Learning Lessons Briefings.  To read them, please follow the links below. LLB - Child H LLB - Child NLLB - Child KLLB - Adult CLLB - Edith(Adult) 
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Recognising child abuse & neglect

If you're under 18 and a nude image or video of you has been shared online, you can report it and get it removed from the internet.

Click here for more information

To use our Report Remove tool, you'll need to:

  • create a Childline account or have an existing account
  • confirm your age to show that you're under 18
  • upload your image or a url of where it's been shared online.

For support, get help with your report or speak to Childline.

Go to Report Remove

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Consultation - Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions 2020

We are seeking views about proposed changes to Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) statutory guidance. Why We Are Consulting  We are consulting on a wide variety of proposed changes to KCSIE. The aim is to help schools and colleges to better understand what they are required to do by law and what we strongly advise they should do in ord...
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Safeguarding children from sexual violence, child sexual exploitation and harmful practices (Metropolitan Police)

 The Metropolitan Police has published new guidance for schools and colleges to help them safeguard children from sexual violence, child sexual exploitation and harmful practices.In a forward to the guidance, former police officer and National National Leader of Governance Advocate, Matt Miller MBE says, 'Safeguarding is never far from our tho...
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Who are you really talking to?

 Click here - Updated County Lines Guidance

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults is a geographically widespread form of harm that is a typical feature of county lines activity. It is a harm which is relatively little known about or recognised by those best placed to spot its potential victims.

This guidance is intended to explain the nature of this harm to enable practitioners to recognise its signs and respond appropriately so that potential victims get the support and help they need.

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Training for Safeguarding Leads

The Government has launched a new online portal today that will strengthen its support to charities handling safeguarding concerns or allegations.

Click here for the portal, based on Gov.uk, offers a step by step guide to help charities correctly manage their concerns, identify the right people to contact if needed and access helpful resources and advice.

Following a combined £1.2 million DCMS and National Lottery Community Fund investment the portal will be promoted by six organisations across England. They have been appointed to champion the importance of good safeguarding and locally available sources of advice and support.

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 A great website for children in the care system, or young people leaving it, is IMO - write, speak, share.

 IMO was created by the Children's Commissioner for England in collaboration with an advisory network of teens with care experience.

IMO is a voice for teenagers in care and for care leavers. It is somewhere to  share stories, experiences , achievements and  advice, and find loads of great free stuff! 

The site also shares opportunities for care leavers, like jobs and apprenticeships!

The site is really useful resources and it could be used in mentoring sessions to look some of the issues.

Click here : https://imohub.org.uk/

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Mental Health Week - 3rd - 9th February 2020 (Place2be)

 Children's Mental Health Week is now in its sixth year. The theme of this year's Children's Mental Health Week is 'Find your Brave'. Life is all about taking small brave steps every day. Bravery could be about sharing worries and asking for help when you need it, trying something new or making the right choices. Life often throws us challenge...
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About Us

 The Black Country Sexual Abuse Forum has been re-established by NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group and First Person Plural (FPP). It is a multi-agency network for statutory and voluntary sector agencies and survivors. 

Who can attend?
Membership is open to representatives from statutory sector health, social care, education and voluntary sector organisations; to individual workers and practitioners of all disciplines, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, service users and carers. 

Why attend?
The Forum aims to facilitate mutual support, learning and the sharing of information related to supporting, caring for and advocating on behalf of survivors of non-recent and recent child sexual abuse and related issues. 

The Forum offers opportunities to network with others and coordinate resources across agencies raise knowledge and awareness on issues relating to sexual abuse explore ways of delivering services to survivors of sexual abuse and to share good practice discuss new ideas, interventions and approaches.

Thursday 30 Jan 2020, 11am – 1pm (Launch & session on adult survivors of child sexual abuse) – link to book your place: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blackcountry-sexual-abuse-forum-tickets86803316055

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Covid - 19, Advice from Women's Aid

A clinic for women (18 years+) who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has opened in Sandwell.  A range of support and care will be delivered by an all femal team including: Physical assessments and treatment Emotional support and counselling General information  See the poster below for more information   Download PDF Fil...
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Kayleigh’s Love Story - Leicester Police Resource

Research and resources

Child protection and safeguarding information, advice and research

Search our directory for our latest research, child protection statistics, leaflets, practical guidance, briefings and evaluations that share what we've learned from our services for children and families. 


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Safeguarding Children involved in performances

 People are often surprised to find that private tutors are not required to have an Enhanced DBS check to work with children and young people, even in 1:1 situations. The tutoring industry is largely unregulated and given that 27% of 11 - 16 year olds have had private tuition in the last 12-months (41% in London)*, this is of concern.

The Tutors' Association (TTA) President, Tim Morris, is a vocal advocate for regulation in this area and shares his thoughts in a useful article in a recent edition of FE News that can be found here: https://www.fenews.co.uk/fevoices/39394-tackling-the-issue-of-safeguarding-in-private-tuition

For  further information  regarding Private Tutors  contact Paul Cooper LADO 01902 556061 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ( non secure email).

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Keeping children safe online over the holidays CEOP

No doubt you'll be working with a young person who has asked for some form of internet-enabled tech for Christmas. Check out our blog for tips on how you can make sure that young people are safer online, over the Christmas period and beyond.  What parents can do: The Internet of Things: 9 ways of making your connected home more secure Seasonal...
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Wolverhampton United Against Dementia Event

 With two months to go until Safer Internet Day, we are delighted to announce that we have launched the Safer Internet Day Educational resources as well as the theme!

This year our educational resources are focusing on the theme of identity online and whether young people are #freetobe themselves online. The free resources explore how young people manage their identity online and are tailored for 3-7s, 7-11s, 11-14s, 14-18s and parents and carers, along with guidance for educators.

To accompany the resources, there is also a range of short films for 5-11s, 11-14s, parents and carers, as well as a campaign film outlining the theme of the Day.

 UK Safer Internet Centre Childnet.

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Working Together 2015 updated Feb 17 - new definition of CSE

 The National Council For Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) have created a number of 'KnowHow pages' which outline simple steps that voluntary organisations in England can take to ensure that they are run in a way that actively prevents staff, volunteers and everyone they come into contact with from suffering harm, harassment, bullying, abuse and neglect.

The website is very thorough and case studies cover all kinds of organisations from village halls, mobile book buses, house clearance charities and pensioners' clubs.

If you are a third-sector organisation or charity, or if you work with one, this NCVO KnowHow website will help keep your staff and users safe whether they are children or vulnerable adults.

Find out more here: https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/safeguarding

There is a range of help and support for voluntary, community and faith organisations working in Wolverhampton from Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council click here for more information 

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18th March is CSE awareness day.

The local authority are offering Reducing Parental Conflict training to professionals. Research has found that children exposed to parental conflict experience a decline in their mental health and poorer long-term outcomes. Practitioners or agencies that have contact with parents either directly, or by working with their children, play an important role in identifying and supporting the reduction of parental conflict. The Reducing Parental Conflict Programme supports practitioners and agencies working with families in building awareness and developing the confidence, knowledge and skills to work with parents to reduce conflict and improve outcomes for children.

We are offering free training for individuals who work with children and families around parental conflict. The training consists of 2 modules and we are anticipating this should take the entire day (9-5pm). The training will be in February 2020 and from 9-5pm. The exact date will be confirmed upon registration. Refreshments will be provided but delegates are asked to bring their own lunch. Location and exact date of training will be confirmed upon registration. Please note places are on a first come first served basis.

Individuals will have the opportunity for 'Train the Trainer' if they wish to do so. The two day 'Train the Trainer' course will be held on Monday 17th February 2020 and Tuesday 18th February 2020 from 9-5pm for any individuals who wish to become a trainer in reducing parental conflict.

If you wish to register on either the standard training or train the trainer please contact Shanara Abdin on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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