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Petals FGM awareness apps launched in Wolverhampton

With the festive season approaching, people are reminded to be aware of the key warning signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

The See Me, Hear Me partnership led by West Midlands Police and councils across the West Midlands, including the City of Wolverhampton Council, is highlighting the signs of this hidden crime in the run up to Christmas, to help people identify concerns and get help.

A child or young person receiving unexplained money or gifts this Christmas could be an indication something is wrong. This, along with other unusual behaviour such as mood swings, skipping school, being secretive and staying out late, are all signs that parents, carers, schools, professionals and young people should not ignore.

Emma Bennett, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Director of Children's Services, said: "We know young people will be getting new things and exchanging gifts during the festive season, but it's important for parents and carers to look out for anything unusual as this could indicate they may be at risk of abuse.

"CSE can affect both girls and boys and being aware of the warning signs - and acting on them early - can help prevent abuse happening or escalating.

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Children and young people at risk from gang-related activity

Thank you to everyone who attended the event on the 14/11/19.

Sally Roberts, Chief Nurse, Quality of Director, Wolverhampton CCG

Wolverhampton Safeguarding Executive Group Chair opened the event and spoke about the recent changes and the move from a Safeguarding Board to Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together partnership.

Dawn Williams, Head of Safeguarding provided an overview of key learning and emerging themes from local case reviews, followed by Simon Hill, Independent Safeguarding Consultant shared his reflections on coercive control drawn from Domestic Homicide Reviews.

Simon's contribution set the scene for Ryan Hart, Coco Awareness. Ryan gave a powerful and personal account of the experiences of his family and the impact of coercive control.

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Young Minds Crisis cards resource

  Young Minds Crisis helpline, ChildLine and the Police  resource, a useful card to hand out so that young people  can get help if they're struggling with their mental health.Download the Young Minds crisis cards here: https://youngminds.org.uk/media/3391/crisis-cards-sheet.pdf Download PDF File Here
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Removal of online sexual images - with help from Childline and the YOTI app

The goal of the Family Rights Group is to enable children to be raised safely and thrive within their family and community. The charity works with parents whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system and with members of the wider family who are raising children unable to remain at home. As part of a wide-range of resources, the gro...
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I am a family member / friend / concerned neighbour

You can take part in National Safeguarding Adults Week which runs from 18-24 November 2019.

Download and print your Safeguarding Adults Week Poster

Click here to visit Ann Craft trust and download resources

Each day of the week will focus on a different safeguarding theme.

To help you prepare for the event, a number of resources have been prepared to support each theme.

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Honour-Based violence

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Safeguarding Children involved in performances

Wolverhampton Safeguarding Together have published two Learning Lessons Briefings into the deaths of Adult Z and JIM​, neither death met the criteria for a Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) but it was clear that lessons could be learnt from both deaths.

Click here and scroll down to the Non-statutory reviews section.

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Free online CPD CSA/CSE Course (DoH/Children's Society)

 Free Online CPD about child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation (DoH/Children's Society)The Department of Health and The Children's Society have a free one hour online CPD course about CSA and CSE. Free registration is needed to start the course, : https://learning.seenandheard.org.uk/
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More safeguarding children referrals from GPs

This conference will focus on the learning from recent Serious Case Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews and Safeguarding Adults Reviews.

It is open to frontline staff and managers who work in Wolverhampton with:
  • children / young people
  • adults with care and support needs
  • parents / carers
  • victims of domestic abuse in Wolverhampton.
Places are limited to 100, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Closing date for bookings is Thurs 7th November.
Click here to book your place
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Working Together 2015 updated Feb 17 - new definition of CSE

LGfL has released a series of videos featuring a recently retired London police officer, Peter Wilson.

 The 14 videos help people understand the nature of County Lines including: 

  • What is county lines?
  • Why is it vital that ALL school support staff attend county lines training?
  • Why are even 8-10 year olds at risk?
  • My borough doesn't have much crime and there aren't any gangs
  • Top tips for parents
  • Could county lines be more widespread than we realise?


You can find the videos here: https://www.lgfl.net/digisafe/countylines

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Ofsted Inspection - Report March 2017

Keeping children safe in education: update taken from the NSPCC Safeguarding in Education e-bulletin 

Source: Department for Education

Date: 01 October 2019

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated the statutory guidance Keeping children safe in education for England. The updates relate to paragraphs 164 and 165 on schools' and colleges' legal duty to refer to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) anyone who has harmed, or poses a risk of harm, to a child or vulnerable adult. NSPCC Learning has updated its Caspar briefing summarising the new changes.

Read the news story: Statutory guidance: keeping children safe in education
Read the guidance: Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges (PDF)

See also on NSPCC Learning

> Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) 2019: key changes from 2018

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Wolverhampton United Against Dementia Event

Domestic Violence: Risk Assessment, MARAC, Safety Planning and Support:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/domestic-violence-risk-assessment-marac-safety-planning-and-support-for-professionals-in-registration-35917860287?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing

A 3 hour session – after the session professionals will be able to:

  • Have an increased understanding of what Domestic Violence is
  • Recognise the signs of Domestic Violence
  • Understand some of the barriers, how to 'ask the question' and deal with a disclosure
  • Use the DASH risk checklist to identify a victim's level of risk
  • Understand MARAC and how the process works
  • Be able to refer a victim to specialist Domestic Violence services


Coercive Control and Domestic Abuse:

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The New Ofsted Inspection Framework and bullying.

The Education Inspection Framework sets out how Ofsted will inspect state schools, further education and skills providers, non-association independent schools and registered early years settings in England. Preventing and responding appropriately to bullying is a key component of school inspections. After consultation, Ofsted have launched the...
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Children who go missing

The Serous Case Review for Child N is published today.

Click here for a press statement to accompany today's publication.

Click here for the report from the Serious Case Review (or download from the image below).

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Helping adults respond to children disclosing abuse NSPCC

Helping adults respond to children disclosing abuse - includes a useful video, poster and briefing for anyone working with children.  learning.nspcc.org.uk/research-resources/2019/let-children-know-you-re-listening We've created a poster to help professionals remember these skills and embed them in their practice. It's free to download so you ...
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Adult Safeguarding posters to download

Wolverhampton's Safeguarding Children and Adults Boards wish to understand the impact and reach of their work and are conducting a survey with frontline workers and managers.

The aim of this survey is to identify any improvements which will support paid and volunteer staff to fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities for adults with care and support needs, and / or for children and young people.

It would be very much appreciated if you could spare a few minutes to complete this Workforce Survey and circulate to everyone who works for your organisation (paid or voluntary) asking them to complete it too.

 
Thank you for your time in completing this survey. 

WSB welcomes any feedback in relation to the survey which you can send to:
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BASIC SAFEGUARDING E-LEARNING

Dear Colleague

The City of Wolverhampton are working on a youth strategy and wish to focus on three areas for children and young people: Being Healthy, Being Connected and Being Aspirational.

We have organised a stakeholder event for your chance to tell us what your experience of supporting children and young people in Wolverhampton is like. The event is free for stakeholders to attend and to offer their views. The event will be held on Monday 23rd September at 1pm at the Workspace in Wolverhampton.

You must register to attend the event on Eventbrite via this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/growing-up-in-wolverhampton-stakeholder-event-tickets-70887322891

For further information, please contact Shanara Abdin on 01902 551350 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Policy and procedures

This is a continuing professional development opportunity for managers and frontline practitioners. It aims to promote the lessons learned from serious and fatal fires, for the benefit of the citizens you work with.
As a reflective event this will focus on:

• Serious incident data

 • Case studies 

• Safe and Well referral mechanisms 

• New online learning opportunities

Booking is via Eventbrite, the password required is 'SafeandWell' 

There is the option of attending either morning or afternoon on each day: (AM 1000-1230 and PM 1400 – 1630)
Wolverhampton 16th September 2019

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Report Abuse

Our thematic briefings highlight the learning from case reviews that are conducted when a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect are suspected.

Each briefing focuses on a different topic, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations to help practitioners understand and act upon the learning from case reviews.

Download the learning from case review briefings 

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/case-reviews/learning-from-case-review-briefings/

Types of abuse

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Lunch and Learn sessions - learning from the death of Child G

A loan shark is someone who lends money, they rarely give any paperwork and if repayments are missed they often use violence and intimidation to get their money back. Faced with this problem would you or your staff know what to do? A national, dedicated team is cracking down on loan sharks and we'd like to tell you more. The free training will give...
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