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The West Midlands Violence Prevention Alliance (funded by the West Midlands PCC) has developed an e-learning course around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Anyone can access and complete the course, so please share with your teams/contacts and do it yourself - it only can be found at the following web address:

https://www.acesonlinelearning.com

Duration: Approximately 50 minutes.  

 Cost: Free. 

This course has been funded by the Home Office Early Intervention Fund.   

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1. Gaming: what parents and carers need to know Many children will be spending time gaming online over the summer holidays. This article explores the different elements of gaming with a particular focus on how it can be used by offenders, but focusing on what parents can do to support their child while gaming.
2. Sharing pictures of your child online Lots of parents love sharing photos of their children with friends and family, particularly when they are on holiday or starting the new school year. A recent report found that 42% of young people reported that their parents had done this without asking their permission. Our article helps parents to protect their child while staying social.
3. Keeping your under 5s safe online Whether it's watching videos, playing games on their devices or talking to Alexa - today's under 5s are spending more time online. In this article we look at the benefits of children accessing the internet, and share advice about how parents can make sure their child has a safe experience online.
4. Live streaming: responding to the risks Many children enjoy live streaming as it can be used to showcase talent, develop communication skills and create identity. Our article helps parents to understand why children love it, what the risks can be, and how they can help their child stay safe if they are live streaming.
5. Using parental controls Parental controls are a great tool for helping to protect children but should not replace open and honest conversations with children about their life online. Share these tips on how to use parental controls effectively.
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Reminder - Spring edition of Wolverhampton Safeguarding newsletter now available!

City of Wolverhampton Council would like to  invite young people and parents to share their experiences  Click here to complete the survey Focussing on three areas: Being Healthy, Being Connected and Being Aspirational. Being Healthy: We are interested in knowing what keeps young people happy and well. Being Connected: We would like to kn...
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Duty to refer

Wolverhampton Health and Wellbeing Together asked for a Forum to be established to look at how we as a city work with people who have 'No Recourse to Public Funds'. This was as a result of the recommendations made in the Serious Case Review of Child G. The aim was to bring a range of agencies together to strengthen our approach to safeguarding the welfare of children and families with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) in our city.
The NRPF Forum consists of representatives from the voluntary sector, Housing, Education, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, West Midlands Police, Safeguarding and Public Health. It aims to ensure that all partner agencies in Wolverhampton adopt a co-ordinated approach to working together to support people with NRPF.
The NRPF Forum highlighted the need to develop an easy to read protocol to support agencies across Wolverhampton to understand what information is needed from people with NRPF to support and signpost them to appropriate services. The Forum has overseen the development of this protocol.
It is important to remember that people with NRPF and their families can live highly precarious lives and can be subject to exploitation.
Where there are immediate child protection concerns, these take priority over NRPF issues.
By developing a protocol, creating online information resources on NRPF and arranging training for partners, the city is now better equipped to support people with No Recourse to Public Fund 

NRPF Protocol can be downloaded from WSB Adults or Childrens Resources & Publications pages or for more information and resources click here to visit the WIN website


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Wolverhampton's new  strategy aims  to tackle violence and exploitation in a more holistic way, bringing together work to address child sexual exploitation, child criminal exploitation, modern slavery, gangs and youth violence. 

Click here to view or download WTV Strategy

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People are being reminded to keep a look out for the signs of grooming and child sexual exploitation (CSE).

The latest phase of the region-wide See Me, Hear Me awareness campaign has gone live, encouraging adults to make themselves aware of how grooming can develop and the key warning signs to help safeguard youngsters from this hidden crime.

A short animation shows an abuser describing how he grooms a girl with gifts, alcohol and affection before exploiting her. He ends by saying, 'the warning signs were there'.

The 30-second clip will target young people directly via Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter and parents through Facebook and Instagram. It will be supported by posters on buses, trams and trains throughout the region, as well as poster sites at Metro stations - all signpost people to the campaign website, www.seeme-hearme.org.uk.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "More and more people are becoming aware of this hidden crime, but we can't be complacent. It's vitally important everyone knows the warning signs and be able to recognise concerns and take action.

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Young Minds Crisis cards resource

 Summer Squad is an exciting programme of hundreds of events designed to keep children and young people across Wolverhampton active, engaged and entertained during the summer holidays. The activities are being provided by a wide range of organisations at more than 50 different venues across the city. Activities being promoted already include: ...
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The annual day of remembrance is held each year on July 14th to remember those lost to honour killings. 

The Day of Memory was inspired by Bradford-born Shafilea Ahmed who was murdered by her parents in 2003 after suffering years of abuse for becoming 'too westernised'. 

There are an estimated 12 honour killings each year in the UK although the exact number is unknown.

"In almost 25 years of campaigning I have rarely heard from families or communities speaking out against the horror of honour killings, so who remembers the victims? Each year on July 14th we do. We celebrate victim's lives and remember them as the most honourable of beings." Jasvinder Sanghera CBE  karmanirvana.org.uk


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We are asking those working or Volunteering in non-school organisations to let us know if they would be interested in attending this this training, details of course content below. 

Click here to express your interest and  indicate in the access section of the form if you would prefer an evening or Saturday course. 

As a result of the Bichard enquiry into the Soham tragedy of 2002, the DCSF has made it mandatory that at least one member of every interview panel recruiting school based staff should have received appropriate training. It is also viewed that best practice would deem this training necessary across the wider children's workforce and Vulnerable Adults.

The course includes an assessment which is taken away at the end of the day for marking. Certificates, which are graded and then distributed to all delegates, it is therefore essential that attendance is for the whole day.

Target group: This course is essential for managers and practitioners who are involved in the recruitment and selection processes for staff and volunteers who will be working with, or providing services for children, young people, and can also be useful for staff who supervise and/or manage staff, as well as those with a designated/lead role for safeguarding and child protection business.

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Hoarding

The government has published a draft of the statutory guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, to come into force in September 2019. This update is simply to ensure that the guidance is consistent with other areas of government policy. There are no core changes or new expectations.

The changes are to be found on pages 108 and 109, and include:

  • reference to the Safeguarding Partnerships that should be in place from September 2019 and will replace LSCBs
  • references to the new curriculum for Relationships Education, and Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education
  • reference to the new Ofsted framework
  • reference to the new guidance 'Teaching online safety in school' https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teaching-online-safety-in-schools


The draft Keeping Children safe in Education for September 2019 can be downloaded here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education--2

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Useful services & helplines

​Working Together 2018 requires all Local Safeguarding Children Boards to publish their new Children's Safeguarding Partnership Arrangements. These will take effect from September 2019. 

Click here for the new arrangements.

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SCIE Training - Webinar Series

Working Together 2018 requires Child Death Review Partners (CCG and Local Authority) to make arrangements to carry out child death reviews. New arrangements will come into place from 30 June. Click here for the new arrangements.
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Section 42 Webinar

Wolverhampton Safeguarding Boards and its partner agencies have recently approved new guidance relating to the convening of 'Concerns meetings'.  This multi-agency good practice guidance aims to: 1. Encourage partners, professionals and services to deliver co-ordinated, early responses to issues and concerns about adults, in a proact...
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Mental Health - Think Family

The UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) is gathering views on its guidance Sexting in Schools and Colleges: Responding to incidents and safeguarding young people (English and Welsh versions).

Your feedback will help UKCIS to make further improvements to the guidance.

If you would like to take part, the survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.
Take the survey


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Occasionally situations arise when workers within one agency feel that the actions, inaction or decisions of another agency do not adequately safeguard a child or an adult with care and support needs.

 The purpose of this protocol is to ensure that in such situations issues between agencies are resolved in a timely manner.

Click here for the WSB Escalation Policy.

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Bullying

The Safer Wolverhampton Partnership (SWP) is the strategic lead for addressing Interpersonal Violence (IPV) and Violence Against Women & Girls ( VAWG) in Wolverhampton. The Partnership is committed to:

 • Addressing the root cause of IPV, including VAWG 

• Challenging perpetrator behaviour and holding them to account

 • Alleviating the wide-ranging effects of all forms of IPV on victims, survivors, their children, and our communities. 

The vast majority of IPV is made up of VAWG; VAWG acknowledges the gendered nature of interpersonal violence, in that the majority of victims are female. Whilst it cannot be overemphasised that the national and local strategies recognise that there are both female and male victims and perpetrators and therefore encompass work around women and girls, and also men and boys, the gendered nature of these crimes must feature in our service response. The IPV strategy covers six key themes: Domestic Abuse (DA), Sexual Violence (SV), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Honour-Based Violence (HBV), Forced Marriage (FM) and Stalking and Harassment

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 CAPE (children of alcoholic parents engagement), a new, national capacity building programme for professionals who work with and support children affected by parental alcohol misuse

Our work with children and young people has helped us create a number of booklets. These can help you start discussions about the impact of a parent's drinking. The resources below include activities, ways to talk about treatment and recovery and how young people feel growing up in a home affected by alcohol misuse.


For more information click here

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Extremism

This document is an update by the Safer Recruitment Consortium of a document previously published for schools by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). It was initially issued as those working with children had expressed concern about their vulnerability and requested clearer advice about what constitutes illegal behaviour and what might be considered as misconduct. 

Education staff asked for practical guidance about which behaviours constitute safe practice and which behaviours should be avoided. This safe working practice document is NOT statutory guidance from the Department for Education (DfE); it is for employers, local authorities and/or the Three Safeguarding Partners to decide whether to use this as the basis for their code of conduct / staff behaviour guidelines.

Click here to view or download your copy of GSWP



 

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What is Hate Crime?

Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds of your:

  • race
  • religion
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity
  • disability

It doesn't always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are, is also a crime. The same goes for someone posting abusive or offensive messages about you online.

For more Information on hate crime and organisations that offer support and advice to victims and witnesses click here www.stophatewv.net

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New for teens: When nudes get shared
We know that professionals often have to deal with cases of nude or semi-nude images being shared amongst schools and groups of friends. We want young people to understand that it's unacceptable for anyone to share an image in this way.

Share our new article with secondary-aged pupils to help them understand that it's wrong to share a nude image of someone else, and what to do if an image is being shared around.
New for parents: 7 questions parents ask about nude selfies
Many parents ask us about young people taking and sharing revealing pics of themselves.

In our new article, we answer 7 of the most frequently asked questions with the best advice on keeping children safe.

Why not share this article and our four animated films with parents to help them to understand why young people take and share nude selfies, and how to support their child if an image has been shared.
Work with primary-aged pupils and want to explore image sharing?
Episode 2 of Jessie & Friends looks at the importance of seeking permission before sharing a photo. Use our animations and resource pack to talk about image sharing, the importance of consent, and how to ask for help if they have a problem online.

For 8-10 year olds, the Play Like Share cartoons and Band Runner game explore sharing content online, helping children learn to identify risk and get support when they need it.  

Work with 16-18 year olds? 

Have your say Thinkuknow are developing new resources for 16-18 year olds to help safeguard them from the threat of online blackmail.
Complete our short survey to help us gather information which will help us create engaging learning resources for this age group.
The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and is comprised of 14 questions.  Take the survey

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