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Policy and procedures

The UK Safer Internet Centre are delivering a FREE 2 hour Online Safety update in Wolverhampton on Feb 12th 9-11.30. 

Open to all who work with children and young people, this event will give you the latest in research, legislation, technology, tools and resources along with exclusive access to the presentation and resource materials.

Click on this Eventbrite link to book a place
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-safety-live-wolverhampton-tickets-53132047384

Hacking hate through social and emotional learning
You can also stay for an optional 30min introduction to SELMA, tackling the problem of online hate speech by promoting mutual awareness, tolerance, and respect. This European Union-funded project is based upon a Social and Emotional Learning approach to empower young people to become agents of change; helps them to better understand the phenomenon of online hate, and provides them with tools and strategies to act and make a difference.
SELMA is aimed at young people (age 11-16) and does not intend to police "bad" online behaviour; rather, it will nurture an environment where young people feel empowered to take action. This short introduction provides an overview of the project, shows some of the resources in development and provides delegates with exclusive early access to the toolkit.

If you are interested in Hacking Hate, reducing online hate speech, and improving emotional literacy for your students, this is a must-see project. We hope you can join us.

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WSCB Constitution

Places are available on the following courses -

Attending Multi agency case conferences

Faith and belief

Engaging Families, working with resistance

Making Safeguarding Personal

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WSCB Committees

Case reviews

When a child dies, or is seriously harmed, as a result of abuse or neglect, a case review is conducted to identify ways that local professionals and organisations can improve the way they work together to safeguard children.

Click here to view NSPCC Case Review page -  and  subscribe to receive a monthly update alerting you to case reviews added to the National case review repository.

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Law Policies and Procedures

Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum has announced new training dates - their 2019 quarter 1 (January to March) schedule is now LIVE on EVENTBRITE! Once again, training is completely FREE, practical and can be applied to your practice. Trainers are also on hand to support with cases following training.

Spaces fill very quickly, so to avoid any disappointment, early booking is advised.

Links to Eventbrite/ training sessions are listed below. Once on Eventbrite, there is a drop down menu where you can choose a suitable date. There are also instructions/ additional information. If you are unable to book on via the website please let us know and we can advise.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: RISK ASSESSMENT, MARAC & SAFETY PLANNING
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/domestic-violence-risk-assessment-marac-safety-planning-and-support-for-professionals-in-registration-35917860287

FORCED MARRIAGE AND HONOUR BASED VIOLENCE
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/forced-marriage-and-honour-based-violence-training-for-professionals-in-wolverhampton-only-registration-35876137493

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: AWARENESS RAISING
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/female-genital-mutilation-awareness-raising-only-open-to-professionals-in-wolverhampton-registration-35914652693

COERCIVE CONTROL & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coercive-control-and-domestic-abuse-see-description-before-signing-up-tickets-36859796644

SUPPORTING MALE VICTIMS & ASSESSING WHO IS DOING WHAT TO WHOM
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-male-victims-and-assessing-who-is-doing-what-to-whom-for-professionals-in-wolverhampton-tickets-47207904112

RAPE & SEXUAL VIOLENCE:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rape-and-sexual-violence-available-to-professionals-in-wolverhampton-only-tickets-41109003135

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I don’t feel safe

Dear all

The draft Safer Wolverhampton Partnership Serious Violence and Exploitation Strategy is now out for consultation, the link to access the draft document and consultation can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TSWGSDC

Please could you use this link to record any comments or feedback on the strategy and circulate amongst your networks. The consultation will close 12 March 2019.

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What is abuse?

You can find all the latest safeguarding news, updates and resources from Wolverhampton Safeguarding in the winter 2018 e-newsletter​.

To view, just click on this link http://bit.ly/WS-News-winter-2018. Please forward this link to all colleagues. The link can also be used to promote the newsletter in your own staff newsletters, on intranet sites etc.

Please encourage all colleagues to sign up to receive future Safeguarding News direct to their inbox - it only takes one minute. All they need to do is click on this link http://bit.ly/WS-newsletter-signup

Feedback on the newsletter is very much welcomed via http://bit.ly/newsletter-feedback-dec18
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Getting extra help





Dear All,
In November 2018, the Home Secretary announced the government's consultation on preventing and tackling forced marriage. The consultation is open to everyone, with particular interest in hearing from victims and survivors of forced marriage, those with expertise in the area of forced marriage, and relevant professionals, including those working in social care, education, policing and health.

Click on this link for the briefing paper to support your response to the Home Office Government Consultation: Preventing and Tackling Forced Marriage. The deadline for consultation responses is 11pm on the 23rd January 2019.

The consultation can also be found at:



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Recognising adult abuse & neglect

New dates have been released for  multi agency training, 

Modern Slavery 

Making safeguarding personal with adults and positive risks 

Core Working Together 

Contributing to Multi Agency Child Protection Conferences

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Making decisions about money and care

As the festive season approaches, people are urged 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 region including the City of Wolverhampton Council, is highlighting this hidden crime in the run up to Christmas so that people can spot the signs – and get help if someone is at risk.

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

Councillor Paul Sweet, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "As the festive season gets underway we know young people will be exchanging gifts with each other and getting new things, 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 from happening or escalating.

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Financial abuse

The Home Office have recently  launched the Forced Marriage campaign, that Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced and unveiled a few weeks ago at the Ending FGM and FM International Summit.

Please find the partner pack attached which contains links to a variety of assets that you can use to promote the campaign via your relevant contacts and channels.

Assets include:

  • Posters in both English and community languages
  • Social media static images
  • Videos

HO FM Partner Pack

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Useful info

​The Orange Wolverhampton campaign is now well underway but you can still join us in raising awareness of help and support for women and girls in respect of fears about or experience of Violence Against Women and Girls crimes (Domestic Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriage, so-called Honour-Based Violence, and Sexual Violence.

You can find out more, sign your organisation, team or service up to join the campaign, order resources and share what you will be doing to support the campaign at:

www.orangewolves.net

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Hidden Harm

Supporting the United Nations 16 days of action 25th Nov - 10th Dec 

This campaign aims to get people talking about Violence Against Women and Girls and make sure everyone knows about the help and support for victims and perpetrators. 

Sign Your Organisation, Service, Or Team Up To Be Involved -    www.orangewolves.net for full details

1. Get your free resources including:
  • posters
  • advice and support cards
  • safety planning leaflets
  • videos
  • lesson / session plans and other resources

2. Share your Orange event(s) with others
3. Join in with any of our city-wide events
4. Share photos of your awareness raising activities  

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Duty to refer

The Coping with self harm guide  developed by the University of Oxford, is aimed at helping parents, carers, other family members and friends cope when a young person is self-harming.

Free online training for parents and carers is available from Virtual College, the training  equips those with caring responsibilities to recognise the signs of mental distress and how to respond

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Learning lessons briefings

The term 'county lines' is becoming more widely recognised and used to describe situations where young people may be internally trafficked for the purpose of criminal exploitation. 

What is often less understood is the experiences a young person faces and the potential for them to be harmed through various forms of abuse and exploitation as a result. 

This toolkit hopes to address some gaps in knowledge and offer suggestions for supporting young people who are at risk of, or being trafficked for the purpose of criminal exploitation. 

Click here for the toolkit

 

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Training

The Children Society have developed a Parent's Guide How to support your child's well-being which gives some simple tips on how they can encourage children to take part in the activities that could enhance their well-being. 


OurPact is much more than a parental control app. 

OurPact is a breakthrough parental control app that harnesses the power of Internet and Application blocking in order to teach children proper device use and responsibility. By syncing your family's iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch to OurPact, you now have the power to manage your entire family's device use under one platform


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Forced Marriage

The Department for Education, the Department of Health and Social Care, and the Home Office have replaced the Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation with an updated version

Click here to view updated guidance 

FGM campaign materials

The October 2018 campaign highlights the harmful health consequences of FGM and signposts the NSPCC's 24 hour FGM helpline.

Click here to view materials 

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Honour based-violence

Aim – to update/refresh knowledge of the key issues in safeguarding Children and Young people

Objectives

  • Identify the key changes in Working Together 2018
  • Recognise and know how to respond appropriatelyto a range of emerging/current issues
  • Considered the changes in Information Sharing 2018.
  • Discussed Lessons Learned via Serious Case Reviews, including No Recourse to Public Funds and hidden men
  • Be aware of other safeguarding training that is available
  • Have examined Wolverhampton's Escalation Policy
  • Have an overview of the current landscape of Wolverhampton

Target Group

Designated safeguarding leads, Designated Child Protection Lead, Named Nurse, Lead Nurse, Named Person, Designated Lead and anyone who take lead responsibility in an organisation for safeguarding children and young people. 

You must have completed the one day Core Working Together training since September 2016 prior to attending this refresher. 

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Whistleblowing

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's (IASC) office, in collaboration with the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, has launched an online toolkit to help local organisations and agencies work better together to tackle modern slavery

This toolkit aims to help guide practitioners in their work to tackle modern slavery through the sharing of resources and good practice examples, to inspire action and prevent duplication.

The toolkit is a free online web resource which includes:

  • A partnership checklist – to help organisations to review their needs and highlight relevant resources available on the website
  • A governance library – a library of sample documentation that can be used by different agencies to help formalise partnership working
  • Downloadable resources – information to help with partnership working, such as how to plan an awareness campaign, engaging with different partners, or reviewing survivor care plans
  • Reports and legislations – a collection of up-to-date legislation and guidance
  • A UK Training Library - access to free training resources

Click here to view the toolkit

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Voluntary, Community and Faith Organisations

It is estimated that over 12,000 11-16 year old pupils in Wolverhampton were affected by a significant bereavement in 2017.

The Atlas programme, run by Compton Care, aims to equip all professionals working with children (or whose work involves an interface with children) with the knowledge, skills and confidence to help them to navigate their way through their journey of bereavement. 

For more information  click here Compton Care


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VCS Safeguarding Forum

Childline has launched a website aimed at children under the age of 12. 

This provides age appropriate content on topics including: bullying, family, friends, feelings, school, abuse and staying safe. It also includes games and therapeutic tools for young visitors to play and express how they are feeling. 

It will be promoted through the NSPCC's Speak out Stay safe programme.

Childline website for under 12s

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