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Domestic Violence and Abuse

Domestic violence and abuse is:

"Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to:

  • psychological
  • physical
  • sexual
  • financial
  • emotional

Controlling behaviour - Controlling behaviour is a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour - Coercive behaviour is an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim".

The definition of domestic violence and abuse, which is not  a legal definition, includes so called 'honour' based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and Forced Marriage and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

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WSAB Annual Report 2018-19

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Each year Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) produces an Annual Report to enable the people of Wolverhampton to see what it has been doing to keep adults with care and support needs safe from abuse and neglect and promoting their wellbeing.

Click here, or on the image on the right to view and /or download a copy of the joint Annual Report 2018-19 of Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Board and Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board.

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WSCB Annual Report 2018-19

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Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) produces an Annual Report to enable the people of Wolverhampton to see what it has been doing to keep children and young people safe from abuse and neglect and promoting their wellbeing.

Click here or on the image to the right to view and /or download the joint Annual Report 2018-19 of Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board and Wolverhampton Safeguarding Adults Board.

 

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Training home page

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Please ensure you read the terms and conditions of booking. 

Please Note: All private providers will incur a £50 charge per full day course, or £25 per half day course, per person.



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BASIC SAFEGUARDING E-LEARNING

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

This Basic Awareness e-learning is suitable for all staff whether or not their job is related to work with children and young people, or adults with care and support needs.

The City of Wolverhampton Council’s e-learning Guest Area has two Basic Safeguarding Awareness modules which must be completed, plus a number of other safeguarding modules including: Prevent / radicalisation awareness, making safeguarding personal, FGM.

A certificate is available for download on completion of each module which can be shown to a manager / person in charge and added to your training record. Access is granted for one month.

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Ofsted Inspection - Report March 2017

Following a 4 week visit to Wolverhampton, Ofsted Inspectors found the Council's Children's Services to be 'Good' and that Wovlerhampton Safeguarding Children Board 'Requires Improvement to be Good'. Read more ....

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Adult Safeguarding posters to download

Types of Abuse posters to download Read More...

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Wolverhampton United Against Dementia Event

'It's time to Unite against Dementia!' - Read More ..

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Comment on convictions relating to the death of 2 year old Jeremiah Regis

At the end of last week the step-father and the mother of 2 year old Jeremiah Regis were both sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court for their part in his death. Read more ....

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Making safeguarding personal - Person-centred safeguarding

The Care Act (2014) sets out a clear legal framework for how we should protect adults at risk of abuse or neglect.

Local Authorities must “lead a multi-agency local adult safeguarding system” that seeks to prevent abuse and neglect and stop it quickly when it happens, but with the person at risk consenting to the interventions and at the centre of it.

  • The law says that the Local Authority must “make enquiries, or request others to make them”, when an adult with care and support needs is or may be at risk of abuse or neglect.

Section 14.2 of The Care Act Guidance states that safeguarding duties apply to an adult who:

  • has needs for care and support (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs)
  • is experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect
  • as a result of those care and support needs is unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of abuse or neglect

Section 14.4 of The Care Act Guidance states that interventions must adhere to Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) principles.

“We all have different preferences, histories, circumstances and life-styles, so it is unhelpful to prescribe a process that must be followed whenever a concern is raised”.

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Working Together 2015 updated Feb 17 - new definition of CSE

New defintion of CSE   read more ..

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18th March is CSE awareness day.

  Join us in raising awareness of CSE Day Read More ..

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Sexting

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Sexting is when someone shares an intimate photo of themselves with another person via text, DM or social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat etc.

Being involved in sending explicit pictures, where the person in the picture is under the age of 18, can be a criminal offence.

If you are under 18 Childline can help to remove a nude or explicit image you have shared online - click here for information

 Or you can speak to someone that you can trust like a parent or carer, teacher or family member. You may feel uncomfortable about telling your parents but they will need to know so that they can help and support you.

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Petals FGM awareness apps launched in Wolverhampton

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Two new web applications have been launched to help prevent people in Wolverhampton becoming the victim of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Read more ....

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Safeguarding Children involved in performances

This event is open to all involved with Children in performances,e.g. chaperones,dance schools, amateur/professional dramatic societies. Read More ....

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Kayleigh’s Love Story - Leicester Police Resource

A short video highlighting the risks of grooming and sexual exploitation Read More...

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Children who go missing

In advance of forthcoming Regional Guidance on 'Children who go Missing' our local Partnership guidance on 'Children who go Missing' in Wolverhampton is given below. This should be read in conjunction with your own agency's pathways.

‘Children running away and going missing from home, care or view' is a safeguarding issue. The DfE published statutory guidance in January 2014 which primarily addressed the responsibilities on Local Authorities to children who run away or go missing from home care.


DEFINITION

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) recently reviewed the definition of Missing Children as follows:

‘Anyone whose whereabouts cannot be established will be considered as missing until located, and their well-being (or otherwise) confirmed.’

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Children and young people at risk from gang-related activity

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Children and young people who are exposed to gangs, gang-related activity and youth violence - whether through their family, their peers, the area they live in, or the internet and social media - are potentially at risk of significant harm. Any staff member who is aware of that a child / young person is exposed to such risks should initiate a suitable multi-agency response that maximises opportunities for engagement with support services and reduces the likelihood of harm.

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Information for parents - Advice for Parents and Carers on Gangs

NSPCC / Childline information, advice and help around gangs and young people

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More safeguarding children referrals from GPs

Wolverhampton GPs are making more safeguarding children referrals. It may sound strange, but this is good news.

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