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Wolverhampton Safeguarding Blog

Keep up to date with the latest news from Wolverhampton Safeguarding.

Parents guide Coping with Self harm

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 sig...
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Criminal Exploitation and County Lines: A toolkit for working with children and young people (Children's Society)

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 ...
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The Children Society Parents guide and OurPact Parental control app

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 t...
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Updated FGM guidance and FGM campaign materials

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...
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New online Anti-Slavery Partnership Toolkit launched

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 shari...
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Compton Care – Atlas Programme: Childhood Bereavement

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 t...
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New Childline website for under 12s

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 ...
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Timpson, Attachment, Trauma and 'Looked After Children' Books

Most of you will know Timpson across the UK, for its shoe repairs and key cutting, but you might not know how much they put into support vulnerable people. Looking after looked after children A guide to Attachment and how it can affect people's lives How to create a positive future, Despite a difficult start; and A guide to attachment awareness in ...
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West Midlands Victim Support Hate Crime Project

 West Midlands Victim Support Hate Crime Project, which will be operating in Wolverhampton and Solihull is a  three year National Lottery funded project. The project will be  -  Supporting families who have victims of Hate Crime,  Delivering sessions in schools,  Training fellow professionals  Raising awareness in...
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Core Working Together - Refresher Training

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, includ...
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Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport - Update

These Standards provide a framework for all those involved in sport to help them create a safe sporting environment for children and young people and protect them from harm. The Standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport (PDF) also seek to provide a benchmark to help those involved in sport make informed decisions, and to promote g...
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Know warning signs of grooming and CSE, urges campaign

Knowing the warning signs of grooming and child sexual exploitation (CSE) is the focus of the latest phase of the regional See Me, Hear Me, awareness campaign launched  (Monday 17 September). Children and young people, parents, carers and professionals are being urged to make themselves aware of how grooming can develop and the key warning sig...
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Children's Commissioner's Office has published 'Are they shouting because of me?' July 2018

The Children's Commissioner's Office has published ' Are they shouting because of me?' - children's own descriptions of what it's like to grow up in  a 'toxic trio' household. It includes reflections on how they felt towards the adult and how it affected their life. Click here for 'Are they shouting because of me?' report  
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Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006 - September 2018

 Statutory guidance for schools about employing staff who have been disqualified from providing childcare. Click here to view guidance The guidance is for : local authorities governing bodies of all schools, including: maintained schools academies free schools independent schools boarding and residential schools faith schools special schools n...
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Fixers - young people using their past to fix the future

Fixers are young people using their past to fix the future. They are motivated by personal experience to make positive change for themselves and those around them. Real people, real stories, real change  Fixers are tackling a huge range of issues by creating an enormous variety of resources, including short films and documentaries, animat...
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Family Members in Prison - Resources

  Download PDF File Here Action for Prisoners' and Offenders' Families merged with Family Lives in 2014 and works for the benefit of prisoners' and offenders' families by supporting families who are affected by imprisonment. You can find information here about resources for families and professionals, and  training for professionals worki...
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New HSB Multi-Agency Practice Guidance released

​The Children and Young People Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) Practice Guidance is now live.

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GDPR and Consent

The new version of Working Together and the DfE Information sharing for safeguarding children guidance were published on 4 th July 2018.. Both publications state that consent should always be used to share information, except in certain circumstances in CP cases. Working Together page 20:  (myth-busting guide to information sharing) Consent is...
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Free training from the Alzheimer’s society on 6th August

  Get involved to raise awareness of dementia; become a volunteer Dementia Champion A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to become "Dementia Friends" and make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and si...
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Day of Memory for victims of honour killings - 14th July

The 14th July would have been the birthday of Shafilea Ahmed a 17 year old student killed by her parents 14 years ago for rejecting a forced marriage and being 'too westernised'. Her birthday is now a national day of memory for all victims of so-called 'honour killings'. Wolverhampton Safeguarding Boards support this national Day of Memor...
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