E-Bulletin - Issue 9 (Winter 2016)
Welcome from the Chair
Welcome to the ninth edition of the Bury Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) newsletter. The aim of the newsletter is to keep everyone up to date with local and national safeguarding issues and to enhance understanding of the work of BSCB. We think that it is important to share news and information about what our partners are doing to contribute to keeping children safe in Bury.
Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Sharon Beattie (Independent Chair of BSCB).
BSCB Annual Report (2015-16)
As required by Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015), BSCB has published its Annual report. The report provides details of work undertaken to safeguard children in Bury during the year 2015-2016 and describes the current state of safeguarding. You will also find the young person's version. A big thank you goes to the Youth Cabinet for producing this for us.
The future of the LSCB
In December 2015, the Department for Education asked Alan Wood to lead a review of the role and functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) in England. The report published in May 2016 makes a total of 30 recommendations for change. As part of the review he also looked at Serious Case Reviews and Child Death Overview Panels. For further information please see the Gov.uk - Wood review and the response.
Following the Wood review the government said it will introduce a new statutory framework that effectively removes the requirement for areas to have Local Safeguarding Children Boards.
Earlier in October BSCB and sub group members participated in a useful development day session led by Professor Nick Frost from Leeds Beckett University/North Yorkshire LSCB. The theme was "What should post LSCB look like in Bury?" The day started with a presentation on the Alan Wood review of LSCBs and the government's response. BSCB members then participated in group exercises. The highlight of the afternoon session was the arrival of two young people, who ran an exercise for BSCB & Business Group members to challenge their perception of safeguarding issues for young people on topics such as mental health, substance misuse, online safety and pressure on young people. They also presented their version of the BSCB Annual Report.
The outcome of the day was:
- Agreement to review structure of BSCB
A review of the BSCB member role specification and sub group structure will be undertaken following the suggestions at the development day that some are disbanded and others are merged) and a position paper will be discussed at the BSCB Business Group Meeting being held on Tuesday 7 February 2017 before being endorsed at the BSCB meeting on Wednesday 17 March 2017. It was also agreed that BSCB and Bury should ensure that it has a voice in the Greater Manchester devolution process.
- Agreement to review priorities for BSCB
BSCB members suggested that the priorities should be:
- Children and young people impacted by domestic violence
- Complex safeguarding issues, including CSE, FGM & radicalisation
- Safeguarding in the context of technology and social media
- Mental/health/emotional well-being needs
- Children and young people impacted by neglect
BSCB members will review their priorities taking in consideration these suggestions. This will lead to the BSCB Business Plan being updated for 2017-18.
Thank you to those who attended our last Practitioners forum session. These lunchtime sessions are held four times a year and provide an opportunity for all professionals/volunteers, who work with children and families in Bury, to network with colleagues from other agencies and discuss issues of current practice in a safe environment. The subject of the December session was Fabricated and Induced Illness. Thank you to Dr Rob Rifkin Consultant Community Paediatrician who led the session and shared his expertise in this complex area of safeguarding practice. Please refer to the multi-agency procedure on fabricated and induced illness Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures - Fabricated and Induced Illness. For further information about the Practitioners' Forum or to suggest a future topic/case for discussion, please contact the BSCB Team on 0161 253 6153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BSCB Hydra Events
The last of the four "Hydra" events was finally held on Friday 25 November 2016 following the postponement of the proposed session in March 2016 due to Ofsted inspectors being in Bury and the snow! Hydra training events are simulated exercises, which aim to provide a training experience that is as close to real life as possible. Over 100 participants have benefited from the four sessions developed by the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Hydra Operations Unit and facilitated by Mark Granby (former GMP Superintendant/BSCB member). They had the opportunity to take an active part, engaging with multi-agency colleagues and partners, exploring issues such as roles and responsibilities, limitations, expectations, working together, information sharing and decision making. There was also an opportunity to challenge others and identify and respond to risk in a safe but challenging training environment.
Findings from BSCB quality assurance work
A core function of the BSCB is to monitor the quality of the work undertaken to safeguard children. LSCBs need to understand the impact of multi-agency work in terms of its effectiveness in improving outcomes for children and young people and keeping them safe from harm. How we do this is set out in our Quality Assurance Framework and this work is overseen by our Monitoring & Evaluation Sub Group.
The most recent multi-agency audit undertaken in June 2016 examined the effectiveness of multi agency working through an audit of Core Groups. Parents were also spoken to about their experience of the meeting and the support they have received from their social worker and other professionals. A number of recommendations for improving practice followed which included raising awareness of the work of some partner agencies.
With this in mind our partners at One Recovery and Six Town Housing have contributed to this edition of the e-bulletin.
One Recovery Bury
One Recovery Bury can help with any safeguarding concerns relating to substance use.
Our designated safeguarding lead, Angie Boast, is on hand to help. Angie ensures that One Recovery has appropriate safeguarding policies and procedures that incorporates National and Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) guidance, and keeps up to date with changes in legislation and best practice, continuously improving our practice. Angie makes sure that safeguarding is an integral part of One Recovery Bury's activities and regularly receives and collates information in respect of safeguarding activity to inform assessment of risks. So if you have any queries in respect of substance misuse and safeguarding, please get in touch.
If you are working with a family who are struggling with debt, the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) can provide help to provide the information needed to make the right choices. Visit their debt and money advice pages for support with budgeting, banking, borrowing and more.
Angie's contact details are: 0161 253 7776, this phone does have voicemail. Also her email address is email@example.com.
If you are working with a family who are struggling with debt, the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) can provide help to provide the information needed to make the right choices. Visit the Citizens Advice - Debt and money advice for support with budgeting, banking, borrowing and more.
Six Town Housing
Six Town Housing in partnership with the Citizens Advice Bureau offer drop in sessions here at the Six Town Housing office at 6 Knowsley Place, Angouleme Way, Bury on Tuesdays and Fridays - 9.30am to 1.30pm. Or you can make an appointment for Mondays and Thursdays from 9.30am - 12.30pm. Please ring Six Town Housing on 0161 686 8000 to book an appointment.
Serious Case Reviews
BSCB Case Review and Learning Sub Group members have considered the Library.NSPCC - Serious Case Review on Child D conducted by Sutton Local Safeguarding Children Board. The case concerned the death of a 6-year-old girl in October 2013 from a head injury. Her father was convicted of her murder and of child cruelty. Her mother was convicted of intending to pervert the course of justice and of child cruelty. Child D's sibling was placed in foster care. Child D had previously been on the child protection register under the category of physical abuse, after being hospitalised with head injuries in February 2007. Child D's father was convicted of GBH and Child D was placed in the care of her maternal grandparents. Following new medical evidence, father's conviction was quashed and a high court judge ruled the parents were not culpable of involvement in Child D's injuries. The judge appointed an independent social work agency to work with the family and Child D returned to live with her parents in November 2012. Child D was no longer subject to any orders and children's services did not have a formal role with the family.
We recommend that practitioners familiarise themselves with the learning from this case. Particular attention is drawn to the following recommendation from the report:
Following an unexpected court judgment, which has the potential to raise concerns for children, convene a multi-agency meeting to discuss future actions, roles and responsibilities and establish the means by which agencies can share information about and respond to any escalation of concern.
Update to Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures
The Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures, to which BSCB along with the other Greater Manchester LSCBs have signed up, have been updated in November 2016. The changes include:
- A new multi-agency protocol on supervision of parents of children and young people in hospital.
- New safeguarding children as they become adults guidance
Please visit the Procedures and useful documents webpage to check these out. You can also sign up for updates at Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures online - Sign up for update alerts.
BSCB multi-agency safeguarding children training
Multi-agency training courses are targeted at all staff from statutory, voluntary and independent agencies who work with children, young people and families in the Bury area.
For further information on BSCB training please visit BSCB Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children training courses. To view the BSCB training programme and to book courses, please visit BSCB courses - Book a safeguarding children training course. Any queries, please contact the BSCB Team on 0161 253 5705 or 0161 253 6178 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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