eBulletin Edition 013
Welcome to the November edition of the Tameside Safeguarding Children Board eBulletin.
This edition provides information about;
- Recent changes to the Children's Hub
- The publication of the new TSCB Thresholds Document
- Changes to domestic abuse services in Tameside
- The new "Voice of the Child" DVD
- A link to new CEOP resources
- A NSPCC Coping with crying resource
- Childline launches new app – Zipit
- Serious Case review – Child F Published
Also a reminder that the Children’s Commissioner's Takeover
Day is on 22nd November – please let us know if your organisation is taking part.
The purpose of this eBulletin is to keep everyone who works with children, young people,
parents and families in Tameside in touch with the latest Safeguarding developments.
Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility, we are all involved in some way.
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Tameside Children's Hub
The multi-agency Tameside Children’s Hub went live on 21st October 2013. This means that
all referrals for early help and children’s social care will go to one point.
The contact telephone numbers for the Children’s Hub are:
- 0161 342 4206
- 0161 342 4210
- 0161 342 4187
- 0161 342 4008
The new TSCB Thresholds Document sets out how to access early support, the thresholds
for single and multi-agency agency interventions at all levels, and when to consider a
referral for a social care led "single assessment". The document will be
available on the
Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures Manual
Greater Manchester Safeguarding Procedures Practitioner Survey
Bridges A new service for victims of domestic abuse in Tameside
Bridges offers integrated community services and refuge provision for victims of domestic
abuse and substance misuse.
- Bridges will replace the existing Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy (IDVA) service,
Substance Using Family Support Service (SUFFS) and Tameside Women’s Refuge.
- Bridges will operate at three tiers depending on the level of support needed. High-level
support will be run by IDVA officers with other levels delivered by appropriately trained staff.
- Any agency can refer into the service using the Bridges referral form.
For further information go to: http://thp.org.uk/Tameside-Services/Bridges
Voice of the Child DVD Training Resource
Teenagers from across Greater Manchester have created a short film reminding professionals
who work with them to really listen to what children and young people have to say.
The film of "talking heads" is unscripted and captures heartfelt anecdotes of what
it's like as a young person working with professionals and how things can always be improved upon.
The views of children and young people can sometimes be overlooked by safeguarding professionals,
even though the decisions taken on their behalf can have huge implications for them.
The film will be used in safeguarding training across the region by any agencies that work
with children and young people. All 10 Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards, which form the
Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership, pooled resources to commission the film.
The short film and accompanying training notes can be viewed here.
CEOP has warned of a rise in the use of webcam by sex offenders to blackmail children
and young people online and is asking schools and youth organisations to run assemblies
to raise awareness amongst young people of this type of crime.
The new resources include - Webcam with Confidence
- A fully scripted presentation for use as an assembly or lesson
- A factsheet to hand out to young people
- A letter you can send or email to parents encouraging them to talk to their children
about this type of crime
CEOP's Thinkuknow programme has also released an 18 minute film, Exploited, which helps
young people recognise the signs of sexual exploitation and the differences between
healthy and exploitative relationships.
You can find all of these resources in the Thinkuknow resources area at:
the pack is held in the "Key Stage 3/4 (11-16)" tab.
The NSPCC has created a new film to help parents care for a crying baby and cope with the
stresses of sleeplessness and crying. This "Coping with Crying" film has been designed to
support parents and reduce the risk of them losing their temper and harming their baby.
It is based on a similar programme in America which reduced the number of babies who
suffered from non-accidental head injuries by nearly half.
The NSPCC and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) have produced practice
resources for education professionals working to protect young people from abusive relationships.
NSPCC Inform has published 3 at-a-glance thematic briefings highlighting learning from
serious case reviews.
Source: NSPCC Inform 14 November 2013
Safe Network, a partnership between the NSPCC and Children England, has updated the
Safe Network Standards which provide a straightforward way for voluntary and community
sector organisations to meet new safeguarding responsibilities.
Source: 01 November 2013
Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day 2013
Please let TSCB know if your organisation is taking part!
This year's Takeover Day will be held on Friday 22 November 2013. Takeover Day gives children
and young people the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making.
Organised by the Children’s Commissioner, the aim is to help break down barriers between
generations and encourage children's active involvement in their communities. Organisations
across every sector can be part of Children's Commissioner's Takeover Day. It's a flexible
event which can be tailored to suit your organisation, and they provide guidance, resources
and support to help you get the most out of the day.
To find out more, register your interest
or request an information pack visit http://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/takeover_day
Childline launches new app - "Zipit"
ChildLine has launched a new app called Zipit to help teenagers deal with the pressures of
sexting. The app includes advice, tips for safe chat and funny images that young people
can use to divert sexual conversations that are making them uncomfortable.
More information here: http://www.childline.org.uk/Play/GetInvolved/Pages/sexting-zipit-app.aspx.
Child F Serious Case Review Published
Tameside Safeguarding Children Board has published a Serious Case Review Overview Report
in relation to Child F.