eBulletin Edition 23

November 2016

Welcome to the November 2016 edition of the Tameside Safeguarding Children Board E.Bulletin.

This edition provides information about new procedures and processes that all practitioners working with children or their parents/carers need to be aware of. They link to the learning and recommendations from Serious Case Reviews and to new statutory requirements. The E-Bulletin includes;

  • New 7 minute briefings
  • A welcome for our new Training Organiser
  • Public Health Annual Report
  • Tameside ‘Be Well’
  • Online Safety
  • Safer Social Network Activity Pack (SSNAP)
  • Safeguarding Practice Update
  • Advocacy Services

New 7 Minute Briefings

TSCB have published 7 minute briefings on the Multi-Agency Critical Review for Child Q and the Serious Case Review for Child R and Child S. 7 minute briefings are a great way of disseminating learning from case reviews to your team in a way that is quick and easy to digest. The briefings contain an action plan that teams should complete to show how they will make changes to their practice. In January 2017 TSCB will request copies of those action plans to see how changes to practice have been implemented. All 7 minute briefings can be found on the TSCB website.


A welcome for our new Training Organiser

TSCB would like to welcome our new Training Organiser, Andy McLean, who starting in August. Andy is a Tameside resident and keen to utilise the rich skills and knowledge of the Tameside workforce to supplement the TSCB training pool; Andy would encourage anybody who is interested to get in touch. The training pool is a brilliant opportunity for practitioners to use their skills and experience to help develop others. If you would like to discuss this with Andy directly, please phone or email him.

Just a reminder that all TSCB training courses must be booked through the website. Due to the number of courses, we are not able to operate a waiting list and recommend that you check back on popular courses closer the date, as places may have become available due to cancellation. Late cancellation and non-attendance will be charged. Please be aware that email confirmations/calendar invites are not sent out after booking, so we recommend you diary courses in once booked; all the courses you are booked on to can be viewed on your learners account.


Tameside ‘Be Well’

Tameside ‘Be Well’ includes a range of services helping to promote health and wellbeing in Tameside. This includes tips and support to improve your physical and mental health as well as information on other groups in your local area and access to other services. For more information, visit the TMBC website. Please also check out the latest Public Health Annual Report and self-care video here.


Online Safety

TMBC are running a number of Online Safety talks and workshops in libraries across the borough from November to February to help keep children safer online. There are two separate one- hour sessions that parents, carers and youth workers can book onto. The first is an introduction to the dangers of being online, and offers practical advice about online safety, and the second workshop will provide practical help with updating devices with security settings. For more information and how to book a place, please visit the TMBC website.


SSNAP

The Safer Social Networking Activity Pack (SSNAP) is a resource for highlighting the potential risks of sharing too much information on social media, how to be safer online and where to go for help and support. SSNAP can be used with young people and professionals. Work continues around Safer Social Networking following the successful roll out of peer-to-peer sessions based in secondary schools, with discussions around how this can translate into primary settings. SSNAP can also be used with teaching and support staff who want to enhance their knowledge of social media. For more information, please contact Kat.


Safeguarding Practice Update

The next Safeguarding Practice update will take place on Thursday 17th November, 2pm-4.30pm at Hyde Town Hall. This event will look at how we can communicate more effectively with our service users and colleagues and specifically;

  • The voice of and daily lived experience of the child.
  • Multi-Agency communication with the Public Service Hub.
  • Mental Capacity and Equality Act Awareness

These events are always very popular, so make sure you secure your place by booking on through your TSCB Learner Account on the training section of the website.


Advocacy Services

Advocacy seeks to ensure that people, particularly those who are most vulnerable in society, are able to have their voices heard on issues that are important to them. Advocacy seeks to ensure that these individuals have their views and wishes genuinely considered when decisions are being made about their lives. If a person doesn’t have an appropriate family member, friend or carer to act as an advocate, an independent advocate will be arranged.

Tameside MBC use Cloverleaf Advocacy Service for Adults and Barnardo’s for Looked after Children and children on a Child Protection Plan. Barnardo’s also currently complete return interviews for Missing Children, as well as an Independent Visitor Service for Looked After children. There is information regarding both these services on the TSCB website.

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