Speaking up for those involved in Safeguarding and Working for children and the vulnerable

 

 

NEWSLETTER – SPRING 2021

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to TASP’s early Spring Newsletter.  Following our Christmas break we are pleased to announce the resumption of our free monthly webinars.

We have invited Sir Alan Wood back to our February event (22nd Feb at 4pm) where we will discuss with him the contents of his review of the changes to Multi Agency Safeguarding Arrangements and learn how our work may continue to evolve as more evidence of good and innovative practice emerges. If you haven’t booked your place yet, be quick because we are nearly at capacity. Click here to register.

All our Webinars are recorded. We publish these on our website along with the slide presentations and full reports on dialogue generated during Q&A and breakout meetings during the session by attendees. These are available to watch and to download for our TASP Members. To review all topics, take a look at our website at www.theasp.org.uk/webinars.

There are two new pieces of content for members only as well as the standard broadcast!

  1. Laura Anderson from the Department for Works and Pensions re-recorded her session, explaining their new stream of work, sharing their local representatives contact details and answering the questions raised at our Webinar (13). Click here (and log in) to view
  2. Dez Holmes, from Research in Practice joined us for a follow up conversation on Transitional Safeguarding, where she reflected on statements and questions posted by attendees. This is a great Podcast! Just over 30 mins. Click here (and log in) to view

The challenges of safeguarding are consistently with us and recently a variety of reports consultations and reviews on distinct aspects of child welfare and professional practice have been released. In this newsletter we will look at:

  • The independent review into children’s social care
  • The Children’s Commissioner’s reports into child poverty
  • The Government’s child sex abuse strategy
  • The LGA’s concern over the increasing incidence of serious harm suffered by children during Covid
  • The Journey of the Domestic Abuse Bill through the Houses of Parliament
  • Changes to Working Together ‘18

Over the past few weeks, the trustees of TASP have continued to work with a reference group and other stakeholders to seek to make the association relevant and useful to its members.

NEW TRUSTEE

 

To that end, we are delighted to announce that we have expanded our expertise base by appointing Nasima Patel as our latest trustee. Here is her biography.

Nasima is a Social Worker who has worked in both the voluntary and statutory sector at Director level undertaking policy work, developing and leading services for children and families over many years. Nasima led on the early development of services for sexually exploited and trafficked young people nationally for which she received a lifetime achievement award and then on a major change programme.  Nasima has been working in Newham for over two years on various programmes mainly related to early help, preventing exploitation, supporting the Covid response and service improvement.

Nasima is keen to see a shift in children’s work from a reactive response to families to a practice model that is steeped in relationship-based partnerships and one that is able to integrate the lived experience of families and communities especially with regard to poverty, poor housing and discrimination at its centre.  

TASP now has six Trustees with two further discussions in the pipeline. Watch this space, or take a look at our website for further updates.

Independent Review into Children’s Social Care

 

This has been trailed for some time by the DfE but was announced formally on 15th January. It is to be led by Josh McAllistair.

Josh is a former teacher and was the founder of Frontline, the social work charity.  (https://thefrontline.org.uk). The reviews terms of reference can be found here .

Josh and his team will be supported by experts by experience. If you would like to be or nominate someone to be an expert by experience you can find out how to by visiting the Government review home page.

TASP has been in contact with Josh’s team to see if there is a possibility of getting a direct audience with Josh for our members, to have a discussion and they have responded positively to date. TASP will continue to pursue this.

Children’s Commissioner Report into Child Poverty

An impressive group of people from the full range of the political spectrum, as well as third sector experts have contributed essays to the Children Commissioner’s recent report into the state of child poverty in the UK.

The key issue that the report draws out is that the gap between well off and poor children after several years of lessening has started to widen again and without some bold action is likely to accelerate. See the report here.

The Government Child Sex Abuse Strategy

Published in January, the Home Office “Tackling Child Sex Abuse Strategy” has three objectives:

  • tackling all forms of child sexual abuse and bringing offenders to justice
  • preventing offending and re-offending
  • protecting and safeguarding children and young people, and supporting all victims and survivors

It contains an aspiration to impose new duties on tech companies and proposes some new powers for the police and justice agencies to manager known offenders.  It wants to see strong local partnerships working together (and sharing information) to protect children from harm, bring offenders to justice and support victims and their families and communities. The full Strategy documentation is available here.

LGA’s concerns over serious injuries suffered by children during pandemic

The LGA have reported a 34% rise in serious incident notifications.  This is clearly a concern and the LGA are seeking resource to understand the issue better. The rise in numbers, while certainly a concern may also be linked to the change in the way in which serious incidents are now referred to the National Panel. Accessed here

The Domestic Abuse Bill

This should become law in the late Spring.  However, its most recent hearing, which was a committee of the whole House of Lords, had two days of debate and many amendments to it have been tabled. In a few days’ time those amendments will be subject to further debate and scrutiny. There may be a number of significant revisions to the Bill when it eventually becomes law.

Changes to Working Together 2018

We have been provided with a list of the changes to WT 18 which constitute what this time is a fairly minor update. Below is a complete list.

  • Clarifying that consent is not needed for information sharing of safeguarding concerns arising from the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR.

    Working Together 2018 suggests that consent would have to be obtained to share information about safeguarding concerns. There have been concerns that the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR altered the understanding of consent to information sharing, such that it is generally not applicable in safeguarding. The information sharing section of the guidance has now been amended to make clear that information sharing around safeguarding concerns does not need consent where other legal bases for sharing will be more appropriate, for example, information about safeguarding concerns should be shared where this is necessary (e.g., in the child’s best interest) as part of the performance of a task in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority. Corresponding changes to the non-statutory Information Sharing Guidance: advice to practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers (2018) will follow to a later timescale in late Spring 2021.

  • NEW Inclusion of references to Domestic Abuse/ insertion of definitions and strengthening words on domestic abuse and controlling or coercive behaviour

    to include definitions and strengthen wording on domestic abuse and controlling or coercive behaviour to reflect the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill which will introduce a statutory definition for domestic abuse and incorporate the impact of domestic abuse on children as victims in their own right. These minor changes also respond to the recommendations of the Joint Committee on the draft bill where we committed to amend Working Together to clarify that coercive control is included within the existing definition of harm.

  • New para on - Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 insertion of a section 213 B into the Housing Act 1996- duty to refer: and corresponding inclusion in the Working Together Statutory Framework document.

    This duty has been in force since 2018 but was missed in the last full revision of Working Together. The duty to refer to local housing authorities’ cases of (threatened) homelessness as a result of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 (which amended the Housing Act 1996) places duties on public authorities, including local authorities, to intervene at earlier stages to prevent homelessness in their areas. This duty applies to all social services functions, including early help, leaving care and child protection; and is intended to increase early identification and intervention, which is critical for safeguarding against homelessness.

  • Updating contact details and streamlining the section on Armed forces
  • Minor clarification on the voluntary, charity, social enterprise (VCSE), faith-based organisations and private sector paragraph.
  • Footnoting Public Health England (PHE) reference to reflect forthcoming re-structure.
  • Inclusion of reference to the words missing children
  • Text inclusions to align with ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ (KCSIE) guidance 2020
  • Inclusion and clarification on multi-agency safeguarding arrangements
  • New table included to strengthen clarity on notifying a serious incident, rapid review and local child safeguarding practice review
  • Change of title in relation to the term ‘Contextual Safeguarding’
  • Inclusion Toolkit/ Framework on CSE/ CSA
  • Adding reference to children of offenders
  • Strengthening the wording around the safeguarding of children in mental inpatient settings
  • Deletion of link in Appendix B- Guidance on safeguarding children with illness fabricated or induced.

 

National Police Chief’s Council

The Vulnerability Knowledge and Practice Programme (VKPP) are running a virtual conference, “Protecting Vulnerable Persons – Learning the Lessons and Developing Policing Responses” on Tuesday 16th March 2021. They hope to look and discuss how agencies can effectively work together to meet these challenges and they invite colleagues to attend. For more details and to register for the conference, click here.

Thank you from TASP

Thank you to all colleagues who have supported TASP this financial year. We recruited 63 Safeguarding Partnerships as TASP members, with Greenwich, Sefton and Buckinghamshire joining since our last newsletter.  We have done some analysis on geographical spread of membership and have noted that we have a weaker coverage in the North East, North West and South West. We are in conversation with colleagues in the North East and we would like to appeal to the North West and South West regions to reach out and let us know if there is any way that we may be able to support Partnerships in these regions in a way that we have not been able to do so to date. We will also be sending out a brief survey to all current members to ensure we are meeting your needs. April will be the beginning of our financial year, and membership renewals will be upon us. If you need any further information or support, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We regularly receive and scan for information and news that we think will be helpful for partnerships. You can often find further information on the website and we will try to signpost this whenever we can. The things we include in the newsletter are guided by direct relevance, topicality and contributions and suggestions from members and TASP supporters. Inclusion and any commentary should not be seen as a direct endorsement but rather to help you have a look and make up your own minds.

We would really welcome contributions, especially if you have a story you would like to share that others would benefit from. Drop us an email and we can discuss how to include this at alison@theasp.org.uk

Please phone the Association on 07880 209 788 if you would like any help at all, or email Alison at alison@theasp.org.uk if you have queries.

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Your Invitation to FREE WEBINAR

 

 

CHILD EXPLOITATION DATA INSIGHTS SUPPORTING

SAFEGUARDING PARTNERSHIPS

Trilateral Research, Lincolnshire Police and The NWG would like to bring you up to date and demonstrate by way of a FREE webinar the development of CESIUM, our cutting-edge partnership tool to tackle child exploitation and offer early intervention opportunities. The CESIUM application will be presented and demonstrated at two identical webinars to ensure opportunities for all to attend. The webinars are aimed at individuals from all agencies (statutory and voluntary) who are involved in tackling the exploitation of children. The webinars will provide all attendees with an overview of the CESIUM product, how it can be utilised by a variety of agencies and the opportunities CESIUM offers all professionals in tackling exploitation.

The Webinars will be supported by presentations by key National stakeholders in safeguarding and data analytics from Partnership and Police perspective.

The webinars will take place on:

Wednesday 24th March 2021 between 10.30hrs-12.30hrs

Thursday 25th March 2021 between 13.00hrs-15.00hrs

 

To apply to attend one of the webinars please send an email to:

 Kay.wallace@trilateralresearch.com providing:

  • Date of the webinar you wish to attend
  • your name
  • ·organisation details
  • your role.

A link and password for the webinar will be subsequently sent to you.

CESIUM supports the fight against child exploitation in a number of ways; it can search systems and present professionals with information that they hold but is often hidden or scattered in a variety of places. CESIUM then presents this information in a meaningful way for the attention of professional’s and helps child safeguarding partnerships to work together to safeguard children and respond to the direction of policy in this area.

CESIUM does not make decisions for professionals, it ensures that they have the right information, in a timely fashion, in order to apply their own professional judgement and to determine what action needs to be taken to safeguard a child. 

It can help determine potential victims or perpetrators of exploitation and assist in the identification of locations where exploitation is taking place. 

Please see at this LINK a recent blog from the project manager which explains in more detail the creation and development of CESIUM.

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Try out online learning with a FREE licence to access a bundle of courses developed for the safeguarding workforce.

By Anne Clayton from Me Learning   anne.clayton@melearning.co.uk.

 

Many in children’s safeguarding are concerned that yet another lockdown means a new surge in child protection referrals and that we will see caseloads reaching an all-time high. If the previous lockdowns are anything to go by, demand for family services will spike and colleagues will see an increase in domestic violence, alcohol abuse and parental anxiety because of the many pressures caused by the pandemic.

However, you look at the situation, the next few months are likely to be harder than ever for the safeguarding workforce. Which is why Me Learning has decided to provide safeguarding professionals with a special offer on a bundle of courses on safeguarding topics

 Namely, the Safeguarding Pointers bundle

We want you to experience the benefit of online learning and we also think now more than ever it is vital to prioritise how you equip your teams with the skills and knowledge they need at this difficult time.

We are giving you the opportunity to try a different approach to learning, one which is more practical than the classroom or Zoom-style alternatives. We have been creating professional online learning for organisations like yours for more than 14 years, so we know what works online and what doesn’t.

Importantly, all our off-the-shelf online learning solutions enable learners to fit study around shift patterns and other commitments because you can learn anywhere at any time with an internet connection.

We are offering one FREE licence to a bundle of 6 courses, listed below: 

  • Online Safety – Risks to Children
  • Self-Harm
  • Domestic Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sexual Abuse and Recognising grooming
  • Emotional Abuse

To access the ‘Safeguarding Pointers bundle’ for FREE, use the discount code SAFE21 when you click on this link:

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This bundle is available until midday 5/03/2021 and it is limited to one licence per user. We have included a step-by-step guide on how to use the discount code here:

- bit.ly/DiscountCodesSteps 

If you like what you see, we will provide a discount on the roll out to a larger group of learners within your organisation for a longer period. All these courses are designed for the safeguarding workforce, including professionals working in local authorities, health and education.


During 2020, we refreshed our comprehensive online digital safeguarding training – Levels 1,2 & 3 - to reflect the challenges faced by the safeguarding workforce during the pandemic. This includes a brand-new Safeguarding Children’s Level 3.

Visit the Me Learning shop to view the courses available

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Me Learning has experience of working with public sector organisations, large and small and we are on all the main public sector frameworks. We are ISO9001, ISO27001 and Cyber Security Essentials accredited, so you can be sure your security is in safe hands.

Our digital learning and systems are easy to use.

Our learning works across desktop, tablet and mobile and our systems give administrators visibility on progress.

For more information contact Anne Clayton – anne.clayton@melearning.co.uk