Safeguarding
 

Here you will find information from County Durham & beyond relating to safeguarding

 

The Children's Local Safeguarding Website can be accessed HERE

 

The Safeguarding Adults Website for County Durham can be found HERE



DBS News for 2018

Please take a look at our third edition of DBS News for 2018. We have included a mixture of news and updates to interest our wide range of stakeholders. This issue of the newsletter includes: 

Choose the right Basic route 
Updated identity checking guidance 
Eligibility in the NHS 
Help reduce recruitment fraud 

We publish regular news and policy updates on our website - register for alerts on GOV.UK so you will always be up to date.

Circular for Children's Social Care and Safeguarding

Welcome to the latest tri.x Information Circular for Children's Social Care and Safeguarding 
A collection of some of the latest information in relation to consultations, research, statutory guidance, government policy, tools for families and children, with links to related sources.

Modern Slavery - Annual Report 2018 

The Modern Slavery Annual Report 2018 from the Home Office is publicised, it covers key information and activity over the last twelve months and the UK response to modern slavery, and includes information on the future response to modern slavery. Independent Review Modern Slavery Act 2015 We previously updated board members of an upcoming independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Guidance is publicised on how evidence for the independent review will be collated. The review will explore specific areas of the Act, including transparency in supply chains, child victims of modern slavery, the role of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, and the legal applications of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. A final report is expected by end March 2019. 

Code of practice to support victims of financial abuse 
A Code of Practice developed to meet recommendations of Financial Services Vulnerability Taskforce is published. It is supportive of raising awareness of and better understanding of what abuse looks like for firms, colleagues, victims, potential victims and their families. Developed in consultation with charities, victim support groups and government departments, alongside UK Finance’s Financial Abuse Project Group and Consumer Advisory Group. Over the next 12 months, eleven of the largest high street firms have committed to implementing the voluntary Code with more firms expected to follow, raising awareness, training colleagues and introducing other initiatives to help victims regain more control over their finances.

Hold the date - Safeguarding Week 26/11/18 to 30/11/18

Please be advised that the 2018 Safeguarding Week is running from Monday the 26th November to Friday the 30th November. 

Further information will follow shortly. If any partner agencies would be interested in hosting a stall in the Durham Room at County Hall (on 28-29th November), please contact the SAB Business Unit via: sabbusinessunit@durham.gov.uk 03000 268870 / 268871

Kind Regards Sophie Williams Administration Support Officer County Durham Safeguarding Adults Inter-Agency Partnership Transformation & Partnerships Durham County Council Durham County Hall 4th Floor, Rooms 129-134 Durham DH1 5UL ( 03000 268871

Home Office publishes updated guidance to help frontline workers identify and protect victims of county lines gangs 

County lines refers to a model used by criminal gangs, whereby urban gangs supply drugs to suburban areas and market and coastal towns. These gangs frequently exploit children and vulnerable adults to courier drugs and money. Some vulnerable adults have their homes taken over by the gangs (cuckooing) using force or coercion. To support policing and other statutory frontline staff – particularly those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults – in identifying potential victims of this type of criminal exploitation, the Home Office has updated its County Lines guidance. It sets out the signs to look for in potential victims, and what action staff should take so that potential victims get the support and help they need. 

The document supplements an organisation’s existing safeguarding policies. Alongside the guidance, there are resources to help staff to recognise the signs to look out for, that could indicate that someone is a victim of county lines gangs. The Home Office is also raising awareness of county lines across a range of non-statutory sectors. These include the private security sector, licensed taxi and private hire company staff, bus and coach company staff, train operating company staff and private landlords and letting agents.

Further material for social housing is expected soon.

Anti-slavery – SAFE CAR WASH mobile phone app, helping to spot the unseen victims 

Last year, 493 reports of potential cases of labour exploitation in car washes across the UK were reported with 2,170 potential victims. A mobile app – Safe Car Wash, developed in partnership with The Clewer Initiative the Local Government Association (LGA), National Crime Agency (NCA), National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner is available. The app aims to support collation of community intelligence about car washes across the UK. The app can be downloaded onto smart/android phones, on opening the app a short survey is accessible about working conditions of the car wash visited. Surveys will be anonymised and data shared with the National Crime Agency and Gangmasters Labour and Abuse Authority, both enforcement agencies leading on prevention of modern slavery within the UK.

Following research carried out in November 2017 and a pilot, a new scheme is being introduced to ‘kitemark’ car washes, through the Responsible Car Wash Scheme.

Local Prevent article

Please find below a link to a recent article regarding extreme right wing views in Bishop Auckland. http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2018-10-08/revealed-the-hate-speech-posted-online-by-a-county-durham-far-right-group/ 

Can be used as a teaching or discussion point. I will also save this to the shared drive for future reference.

Kind regards, Tracey Clements Quality Officer Adult Learning & Skills Service Children and Young People’s Services Durham County Council Civic Centre North Terrace Crook Co. Durham DL15 9ES Mobile No: 07500 972902 

Learning and Improvement Group action - call to Partners

My name is Sophie Williams and I’m the new SAB Admin Officer. As part of the Learning and Improvement group work plan the group holds a responsibility for supporting the Learning and Development In relation to Safeguarding Adults training. The subgroup recently agreed to extend opportunities to practitioners across all agencies to attend and engage with the work of the group and encourage connectivity. Practitioner voice was also a feature of the recent development session in September. This is a call to Partners to request that this offer be cascaded across all agencies to encourage staff to get involved. 

Staff enquiries for further information can be directed to the Board Business Unit at sabbusinessunit@durham.gov.uk

Social Media Link

Please find below the link for the modern slavery post on Instagram. Again, please cascade as widely as possible to support awareness raising and recognition of anti-slavery day. https://www.instagram.com/p/BpEjiYJAaOe/?taken-by=durham_county_council

Thursday 18th October 2018 - Anti-Slavery Day

Please find attached link(s) for social media feeds for Facebook and Twitter for modern slavery. Please cascade as widely as possible to support awareness raising and recognition of anti-slavery day. https://www.facebook.com/durhamcouncil/photos/a.153878274677390/1953756018022931/?type=3&theater

Engagement and Communication Group - Staff Survey

For those who haven’t yet had a chance to complete our short survey, the original closing date was 3rd October, but we have extended the deadline to Monday 8th October to allow for anyone who missed this. I have copied the link below to get to this survey and would appreciate if you could a few minutes to complete this survey if you haven’t yet done so.


We appreciate your time in helping us with this exercise. 

Kind regards Jeni Bland Safeguarding training administrator Safeguarding Adults Board Transformation & Partnerships Room 4/129-134 County Hall Durham DH1 5UL ( 03000 268870

Signs Of Safety

Following on from the Signs of Safety paper to the Board from Children and Young People’s Services in April 2018, please find attached a briefing note to agencies to support. The briefing note also provides information and links to book on to information sessions and briefings

Anti-slavery – mobile phone app launched, helping to spot the unseen victims Unseen **New**

UK - a charitable organisation has launched a mobile app to support the spotting of unseen victims of slavery or trafficking. You can download a simple guide to recognising the signs of modern slavery and trafficking through the app. The Modern Slavery helpline is also coordinated and managed by Unseen UK.

To find out more – visit the Unseen UK website pages by clicking here.

Safeguarding Annual Reports 2018 **New**

Please find attached the following Safeguarding Annual Reports 2018: 


Prevent Bulletin **New**

Please find attached the latest Prevent and Safeguarding bulletin for term 1. 

If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Kind regards, Tracey Clements Quality Officer Adult Learning & Skills Service Children and Young People’s Services Durham County Council Civic Centre North Terrace Crook Co. Durham DL15 9ES Mobile No: 07500 972902

Child Poverty Plan on a Page **New**

Please find attached the above document for your information. 

Thank you. Emma Maynard Admin Co-ordinator Durham LSCB 4th Floor, County Hall Durham DH1 5UJ 03000 266761 www.durham-lscb.org.uk

Signs Of Safety **New**

Following on from the Signs of Safety paper to the Board from Children and Young People’s Services in April 2018, please find attached a briefing note to agencies to support. The briefing note also provides information and links to book on to information sessions and briefings.

Homeless Reduction Act **New**

April 2018 saw major changes to homeless legislation with the introduction of the Homeless Reduction Act. Join the Housing Solutions Team to learn about the services they offer and help shape our future homeless service. There are sessions on 12th and 24th September 2018. 

To register for this event, please follow the link below. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/6WKFNYG 

These events will be held at the Durham Centre (please ensure you book via the survey link included). Please see address below – The Durham Centre Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1TN 

Anti-slavery Mobile phone app launched, helping to spot the unseen victims **New**

Unseen UK -  a charitable organisation has launched a mobile app to support the spotting of unseen victims of slavery or trafficking. You can download a simple guide to recognising the signs of modern slavery and trafficking through the app. 

The Modern Slavery helpline is also coordinated and managed by Unseen UK. To find out more – visit the Unseen UK website pages by clicking here.

Safeguarding Adults Board Training **New**

Please follow this link to visit the Safeguarding Durham Adults Safeguarding Training page where you will find details of all the training on offer to help raise awareness of Safeguarding, how to spot signs of abuse, and what to do to report concerns. We also have three easy read workbooks available for service users which can help them to understand how to Keep themselves safe, Stop abuse, and What happens when abuse is reported.

Our courses and workbooks are free to attend/download, and you will receive a certificate upon completion.

Safeguarding Adults Board Prevent Training **New**   

Please follow this link to the Prevent e-learning training which was put together in response to the Government’s Prevent Strategy to help people understand what radicalisation is and how people can be targeted by extremist organisations and groomed to join them. Vulnerable adults are particularly at risk of radicalisation, and it is important to understand the methods and processes this can involve. 

Follow the instructions on the website to open and complete the e-learning, and send us your completed assessment forms. We will then send you a certificate to show you have completed this training.

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements **New**

Please find attached below link as requested by Michael Banks, Independent Chair of Durham LSCB, for your information.

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/social-care-commentary-multi-agency-safeguarding-arrangements.

Dissemination of the update from TRIX re the changes within working together 2018 **New**

Please find attached briefing notes from TRIX in relation to the changes in Working Together 2018. We will put them on what’s new on the website but can you please disseminate widely. 



Thank You Jacqui Doherty LSCB Business Manager County Hall Durham DH1 5UJ 03000 263989 Mobile: 07469402571

LSCB Newsletter Summer edition **New**

Please find attached the Summer edition of the LSCB Newsletter. 

Inside this issue · 

Welcome new LSCB Independent Chair Michael Banks 
Safeguarding Partners - Transitional Arrangements 
Durham LSCB Child Protection Procedures Updated 
Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Videos 
Safeguarding Education Toolkit 
Privacy Information — GDPR
LADO FAQs 
Various other news items 

The Newsletter can also be downloaded from the LSCB Website www.durham-lscb.org.uk

Advice for possible sexual exploitation **New**

An issue was noted at the last teenage pregnancy steering group meeting that in the Easington/Peterlee area, girls were accepting lifts and not seeing the dangers in this. I have spoken to Sean Barry from the LSCB with regard to how people feed in CSE concerns. His advice is noted below.

As discussed, my advice would be Report to Police intelligence – This can be ANYTHING from car details, locations, names, even ‘rumour’ information Ring Police 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 You can also submit a Intelligence / Information Form to ERASE@durham.pnn.police.uk (Attached). 


If you are concerned about a child call First Contact on 03000 26 79 79  

Circulation of YOU SAID WE DID Poster **New**

One of the actions from the practitioner survey 2017 was to develop a poster response of what has been actioned as a result of the survey that was completed last year. Could this please be circulated widely.

Click Here for the poster

Safeguarding Week 15/10/18 - 19/10/18 **New**

We are planning to hold events for safeguarding week in the week of 15/10/18-19/10/18. In order to start planning could you please identify anyone you would want to be part of a small planning group which will meet in July.

Durham LSCB Child Protection Procedures Update – April 2018 **New**

The Durham LSCB Child Protection Procedure updates for April 2018 have been released today. 

The changes of note to procedures April 2018 factsheet highlights the significant changes in the Multi-Agency Child Protection Procedures. 


Practitioners should make themselves familiar with the changes. 

The procedures can be found here www.proceduresonline.com/durham/scb 

Thank you Sean Barry Strategy and Development Officer Local Safeguarding Children Board www.durham-lscb.org.uk Tel: 03000 265 434

Training Needs Analysis **New**

The LSCB business unit is currently carrying out a Training Needs Analysis. The purpose of this is to ensure that the multi-agency safeguarding training offered to your workforce meets the needs of frontline staff. 

Could you please circulate the survey link (below) through your own agencies communication channels and impress the importance of completing this survey by frontline staff. I would appreciate it if survey returns could be completed by the 13th of April 2018. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WZ96726

Thank you 
Jacqui Doherty 
LSCB Business Manager County Hall Durham DH1 5UJ 03000 263989 Mobile: 07469402571

LSCB Newsletter Winter Q4 2017/18 edition **Current**

Please see details of the Winter edition of the LSCB Newsletter.

Inside this issue 
Tackling Neglect Conference 
Learning Lessons Events 
Was Not Brought to Appointments 
NHS Safeguarding App 
Children and Social Work Act 2017 
Various other news items 

The Newsletter can also be downloaded from the LSCB Website www.durham-lscb.org.uk

LSCB Briefings and conference dates **Current**

Durham LSCB are holding a number of Threshold Briefings, Learning Lessons events and Neglect Conference in the coming months. The flyers and booking links are also available on the ‘What’s New’ section of the LSCB Website.

  • · Threshold 1hr Briefings: Monday 26 February 2018 Time: 10.00-11.00am / 2.00-3.00pm / 4.30-5.30pm Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Durham, DH1 5UJ 
  • · Learning Lessons events: Wednesday 14 March 2018 Time: 9.15am-12.30pm / 1.15pm-4.30pm Venue: Xcel Centre, Newton Aycliffe Date: Friday 23 March 2018 Time: 9.15am-12.30pm / 1.15pm-4.30pm Venue: The Greenhouse, Stanley 
  • · Tackling Neglect Conference: Tuesday 27 March 2018 - Time 9.30am - 4.30pm - Venue: Xcel Centre, Newton Aycliffe 

Thank you Sean Barry Strategy and Development Officer Local Safeguarding Children Board www.durham-lscb.org.uk Tel: 03000 265 434

ALSS Safeguarding & Prevent Bulletin **Current**

Please find attached the latest edition of our termly Safeguarding & Prevent Bulletin. We hope you find it both informative and useful.

SAB Website Feedback Survey **Current**

The Safeguarding Adults Board is continually seeking ways to improve how we communicate to and with the public. We are currently seeking feedback on our website. It will help us find out how we can improve our website for all users in future. This short survey below is seeking your views, we would be grateful if you could take a moment to tell us what you think.

Complete the feedback survey

Child Advocacy Centre Newsletter **Current**

Please find attached the Child Advocacy Centre Newsletter for November 2017.

DfE Consultation – Working Together to Safeguard Children: changes to statutory guidance **Current**

The Department for Education have released the consultation documents for the proposed changes to statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children. 

This includes
· the replacement of Local Children Safeguarding Boards (LCSBs) with local safeguarding partners 
· the establishment of a new national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel 
· the transfer of responsibility for child death reviews from Local Safeguarding Children Boards to new Child Death Review Partners 
· transitional arrangements

To facilitate a Durham LSCB response to the consultation, the LSCB Business Unit have produced the attached word document for partners to complete and return. The business unit will then collate all replies and submit an LSCB response. Please return your completed consultation form to sean.barry@durham.gov.uk To allow a full partnership response can all replies be returned by 01 December 2017. 

The full consultation documents can be viewed here – Consultation - Working Together to Safeguard Children: changes to statutory guidance (DfE Oct 2017). However all the consultation PDF’s are attached to this email for your convenience.

Durham LSCB Child Protection Procedures Update – November 2017 **Current**

The Durham LSCB Child Protection Procedure updates for November 2017 have been released today. 

The changes of note to procedures November 2017 factsheet is attached and highlights the significant changes in the Multi-Agency Child Protection Procedures. 


 Practitioners should make themselves familiar with the changes. The procedures can be found here www.proceduresonline.com/durham/scb

Tri.X Information Circular Oct/November 2017 **Current**

Welcome to the latest tri.x Information Circular, a monthly roundup of information and news from the children's social care sector.

SAB Newsletter Edition 4 **Current**

Please see the attached SAB Newsletter Edition 4. It has also been added to the Safeguarding Adults Website.