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

 

Safeguarding Website Launch

In support of the events and presentations being run during our Safeguarding Awareness Week, the Local Safeguarding Adults Board has developed a new look website.

We are happy to announce that the website has now gone live and we would like to invite you to visit the site by clicking the link below.

www.safeguardingdurhamadults.info/

In conjunction with Safeguarding Week, we are pleased to share a new e-learning tool. It will support those who attend Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and anyone who works with violent or sexual offenders to raise individual awareness of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements, practice guidance and policy. You can view this training by clicking the link below.
MAPPA e-learning
We hope our new site will be more visually interesting, and allow users who access it through other devices such as mobiles and tablets to still access the features on it.

We will continue to update the information across the site and over the coming months and welcome your feedback.

Safeguarding Adults Board Business Unit
Transformation & Partnerships
Room 4/129-134
County Hall
Durham
DH1 5UL
03000 268870/268871/261074/267965

Welcome to our Autumn/Winter 2018 Newsletter!

It has been a busy period for LSCB partners in three big areas.

Firstly, our core business has been busier than usual, mainly due to an increase in Serious Case Reviews.

Secondly, the JTAI action plan under development seeks to address 43 areas for improvement.

Thirdly, our transition plan is well underway as we move from the current LSCB arrangements to what will become Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership (DSCP).

Some of these arrangements are outlined in this newsletter.

Safeguarding Awareness Week 


The 2 days open market – Everyone  And the event of the 30th is aimed at practitioners only

This year, the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board and the Safeguarding Adults Board are holding a Safeguarding Awareness Week between Monday 26 November and Friday 30 November and we very much hope that you will be able to support us in spreading the important messages we have to share.

During the awareness week we will be holding a range of events and will be sharing messages about our key themes for the week on our website and social media channels.

This year the areas we are covering are:

• Child Sexual Exploitation
• Early Help / raising profile of prevention and early intervention
• Domestic Violence, abuse and neglect
• Counter Terrorism (PREVENT)

We will be using the hashtag #TellSomeone in all of our social media messaging – if you follow that hashtag you will see all of our messages and we would be delighted if you would consider sharing / retweeting them to your own audiences please. If you would like to share some messages of your own, please do include the hashtag so that we can see them too.

Timetable of weekly activities:

Daily media messages raising awareness around safeguarding

Open Market Event – which everyone is invited to attend. This will take place in the Durham Room at County Hall, Durham. Here you will find a whole raft of information from our different partners who are all helping to share the safeguarding message with you. This will be held on:

* Wednesday 28th November 10am until 4pm

* Thursday 29th November 10 am until 4pm

Practitioners Event Friday 30th November

Throughout the day we will address a number presentations relating to safeguarding, these are as follows:

* Modern slavery – 10.00 am

* Counter Terrorism in County Durham County Council 11.30 am

* Carers’ Rights 1.00 pm

* Halo Project, fgm, forced marriage and honor based violence– 2.15 pm

* Domestic Violence, abuse and neglect – 3.30 pm

If you click on any of the presentations above. You will then be directed to the relevant registration page. Please note you will need to register for each presentation individually.

As always, we are looking to remind people of our key message: Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility. If you have concerns about a child/adult and think they are being exploited, neglected or abused, report it

Kindest regards

County Durham Local Safeguarding Adults Board

Durham Local Safeguarding Children’s Board


Many thanks
Kind regards
Angela Blanchard
Partnerships Support Officer

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/J67VCPX

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

 

Anti-slavery – mobile phone app launched, helping to spot the unseen victims 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 Annual Reports 2018 

Please find attached the following Safeguarding Annual Reports 2018:

Local Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report 2017/18
Local Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report 2017/18 – for young people

Prevent Bulletin 

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

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

 

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

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 

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

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

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.