From Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships
Information Resources for Herefordshire
Welcome to the sixth Information Bulletin from Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships of 2021. We will continue to publish regular updates with Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other safeguarding related information for professionals in Herefordshire.
We are pleased to announce a new improved system for booking and managing your multi agency safeguarding training in Herefordshire.
The web address will remain the same but when you access herefordshirecpd.co.uk from 1st April you will be taken to a completely new booking system that is very simple, efficient and much easier to use. A new account will be required to use the system.
Please remember that on 31st March all access to existing CPD Online user accounts will stop. If you need to download old safeguarding course certificates or training records, you must log in to your existing account to do that before the end of March.
As we are focussed on getting as many people trained as we can, most training will now be FREE to attend for all agencies. Non-attendance will understandably continue to be charged for, so that valuable training places are not wasted.
HSCP Summit for Strategic Leaders and Senior Managers a great success.
More than 60 Strategic Leaders and Senior Managers from organisations across Herefordshire came together virtually on 17th March for the first Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Summit specifically tailored for senior staff.
During the packed two hour session everyone heard updates on the HSCP Strategic Plan, Priorities and Key areas of work, got involved interactively in our Pledgeto support children and families in Herefordshire and learned more about how Herefordshire's children and young people are being safeguarded during the Pandemic.
Thank you to everyone that presented and attended. We look forward to seeing you at our next Summit in September.
I’m the new Children’s Commissioner for England, and I’m asking for your help.
My role is to speak up for children and young people across England. As the government starts to plan how to rebuild after the pandemic, I want children to be at heart of it. I need your help to gather children’s views and priorities for the future, so that I can make sure the government takes them into account.
I’ve just launched the Childhood Commission, a once-in-a-generation review of the future of childhood. This review will identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their full potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.
The first stage of this work is gathering the views, opinions and experiences of all children. I will carry out the largest ever consultation with children in England, called The Big Ask, to find out what children’s concerns and aspirations about the future are. My ambition is to reach every child – the more I hear from, the stronger this work will be.
I’m writing now to give you advance notice of this consultation, and to ask you to consider how you could help me to reach as many children as possible.
The Big Ask will be launched on Monday 19 April as an online questionnaire, and I will contact you again when it is launched. I would be very grateful if you could share this information throughout your organisation and with other local organisations supporting children and families, so we can reach as many children as possible. Your cooperation will be crucial for us to ensure that vulnerable and ‘hard to reach’ children have their voices heard.
Thank you in advance for helping me put children and young people at the heart of the country’s plans to rebuild for the future. If you have any questions, please get in touch with a member of my team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dame Rachel de Souza
Children’s Commissioner for England
Police & Crime Commissioner Online Survey
Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking (MSHT) and Organised Immigration Crime (OIC) Service Mapping
A few weeks ago a letter was circulated from the PCC asking each local authority adult safeguarding board to undertake an exercise to map the provision of service for victims of Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking and Organised Immigration Crime. Due to the wide breadth of questions asked an alteration to the ask has been made and a survey made in replace of the previous letter.
We have been working in partnership with West Mercia Police and the Victim Advice Line (VAL) to look at the service provision and referral pathways for victims of Modern Slavery, Human Trafficking (MSHT) and Organised Immigration Crime (OIC).
Based on the conversations with the force and the VAL about the current pathways for victims of MSHT it has been highlighted that there is a potential gap in service for adults who are victims but do not consent to be referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). In addition to the conversations around MSHT we have been beginning to explore the provision for victims of Organised Immigration Crime and what pathways and future service provision might look like for these victims.
However, what we don’t have is an in-depth understanding of what the existing processes are within each local policing area. In order for us to make an informed and evidenced approach to exploring the need for support services for victims of MSHT and OIC we need have a deeper understanding of the existing pathways each area has.
The aim of this piece of work is:
To highlight the existing provision and pathways for victims of MSHT and OIC
To highlight any gaps in service for victims of MSHT and OIC
To be a supporting document for discussions around future commissioning/funding opportunities for services for victims of MSHT and OIC
Women’s safety and domestic abuse during COVID-19: a reminder of advice for staff in all agencies
Please note as this very useful information originated within the NHS you will see a lot of NHS references, although much of the detail below is of course applicable to staff across the wider Safeguarding Partnership
In the last few weeks, many women are rightly coming forward to speak about the experiences they face of harassment, intimidation, assault and abuse.
We are writing to you to remind you of the key signs of domestic abuse and the services that are available for women.
Although these services are not exclusively there for or just needed by women, they are essential in supporting women who are in these distressing and sometimes dangerous situations.
Our message to women at this time is simple – the NHS is here for you.
The signs of domestic abuse
Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse, includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members. Domestic violence can happen against anyone, and anybody can be an abuser. Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background.
Domestic abuse is not always physical violence. It can also include:
coercive control and ‘gaslighting’
threats and intimidation
Public information on domestic abuse
The NHS website has advice online for the public on spotting the signs for domestic abuse and domestic violence and where to go for help. The NHS also has a help page for those who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
The Home Office is promoting the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number is 0808 2000 247 and associated online support available at nationaldahelpline.org.uk
In addition, Respect is an anonymous and confidential helpline for men and women who are harming their partners and families. The helpline also takes calls from partners or ex-partners, friends and relatives who are concerned about perpetrators.
NHS staff will find these resources useful in signposting survivors – and perpetrators - to specific support teams.
You Are Not Alone campaign
The Home Office's campaign "You Are Not Alone" encourages people to come forward for support if they are experiencing domestic abuse. A whole suite of materials including social media assets, email signature cards, safeguarding leaflets, animations for Instagram stories and posters and leaflets for your surgery waiting rooms are available to download online here.
Materials in other languages are also available to download online here. Please use these materials in your places of work.
How the public can access help
If you are worried that a friend, neighbour or loved one is a victim of domestic abuse then you can call the Freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 and further information is on the helpline's dedicated website.
If you believe there is an immediate risk of harm to someone, or it is an emergency, you should always call 999.
The pages also give details on the domestic abuse code-word scheme. If someone is experiencing domestic abuse and needs immediate help, they can ask for ‘ANI’ in a participating pharmacy. ‘ANI’ stands for Action Needed Immediately but also phonetically sounds like the name Annie. If a pharmacy has the ‘Ask for ANI’ logo on display, it means they’re ready to help.
They will offer the person a private space, provide a phone and ask if they need support from the police or other domestic abuse support services.
Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs)
SARCs remain open and accessible during COVID-19 to offer non-judgmental advice and support. Victims and survivors will be triaged on contact with the SARC, to ensure safe management during this period. Remote support will be available to support pathways to therapeutic interventions. Forensic examination services will be offered to those that want it, to support a criminal prosecution.
Resources for NHS staff
We have launched a comprehensive package of health and wellbeing support to support our NHS people through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Details of the full range of offers is available online.
Standing Together have published guidance for acute health professionals on responding to domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.
IRISi have released guidance for GP Teams, including how to enquire about domestic abuse over the phone.
IRISi have also produced guidance on domestic abuse in the context of end of life care in the COVID-19 pandemic.
AVA have published guidance for mental health professionals.
The Chief Dental Officer has produced an advice bulletin for dental professionals on spotting the signs of abuse and supporting patients.
Resources for NHS managers
The ‘Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults at Risk in the NHS: Safeguarding Accountability and Assurance Framework’ sets out the roles and responsibilities of all individuals working in providers of NHS-funded care settings and NHS commissioning organisations. This includes a duty to support victims to ensure they receive timely care and support, whether from the NHS, police or a third sector service. It also sets the duties to support perpetrators.
It is important to remember that domestic abuse and domestic violence does not just affect patients. As an employer, NHS organisations have a legal obligation to assess any risk and support the health and safety and wellness of their employees. NHS Employers has produced two resources to help NHS managers support employees who may be the victims and survivors of domestic abuse and violence:
As an employer, you can play an important role in reassuring employees that there is help and support available, including online support, helplines, refuges and local support services. The Government's domestic abuse during COVID-19 employer pack is a useful resource to help you do this.
We encourage you to cascade this information as you see appropriate. It’s important that we all ensure that the NHS is taking the right action to identify, safeguard and care for individuals in these very difficult circumstances, and more widely support patients against abuse.
Do you have a good news story to share?
The past year has of course been difficult for everyone, including in the area of safeguarding, but we know that many professionals have adapted to the challenging times that we have all faced and come up with new and innovative ways of working.
We would love to showcase these to help inspire others, so if you have a successful new way of working, or just a general good news story about working in safeguarding in the last year that you would like us to include in a future bulletin then please get in touch with the team and let us know.
Practice Briefing - Supporting vulnerable children and families during COVID-19
Analysis shows that COVID-19 presents a situational risk for vulnerable children and families, with the potential to exacerbate pre-existing safeguarding risks, and bring about new ones. The learning from this analysis is intended to support leaders and practitioners as they continue to respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19.
There's a new opportunity in the Safeguarding Partnership Team
The Herefordshire Safeguarding Partnership Team are advertising an exciting new post of Partnership Practice Improvement Lead – and the closing date is Monday 5th April.
Full details on the role can be found on either the Hoople Resourcing or the WMJobs websites. Links to both are below:
I am writing to you to make you aware of an information Event that is being planned in April. This is being planned as an opportunity to meet and share with professionals and other stakeholder the current support and services that are available from WMRSASC and Purple Leaf.
This event is planned for 21st April 2021 between 10 am - 1.15 pm we will spilt the morning into three sessions to cover the three West Mercia areas. Please save this date, we will send out a Zoom invite nearer the time.
In the meantime we have attached an Information Leaflets regarding the Purple Leaf and Branch Services (shown below) for your information.
Please share this email with any other professionals or organisations who would be interested in attending the event.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like further information or would like to discuss a possible referral.
Purple Leaf Service Manager
(SR Social Work Practitioner)