From Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships
Information Resources for Herefordshire
Welcome to the twelfth 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.
Herefordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training Courses
All courses are open to practitioners and volunteers based in Herefordshire who work and support children, & adults with care and support needs.
Signs of Safety training for multi-agency professionals Thursday 1 July 2021 (9:15 - 4:30) FULLY BOOKED Friday 2 July 2021 (9:15 - 4:30) FULLY BOOKED
This is a MULTI-AGENCY Training Course. THIS COURSE IS OPEN TO THOSE WHO WORK WITH AND FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS IN HEREFORDSHIRE This is a two day course and attendees have to attend both days.
An essential course for multi-agency professionals in Herefordshire to get to know the Signs of Safety approach in children’s social care and to think through how they can use the Signs of Safety/Wellbeing/Success model in their every-day practice or when they are working alongside children’s social care. Herefordshire Council is adopting Signs of Safety as its core practice model for children’s social care. This training will explain Signs of Safety as a practice framework and introduce professionals to the tools, language and approach when working with children and families across the spectrum of Early Help to care experienced young people. Objectives/Outcome from the course:
Basic understanding of the Signs of Safety approach, language and tools
Understand how Signs of Safety can be applied in different circumstances when working with children
Feel confident in using Signs of Safety with children at an Early Help level
Feel confident in using Signs of Safety with children where there are safeguarding concerns, and with care experienced children
Early Help Assessment Support & Guidance Tuesday 13 July 2021 (9:30 - 12:30)
A chance for practitioners to receive support to write an early help assessment via the Portal. Q&A's and practical support will be delivered via the Microsoft Teams session. The session will be in 2 parts: Part 1: Background info and practical know-how, 1 hour 'off-line' activity, Part 2: feedback from the activity. Participants will receive the calendar invite with a link to the Teams meeting and will also be sent course material 1-2 days prior to the training.
Audience: Senior Managers/safeguarding leads, Safeguarding prevent leads, people that work with children and vulnerable adults, health workers, teachers and head teachers, frontline practitioners and educational settings, early years safeguarding lead, children’s multi-agency workforce.
Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) Training Wednesday 14 July 2021 (9:00 - 3:30)
This is a virtual course using Microsoft Teams, joining instructions will be sent out to you approx.7 days before the course date. There is no cost for attending this course.
This course will assist practitioners to understand, recognise and address child neglect. The course will refer to Herefordshire case studies and recent serious case reviews where neglect was a factor. The main course objective is to instruct delegates on the use of the Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) tool. At the close of the course, delegates will be competent using the GCP2 tool to identify and address child neglect.
There is an assessment in the afternoon to enable practitioners to become licensed practitioners to use GCP2.
If an organisation works and engages with children and families, the neglect and graded care profile training will add to organisational competency.
This course is for, but not restricted solely to; designated / nominated safeguarding / child protection person, family support practitioners, early help practitioners, social workers, carers, education staff, nursery personnel, health practitioners and staff who predominantly work with children/young people and families. This is particularly useful for practitioners who work with families in the service user family home.
On completion of the training:
Delegates will understand and recognise child neglect
Delegates will know the impact of neglect on a child’s development
Delegates will recognise potential barriers to effective engagement with families where neglect is a concern
Professionals will be assessed and licensed to use in practice the Graded Care Profile 2 tool to assess neglect and work with colleagues and families to reduce neglect
Practitioners will recognise how GCP2 can assist with addressing neglect and how it can be used in case management, child protection conferences and legal matters.
Exploitation & Vulnerability Thursday 15 July 2021 (1:00 - 3:00)
This is a 2 hour virtual course. Joining instructions will be sent out to you approx.7 days before the course date. There is no cost for attending this course.
Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults is everybody’s responsibility. This course aims to raise awareness of:
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) / Gangs
Modern Day Slavery
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)/consent
Criminal Exploitation (CE)
Victim blaming language
National Referral Mechanism (NRM)
Pathways / Diversionary Tactics / Sharing of Intelligence
At the end of the course, it is intended that attendees will have a clear understanding of:
Types of Criminal Exploitation & Modern Day Slavery
Factors to support YP in vulnerable situations
Adverse Childhood Experiences
National Referral Mechanism and how to raise concerns
Personal, professional accountability and responsibility
The importance of documentation and record keeping
The use of non-victim blaming language
How to Respond, Record and Report concerns
The agencies / services that people can be signposted
Right Help Right Time Thursday 15 July 2021 (1:00 - 3:30)
This course is for those who work and volunteer with children and families at all levels working in statutory, public, voluntary and independent sectors in Herefordshire.
Right Help Right Time is a framework for providing effective support for children, young people and families – making a difference. This training session is intended to enable practitioners:
To make decisions about how best to respond to the needs of children, young people and families;
To give families access to the right help at the right time;
To provide children and families with access to the most appropriate services for their needs
This course will provide practitioners, volunteers and those that engage with children, young people with fundamental knowledge on how to access and provide those services. The training will introduce the continuum of need – 4 levels of need that services and professionals will use to ensure the right help is provided at the right time to the right children, young people and families.
On completion of the course learners will be able:
To understand what the right help at the right time is all about
To have an understanding of what to do when you have a concern about a child
To understand your own responsibilities in regard to sharing concerns
To understand the importance of professional curiosity
To be comfortable to use the RHRT document
To understand when consent is needed
To consider the Child’s voice and lived experience
To know what to do when you do not agree with a decision made about a concern you have raised.
The event will support practitioners /agencies to understand the role of the LADO and the policies and procedures involved where an allegation has been made against an adult who is in contact with children while in a position of trust.
Book now via links above or go straight to our new website to see the full range of training available. Remember that any log in details for the old CPD Online system will not work on the new site so a new account must be created.
First Herefordshire & Worcestershire Joint Conference on Child Exploitation a great success
On the 21st May Herefordshire and Worcestershire Children’s Safeguarding Partners, Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board and the Herefordshire and Worcestershire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) commissioned the first Child Exploitation conference across both counties.
The conference was attended by well over 200 delegates from both counties, from across health, local government, education, criminal justice, the voluntary sector and more.
The CCG secured nationally renowned key speakers to share their experiences and key learnings about child exploitation. Speakers included: Sammy Woodhouse, Maggie Oliver, Peter Unwin, Carlene Firmin, Charlie Spencer and Donna Thomas.
The event was a huge success, with over 97% of the 112 people that left feedback saying that their knowledge of child exploitation has increased as a result of attending.
Many thanks to all who were involved in the day, and keep up the excellent multi-agency working. For those who missed the event links to the presentations can be found below. However - Please be aware that many difficult and challenging topics are discussed in these powerful presentations.
Introduction to joint Herefordshire & Worcestershire Child Exploitation Conference held virtually on 21.05.2021 by Steve Eccleston, Independent Chair of Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership.
Presentation to the joint Herefordshire & Worcestershire Child Exploitation Conference held virtually on 21.05.2021 by Maggie Oliver. Maggie is best known as the Detective-turned- whistleblower who resigned from Greater Manchester Police in late 2012 in order to expose the now infamous Rochdale Grooming Scandal. She was also Programme Consultant on the multi award-winning dramatisation of the case entitled Three Girls (BBC One) which brought some of the issues to public attention for the first time.
Presentation to the joint Herefordshire & Worcestershire Child Exploitation Conference held virtually on 21.05.2021 by Dr Peter Unwin. Peter is principal lecturer in social work at the University of Worcester as well as the Chair of the Worcestershire branch of the British Association of Social Workers.
Presentation to the joint Herefordshire & Worcestershire Child Exploitation Conference held virtually on 21.05.2021 by Carlene Firman MBE. Carlene is a social researcher and writer specialising in violence in young people, columnist and campaigner for social justice. She developed and led the Contextual Safeguarding research programme at the University of Bedfordshire.
Presentation to the joint Herefordshire & Worcestershire Child Exploitation Conference held virtually on 21.05.2021 by Charlie Spencer. Charlie is an experienced Independent author of several serious case reviews and a former Head of the Youth Offending Service in Sandwell.
Presentation to the joint Herefordshire & Worcestershire Child Exploitation Conference held virtually on 21.05.2021 by Donna Thomas. Donna, now a Queen's Nurse and Community Staff Nurse shares her powerful story of how she spent 9 years homeless on the streets of London as a child then was able to turn her like around. She is the co-founder of the charity Homeless Hope Nurses & Volunteers.
Closing remarks from the joint Herefordshire & Worcestershire Child Exploitation Conference held virtually on 21.05.2021 by Liz Murphy, Independent Chair of Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership.
Community Safety Partnership - Safer Streets Survey
The Herefordshire Community Safety Partnership have created a quick online survey to get views from women and girls about how safe they feel in Herefordshire. Please consider completing the survey and forwarding on the link to any groups or networks that you are involved in.
Free Signs of Safety Training for professionals who work with children
Herefordshire Council are running virtual Signs of Safety courses for multi-agency professionals, to improve how we all work with children and young people as partners.
This is an essential course for professionals who work with children and young people in Herefordshire. It aims to provide the background on the Signs of Safety approach in children’s social care and enables candidates to think through how they can use the Signs of Safety/Wellbeing/Success model in their every-day work, or when they are working alongside children’s social care. Herefordshire Council is adopting Signs of Safety as its core practice model for children’s social care.
Signs of Safety is a relationship-grounded, safety-organised approach to child protection practice, created by researching what works for professionals and families in building meaningful safety for vulnerable and at-risk children.
This training will explain Signs of Safety as a practice framework and introduce professionals to the tools, language and approach when working with children and families across the spectrum of Early Help to care experienced young people.
The course is open to all multi-agency professionals in Herefordshire. All courses are virtual via Microsoft Teams and delegates must attend both days.
The course dates and times are as follows:
1 & 2 July, 9.15am – 4.30pm FULLY BOOKED
5 & 6 August, 9.15am – 4.30pm
6 & 7 September, 9.15am – 4.30pm
12 & 13 October, 9.15am – 4.30pm
18 October & 1 November, 9.15am – 4.30pm
19 October & 2 November, 9.15am – 4.30pm
26 & 27 October, 9.15am – 4.30pm