From Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships
Information Resources for Herefordshire
Welcome to the thirteenth Information Bulletin from Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships of 2021. We will continue to publish regular updates with safeguarding related information for professionals in Herefordshire, as well as Covid19 information when required.
Following on from Scams Awareness Fortnight annual campaign, we would like to invite you to learn more about Door Step Crime and Scams at both a national and local level, who is at risk of them, how you can identify, support and prevent people who you work with from becoming victims.
Join this Webinar by Walsall Safeguarding Partnership to find out more about:
Door Step Crime and Scams, and how to identify these.
Listen to what is happening nationally and from a regional perspective
The role of Trading Standards and the work they do
Case studies from across the region
How to report
National campaigns and how to access resources
This webinar will be of interest to practitioners and professionals from all sectors across the region who work with service users within the community.
Online via Microsoft Teams (invitation to join will be sent 48 hours before the event)
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:
5 & 6 August, 9.15am – 4.30pm FULLY BOOKED
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
Herefordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Courses for August 2021
All courses are open to practitioners and volunteers based in Herefordshire who work and support children, and support adults with care and support needs
Right Help Right Time Thursday 19 August 2021 (1:00pm - 3:30pm)
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
Exploitation & Vulnerability Wednesday 25 August 2021 (10:00 - 12:00)
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
Early Help Assessment Support & Guidance Wednesday 25 August 2021 (9.30am - 12.30pm)
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.
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.
We have launched a survey to hear from our partners about your experience of the Signs of Safety model so far, to inform next steps. Your feedback is very important to us in order to provide a view of how the changes are being experienced, and to address any worries that you may have. Your responses will be anonymous. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete, although you may choose to spend longer responding to the three open-ended questions. The survey will be available for 4 weeks.
To complete the survey, please use the link below:
Safeguarding Adults and Children
Safeguarding Adults Reviews (SARs) are a statutory requirement for Safeguarding Adults Boards (SABs). Safeguarding adult practice can be improved by identifying what is helping and what is hindering safeguarding work, in order to tackle barriers to good practice and protect adults from harm.
Following the publication of Herefordshire’s Safeguarding Adult Reviews where the themes were Self Neglect, Hoarding and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act the following Safeguarding Adults themed Films and Resources have been sourced to aid understanding.
In regards to children, Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership has a legal duty to undertake reviews of serious cases where a child suffers a serious injury or death as a result of child abuse or neglect. The criteria for such reviews is set out in Working Together 2018. The Partnership has the responsibility for decision making about whether to conduct a review in individual cases. The purpose of reviews of serious safeguarding cases is to identify improvements to be made to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Reviews should seek to prevent or reduce the risk of recurrence of similar incidents.
Herefordshire Serious Case Reviews have repeated themes on Professional Curiosity,
Disguised Compliance and a national review has been undertaken on Safe Sleeping
which was also the a theme in a recent Herefordshire Rapid Review.
Learning from Domestic Homicide Reviews in Herefordshire
A Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) is a multi-agency review of the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over has, or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by a person to whom they were related or with whom they were, or had been, in an intimate personal relationship, or a member of the same household as themselves.
The DHRs in Herefordshire have some common themes which appear in a majority of the cases.
The themes are:
The majority of the victims are aged over 60 years
Not all but some homicides took place in rural locations
Mental ill health is a common factor for either the victim or the perpetrator
Most victims had additional vulnerabilities
We know that domestic abuse towards ‘older / elder’ victims can have increased risks and we know that rural isolation can be a barrier for a victim to know about, or access, specialist domestic abuse services, or even to have an opportunity to disclose to a professional, practitioner or a friend.
Two film clips may help professionals understand the issues of rural isolation and abuse towards older victims and the need recognise abuse and or ask the question “Is everything alright at home?”
Award winning Hereford-based production company and charity Rural Media have produced a powerful new film on rural isolation and domestic abuse. Rural Media say – “We partnered with Rural Action Derbyshire and Derbyshire Police & Crime Commissioner to produce a 20-minute drama, ‘The Willows’, highlighting the challenges that victims of domestic abuse face living in a rural area.”
Both videos will inform practitioners and professionals about the risks of domestic abuse.
Warning – needless to say both films may cause some distress to individuals by the nature of the subject matter. Should you wish to talk to someone about domestic abuse please contact West Mercia Women’s Aid on www.westmerciawomensaid.org/ or telephone 0800 783 1359
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.