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Information Resources for Herefordshire

 

Welcome to the eleventh 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.

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Changes to learning disability residential and respite services
 
On 17 May 2021, Herefordshire Council made the decision to transfer the learning disabilities residential and respite service, currently delivered by Fitzroy to Hoople.  This decision has enabled Hoople to further extend their services into the care sector as a provider and will see the creation of Hoople Care, which will be owned jointly by the council and Wye Valley Trust.
 
The current care provision delivered by Fitzroy at Southbank Close and Ridgemoor Road will now be transferred to the council and delivered by Hoople Care from 1 August 2021. The contract with Fitzroy will end on the 31 July 2021.  ASC Commissioning, ASC Operations, Fitzroy and Hoople are working to ensure there is a smooth transfer of the services ready for when the contract begins.  There will be no changes to how the care is delivered and all service users will continue to receive the same level of care and support that they need. All staff at Fitzroy will transfer over to Hoople through the TUPE process and will be offered a programme of training that is part of an overall plan to improve future services.
 
This is an exciting opportunity for Hoople and follows on from the successful introduction of Homefirst and in the last year Hillside Care Centre at Redhill, Hereford.
 
You can view the decision details on the council website
http://councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=50037282


 
Carers Week 2021 is from 7-13 June


Visit the Carers Week interactive website to find local events in Herefordshire and further afield.
https://www.carersweek.org/

 

The Knife Angel is a stunning 27ft, 3.5 ton, sculpture of an angel made out of 100,000 confiscated knives received from 43 Police Forces across the UK. It will be coming to Hereford Cathedral from 14 June to 12 July 2021.

Originating from The British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry and created by sculptor Alfie Bradley, it has been on tour of towns and cities around Britain raising awareness of the issues of knife crime and all forms of violence and aggression.


During the Knife Angel’s stay in Hereford, there will be a;

  • Series of free public workshops and events at the Cathedral and venues in the City.
  • National Conference, engaging with professionals in related spheres. This will be an online, ticketed event.
  • Youth Conference, identifying young people’s needs and issues which they feel have a negative impact on them and their community.
  • Weapon amnesty in operation for the duration of the Angel’s visit, approved by West Mercia Police, a secure weapon surrender bin travels with The Angel.
  • Opening Ceremony and Closing Vigil.
 
For more information on the Knife Angel in Hereford visit the official website knifeangelhereford.co.uk

Use the QR code below to book a free place on the National Conference or Book your place now via Eventbrite 

 

 

Self Neglect and Applying the Mental Capacity Act - recorded webinar
 
Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council delivered a Self-Neglect and Applying the Mental Capacity Act webinar on Wednesday 19th May.
 
This webinar can be viewed on YouTube by clicking on the link above.
 
We all recognise how challenging it is work with people who self-neglect. Our practice is improving but have we got it right for people yet? Safeguarding Adult Reviews suggest we haven’t. IT IS TIME TO MOVE AWAY FROM “THIS IS A LIFESTYLE CHOICE”. 
 
This webinar, which will be of interest to practitioners and professionals from health and social care - social workers, nurses, care workers and providers, covered: 
 
  • National leaning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews about self-neglect 
  • The legal framework  
  • Mrs M’s story 
  • What a good mental capacity assessment looks like  
 
Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing - Sources of Support

For up to date sources of support for any aspect of mental health or emotional wellbeing visit the mental health and wellbeing pages on Herefordshire Council's Talk Community website.

https://www.talkcommunitydirectory.org/keeping-well-staying-healthy/mental-health-and-emotional-wellbeing/mental-health-and-wellbeing/

Herefordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Courses for June 2021. 
 
All courses are open to practitioners and volunteers based in Herefordshire who work and support children, & adults with care and support needs.
 
 
LADO Training
Tuesday 8 June 2021 (10:00am - 11:30am
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.

Early Help Assessment Support & Guidance

Wednesday 16 June 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.

Right Help Right Time

Thursday 17 June 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
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.

Exploitation & Vulnerability

Tuesday 22 June 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:
  • Vulnerability
  • 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
  • Information sharing
  • 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 

Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) Training

Tuesday 22 June 2021 (09:30am - 4:00pm)
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. 

Contextual Safeguarding

Wednesday 23 June 2021 (9:30am - 2:00pm)
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. 
Contextual safeguarding is an approach to understanding and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families. 
Therefore contextual safeguarding expands the objectives of child protection systems 
  • Recognise that extra- familial risks such as sexual and criminal exploitation are forms of abuse requiring safeguarding response
  • Identify interventions and focus on addressing wider environmental factors
  • Discuss the contextual risks faced by young people who have instigated or perpetrated harm as well as those who they have abused
  • Take part in case studies to identify contextual safeguarding and to be able to complete the risk assessment form. 

Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) Training

Wednesday 30 June 2021 (9:00am - 3:30pm)
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
Book now to secure a place at: https://www.herefordshirecpd.co.uk/


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 HerefordshireAll 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
5 & 6 August, 9.15am – 4.30pm
6 & 7 September, 9.15am – 4.30pm
12 & 13 October, 9.15am – 4.30pm
18 & 19 October, 9.15am – 4.30pm
26 & 27 October, 9.15am – 4.30pm

Visit https://www.herefordshirecpd.co.uk/ to book your place. 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.
 
For more information about Signs of Safety in Herefordshire, contact SignsofSafetyHerefordshire@herefordshire.gov.uk
 

 

COVID-19 vaccinations for Herefordshire residents

For the latest information and updates about Covid-19 vaccinations in Herefordshire visit the Herefordshire Council website

The most up to date NHS information can be found on the NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine web page.

 

For the latest UK Government information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

 

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