This page gives you a summary of new and updated features in the Shropshire Safeguarding Children Board website as well as other useful information about relevant news and events in Shropshire.
SSCP are currently reviewing its Escalation Policy through a multi-agency case file and an online survey. The survey has been developed to ascertain professionals awareness of the policy and any barriers they’ve experienced in putting the policy and guidance into practice. Could you please complete the survey monkey to assist us with the review of the policy and to make the necessary improvements. It should only take approximately ten minutes to complete and will close on 19th June.
- The Women’s Aid Rail to refuge scheme means that survivors with a refuge space can travel for free across England, Scotland and Wales.
- New Mental Capacity Act webinar added to Professionals Safeguarding Training page. This free online webinar from Joint Training is aimed at those working with 16+ and covers using the Act for every day decisions during COVID-19
- New guidance from Bournemouth University entitled Scams: the power of persuasive language for community health and social care workers to help identify and prevent scams in society
- Guidance for Working with Child Neglect During the Covid 19 Pandemic written by Emeritus Professor Jan Horwath
- A link to the Gov.uk site for collection of factsheets, updated guidelines and news stories related to DBS and coronavirus.
- Covid-19 makes safeguarding more difficult due to reduced contact between professionals and vulnerable people with fewer support networks in place. Isolation, money problems and health difficulties increase the pressure and raises the possibility of abuse and mistreatment. There are particular risks for people isolated with abusers and those more vulnerable to being misled or mistreated so please read the SSCP's 7 Key Points for Safeguarding for Shropshire Volunteers
- The NSPCC has provided guidance on ways to use GCP2 during the current lockdown to support your practice and ways that you can adapt the use of GCP2 to help monitor and measure the quality of care a child receives.
- During the Covid-19 pandemic it is important that all staff members and volunteers are vigilant in order to keep children as well as adults who access support safe. Social distancing means that there are limited opportunities for outside agencies to see what is happening. We must be alert to the potential for abuse and neglect and speak up so please read the latest Whistleblowing Guidance produced by SPiC and SSCP.
On 1st April, Shropshire Safeguarding Partnership met and agreed the new name of the Partnership, the new structure and the strategic priorities for the next three years. The Partnership is now called the Shropshire Safeguarding Community Partnership (SSCP). SSCP Business Unit Newsletter for 23rd April 2020 explains these changes.
- SSP Business Unit Newsletter for 9th April 2020 includes information for anybody who is needing to seek information and resources in relation to safeguarding children, young people and adults with care and support needs, whilst the Covid-19 pandemic is ongoing and measures remain in place from the UK Government.
- Professional curiosity is the skills used to explore and understand with what is happening with an individual or family. The Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Network (KASiSN) and Shropshire Safeguarding Children Network (SSCN) have developed Professional Curiosity Guidance for Shropshire professionals and volunteers.
- Shropshire Domestic Abuse Information & Contacts during the Coronavirus outbreak
- For general information and advice during the Coronavirus outbreak please refer to the UK Government advice on the following websites Gov.UK, NHS, Public Health England, Shropshire Council
- Some useful resources to help children and families during the Coronavirus outbreak include; NSPCC Talking to a Child Worried about Coronavirus, SafeLives, Family Information Service Resource Packs, Mental Health Foundation Guidance, Child Friendly Explanation of Coronavirus,
- Contacts & Definitions Handouts with useful contact details and information on for both Children's Services and for Adult Services Professionals and Volunteers are available to download from the Safeguarding Training page of our website
- The Neglect Strategy has been revised January 2020.
- The West Mercia Missing Pathway has been revised.
- Child Exploitation Tools and Pathway have been published on 24 September 2019.
- Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) statutory requirements update June 2019 and Child Death Plan publication.
- Shropshire Safeguarding Partnership (SSP) has published it's new local safeguarding arrangements which replace the previous arrangements of the LSCB. These arrangements will be fully implemented by 29th September 2019.
- Safe Lives February 2019 report on Domestic Abuse in Shropshire.
Please note the Compass podcast was revised on 1st August 2019.
This podcast describes the changes to the processes for making contact with Compass, Children's Social Care when you have concerns about a child. All professionals that make referrals into Compass need to be given the opportunity to view the podcast so that they are fully up to date. Compass transcript.
- The Domestic Abuse Pathway January 2019.
- The SSCB Annual Report 2017-2018 has been published.
- SCR Overview Report Child E and SSCB Foreword to SCR Child E has been published on 12 December 2018
- Learning & Improvement Briefing 14 - SSCB Serious Case Review - Child C in response to the recent publication of the SCR.
- SCR Overview Report Child C and SSCB Foreword to SCR Child C has been published on 7 November 2018.
- Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, Young Peoples Guide to Working Together to Safeguard Children and Information Sharing Guidance 2018 have just been published.