Safeguarding Update

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Safeguarding Update

Safeguarding Update

Welcome to our new safeguarding update

David Niven, Independent Chair of Bradford Safeguarding Children Board

As Independent Chair of the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board, I'm pleased to introduce our new update for everyone who works in safeguarding.

Bradford has 140,000 children and young people living within the district. Keeping those children safe is all of our business. As a district we are seeing lots of positive developments as well as lots of learning that we need to share with our partnership. We want to keep in contact with everyone who works with and for children in Bradford, so we can update you on local and national developments.

Part of our role is to coordinate partnership learning and development and to make sure we learn lessons when things do not go well.  We want to share that learning widely.  Feel free to share this update with colleagues and encourage them to sign-up so that they automatically receive it. You can also follow us on twitter @bsafebradford

Safeguarding Week 2017

Safeguarding Week 2017

Our Safeguarding Week this year was a great success with more than 60 sessions delivered by partners across the district.

Bradford is proud of this initiative which started in the District six years ago. It is a testament to true partnership working between the children’s, adult’s, and the domestic abuse and sexual violence boards. It was fantastic to see our partners across West Yorkshire holding safeguarding weeks this year too.

A big thank you to everyone who played their part, true partnership working remains a catalyst for continuing the collaboration and improvements in the delivery of safeguarding for children and adults at risk arena across the district. We are already planning for Safeguarding Week  2018, which will be held earlier in the year.

Signs of Safety

Signs of Safety three houses

Bradford has held its first Signs of Safety Annual Gathering. It gave professionals an opportunity to network, share best practice, review the journey to date and share the vision for the next year.

Signs of Safety is the main framework Bradford District is using for managing children’s social care cases.  Find out more about Signs of Safety.

Learning from serious case reviews

Child safety and the internet conference

Bradford Children’s Safeguarding Board commissioned two independently led serious case reviews (SCRs) around CSE. The first review, Autumn, was published in December 2016 and the Jack SCR was published in June 2017.

The BSCB will be sharing a learning product (summary and power point slides) to organisations/ settings to share the key learning.

The full report, statements from the Independent Panel chair Prity Patel, a summary and power point slides for key learning can all be found on the BSCB website

Dates for multi-agency learning events which cover key learning from both the Jack and the Autumn SCRs are coming soon.  See Training Highlights below.

Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board SCR

The review involved a large number of local agencies including Derbyshire and Staffordshire Police, social services and health and was commissioned following the death of a 21 month old child on 1 May 2014, the day after a multi-agency risk assessment conference was held.

'Polly' died from a fatal heart laceration and also suffered other injuries/medical episodes over the preceding months before her death, during which time there was also regular multi-agency professional involvement with the family.

Aimed at any practitioner and manager whose work brings them into contact with children and key issues included:

·         Social workers involved with the family missed the signs of "disguised compliance" and focused too much on attachment and parenting matters whilst risks faced by Polly increased.

·         There was a need for the social workers to be more inquisitive about the impact of the mother's new partner and her other relationships on the safety and health of the child.

Training Highlights


The following events are in addition to our annual programme. 

Learning from Serious Case reviews Autumn and Jack, Tuesday, 5 December 2017 from 09.15am to 12.45pm at Margaret McMillan Tower for frontline practitioners and their managers from partner organisations/settings and senior managers from the partnership to assist with embedding the learning. 

Making Complex decisions about safeguarding children working in partnership, Friday, 8 December from 9.30 am – 1pm at Margaret Macmillan Tower for frontline practitioners and first line managers from partner organisations and settings it will cover assessing risk, understanding of cumulative harm and how this impacts on decision making in complex cases.

To book please e-mail name, job title and organisation details and which session you wish to attend. For all other courses check out the Training section of the BSCB website