Safeguarding update July 2018

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Safeguarding update

Safeguarding Update - July 2018

Safeguarding Week 2018 - A big thank you!

Safeguarding week

Thank you to everyone who contributed to a vibrant and successful Safeguarding Week 2018, alongside over 50 learning events for practitioners, there were over 20 events held in the community.

Cyber safety was a key theme with sessions for pupils and parents and there were public events to raise awareness about domestic abuse and CSE held in a supermarket and at various faith settings.

Some highlights from Safeguarding Week

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Christina Gabbitas, author of Share Some Secrets, a resource that helps young children share their experience of abuse with  a trusted adult, gave insight to how it came about and is now animated by Sheffield University students.

“My marriage My choice”, focused on forced marriage and learning disability.  Researchers from the Ann Craft Trust at the University of Nottingham presented their findings and shared resources they have produced for use with professionals, parents and carers and adults with a learning disability.

The community launch event hosted by Holme Wood Connect showcased the centre itself as a community led resource, as well as three projects that were being used with great success in the Holme Wood area. The Build a Girl project focuses on building self - esteem confidence and aspirations in girls. MYMUP digital offers digital health and wellbeing solutions that inspire communities to self-care, interact and promote change. The Buddy Project. works with young people to foster sustainable  support and help within their peer groups.

Important new national guidance

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

This was published on 29 June 2018 and replaces the 2015 version. The new guidance follows a government consultation, launched in October 2017. This set out the changes needed to support the new system of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements established by the Children and Social Work Act 2017.  Summary information is now on our website on the changes and the relevant agencies involved. There is transitional guidance which helps explain how to move to the new arrangements. The NSPCC has also produced a useful summary of the key changes.

Information Sharing

There is new guidance on Information Sharing  which gives advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers. The guidance has been updated to reflect the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Act 2018, and it supersedes the HM Government Information sharing: guidance for practitioners and managers published in March 2015.

Have your say on safeguarding adults

The Bradford Safeguarding Adults Board is now writing its strategic plan for the next three years. This plan will explain how the Board will work in the future to keep people safe. The plan will be reviewed annually.

The consultation is opened to everyone including partner agencies, staff across all organisations and sectors, service users, carers, community groups and the wider public.

The Safeguarding Adults Board wants to hear the views and ideas of the public and partner organisations on its new proposed plan and we’ve already held a number of consultation events

Adult Safeguarding Consultation

Strengthening Faith Institutions

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Bradford Council, in partnership with the Faiths Forum for London and Bradford Council for Mosques, has launched the Strengthening Faith Institutions (SFI) programme.  The pilot supports places of worship in our district by doing organisational ‘health-checks’ on areas such as policy, governance, finance, safeguarding, access and equality.

Over 50 places of worship will be covered in this pilot phase, starting with an emphasis on self-assessment and working with a consultant to guide each organisation through its health-check and follow-up.

The Council will offer further support, training and signposting and will focus institutions in harder to reach and more isolated communities which could use further support with community cohesion.

The report is available on our website. Contact Javed Bashir for more information

Safeguarding in Schools

Six steps to safety

Challenges, best practice and multi-agency partnership working were just some of things shared and discussed at the recent Public Forum for Education, which focused on safeguarding in schools and some of the good practice that takes place across schools

In her blog Jackie Walters, Chair of the Forum, reviews contributions from speakers and the audience. Read blog