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News from the Board

Date: Monday, 25th Jan 2021 | Category: Newsletter January 2021

The new year is bringing a wealth of up and coming news and events from you local safeguarding board.

Serious Case Review (SCR) – Family F

The SCR into the deaths of four children who died in a house fire in February 2019 is now complete and has been published on the Boards website. Following on from this publication a reflective learning event is planned for March for those involved with the family. Learning outcomes from the review is being addressed and updated and will be shared with front line staff over the coming months.

Child exploitation conference – FREE

Following an incredibly successful child exploitation conference in December we are excited to announce a repeat event for all those who were disappointed not to secure a place at the first one and for many other front line staff. The conference was attended by 250 delegates and showcases contextual safeguarding by Dr Carlene Firmin, Research Fellow of the University of Bedfordshire, along with SPACE an award winning child exploitation charity focusing on lived experience. Research in Practice presented ‘Tackling Child exploitation’. Local teams talked about processes in place now and the conference closed with a heart rendering recollection of a life lived in County Lines as a child and young adult by Saint Sterling which left the delegates emotional and motivated. The conference is planned for March 4 and will be advertised on the website and social media. Look out for more details on the Learning Zone and Facebook @Staffsscb.

Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) and our collective response to support children experiencing and suffering neglect?

The Board have identified 20 trainers who will complete their train the trainer programme, delivered by the NSPCC in March. FREE one hour awareness sessions are being rolled out to help you understand what it is, how it works and where you can access further training.

The one hour awareness sessions are lunchtime and evening to help with busy schedules and will be available to everyone FREE of charge.  Visit the Learning Zone to book your place.

Training for front line staff will start in April and GCP2 will be showcased at this years neglect conference in the spring, more details to follow on the website and social media.

Book your FREE training on the Learning Zone.

Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) is an evidence-based assessment tool that helps professionals measure the quality of care provided by a parent or carer in meeting their child’s needs, particularly where there are concerns about neglect. To find out more about this multi-agency neglect assessment tool visit the website.

SSCB and Scrutiny and Assurance Development Day

Now now that Stoke-on-Trent City Council have left the new arrangements, the Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board agreed to revisit its own structure and agreed to a rename for their partnership group. The new Scrutiny and Assurance group still retains its membership and with that its main function which is to provide assurance to the Board over the safeguarding arrangements across the children’s system On January 22, a development day was held to establish priorities, responsibilities and the year ahead. The event was really positive, with both groups identifying the successes of 2020 and the future of their relationship moving forward to assure the safeguarding of children in the county. Terms of Reference are now being reviewed and a Board business plan developed.

Further changes have been made to the previous Professional Development and Training group following consultation with its members and a recognition of how feedback from the front line can be used to improve single and multi-agency training so that everyone feels confident and competent to support children and families. The group renamed Learning in Practice will as its name suggests focus more on the learning from practice, and then share this learning with the Scrutiny and Assurance group as part of their performance work.

Training news

Following on from the popularity and appetite for the level 1 learning packages and level 1 core slides, this year sees the development of a new webinar based training package for managing allegations as well as other virtual learning packages.

The Board are also recruiting more multi-agency trainers to deliver training across the county. Visit the Learning Zone to find out how you can volunteer.

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