Useful Information and Websites for Professionals and Volunteers

On this page you will find a range of useful information and websites.

Safer Network

The Safe Network provides safeguarding information related to activities outside the home – from after school art clubs to weekend reading groups.  It is jointly managed by the NSPCC and Children England. They are the National Safeguarding Unit for the Third Sector and created as a result of the Government’s Staying Safe action plan.

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Vulnerable Adults

Calderdale Council and its partner agencies take the protection of vulnerable adults very seriously.  Follow the link to find out what services and support are available to safeguard vulnerable adults in Calderdale

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Calderdale Safeguarding Adults

Adults and Children's Services Flowchart

CSCB has produced guidance and a flowchart to assist practitioners to consider the vulnerability of adults and children when working with ‘vulnerable families’. Download the flowchart here: Referral process for children and adults services Nov 15

North Bank Forum

North Bank Forum provides support to a range of agencies in the voluntary and community sector including advice and guidance on safeguarding matters.  For more information, contact Steve Blackman

e-mail  SteveB@nbforum.org.uk

Direct No: 01422 356758

Download the VCS Safeguarding Newsletter here.  VCS – Safeguarding Newsletter – October

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CVAC on-line Directory

The Health Connections Project at Voluntary Action Calderdale has developed a Directory for local Voluntary and Community groups to promote the work they do in Calderdale. The Directory is available both online and as a hard copy. The Directory includes up to date information about Voluntary and Community groups in Calderdale and the services they offer. Members of the public, as well as other organisations such as the Council and the Police, will be able to quickly search for groups using criteria such as locality, client group and primary service. The Directory is an extremely useful tool and will offer the opportunity for local groups to increase awareness and reach of their organisation in Calderdale and find out about what other groups are working in Calderdale.

CVAC on-line directory

Domestic Violence

A new domestic abuse awareness raising campaign has been launched in Kirklees targeted at 16-24 year olds – It’s Never OK. It’s part of an intervention and prevention strategy, to make young people think about domestic violence and appreciate how issues can escalate. It links to the domestic homicide review report recommendations from 2013. The campaign launches on 15 December and runs until 30 January. The film clips provide a visual reminder of different types of domestic violence.

Film Clip 1: Domestic Violence

Film Clip 2: Emotional Threats

Film Clip 3: Controlling Behaviour

Film Clip 4: Forced Marriage

Children Affected by Parental Imprisonment

This site includes a short vimeo clip and children affected by parental imprisonment facts

Barnardo’s.org.uk – children of prisoners

Historic Sexual Abuse and Support

This page provides a list of organisations which offer advice and support to those who have been the target of sexual abuse and assault in the past. For more information click on the link

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Calderdale's Community Safety Partnership (CCP)

Calderdale’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP) was set up as statutory body under Sections 5-7 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. It embodies the principles of safer, stronger and resilient communities where “Everyone Different Everyone Matters” with a vision of “Calderdale. A Great Place to be Safe”. The Community Safety Partnership produces an annual Strategic Assessment which then informs a partnership action plan. The Strategic Assessment for 2013 has been produced and the following priorities identified: Increase community confidence and resilience; Reduce crime and re-offending; Reduce the harm caused by anti-social behaviour; Reduce the risk to the public and vulnerable group.

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015

Working Together to Safeguard Children is an updated and revised version of the previous guidance from 2013. Many of the revisions have been made to incorporate legislation or statutory guidance that has been set out over the last couple of years. This revised document also makes it clear that safeguarding and child protection guidance applies to all schools and colleges whatever their status or constitution. Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 is the key document that sets outs what local authorities should do. This also includes “adult services, the police, academy trusts, education, youth justice services and the voluntary and community sector who have contact with children and families”. The guidance reminds all professionals that come into contact with children and young people of these two principles:

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part; and

A child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.

Changes in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015:

LSCBs must commission services for children who have been or may be:

  • sexually exploited
  • subject to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • radicalised

Local authorities must establish Channel panels to assess the extent to which identified individuals are vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism and arrange for support to be provided to them. Education is a panel partner.

Young carer’s assessments must reach a view on whether any care tasks are “inappropriate” or “excessive.”

Organisations need clear whistleblowing procedures in line with Sir Robert Francis’s Freedom to Speak Up report.

Previously Local Authorities were required to have in place a ‘Local Authority Designated Officer’ (LADO) to handle all allegations against adults who work with children and young people.  Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015′ no longer refers to them as LADOs only ‘designated officers’ or teams. People undertaking this must now be qualified social workers (apart from people currently in post or moving between authorities).

Other changes include notifiable incidents involving the care of a child, the definition of serious harm for the purposes of serious case reviews and child death reviews.

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015

Keeping Children Safe in Education is a revised version of the previous document of the same name. The body of the document is largely unchanged, but there are new inclusions that draw in new guidance or legislation since the original was published, including disqualification by association (Childcare (Disqualification) Regulations 2009) and duties under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. ‘Keeping children safe in education 2015′ refers to the importance of operating under Working Togther 2015 and is statutory guidance to which all schools and colleges must have regard, whatever their status. Schools include:

  • maintained nursery schools
  • maintained, non-maintained or independent schools
  • academies and free schools
  • alternative provision academies and
  • pupil referral units.

Colleges includes further education colleges and sixth-form colleges (for students under the age of 18), but excludes 16-19 academies and free schools (which are required to comply with relevant safeguarding legislation by virtue of their funding agreement).

Policies –  ‘Keeping children safe in education 2015′ emphasises that safeguarding policies should include:

  • staff relationships with pupils
  • reference to the ‘Position of Trust’ offence (Sexual Offences Act 2003)
  • communications on social media
  • information sharing

Allegations of abuse made against teachers and other staff – In the previous edition, where staff had concerns about another adult in school, it could be reported to the headteacher or Designated Safeguarding Lead. In this edition, reports must be made only to the headteacher (see above).    ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015′ has introduced an new outcome category following the investigation into allegations of abuse against staff.  The additional definition of ‘unfounded’ can be used to reflect cases where there is no evidence or proper basis which supports the allegation being made.

Vetting and Barring Checks – ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015′, paragraph 52 sets out the required checks.

Checks on Volunteers – Although many schools and authorities have been doing this for sometime, the expectation of vetting checks for volunteers has been clarified: volunteers may have Enhanced checks, but not barred list checks. Paragraph 53 says that for staff who have an “opportunity for regular contact with children who are not engaging in regulated activity, an enhanced DBS certificate, which does not include a barred list check, will be appropriate.” Paragraph 54 says ‘In a school or college, a supervised volunteer who regularly teaches or looks after children is not in regulated activity.’

DBS Update Service – Joining the DBS Update service allows for vetting checks to have ‘portability’, that is say be taken from one employer to another, as long as the person has registered with the update service at the point the check was received or within 19 days of receiving it. The revised ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015′ says: Before using the Update Service schools or colleges must a. obtain consent from the applicant to do so; b. confirm the certificate matches the individual’s identity; and c. examine the original certificate to ensure that it is for the appropriate workforce and level of check, e.g. enhanced certificate/enhanced including barred list information.

Transfer of child protection files – CP files must by transferred ‘as soon as possible’, ‘ensuring secure transit and confirmation of receipt should be obtained.

Whilst the previous version of Keeping Children Safe in Education said that individual staff may make a direct referral to social services, the new guidance says, “In exceptional circumstances, such as in emergency or a genuine concern that appropriate action has not been taken, staff members can speak directly to children’s social care.“

Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 1

Keeping Children Safe in Education part 1 is a shorter document which sets out for staff in schools and colleges key principles to be applied if there is a concern about a child or particular practices in schools or colleges. It provides hyper-links to sources of further information about specific safeguarding issues such as child sexual exploitation, bullying, trafficking and faith abuse.

What to do if you are worried about a child

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused This document replaces the 2006 publication of the same name.  It is non-statutory guidance and is aimed at anyone whose work brings them into contact with children and families, including those who work in early years, social care, health, education (including schools), the police and adult services. People working with children should be guided by these four principles: children have a right to be safe and should be protected from all forms of abuse and neglect; safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility; it is better to help children as early as possible, before issues escalate and become more damaging; and children and families are best supported and protected when there is a co-ordinated response from all relevant agencies. This document identifies signs and indicators of abuse and neglect.

Information Sharing Advice for Professionals

Many professionals are wary about sharing information and are concerned about breaching the Data Protection Act. This document Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners sets out clear principles and guidance about sharing information and encourages practitioners to balance the risk of sharing with the risk of not sharing. It includes a useful flow chart outlining when and how to share information.

Safeguarding Families - Partnership working

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS has produced this helpful poster as a reminder of key legislation and safeguarding messages Safeguarding Poster

ABout - Advocacy for Better Outcomes

The Advocacy project at Calderdale Parents and Carers. Calderdale Parents and Carers have an Advocacy project specifically designed to support parent carers in Calderdale. The project is aimed at empowering parents and carers of children with additional needs within Calderdale to speak up when they are faced with additional difficulties as a result of their role, and to ensure that their views are heard and taken into account by those working with them. They use an issue-based, instructed advocacy model. ‘Issue-based’ means that the support they provide ideally should be around one issue at a time, and the support would end when the issue is resolved.  ‘Instructed’ advocacy means that any work they undertake is entirely based on what the parent wants them to do. Any discussions they have with other agencies are based on what the parent has asked them to do and say, and they would always feed back any information from these conversations to the parent they are supporting. (The exceptions to this rule are where they have reason to believe that a child or young person is at risk of being harmed, a person’s life or safety is at risk, or if required by statute or a court order). They will not attend meetings without the parent they are supporting. They will not make any judgments about decisions made by parents. Whilst they can support parents to consider their options and possible outcomes, they support parents to communicate their decisions, even when these may appear to professionals to be unwise. How to refer: Anyone can refer to the service, but it is preferable to have the parent/carer’s consent to do this. Once they have taken the initial details, they will contact the parent/carer (if referred by a professional) to ensure that they would like support. They will let the professional know when an advocate is allocated. To refer, please contact Calderdale Parents and Carers on 01422 343 090 and they will either take some details over the phone or send out a copy of the initial contact form. Contact Lowri Dixon, Advocacy Project Officer, for more information,  or to request promotional materials, or to arrange a meeting: Tel – 01422 343 090 / 07500 594653 or email – info@cpandc.org.uk

E-safety

Calderdale Safeguarding Children Board (CSCB) has produced an e-safety protocol which aims to help children and young people stay safe on-line.  It includes information about the dangers of misuse of the internet, tips about how to safeguard children and young people when on-line and several useful links to other websites.  Click on the link to download the protocol E safety Protocol

Sexting

‘Sexting’ describes the use of technology to share sexual and sexually implied content. This content includes texts, photos of partial nudity and sexual images or video. This could be shared between partners, peers and strangers. Individuals may use a range of technology to share the content. West Yorkshire Police have produced the following guidance for young people. Think before you send…

If you share an image of yourself online by photo, text or video, via your phone, tablet or computer always think first, “would I be ok with anyone and everyone seeing this?” Any image of yourself that you send, can and might be shared by the person you sent it to. Once you press send, it is no longer in your control.

If you share a ‘nude’ or ‘underwear shot’ even with someone you trust, you are not able to control who they forward it to or where they save it. It can be sent on to anyone or posted anywhere on the internet. It could end up on social networking sites or even porn sites. You should never feel pressured to send an image of yourself to anyone. Think about why someone would want you to do this. Once they have your image, they have it forever and could even use it against you.

Did you know? Being involved in sending explicit pictures, where the person in the picture is under the age of 18, can be a criminal offence. This could lead to you getting into trouble with the police, affect your chances of getting a job and even limit the countries that you can travel to.

If someone is forcing you to send an inappropriate image of yourself you should report them to the Police by calling 101. Download ChildLine’s free zip it app for loads of great comebacks if someone’s trying to get you to send them a sexual image.

Before you share a photo of yourself always think:

“Would I be ok with anyone and everyone seeing this?”

Don’t send anything you wouldn’t want your parents, teachers, friends or future employers to see.

If you have sent a sexual image of yourself

Firstly, speak to someone that you can trust like a parent or carer, teacher or family member. You may feel uncomfortable about telling your parents but they will need to know so that they can help and support you.

You can call also call Childline free on 0800 1111 and this number won’t appear on a telephone bill. Available 24 hours a day.

To make a report click on the following link and follow the instructions:

https://www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-report/

You can take control of the situation yourself by doing the following;

If you have posted the image on to a social networking site like Facebook, then you should remove it immediately.

If you have sent an image to someone else you need to ask them to delete it.

If the image has been posted by someone else on a social networking site, like Facebook, then you should report it. Each social networking site will have its own reporting tool. If you’re unsure, ask an adult to help you. Use the reporting tool to tell the site what has happened, as it breaks their own terms and conditions and they will remove it.

You will need to find out if the image is available elsewhere online. You can do this by searching for your name and username and placing your name in inverted commas: ”

It is a good idea to repeat the search regularly over a few weeks.

It may be impossible to delete everything online but you will feel more in control if you know what you will say to people about it:

  • “I’ve made a mistake”
  • “I’ve learnt from my mistake”

Always turn to a trusted adult for support and your close friends will be there to help you through this.

Forced Marriage

A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. It is an appalling and indefensible practice and is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women and men, domestic/child abuse and a serious abuse of human rights. The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological (for example, when someone is made to feel like they’re bringing shame on their family). Financial abuse (taking your wages or not giving you any money) can also be a factor. Help is available from the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) via a public helpline which provides advice and support to victims of forced marriage as well as to professionals dealing with cases. The assistance provided ranges from simple safety advice, through to aiding a victim to prevent their unwanted spouse moving to the UK (‘reluctant sponsor’ cases), and, in extreme circumstances, to rescues of victims held against their will overseas.

Forced Marriage  Forced Marriage Poster

For help and advice contact

Unaccompanied Children

In January 2016, Europol reported that 10,000 unaccompanied children are unaccounted for after arriving in Europe, with many feared to be exploited and abused for sexual or labour purposes. While systematic and comprehensive data on the disappearance of unaccompanied children in Europe is unavailable to date, it is clear that the rate of children that go missing from care facilities is staggering – and continues to increase in the recent refugee crisis. This study ‘Best practices and key challenges for interagency cooperation to safeguard unaccompanied migrant children from going missing‘ aims to identify good practices and key challenges in inter-agency cooperation in the prevention of, and response to, vulnerable unaccompanied children who go missing from reception centres and other types of care.