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East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership – April 2024 Monthly Digest

East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership Monthly Digest – April 2024

This latest roundup of ESSCP news includes highlights from recent publications, information about forthcoming events and training, and other snippets of useful information from across the ESSCP and partner agencies. If you have anything that you would like included in next month’s ESSCP digest, please email esscp.contact@eastsussex.gov.uk.


SAR Charlie – understanding adult safeguarding principles

SAR Charlie was published in May 2023 and an area highlighted for learning was for staff working with families and children to better understand adult safeguarding principles and processes. Safeguarding children and adults have different meanings and definitions. The Care Act 2014 was a major step forward in safeguarding adults who are experiencing, or are at risk of, abuse or neglect, and are unable to protect themselves.

To find out more about adult safeguarding please visit: The Learning Pool (East Sussex County Council’s eLearning platform) which has an informative, free and easy to access Safeguarding Adults e-Learning module. This module covers: The Care Act 2014, Who does safeguarding relate to; Defining abuse; Prevention and safeguarding; and Raising a safeguarding concern.


Right Care Right Person roll out in Sussex

Right Care Right Person launched in Sussex in April. The programme will help the police decide when they should be involved in responding to incidents, and when they believe health or social care services are better placed to respond instead. Police will still attend incidents where there’s an immediate risk to life, a risk to the wider public, or a need for police to support partners agencies. This Right Care Right Person briefing includes more information (password is ESSCPAR123)

Police forces are working closely with health and social care partners to plan and implement Right Care, Right Person. A national toolkit, operational guidance and an e-learning package has been developed by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and College of Policing. It will support police forces in implementing Right Care, Right Person. More information can be found here: National Partnership Agreement: Right Care, Right Person (RCRP) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


An announcement from Lotus (formerly Home-Start East Sussex)

‘Home-Start East Sussex changed its name to Lotus on 1st April 2024. For almost 28 years, we ran a hugely successful local Home-Start and have enjoyed being part of the wider Home-Start ‘family’ of charities. However, departure from the federation feels like the right time for us and will allow us to further develop services outside of those for which Home-Starts are renowned.

We are now known as Lotus (full name Lotus Families) a family charity with a specialism in domestic abuse. You can find our website including referral form for our various services at https://lotus-families.org.uk or contact us at hello@lotus-families.org.uk.’


2024/25 Section 11 process

The arrangements for the 2024/25 Section 11 process are currently being finalised. Once agreed, it is likely that the self-assessment tool will be sent out to all relevant agencies in late May, with a deadline for submission in July. If you have any questions please contact Victoria Jones (victoria.jones@eastsussex.gov.uk).


Child Safety Week (3-9 June)

The rate of attendances at East Sussex A&E due to accidents for 0-4 year olds remains higher than the national average. Child safety week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust annual community education campaign, acting as a catalyst for thousands of safety conversations and activities UK-wide. This years event runs from 3 – 9 June 2024.  Accidents are the biggest killer of children and young people but they don’t have to happen. ROSPA has produced a Safe at home: Tips for under-5s booklet which is free to view or download as well as some real life examples through the RoSPA Virtual Safety Kitchen tour Keeping Kids Safe – RoSPA: Keeping Kids Safe – RoSPA

Child Safety Week | Child Accident Prevention Trust (capt.org.uk)


Mental health support

The Mental Health Project at Care for Carers have compilied a list of interesting local projects to support mental health. All of these projects can be found on our website here: Mental health support for carers – ESSCP. Some of these resources might be useful in your work with families. More details about the mental health project for unpaid carers can also be found on our website: Mental Health Project support for unpaid adult carers – ESSCP


Non-accidental injuries

The ESSCP would like to remind all practitioners of the protocol when dealing with unexplained marks or bruising on children. Please remember that:

  • Non-mobile babies with unexplained marks, bruises & injuries require an immediate referral to children’s social care (CSC): East Sussex – Single Point of Advice ( SPOA) – Report a concern about a child or a teenager
  • Non-accidental injuries do not always present with typical bruises.
  • CSC/Police should be arranging an urgent (same day) strategy discussion with a hospital paediatrician.
  • Non-mobile babies with unexplained skin marks require an urgent/same day/night medical examination by a paediatrician.
  • Infancy is the riskiest time of life for a child, with the risk of death or serious injury from Non-Accidental Injury (NAI), Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants (SUDI) and infectious diseases being common causes.

For reference the guidance and protocols for bruising/marks on children can be found on the Pan-Sussex Policies and Procedures Website –  Sussex Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures Manual – Unexplained injuries to young children.


ESSCP training and learning opportunities

There is still time to book for a number of ESSCP virtual and classroom training opportunities. Latest courses include Effective Communication of Safeguarding Concerns (classroom 17.06.24), Suicide awareness – working with families with children up to age 16 (virtual 15.05.24), and Adopting a whole family approach to domestic abuse (14 and 21 May 2024, Classroom). More information on the latest ESSCP courses can be found by viewing www.eastsussex.gov.uk/learningportal

eLearning courses covering mental health, child sexual abuse, domestic abuse, alcohol and drug misuse, and much more are now available on our dedicated eLearning website: East Sussex County Council: Log in to the site (learningpool.com)

 

The NWG network has developed a course for professionals on ‘Working alongside parents as safeguarding partners’, in the context of extra-familial harm, on the 7 May 2024. The aim of this short course is to encourage attendees to recognise and understand the value of the family as a safeguarding partner. Barriers to engaging the family in this role will be explored alongside practical steps that can be taken to overcome these. For more information please visit: NWG Working alongside parents as safeguarding partners Tickets, Tue 11 Jun 2024 at 13:00 | Eventbrite

 

SPOA has released 2024 dates for their SPOA presentation, via MS Teams. The presentation covers what SPOA is, the continuum of need, what makes a good referral, and there is the opportunity for questions. For more details check out our website: https://www.esscp.org.uk/spoa-presentation-training-dates-for-2024/

 

Other multi-agency courses can be found on the Multiagency Safeguarding Training | East Sussex County Council webpage and include:

  • Safer sleep for babies and coping with a crying baby – what everyone needs to know. More information including dates and how to book
  • Can you see me? Inspiring change by breaking down the shame of harmful practices – Crimestoppers, the Pan Sussex Harmful Practices Group & partners are delighted to announce this online learning drop in day event. This event features a multitude of highly trained, experienced, and grass roots level practitioners who will be sharing their expertise in identifying concerns and providing support to survivors of these practices. More information including dates and how to book

The ESCC Family Focus team has shared these light bite presentations that other multi-agency colleagues may find useful and helpful:

  • Supporting ‘Hidden Children’ – Learn about how attending an Early Years setting has many benefits for children, especially as they reach the age of 3 years. Watch Here
  • ‘Fathers Voice’ – These sessions presents facts on how fathers’ input is often missing within plans and decisions in interventions. You will gain some tips and tools on how to feel more confident in including their input within family cases you work with. Part 1: Watch Here, Part 2: Watch Here and Part 3: Watch Here


Local briefings and newsletters

·        The East Sussex Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence/Abuse and Violence Against Women and Girls Team has produced their April information round up. This contains latest news from the sector, events, policy and legislative updates, funding opportunities, research and resources, local service information and job opportunities.

·        The Safeguarding Adult Board has circulated their April Monthly Digest.

·        NHS Sussex produce a monthly ‘Safeguarding and Looked-After Children Newsletter’. All newsletter articles are accessible on the NHS Sussex intranet and all Sussex professionals can request access. If you have not already registered, the please use the following link: Log in (ics.nhs.uk).

·        The Pan Sussex Child Death Review Partners (CDRP) have published their latest quarterly newsletter. In this edition there is learning from recent child deaths, details of virtual training on the child death review process, and training on safer sleeping for all professionals. The newsletter can be accessed on the ‘Additional Resources’ area of the ESSCP website (password ESSCPAR123).


National Updates

A 12-week ‘Safeguarding Children in Schools and Colleges’ call for evidence launched on 28 March 2024. This invites staff in schools and colleges, and other safeguarding professionals, to share their views and current good practice in their settings to inform the content of Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE) and help shape future safeguarding children in schools and colleges policies. To share your views please access here: Safeguarding children in schools and colleges – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Building on its ‘Support Matters’ report, the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse, has published an overview of the key findings and implications of the research, focused specifically on the services supporting children who may have been sexually abused and their parents, as well as for children displaying harmful sexual behaviour. Written for organisations delivering services, professionals working with children and those with responsibilities for commissioning support, this overview of services for children and parents affected by sexual abuse summarises what is known about the current provision of services for children across England and Wales today: Support Matters | CSA Centre

NSPCC Learning has published a briefing summarising learning from case reviews to support improved practice around multi-agency working and information sharing. The briefing examines a sample of case reviews published between 2017 and 2023 where issues around multi-agency working and information sharing were key factors. Learning identified includes the need for professionals to be clear and concise when sharing information; to build strong multi-agency relationships; and have adequate resources and clear guidance to navigate processes and pathways: Multi-agency working and information sharing: learning from case reviews | NSPCC Learning

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a report on advocacy support during the criminal justice process for children who have experienced sexual and domestic abuse. The Commissioner examined data from all police forces in England and Wales to find out more about advocacy support services for children. Findings include: most police forces do not collect data on whether children are referred onto advocacy support services; the majority of child victims of sexual or domestic abuse receive no support from Child/Independent Sexual Violence Advisers; and very few advocates have the distinct training and qualifications needed to effectively support child victims of the most serious crimes: Thousands of child abuse victims forced to navigate criminal justice system without support | Children’s Commissioner for England (childrenscommissioner.gov.uk)

The University of Bedfordshire has launched a survey about its Practice Principles for responding to child exploitation and extra-familial harm, published in March 2023. The Practice Principles, designed to assist multi-agency partners, were developed by the Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme consortium, led by Research in Practice, The Children’s Society, and University of Bedfordshire. The survey aims to find out if and how the Practice Principles are being used. It is aimed at professionals from all sectors: Multi-agency Practice Principles for responding to child exploitation and extra-familial harm (researchinpractice.org.uk)

Dr Hilary Cass has published the final report of the Independent review of gender identity services for children and young people. The review, commissioned by NHS England, sets out what is known about the young people who are seeking NHS support around their gender identity. The review makes recommendations on how services and treatments should be delivered to support children and young people questioning their gender identity or experiencing gender dysphoria: Final Report – Cass Review

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales has published its strategic plan for promoting positive child outcomes, reducing crime, and making communities safer. The Board details its plans to: support improvement throughout the youth justice system and in the provision of local youth justice services; inform the public, practitioners and policy makers about the operation of the youth justice system; and influence practitioners and policy makers to apply the Child First approach in delivering positive outcomes for children: Youth Justice Board for England and Wales Strategic Plan 2024-27 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Nesta has published a report looking at gaps between disadvantaged children and their peers in England. The report looks at the impact of the home environment, including the quality of the parent-child relationship, as well as economic factors. The report analyses data from an existing study into education and development. Findings include that living in a more challenging home environment primarily affects socio-emotional outcomes, whereas economic disadvantage primarily influences cognitive outcomes: The impact of non-economic and economic disadvantage in pre-school children in England | Nesta

The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance to help frontline practitioners in England explore parent/carer and infant relationships. The guidance is aimed at social workers, health visitors and family support workers. It includes conversation prompts and sets out a framework to help identify parent-infant relationship difficulties: Parent-infant relationships: starting conversations (practitioner guide) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

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