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Early Help – Lessons Learned Briefing Paper

Dudley Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) has a duty to evaluate multi-agency working through case file audits which involves professionals from across the children’s workforce. These audits are often referred to as MACFAs (multi-agency case file audits).

The purpose of MACFAs undertaken on behalf of the Board is to quality assure the local systems and services in place for children, to assess how effectively all agencies engage and work in partnership with children and families, and in turn, share the learning regarding the quality of practice and lessons for improvements.

A MACFA took place in October which focused on Dudley approach and response to Early Help Support.

The briefing paper is to inform how changes can be made to professional practice across the agencies workforce to ensure Dudley’s response and support to children and families are effective, robust and consistent. 

Click the link below to download a copy of the briefing paper.

Early Help Lessons Learned Briefing Paper


'Safer Snippets' 

October saw the launch of Safer Snippets, a monthly two page summary of safeguarding links, information and news. 

This publication was produced in response to trainer requests to be kept informed of safeguarding news and updates in a format that is easily accessible. At just two pages long, its aim is to be just that - simple and succinct.

Safer Snippets will be published at the start of each month, summarising developments from the previous month.

If you have items that you would like to share in a future one, please let us know. General feedback on its content or format is also appreciated, so that we can work to align it with our local needs. Please email theresa.welch@dudley.gov.uk with any feedback.

We hope you find it useful. Please find the first two copies below.


 

Information for parents about online safety

The E-safety Subgroup of Dudley Safeguarding Children Board have created a briefing note specifically aimed at parents to encourage them to think about keeping their children safe online.  All are encouraged to use the information in the briefing note as appropriate (feel free to edit!) and cascade the information.

Who needs to read it:  Any setting could use this, it would be of particular interest to staff responsible for parental communication, designated safeguarding leads,  PSHE Coordinators.

Specific key actions: To promote the information to staff and parents as appropriate

Briefing note 


 

Illegal Highs and DSCB in Dudley

Following growing concerns about the use of Psychoactive Substance (what at the time were still called ‘legal highs’) use amongst young people in Dudley, a multi-agency task and finish group was established to complete a rapid review of the use of psychoactive substances amongst both young people and adults in Dudley during 2015 -2016.

The findings in the report below highlights a range of adverse outcomes for a small number of young people and adults using psychoactive substances. 

In May 2016 we saw the introduction of the ‘Psychoactive Substance Bill 2016’ which made it an offence to produce, supply or offer to supply any Psychoactive Substance if the substance is likely to be used for its psychoactive effects regardless of its potential for harm.  Head shop retailers were advised during a day of action that they could expect a return visit from Trading Standards Officers and West Midlands Police following implementation of the Psychoactive Substance Bill later that month.

Following the changes in legislation, Public Health have produced a Psychoactive Risk Reduction Plan so that we are reassured harm reduction information is being made available to appropriate professionals across the authority and voluntary sector, enabling targeted engagement with young people in an informed manner and ensuring our treatment services for adults and young people are making the most appropriate interventions available to tackle the use of these products.

Please see a copy of the findings below.

Illegal Highs - Rapid Review

 

National SCR’s from January 2017 to June 2017

A serious case review (SCR) takes place after a child dies or is seriously injured and abuse or neglect is thought to be involved. It looks at lessons that can help prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.

Please find below a briefing paper on National SCR’s from January 2017 to June 2017.

National SCR’s

 

Child Sexual Exploitation – Lessons Learned Briefing Paper, June 2017

Dudley Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) has a duty to evaluate multi-agency working through case file audits which involves professionals from across the children’s workforce. These audits are often referred to as MACFAs (multi-agency case file audits).

The purpose of MACFAs undertaken on behalf of the Board is to quality assure the local systems and services in place for children, to assess how effectively all agencies engage and work in partnership with children and families, and in turn, share the learning regarding the quality of practice and lessons for improvements.

A MACFA took place on the 13th June 2017 which focused on Dudley approach and response to issues of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

The briefing paper below informs how changes can be made to professional practice across the children’s workforce to ensure Dudley’s response and support to issues of CSE are effective and robust.

CSE Lessons Learned Briefing Paper

 


Briefing: Location (map) settings in apps


Many apps such as snapchat, facebook and twitter use location services – a setting which can let people know where you are when you are logged in or when you post something (depending on your settings). Many of them have safety features that can turn this setting off and so restrict who can see a user's location, however if these settings are turned on the app may show your location on a map increasing the possibility of unwanted contact from strangers in your location or even enabling someone to follow you without your knowledge.

It is essential to learn about the location settings on the apps that you use and regularly check that the settings are at the level you want them to be so that you have control over who can see your location – this is particularly important for children and young people.

Please see the briefing below for more information and helpful hints and tips.

Location settings in apps