Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership are undertaking a monthly thematic learning dissemination, which provides an opportunity for staff and partner organisations in Dudley to be made aware of the key learning from our quality assurance activity and case reviews along with offering information in relation to this learning.
During October the focus has been on Our Roles in Safeguarding as this has been a recurring theme in our children’s reviews.
DSPP seeks to promote a culture of continuous learning and improvement across the organisations that work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults, identifying opportunities to draw on what works and promote good practice
Our thematic learning plan is one of the ways we share learning to improve practice.
We would like to share with you relevant strategies, procedures and pathways relating to this theme:
Seven minute briefings are based on a technique borrowed from the FBI. It is based on research, which suggests that seven minutes is an ideal time span to concentrate and learn. Learning for seven minutes is manageable in most services, and learning is more memorable as it is simple and not clouded by other issues and pressures.
As part of the Thematic Learning from reviews we have promoted our Safer7 briefings which are directly linked to the findings of our reviews:
Professional curiosity is having the capacity and communication skill to explore and understand what is happening with a child, adult with care and support needs or their family. It is about enquiring deeper and using proactive questioning and challenge. It is about understanding one’s own responsibility and knowing when to act, rather than making assumptions, or taking things at face value.
Disguised compliance involves parents and carers appearing to co-operate with professionals to allay concerns and stop professional engagement.
This can mean that social workers and other practitioners may be unaware of what is happening in a child’s or adult’s life and the risks they face may be unknown to authorities.
Sharing information is crucial to safeguarding children and adults – poor information sharing is repeatedly highlighted as an issue in CSPRs and SARs.
The most important consideration is whether sharing information is likely to safeguard and protect the child or adult with care and support needs.
Learning from CSPRs/SARs have identified some reluctance to challenge inter-agency decision making in Dudley. Some reviews have identified one or more professionals who were concerned with a decision made by a different agency. However, the learning demonstrates some concerns have not been followed up with robust professional challenge which may have altered the professional response and the outcome for the child or adult.
There may be occasions where someone who works with adults with care and support needs poses a risk or potential risk due to allegations / concerns of abuse/crime against any child or adult in their employment or personal lives.
Where such concerns are raised, it will be necessary for the organisation to assess any potential risk to adults with care and support needs who use their services, and, if necessary, take action to safeguard those adults.
The MCA 2005 applies to everyone over 16 years who may lack capacity to make specific decisions about their life. These decisions can range from simple, everyday things to more complex life changing matters such as where they live or receiving treatment.
The MCA protects the rights of individuals by creating a framework for decision making where someone may lack the mental capacity to make the decision for themselves
Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) means adult safeguarding must be person led and outcome focused. It requires engaging the person in dialogue about how best to respond to their situation to increase wellbeing, empowerment, and safety. MSP must not be simply seen in the context of a formal safeguarding enquiry but also in the whole spectrum of safeguarding activity and across all agencies. This briefing offers some helpful tips for your practice.
Responsibility for learning from serious child safeguarding incidents now sits at a national level with the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel (National Panel). Local areas will no longer conduct Serious Case Reviews. Instead, the DSPP will consider whether to conduct a local Child Safeguarding Practice Review in cases where abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and the child has died or been seriously harmed.
The below DSPP courses are directly linked to the findings of our reviews:
This training will cover:
This training is for all multi agency partners involved in Child Protection Conferences and will provide information for those taking part in Conferences. The training will cover:
To raise awareness of the different types of abuse regarding adults with care and support needs can experience, who abuses, where abuse can take place and to offer support and guidance for making Safeguarding Adult Referrals, including providing a greater understanding of what is required in a Safeguarding Referral
This Multi-Agency training course will increase practitioner’s knowledge and confidence in practising ‘respectful uncertainty’ by thinking outside the box’, beyond their usual professional role, and considering individual’s and families’ circumstances holistically. It will also be an opportunity to explore how as professionals differences of opinion, concerns and issues that arise for practitioners at work and are resolved as effectively and swiftly as possible
By the end of the session, delegates will have
As part of this focus, Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership has adopted the GCP2 assessment and is offering a one-day training programme to enable practitioners to use effectively use the tool. The GCP2 is a practical tool which supports practitioners in measuring the quality of care delivered to an individual child from an individual carer or carers over a short window of time, and is designed to give a representative overview of the current level of care. The grades are based on observations and good quality evidence gathered during this window.
Victim-blaming language may reinforce messages from perpetrators around shame and guilt. This in turn may prevent the person from disclosing their abuse, through fear of being blamed by professionals. When victim-blaming language is used amongst professionals, there is a risk of normalising and minimising the person’s experience, resulting in a lack of appropriate response.
This short session covers the appropriate language to use when working with children and young people who are at risk of risk of exploitation.
This is a one-day course that aims to develop practitioner skills, offers ideas to enhance practice and introduce practical ways of working with children and young people who are at risk of exploitation.
This course offers a more comprehensive overview to the subject of gangs and youth violence; helping the participants recognise the extent of the problem; what gangs are and what they do and understand what can be done to prevent and work with those involved. It will also more in-depth information around county lines, the use of the National Referral Mechanism and complex safeguarding. All of this through a trauma informed lens.
The training will equip practitioners:
This level 1 package has been designed for multi-agency staff and volunteers who have contact with children and young people who July have safeguarding needs. It is important that everyone is able to recognise concerns around safeguarding and how to raise a concern so that appropriate actions can be taken.
To raise awareness of the different types of abuse adults with care and support needs can experience, who abuses, where abuse can take place and how to report concerns.
This course is linked to the ‘DSPP Support Level Guidance and Framework’ which provides the model of integrated working and gives practical guidance on making decisions across service thresholds for practitioners working in Dudley.
This course is designed for anyone who works with children and families in Dudley. The purpose of this training is to provide a clear understanding of:
This training has been designed to support your understanding of Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding.
The knowledge that you will get from this course will help you understand the how to help people who may lack mental capacity and the implications of Deprivation of Liberty. It will help you to ensure that you are safeguarding their rights.
Child exploitation (CE) issues including Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and criminal exploitation such as County Lines (often known as CCE).
This eLearning gives participants an insight into the exploitation that children and young people may face, helping you as a practitioner to spot signs of grooming and understand how you can then help to protect and support children and young people in Dudley.