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Hear about the Practice Reflection Workshops that happen in Walsall. These workshops provide some vital time out for any practitioner working with children or adults to embed good practice through reflecting on case studies. The workshops offer a great opportunity to connect with other professionals and organisations helping to provide better support to children and adults.
The theme of this particular workshop was on Right Help Right Time, and brought an opportunity to reflect on a family currently in need of help, this was presented by the family support worker and the school. We reflected on the barriers of providing the right help and the impact this would have on the family, practitioners and organisations. Through solution circles we used the knowledge and expertise within the room to identify what the right help would look like and how we could ensure this was secured and what the potential impact would be for the family.
In this Podcast, Kellyanne Perry, Interim Practice Improvement Lead for Walsall Safeguarding Partnership, speaks to Isabel Vanderheeren, Transformation Lead for Walsall Children’s Services. Kerry, Family Support and the Early Help Hub, Karen from one of Walsall’s Primary School and Chanai Bonner, Social Worker who was a delegate at the workshop.
Tune into our episode for more about what a Right Help Right Time Practice Reflection Workshop is all about
What were the key messages that practitioners and delegates took away.
What the Impact of the session will have on their practice
Would they recommend Practice Reflection Workshops to others.
In the podcast you will hear practitioners making reference to the ‘Menu of Services’
In this Podcast, Kellyanne Perry, Interim Practice Improvement Lead for Walsall Safeguarding Partnership, speaks to Katie Storer-Young, Exploitation and Missing Team Manager, Jade Brown, Exploitation and Missing Coordinator and Jodie Berry, Assistant Team Manager for Turning Point Adolescent Support Hub.
Tune into this episode for more information on:
In the podcast you will hear making reference to Walsall Safeguarding Partnership Website and Street Teams.
The aim of this webinar is to provide a current overview of the issues around Domestic Abuse nationally and locally in light of social distancing measures.
Introduced and facilitated by Isabel Vanderheeren, the Lead for Transformation in Children's Services, you will hear from some of our partners in Walsall who are providing support for children and young people around domestic abuse:
This webinar will provide some vital time out for any practitioner working with children or adults to embed good practice through reflecting on case studies. Themes for reflection will be linked to our safeguarding partnership key priorities. This webinar will bring an opportunity to reflect on a family currently in need of help around Domestic Abuse. We will be joined by a Family Support Worker and their manager who will be reflecting on the barriers of providing the right help in light of COVID 19 social distancing restrictions and the impact this has on the family, practitioners and the organisations. We will be exploring the solutions and resources currently available that can ensure we are providing the best possible support now and are planning proactively for when things go back to normal.
The aim of this webinar is to:
- Provide an overview of the principles of trauma informed practice and reflect on how you can implement these as part of your practice or organisation
- Provide an overview of offer of support that is available in Walsall to pull on to help you to support children who have experienced trauma
- Provide information on training available that will help you in developing a trauma informed approach as a practitioner or in your organisation
Panel members will include L30 (Restorative Practice provider), Education Psychologist, Heart of England NHS (developer of the evidence based parenting) and Early Help. The webinar is for all leaders and practitioners across organisations working with children and families in Walsall.
Walsall Safeguarding Partnership Webinar on Self-Neglect
- Provide a current overview of the issues around Self-Neglect locally in light of social distancing measures.
- Provide an overview of offer of support that is available across different organisations and how to access these.
- Have a live question and answer session.
Our guests for the webinar are:
Sharon Latham, Head of Safeguarding, Dudley and Walsall Mental Health
Connie Jennings, Head of Health and Wellbeing, Walsall Housing Group
Melanie Grainger, Partnerships Support Officer, West Midlands Fire Service
Seanna Lassetter, Principle Social Worker, Adult Social Care
The webinar is aimed at all leaders and practitioners across organisations working with adults, children and their families.
Our collaborative approach to the development of our transformation programme to improve our services to support the right children, at the right time for as long as needed, is even more important in the current climate of COVID19 and social distancing measures. The current coronavirus emergency has resulted in a number of significant changes to our daily lives, including the lives of children and young people and the way in which we are able to provide help and support.
We are expecting to see a change in the requests for help and support and as practitioners we may at times find it challenging to know where to go to ensure families can access the right help. Following on from feedback from our successful webinars on Domestic Abuse and Trauma Informed Practice we are now planning a series of ‘meet and connect’ virtual events.
The aim of these ‘lite bite’ life events is to put the spotlight on an organisation or service that is delivering help and support to children, young people and families in Walsall. The sessions will provide an opportunity to get a detailed insight in the offer of the organisation and how to access or signpost families to get their help and support. The session will also incorporate opportunity for you to ask any questions.
Walsall Family Information Service (FIS) & School Ready
Keep In Touch (KIT) Summer Programme
Things to do Delivered to you Summer 2020
The Black Country Makerspace & Digital Innovation Practice
Black Country Women's Aid
Partnership Summer offer 2020
Caldmore Village Festival Group
Walsall Housing Group
West Midlands Fire Service
Education Psychology Service
Aspire 4 you
CAMHS - Early Intervention
CAMHS - Moderate to severe mental health intervention
School Nursing Service
Walsall Safeguarding Partnership
NSPCC Look Say Sing Play
Young People, Youth Violence and Lockdown
This Webinar is from the National Youth Agency.
The nature of the Covid-19 virus is that we may see peaks and troughs in infection rates. When this occurs, the Covid rating and the associated lockdown measures will change. It is important that all youth provisions have action plans and comprehensive risk assessments in place to respond appropriately to this in the moment. This will enable more robust safeguarding of staff, volunteers and young people and clear information that can be shared to reduce anxiety.
Self-harm, Self-care and Young People
Young People and Substance Abuse During Lockdown
Tools for Working with Young People Online
Bereavement and Loss During COVID-19
Lockdown Frustration: Young people and Anger Management
Walsall Safeguarding Webinar on Exploitation
On 29th June 2020 Walsall Safeguarding Partnership held a Webinar on Exploitation.
The aim of the 2 hour webinar was to:
Provide a current overview of the issues around Exploitation both nationally and locally in light of Covid-19.
Provide an overview of offer of support that is available across different organisations and how to access these.
Have a live question and answer session.
Our guests for the webinar were from:
Helen Matthews and Andy Thompson - Street Teams
Imran Suddle and Jade Brown - Exploitation and Missing Team
Jamie Hobday and Lisa Mullen - West Midlands Police
Christine Jones - Walsall Health Care Trust
Michael Collyer - Walsall For All
Nicola Smith and Emma Harper - Adult Safeguarding
Care staff can help older people to protect against burglary and feel more confident at home. Practical advice such as using door chains, window locks and asking for identification are simple strategies older people can take to reduce the risk of burglary. In this video, older people who were robbed by distraction burglars and rogue traders are interviewed. They explain the shock, fear and deep disappointment such experiences can cause. Interviews with care staff illustrate this issue can be discussed without being patronising or making a person feel unduly concerned.
Additional notes: A roadshow on safety is also shown.
From 14 – 18 October 2019, the West Midlands Anti Slavery Network, Public Health England, and the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme joined forces to deliver a series of webinars for Modern Slavery Awareness Week.
The webinars included an introduction to Modern Slavery and spotting the signs, wider criminality and vulnerability, links between homelessness and modern slavery, technology and cybercrime, and the importance of public sector colleagues making every contact count (MECC).
Watch the webinar videos below to learn more about Modern Slavery.
In this podcast Dr. Andrew Beck talks about the changes he has seen in CAMHS and how it is being affected by the COVID19 pandemic, why CBT is his intervention of choice, and the reasons he advocates behavioural activation to improve the mood of children and families during the COVID19 pandemic.
Dr. Beck is the President Elect of BABCP, taking the position in July 2020 and he talks about his hopes for the future of the organisation including working in partnership with ACAMH.
You can listen to this podcast directly on our website or on the following platforms; SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, CastBox, Deezer, Google Podcasts and Radio.com (not available in the EU).
Safeguarding is everyone’s business and it is now more important than ever that those entering or returning to practice, as well as those already in frontline roles, understand the basics.
The Department of Health and Social Care has asked SCIE to develop a series of webinars to support you and your team to keep adults with care and support needs safe in a variety of settings.
Each week we explore specific aspects of the safeguarding process. Attend one-off sessions to refresh your learning in a particular area or sign up to all six for a complete overview and introduction to safeguarding adults.
Maximising the benefits of remote learning, each webinar will provide:
This series is designed for anyone working in or recently joining the health, social care or voluntary workforce.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) is designed to protect and restore power to individuals who may lack capacity to make certain decisions, at a particular time.
We know that those in society most at risk of COVID-19 - older people, and people with existing long-term health conditions – are likely to be over-represented in the group of people whose rights and freedoms are protected by the MCA.
The Department of Health and Social Care has asked SCIE to develop a series of webinars to support you and your team to understand the MCA and gain an understanding of what it means in practice.
Each week we will explore a different aspect of the MCA. Attend one-off sessions to refresh your learning in a particular area or sign up to all five for a complete overview and introduction to the Act.
Introduction and supporting decision making
Best interests decisions
Planning ahead, and other protections
Deprivation of Liberty (DoLS) and Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS)
Walsall Safeguarding Webinar on Neglect
On 22nd September 2020 Walsall Safeguarding Partnership held a Webinar on Neglect.
The aim of the 1 hour 30 mins webinar is to:
- Provide a current overview of the issues around Neglect both nationally and locally.
- Provide an overview of offer of support that is available across different organisations and how to access these.
- Have a live question and answer session.
Following the Laming Report in to the death of Victoria Climbie, regulations relating to private fostering were amended and strengthened by Section 44 of the Children Act 2004.
The Children (private arrangements for fostering) Regulation 2005 clearly sets out the role of the Local Authority, the parent and private foster carer and related professionals. Private fostering arrangements can be a positive response from within the community to difficulties experienced by families. Nonetheless, privately fostered children remain a diverse and potentially vulnerable group of children.
Thus the Local Authority has a legal duty to satisfy itself that the arrangement is satisfactory and that the welfare of these children is being promoted and safeguarded.
BAAF have produced a film "Somebody Else's Child": a guide to private fostering as a resource for agencies to use with the general public and with professionals to raise awareness of private fostering.
Walsall Family Safeguarding Launch
This two hour launch will include the strategic context and practical experiences, so is suitable for front line staff and senior leaders alike.
•To set a positive tone for family safeguarding in Walsall Council
•To give a very high level overview of family safeguarding
•To include wider partners from front line and strategic backgrounds
Domestic Homicide Reviews in Walsall
Walsall Safeguarding Partnership and Safer Walsall Partnership completed a Webinar on Domestic Homicide Reviews.
The aim of the 1.5 hour webinar was to:
• Provide an overview for participants of what a DHR is (i.e. Home Office guidelines, the process, a look at some case studies, etc.).
• Look at Walsall’s particular experience of conducting DHRs and the lessons learned from those.
• Have a live question and answer session.
Exploitation Assessment and Pathway Guidance
Exploitation is not a new concern; children and adults have been exploited in many forms for years. Professionals now have a much better understanding of what exploitation is and how it is a form of abuse. As our understanding of exploitation grows, so too does our ability to identify those most at risk within our communities, those who wish to exploit them and the disruption techniques we can use against this. In a broader sense, exploitation has, over the last few years, been categorised as sexual exploitation or criminal exploitation, predominantly of children. However, we recognise that exploitation is not an issue that stops impacting victims at the age of 18. As we grow our collective understanding, we can see that adults are also victims of exploitation.
The Exploitation Assessment should be completed as soon as you have concerns around exploitation. Timely information sharing is especially important. It allows multi-agency professionals to offer victims and families support as soon as is appropriate. It also allows agencies to collectively look at disrupting exploitation activity.
Watch the video below on how to complete the All-age Exploitation Assessment.
The assessment can be found here:
For a Child or Young Person: https://go.walsall.gov.uk/walsall-safeguarding-partnership/Professionals-Volunteers/Children-Safeguarding/Exploitation
For an Adult : https://go.walsall.gov.uk/walsall-safeguarding-partnership/Professionals-Volunteers/Adults-Safeguarding/All-age-Exploitation
West Midlands Police Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB) Multi-Agency Information Sharing Video.
Aims of this Video:
* The effective identification, recording and sharing of information in relation to cases of exploitation is crucial to the successful disruption and prosecution of perpetrators.
* All professionals should continually gather record and share information with the appropriate authorities.
* The gathering of information can enable analysis that forms the basis of strong intelligence and can help inform investigations and disruption activity to keep children, young people and communities safe.
This Form can be found on Walsall Safeguarding Partnership Website:
Helping children and families recover from domestic abuse
Lee Hawksley from NSPCC talks about the support they provide for children and families who’ve experienced domestic abuse.
Find out more about their Domestic Abuse: Recovering Together service: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/dart
The NSPCC have also produced a briefing around 'The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on child welfare: domestic abuse'
This webinar includes an overview of relevant legislative framework, delivered by Janice White (Coventry City Council) including:
What is ‘well-being’?
What are ‘care and support needs’?
When is a SAR needed?
The duty of co-operation
Practical tips for front line staff
This webinar focuses on the issue of closed cultures in relation to safeguarding adults, delivered by Jon Ibbitson, Inspection Manager CQC and Carl Gillson, Interim Inspection Manager CQC.
The webinar aim is to explore:
What led to CQCs closed cultures work?
What is closed cultures?
What are the inherent risk factors that mean a service is more likely to develop a closed culture?
What are the warning signs of closed culture in a service?
What should our response be to a closed culture?
Practice Reflection Learning Event: Injuries in Non-mobile babies and children
To have a clear understanding of medical opinion about injuries and bruising in non-mobile babies and children.
To understand medical terminology in relation to unexplained bruising and injuries
To understand the importance of multi-agency working when exploring injury and bruising in non-mobile babies and children
To have a better understanding of the 'West Midlands Regional Procedures' in relation to bruising in non-mobile babies.
If you suspect that a child or young person is being, or is at risk of being significantly harmed as a result of abuse or neglect, you must report this immediately.
To make a child protection referral, please send all information to the MASH using the Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF)
Watch the video below on how to complete the Multi-Agency Referral Form.
To find the MARF please go to https://go.walsall.gov.uk/walsall-safeguarding-partnership/Report-a-concern/For-a-child
Please send your completed form to MASH@walsall.gov.uk
If you believe a child is in immediate danger call the police on 999
By attending a Friends Against Scams awareness session or completing the online learning, anyone can learn about the different types of scams and how to spot and support a victim. With increased knowledge and awareness, people can make scams part of everyday conversation with their family, friends and neighbours, which will enable them to protect themselves and others.
After this session you will be asked to start taking action to take a stand against scams. This could be by talking to your neighbours, friends or family about scams or writing to your local MP asking them to promote scams awareness action by delivering key messages to prevent people from being scammed.
Please watch our new video which is a short and condensed version (8 minutes)
If you are having problems playing the video, there is an alternate version on Vimeo here.
Once you have finished the video you can claim your Friends Against Scams certificate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - please include the name you'd like on the certificate in your email.