Latest SVPP News Issue 1
The Independent Review of Children's Social Care has now been published and the NSPCC have summarised the review: NSPCC Briefing on the Independent Review into Children's Social Care.pdf
The National CSPR Panel have also published their report into the deaths of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjho-Hughes: Child Protection in England.
Both set out recommendations relating to the child protection system and multiagency safeguarding arrangements and the SVPP will be reviewing the findings and recommendations over the next few weeks.
The Department of Health and Social Care and the Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn Romeo has published her Annual Report for 2021-22. Cited achievements include updates to adult safeguarding practice, phase one of the social care workplace race equality standard (WRES), and efforts to make the wellbeing of staff more central to care providers and organisations across the sector.
Introducing: Working with Risk Outside The Home (ROTH)
As part of Wiltshire’s approach to safeguarding adolescents at risk of harm outside the home, a new screening/assessment tool called the Risk Outside the Home (ROTH) form has been created and is now available for multi-agency use under Contextual Safeguarding on the SVPP website here. As well as highlighting concerns for individual young people, the ROTH form allows practitioners to flag concerns around the context where young people are at risk – whether that be a physical location such as a park or route to school, or a social space such as a peer group with harmful norms or dynamics.
As our understanding of exploitation and harm outside the home has developed, we have recognised the need for a more holistic assessment and have therefore developed this form as an alternative to the current Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) screening tool. The ROTH form has been devised based on national research around use of CSE screening tools and ongoing research by the Contextual Safeguarding team.
If you have safeguarding concerns for an individual young person that includes risk outside the home, this form can be completed and submitted alongside a referral to the MASH, where the additional information will be considered as part of the triaging process. This form does not replace a referral to MASH for individual safeguarding concerns. ROTH forms submitted to MASH with a referral will be cascaded to the Emerald Team and Young People’s Service, where ROTH concerns will be reviewed and actioned alongside any threshold decision from MASH.
If you have safeguarding concerns regarding risk outside the home for a context, such as a location, you are able to complete the ROTH form and send it directly to the Emerald team using the EmeraldWiltshire@wiltshire.gov.uk email address. An example of this would be a physical location where young people are known/ suspected to be at risk, but individual names of young people aren’t known. This allows the Young People’s Service, wider Families and Children’s colleagues and multi-agency safeguarding partners to review concerns and instigate a context assessment/ intervention to help reduce risk and increase safety in places and spaces.
The form and new process will be subject to review and feedback from partner agencies is encouraged. This process sits alongside the ROTH local guidance already available on the SVPP website which details the pathway for the Child Protection ROTH conferences and planning currently being piloted.
Focus on: Economic Abuse
Economic Abuse is a legally recognised form of Domestic Abuse and is defined in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 as:
‘Any behaviour that has a substantial adverse effect on (a victim’s) ability to acquire money or other property, or obtain goods or services’
Examples of Economic Abuse
- Using credit cards without permission
- Taking out credit cards or other financial commitments in a partner’s name
- Gambling with assets relating to both parties
- One partner controlling what the other can spend or limiting how much money they have
- Denying the means to improve someone’s economic status e.g. controlling access to employment, education and/or training
Where can I go to find more information?
- Splitz Support Services – Wiltshire’s commissioned Domestic Abuse service, offering practical help and support including this Toolkit on how to survive Economic Abuse
- In Wiltshire, you can call:
- 01225 775276 Mon-Fri 8am – 5pm
- 01225 712880 out of hours (evenings and weekends)
- Surviving Economic Abuse – a charity offering advice and support regarding Domestic Abuse
- Women’s Aid – a national charity providing support for women and children
- Refuge – a national charity with information about how to spot types of Domestic Abuse and a 24-hour helpline
Policies, Practice and Research
Working Together Revision
“The Department for Education wants to inform you of their plan to update the Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) statutory guidance. They intend to do this in two phases. Phase One will consist of a small number of factual updates, including changes to reflect the proposed statutory Integrated Care Systems planned for July 2022. Phase Two will be a more substantive update, requiring a public consultation. The Department for Education will continue to provide further updates on the process in due course. Working Together can be found at: Working together to safeguard children - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)”
Carers and Safeguarding Adults
The LGA has produced a briefing to update the ADASS Advice note ‘Carers and Safeguarding Adults’ produced in 2011 for frontline workers. The briefing brings the advice note in line with the Care Act 2014. It is intended to be used as a practical tool and does not seek to amend or replace existing statutory guidance that may be in place. The briefing will support the improvement in practice regarding safeguarding adults as well as safeguarding their carers.
In light of the challenges faced for carers during the pandemic, it is encouraged to be shared with organisations/teams as appropriate. The case studies included within the document form an excellent opportunity for appropriate professional discussion at team meetings, 1:1s and/or professional supervision.
Online Safety and the Dark Web
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) of the National Crime Agency (NCA) has released resources for use by professionals and parents and carers to understand the dark web. Films and fact sheets have been created to aid understanding about what the dark web is and why some young people might access it.
Experiences of LGBTQ+ people who were sexually abused as children
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in England and Wales has published a report looking at the experiences of LGBTQ+ people who were sexually abused as children. The report finds that LGBTQ+ children face specific challenges that make them vulnerable to child sexual abuse and face additional barriers to disclosing child sexual abuse, access support and form adult relationships.
Introducing Partnership Development Officer - Georgie Reeves. Georgie has now started with the SVPP Business Support Team to cover Helen Donadel’s post whilst she is on maternity leave.
Like Helen, Georgie will have key areas of focus aligned with the SVPP priorities of domestic abuse and exploitation.
In addition, she will support the CSP Executive and CSP Delivery Group.
She will be the point of contact for CSP sub-group Chairs and will be able to offer advice and support as needed.
She can be contacted at Georgette.Reeves@wiltshire.gov.uk
we currently have spaces on the following courses happening in May and June. Click to book here
- Contextual Safeguarding – 23rd June 2022
- Domestic Abuse – 27th June 2022
- Neglect – 5th July 2022
- Safer Recruitment Refresher – 11th July 2022
- Radicalisation and Extremism – 13th July 2022
- Specialist Advanced Practitioner Training – 19th July 2022