Latest News July 2022
Summer is upon us, and we have had some extremely hot weather recently. We know and appreciate that many of you will have continued to work hard in quite uncomfortable circumstances to keep people safe. This is also a busy time for holidays, and we hope that many of you manage to enjoy a well-earned break!
We have had some changes to the SSAB Team and we are really pleased to welcome Katie D’Rozario, our new Performance and Quality Assurance Officer. Katie is looking forward to getting stuck in and really helping us strengthen our work to improve safeguarding effectiveness and understanding the impact of the board.
We have been busy working on or annual report for 2021-22 which is just being finalised. We would like to thank all those who have provided information. It’s fantastic to see the extent of work that has taken place over the last 12 months by the board and also by our partners. We look forward to sharing the report in the coming weeks.
New Policy and Procedures in development
We have recently commissioned an external organisation called Tri-X to provide our multi-agency safeguarding policy and procedures. We are currently in the development stage and we are looking forward to launching the new policy and procedures in the Autumn.
We are currently planning 3 online sessions where we will be supported by colleagues from Tri-X to share the new policy and procedures and provide a demonstration on how to use and navigate it. The 3 sessions will take place on:
- 6th October 10-11am
- 12th October 10-11am
- 19th October 10-11am
We will be sending out information / invitations to attend these sessions in the next couple of weeks.
SSAB Website Update
The SSAB website has been updated with a translation function. This is part of a wider plan to increase inclusivity and raise safeguarding awareness within minority ethnic, cultural and faith communities, groups and families in Salford. A ‘Translate’ button can now be found at the top of our homepage, which uses Google Translate to convert our website content into many non-English languages spoken by Salford residents.
Bite Size Briefing - Exploitation in the form of Predatory Marriage – 13th September
We are pleased to be welcoming Daphne Franks to Salford who will be sharing her and her mother Joan Blass’s story of predatory marriage during this extended Bite Size Briefing.
In March 2016 Joan Blass was almost 92 years old, with severe vascular dementia and terminal cancer. She was unable to make the simplest decision and never knew that she had remarried just five months before her death.
Joan’s daughter Daphne Franks tells the story of a secret marriage, a revoked will, an unmarked grave, grooming, gaslighting, a Private Member’s Bill and a campaign to highlight all the issues. The Franks family hope to fill all the gaps so nothing like this will ever happen to another family in the future – because, as they have learned, it’s currently happening to many of our elderly and vulnerable and their families.
More information can be found on the training pages of the SSAB website or if you wish to attend, please e-mail your name, role and organisation to email@example.com
Bite Size Briefing - Carers
On 8th June we held a Bite Size Briefing session on Carers. Colleagues from the Gaddum Carer’s Service spoke about what it means to be a carer and how often people who are caring for others don’t recognise themselves as a carer. It is really important that carer’s are supported where possible and they understand what a carer’s assessment is and that it’s to enable them to be supported in their caring role. If you were unable to attend the session, please watch the recording and please share it with your teams and colleagues.
We have also published a 7-Minute briefing on Carers and a plain text version which explains what a carer is, what a carer’s assessment is and support that’s available for people who are carers.
Bite Size Briefing Advanced Care Planning – 29th July
We held a Bite Size Briefing on Advanced Care Planning. Advanced Care Planning is process that enables people to discuss and explore their views and wishes about future care and treatment. It covered the different aspects of Advanced Care Planning which include, thinking about it, talking about it, recording your views, wishes and decisions and support and information, including further training available.
If you would like to watch the recording, please e-mail us to request it: firstname.lastname@example.org
Future Bite Size Briefings
We are currently planning future bite size briefings and would love to hear your feedback on what topics they should cover. Please e-mail us your suggestions to: email@example.com
MAPPA (Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements) – 22nd September 2022
MAPPA sets out the statutory framework to which all public sector agencies have a duty to cooperate when dealing with individuals convicted of the most serious offences. This input is delivered by Probation and aims to explain what MAPPA means, how the framework is implemented and how it applies to individual and organisations.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
9-Minute Video - Submitting Intelligence Reports to Greater Manchester Police
GMP have produced a short video explaining about the Partner Intelligence Form which can be used to submit intelligence reports to GMP. It is aimed at professionals who work out and about in the community and may come across information / intelligence that will be beneficial to the police. This information can often help to build a picture and help GMP to prevent and detect crime. GMP have created a Partner Intelligence Form (located in the Contacts and Practice Resources section of our website) which can be used to submit intelligence reports to GMP and this briefing explains more about that process.
Salford Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service workshops
Salford Welfare Rights and Debt Advice Service are running a series of workshops about specialist advice, income maximisation and representation that are essential to both financial inclusion and tackling poverty as Salford residents face radical changes to their benefits and struggle to make ends meet both in and out of work. Our workshops are open to and free for anyone who works with Salford residents. They are ideal for staff and volunteers who needs an introduction, update, or refresher of the essentials. To find out more visit: Welfare reform workshops • Salford City Council.
Safeguarding Leaflet for Ukraine
The SSAB has worked closely with colleagues from the Safeguarding Children’s Partnership, Community Safety Partnership, Housing and the Communications Team to produce some safeguarding information for residents from Ukraine who may have relocated to Salford due to the ongoing conflict and/or their hosts. Links to the information have been posted on the Council’s webpage, where the information has also been translated into Ukraine and Russian. A small number of printed copies have been made available in English, Ukraine and Russian.
Ukraine: Anti-trafficking resources
The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) have produced a range of Ukrainian language anti-trafficking resources which you may find useful. This includes a checklist poster, a know your rights poster and a leaflet on the issue of worker’s rights.
The anti-trafficking charity Hope for Justice has also collated a suite of materials that will support organisations working with new arrivals from Ukraine.
New Multi-agency Interim Guidance on Cuckooing
We have updated our website to include the recently produced interim guidance on cuckooing. Please familiarise yourself with this guidance and ensure it is shared with all relevant staff and colleagues.
Links to other resources such as the short video briefing and 7-minute briefing documents are all now on this page.
A new era for health and care services in Salford
The way health services are bought and planned for Salford has changed. NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care has been formed as part of national changes to how the NHS and councils support health and social care. It replaces all 10 Greater Manchester clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership and Greater Manchester Shared Services. The new organisation is responsible for decisions about health services in Greater Manchester, NHS budgets and delivering services to put plans into action.
The organisation is at the heart of a new, wider partnership called Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership, involving NHS organisations, councils, voluntary, community and social enterprise groups and other key partners that support health and social care.
The Partnership discusses major issues affecting people’s health in Greater Manchester and works on improvements.
Each GM area also has a local integrated care partnership. The Salford Integrated Care Partnership brings together the same partners to ensure Salford residents get the best possible services.
The partnerships will help organisations work better with the public to keep everyone healthier, plan and deliver health services more effectively, make sure everyone is treated equally and fairly, help the NHS become as efficient as possible and also help it contribute to the wider economy. Visit the new GM Integrated Care website to find out more.
Self-Neglect National Research Panel
The University of Sussex are looking for one or two contributors with lived experience of self-neglect (either from directly using services themselves, or from caring for someone who does) to join a panel of 10-12 others, meeting online 12 times across a 2.5-year study which starts next March/April. The panel will providing valuable insight and feedback, helping the study understand how agencies and professionals helping with self-neglect might become more co-ordinated, person-centred and effective. Panel members will be paid for their time.
If you know of any Salford residents with lived experience of self-neglect who may like to take part, please ask them - if they’re interested, they can contact Jane Bowmer directly on email@example.com .
It’s not Culture, It’s Crime: Understanding Domestic Servitude and Gender based abuse
Dr Peggy Mulongo from the University of Central Lancashire, whom some of you will be aware, has recently hosted a webinar to share some research she has done into domestic servitude. The research, which is small scale, was carried out in 3 phases and involved speaking to a number of women who were living in Salford. There is a report, Domestic Servitude – A veiled Modern Slavery Trend. You can also watch a recording of the webinar which goes into more detail.
New criminal offence – non-fatal strangulation
On 7th June 2022, a new criminal offence came into force, meaning that those who strangle their partners in attempt to control or induce fear could be convicted and face up to 5 years imprisonment. Non-fatal strangulation was made a specific offence under the Domestic Abuse Act. A government press release was issues which contains more information.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service – Home Fire Safety Assessment Visits
GMFRS has an ambitious target of completing 32,000 Home Fire Risk Assessment visits across Greater Manchester and need your support to ensure that people are identified and referred in for visits that may help to keep them safe. They have identified 7 simple steps that partners can take to promote Home Fire Assessments within their services. Please take a look and think about what you can do to support this important initiative.
New NICE Guideline: Social work with adults experiencing complex needs
NICE have published a new guideline covering planning, delivery and review of social work interventions for adults who have complex needs. It promotes ways for social work professionals, other care staff and people with complex needs to work together to make decisions about care and support. You can also listen to a NICE podcast where this guideline is discussed, along with the positive impact the recommendations are expected to have.
Liberty Protection Safeguards
The LPS consultation closed on 14th July and we are expecting further updates towards the end of the year. Implementation is not likely to take place before October 2023 but we will keep you updated.
- 30th July – World Day against Trafficking in Persons
- 10th September – World suicide prevention day
- 8-15th October – National Hate Crime Awareness Week
- 14-18th November - Anti-bullying week
- 21st-27th November - National Safeguarding Adults Week
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