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World Mental Health Day

Yesterday, October 10 2017, was World Mental Health Day.   One in four adults and one in ten children are likely to have a mental health problem in any given year. This can have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people and families in the UK, and can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, or just get through the day. Across Bolton a number of significant events took place to raise awareness and combat the stigma of mental health.  One such event was hosted by Bolton Youth Council.  This group of young people have worked hard […]

Working with Neglect in Bolton

In the last week Bolton Safeguarding Children Board has published it’s local Neglect Strategy. The impact of persistent neglect cannot be underestimated. It is well documented that children who are neglected over a long period of time will have their physical and emotional development restricted. Children who are living with neglect are likely to experience difficulties:- Establishing and maintaining healthy relationships both in the short and long-term Reaching their full educational potential and being able to move on to further education, employment or training Developing confidence in themselves and their abilities Developing good emotional health and strategies to cope with […]

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New Early Help and Complex Families Hub

Early Help & Complex Families Hub The Hub is based on the ground floor at Castle Hill Centre and is now live.  It has been developed to further strengthen Bolton’s Early Help Offer. What is it? The Hub supports Lead Professionals when they are working with families presenting with complex and multiple needs at high level 2 in Bolton’s Framework for Action.   The Hub supports cases where Lead Professionals have exhausted existing processes.  Using effective information sharing, it draws on the collective partner expertise to explore the options for engaging differently with an individual or family. How do we define a complex family? […]

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Summary of Changes to BSCB Managing Allegations Procedures

BSCB has recently reviewed and revised its Managing Allegations (LADO) Policy, and below is a summary of the key revisions:- Reconvened Strategy Meetings (Para 4.10) – an additional paragraph has been developed to outline the LADO process should any findings be made within a court process Request for minutes of meetings (Para 5.4) – Clarification that any minutes shared may be subject to summary and/or redaction Professional Strategy Meeting (PSM) minutes (Para 6.5) – On legal advice the procedures now require that any minutes of PSM sent out for approval are deleted/destroyed after approval and that only the LADO will retain a full […]

Early Help Assessment and Review Documents Revised and Updated

The Early Help Assessment and Action Plan and the Review Form (versions 3.0) have been further developed following consultation with practitioners and managers. They have been approved for use by the Early Help Steering Group. The main changes include: Rearranging the form to have all the family details together and the Lead Professional details following that Inclusion of drop down boxes to assist you to complete more quickly and to provide info for reporting purposes A streamlined assessment with no areas removed, but merged together A scaling tool to measure overall improvement over time – please complete this with the […]

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National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

The 18 March 2017 is National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day.   Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a form of sexual abuse that involves the manipulation and/or coercion of young people under the age of 18 into sexual activity. National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children. Bolton Safeguarding Children Board is committed to the fight against CSE and supporting victims and their families who are […]

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BSCB Annual Report 2015-2016

It’s been a while since we have published any updates but that does not mean we have been quiet.  In the last few months the Board, in partnership with Community Safety has successfully rolled out ‘Bolton Encompass’.  The Encompass approach ensures police share information about any Domestic Abuse incidents where children are present with the child’s school; it also outlines what schools can do to respond.  We are also working on refreshing the Framework for Action and you should look out for this in the New Year.  Hopefully as you make your way through the annual report you will get a flavour of some of the other work that […]

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Keeping Children Safe Online

As summer holidays approach now is a good time to be talking to children about their online world; but sometimes this can be a challenge! The internet is can be a magical place. It’s full of exciting things to discover and is integral to children’s lives. But while they seem to know what they’re doing, sometimes their parents don’t.  The NSPCC highlights four basic tips to help parents and others working with children begin to talk about a child’s online life:- Explore – Research and understand the apps, games and sites your child uses and get to know your child’s online world better. […]

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Worried about a Child – Contact Number Update

The contact number for new referrals concerning the safety and welfare of children has changed. For NEW referrals duty social workers can now be contacted on: 01204 331500 You can also contact the service via email: R&[email protected] R&[email protected] If you wish to speak to a social worker about a case that is ALREADY OPEN to Referral and Assessment please use the individual contact number or e-mail address that the allocated social worker has provided. BSCB leaflets will continue to show the old numbers until they are replaced please substitute this with the above number

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Child SB Serious Case Review Published

Bolton Safeguarding Children Board has today published the findings from a Serious Case Review following the sad death of a young person. Once again we extend our condolences to family and friends at this time. While the review identified a number of good practice points, it did highlight a number of areas where lessons could be learned including:- Improving responses to children where persistent absence is a concern; ensuring that multi-agency assessments and plans are in place Working with families who are resistant to help The Board has accepted and endorsed the recommendations made during the review and has been […]