Bolton Safeguarding Children

Keeping Children Safe in Bolton

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If you are worried that a child may be being abused or neglected then please take action.



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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

MASSS Update and Updated Referral Process Flow Chart

In November 2015, Bolton Children’s Services Referral and Assessment Social Work teams and Greater Manchester Police Public Protection and Investigation Unit came together to form Bolton’s Multi-agency Safeguarding and Screening Service (MASSS).  To find out how this new development is progressing click here. In response to this Bolton Safeguarding Children Board have updated their referral process flow chart to ensure that where practitioners have concerns that a child may have been abused or neglected they are confident to take action. To download the updated process click here.


BSCB Multi-agency Training Brochure 2016-2017

The new 2016-2017 Safeguarding Children Multi Agency training programme is now available.  Click here to access it. To book on any of the courses please contact Training Shared Services at [email protected] or 01204 337600 For any other queries please contact the multi-agency training co-ordinator on 01204 337861  or [email protected]

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Project Phoenix Week of Action – Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation

Over the coming week, 14 – 20 March 2016 Project Phoenix will be holding a week of action as part of the “It’s Not Okay” campaign. The week will be devoted to raising awareness about missing young people and the links to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Find out more at  Missing children are more vulnerable to all types of exploitation – sexual exploitation, gang exploitation, violent crime or drug and alcohol misuse and research across Greater Manchester shows that 95% of young people identified as being at risk of CSE went missing on more than one occasion. Thankfully most […]

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Learning Lessons from Local Cases

Working Together 2015 encourages LSCBs to take opportunities to reflect on local practice by reviewing a range of childcare cases and not simply focusing on those that meet the threshold for a Serious Case Review.  The guidance states that reviews of such cases can provide useful insights into the way organisations are working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. As part of Bolton Safeguarding Children Board’s commitment to developing safeguarding practice in Bolton,  we are now producing regular ‘Lessons Learned’ briefings.  The briefings will focus on key learning points from local reviews or learning from reviews carried out in other areas.  If you want to […]


CAFCASS – Parenting Plan and Family Meeting Pilot

CAFCASS (Child and Family Court Advisory Support Service) are providing a new, free service to separating parents who need additional help to work out arrangements for their children.  This is a pilot project available to families who live in Greater Manchester.  If you are working with parents who are experiencing:- conflict over arrangements, such as where a child will live disagreements over day to day matters, such as pick-ups or holidays difficulty in communicating with each other after separation difficulty in adapting to changes, such as a new partner or potential relocation then think about directing them to the new service, the Parenting Plan and […]