Bolton Safeguarding Children

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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 or 01204 337600 For any other queries please contact the multi-agency training co-ordinator on 01204 337861  or 

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 […]

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 […]

Growing Up in Bolton

Have you wondered what it’s like to be a child or young person living and growing up in Bolton today?  Well wonder no more,  as in December 2015 Bolton Public Health published their annual report which focuses on this very topic.  The report aims to give a flavour of what we know about Bolton’s Children and Young People and most importantly what the young people themselves are telling us about their health and health behaviours. It sets out what we are doing locally to improve services and highlights some fantastic examples of good practice across the borough which has made […]

Ofsted’s Revised Whistleblowing Procedure

Last week Ofsted published revised policy and guidance for whistleblowers: ‘Whistleblowing to Ofsted about children’s social care services’. The new policy and guidance outlines what Ofsted will do when they receive certain concerns about children’s social care services from a whistleblower. The previous whistleblowing policy referred only to safeguarding in local authority children’s services, whereas our new policy extends to all matters relating to the inspection and regulation of children’s social care establishments, agencies, services and providers (children’s social care services). You can access the policy here:

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) – Bolton Local Offer

From September 2014, as part of the SEND reforms, each local authority in England was required to publish a ‘Local Offer’ for children and young people aged 0 to 25 years who have a special educational need or disability.  The purpose of the Local Offer is to provide a single point for information to help families’ access details about services available to them. Bolton’s local offer can be found by clicking – Local Offer The Local Offer includes guidance for parents when they need to speak with practitioners and professionals as well as information on giving feedback, raising concerns and making complaints. For more information about the […]

Child Sexual Exploitation – New National Resources

The University of Bedfordshire have launched 12 ‘Short Films for Practice-CSE Research’  aimed at anyone who wants to access learning from the latest research on CSE, in a short accessible form. The films share the findings of a range of studies undertaken by researchers in ‘The International Centre: Researching Child Sexual Exploitation, Violence and Trafficking’ at the University of Bedfordshire, as well as drawing on wider CSE literature. They can be watched in the office, or used in training contexts. Each film is accompanied by a short briefing document that outlines the evidence in more detail, with references and links to […]