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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Safer Working Practices 2015

Safer Working Practices has now been updated by the Safer Recruitment Consortium made up of NSPCC, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, National Association of Special Schools and Child Protection in Education foundation. The guidance has been brought up-to-date with all the changes to legislation and guidance, and now includes new sections on: Educational visits Personal Living accommodation inc. onsite provision Overnight Supervision and Examinations Curriculum (sensitive topics) Whistle-blowing While it is pre-dominantly aimed at the education sector, the document nonetheless offers practical safeguarding steps on a range of issues that are relevant to all those working directly with children.  It is a […]

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BSCB Annual Report 2014-2015 and Business Plan 2013-2016

Just a reminder that Bolton Safeguarding Children Board’s Annual Report 2014-2015 and Business Plan 2013-2016 is available to download here. Everyone who works with children and their families is encouraged to read the report and to reflect on the key messages contained in the report. If you have any queries or comments about the Annual Report please contact us on:- E-mail:[email protected] Phone:- 01204 337479      


It’s Not Okay – Week of Action 21-27 September 2015

Next week Project Phoenix will be holding a week of action, marking a year since the start of the “It’s Not Okay” campaign. Phoenix brings together Local Safeguarding Boards across Greater Manchester, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Greater Manchester Police, health, education and social care professionals to tackle the issue of Child Sexual Exploitation – CSE. More information about Project Phoenix and who we are: . Under the banner ‘Know who your friends are’, the focus of the campaign during this year’s week of action is online safety, sexting, and ‘peer on peer’ exploitation. Young people sometimes […]

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Always there when I need you: ChildLine Annual Review 2014-2015

On Thursday 10 September the NSPCC published its Annual Review of ChildLine’s helpline activity covering the period 2014-201515.  The review reports that in this period there were nearly 290,000 ChildLine counselling sessions with children and young people about issues affecting them.  The top ten reasons about which children and young people contacted ChildLine were:-   Family Relationships Low self-esteem/unhappiness Abuse Bullying/online bullying Self-harm Suicidal Friendship Issues Sex/relationships/puberty/sexual health School/education problems Mental health/depressive disorders   The review provides an analysis of the numbers of children and young people counselled by ChildLine, their characteristics, and trends over recent years.   Abuse remains […]


Helping Parents to Help their Children Online

On 6 September 2015 the government launched a new online resource to help give parents the best possible advice and tips on preparing their children for adult life . The new online service, called Parent Info –, will give parents the information they need to help them navigate the minefield of issues children can face while using social media and the internet. The service can help parents in a number of ways from spotting the warning signs of self-harm, to supporting their child to have a healthy body image and building children’s ‘digital resilience’. The site also aims to give parents the confidence […]