Stockport Safeguarding Children Board would like to convey the following key messages.
For children and young people
- As a safeguarding board, we need to get better at listening to your views on services for children. We think we get a good picture from the participation team and through the services you use but we don’t use your views to inform our work yet.
- Your safety and protection is very important to us. Let us know if we can improve it
- Let us know if you think services can be improved to make sure you are kept safe from harm.
For the community
- You are in the best place to know what is happening to children and young people and to report your concerns if you think something are happening.
- Protecting children is everybody’s business. If you are worried about a child, contact the MASSH on 0161 217 6028
For Stockport Safeguarding Children Board partners and organisations
- Remember the key areas from our serious case review learning: good practice in these areas will do much to keep children safe:
- Assessment – these must be as good as they can be using all the information you can gather
- Plans – your plan must be meaningful to the family you are working with, and you must be clear what you should do and how it will be achieved
- Quality of meetings – make every meeting matter in order to carry out your plan
- Supervision – ensure that you get time to reflect and understand your families and use your managers to support good practice.
- You are required to assure this Board that you are discharging your safeguarding duties effectively and ensuring that services are commissioned for the most vulnerable children.
- Use the Greater Manchester Policies and Procedures to guide your practice.
- Look at the Safeguarding Board website and twitter feed for updates.
- Make sure that the voices of all children and young people are informing the development of services.
- Take notice of the voices of vulnerable children. Listen and respond, particularly if they disclose abuse.
- Make sure that you are compliant with the processes which all schools must follow to safeguard their pupils, whether you work in the maintained, non-maintained or independent sector.
- In particular, ensure that you are familiar and compliant with ‘Safeguarding Children in Education’ guidance’ September 2016.
- Be aware of and compliant with safer recruitment processes.
- Make sure that you attend safeguarding courses and learning events required for your role and that you are constantly up to date with changes in safeguarding practice, guidance and legislation. These change all the time.
- Be familiar with, and use, the multi-agency tools designed for you: e.g. Levels of Need , Good practice checklist
- Resist complacency. Just because certain issues such as child sexual exploitation, trafficking, female genital mutilation and other similar problems are rare in our community, does not mean that they are not present. Indeed, they may be even harder to spot.
- Be ‘professionally curious’ with other practitioners and when working with children and young people.
- ‘If you see something, say something’