An Update from the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership

The Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership has published its latest newsletter.

This edition includes:

  • Important changes to the Early Help Assessment (EHA) registration process.
  • Updates to EHA, processes and supporting documents
  • Brand new free EHA e-learning training
  • Plus Somerset’s Early Help animation, a three-minute video explaining early help in action.

You can read the newsletter here.

Feedback from the Safer Somerset Partnership Meeting

Feedback from the Safer Somerset Partnership meeting which was held on Thurdsay 5th December, by Jane Knowles, Chief Executive Officer at SASP.

Violence Reduction Unit

There are 2 Violence reduction units, one in Bristol and one in Somerset. Their purpose is to improve ways to identify vulnerable people and children, and one of the priorities is to embed processes. The Units are Funded through Home Office funds.

The team is progressing, and posts have been filled. A better overview will be given at the next meeting in March.

Health and Wellbeing Board update

There is a data sharing panel which sits under the Health and Wellbeing Board, it will encourage data sharing between organisations and services to benefit the system, but more importantly enable individuals access services and support sooner.

The Nelson Trust Project SHE (Support, Help, Engagement)

Presentation by Nicki Gould from The Nelson Trust, outlining how the project has progressed.

Finance Update

The 2020/21 Community Safety Grant has been approved, totaling £211k. The money is designed to achieve the priorities outlined below:

  1. Protect people from the harm of domestic and sexual abuse
  2. Identify and prevent the exploitation of vulnerable people
  3. Identify inequalities and vulnerabilities and offer support to improve health outcome and reduce harm
  4. Meet the partnerships statutory duties

There is no application process and the criteria has yet to be agreed.

The next meeting will take place on Thursday 5th March 2020.

An Update From the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership

The latest edition of the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership newsletter is now available.

This edition includes:

  • An overview of recent changes to the Early Help Assessment
  • A brief overview of ongoing work to refresh the Effective Support for Children and Families in Somerset document
  • the development of a new document called Effective Support for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and their Families
  • A training package called “Early help – a quick guide” available to download from the Somerset Safeguarding Children website
  • Precis of support materials to follow soon

You can read the newsletter here.

Feedback from the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership Forum

Feedback from the Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership Forum which was held on Wednesday 11th September, by Nick Harwood, Chief Executive at Young Somerset:

Julian Wooster (Director of Children’s Services, Somerset County Council) gave an overview of the new safeguarding arrangements and an outline of the forum’s Terms of Reference. He also outlined the context within which the forum would operate – looking at Serious Case Reviews in Somerset.

The bulk of the forum was input from Dez Holmes (Director, Research in Practice) – an inspiring presentation on the safeguarding message from research and current thinking. This was followed a workshop discussion focused on system-wide assurance: what could we, as sector leaders, look to improve: focusing on:

  • What values & characteristics do we want from our staff?
  • What can managers / leaders do to role-model these?
  • What barriers do managers / leaders face that get in the way of this?
  • What does the system need to change to support?

The date of the next meeting is to be confirmed, but we will publish further updates when they become available.

An Update from the Safer Somerset Partnership

The latest edition of the Somerset Domestic Abuse Newsletter, which contains updates on local and national domestic abuse related matters, is now available to download here.

An update from the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board

The latest newsletter from the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board is now available.

This edition includes:

  • News from the SSAB
  • SSAB Annual Conference
  • New Strategic Plan for 2019-2022
  • Mendip House Safeguarding Adult Review in the news
  • Changes to MARAC
  • Get the SSAB Website on your phone or tablet
  • Business Manager Blog
  • Learning Lessons
  • National: ‘Colin’
  • Regional:  Analysis of Safeguarding Adult Reviews in the South West
  • Local:  Sharing systems and best practices in relation to Never Events
  • Care about recruitment
  • Learning from Children’s Services
  • National News and Headlines
  • Training and Development
  • Useful Safeguarding Adults Links

You can read the newsletter here.

An Update From the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board

The latest newsletter from the Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board features an update on its strategic plan, a toolkit to help you develop a domestic abuse policy for your workplace or organisation, and details of a new online resource for those working with survivors of sexual violence.

You can read the newsletter here.

SSAB News

The Somerset Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) have recently published their newsletter, which features the latest regional and national news and training and development opportunities. Highlights include:

SSAB Annual Self -Audit Launched
SSAB has adopted an Organisational Adult Safeguarding Self Audit Tool to help it evaluate the effectiveness of internal safeguarding arrangements, and to identify and prioritise any areas in need of further development, it’s designed to support local organisations in their continuous improvement of adult safeguarding work.

New Somerset Adult Safeguarding Guidance Published
SSAB’s Policy & Procedures Subgroup has developed new web-based guidance to support adult safeguarding. This guidance replaces Somerset’s Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Procedures and has been developed following the publication of it’s revised overarching Adult Safeguarding Policy in January 2018.

Somerset Think Family Strategy
The aim of the strategy is to encourage all partners to ‘Think Family’ and actively work together to secure better outcomes for children, young people and their families across Somerset.

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