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We want to ensure that you are kept up to date with the latest news and developments from Salford Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB). We produce a news bulletin on a quarterly basis and these are available below for you to download.

We think it is important to share news and information about what our partners are doing to contribute to keeping children safe in Salford.

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Our People, Our Place

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) launched 'Our People, Our Place' the new Greater Manchester Strategy on Friday 27th October 2017.  The Strategy sets out 10 clear priorities for delivering this goal, including:

Find out more at

Working Together 2018 Consultation

The Department for Education invites your views on changes to the statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' and new regulations. These revisions are being made largely to reflect the legislative changes introduced through the Children and Social Work Act 2017.

We are encouraging all SSCB Board Members to respond as well as on behalf of your organisations. To contribute your views please complete the online survey wherever possible. Visit to submit your response  The consultation on the proposals closes on Sunday 31st December 2017.

We are also coordinating a response on behalf of the Salford Safeguarding Children Board. A word version of the questions is available to download below - please submit any comments to by 17th November 2017 to enable us to coordinate a response ahead of the consultation deadline. Please note you only need to comment on any questions you wish too.

If you have any queries on the consultation please do not hesitate to contact Tiffany Slack, SSCB Business Manager.

County Lines Awareness Week - 23 to 29 October 2017

Greater Manchester partners have launched a campaign to stop criminal gangs from grooming children and vulnerable adults to commit crime.

The campaign, known as 'Trapped', aims to raise awareness of criminals who are grooming and exploiting children and young adults to commit crime on their behalf.

Offenders take victims from urban areas to the countryside or coastal areas to sell drugs. Sometimes victims are trafficked closer to home, and are moved around Greater Manchester.

As well as drug dealing, victims are sometimes asked to carry out other forms of criminal activity such as arson, violent offences, storing firearms, holding money, criminal damage or assault.

Offenders use coercive behaviour to threaten and exploit victims and their families.

Some signs that a young or vulnerable person could be 'Trapped' and need help are:

Anyone with concerns either about themselves or somebody else should contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 in a non-emergency situation or report anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Always dial 999 when there is an immediate threat to life or a crime in progress.

Further information and resources are available here

SSCB Annual Report 2016-17

We published our 'Annual Report 2016-17' 16th October 2017.

The annual report provides a rigorous and transparent assessment of the impact and effectiveness of local services to safeguard children in Salford. It identifies key achievements, challenges and proposals for action. The report sets out key areas we will seek assurance on from other strategic partnerships and partners and themed priorities for 2017-18 to enhance multi-agency safeguarding practice in Salford:

Key Assurance Areas 2017-18

1. Early Help
2. Children Affected by Domestic Abuse
3. Emotional Health and Wellbeing

Themed Priority Areas 2017-18

4. Neglect
5. Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
6. Complex Safeguarding
7. Missing from Home, Care and Education

Find out more at

Hate Crime Awareness Week

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2017 will take place from 14th - 21st October 2017. The aim of this week is to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report this type of crime. Salford LGBT Youth Group have decided to challenge prejudice through a digital media campaign

You can report it to the police, online, or at an independent hate crime reporting centre

Find out more at

Trapped campaign

The criminal exploitation of children and adults (many of whom are vulnerable) is an issue in Greater Manchester and addressing this problem is a priority for Programme Challenger. This criminal exploitation takes many forms, the most common relating to the supply and movement of drugs (often referred to as "County Lines", offences in relation to guns and other weapons, money laundering, violent offences and in some cases "cuckooing" where criminals forcibly take over control of a person's home.

In order to raise awareness of these issues with the public and professionals, Programme Challenger has developed the "Trapped" campaign which comprises of an A3 poster and a wallet card (both of which include augmented reality - see for more information) and a short film made by a design company and actors based in north Manchester (download video from YouTube. A web page containing more information about Trapped is in development and will shortly be going live;  

A key objective of the campaign is to encourage people to report their concerns to the police or to Crimestoppers, which they can do through the usual channels (999 in an emergency, 101 for non-emergencies or 0800 555111 anonymously) or as an alternative in a non-emergency situation information can be emailed directly to the Challenger team using the email address The Trapped campaign will be formally launched at an event in The Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey on 23rd October 2017.  This event will also act as the start of a Trapped week of action, during which the primary objective will be to engage with the public across Greater Manchester, raise awareness of Trapped and the various forms of criminal exploitation that may be taking place in their communities, as well as encouraging them to report their concerns to GMP.  The divisional Challenger teams will each lead on the development of their plans for the week of action.   For more information please contact Damian.Dallimore@Rochdale.Gov.UK (Partnership lead for Programme Challenger)

Private Housing, Rogue Landlords and Beds in Sheds in Salford

Briefing Sessions

Would you know how to recognise and respond to private housing issues, rogue landlords or 'beds in sheds'?

There are a number of briefing sessions being held on Thursday 23rd November 2017.

Further information is available on the briefing sessions and the 7 minute briefing.

SSCB 7 minute briefings

The SSCB have introduced '7 minute briefings' to allow the delivery of a short briefing to staff regarding a particular subject. These briefings are based on a technique borrowed from the FBI and research, which suggests that seven minutes is an ideal time span to concentrate and learn.

The briefings up to now include:


SSCB verification of single agency training

Do you provide training in safeguarding for staff within your own agency?

If so, it is recommended that the course is verified by the Safeguarding Children Board. In order to assist single agencies in providing an adequate level of training for their staff, the SSCB has developed a verification process for single agency training. All single agency training including independent training commissioned by agencies should be submitted to the SSCB.

*As of 1st July 2017, there will be a fee for providers who are commissioned to deliver training to single agencies and individuals at a cost. Standard rate - £75, Additional support - £30 per hour.

If you would like further information or want to submit a course to be verified please contact Sharn Begum


It's Not Okay in Sport: CSE Week of action
19 - 25 June 2017

This week we are raising awareness of child sexual exploitation with those that play, watch or coach sport as part of a week of action.

Visit for more information


DfE Re-launches National Campaign- 'Together, we can tackle child abuse'

We are supporting phase 2 of the DfE 'Together we can tackle child abuse' campaign to encourage members of the public to look report child abuse or neglect. A third of people who suspect child abuse, do nothing. A number of people do not act on their suspicions because they're worried about being wrong. The campaign message is that you don't have to be absolutely certain about your suspicions; if you have a feeling that something's not right, talk to your local children's social care team who can look into it.

Anyone who is concerned about a child should click here for the contact details of your Local Authority to report your concern.

We are asking organisations in Salford to help us support this campaign through social media using the hashtag #tackleabusetogether, and/or by displaying the materials in the campaign toolkit. Please share the toolkit with relevant partners who have safeguarding responsibilities or may want to raise awareness of this important issue. Please also have a look at the new campaign website, which we're encouraging the public to visit -

Find out more here

SSCB Annual Lessons Learnt Event 2017

The free SSCB Annual Learning Event 'Learning from Case Reviews and Audits' is the 31st March 2017. Please disseminate the flyer below to all managers and practitioners working with children and their families in Salford.  

Please contact Debbie Hulme on 0161 603 4310 or by 13th March 2017 to book a place.

Family Assessment Launch

Salford CAF Team are launching a Family Assessment from 1st April 2017. The use of the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) will come to an end March 2017. The assessment has been developed and consulted on for over 10 months, the consultation has included families, young people and practitioners. The new assessment is based on a solution focussed approach, drawing attention to the strengths and positives that the family have. Due to this the family own their assessment stating what they feel 'confident' in being able to manage/do to help themselves and/or their family . With the end product being a SMART action plan, and professionals supporting the family where needed.

Included within the Family Assessment there is a review form, reviewing the assessment every 4-12 weeks and prompts to be used as a supporting tool. Additionally, there is an exciting new scoring tool that supports individuals within the family to scale 16 areas of their life from 1-10, allowing for focus and measurable outcomes.

The Family Assessment has changed from the CAF, which was based on one individual child, to now look at the family as a whole. This means that all professionals working with this family have a holistic overview-working with the family to meet their identified needs. The new Family Assessment can be found on the secure upload page and tools can be found on the supporting tools page.

For more information please look at the Family Assessment webpage

If you require further support please contact the CAF Team tel: 01616034239

FGM 7 Minute Briefing

In support of the 2017 International Day of Zero Tolerance and FGM prevention week of action our local FGM Task and Finish Group has developed a FGM 7 Minute Briefing for practitioners. 

The aim of the briefing is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to protect girls and women from this harmful and illegal practice.

Please disseminate to all relevant practitioners.

Hate Crime


Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week (HCAW) takes place from Monday 6 to Sunday 12 February 2017.

'Let's End Hate Crime' is a campaign supported by local authorities, GMP, the office of Police and Crime Commissioner, British Transport Police and other partners. The campaign aims to raise awareness about what is hate crime and how to report it. The campaign also focuses on the importance of working together to end hate crime.

Salford will again be running a series of events, activities and communications in partnership with local community groups and GMP.

You can join in the conversation on twitter using #letsendhatecrime and #westandtogether.

For more information on Let's End Hate Crime visit the website.

You can report any form of hate crime anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or phone the police's non-emergency reporting number on 101. In an emergency ring 999.


Children's Mental Health Week 6-12 February 2017

The aim of the week is to encourage everyone adults and children alike to spread a little kindness.  

We've all known someone going through a tough time, and it can be hard to know what to do to help, especially where children are involved. It may sound simple but in these moments, small acts of kindness can make all the difference. Plus did you know studies show that being kind can make you happier and less stressed?

Further information is available on:


Working together in Greater Manchester to make a safer internet

For Safer Internet Day 2017, the 'It's Not Okay' campaign is raising awareness around the dangers of online exploitation, grooming and sexting.

The internet is a fantastic resource for learning and socialising, but there are many dangers we need to be aware of and act upon.

'It's Not Okay' is the Greater Manchester multi-agency campaign supported by local councils, the police, the police and crime commissioner, and others, to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation. | @notokaygm |

Safer Internet is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre. | #SID2017 | @UK_SIC



Disrespect Nobody Campaign

The second phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 2 February until the end of March 2017.

The campaign is focussed on digital and mobile first and will also run on TV aimed at young people, such as The Brit Awards and the Big Bang Theory, on radio, Spotify, cinema and online including catch up TV, X-Box, YouTube and Snapchat. The first TV advert will run in the evening of Thursday 2 February in the Hollyoaks advertising break. The aim of the Disrespect NoBody campaign is to prevent young people, both boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships.

For 2017 the focus of the campaign will be consent and sexting, which are both issues where many young people need more education and information. The campaign advertising directs young people to the website where they can get further information and signposts them to organisations who can provide support.

There are a range of partner support materials to help you use the resources with the young people that you work with and promote it within your local area. These include a teaching resource with lesson plans, posters, online adverts and social media assets. There are also have materials developed specifically for LGBT young people.

Further information on partner brief and campaign materials

Tweeting about the campaign will take place on Thursday 2 February using the hashtag #disrespectnobody, so please re-tweet, or use the infographic and the suggested tweets in the partner brief and materials pack. For further info contact please email

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Model Tools Launched

The Multi Agency Risk Assessment Model(MARAM) is a framework for screening and assessing risk in services for children and families. It assists agencies to accurately identify levels of need in working with families. 

Further information on the MARAM tools, guidance and leaflets are available on the secure upload page. All completed tools can be submitted via secure upload to be attached to the individual child's file. 

Seminars on the Graded Care Profile (MARAM tools) are available to support managers and practitioners.

Shaping our City - 0 to 25 Programme Briefing

Please find attached a briefing on the 0-25 integration programme and related projects. You can find out more about the Little Hulton pilot, The Albion pilot, this summer's Youth Day and lots more.

Please cascade this briefing to all managers, staff and volunteers working with children, young people and families in Salford.

NHS Female Genital Mutilation Campaign

A new NHS FGM campaign was launched on 9 July.

As we near the start of the summer school holidays when the numbers of girls taken outside of the UK to be cut increases, we are raising awareness of the severe health implications of FGM for those living in UK who are members of communities affected by FGM. We are using TV advertising to directly reach out to communities with this message.

The film features a roundtable table discussion led by Henry Bonsu, a well-known British African broadcaster, together with a panel of experts all speaking openly and candidly about FGM. Alongside the film, we have produced some short social media videos which are being distributed via Facebook.

The film will be broadcast on several UK African satellite TV channels from 9 - 31 July. You can view the video, called 'FGM: The Facts' on NHS Choices -  or you may have seen it on Vox Africa this morning where it premiered at 11:58 am.

We would be grateful if you could promote this campaign via your own channels, sharing the video and using social media help the campaign reach further.

Please contact our communications manager, Caroline Symes  if we can support you to be part of this campaign.

Together, we can tackle child abuse

We're supporting a national campaign led by Department for Education (DfE) to encourage members of the public to look out for and report child abuse or neglect.

The 'Together we can tackle child abuse' campaign launched in March 2016 and aims to change perceptions and raise awareness of how people can report concerns, changing the social norm. A third of people who suspect child abuse, do nothing because they are worried about being wrong.

If you think a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, then it's important to tell someone. Your report is usually one piece of a jigsaw - but it is needed.

Call Children Services in confidence on 0161 603 4500, email or go to Telephone 999 if the child is at immediate risk

Spotting the signs of child abuse

To spot the signs of child abuse or neglect, look for changes in -

Appearance - frequent unexplained injuries, consistently poor hygiene, matted hair, unexplained gifts, or a parent regularly collecting children from school when drunk
Behaviour - demanding or aggressive behaviour, frequent lateness or absence from school, avoiding their own family, misusing drugs or alcohol, or being constantly tired
Communication - sexual or aggressive language, self-harming, becoming secretive and reluctant to share information or being overly obedient

Please can you support and publicise the campaign by asking staff to display the poster in their key public facing areas such as reception areas, libraries, GP surgeries, clinics, police station front counters etc.


Free 'Black Eyes and Cottage Pie' Performance and Workshop 20th June 2016

Greater Manchester Police, Salford City Council and partners are working together as part of Operation Strive, an early intervention and prevention project to tackle domestic abuse across the City. The initiative includes working with schools to raise awareness of domestic abuse within teenage relationships.

A unique, innovative drama "Black Eyes and Cottage Pie" is currently being shown in Secondary schools and colleges across Salford which highlights the issues of power and control, consent, sexting and sexuality and focuses on domestic abuse between adults and young people. Central to the production is the escalating abuse within a teenage relationship.

Current evidence based research highlights the shocking statistics that young people aged 16-24 are three times more likely to experience domestic abuse than adults and the abuse escalates much quicker and impacts more acutely on their emotional wellbeing and academic achievement

We would like all staff, volunteers and community groups to have the opportunity to see the production so they are able to recognise the early warning signs of an abusive, unhealthy relationship. An event is being held on Monday 20th June at Buille Hill Conference Centre 9-11.30 am or 1.3.30pm .

To attend the free event please register on the following link is  

Shaping our City - 0 to 25 Programme Briefing

'Shaping our City' is the name for the transformational programmes across Salford. We are looking at new, creative and ambitious ways to provide services, support our communities and work even more closely with our partners to support children, young people and families.

If you work with children, young people and families it's likely that 'Shaping our City' will have some effect on you. Educators, health workers, volunteers, youth workers, social workers and emergency services all have their role to play.


'It's Not Okay' Week of Action 14 -20 March 2016


We are backing a week of action, from 14 to 21 March, to raise awareness of the strong link between child sexual exploitation and children who go missing.

Going missing can mean bunking off school, staying out overnight, or running away from home for a few days or longer. Whatever the context, the reality is that 95% of children at risk from child sexual exploitation have gone missing at least once.
The 'It's not okay' campaign is organised by Project Phoenix, Greater Manchester's multi-agency response to tackling child sexual exploitation.

Please support the campaign by following It's not okay on Twitter and It's not okay on Facebook and making young people aware of the dangers and help available.

For more information about the campaign visit

It's Not Okay - Greater Manchester Stands Together Against Child Sexual Exploitation

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Greater Manchester is taking a stand against child sexual exploitation (CSE) with a ground-breaking new campaign.

Greater Manchester Police, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, health organisations, the ten local authorities, Local Safeguarding Children Boards and the voluntary sector are working together to target CSE offenders and to educate young people on the warning signs of child sexual exploitation and how to get help.

Our aims are to:

• Prevent child sexual exploitation taking place in the first place
• Raise awareness of child sexual exploitation
• Help people recognise the signs
• Encourage people to report it
• Provide support to victims and those most at risk
• Disrupt child sexual exploitation activity where it is suspected
• Prosecute offenders

A new website has been launched - - which contains information and resources for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals to help them spot the signs of child sex exploitation and what to do about it.

The launch of the It's Not Okay campaign follows a week of action across Greater Manchester to tackle child sex exploitation; a week which consisted of education and empowerment of young people, but also the detection and disruption of CSE-related activity, which saw three warrants executed and 19 arrests made across the seven days.

Salford Safeguarding Children Board is fully behind this campaign and its aims. CSE is a key priority for Salford's Board, this year and in previous years. This is reflected not only in our business planning and strategic scrutiny; but in the practical tools and support we offer to practitioners, parents and young people via CSE training, awareness raising and our dedicated CSE web page.

For more information on child sexual exploitation and who to contact if you have any concerns that a young person you know may be a victim of child sexual exploitation visit

You can also report it to Greater Manchester Police by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. If someone is in immediate danger, dial 999.

Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership - Annual Report

Over 600,000 young people aged 17 and under live in Greater Manchester and a good number of those live in some of the most deprived boroughs of England. This can impact on their safety and put them at greater risk of not achieving their best outcomes in life. This report highlights just some of the work achieved over the past 12 months to support the development of robust local safeguarding partnerships and provide strong strategic leadership across Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester Safeguarding Partnership - Annual Report

Child Death - Annual Report for Bolton, Salford and Wigan

The SSCB has a statutory function to oversee all child deaths in Salford and this duty is carried out via the tripartite child death overview panel (CDOP) with Wigan and Bolton. The annual report executive summary for 2012-13 is now available. Since 2008 the number of child deaths has continued to fall but is still above the England average. Michael Lay, the chair of the CDOP has said that 'the work of professionals in Salford is having a positive effect but there remains work to be done, particularly about smoking during pregnancy and parents smoking when they have young children'. Child Death Annual Report Executive Summary

Salford Early Help and Thresholds of Need

The consultation has now closed

The consultation received a good response which has resulted in changes to the draft documents. The revised version of the document has now been published and can be accessed at

Lessons Learned from Case Reviews & Cases of Concern 2011 to 2013

On the 16th October 2013 over 130 people attended the SSCB event "Lessons Learned from Case Reviews & Cases of Concern 2011 to 2013". The event was designed to help practitioners understand the key lessons and recurring themes from Salford's Case Reviews. The majority of practitioners at the event were able to identify changes made to their practice as a result of the case reviews, reflecting the improvements that agencies have made as a response to lessons learned. The event did make clear that the SSCB should continue to take every opportunity to cascade information down to front line managers and practitioners and several interesting suggestions were made by participants at the event. If you have any further suggestions about how we do this please contact the SSCB Training Co-ordinator, Stewart Tod: and we look forward to meeting more of you at future events, courses and Practitioner Forums.

The presentation from members of SSCB Case Review Group and Professor Ray Jones from Kingston University can be accessed here.

The SSCB has written a paper 'Lessons from Case Reviews' to highlight the recurring themes from local case reviews. It provides the key messages that practitioners and services need to consider in order to improve their safeguarding practice. 

New Private Fostering Resources

Private fostering is something that many people do, often without realising it. It happens when you look after someone else's child and you are not a close relative of the child. Salford City Council has to be notified of such arrangements and can offer support for private fostering arrangements so that we ensure the best outcome for the child.

The council has new publications to help people recognise when they are private fostering and what to do. Louise Murray, chair of the SSCB's Private fostering group says, 'private fostering is a bit of a hidden resource in the community for looking after children. Most arrangements work well for the child and we hope these new guides and the poster will encourage more people to let the council know when they are private fostering so they get the help that will support such arrangements'.

To find out more have a look at the private fostering resources here. The council's Private fostering lead officer is Johnjo Aranoa-Martin and he can be contacted on 0161 779 7860 or at

Safe Sleeping for your baby

Parents are being urged to put their babies to sleep in the safest place.

Every year, 300 babies in the UK die suddenly and unexpectedly in their sleep as a result of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The north west has the highest death rate in England and Wales. Here in Salford the SSCB has worked with agencies to promote clear messages to help parents reduce the risk of SIDS.

While there is no advice which can guarantee the prevention of SIDS, there are a number of things parents and carers can do to reduce the risk to their baby:

Falling asleep with a baby significantly increases the risk of SIDS if the parent is a smoker, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or just very tired.

To learn more about reducing the risk, visit the SSCB resources here. Further advice can be found at or speak to your midwife or health visitor.

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