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Safeguarding primary children

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Child Abuse, Children, Children & Social Care, Media, safeguarding | 0 comments

Happy to share Rebecca Thomas’ article about the forthcoming conference. Excellent subject to showcase vital educational resources and explore how we add to safer childhoods.

 

Here’s a question: how do we teach young children about which secrets are good and which secrets are bad, give them the confidence to speak out about things that are troubling them, but not scare them?  This is a question that has been pondered by many professionals involved with safeguarding and of course parents.  Too often children are groomed in an attempt by the perpetrator of the abuse to stop them speaking out and award-winning children’s author Christina Gabbitas believes that we are still not bold enough in talking about this topic with children in an appropriate manner in order to protect them.  Christina’s passion for improving things in this area led to a year of research, which showed that there were no books for four to seven year olds that addressed this issue in a manner appropriate to their understanding.  Using public support from Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform for creative projects, and her own money Christina wrote and published Share Some Secrets.  Illustrator Ric Lumb provided the carefully crafted pictures which ensure the story is not at all graphic in tackling this sensitive subject.  Christina worded the story to make it not only appropriate for the age range, but to allow those reading the book to the child to use everyday language that they themselves would also feel comfortable with.  It is written in rhyme too, making it more engaging.  The book received immediate recognition making it to the final of the 2016 People’s Book Prize in the children’s category.

 

To ensure that the book reached as wide an audience as possible and those that needed it most, Christina forged partnerships with both the NSPCC and Barnardo’s.  The NSPCC endorsed the book and placed it in their library, sending out one hundred copies through their Schools Service.  In a corporate partnership with Barnardo’s a special edition was produced for their 150thanniversary and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book went to the charity.  Further endorsements followed from teachers, parents, children and safeguarding consultants, such as Ann Marie Christian.  Christina also had the privilege of being invited to meet Dame Esther Rantzen when she visited The NSPCC’s Leeds base as part of Childline’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

 

Christina’s passion for getting the message across to as many children as possible hasn’t stopped since the initial publication and partnerships.  The book has been translated into Spanish and is awaiting publication, but this isn’t the only ongoing development.  In October last year Christina met students studying animation at Sheffield Hallam University, who have worked with Share Some Secrets, and a year after the initial meeting the animation of Share Some Secrets will be launched at the university on 19 October.  This important resource will be freely available online after its launch.

 

However Christina is not content to rest in her mission to promote safeguarding up the agenda.  Through her company Eliziam Events she will be hosting a conference on 1 February next year at the Royal Armouries, Leeds entitled Creative Resources Safeguarding Primary Children.  It is set to highlight the importance and effectiveness of utilising resources that are currently available in the field of safeguarding. When conducting her research before writing Share Some Secrets, it became apparent to Christina that there are more resources available to help ‘pick up the pieces’, but not enough preventative measures available and in place. The conference aims to help highlight, educate and inform public sector organisations, charities and private organisations, where resources can be found.  Whilst Christina will talk about her book, she has also assembled an excellent group of speakers from a broad range of professional backgrounds including charities, legal, social work, the arts and health, and more speakers and panellists are being added to the event.  Each will seek to highlight the range of resources and their effectiveness in trying to prevent abuse of the youngest in our society.  David Niven, Chair of Bradford and Tameside Safeguarding Children’s Boards is advising Christina for this event.  Bookings are now open via the Eliziam Events website http://eliziamevents.com/ , with early bird tickets available until 10 October.  There are no other events currently focussing on resources and it is hoped that a successful event will allow Eliziam to bring it to other areas of the country perhaps later in 2018.

 

With arrests and trials still happening in high-profile child exploitation scandals such as Rotherham, it is important that we do not rest in the mission to ensure that children, as well as parents, carers, teachers and other professionals, have the tools they need to prevent child abuse happening or stop it early.  We have a long way to go to achieve this, but each step is vital to improving outcomes for all children and preserving childhood as the special time it should be.

 

Article written by Rebecca Thomas, RM Language Services

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078 Media training & Beverley Williams

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017 in adult care, Child Abuse, Children, Children & Social Care, government, health, Media, Media Training, Podcasts, safeguarding, Social Work, social work education, Training Courses | 0 comments

078 Media training & Beverley Williams

This programme is about the image of social work and social care. It describes an exiting new initiative in media training and has an interview with the founder of the Social Worker of the Year Awards.

Beverly Williams MBE

Beverley had worked in the social housing sector for 23 years when, the age of forty, she became a foster carer and first came in touch with social workers.

A mother of three, she qualified with a Diploma in Social Work in 2004. She works as an independent social worker and from 2006 she launched the Social Worker of the Year Awards in her spare time. Beverley continues to work  as an experienced qualified social worker and has practiced in various local authorities. 

She enjoys the diversity and challenges that she faces during her time spent at any local authority. She has no plans of giving up her full-time career, but is ecstatically happy and proud that the Social Work Awards has taken her dream and made it a reality. She gives special thanks to Sanctuary Social Care for their commitment and contribution since 2010. The awards have definitely put social work on the map and have given social workers the lift that they needed to make them feel valued for the challenging tasks that we take on every day. Beverley was awarded with an MBE for setting up the awards in the Queens New Year’s Honours List in 2014

 This year there are over 300 nominations in many different categories, illustrating the growth in recognition that these awards generate.

Contact us for more informaton on media training! 

My thanks , as always, to AlbaDigitalMedia for their technical support.

 

 

 

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077 Christina Gabbitas safeguarding author

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Child Abuse, Children, Children & Social Care, Conference, health, Media, Podcasts, safeguarding, Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence | 0 comments

077 Christina Gabbitas safeguarding author

 

An interview with Christina Gabbitas about her book for 5 to 8 year olds on keeping themselves safe and how she is committed to safeguarding children..

Christina is a children’s award winning author, poet and voiceover artist. Christina’s first publications, The Felicity Fly series of books teach childreabout the world around them with fun. Christina is passionate about encouraging children to read and write, winning a national Dame Beryl Bainbridge Award for encouraging children to writeand read. Christina spoke live nationally on Sky News about her project which gained support from the then Education Secretary. The initiative has encouraged over 17,000 children to ‘have a go’ at writing poetry. One of Christina’s most recent project www.sharesomesecrets.com is a safeguarding children’s book, recently endorsed by children’s charities NSPCC and Barnardo’s.  Esther Rantzen

I was impressed by her committment and energy. She has also put a considerable amount of her own funds into this project which , not being from the super wealthy, illustrates her passion for the subject.

We have also talked about putting a conference together looking at the range of practical teaching resources for children and young people to do with safeguarding. So, watch this space!

Her main website is www.poemsandpictures.co.uk

My thanks as always to Alba Digital Media for their technical help with this podcast.

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076 Bradford VCS Dave Benn

Posted by on Apr 9, 2017 in Children, Children & Social Care, crime, health, Mental Health, neglect, Podcasts, Research, safeguarding, Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence, Social Work, Training | 0 comments

076 Bradford VCS Dave Benn

 

Dave is a Barnardo’s Children’s Service Manager in Bradford  and is Young Lives Bradford VCS representative on Bradford Safeguarding Children Board. The VCS has played a central role in the business of BSCB since the Board was launched in 2006 (and included as a signatory of the ‘Statement of Intent’). The VCS are well represented within the BSCB structure and it is important for the sector and for the welfare of children and young people across the district that the sector maintains  this coordinated presence .  Dave is presently chair of the VCS Safeguarding Group and has in the past chaired BSCB sub group and specific task and finish work streams.  Dave is committed to work with strategic partners to make Bradford a place where children and young people from all communities feel safe and develop skills and opportunities which will support them into adulthood.

The episode starts with an interview I gave on a new report about the impact on children who have been’missing’ and had their details all over social media.

Then the main interview with Dave Benn.  Lots more to come and the Spring has sprung!

Thanks as always to AlbaDigitalMedia for technical help with the podcast.

Please use speakpipe or other contact methods to let me know your views.

 

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075 Interviews and Inquiries-Social Care & Sexual Abuse

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in abuse, Child Abuse, Children, Children & Social Care, Conference, government, law, Media, Podcasts, Research, safeguarding, Training, victim | 0 comments

075 Interviews and Inquiries-Social Care & Sexual Abuse

This time I’m looking at a magazine format with two radio interviews and an introduction to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse chaired by Professor Alexis Jay on the day it commences its hearings.

The interviews are on the real problems of social care funding where the Government is allowing some ringfenced council tax increase to be introduced and, secondly, what are the issues in dealing with inappropriate staff behaviour that is not enough to prosecute but enough to worry.

Contact details for the Inquiry are :-    www.iicsa.org.uk    contact@iicsa.org.uk      tel  0800 917 1000

As always my thanks to AlbaDigitalMedia for technical support.

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074 Bradford Interviews Supt Damien Miller

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in abuse, Child Abuse, Children, Children & Social Care, crime, government, law, Media, Podcasts, Research, safeguarding, Social Work, Training, victim | 0 comments

Damien Miller is a Superintendent within Bradford District who leads on Safeguarding Partnerships.  Within his portfolio he has responsibility for the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), Child & Adult Safeguarding, Domestic Violence, Safer Schools, Missing People, Mental Health and Families First.  He started in this role in September 2016, but is no stranger to Bradford, having worked in the District for the last five years.  He had responsibility in his previous role for Operational Policing as well as being Project Manager for the Operational Delivery Review Team, which saw the District meet its budget reductions following the Comprehensive Spending Review. As well as doing his day job, he is also an Advanced Public Order Commander and regularly spends his weekends commanding Bradford City’s matches.  With him entering his 20th year of policing in 2017, he is still committed to why he initially joined West Yorkshire Police and that is keeping people safe and delivering the best possible service to the communities of West Yorkshire.

 

Thanks as always to Alba Digital Media for technical support.

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073 Bradford interviews Chair of Adult Safeguarding

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in abuse, adult care, crime, depression, government, health, law, Learning disability, Mental Health, neglect, Podcasts, policy, Research, safeguarding, Social Work, Training, Uncategorized | 0 comments

073 Bradford interviews   Chair of Adult Safeguarding

Jonathan Phillips is a qualified social worker. For many years he worked in social services in a number of frontline, training and management roles. He then moved to the voluntary sector as a Director with National Deaf Children’s Society. An interest in Deaf people comes from his daughter who is Deaf ( and now so is her partner and one of her children). He then worked for the social services inspectorate and moved to the Commission for Social Care Inspection when it was set up as a National Director. His final job before retirement was director of Adult Social Services at Calderdale. Since retiring 5 years ago he has chaired 2 safeguarding adults boards and provided other consultancy services. Jonathan is very interested in disability rights and is a strong believer in people’s rights to choose their own lifestyle and social  workers responsibility to support them when ever possible.

 

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072 Bradford interviews CDOP Shirley Briarly

Posted by on Nov 25, 2016 in abuse, Child Abuse, Children & Social Care, crime, health, Media, neglect, Podcasts, policy, Research, safeguarding, Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence, Social Media, social work education, Training, Training Courses, victim | 0 comments

072 Bradford interviews CDOP Shirley Briarly

This is the second podcast from the Bradford series.

Shirley is a Consultant in Public Health for the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Chairs the Child Death Overview Panel for the Safeguarding Board.

She was a hospital doctor and GP across West Yorkshire for 10 years & also worked in Mozambique for 3 years. She was a GP partner in Bradford district in the inner city for 5 years until 1997. She then re-trained in Public Health from 1999 onwards  and worked across Bradford and Calderdale in a range of roles. Shirley have been Consultant in Public Health in Bradford  district for the  last 8 years and have had a key strategic role in Maternal Child Health over many years. She have chaired the Child Death Overview Panel sub group of Bradford Safeguarding Childrens Board for several years.

 

Thanks as always to Alba Digital Media for all technical assistance.

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071 Professor Tan Ngoh Tiong Global Inst of Social Work

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Children, Children & Social Care, government, health, International, law, Mental Health, Podcasts, policy, Research, social work education, Training, Uncategorized | 0 comments

071 Professor Tan Ngoh Tiong Global Inst of Social Work

Dr Tan Ngoh Tiong is Professor of Social Work and former Dean of School of Human Development and Social Services, SIM University Singapore. He is the Chair of the Global Institute of Social Work, was Co-chair of Commonwealth Organization for Social Workers (COSW), Past President of Singapore Association of Social Workers, past Regional President (Asia and Pacific) of International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW). Prof Tan is He led IFSW and COSW’s FAST (Families And Survivors of Tsunami) Project as an international social work response to the Asian tsunami disaster. He is currently President of ConneXions International and has been active in international social work and social development.

He has authored a number of books and scholarly articles including Asian Tsunami and Social Work Practice, Challenge of Social Care in Asia, Extending Frontiers: Social Issues and Social Work in Singapore, Human Rights Perspective, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Social Work Around the World Volumes I, II and III. He is a consultant editor and reviewer for Families in Society, Journal of Global Social Work Practice, China Journal of Social Work and Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development. Prof Tan received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota; MSW from University of Pennsylvania and BA from University of Singapore. He has been a Visiting Scholar to Cambridge University and Harvard University as well as UC-Berkeley, Oslo University and Sydney University.

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070 The Bradford LSCB Interviews 01

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in abuse, Child Abuse, Children, Children & Social Care, crime, government, health, law, Learning disability, Media, neglect, Newly qualified social workers, Podcasts, policy, Research, safeguarding, service user, Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence, Social Work, social work education, Training Courses | 0 comments

070 The Bradford LSCB Interviews 01

This is the first in a series of podcasts looking at the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board which I have the privilage to Chair.

Initially, in five interviews with key members of the Board, you will get to experience a flavour of the work of the Board and the people who serve on it.

The first is with Michael Jameson.  Michael is the Strategic Director of Children’s Services having responsibility for strategic leadership across education, employment and skills, social care, safeguarding children and youth offending. His stated aim is to work with partners to make Bradford a place where children and young people from all communities feel safe, enjoy living, and develop the skills and opportunities to fulfil their potential.

Bradford itself is a vibrant city in West Yorkshire of about half a million people with a very high number of children under 18.

It also has a rich cultural diversity with about 120 languages spoken.

Following podcasts will feature other Board members such as the Consultant in Public Health who also Chairs the Child Death Overview Panel, the Superintendent of Police responsible for safeguarding, the Chair of the Adult Safeguarding Board and the Headteacher who chairs our Education sub committee.

Thanks as always to Alba Digital Media for technical support to this Podcast.

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Action For Myalgic Encephalomyelitis ( M E )

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016 in adult care, Children & Social Care, government, health, law, Mental Health, policy, Research, Social Work, Training, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Action For Myalgic Encephalomyelitis ( M E )

Sonya Chowdhury took over as Chief Executive of Action for M.E., the UK’s leading charity for people affected by Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.), in September 2012.

Following Sonya’s appointment, Action for M.E. carried out a full root and branch review of its activities, and which led to the publication of a bold and ambitious agenda for change. This led to increased transparency and clarity for the charity which has contributed to a shift to increased collaboration and effectiveness of its work. Sonya is now working with key stakeholders and the Action for M.E. team to develop the new 2016 – 19 strategy.

Prior to joining Action for M.E., Sonya, worked in senior management roles for leading children’s charity Barnardo’s where she was Head of Business Support for two days a week and National Lead for the Family Strategic Partnership for the remaining three. Sonya co-pioneered the ‘Innovating Futures’ programme which used a newly-created business generation model to help advance the practice of voluntary sector leaders.

Sonya has held a number of senior management positions within the voluntary sector after starting her career within statutory social work following her graduation from Bath University with a BSC Joint Honours in Sociology and Social Work and a Social Work Diploma. She has extensive Board experience and has Chaired a number of Boards of Directors/Trustees and was a governor of a local secondary school for a number of years. Sonya has also worked as an Independent Consultant and Trainer undertaking a wide range of contracts with local authorities, police, health and voluntary sector organisations.

M.E. Matters

Imagine your world shrinking to a point so that all you see, day after day, is your bedroom, darkened because any light burns holes in your head. Any attempt to move is thwarted because it feels like an elephant is sat on you. Regardless of how much you rest or sleep, you are still exhausted and have no energy whatsoever. Friends have stopped calling and family struggle to really understand what’s wrong with you.

M.E. is a neurological, long-term, fluctuating condition which affects 250,000 people in the UK; around 17 million worldwide. About 25% of people are so severely affected that they are house or bed-bound for many years, even decades; their experience not being dissimilar to that I outlined above. M.E. is the biggest cause of long-term school absence and one in 100 young people have it. Suicide is six times higher among people with M.E. than in the general population.

The causes of M.E. are still being investigated. Emerging evidence indicates that there are likely to be a number of factors involved and that there may be a number of different types or sub-groups of the illness. There is evidence that certain infections can trigger the illness. Many are viruses but M.E. may be triggered in other ways.

I joined Action for M.E. just over four years ago having worked in statutory social work (children and families) and specialist drugs work before moving to the voluntary sector where I have had a number of senior leadership roles. Nothing prepared me for the tragic stories and experiences that I see on an almost daily basis, stories of people who are so severely affected by M.E. and yet so severely neglected.

I often describe M.E. as an illness of mystery and myth. There’s a lot we still have to learn about the illness and, despite increased profile of M.E. in the press and media, people still hold misconceptions about it: “It’s all in your head”; “It’s not a real illness”; “Do some exercise and you’ll get better” and “We all get tired” are just a few examples of things I hear from the uninformed. M.E. is often called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or CFS by the NHS, a name which does nothing to help tackle the myths about what M.E. is and isn’t.

Alongside dealing with ignorance and a lack of understanding, many people with M.E. are forced to give up work because they are too ill, or because there is not the support and adjustments to enable them to remain in work. With less than one in ten people with M.E. in work, the estimated £6.4bn cost to the economy in 2006 is probably under-estimated. People with M.E. also struggle with accessing support and care. Our recent consultation with 850 people found that, despite 97% of respondents potentially being eligible for social care support under the Care Act, only 16% had had an assessment and of these, only 6% had received any form of support.

Some people with M.E. do make a full or part recovery and not everyone is so severely affected. But M.E. affects us all in one way or another, either directly or indirectly through the cost and burden it places on society.

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069 Social Work Across the Atlantic

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Children, Children & Social Care, government, health, International, law, Media, Media Training, Podcasts, Social Media, Social Work, social work education, Training, Training Courses | 0 comments

069 Social Work Across the Atlantic

Hello again. This programme features a short radio interview I gave on recruitment , retention and the reasons behind vacancy rates/agency staff numbers.

Then my guest is Deona Hooper, based in South Carolina and the founder of  Social Work Helper digital newsletter/magazine.. She describes it as a “woman owned mission driven progress website providing news, information, and resources related to social issues, social justice, social good and human rights issues”.

Deona is the Founder, Developer, and Editor-in-Chief of Social Work Helper. She has a Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Management and Community Practice with a Certificate in Nonprofit Management- both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

https://www.socialworkhelper.com, or you can contact on Twitter: @swhelpercom

Also developing an App for the social work community in the USA. Check it out and give her feedback and have a think how it would work here in the UK.

 

Thanks, as always, to Alba Digital Media for technical support to the Podcast.

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068 Churches Child Protection Advisory Service

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in abuse, Child Abuse, Children, Children & Social Care, crime, government, health, International, Media, neglect, Podcasts, policy, Research, Social Work, Training, victim | 0 comments

068 Churches Child Protection Advisory Service

Justin Humphreys is the Executive Director of Safeguarding of CCPAS. This Charity , formed in 1977, has over 8000 subscribing organisations, churches and other bodies that look to it for training, consultancy , DBS checking and general support. It operates all through the UK and has strong links abroad.

Justin talks of the challenges facing faith based organisations in the current climate of attention on historic abuse and what CCPAS is able to do to make them safer.

The objective is to make vulnerable children and adults safer when involved with places of worship, organisations and individuals in the wider faith community.

Find out more about them ( main number 01322 517817) , through www.ccpas.co.uk ,  or a 24 hour helpline 0845 120 4550 (though out of hours for urgent calls only)

Thanks, as always, to Alba Digital Media for technical support to the Podcast.

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067 James Rook CEO Sanctuary

Posted by on Jul 13, 2016 in Children & Social Care, health, Podcasts, policy, Social Work, social work education, Training, Training Courses | 0 comments

067 James Rook CEO Sanctuary

 

I felt that it was important to look at the private sector and Sanctuary provides staff across health and social care. James is one of the most influential figures in this sector and the interdependence that exists with employers seems likely to continue indefinitely.

After 20 years of developing and resourcing work within adult and children’s social care, James , as the Chief Executive, has built up a unique understanding of the sector. Agency staff and interim appointments are part of the fabric of the social care landscape. When he set up Sanctuary he employed eight staff and it’s a positive statement of the company that, although it has grown to be the largest provider of social workers in the sector, the same eight staff are still there.

He has an enormous passion for the work, supporting a number of charities, in particular the Social Work Awards which are now an established part of the calendar.

Much of his time is spent with the leaders of social care within local authority, central government and the third sector.

Thanks , as always,  to Alba Digital Media for their technical support.

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066 Ruth ALLEN Chief Executive BASW

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in adult care, Child Abuse, Children, Children & Social Care, government, International, law, Media, Media Training, Mental Health, Newly qualified social workers, Podcasts, Research, Social Work, social work education, Training, Training Courses | 0 comments

066  Ruth ALLEN Chief Executive BASW

Dr Ruth Allen joined the British Association of Social Workers as Chief Executive on 11th April 2016.  She was previously Director of Social Work at South West London & St Georges’ Mental Health Trust and Chair of the Mental Health Faculty at the College of Social Work.  Previous to that she was a head of social care, social care manager and practitioner within local government and the NHS working with client groups of all ages.

 

We talk of the range of challenges facing social work in the months to come. The programme covers thoughts on domestic and international issues as well as messages for the tens of thousands of social workers in the four home nations.

Thanks as always to Alba Digital Media for technical support in making this podcast.

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065 Dept for Education Review of LSCBs Alan Wood

Posted by on Jan 29, 2016 in abuse, Child Abuse, Children, Children & Social Care, Conference, crime, government, health, law, Media, Podcasts, policy, Research, victim | 0 comments

065 Dept for Education Review of LSCBs  Alan Wood

Alan Wood has been asked by the Secretary of State, Nicky Morgan MP and the Minister, Edward Timpson MP to lead a fundamental review of the role and functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LCSBs). This will include the child death review process and consideration of how the intended centralisation of serious case reviews (SCRs) will work effectively at local level.

Alan was a previous guest on the programme when President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.

His CV includes:-

2014: appointed, secretary of state to review children’s services, Birmingham city council; 2013: commissioner, children’s services, Doncaster council (appt by secretary of state to review its children’s services); 2006-present: corporate director, children and young people’s services, London borough (LB)of Hackney; 2002-12: chief executive, The Learning Trust (a not-for-profit organisation delivering all education services in LB Hackney); 2000-2001: director of education, LB Lambeth; 1997-2000: deputy director/assistant director of education, LB Lambeth; 1990-1997: head of pupil support and special educational needs, LB Southwark; 1977-1990: history teacher.

President ADCS; 1982-90: Labour councillor, Camden council.

Recorded from his phone in the Dept for Education

Thanks , as always , to Alba Digital Media for technical support in making this Podcast.

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064 Review of Safeguarding Children Boards

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Child Abuse, Children, Children & Social Care, crime, government, law, Podcasts, policy, social work education, Training | 0 comments

064 Review of Safeguarding Children Boards

 

The Government announced just before Christmas a review of Local Safeguarding Children Boards so I invited David Jones , National Chair of the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs, to be my guest.

David is a registered social worker, qualifying in 1974.  He was appointed in 2010 as the Independent Chair of Leicester Safeguarding Children and Adults Boards. His varied career and substantial experience have focused on social work and social services in general, children’s services and child protection.  He helped launch the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs and is currently the National Chair.

David has worked internationally as Chair, Adviser and Consultant to several groups, policy committees, advisory boards and councils. He retired after 4 years as honorary President of the International Federation of Social Workers in 2010 and continues to play a leading role coordinating The Global Agenda for Social Work.

David has held several national roles in government departments and agencies, working with Parliament, Minsters and government officials, retiring from the post of Deputy Director (Children) and Professional Adviser in the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) in 2010.  He was awarded his doctorate in social work in 2009 for research into the evaluation and inspection of social work.

 

Thanks, as always to Alba Digital Media for their technical support in making this Podcast.

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063 Michael Hames. Police pioneer against child abuse

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in abuse, Child Abuse, Children, Children & Social Care, crime, government, International, law, Podcasts, Research, Social Work, traffiking, Training, victim | 0 comments

063 Michael Hames.  Police pioneer against child abuse

My guest is Michael Hames who I’ve known for 20 years and whom I worked with on several initiatives and investigations starting when he was at Scotland Yard.

He was born in Colchester, Essex and after education at the Colchester Royal Grammar School, joined the Metropolitan Police in 1962.  He served for 32 years  and held a variety of management positions at senior rank from 1970.  During much of this time, he specialised in the detection of sex offenders.

For the last 5 years of his service, he was the Detective Superintendent in charge of the Obscene Publications Branch at New Scotland Yard. During his time there, he re-focussed the work to encompass the proactive detection of paedophile offenders and it has subsequently been renamed the Paedophilia Unit of the Organised Crime Group.  He developed and refined, the use of the first National Index of convicted and suspected paedophiles until the formation of the National Criminal Intelligence Service in 1993, when the Index was transferred to the Home Office Unit.

He supervised the operational unit which achieved outstanding success and world wide acknowledgment of its pioneering work to combat paedophiles.

He was the U.K. Interpol representative  on the Standing Working Group on Offences Against Children.  He chaired the sub-committee on law Enforcement methods and was the leading police advocate of legislation to ban possession of child pornography throughout the member States, as well as extra-territorial legislation to deal with child abusers who travel and commit offences outside their jurisdiction.  He has regular contact with non governmental agencies such as E.C.P.A.T. (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of children for sexual purposes), The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, in the U.S., as well as law enforcement agencies throughout the world.

He was also  a member of the Sexual Offences Steering Committee at Scotland Yard.  He has carried out research into Organised and Ritual Abuse of Children and is an acknowledged authority on the subject of Child Sexual Abuse.  He has lectured widely at home and abroad and published articles in the press and professional journals.  He frequently appears on Television and Radio.

He is now an independent consultant, advising and training at the request of  Local Authorities, Charities and Private Companies on a variety of subjects including Child Protection, Staffing issues, Strategic Management and Selection of Staff.  His speciality remains the combating of Child Abuse in Organisations.

He holds a post graduate Diploma in Management Studies.  He holds the British Psychological Society’s Level ‘B’ Certificate in psychometric testing.

His autobiography, ‘The Dirty  Squad’ was published by Little Brown in April 2000.

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Association of Independent LSCB Chairs

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in abuse, Child Abuse, Children, Children & Social Care, Conference, government, Media | 0 comments

Association of Independent LSCB Chairs

This was our resolution  following the Annual Conference of Independent Chairs of Safeguarding Children Boards.

PROTECT CHILDREN AT RISK FROM SPENDING REVIEW CUTS
LSCB CHAIRS CALL FOR SYSTEMATIC RISK ASSESSMENT OF
THE IMPACT OF SPENDING REVIEW CUTS
ON VULNERABLE CHILDREN & FAMILIES
‘Vulnerable children face serious risks in the 2015 Government Spending Review process’,
said David N Jones (AILC Chair) speaking immediately after the annual conference of the
Association of Independent Chairs of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (AILC), where a
resolution was passed unanimously (see below) highlighting the safeguarding risks for
children within the Chancellor’s 2015 Spending Review.
‘All the Independent Chairs present at the conference voiced grave concern at the likely
impact of proposed expenditure cuts on vulnerable families’, he continued. ‘There is already
evidence of serious reductions in early help and intervention and in youth services, both of
which are vital for those most at risk.
‘Effective safeguarding depends on coordination of a range of family and children services,
including general services such as health, education and criminal justice, as well as
specialist services such as social work. There is a real danger that fragmented approaches
to service redesign alongside reduced financial support for parents will create more risk for
children than the sum of each individual decision.
‘For the sake of the most vulnerable children in the country, safeguarding MUST be
protected and, if cuts are required, they must be planned and coordinated across the whole
of children’s services. Each organisation should publish an assessment of the risks for
children and the action proposed to reduce those risks. As always, health, education, police
and social care professionals will do their best to protect children, come what may, but they
need to tools to do the job’, David Jones continued.
The LSCB Chairs agreed unanimously that they ‘will continue to implement the LSCBs’
statutory duty to monitor and report on the effectiveness of local safeguarding arrangements,
including the impact of funding decisions on the safety of children and young people’.
CONTACT DETAILS
For interviews or more information from David N Jones please email
chair@lscbchairs.org.uk or phone 01604-414345 or 07880-209788.
Visit www.lscbchairs.org.uk

Statutory Local Safeguarding Children Boards bring together the leaders of the agencies working
with children in every local authority area in England. There are similar arrangements in Wales,
Scotland and Northern Ireland. LSCBs are required to have an Independent Chair and 2 lay
members who are not employed directly by any of local agencies. The Lead Member for Children’s
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Services of the local council is a participant observer on the Board. LSCBs approve local procedures
for investigations, ensure multi-professional training is provided and scrutinise the effectiveness of the
local system, including overseeing serious case reviews when needed. LSCBs have arrangements to
gather the experience of children and young people and have to be connected to local communities.
However Boards have no power to insist on action by local agencies. They need the resources and
support to perform these functions effectively.
The Association of Independent LSCB Chairs is the national membership organisation for
Independent Chairs of Local Safeguarding Children Boards, a statutory position. Its membership is
made up of approximately 100 Independent LSCB Chairs operating across 146 LSCBs in England
(some chair more than one Board). There is collaboration with colleagues from equivalent structures
in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Independent LSCB Chairs come from a
variety of professional backgrounds including police, social work, law, health and public
administration.
RESOLUTION
Vulnerable children face serious risks in the 2015 Government Spending Review process.
Families in need frequently depend on additional help from health, education, criminal justice
and social care services. The police are also involved when there are safeguarding
concerns. All these services are facing major cuts in funding. Proposed reductions in
financial support for low income families add to the pressures on vulnerable families.
LSCB Chairs urge all decision makers to protect essential safeguarding of children, which
must include early help and intervention for vulnerable families to prevent serious abuse and
neglect. The future health and development of thousands of young people depend on early
help and intervention; there are already signs that these services (including youth services)
are being seriously cut back.
LSCB Chairs call on all government departments and local partners to undertake and
publish a risk assessment of the impact of financial cuts on vulnerable children and families
and their strategies to reduce those risks.
LSCB Chairs will continue to implement the LSCBs’ statutory duty to monitor and report on
the effectiveness of local safeguarding arrangements, including the impact of funding
decisions on the safety of children and young people.
Association of Independent LSCB Chairs
Sheffield, 10 November 2015
Passed unanimously at the annual conference of the Association of Independent LSCB
Chairs (AILC).

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062 DONALD FINDLATER– Lucy Faithfull Foundation

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062  DONALD FINDLATER– Lucy Faithfull Foundation

Lucy Faithfull Foundation believes that child sexual abuse is preventable and that we can have a society where children are free from sexual abuse and exploitation.  Their purpose is to safeguard children and young people from sexual abuse by preventing it and responding to it. 

Their stated mission is to prevent abuse from happening by working in partnership with voluntary and statutory sector professionals as well as the general public.

This week saw the launch of a major initiative by the Foundation—

A national internet video campaign has been launched to encourage people who view images of child sexual abuse online to seek help.

The videos feature warnings of the harm done by viewing such images.

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) said it was aimed to deter would-be offenders and encourage them to seek therapy before being arrested.

Donald Findlater is their Director of Research and Development

For seven years, Donald was Manager of the Wolvercote Clinic, the UK’s only residential assessment and treatment centre for men with allegations of or convictions for child sexual abuse. This followed a career in the Probation Service where, latterly, he was responsible for the development and delivery of Surrey Probation Service’s sex offender strategy. Over recent years Donald has worked as a “subject matter expert” with the DCSF (now Department of Education) in the creation and delivery of “Safer Recruitment” training programmes for Heads and Governors of schools and for recruiters into the wider children’s workforce.

As well as being Director of the child sexual abuse public education campaign, Stop it Now! UK and Ireland, Donald managed the development of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation’s Circles of Support and Accountability programme. He has also managed a joint project with Securus (a software company) developing and deploying the means of monitoring the home computer use of known sex offenders.

At Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Donald has steered development of the Helpline, as well as the Stop it Now! website and its online self-help tools and resources from their inception. He is regularly in demand from print and broadcast media outlets to comment on all aspects of child sexual abuse and exploitation prevention work and is considered a leading expert in the field, both in the UK and internationally.

Thanks as always to Alba Digital Media for technical support

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