Safeguarding in Community Groups Newsletter – Summer 2019

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Welcome to the summer edition of the newsletter from Wigan Children and Adults Safeguarding Boards. Here you will find up to date information, advice and news that will help you in your community groups to safeguard the adults and children you support.

If you have anything you would like to see in future newsletters; our details are on the second page, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Changes to Local Children Safeguarding Boards: There is new legislation (Children and Social Work Act 2017) that says Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) set up by local authorities, are to be replaced. With effect from 29th September 2019, Wigan Safeguarding Children Board will operate as Wigan Safeguarding Partnership . The new arrangements can be viewed here.

Under the new legislation, the three safeguarding partners (local authority, police, and clinical commissioning group) must make arrangements to work together with relevant agencies , as they consider appropriate. Contact details for WSCB will remain the same.

Safeguarding Advice for Community Groups “If your organisation works with children or young people, or with adults at risk or in vulnerable situations, it should have a safeguarding policy and procedure. There should be a high degree of awareness among staff and volunteers of safeguarding issues and their roles in protecting people from harm.”

Advice from NCVO. Further information and guidance can be found here.

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP)

Adults TLAP today launches an online resource to showcase innovative community-centred models that support people to have a life not a service. Whilst they don’t underestimate the scale of the challenge for councils to commission differently, they do believe that the case for seeking alternatives to traditional support arrangements is gaining momentum.

Based on TLAP’s knowledge of personalised care that focuses on people’s strengths, TLAP are delighted to offer a practical digital resource for you to browse and use. View the directory here

Keeping Children Safe

From talking PANTS to approaching difficult issues, the NSPCC have a range of tips and advice to help you keep children safe whether they’re at home, out and about or online.

For community groups working with children and young adults, there is some really useful resources here

Community Book Do you want to stay in touch with what’s happening in other community groups and their events?

The Community Book provides opportunities for networking and linking up with other groups in the Wigan Borough.

Are you on the Community Book already? If not, this is a good way of letting people know who you are and where you are.

The Community Book can be found here

Wigan Borough Community Partnership

Wigan Borough Community Partnership (WBCP) Is a relatively newly formed Charity which exists to provide advice, training and support in maintaining or setting up community groups and organisations across the Wigan borough.

WBCP are on hand to offer advice and support to individuals and community groups supporting the VCSE sector, within Wigan Borough. So, if you need advice about your group, or the safeguarding practices and training you need. Please contact them, details can be found on their website here

Information about Safeguarding and Training Opportunities

Wigan Safeguarding Children Board has an area on its website just for community groups, it can be found here

Wigan Safeguarding Adults Board has some really useful website links about staying safe and different support that can be found here

Safeguarding Leads in Community Groups

All community groups working with members of the public, whether adults or children should allocate a member of staff as the Nominated Safeguarding Lead.

All staff should have training in at least basic safeguarding awareness, but the Lead should be responsible for keeping up to date with relevant information and identifying the learning needs of staff (paid and unpaid) within the setting. Sometimes this may mean seeking out more advanced or specialist training.

For community groups working with children; the NSPCC have released a podcast about the role here

All staff working with children should have had a DSB check completed before they begin working directly with children. Those working with adults should try to ensure that the Safeguarding Lead has had a DSB check and if working with ‘Adults at Risk of Abuse’ (previously referred to as ’Vulnerable Adults’) then all staff should have had a DSB check prior to working directly with ‘Adults at Risk of Abuse’. More information about DSB Checks can be found here