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December 2021

Winter Newsletter

The latest edition of the Darlington Safeguarding Partnership's Newsletter is available to read.  We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Healthy Christmas.

Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (CAPVA) Training - 2022 dates

In October, we advised of a free training opportunity delivered by RESPECT for wider partners of Darlington Safeguarding Partnership. Their new 2-part blended learning training is taking place throughout January 2022 and is aimed at professionals who have contact with children, young people and families in a range of settings to increase their ability to recognise CAPVA, to understand the dynamic involved and provide the confidence to approach the subject of CAPVA with families. This training will help practitioners identify families who will benefit from the RYPP intervention programme.  

Click here for details about the training sessions [pdf document] 

Part 1 - On-line Moodle Learning Platform; Part 2 - 3 hour live interactive session delivered over Zoom.

Click here to access the RESPECT training Moodle - If you have not previously accessed the Moodle, you will need to set up as a new user and RESPECT will provide you with a password. 

November 2021

NEW 2022 Safeguarding Training Programme

Our new Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training Programme is now live. Go to our Training page for details on all the training courses and how to book onto a session.

Please keep checking for other safeguarding training courses which will be added throughout the year which you may find useful.

Domestic Abuse Briefing

A Multi-Agency Partnership Briefing Podcast on Domestic Abuse has been developed setting out the new protections under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

Access the presentation slides [pdf document] or watch the Domestic Abuse Briefing here; You Tube Video

16 Days of Action

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that commences on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. 

During the 16 days of Action, specialist providers would like to invite you to participate in a series of online learning events which are aimed at increasing professional understanding of domestic abuse, sexual violence, honour based violence & sexual exploitation.  View for more details.

Autumn Newsletter

The latest edition of the Darlington Safeguarding Partnership's Newsletter is available to read.

DSP Annual Report 2020-21

The 2020-21 Safeguarding Partnership Annual Report has been published.  The report sets out what the Partnership has achieved over the past year to ensure there are effective arrangements in place across Darlington to protect and promote the welfare of children and adults with needs for care and support. 

DSP Annual Report 2020/21 [pdf document]

Safeguarding Adults Week: Monday 15th November 2021 to Sunday 21st November 2021

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership is pleased to be supporting Safeguarding Adults Weeks again this year which will run from Monday 15th November 2021 to Sunday 21st November 2021. Darlington Town Hall is to be lit up in purple (the North East regional colour used to identify the week) and we would encourage the use of this colour across our partnership. For more information and additional resources please visit www.anncrafttrust.org/events/national-safeguarding-adults-week-2021 

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Survey 2021

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership is carrying out a survey to find out what practitioners know about the Partnership, seek opinions on our website and to find out what practitioners know about adult and child safeguarding reviews and whether the learning from reviews is widely shared within organisations.

We value your opinions and constantly seek feedback, so please take the time to complete the survey which will take only a few minutes.

The survey will be available until 14th December 2021.  

Take the survey [external link]

If anyone has any questions, please contact Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Business Unit on 01325 406451 or DSP@darlington.gov.uk 

October 2021

Childhood Obesity Policy and Practice Guidance (Safeguarding response in the Context of Neglect)

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership has developed a procedure and practice guidance document to support practitioners who may have concerns that a child is obese and that neglect is considered to be a factor.  Click here to view policy and guidance [pdf document]

Self-Neglect and Hoarding Practice Guidance and Briefing Document

Following the focus on self-neglect, new Practice Guidance on Self-Neglect and Hoarding and a briefing document has been developed - click here to access guidance and click here to access the briefing document.

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Procedure and Practice Guidance for Managing Allegations against Staff and Volunteers Working with Children

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership has recently updated the Procedure and Practice Guidance for Managing Allegations against Staff and Volunteers who Work with Children to reflect a recent amendment of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and changes to the referral process and to highlight a new e mail address.  Anyone wishing to make a referral or seek advice should contact the Designated Officer by telephone on 01325 406451 so that a discussion can take place and actions agreed. Any subsequent correspondence or general enquiries should be forwarded to the new secure e mail address designatedofficer@darlington.gov.uk

For further information visit the Managing Allegations page on the website.  

National Hate Crime Awareness Week - 9-16 October

For more information on Hate Crime, how to report it and help to prevent it, please click on the link here to a Vodcast;

Training Opportunity - Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (CAPVA)

A free training opportunity is open to wider partners of Darlington Safeguarding Partnership and will be delivered by RESPECT.  The one day  session is aimed at professionals who have contact with children, young people and families in a range of settings to increase their ability to recognise CAPVA, to understand the dynamic involved and provide the confidence to approach the subject of CAPVA with families. This training will help practitioners identify families who will benefit from the RYPP as outlined in the information provided.

Details about the training and how to book are available here. [pdf document] 

September 2021

Managing Allegations Procedures-change in referral procedure and e mail address.

The Designated Officer (formerly LADO) no longer requires the submission of a referral form in respect of allegations against employees. Anyone wishing to make a referral or seek advice should contact the Designated Officer by telephone on 01325 406451 so that a discussion can take place and actions agreed. Any subsequent correspondence or general enquiries should be forwarded to the new secure e mail address designatedofficer@darlington.gov.uk For further information visit the Managing Allegations page on the website. 

Safeguarding the Unborn - Procedure and Practice Guidance Update

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership has updated the procedure and practice guidance document Safeguarding the Unborn. For further information visit the Multi Agency Practice Guidance page on Darlington Safeguarding Partnership website and see Safeguarding the Unborn-Procedure and Practice Guidance. 

July 2021

Information Sharing Video

The Safeguarding Partnership continues to develop ways in which it raises awareness of key learning points from reviews and audits, information sharing is a recurring theme.  A podcast has been developed to support practitioners in understanding when to share information which is crucial for the effective safeguarding of children and adults with needs for care and support but also to improve decision making.   Please check out the link to our Information Sharing video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOWn3VNT6Y4

Internet Safety

A new tool has been launched by Childline and The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), enables children and young people to report a nude image or video of themselves which has been shared online. The IWF can then take steps to remove it from the Internet. More information from the IWF can be found on the IWF website as well as the Childline reporting tool, ‘Report Remove’.

Summer Newsletter

Welcome to our Summer 2021 Newsletter!  Once again thank you to you all for your continued dedication, creativity and adaptability in the way you have supported and safeguarded vulnerable children and adults in Darlington. Summer Newsletter

May 2021

Stop it Now Campaign - Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

The Stop it Now Campaign has been operating for a few years, as a child protection charity they work to prevent child sexual abuse by making sure adults know what to do to keep children safe. They provide a number of resources providing advice and guidance.  Visit the Lucy Faithfull website for further details.

Revision of Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Practice Guidance and the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Referral Pathway

The Learning and Development sub-group has revised the Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Practice Guidance to incorporate a Memorandum of Understanding and a Referral Pathway which have been developed jointly with Durham.   

Revision of Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Serious Child Safeguarding Incident Procedures

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Procedure (CSPR) has recently been revised, this includes merging the Serious Child Safeguarding Incident Procedure into the Child Safeguarding Practice Review procedure to reduce duplication and ensuring all information and guidance is available in one document. The procedure has also been updated to incorporate a more robust process at the front end to ensure appropriate governance has taken place before a referral is submitted.

The Notifiable (Serious) Incident referral form (appendix 1 within the document) has been adapted so that it is not only used in circumstances for notification of serious incidents but also to enable cases that do not meet the threshold for notification but there is learning to be explored to be referred to the Learning and Development sub group who will review to determine next steps. 

Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Serious Incident Notification Procedures 

County Lines

Tackling county lines, and the supply gangs responsible for high levels of violence, exploitation and abuse of vulnerable adults and children, is a priority for UK law enforcement. Law enforcement collectively has been stepping up its response, working to identify and take effective action in areas of the country with the most significant problems. Watch the latest information brief video, made in partnership with Sketchups, discussing the County Lines methodology and how this is impacting Children and Vulnerable adults, Partners, Law Enforcement and society. Link here to view; You Tube NCLCC Video Channel

April 2021

Fire Setting Guidance

The Partnership has developed Fire setting Guidance to support those working with children and young people.  This was developed following key learning from a case review.  The guidance has been incorporated within the Child Protection Procedures, click on Fire Setting.  

New Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training Programme (June - December 2021)

Our second edition Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training Programme is now available.  Pop over to our Training page above or click here to view.

Spring Newsletter

Welcome to our Spring 2021 Newsletter!  We would like to thank you all for your continued dedication during these unprecedented times, in helping to keep children, young people and vulnerable adults across Darlington safe. Spring Newsletter

March 2021

Supporting Vulnerable Children and Families during COVID-19

This practice briefing from the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel sets out key findings and recommendations from a thematic analysis of Rapid Reviews relating to serious child safeguarding incidents reported to the Panel during the initial COVID-19 outbreak between March and September 2020.

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel shows that COVID-19 presents a situational risk for vulnerable children and families, with the potential to exacerbate pre-existing safeguarding risks, and bring about new ones. The learning from this analysis is intended to support leaders and practitioners as they continue to respond to the challenges presented by COVID-19. Read it here

Revision of Safeguarding Adult Review (SAR) protocol

The SAR Protocol has recently been revised to incorporate a more robust process at the front end to ensure appropriate governance has taken place before a SAR is submitted to ensure there is agreement that it meets the criteria and the relevant information is provided.  It also reflects, should a case not meet the criteria for a SAR, however there is learning from a case, this can be referred in to the Learning and Development Sub Group who will review to determine next steps.   

February 2021

Revision of Forced Marriage practice guidance and Honour Based Abuse practice guidance documents

The Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Honour Based Abuse Practice Guidance and Forced Marriage Practice Guidance documents have been revised. The practice guidance now incorporates safeguarding both adults and children.    

Revision to Professional Challenge Procedure

The Professional Challenge Procedure and Practice Guidance has been refreshed and now includes additional guidance on how and when it should be applied. There is also a YouTube video link to support the guidance, click on link below.

January 2021

Professional Challenge

Listen to our latest YouTube video on Professional Challenge, discussing what is meant by the term 'Professional Challenge'; potential areas of disagreement, as well as procedures and guidance developed by the Partnership for effective challenge within Darlington.  Listen to it here

Working Together

Please see below link in which to download the PDF briefing for key provisions introduced in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 (with updates added in 2020).  This is an additional briefing on the changes to working together.

NSPCC - Working Together

December 2020

Winter Newsletter

Welcome to our Winter Newsletter! We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continued dedication during these unparalleled times. Winter Newsletter

Thematic Briefing

A briefing document has been developed on the back of a thematic review of audits and reviews undertaken over a four-year period.  This briefing outlines the key issues identified, along with details of the learning to help improve practice going forward with signposting to helpful tools and resources. Whilst this briefing focuses on the key issues highlighted, it has to be recognised there were also many examples of good practice identified across individual cases.

This briefing is to help and support all those working with children and adults. Thematic Briefing

Purple Winter

Purple Winter is a free, simple and inclusive campaign aimed at raising awareness around Child Abuse and Child Sexual Exploitation.

#purplewinter is run by volunteers and this year is on Friday the 4th December.

Please try to do “something purple” on this date. Wear some purple clothing, eat purple food, write a purple message and send it via workforce.trainingbookings@darlington.gov.uk . The Workforce Development Team will be tweeting out any pictures that you send us throughout the day.

November 2020

DSP Annual Report 2019-20

The first annual report under the new Safeguarding Partnership Arrangements has been published.  The report sets out what the Partnership has achieved over the past year to ensure there are effective arrangements in place across Darlington to protect and promote the welfare an children and adults with needs for care and support. 

DSP Annual Report 2019/20 [pdf document]

Revision to Child Protection Procedures - Confidentiality

The Child Protection Procedures have been revised to incorporate guidance on Confidentiality, details are outlined in section titled Concerned about a child - How to report a concern

Action Against Domestic Abuse in National Adults Safeguarding Week - 16th - 22nd November 2020

Everyone, from all walks of life, should be aware of the role they can play in helping to prevent abuse. We should all know how to spot the signs of abuse, and the actions we should take if we spot any signs.  That’s what Safeguarding Adults Week is all about. We want to start a nationwide conversation about safeguarding – so we can all be better, together.

National Adults Safeguarding Week [external link]

October 2020

The Bruising in non-mobile children Protocol has been revised.  The protocol sets out the referral pathway and has been incorporated into the Child Protection Procedures.

Bruising in Non-Mobile Children Protocol [PDF document]

August 2020

Managing allegations against employees and volunteers who work with adults who have needs for care and support

The Learning and Development sub-group has revised the policy and practice guidance document Managing Allegations against Employees and Volunteers who work with Adults who have Needs for Care and Support. [PDF document]. The revised document includes advice on dealing with those who are self employed.  

Changes to Safeguarding Training

We have been closely monitoring the developments relating to COVID-19, noting updates and advice given by the UK Government, and other UK public bodies as to how we may safely carry out Safeguarding Training during these unprecedented times. Darlington Safeguarding Partnership would like to thank you for your patience during this time. 

Until we are able to carry out face-to-face training sessions in a safe manner again within the venues we use for our Safeguarding Training, we have evaluated our training programme, utilising Virtual Teams Meetings until the end of October 2020, when we will reassess again. Please see our Training page for more information on Virtual Training.

In the meantime, if you would like to access the Level 1 child or adult Safeguarding training, you can do this by accessing our e-learning packages as below. 

Level 1 Child Safeguarding Awareness Workbook [Word Document]

Level 1 Adult Safeguarding Alerter Workbook [Word Document]

July 2020

The latest version of DSP Research Digest document has been published to share messages from recently published Serious Case Reviews, Safeguarding Adult Reviews and local lessons learnt. 

DSP Learning Research Digest issue 2 (June 2020)

June 2020

Medical Assessments

Information on Medical Assessments have been incorporated into the Multi-Agency child Protection Procedures to support practitioners when there is an allegation, a suspicion or a disclosure of child abuse involving a suspicious injury, suspected sexual abuse or serious neglect.  DSP Child Protection Procedures.

Friday 12 June is #Purplesummer

#Purplesummer is an online campaign is to raise awareness of childhood sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation and to encourage victims to speak out about what has happened to them.  You can support the campaign by wearing something purple for the day.

Carers Week 8-14 June 2020

Carers Week is 8-14 June 2020. The Covid -19 Pandemic means that there are more people with caring responsibilities than ever before. For information and support visit www.carersweek.org

Covid -19 Information Leaflet - Safeguarding is everyone's business

Children and vulnerable adults are at increased risk of abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic. HM Government has produced a safeguarding information leaflet providing information on signs of abuse, what to do if you are concerned that someone you know is being abused and how to report a safeguarding concern. 

Safeguarding is everybody's business leaflet [PDF document]

April 2020

COVID-19 Information for Partners

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership have developed a web page on useful information for partners during COVID-19, you will find updates from partner agencies on what they have implemented as well as useful signposting to National Guidance.

COVID-19 Information for Partners

March 2020

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Briefing - 25th March 2020

Darlington Safeguarding Partners have published a briefing document to provide you with details of the current interim safeguarding arrangements in place during the current Coronavirus circumstances.   Further details will be provided as and when appropriate.

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Briefing

February 2020

Changes to Children's Front Door Service

As from 2.00pm on Wednesday 4th March 2020 a new dedicated telephone line will be provided for practitioners to gain advice and report a child concern. This will provide a better experience for reporting concerns to ensure the right service for children and families is provided.

The telephone number for professionals to ring is 01325 406252.

You will no longer be required to submit a written referral. A telephone conversation with advice will replace the referral form. Once you have reported concerns, you will receive confirmation of the conversation with details of:

  • What you told us
  • What we agreed
  • What you will do

Two leaflets have been developed to provide further information.

Leaflet 1 - Changes to the front door

Leaflet 2 - How to report a concern

Additional supporting information is available below:

MAPPA e-learning Programme

You can now access MAPPA e-learning programme, which is aimed at all agencies who work with or support individuals who have the potential to cause serious harm to others.

Click here to access MAPPA e-learning

You will need to register by selecting 'create an account' and then by creating your own username and password.  

Safer Internet Day 2020

Safer Internet Day 2020 will take place on 11 February 2020.  The theme for the day is 'together for a better internet'.  Resources including packs for teachers, parents and carers are available.  Resources are available on UK Safer Internet Centre [Link].

January 2020

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training Programme

The multi-agency training programme has been updated and includes details of courses planned until December 2020. To view the training programme which includes dates and course outlines, see Training Programme [Link].

If you would like to book a place on any session, please e-mail DSP.training@darlington.gov.uk

November 2019

Carers Rights Day is Thursday 21st November 2019

Carers UK is joining together with organisations from across the UK to help carers in their local communities find their way. Whether they are struggling with navigating a maze of health and social services, looking for places to access information, or finding they need extra support to cope with the pressures of caring, Carers UK will help empower them to find assistance. For more information visit the Carers UK website.

Darlington Safeguarding Boards' Annual Reports 2018/19

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership has published the Darlington Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board Annual Report 2018/19 and the Darlington Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report 2018/19. These are the final annual reports published under the former safeguarding arrangements and highlight the achievements of both Boards in the past twelve months and outline the new safeguarding partnership arrangements.

October 2019

Child Death Overview Panel Annual Report 2018-19

The 2018-19 Child Death Overview Panel Annual Report has now been published.

World Mental Health Day

Thursday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma. This year’s theme is suicide and suicide prevention. For more information visit www.time-to-change.org.uk  

NSPCC Parents in Sport Week 2019

The NSPCC Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) has launched the Sports Parents Promise as part of its annual awareness raising campaign, Parents in Sport Week, 7-13 October 2019.
The Promise outlines all the ways in which parents can be the best sports parents they can be, by ensuring their child has safe and enjoyable experiences of sport.
Parents can make the Promise online and, in return, they’ll be directed to vital information about how to keep their child safe in sport. They can also download a certificate of their own to share on social media or print out and stick up on the fridge. For more information visit NSPCC Parents in Sport Week 2019

September 2019

Sexual Health Week 2019 – Monday 16 – Sunday 22 September 2019

The theme for Sexual Health Week 2019 is sex, relationships and disability. Brook believes that every young person should have equal access to quality relationships and sex education, sexual health services and wellbeing support. Despite becoming mandatory in 2020, inclusive relationships and sex education in schools remains a taboo subject. Unfortunately, when it comes to sex education and disabilities, there is even greater stigma.
Sex and disability simply isn’t talked about enough and this means that lots of young people are missing out on valuable education, information and support.
Through our sexual health week, we want to be part of normalising the conversations around sex and disability and supporting professionals to better equip the young people they work with. For more information visit www.brook.org

World Suicide Prevention Day

Tuesday 10th September 2019 is World Suicide Prevention Day. This year the National Suicide Prevention Alliance is raising awareness of the action individuals can take to help support someone who is struggling, under the international theme of Working Together to Prevent Suicide. For more information on action individuals can take which together can help prevent suicide visit the National Suicide Prevention Alliance.

July 2019

The Young People's Conference 2019

The fourth Young People's Conference took place on 2nd July 2019 at Darlington College. Thirty seven pupils from six secondary schools in Darlington attended the event, which aimed to engage with the young people and improve their understanding of safeguarding issues which may be relevant to them. There were two workshops and the themes included Internet Safety-the perceptions and consequences of sexting, presented by Mike Clark and Colin Gibson at Mike C:The Box and risk taking behaviour associated with alcohol and drugs, presented by Sarah Norman, Drug Intervention Co-ordinator at Durham Constabulary. The aim of the workshops was to educate young people, so they are empowered to make their own informed decisions.
A survey taken at the end of the day told us that 91% of those who attended had enjoyed the day and that 93% had learned something new to take back to school and share with their friends and other pupils. The young people will now take the learning back into their schools to raise awareness of the issues and will report to the Darlington Safeguarding Partnership later in the year about how they shared the learning. There will be a prize for the school which can evidence the best impact of the learning.

May 2019

Foster Care Fortnight May 2019

Foster Care Fortnight is the fostering networks annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and to show how foster care transforms lives. It is also the UK's biggest foster care recruitment programme. The campaign showcases the commitment, passion and dedication of foster carers. It also supports fostering services to highlight the need for more foster carers. Thousands of new foster families are needed every year to care for children with the greatest need being for foster carers for older children, sibling groups, disabled children and unaccompanied asylum seeking children. Foster Care fortnight will take place between 13th - 26th May 2019. For more information and the range of ways to get involved see www.thefosteringnetwork.org.uk/get-involved/foster-care-fortnight.