This information applies to you if you work with, or care for, children and young people in an employed or voluntary capacity.
This includes people whose job brings them into contact with children infrequently or on an ad hoc basis, such as members of the emergency services. It also includes a wide variety of people in a caring capacity, such as foster carers, child minders or youth workers.
Children and Social Work Act 2017 replaces LSCBs with new local safeguarding arrangements led by the three named statutory safeguarding partners; Local Authorities, Chief Officers of Police, and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Health).
The three safeguarding partners will assume the responsibilities for safeguarding arrangements that currently sit with LSCBs, will have a shared and equal duty for new safeguarding arrangements and for working together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in South Tyneside.
The Multi-Agency Threshold Guidance has been revised following consultation and involvement with over 600 practitioners. Their contribution in this process has been invaluable and greatly appreciated.
The Multi-Agency Threshold Guidance is for practitioners and managers in all agencies that work with, or are involved with, children, young people and their families.
What are thresholds?
Thresholds are points at which something happens, stops happening or changes for a child or family.
They are a way of describing transitions between levels of need and types of services and support. They are also ways of identifying the points at which professionals might engage in dialogue with each other and with families to assess what has happened and what, if anything, needs to happen next.
Purpose of the guidance
The guidance will assist practitioners and managers in assessing and identifying a child's level of need and matching that need to the right service response.
The purpose of the guidance is to help us to provide the right support, at the right level, at the right time. We know that failing to do this often means that there is an escalation of need, poorer outcomes for children and families and increased risk for the child.
Early Help is incorporated into the Threshold Guidance and is key in the supporting of families where universal services alone are unable to meet their needs.
Missing adults across Northumbria - Launched in November 2020 following collaborative work across the 7 Councils in the North East, this protocol gives a clear pathway for professionals working with adults who go missing. Further access to the protocol (including the Herbert and Winnie Protocols) can be found at Northumbria Police: Missing persons.
Mate crime - The Tale of Two Cities is an in depth file about regional cases of Mate Crime - Lee Irving, Brent Martin and Jimmy Prout. Watch: Youtube: A Tale of Two Cities
Exploitation of adults online - This film was developed in collaboration with local ex professional footballers and young lads from South Tyneside Disability FC and looks at how people with learning difficulties can stay safe online. Watch: Youtube: #WhoRYa documentary
Cuckooing - Cuckooing is a form of exploitation which involves organised crime gangs taking over the properties of adults at risk of abuse and using the properties from which to run their criminal activities. Durham Safeguarding Adults Board has produced an awareness raising Cuckooing Briefing for professionals. Our thanks go to Durham SAB for allowing us to share this. Durham SAB cuckooing briefing149.43KB
Prevent - New website launch November 2020 : Act Early (The site is designed specifically for concerned members of the public to visit and learn what the prevent world is all about and how they can seek help to safeguard their friends and relatives, if they have concerns about a risk to them being radicalised by terrorists or extremist content, particularly online.).
Online safety live 2020 - A comprehensive guide, with access to a range of resources for professionals, parents, carers and children to help stay safe online and reduce the risk of abuse and exploitation - Online safety live document19.46KB
Statutory guidance for schools and colleges (commenced 5 September 2016).
This document contains information on what schools and colleges should do and sets out the legal duties with which schools and colleges must comply in order to keep children safe. It should be read alongside statutory guidance 'Working Together to Safeguard Children', and departmental advice 'what to do if you are worried a child is being abused - advice for practitioners'.
The Independent Reviewing Service, Children's Standards Unit would like to emphasise to all partner agencies the importance of professional attendance at Looked After Children's reviews and Child Protection reviews.
It is important to attend these meeting because:
The input of all members of the care team or core group is vital and valued by Independent Reviewing Officers in supporting us all to gather a complete picture of the young person being presented at these meetings.
These meetings are platforms for the child's plan to be reviewed with independent oversight. This is vital to make sure all of the child's needs are considered at the same time as well as making sure that the plan remains effective in Safeguarding and promoting best outcomes for the child.
Changes to planning can be recommended at these meetings if needed, so it is a chance for all members of the care team or core group to speak openly and honestly about their views as to the effectiveness of the planning.
For young people who choose to come to their reviews, attendance by all the significant people in their lives sends a strong message to them, that everyone values their contributions and that we are all working together in their best interests. It is also an opportunity for young people to share their wishes and feelings and if key agencies are not present, this is a missed opportunity to work with children and young people directly and effectively.
Attendance at core groups and care team meetings ensures good information sharing. This planning remains an active and dynamic process in line with the changing needs of the child or young person between each review period. The meetings immediately before a Looked After review or Child Protection review are significant and should be used to clarify the plan that is to be presented at the next review. This will help to make the reviewing process constructive even where differences of opinion exist.
For more information please contact Lewis Anderson, Independent Reviewing Officer Email: Lewis.Anderson@southtyneside.gov.uk Postal address: 38 Laygate Place, Laygate Centre, South Shields, NE33 5RT Telephone: 0191 424 4625
Children and Families Act 2014
This act, amongst other things, aims to gives greater protection to vulnerable children.
The national definition of domestic violence and abuse has recently been widened to include those aged 16-17. Although this is not a legislative change, it is intended that the new definition sends a clear message to victims about what does constitute domestic violence and abuse. Locally, every service is expected to review its guidance and policies on domestic violence and abuse to reflect the change in definition.
The guidance highlights issues to consider within:
teenage relationship abuse
how to respond to cases
young people using violence and abuse in close relationship
child to parent violence
harmful traditional practices
If you require any further information then you can contact South Tyneside Council's Domestic Violence Coordinators on 0191 424 7954.