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SSCP Learning Bulletin: Things You Should Know

December 2021, Edition 35

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A warm welcome from Sup erintendent Dickon Turner, member of the SSCP Executive

Hello, and welcome to the December edition of Things You Should Know (TUSK)

Please read below how we can all learn from the excellent joint working to safeguard a toddler living with a mother experiencing domestic abuse. We also feature the new Child Exploitation Strategy and revised Effective Support Guidance as well as the 2020-21 twelve month report from Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership.

And seeing as it will be Christmas soon I will take this opportunity to thank everyone from agencies across the partnership who have been working so hard during difficult times to keep our children safe. Services are under pressure like never before but it is the people who get it done. You’ve nearly made it through 2021!

I hope you have a deserved break over the festive period and I wish you a happy and healthy Christmas.
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Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

We have all been deeply saddened and shocked by the death of Arthur Labinjo-Hugehs.

The national Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel will work with leaders in Solihull to deliver a single, national, independent review of Arthur’s death, so that we can learn from a thorough review of multi-agency practice which will encompass all agencies.

The SSCP will ensure that learning is disseminated and acted upon as soon as it is made public.

Updated 'Effective Support for Children and Families in Somerset' now available

The SSCP has just published guidance which has been revised in the light of the findings of the recent local Child Safeguarding Practice Review for child Alex. The guidance now focuses on:
  • the needs of the child rather than on levels,
  • has an greater emphasis on children in need, and
  • is aligned with SEND guidance.
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Read the new Somerset Child Exploitation Strategy

The new Somerset Child Exploitation Strategy sets out key objectives for tackling child exploitation in Somerset. Informed by the Safer Somerset Partnership's 2021 Child Exploitation Needs Assessment which outlined the current picture of child exploitation in Somerset, the strategy identifies best practice and what works well in tacking the issues, and makes clear recommendations and priorities for the SSCP's Child Exploitation Strategic Subgroup.


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The Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) was pleased to run a series of successful online events to hear from SSCP stakeholders and provide updates on partnership activity for Somerset's children, young people and families from 6 -10 December 2021.

The key focus of the week was the role of men in family life. Three of the events were recorded, so if you missed the events, or would like to re-watch or share the event you attended with colleagues, you can access the recordings and resources here:
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Safeguarding Conversation

Safeguarding Conversations are multi-agency workshops conducted in the spirit of appreciative enquiry to enable the SSCP to highlight key learning points from practice which can be used to inform and improve services and practice.
A recent safeguarding conversation focused on the case of a toddler whose mother was in a relationship characterised by domestic abuse...
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NEW! Somerset Pre-birth Workbook

The Somerset Pre-Birth Workbook launched this week – it is a digital resource that has been co-produced with multi-agency practitioners from across the partnership to help you to work with new parents in the pre-birth period.

<< Click on the link left to find out more about the workbook

R;pple: a suicide safety internet tool to support young people

R;pple aims to minimise the risks of the internet, while harnessing its potential for good. R;pple is an interceptive tool designed to present a visual prompt when a person searches for harmful keywords or phrases relating to the topic of self-harm or suicide.
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Mental health is a serious and urgent issue. Online searches for suicide methods have increased by 50% in the last 2 years with searches for suicide support lines also up by 150% since January 2019.
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SSCP Twelve-Monthly Report 2020-21

The annual SSCP Twelve-Monthly Report is now available to read, including updates on partnership activity, and a foreword from the young people of our Youth Forum.
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From January 2022 the SSCP will produce the first of its new, bi-monthly training bulletins!
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Safeguarding Adults Review

SABB has published a Safeguarding Adults Review that makes recommendations for improvements following the death of ‘Matthew’ (pseudonym).
The press release can be read via the link left, and a summary will be included in the next SABB newsletter.
If you have any comments or suggestions about Things You Should Know, please email:
SSCP@somerset.gov.uk
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