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News & Updates:

Serious case review report finds lessons about bruising to young babies
Following the review, conducted by the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB), the independent author has concluded that the implications of unexplained bruising to very young babies were not sufficiently understood, and led to insufficient curiosity or, on one occasion, action. Maggie Blyth, Independent Chair of the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board, has commented: "Serious case reviews will always find areas for improvement in practice and we are confident that the partner agencies will take forward the recommendations, particularly with regard to ensuring frontline staff are clear about the implications of reported bruising on a child, especially when that child is not yet old enough to crawl or walk. The report makes it clear that the family was not known to social services and most dealings with professionals were unexceptional. Health professionals, educationalists, the police and children's services staff in Hampshire take the welfare and safety of children extremely seriously and work together to keep children safe from harm. A lot has been learned from this review." The HSCB has updated, and promoted, the protocol for professionals: 'Bruising in Children' (who are not independently mobile). This gives clear criteria and guidance on what to look out for and how to report concerns. The HSCB is also working with partner agencies to ensure the protocol is better embedded in local training for health, early years and education professionals and fully understood. The independent author made recommendations for the Safeguarding Board and nine organisations. They include ensuring the bruising policy is widely understood and implemented, that staff are helped to be more challenging, and that out of hours GP services have the best safeguarding arrangements. The Independent Chair would like to bring to your attention Appendix 1, which highlights the work that has been undertaken by agencies following this serious case review.
SCR Child V overview report

Chelsea's Choice Workshop
Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board is putting on some Chelsea's Choice Workshops on Monday 13 October 2014 for the occasion of the anti-slavery week. For more information and how to book, please click on the link below.
Chelsea's Choice Workshop flyer

Self harm pathway
Following the 2012/13 case audit on young people who self harm HSCB has produced a guide for profressionals. This guide takes the form of a flowchart, guiding professionals through the steps to be taken should they come across a young person who is self harming/expressing suicidal thoughts or tells you that they have self harmed/had suicidal thoughts.
HSCB self harm pathway: a guide for professionals

Multi-agency Children in Need Protocol
Reminder that this protocol is available on our website. It is relevant to all practitioners working with children in need under section 17 of the Children's Act 1989.
Multi-agency CIN protocol

You can now follow HSCB on twitter. We will be using twitter as another way to keep practitioners up to date with HSCB events, training and news.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is a shared responsibility and a high priority for Hampshire agencies. It includes protecting children from abuse and neglect and ensuring that they grow up safely, having the best life chances to enter adulthood successfully.

The Board brings together all the main organisations who work with children and families in Hampshire, with the aim of ensuring that we work together effectively to keep children safe. 

Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board (HSCB) is responsible for co-ordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of local work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in Hampshire.

The Hampshire Safeguarding Children website brings together information on safeguarding children for, children and young people, their parents and carers and for staff working with children and young people and their families.

The website offers local and national guidance to support you in safeguarding children in Hampshire and information on where and how to get help.

We aim to give you the best support and guidance available, however if you feel there is something missing on our website, please email us at hscb@hants.gov.uk