Refreshed Thresholds Document

Our refreshed ‘Thresholds/ Levels of Need’ document is now available. Our threshold offer relies upon a workforce where staff from across all agencies share the core values, knowledge, skills and abilities to engage well with children and families by building relationships which are based on the strengths within a family.  They also need to be

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2017-19 CSE Strategy now available!

The 2017-19 CSE Strategy builds on the work already in place across Sandwell as risks to children of sexual exploitation have been recognised for a number of years. The strategy emphasises the importance of a strong partnership across all agencies responsible for safeguarding children. Organisations such as West Midlands Police, health services and the local authority

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SSCB publishes its most recent annual report covering the period April 2016 – March 2017

In addition to evaluating the work and impact of the Board relating to its identified priority areas of work, the 2016-17 annual report is also intended to provide a baseline position for partner agencies locally to respond to the challenges ahead.  The annual report is available by clicking here.

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Newsletter Summer 2017

SSCBs most recent newsletter can be accessed here!  This edition is packed with useful information including a message from our new SSCB chair; key learning from recent SSCB multiagency Serious Case Reviews; as well as a breakdown of upcoming SSCB training.

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Call to reduce stigma behind homeless youths

A charity has called on policy-makers and commissioners to reduce the stigma around youth homelessness so that young people are more willing to seek help for housing problems. Depaul UK, a charity working to provide safe places for homeless young people, found that young people often avoid admitting to being ‘homeless’, which can lead to

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Mental Health problems dominate ChildLine

One in three ChildLine counselling sessions last year were to do with mental health concerns, and mental health problems make up three out of the top five reasons for children contacting the helpline. Low self-esteem was the top concern, and has risen by 19% since last year, while suicide concerns increased by 10%. When ChildLine

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Framework for supporting Young Parents

Public Health England and the Local Government Association have published a framework on supporting teenage mothers and young fathers. It sets out to maximise the assets of all services and practitioners to create a joined-up care pathway. It has been developed to help commissioners and service providers review current support arrangements for young parents in

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