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Children who are cared for on a full-time basis by people who are not direct relatives are in a private fostering arrangement.

A private fostering arrangement is essentially one that is made, without the involvement of a local authority, for the care of a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) by someone other than a parent or close relative for 28 days or more.

Private foster carers may be from the extended family, such as a cousin or great aunt. However, a person who is a relative such as a grandparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt (whether of the full or half blood or by marriage) or step-parent will not be a private foster carer.

If you know of a child in this situation, the law says you must notify the local authority so they can make sure the person caring for the child can receive information, support and advice and that the child is safe. Please call us if you are caring for, or you know anyone who is caring for someone else’s child on 0121 788 4300 or visit https://bit.ly/2krupeZ for more information.

 

Dear headteacher
We are looking to appoint school-based designated safeguarding leads to our multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) to undertake the role of education safeguarding representative across five days per week. Ideally, up to five people who will undertake the role on different days. There is currently no funding available for the post, however it is an excellent continuing professional development opportunity for practicing designated safeguarding leads in school.

The post will require the following skills and knowledge:

  • Liaison with designated safeguarding leads in schools to gain information to inform joint safeguarding activity around a child or family
  • Facilitation of good practice and partnership working, being the key link between education settings and the MASH
  • Ability to engage in professional dialogue with a range of professionals across a range of agencies in order to inform the multi-agency risk assessment in the MASH
  • Ability to search data bases, collect and analyse information to add to the multi-agency risk assessment in the MASH
  • Maintaining a good understanding of current education safeguarding legislation and statutory procedures
  • Attending strategy meetings on behalf of the relevant education setting (if they are unable to attend) and contribute to the decision-making process with a sound rational.
  • Taking part in improvement activity within the MASH, eg: reviewing cases and practice, and sharing this

Anyone interested in this post should contact the education safeguarding administrator on 0121 704 6616 or educationsafeguarding@solihull.gov.uk.

Lorraine Lord
Senior education safeguarding officer

Dear Headteacher

KSCIE 2019

Please find attached the link to the revised KCSIE (2019). https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2

The detail on the substantive changes is listed in Appendix H, page 108 of KCSIE (2019).

Key points are:-

  • Upskirting (page 10 paragraph 27 and page 89).
  • Changes to new local arrangements under the new local safeguarding children partnership. An update on this will take place at the Designated Education Safeguarding Lead’s conferences.

The revised model child protection policy is available at https://www.solgrid.org.uk/education/safeguarding/child-protection/.

The revised model safeguarding policy is available at https://www.solgrid.org.uk/education/safeguarding/.

Lorraine Lord

Senior Education Safeguarding Officer

The annual DSL conference days (8.30 am – 4 pm) are to be held at Sans Souci on Monday 30 September 2019, Monday 7 October 2019, and at Grace Academy on Thursday 24 October 2019.

The annual governor safeguarding conference is at Solihull School on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at 6.30 pm.

Please confirm which day you wish to attend to inset@solihull.gov.uk.

Thank you.

Lorraine Lord, Senior Education Safeguarding Officer

Caitlin Watts (FSS north) James Hodgetts (FSS north) and Toni Clifton (MASH) are looking to hold a family support worker and DSL networking meeting. This will be held at the Bluebell Centre in Chelmsley Wood so that as part of the meeting you will be able to have a walk around of the office and meet people within the teams. The aim of this network meeting is to improve communication between children’s services and schools in the north of Solihull, share an improved understanding of common issues and themes in working together and deliver training in some of the key areas highlighted at the family support worker meeting on Friday 17 May 2019.

We are hoping that this will be the first of many meetings and the ideas we have so far that we would like to include in this session and those moving forwards are;

  • Thresholds and referrals
  • Escalation and de-escalation within children’s services
  • Effective direct work tools for working with children and families
  • A brief overview of children’s services processes and legislation

Joel Desous (Head of Service) will also be in attendance at the first one to give you all a briefing about the new structure (that was implemented on 1 April 2019).

An email has been sent to family support workers asking them to vote on a preferred date. Options being;

Thursday 13 June – 12pm – 2pm

or

Thursday 26 June – 10am – 12pm

If anyone has any questions about this meeting or suggestions for further meetings in the future, please do contact me Toni Clifton on 0121 7884300 or toni.Clifton@Solihull.gov.uk.

We are looking forward to getting started!