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Joint Conference - 17th September - Think Family

On 17th September Torbay Safeguarding Children Board members joined with members of Torbay Safeguarding Adults Board, Devon Safeguarding Children Board and Devon Safeguarding Adults Board to consider the Think Family protocol. The day was well attended and was well received by delegates.

The Think Family Protocol, launched in 2014, aims to fundamentally change the way services work with families, through better information sharing, more collaborative interventions and the right level of priority given to the most vulnerable members of the family. The Think Family conference looked at progress made towards implementing the Think Family Protocol across both Children and Adults’ services in Devon and Torbay.

The Boards welcomed a range of guest speakers, including Laura Spittles from Devon Partnership NHS Trust; Det. Supt. Paul Northcott from Devon and Cornwall Pollice; Cathy Hooper, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding; and Alex Stuckey, the Torbay Safeguarding Children Board Manager. Delegates were focused on three key questions: Where are we now? How can we make things better? What are the potential barriers to effective implementation of the Think Family Protocol? There was also an opportunity for delegates to pose questions to a panel of local experts. The day ended with an opportunity for delegates to put their thinking into practice by working on a case study, presented by Splitz - Devon Domestic Abuse Service. 

Torbay Safeguarding Children Board, along with Torbay Safeguarding Adult Board Devon Safeguarding Children Board and Torbay Safeguarding Adult Board would like to thank all delegates for attending and all speakers and presenters for making the day a success. Full details of the day and recommendations will be published on the website in due course.  
The next Best Practice Forum is being held on 13th October 2015, the theme will be Think Family and this will include information coming from the recent Multi-Agency Case Audit in relation to the Toxic Trio.
Places can be booked via the I-Learn website.
Are you looking for help and support as a victim of crime?

The Victim Support website is available to provide information to any victim who is looking for help and assistance.

Further information is available here.

Places are still available for the Early Help training courses, book your place now via the i-learn website.

This course runs across two sessions each 3 hours in length. The aim for the first session is to enable you to be able to discuss the Early Help Referral process and pathway within the context of whole family working. The aim of the second session is to enable you to be able to explain the role of the Lead Professional within the context of Early Help and the significance of having a single family plan.

Click here for the TSCB Autumn training programme.

National Children's Takeover Challenge 2015 

Some of you may be aware that the Office of the Children's Commissioner have set a Children’s Commissioner Takeover Challenge for a number of years with some huge successes.  Last year, over 44,000 children and 1,200 organisations took part.  The idea is that organisations open their doors to children and young people and allow them to take over adult roles for the day.

Takeover day is a fun, hugely exciting and successful children and young people’s engagement project and we want you to take part!

Devon and Cornwall Police have already signed up to doing this, and it is an ideal opportunity for children and young people to gain an insight into the adult world and for us to get feedback from children and young people on our services.  There are also awards available dependent on the challenges and activities taken up.

For further information please see the Children's Commissioner website here.

Do you work with young people aged 15-17yrs who would benefit from some healthy relationship work? 

CRUSH is a new programme in the bay which is suitable for young people of both sexes and can be helpful to those who are vulnerable to domestic abuse and also for those who are beginning to show signs of controlling behaviour. 

For further details click here.

Practitioners - A 1/2 day conference is being held on 11th November 2015 to launch the Neglect Strategy staff guidance and assessment tools.

Contact us for further information and to book your place: or tel: 01803 207176

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13th October 2015 - Best Practice Forum, places can be booked via I-Learn.

Autumn training courses still available to book, see the full programme here.
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