VoiCeS Weekly Update 30th April 2015

DfE Publish Working Together 2015

The Department for Education have released an updated version of 'Working Together to Safeguard Children: A Guide to Inter-Agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children'.

This guidance is important for voluntary and community sector workers and volunteers in contact with children and families
The guidance sets out how:
• organisations and individuals should work together
• how practitioners should conduct the assessment of children
This updated guidance replaces ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013)'.  The changes include the referral of allegations against those who work with children, clarification of requirements on local authorities to notify serious incidents and a definition of serious harm for the purposes of serious case reviews.
The full guidance can be downloaded here.
Working with Hostile and Uncooperative Families Guidance

It has become clear during a recent serious case review that the 'Working with Hostile and Uncooperative Families Guidance', developed by Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB), is not widely known to, or used by, all practitioners. It is important that all of the NSCB guidance documents are brought to the attention of all relevant staff and volunteers working in your agency.

The purpose of this guidance is to complement existing procedures in your group or organisation designed to support and protect staff working with aggressive people. It is intended to help workers and volunteers in the identification of parents and carers who are hostile, aggressive, or using disguised compliance techniques as a mechanism to keep professionals at a distance or attempting to persuade professionals that sufficient change has occurred or is occurring so as to reduce the need for further intervention.  

This guidance is for individuals working with children and families across the Northumberland and can be downloaded here.
Food Bank Use Up 19% on Previous Year

The Trussell Trust have published figures which show that foodbank use has grown over the past year. Key points include:
  • More than 1 million people received 3 days’ food from Trussel Trust food banks, compared to 900,000 last year
  • These figures include almost 400,000 children
  • Use of Trussell Trust’s network of over 400 foodbanks in 2014 – 15 increased by 19% compared to the previous year
  • Low income referrals have grown from 20% in 2013 – 14 to 22% of all referrals in 2014 – 2015
  • Food banks reported that the most significant factors in driving demand were low income, administrative delays in paying social security benefits, benefit sanctions and debt.    
Source: Children England Email News 22 April 2015
Berwick Voluntary Forum 2015 Awards

Date: Thursday 2 July 2015
Venue: The Black and Gold, Shielfield Park, Tweedmouth

Berwick Voluntary Forum, with the support of General Mills Berwick Ltd, will be hosting their annual voluntary and community awards to acknowledge the valuable work carried out by the voluntary and community sector in Berwick-upon-Tweed and the surrounding area. The Berwick Voluntary Forum Awards will take centre-stage at an invitation-only award presentation evening.

"We are proud to be presenting these, our fourth annual Voluntary Forum awards. This is a real opportunity to raise the profile of your group and to celebrate the achievements of volunteers throughout north Northumberland. Please think about the people and organisations that have made such a contribution to our communities. There's a range of catergories - hopefully one to fit every nomination. We look forward to receiving your nomination - individual, voluntary and community groups."
Jane Pannell - Chair of the Berwick Voluntary Forum

Closing date for nominations is 12 noon Friday 29 May 2015 - award categories and nomination forms can be downloaded here. North Northumberland Network Members are strongly encouraged to nominate and good luck!
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