In the UK FGM is a criminal offence under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. The Serious Crime Act amended this to create a new offence of failing to protect a girl from FGM, introduced FGM Protection Orders and introduced a mandatory reporting duty requiring regulated health, social care and teaching professionals to report known cases of FGM in under 18s. It is important that everyone is aware of how to recognise the signs, and what to do if you have a concern.
Please click on the link below to view the Safeguarding Snapshot on FGM:
To view the summary and easy read version of The Care Act please click on the link below:
To view the SCIE – At a glance 69: Safeguarding adults: Types and indicators of abuse, please click on the link below:
To view the SCIE – Adult Safeguarding: Sharing Information document, please click on the link below:
To view the Adult Safeguarding & Domestic Abuse – a guide to support practitioners and managers please click on the link below:
Blackburn with Darwen Healthwatch are running a number of events throughout January 2016, including ‘Your View Your Voice’, which will be focussed on what you think their priorities should be for 2016/17, what BwD Healthwatch have planned and how you can get involved. To find out more about these events please click on the link below:
This 4 minute Stay Safe film is developed by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, and provides practical steps to take in the rare event of a firearms or weapons attack, and focuses around 3 key messages – Run, Hide, Tell. The public are encouraged to contact the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 if they see or hear something that could be terrorism related.
To view the video, please click on the link below:
Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and protecting children and adults from the risk of radicalisation forms part of any professionals statutory duty to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. For more information, why it matters and what to do if you spot the indicators associated with radicalisation please click on the link below:
It is important that everyone is aware of what modern slavery entails, how you may recognise the signs and indicators and understand what you should do if you identify victims and how to refer your concerns. For more information on Modern Slavery, why it matters and what to do if you spot possible signs please click on the link below:
Here are a few highlights of what’s happening this month:
The launch of Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen’s dedicated Men’s Project, giving men a voice on local Health & Social Care Services to help make a change. To find out when this is happening and where, please click on the below information and signposting calendar for November 2015: