Communications

COVID-19 Update

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to reassure you that we are doing our utmost to maintain business continuity and remain committed to safeguarding children and young people in North Lincolnshire.

In light of government advice and guidance regarding COVID-19, the Children’s MARS Board has suspended all face to face training until further notice. This measure has been taken to reduce social interaction and avoid transmission of the virus. The training and education framework for 2020/21 is under review and any new and/or alternative methods of training will be publicised. If you wish to make use of our safeguarding workbooks they can be accessed via the training page.

Everybody has a responsibility to safeguard children and young people in North Lincolnshire. If you think that a child may be at immediate risk please contact the emergency services by calling 999, alternatively if you need to make a referral, please contact North Lincolnshire Council Children Services, Single Access Point on 01724 296500.

For the latest advice and guidance about COVID-19, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus. Here you will find information about what you need to do due to the current situation, how to protect yourself and what support is available.

Resources for children and families and information about additional support services will be published through the Safe North Lincs Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow us @SafeNorthLincs

The Children’s MARS team are active and working remotely. If you need to contact us, please email mars@northlincs.gov.uk.

Children’s MARS arrangements – refreshed and republished

As early adopters of the multi agency safeguarding arrangements, our arrangements were originally published in October 2018. In line with our commitment to listen, learn, review and adapt, we refreshed our arrangements and republished in June 2019 (in line with statutory timescales)

For more information, visit the About Us page.

Annual Review of Local Arrangements to Safeguard and Promote the Welfare of Children and Young People – 2018/2019

The annual review was published on 30 September 2019. For further information and to read the review, visit Key Documents.

Events

Early Adopters learning event(s)

  • Presentation (January) regarding progress as early adopters to National Children’s Bureau Learning Event on 22 January 2019
  • Presentation (March) regarding progress as early adopters to National Children’s Bureau Learning Event on 5 March 2019

Children’s MARS Communications

The Children’s MARS Board produces quarterly news updates which provide information on the work of the multi-agency partnership and updates on the work of the Children’s MARS Board.  We also promote new training opportunities, resources for professionals, children and families and information relating to any events and conferences.

If you wish to subscribe for Children’s MARS communications emails, please complete the communications sign up form.

A collection of our previous news updates can be found to the left of this page.

Safe North Lincs Social Media

Safe North Lincs is a partnership between the Children’s Multi Agency Resilience and Safeguarding Board and the Community Safety Partnership. Our vision is to promote safeguarding and resilience for children, families and communities to enable people to feel safe and be safe in North Lincolnshire.

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Partnerships news updates

#HowRUnorthlincs

A Children’s MARS multi-agency communications campaign will begin on Monday 17 August under the hashtag #HowRUnorthlincs

In brief, the campaign seeks to encourage family members, neighbours, and citizens to look out for others, particularly parents of young children and ask ‘how are you?’ The campaign is in response to national concerns about hidden harm and the increased risk to babies in particular during COVID-19 restrictions, therefore signposts to domestic abuse, reducing parental conflict, and the ICON coping with crying resources.

Throughout the subsequent weeks, key resources will be shared through @SafeNorthLincs social media channels and through partner agencies communications networks under the hashtag #HowRUnorthlincs. This will link into previous communications work around ‘what to do if’ and the hint and tips leaflets for children and parents which provide guidance on how to help. These leaflets are available for download from our resources page.

The Relationship Matters website is now live!

Relationship Matters is a new partnership between North Lincolnshire Children’s Multi-Agency Resilience and Safeguarding (MARS) Arrangements and 14 other local authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber region helping families who may be having relationship difficulties. A new website has been launched to offer families information, tips and help and what better time than now as the coronavirus has made big changes to the way in which we live our everyday lives.

Further information is available on the Early Help page or by visiting the website at www.relationshipmatters.org.uk

NSPCC Elephant Practitioner Awards – 23 January 2020

Two members of our Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) steering group have been awarded an NSPCC Elephant Practitioners Award in recognition of their work to promote and increase the use of the GCP2 toolkit.

Since November 2017, approximately 250 multi-agency staff from across North Lincolnshire have been trained in the use of the GCP2. This is a significant proportion of the children’s workforce and has included staff from social work services, family support, children centres, health professionals, education staff, Humberside Police and the voluntary sector.

For further information about the GCP2 please visit our Neglect and the Graded Care Profile 2 page, which provides guidance on the principals of the tool, use of the GCP2 in North Lincolnshire and frequently asked questions.

Immersive Skills & Aspirations Project

In North Lincolnshire, first time entrants to the youth justice system continues to reduce. However, it was recognised that there was an increased proportion of children who subsequently re-offended and a higher number of children had received custodial sentences or were remanded for offences of serious violence.

The Immersive Skills and Aspirations project brought together partners with a view to doing something different and creating a pioneering new approach to:

  • reduce offending
  • reduce anti-social behaviour
  • prevent custody
  • build esteem and aspirations
  • prepare for education, employment and training,
  • manage the risk and improve outcomes,
  • build social, emotional skills and develop independence,
  • strengthen family relationships
  • develop life skills and opportunities

Value Base and Interventions

  • development of trusted meaningful relationships. The worker with the best relationship with the child is to provide holistic support, offer a coaching mentoring role and lead a single plan with partners supporting in the background.
  • unconditional positive regard for children in every interaction focusing on their strengths in order to build their confidence and resilience.
  • strengthening family relationships by involving the whole family in activities. This aims to equip parents with the skills to understand and manage the external risks as safeguarding partners and enhance the safety net around the child.
  • immerse the children in tailored intervention including a range of high adrenaline positive activities and outdoor pursuits. This aims to build their skills, self-esteem, and confidence, prepare them for education, employment and training, divert them from offending, anti-social behaviour and exploitation and give them opportunities to develop their aspirations.
  • direct work and interventions around current issues affecting children (healthy relationships, positive body image, violent crime, victim awareness) on a 1:1 and group basis is to be undertaken using a variety of mediums to enhance their understanding of risks and develop positive peer relationships. These mediums include art, music, dance, sport
  • build life skills and Qualifications to enhance CVs (Food Hygiene, arts and music qualifications, first aid, budgeting)
  • cooking meals for their family on a budget to strengthen relationships and support family as safeguarding partners
  • residential opportunities to include outdoor pursuits to enhance their confidence and team working skills

Outcomes achieved

  • anti-social behaviour, missing episodes and crimes reported reduced overall by 37%. This has reduced from an average of 15.6 reports per week to 9.9
  • a significant decrease in the number of crimes that involved violence (65% decrease)
  • less than half the number of burglary/robberies
  • the reported anti-social behaviour in the key hotspot location for the wider group has reduced.
  • all participants in the Unitas Summer Arts achieved a GCSE in Art from Trinity College London.
  • all Parents of the above children attended the award ceremony
  • the young people were proud of the skills they have achieved in graffiti, art, DJing and cookery
  • a number of the young people achieved their Food Hygiene Award.
  • missing episodes have significantly reduced for the cohort.
  • a young person who was estranged from his father has rebuilt his relationship and moved back to the family home. He has also secured a part time job and has aspirations to begin an apprenticeship in summer having been NEET for the previous 9 months. He has been given trust to babysit his younger siblings which he was very proud about and he has gained significant praise from his parents for the improvements he has made. His offending and anti-social behaviour has completely stopped.
  • one young person has been supported to engage in an apprenticeship following the project.
  • the feedback from the young people, parents and partner agencies has been very positive in terms of the outcomes achieved for the children and the improvement in their relationship with their children
  • the Immersive Skills and Aspirations project has been shortlisted for 2 awards (The Howard League for Penal Reform Community Award 2019 and The North Lincolnshire Community Champion Award 2019)
  • funding from the Community Safety Partnership has been secured to provide apprenticeships for two children
  • the emotional welfare, self-confidence and aspirations of all children have improved
  • the cohort of young people have completed a range of activities and a residential trip