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Social Services staff updates

Social Services staff updates

A list of multi-agency public protection resources are detailed below for information:

Forth Valley Family Support Assistant

Created: 18/9/20

Family Support Assistant – Forth Valley Family Support Service job vacancy. Closing date extended until 18th October. Part-time/job share applicants considered.

Domestic Abuse

  • Domestic Abuse Awareness Raising Tool
    • The Scottish Government (with SafeLives) has launched the Domestic Abuse Awareness Raising Tool. This resource is for professionals in the housing, social work, health, education and other sectors to improve their understanding of coercive controlling behaviours, and where to direct people for further assistance.
  • Listen to our free Partnered with a Survivor Podcast  “Listening to the Voices of Children and Young People Harmed by Fathers Who Choose Violence” 

    • For too long we have not listened to children and young people’s experience of their father’s violence. In their ground breaking research, Professor Cathy Humphreys and Dr Katie Lamb interviewed children and young people about what they wanted to say to fathers who were violent to their families.

    • This interview includes one of the digital stories where a young person, in her own voice, shares her feelings about her father and his behaviour. Katie and Cathy describe their interactions with the young people and what they learned from them. Listen to the young people’s voices here.

  • Safe and Together have released details of a new free webinar titled ‘Structured Decision Making and Domestic Violence: Managing danger’

Child Protection

  • Online Resilience Tool
    • The Online Resilience Tool, produced by the UK Safer Internet Center, provides a practical way for professionals to assess young people’s online behaviour and help them make decisions about whether that behaviour represents risk of harm.
  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
    • CELCIS has created a new page on their website to showcase their different MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and give an overview of how they tie in with each other.  These courses are free and available to all those who support the needs of children and young people.
    • Getting care right for all children
      • This free online course on the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children, for practitioners, policymakers and anyone working in providing services around children’s care, starts on 21 September. More information on this and all other MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) can be found by following the link.
    • Children in care and their use of mobile devices and the internet for contact - key points:
      • There is a need for practitioners to move towards a more expansive and child-centred approach with a focus on relationships. This should encompass an appreciation of stepfamily and biological family, and the maintenance of relationships with a wider variety of individuals that reflect the world of the child or young person in care.
  • The Gambling Education Hub
    • Gambling and Young People: Advice for Parents and Carers
      • This resource consists of a booklet titled ‘Gambling and Young People - Advice for Parents and Carers. It offers practical advice and information to help parents and carers have open, positive conversations about gambling with their children. The booklet takes the reader through ten easy-to-follow tips for parents and carers wishing to address gambling with their children and young people. It offers clear advice and it uses accurate, up-to-date statistics and accessible infographics.
      • There are a number of factors known to increase the vulnerability of children and young people online. However, in considering vulnerability online, this should be done holistically, taking account of a child or young person’s life in general at a given time, and with awareness of both protective and risk factors.
      • A balanced view of use of devices and the internet by children and young people in care is to appreciate both opportunities and risks associated with use.
      • The use of mobile devices and the internet are a normal part of everyday life for children and young people, including those in care.
  • Animated Learning Resources – Promoting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and preventing Self Harm and Suicide

    • A series of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention animations has been co-produced by NHS Education for Scotland and Public Health Scotland to support learning about mental health, self-harm and suicide prevention specifically for the Children and Young People’s workforce.

  • CELCIS are hosting SIRCC 2020 Online

    • SIRCC events running from 29 September to 5 October for those with an interest in residential child care.

    • This will include webinars, updates, reflections, practical resources, and much more.

Adult Support & Protection

  • Alzheimer Scotland have created a suite of information resources for people with dementia, their carers and families throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
  • SCIE have produced a COVID-19 directory of resources and best practice from across the social care sector which includes links to sector advice, government resources and practical guidance from a range of sources. There are currently over 600 records in the directory and it can be accessed. Please note these are produced within the English statutory context.
    • Online safety and wellbeing of adults at risk of harm
      • Technology and social media plays a major part in everyday life and can have many positive uses for those who may be isolated, or feel isolated, because of a disability.
      • We've produced a learning resource as an introduction to this topic, linking to the wider adult support and protection agenda. It is aimed at social services practitioners that covers the perceived risks, forms of abuse, themes of harassment, how the risks can be reduced, and prompts for practitioners. A list of references follows at the end, providing links to current information and evidence.
      • It was developed with the assistance of the National L&D Adult Support and Protection Group and the Iriss Evidence Search and Summary Service.