Social services Early Help Strategy

Safeguarding, health and wellbeing

Safeguard and promote the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families

Manchester’s Children and Young People's Plan wants all children and young people to be safe, happy, healthy and successful and Early Help has an important role to play in making this happen. However, it is also important to recognise that difficulties can continue to happen.

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In this video you will hear from: A safeguarding lead, housing manager and a parenting practitioner

Tom Rudd, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Newall Green Primary School:

I spend a lot of time speaking to children, speaking to teachers and then contacting parents and speaking to the parents to sort issues out. It can be little things it can be big things. It can be a disclosure that a child has made, in which case we go straight through to the MASH team. Or it might be simple things that the child is upset about, or anything that involves safeguarding is upsetting the child and they're not going to learn. So this is why it's so important that I'm working right across from early help level right up to child protection level.

Samantha Morecroft, Tenancy Support Manager, Great Places Housing

I went on a lot of safeguarding training that was provided by Manchester Children & Adults Safeguarding Board, which was fantastic. The initial part of that was making sure that children within families are safeguarded. And you kind of take on that natural role of when you see something, or witness something, or there's a disclosure that you take ownership of that and report it to the relevant agencies.

Lydia James, Parenting Practitioner, Parenting Team:

A few of our parenting courses support the health and wellbeing of our families.  One that sticks out in my mind is the Nurture programme. The core focus of that programme is around emotional health and on that programme we cover everything from the parent's health and wellbeing to the child's health and wellbeing.  We cover raw issues such as sex, online grooming, alcohol, all them kind of issues that are tricky are a collaboration of health. We look at how the parent can naturally look after themselves, like physically mentally, emotionally, nutritionally, all them different things that make up that wellbeing of that parent, so that then they can then offer that to their child.

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