Here you will find information from County Durham & beyond relating to safeguarding

The Children's Local Safeguarding Website can be accessed HERE

The Safeguarding Adults Website for County Durham can be found HERE


Safeguarding Adults Newsletter

Please follow the link below to the latest Safeguarding Adults Board Newsletter which has just been released. 

SAB Newsletter Edition 5

Please forward this information to the staff in your department/ organisation/marketing & comms team.

Anti-slavery – SAFE CAR WASH mobile phone app update and impact

In 2017, there were 493 potential cases of labour exploitation in car washes across the UK with 2,170 potential victims.

In October 2018, the Local Safeguarding Adults Board shared information through its e-bulletin about a mobile app ‘Safe Car Wash’ for reporting concerns about car washes. The main aim of the mobile phone app is to gather intelligence from local communities about car washes across the whole of the UK.

Nottingham Rights Lab undertook a review of the impact of the app and published its findings.

The mobile app was used over 2000 times between June 2018 and December 2018 with 41 per cent of reports showing a likelihood of modern slavery in a hand car wash.

A total of 14% of reports indicated signs that workers were living on the car wash site, and there were 126 onward calls made to the Modern Slavery Helpline nationally.

Look out for a ‘kitemark’ at your local car wash: Responsible Car Wash Scheme.

Please share this e-bulletin. Search ‘Safe Car Wash’ on your app store.

Safeguarding News Roundup

Welcome to the latest SAFE newsletter with our roundup of news from June 2019. As temperatures here in the UK soar and as people's thoughts turn towards the summer break, we are very pleased that, from the feedback received, the SAFE annual conference was a resounding success, with a wealth of engaging speakers delivering diverse, highly relevant keynote speeches. The SAFE management team would like to extend a big thank you to all those that attended and supported the event.  

This month's highlights include a briefing paper on the latest Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 effective from 2nd September.  We are also pleased to announce a new set of course dates for public face to face training. 

To read this newsletter online click here

SAB E-Bulletin - HMCPSI HMICFRS - Crimes against Older People

Please find attached Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) joint inspection findings for crimes against older people. The report was published today.

Kindest Regards,

Safeguarding Adults Board Business Unit

Safeguarding Adults Board

The next Safeguarding Adults Board will take place on Wednesday 31st July 2019, 2pm, Committee Room 1B, County Hall.

If you have any items for the agenda or if you are unable to attend, please can you let the Business Unit know by 19th July 2019.

Dates of Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership Development Sessions

October 2019 and February 2020

In line with the new arrangements, I am writing to confirm the dates of the DSCP Development Sessions for October 2019 and February 2020.  They are as follows:

Friday 18 October 2019                  9.30am-1pm                       venue to be confirmed

Friday 7 February 2020                   1-4pm                                   venue to be confirmed

Please save this date in your diary and you will receive further correspondence in due course.  I would also be grateful if you could reply confirming your attendance/apologies/deputising arrangements.

Thank you.

Emma Maynard Admin Co-ordinator Durham SCP 4th Floor, County Hall Durham DH1 5UJ 03000 266761

Safeguarding Adults Board E-Bulletin - County Lines Guidance

Criminal Exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: County Lines guidance

The Home office revised guidance for front line workers who work with children, young people and potentially vulnerable adults about the growing issue of criminal exploitation and County Lines. 

  • County Lines is a major, cross-cutting issue involving drugs, extreme violence and threats, gangs, safeguarding, criminal and sexual exploitation, modern slavery, and missing persons
  • The use of a dedicated mobile phone line is the line referred to in County Lines
  • Children are targeted or moved to act as drug couriers and dealers out of their local areas
  • Vulnerable adults are targeted so a gang can take over their home, known as ‘cuckooing’
  • Gangs from big cities are operating in all areas of England, Scotland and Wales

For the guidance visit

Kindest Regards,

Safeguarding Adults Board Business Unit

SAB e-bulletin - Office of Public Guardian

Please find attached link to the recently published safeguarding strategy from the Office of Public Guardian and related information via the link below:

DBS checks

Dear All, We have recently had some guidance from Durham Community Action (DCA)  regarding Disclosure and Barring Service checks, and as this has been an issue raised by many groups in the past I have decided to share it with all the groups I am aware of, please feel free to circulate it to anyone who may find it useful. Also apologies if you receive this more than once as I am sending it to several lists of contacts.

We always advise that organisations have a DBS Policy in place alongside a Safeguarding Policy and that volunteers/staff undergo safeguarding training:

This training is free to VCS organisations in County Durham and Durham Community Action can advise on policies. DCA contact details can be found here

DBS checks are carried out by organisations who apply to become an umbrella body who could be a national organisation using an online service and there is a link to the page on the website to find an umbrella body below:

National Referral Mechanism for Modern Slavery

As part of the reforms to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the Home Office launched the new Single Competent Authority (SCA) on Monday 29 April. From this date, the SCA will be responsible for all NRM decisions regardless of an individual’s nationality or immigration status. This expert case working unit will sit in the Home Office, and will replace the competent authorities currently located in UK Visas & Immigration and the National Crime Agency. This change will create a single process for all NRM referrals and is part of the Home Office work to improve the service they provide to victims, reduce decision-making timescales and increase the certainty of NRM decisions.

For first responders, the new contact details email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively, Tel: 020 7035 5689.

Emails sent to the current email address used by the NCA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) will automatically forward to the email address for a short period. The Home Office will also be in touch soon regarding the move to the new digital NRM referral form, which is currently being tested ahead of rollout later in the spring. 

Please cascade to any relevant staff teams who need the contact detail.

Development National Safeguarding Resources for the Third Sector 

The National Lottery Community Fund has awarded funding to the Safer Social Sector Partnership (SSP) to fund the creation of a comprehensive suite of free safeguarding tools and advice for the voluntary sector. Ann Craft Trust as members of the SSP have taken on the task of producing resources for the adult safeguarding element of the free resources and to that end they’ve asked if SAB Network members would circulate the below to the voluntary agency reps at their Boards. 

There are two surveys they have asked to be circulated, one for voluntary organisations themselves “What resources do you need to keep the people you support safe?”: and one for the users of voluntary organisations “What do you need to feel safe and supported?”:

The surveys are open to all third sector organisations, the more feedback they receive, the better the resources will be.

DSCP Newsletter

Please see the attached Newsletter from the Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership, formerly the Local Safeguarding Children Board.  This Newsletter introduces the new working arrangements that the team are now working to.

SAFE Newsletter: February 2019

Dear Colleague

Welcome to the latest safeguarding news roundup.

SAB E-Bulletin - People in Later Life

Please find attached information for a course organised by Middlesex University. Please cascade accordingly and wider if appropriate. An auto-signature with contact details is included.

Following its previous success, Middlesex University are running a free online international course for the third time starting 13 May 2019. People are invited to register online via Future Learn via the link below. Please be so kind as to circulate this e mail as much as possible via your networks and your partner’s circulation lists – everybody is welcome to join. We have had a good engagement from professionals, the public, people with personal experience, researchers and policy makers from all over the world in our last 2 runs and the feedback has been really positive. 

People in later life face specific issues in relation to problematic substance use. Demography and a growing ageing population make understanding these ever more important. But people’s problems in later life tend to be more invisible, both in care services and in substance use services.

This online course brings these issues together from a health, social care, informal carer and public health point of view. It draws on international perspectives from experts in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA, to compare and share knowledge, skills and best practice with the community 

Topics covered:

  • Introduction to the issues concerning problematic substance use in later life, context, causes, recognition.
  • Comparison and sharing of knowledge, skills and expertise across different disciplines as well as internationally.
  • Identifying interventions and best practices to tackle the issues and promote health and wellbeing in ageing populations.
  • Developing a community of practice and networking on the issues.

Follow this link to register

Contact details: 

Gemma Wilson

Making Research Count Events Organiser

The Institute of Applied Social Research

University of Bedfordshire

LSCB Newsletter 

Please find attached the last LSCB Newsletter before we move to the new arrangements.

Click Here

End of GCSX - New Secure email arrangements

As you may know, the GCSx email service will cease at the end of March 2019.  As a result Durham County Council, along with other councils, must change the way it provides secure email services to share sensitive and personal information with partners. 

The decision to cease the GCSx email system has been taken by the Government Digital Service (GDS).  

The Council has been planning this change for a while and has made arrangements to ensure that in future ‘’ email addresses are able to send and receive emails securely with partners. The Council has ensured that our standard email service is configured and run in a secure way, according to Government guidance on securing email.  More details are available here - The Durham implementation has also been independently tested by NCSC’s MailCheck system and penetration testers.

As a result, the changes to ‘’ email addresses are now sufficiently secure to use when you want to send and receive personal, sensitive, or otherwise confidential information with Durham County Council through the following: *, *, *, *, *, * and *

The new secure email account for First Contact Service is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The new secure email account for the Emergency Duty Team is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    Please use these email accounts from 4th March 2019 when you need to convey confidential or sensitive information to these teams through any of the email systems identified in the previous paragraph.

From 4th March 2019 Durham County Council will setup a divert so that any emails still addressed to our GCSX email accounts will be re-routed to an equivalent ‘’ email address.  An automatic reply will also be sent to the sender to say that they should cease sending emails to GCSx. From 18th March 2019, the GCSx email system will become read only until 31st March 2019, at which point this service will be terminated.

Before the end of February 2019, we will also contact anyone who has sent an email to or received an email from a Durham GCSX account to advise them of the change.

I hope you are re-assured that we are taking appropriate steps to ensure that secure information sharing through email can continue to take place with your organisation.  However, if you have any issues or concerns about the move away from GCSx email, please contact the council as soon as possible on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

DBS Refresher Event

The Safeguarding Adults Board has organised a free Disclosure and Barring Service Update Event for 29th March 2019.

Please find attached flyer with the booking information included, please cascade, etc.

Please note spaces will be made available on a first come, first served basis.

Safeguarding Adults Board Business Unit Transformation & Partnerships

Room 4/129-134

County Hall



03000 268870/268871/267965

If you wish to book a place on one of our courses, please click here

LSCB Transition: Work Stream 1 - Action (Consultation)

Dear Partner

Julie Scurfield has asked me to distribute the following link (to a proposed online survey) for your comment.

The survey is intended to gather the opinion of parents as to their views on safeguarding in order that they may be considered in the development of the Partnership’s new Safeguarding Offer.

Please send comment directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to expedite the readiness of this survey before Wednesday 23rd January.  Following this date Julie will work with partners to disseminate the survey and share an update at the Work Stream meeting currently scheduled for Wednesday 6th February 


Mark Quinn Quality and Performance Coordinator Durham Local Safeguarding Children Board  Tel. 03000 265 772 County Hall Durham DH1 5UJ

Safeguarding News Roundup

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 England

The Bill was proposed by Steve Reed - MP for Croydon North - following the devastating death of his constituent Seni Lewis in 2010. Seni died at just 23, after being restrained on a mental health ward by 11 police officers. At the inquest into Seni’s death, the restraint used was deemed to be excessive, unreasonable and disproportionate. Seni's family have campaigned tirelessly over many years to change the law around the use of force, and thousands of Mind campaigners urged their MPs to get behind the Bill. Now finally all the hard work has paid off.

England and Wales

MPs and peers demand changes to Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill 2017-2019

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill requires further changes to protect the human rights of vulnerable people, MPs and peers have warned.

Committee Chair of the Joint Human Rights Committee, Harriet Harman MP said: “The human rights of vulnerable people who lack mental capacity must be protected with a more robust system of safeguards.

“We must give cared-for people, their families and professionals greater certainty by providing a clear definition: the Bill must be changed if it is to do that.” The Law Society has also published a briefing .


E-Bulletin – Home Office Consultation – Modern Slavery – NRM Reforms

Home office consultation - Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) continues to be a high priority for all law enforcement agencies across the UK. The National Crime Agency (NCA) has been leading on delivering increased operational activity on key themes of MSHT throughout 2018.

In October 2017, the government announced a series of reforms to the UK’s system for identifying and supporting victims of Modern Slavery, the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). First Responders are designated organisations which are able to refer potential victims of modern slavery into the NRM. All staff within Local Authorities are First Responders. More information and a full list of current First Responder organisations can be found here.

The Home Office has launched consultation focusing on which organisations should be First Responders and how staff at these organisations are trained to perform this role, this aims to improve identification and support of Modern Slavery victims. The consultation is in the form of two online surveys (see below) and will run until late January 2019.

The First Responder Survey is aimed at people who may encounter victims of modern slavery while performing their roles, for example, police officers, Asylum interviewers, social workers etc. and generally staff within a First Responder organisation.

The Non-First Responder Survey is aimed at people and organisations who have an interest in the question of which organisations should be First Responders and how they should be trained, this could include staff who train First Responders, policy officials working on the NRM or organisations and networks with an interest in Modern Slavery.

SAB E-Bulletin - Final Report - Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983/MAPPA e-learning

Final Report - Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983 (published 6th December)

The attached report is forwarded for your information. The report itself makes recommendation for Local Safeguarding Adult Boards to ensure their arrangements support organisations to discharge their safeguarding duties and ensure that there are effective processes in place to identify, investigate and take action on safeguarding issues.

This sits well with the assurance role of the LSAB and will inform the policy review.

MAPPA e-learning

Just a reminder, a new e-learning tool has been devised.  It will support those who attend Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and anyone who works with violent or sexual offenders to raise individual awareness of Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements, practice guidance and policy.   You can view this training by clicking the named link above.

DBS News for 2018

Please take a look at our third edition of DBS News for 2018. We have included a mixture of news and updates to interest our wide range of stakeholders. This issue of the newsletter includes:

Choose the right Basic route
Updated identity checking guidance
Eligibility in the NHS
Help reduce recruitment fraud

We publish regular news and policy updates on our website - register for alerts on GOV.UK so you will always be up to date.

Circular for Children's Social Care and Safeguarding

Welcome to the latest tri.x Information Circular for Children's Social Care and Safeguarding
A collection of some of the latest information in relation to consultations, research, statutory guidance, government policy, tools for families and children, with links to related sources.

Modern Slavery - Annual Report 2018

The Modern Slavery Annual Report 2018 from the Home Office is publicised, it covers key information and activity over the last twelve months and the UK response to modern slavery, and includes information on the future response to modern slavery. Independent Review Modern Slavery Act 2015 We previously updated board members of an upcoming independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Guidance is publicised on how evidence for the independent review will be collated. The review will explore specific areas of the Act, including transparency in supply chains, child victims of modern slavery, the role of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, and the legal applications of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. A final report is expected by end March 2019.

Code of practice to support victims of financial abuse

A Code of Practice developed to meet recommendations of Financial Services Vulnerability Taskforce is published. It is supportive of raising awareness of and better understanding of what abuse looks like for firms, colleagues, victims, potential victims and their families. Developed in consultation with charities, victim support groups and government departments, alongside UK Finance’s Financial Abuse Project Group and Consumer Advisory Group. Over the next 12 months, eleven of the largest high street firms have committed to implementing the voluntary Code with more firms expected to follow, raising awareness, training colleagues and introducing other initiatives to help victims regain more control over their finances.


Home Office publishes updated guidance to help frontline workers identify and protect victims of county lines gangs

County lines refers to a model used by criminal gangs, whereby urban gangs supply drugs to suburban areas and market and coastal towns. These gangs frequently exploit children and vulnerable adults to courier drugs and money. Some vulnerable adults have their homes taken over by the gangs (cuckooing) using force or coercion. To support policing and other statutory frontline staff – particularly those who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults – in identifying potential victims of this type of criminal exploitation, the Home Office has updated its County Lines guidance. It sets out the signs to look for in potential victims, and what action staff should take so that potential victims get the support and help they need.

The document supplements an organisation’s existing safeguarding policies. Alongside the guidance, there are resources to help staff to recognise the signs to look out for, that could indicate that someone is a victim of county lines gangs. The Home Office is also raising awareness of county lines across a range of non-statutory sectors. These include the private security sector, licensed taxi and private hire company staff, bus and coach company staff, train operating company staff and private landlords and letting agents.

Further material for social housing is expected soon.

Anti-slavery – SAFE CAR WASH mobile phone app, helping to spot the unseen victims

Last year, 493 reports of potential cases of labour exploitation in car washes across the UK were reported with 2,170 potential victims. A mobile app – Safe Car Wash, developed in partnership with The Clewer Initiative the Local Government Association (LGA), National Crime Agency (NCA), National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner is available. The app aims to support collation of community intelligence about car washes across the UK. The app can be downloaded onto smart/android phones, on opening the app a short survey is accessible about working conditions of the car wash visited. Surveys will be anonymised and data shared with the National Crime Agency and Gangmasters Labour and Abuse Authority, both enforcement agencies leading on prevention of modern slavery within the UK.

Following research carried out in November 2017 and a pilot, a new scheme is being introduced to ‘kitemark’ car washes, through the Responsible Car Wash Scheme.

Local Prevent article

Please find below a link to a recent article regarding extreme right wing views in Bishop Auckland.

Can be used as a teaching or discussion point. I will also save this to the shared drive for future reference.

Kind regards, Tracey Clements Quality Officer Adult Learning & Skills Service Children and Young People’s Services Durham County Council Civic Centre North Terrace Crook Co. Durham DL15 9ES Mobile No: 07500 972902

Learning and Improvement Group action - call to Partners

My name is Sophie Williams and I’m the new SAB Admin Officer. As part of the Learning and Improvement group work plan the group holds a responsibility for supporting the Learning and Development In relation to Safeguarding Adults training. The subgroup recently agreed to extend opportunities to practitioners across all agencies to attend and engage with the work of the group and encourage connectivity. Practitioner voice was also a feature of the recent development session in September. This is a call to Partners to request that this offer be cascaded across all agencies to encourage staff to get involved.

Staff enquiries for further information can be directed to the Board Business Unit at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Social Media Link

Please find below the link for the modern slavery post on Instagram. Again, please cascade as widely as possible to support awareness raising and recognition of anti-slavery day.


Engagement and Communication Group - Staff Survey

For those who haven’t yet had a chance to complete our short survey, the original closing date was 3rd October, but we have extended the deadline to Monday 8th October to allow for anyone who missed this. I have copied the link below to get to this survey and would appreciate if you could a few minutes to complete this survey if you haven’t yet done so.

We appreciate your time in helping us with this exercise.

Kind regards Jeni Bland Safeguarding training administrator Safeguarding Adults Board Transformation & Partnerships Room 4/129-134 County Hall Durham DH1 5UL ( 03000 268870

Signs Of Safety

Following on from the Signs of Safety paper to the Board from Children and Young People’s Services in April 2018, please find attached a briefing note to agencies to support. The briefing note also provides information and links to book on to information sessions and briefings.

Anti-slavery – mobile phone app launched, helping to spot the unseen victims Unseen

UK - a charitable organisation has launched a mobile app to support the spotting of unseen victims of slavery or trafficking. You can download a simple guide to recognising the signs of modern slavery and trafficking through the app. The Modern Slavery helpline is also coordinated and managed by Unseen UK.

To find out more – visit the Unseen UK website pages by clicking here.

Safeguarding Annual Reports 2018 

Please find attached the following Safeguarding Annual Reports 2018:

Local Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report 2017/18
Local Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report 2017/18 – for young people

Prevent Bulletin

Please find attached the latest Prevent and Safeguarding bulletin for term 1.

If you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards, Tracey Clements Quality Officer Adult Learning & Skills Service Children and Young People’s Services Durham County Council Civic Centre North Terrace Crook Co. Durham DL15 9ES Mobile No: 07500 972902

Child Poverty Plan on a Page 

Please find attached the above document for your information.

Thank you. Emma Maynard Admin Co-ordinator Durham LSCB 4th Floor, County Hall Durham DH1 5UJ 03000 266761




Multi-Agency Safeguarding Arrangements

Please find attached below link as requested by Michael Banks, Independent Chair of Durham LSCB, for your information.

Dissemination of the update from TRIX re the changes within working together 2018 *

Please find attached briefing notes from TRIX in relation to the changes in Working Together 2018. We will put them on what’s new on the website but can you please disseminate widely.

Relevant Agencies

WTSGC Changes

Thank You Jacqui Doherty LSCB Business Manager County Hall Durham DH1 5UJ 03000 263989 Mobile: 07469402571

Advice for possible sexual exploitation 

An issue was noted at the last teenage pregnancy steering group meeting that in the Easington/Peterlee area, girls were accepting lifts and not seeing the dangers in this. I have spoken to Sean Barry from the LSCB with regard to how people feed in CSE concerns. His advice is noted below.

As discussed, my advice would be Report to Police intelligence – This can be ANYTHING from car details, locations, names, even ‘rumour’ information Ring Police 101 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 You can also submit a Intelligence / Information Form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Attached).

The form can also be downloaded at

If you are concerned about a child call First Contact on 03000 26 79 79

Durham LSCB Child Protection Procedures Update – April 2018 

The Durham LSCB Child Protection Procedure updates for April 2018 have been released today.

The changes of note to procedures April 2018 factsheet highlights the significant changes in the Multi-Agency Child Protection Procedures.

The document is available on the LSCB Website

Practitioners should make themselves familiar with the changes.

The procedures can be found here

Thank you Sean Barry Strategy and Development Officer Local Safeguarding Children Board Tel: 03000 265 434