April Newsletter

Stephen Bloor Newsletter

In this months newsletter;

Figures and trends update.
Support for learners who might become homeless
Article for stress awareness month
Welcome from our new student support coordinator Samantha Newman

Safeguarding Stats for March

There were
Learner Concerns

Information or low level
There were
Unresolved Concern

Moderate Level
Were reported to the relevant authorities

High Level

Are you aware of how to report a concern?
This was covered in your induction but if unsure click here

Unresolved concern are concerns that still require monitoring from either Safeguarding or from the reporting person. Please ensure that you update Safeguarding of the outcomes to learner concerns so they can be closed.

Our concern levels are as follows:
Information – At present staff member is monitoring the situation
Low Level – Staff member presenting doesn’t require involvement from the Designated Person
Moderate Level – The concern may require input from the Designated Person
High Level – Staff member requires immediate action from the Designated Person

Current Total People Safeguarding Trends – April

Child sexual exploitation
Telford and Wrekin

Advice and Guidance
Recent national news headlines suggest that 100’s of children and young people were abused in the region during the 1980’s.
With headlines stating that authorities are “still failing to tackle abuse” – we need to be aware of the signs and give learners opportunity to talk about such issues.
With this in mind we have a number of posters and leaflets at Telford, and are asking colleagues to make room for such discussions on each learner progress review.

Samantha Newman

Samantha is our newly appointed student support coordinator.
She is the point of contact for Educational Health Care plans within Total People and her responsibilities include;

Role and responsibilities
• Supporting the process of Education, Health and Care Plans.
• Liaise with all stakeholders relating to the individual leaners EHCPs, including colleagues, parents/carer’s and local authorities.
• Establish and maintain relationships with learners on EHCP and their tutors/training advisors, providing advice and assistance where required.
• Organise and conduct review meetings with learners and stakeholders.
• Ensuring the robust tracking of learners is in place along with the delivery of statutory duties which has been included for all learners on Educational Health and Care Plans.

Please contact Sam if any advice regarding Educational Health and Care Plans is required.


Night stop!
Thanks to Sarah Buksh for this information;
Great if you need to signpost any learners.


‘Nightstop North West Communities (NCNW) supports young people aged 16 to 25 in the Widnes area.

The aim of NCNW is to prevent homelessness and rebuild relationships through individual bespoke support.

We work with families to resolve issues in the hope that eventually the young person will return to the family home and to support the wider community in challenging day-to-day issues.’

Stress awareness
Stress Awareness
1 – 30 April 2018
Working in social care can be stressful – The Health and Safety Executive identified that the health and social care sectors have higher than average rates of stress.

Throughout stress awareness month, we’ll be using Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to promote all the resources we have to help with this.
Whether it’s supporting those you care for with regards to a mental health issue, helping your staff build their own emotional resilience or supporting registered managers’ wellbeing through our new wellbeing guide launching in April – we’ve got it covered.
After all, we must look after ourselves first before we can care for others.
View our mental health resources and don’t miss our resilience resources.

Indecent images of children - whats the law?
Indecent images of children Campaign (HM Govt.)

Eleven percent of 18-24yr olds don’t think it is illegal to download, view or share indecent images of a child when they are under 18.

Twenty-two percent of men aged 18-24 do not agree that the children in indecent images are harmed by the experience.

In response to a Ipsos MORI survey in February 2017, the Home Office has launched a campaign to inform young men that viewing abusive images of children is illegal. Awareness needs to improve in order to protect children and prevent the criminalisation of young men. Key messages of the campaign are:
• Viewing sexual images of children under 18 is illegal
• The age of consent (16) is different to the legal age to feature in a sexual image (18)
• There is a victim behind every underage sexualised image
• What you should do if you come across indecent images
Campaign resources include posters and videos.

Further information can be found in the supporters’ pack here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/indecent-images-of-children-campaign-supporter-pack