WSCP Winter Conference 2020

Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership Winter Conference was held on 10th December 2020

This event was recorded and is available to view link

Once you have viewed the conference, please complete an evaluation form:  link


Welcome and overview of the event:

Jonathan Giordano, Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership Manager


Opening the Conference:

Suzannah Cookson, Chief Nurse at Wakefield Commissioning Group link

Suzannah has been in post as Executive Chief Nurse since September 2018 and has over 35 years’ clinical experience in the NHS, working across acute, community and primary care settings. She has extensive and varied experience in nursing and midwifery leadership roles, delivering quality, safe and effective care in provision and in a commissioning organisation.

Suzannah is motivated by working with people and values relationships to achieve good outcomes for patients and public. She gives her best leading change through people, showing compassion and kindness and harnessing a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary approach to system change, to transform and improve the health and wellbeing of people in our local communities.


Key Note Speech – Child Neglect and Poverty Aware Practice starts on the conference recording at 7 minute, 40 seconds video link  slides link

Dr Susannah Bowyer, Assistant Director Research in Practice 

Susannah Bowyer is Assistant Director of Research in Practice on the child and family side of the business.

Operational lead on network engagement and partnership support; Quality assurance and senior editorial lead on learning events; monthly research and policy updates, research scopes and evidence-informed briefings in various formats for a range of audiences. Project lead on a range of commissioned research and evaluation activities.

​The presentation draws together key messages from a range of research, practice expertise and the voices of families on developing poverty aware practice in response to concerns about child neglect.

Following the presentation there was questions and answers.


Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership, a year on…

Jonathan Giordano, Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership Manager and

Stuart Smith, Independent Scrutineer

Updates and a consultation workshop considering:

  • An overview of the partnership’s arrangements
  • The work the partnership has undertaken in the past year
  • Next steps heading into 2021
  • With an opportunity to feedback on the areas the partnership can develop further


Closing remarks

Jonathan Giordano, Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership Manager 

Signposting to the pre-recorded sessions.


Pre-recorded sessions:

To open the presentations:  Click the blue link beside the presentation, this link will take you to YouTube.

Once you have completed a presentation please complete an evaluation form link and email back to:


Icon: Babies Cry, You Can Cope! Programme link

An Introduction to the Icon programme, including key messages and resources for professionals link

Icon provides key messages and resources to let parents and carers know that infant crying is normal and there are strategies which can be taken in order to cope.

Resources include leaflets, posters and video clips which can be shared with parents and carers at any contact or ‘Touch Point’ they have with midwives, health visitors, GPs, social workers, and all other professionals working with families.

Links and videos referred to in the presentation link

I am unshakeable video link

Ellie’s Story link

Links to the 3 serious case reviews referred to by Sarah, copy the links and save the documents to view them on your computer.

Ollie link

Maddison link

Nic – link

Sarah Booth, Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children and Children in Care at Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group


Early Help SMART Safety Planning for families 

Two short case studies:

1. How an Early Help SMART safety plan was developed to improve outcomes for a family who had a history of complex needs including multiple referrals to social care (20 minutes) link

2. A multi-agency Early Help SMART plan was created to support a family in need (11 minutes) link

Ellie Cooper, Universal Lead Practitioner at Wakefield Council

Child Criminal Exploitation: The Local Picture link

An overview of County Lines, including who is vulnerable, signs to look for, the terminology used and an overview of what’s happening in Wakefield.

Video links:

Grooming young people is big business to this man link

The Cycle Continues link

Home Office, County Lines guidance link

The Children’s Society, what is County Lines? link

This is Money, ‘Deets and Squares’ article on children bank account scams link

West Yorkshire Police, Programme Precision link

Charlie Manson, Detective Sergeant at West Yorkshire Police


Adolescence Vulnerabilities, Risk and Exploitation link

A case study from Children Vulnerable to Exploitation Team

Michelle Leadbeater, Team Manager – Children Vulnerable to Exploitation at Wakefield Council

Adolescent Risk – The National Picture
link – passcode is Bs!KXs0A

A recent webinar delivered in Wakefield covering what is happening around Adolescent Risk Nationally.

An excellent Presentation by Dez Holmes at a CYPS Wakefield All Staff Event in October 2020

The recording is of the whole session to access this session you will need to copy and paste the link below into your browser and then input the Passcode when prompted.

There are 2 videos, when the first one ends the second will automatically start.

The event was opened by Beate Wagner, Corporate Director, Children & Young People.

Dez’s presentation starts at 5 minutes and 49 seconds and lasts approx. 1 hour.

Dez Holmes, Director of Research In Practice


Key Safeguarding Issues for Education link

An overview of the latest National and Local Safeguarding Priorities

To access the 1 hr Safer Working Practice Training for Education staff please email Vicki Maybin on

Vicki Maybin, Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership Safeguarding Advisor for Education


Multi-Agency Pregnancy & Assessment Group (MAPLAG) link

An overview of MAPLAG and its audit process.

Angela South, Named Midwife for Safeguarding Directorate of Nursing and Quality Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust


Following the conference the links to the videos and presentations will remain on our website for you to view.

Please see our recorded training page for a large selection of virtual/e-Learning training sessions:

Once you have completed a presentation please complete an evaluation form link and email back to:

If you require assistance accessing any sessions please email: and we will get back to you.

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