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  • Staying Alive Suicide Support

  • Safeguarding Children

  • Council’s property external inspections

  • Asylum Seekers

  • Liverpool Shanghai Sister City Partnership

  • Accent’ Music Education Hub




Staying Alive Suicide Support

Applies to – All schools  
Alison Farquhar – Halton CAMHS Co-Ordinator
Halton CAMHS – Emotional Health & Wellbeing Service


People can use the app if they are having suicidal thoughts or if they are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide. The app is not a substitute for professional services but provides individuals with a tool to be able to support themselves.

Key features include:


  • Finding help from local crisis services in the Cheshire & Merseyside area
  • Quick access to UK national crisis support helplines
  • A safety plan that can be filled out and used if a person is in a crisis and needs to keep safe
  • A LifeBox to which the user can upload photos from their phone reminding them of their reasons to stay alive
  • Strategies for staying safe from suicide
  • How to help a person thinking about suicide
  • Suicide myth-busting
  • Research-based reasons for living
  • Suicide bereavement resources



Safeguarding Children

Applies to – All schools  


Safeguarding Children Induction Booklet 2019

The HSCB Safeguarding Children Induction Booklet has been updated.  The Safeguarding Children Induction Booklet is designed to support with the induction of new staff working with children and families, including volunteers.  This ensures that basic information about safeguarding children in Halton is relayed to the practitioner at the earliest opportunity. Managers/Supervisors should discuss the booklet during supervision to support the practitioner’s understanding. Please note this booklet is not an e-learning tool and DOES NOT replace the need for Basic Awareness Safeguarding Training to be provided to all staff who work with children and families.


HSCB Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training Courses

There are currently places available on the following training:

Safer Recruitment in Education, 10th May, 9am – 5.30pm, Boardroom Municipal Buildings, Widnes

Working Together to Safeguard Children, 15th & 16th May, 9.30am – 4.30pm, Farnworth Methodist Church Hall  (Pre-course requirement is completion of Basic Awareness to Safeguard Children training.)

Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) and Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) Briefing, 25th June, 9.30am – 12.30pm, Box 9 Halton Stadium, Widnes

Places should be booked via the Training page of the HSCB website: Please note that for those organisations who are charged for attendance under the HSCB Training Charging Policy the costs are £50 per half day and £80 per full day training.  The charge for late cancellation or non-attendance on the day is £100 per day/half day for all applicants unless an exemption under the Training Charging Policy applies:



Council’s property external inspections


Applies to – All schools  


The Council has appointed external consultants, Philip Kenny and Guy Owen from Sanderson Weatherall, to undertake the buildings insurance reinstatement valuations of the Council’s properties.

Sanderson Weatherall have access to the Council’s property database and will be undertaking external inspections and taking some external photographs.  I have asked that they call in at the school beforehand to let the reception know they are looking at the school building.

The inspections will be carried out over  May and June.

If you have any queries please let me know,

Louise Risk – Telephone number  0151 511 6196 –  Mobile number   07825523337



Asylum Seekers

Applies to – All schools  

Dear Colleagues

We are now seeing an increasing number of Asylum Seekers settling in Halton a fact sheet has been prepared with some of the frequently asked questions.  Alongside this fact sheet you will also find a document which provides some helpful definitions of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Failed/Refused Asylum Seekers.  This document sets out the appropriate entitlements.

I would recommend that you share this information with your staff and governors.


Liverpool Shanghai Sister City Partnership

Applies to – All schools  

We would like to invite you to an exciting celebration on the 8th May 2019. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Liverpool Shanghai sister city partnership and to celebrate we are putting on an event for you to learn more about the Chinese culture, links and opportunities that they can offer.

It is a great chance to find out what is happening in your local region with Chinese links through guest speakers, Chinese entertainment, a buffet and a chance to mingle and network. This should excite you with the vision of how students in the area can benefit from the opportunities not only by visiting China but right on their doorsteps. You can mingle with school leaders that are participating in a Sister school programme that contributes to the China partnerships for the region and find out how you could take advantage of the chances for your school community.

It will take place at Blackburne House, Hope Street from 4.30 – 6.45 pm, Wednesday 8th May. 

There will be guest speakers sharing their visions from; 

  • The City council:  Gary Millar (Deputy Mayor and Councillor) 
  • Marketing Liverpool;  James Wood, Marketing campaign manager 
  • TRUE Education partnerships:  Thomas Camilleri, MD 
  • Tranmere Rovers Football Club: Mark Palios (Chairman ) 
  • Mark Schofield; Edgehill University and Confucius Institute 

 Other guests that you will mingle with are school leaders from all over the Merseyside region, council representatives, local businesses, staff from the local universities and members of the local Chinese community groups.

It is a free event but please register your attendance using the link below so that we can cater for numbers. Or contact us directly on the email or phone number below.

There is also a banquet dinner after the event for local schools that are on the programme and you can come along and talk to them personally and find out more about it in an informal setting.  We would  need to know numbers for this also so please let me know if  you can attend so that we can make sure you get a seat.

We look forward to seeing you



Accent’ Music Education Hub

Applies to – All schools  

Accent Music Education Hub click on the link below for more details.