Published 20th April 2016 13.24hours
A LONG-AWAITED safeguarding system aimed at protecting seriously vulnerable children finally looks set to launch after being delayed by more than a year. Slough Children’s Services Trust, Thames Valley Police, Cambridge Education, the Probation Service, Slough Borough Council, Turning Point – a non-profit service providing support to those with mental health issues, learning disabilities or substance misuse – and health agencies, are finally working together to form a crucial Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub referred to as MASH to help protect youngsters at risk of abuse. It is hoped working in partnership will mean improved communication, resulting in the right support being offered more quickly. MASH was due to launch in April last year. However, despite a spokeswoman from Slough Borough Council stating that she believed the MASH was “up and running” in July, police chiefs admitted it actually faced a 12-month-delay in October last year. The Slough Children’s Services Trust took over the role of heading up the Slough MASH in its capacity of being responsible for the care and wellbeing of Slough’s vulnerable children and young people when it launched at the beginning of October. A spokeswoman from the trust confirmed a prototype of the service is set to go ahead in July with the official launch in September.
Since the trust launched, increased resources – including Early Help – have cut the processing time of assessments and improved the quality of information provided to partner agencies.
A firm pledge has been made by the leader of Slough Borough Council to ensure everything will be done to restore voters’ confidence in the election process. At Tuesday’s full council meeting, a member of the public asked Cllr Robert Anderson what he plans to do to ensure ‘cleaner election practises’ in the town. In response, the leader said people have had an ‘unfortunate’ reminder in the last few days about the consequences of electoral fraud. It comes after former UKIP chairman Steven Gillingwater, 26, of Tennyson Way, Britwell, was sentenced for two counts of electoral fraud at Slough Magistrates’ Court on Monday in connection with last year’s local elections in the town. Cllr Anderson said the people of Slough deserved a ‘clean election’ in May and “All Slough residents had to feel confident in the candidates,” Later on in the meeting, Cllr Anderson proposed a motion for all councillors to agree to ‘show the upmost respect towards electoral law’. councillors voted unanimously to pass the motion.
Maidenhead Foodshare has been given a new home rent-free by Housing Solutions, and will soon move to the new site at the New Market in King Street. Foodshare offers fresh, dry, and tinned foods, and provides vouchers for fresh produce and vegetables. In February, it had to make an appeal for emergency supplies after seeing a 40 per cent increase in use since Christmas. Sue Brett, who runs Foodshare, said: “We are very grateful for this support, it means that the money we would normally spend on rent, can now be used to buy more food.”
An Upton Court Grammar School student will get a taste of life at Oxford University having secured a spot on its summer school scheme. Tania Bedi, 17, beat hundreds of competitors to win one of the 30 school places studying history. Tania was accepted through UNIQ, a programme which received more than 7,000 applications and aims to introduce A-level students to life at Oxford University. Upton Court Grammar has had students go on to study at Oxford for the past three years. applicants had to prove their academic ability through their GCSE grades, a written statement and referrals from their teachers. Tania will spend a week at the prestigious university attending lectures from Oxford professors and researchers.