Welcome to the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs

 
The Association of Independent LSCB Chairs  is the national membership organisation for Independent Chairs of Local Safeguarding Children Boards.  Its membership is made up of approximately 100 Independent LSCB Chairs operating across 146 LSCBs in England (some chair more than one Board). There is collaboration with colleagues from equivalent structures in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Independent LSCB Chairs come from a variety of professional backgrounds including police, social work, law, health and public administration.  The Association is underpinned by a regional infrastructure of nine regional groups. Each Chair is invited to join the regional group, appropriate to the location of their LSCB.
AILC Launches Webinars
 
The Association is launching a series of learning webinars as part of our Induction and CPD Programme for Chairs, in partnership with Research in Practice. Take a look under Continuing Professional Development in the Private Member's Area for more information on how to register for the first Webinar on Governance and Partnership Working on Tuesday 23rd June at 18:30.
Quality Assurance and Performance Management
recorded webinar is available in the Private Member's Area

News 
LGA
The Association has responded to the publication of a comprehensive and challenging survey of LSCBs undertaken by Research in Practice (RiP) for the Local Government Association (LGA). Download the press release here.
The full LGA report can be found here.

FCASE Pilot Programme Evaluation Report Published.
FCASE is a major initiative,  funded by the Department for Education and run by Barnardo’s.  The International Centre  at the University of Bedfordshire was commissioned to evaluate the effectiveness of the programme over a two year period from 2013 to 2015. FCASE combines several elements of work in the area of CSE, that have not been previously been brought together  in a structured programme. The programme emphasises the need for work with parents/carers and young people as well as community awareness raising in order for the early signs of child sexual exploitation to be identified, and for preventative strategies to be put in place.  The full report can be found here.

The Police & Crime Committee have published a report Confronting CSE in London. It highlights the range of positive work taking place across London to tackle CSE.  They call upon London's LSCBs to be vigilant and continue to strengthen the systems in place to protect children and young people from sexual exploitation.
New Ofsted Annual Report published click here to see the report and in the Association's Private Members Area is a compilation of LSCB references within the Ofsted Annual report, in a useful checklist chart.
C4EO Report on Effective LSCBs report was published  and it was encouraging to see acknowledgement of the Association's role for Chairs;
"Collaboration and sharing practice between chairs is greatly valued by LSCB chairs. The Association of Independent Chairs plays an important role in providing the means for chairs to do this"
For the full report click here
Two new CSE reports refer to LSCB Leadership
Ofsted Press Release calls for CSE to be given higher priority (report link at bottom of the press release)

Communities & Local Government Committee - Third Report Nov '14. Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham: some issues for local government
Edward Timpson’s speech to the Association's conference is essential reading on the Department for Education website.  We expect to inform you of the Association’s response shortly.
Ofsted Guidance for Schools
Ofsted published new guidance on Inspecting Safeguarding in Maintained Schools and Academies.  To download guidance click here
SCR & Criminal Proceedings Guidance
National Policing Homicide Working Group have published a guide for Police, Crown Prosecution Service and LSCBs.  To download guide click here

BBC Radio 4's You and Yours Call-In show on Tues 2 September covered Child Sexual Exploitation in light of the Rotherham Report. David N Jones, Chair of the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs was a studio guest.  The broadcast is 45 mins and David's section commences at 19:40 minutes.  If you wish to listen to the podcast click here.
CONFRONTING CSE WITH EFFECTIVE SAFEGUARDING – THE CULTURAL AND LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE
David N Jones, Chair of the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs, highlights the central role of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards in confronting sexual exploitation of young people and overseeing continuous improvement in local safeguarding services.

Press Release       Full Report

Chief social worker, Isabelle Trowler, and the Department for Education have launched a knowledge and skills statement which sets out in one place what a child and family social worker will need to know and be able to do
DfE press release     Policy summary
The National Panel
The first annual report of independent experts on Serious Case Reviews has been published here
Our library of policy updates

Child Protection topics - useful information

Recent messages of Research
DfE funded research published on 'Assessing Parental Capacity to Change when Children are at the Edge of Care: an overview of current research experience'.
 
The report ‘The GP’s role in responding to child maltreatment’ calls on governments and policy makers to re-think the role of GPs and maximise the potential of the crucial doctor-parent and doctor-child relationships to create a public health approach of early intervention to reduce child maltreatment.
The full report is available here

Membership
Membership is only open to Independent LSCB Chairs, and to complete the registration form and access the private membership area follow this link

LSCBs - information and resources
The Association launched its LSCB Chairs' Induction Toolkit in our Private Members Area . A helpful toolkit to provide in one place a range of information about the core areas of a Chairs role and where they might find practice exemplars.
New AILC report - Further to the DFE publishing:
Safeguarding Practioners: Information Sharing Advice:
Keeping Children Safe in Education
Working Together Revisions

The Association has produced a new report that lists the references to LSCBs within these reports.  Click here for AILC's report.
AILC report  - An analysis of recent Ofsted judgements and themes re LSCBs can be found in our Private Members Area, this is very helpful reading and as a checklist, prior to Ofsted inspections of LSCBs.

Useful documents to strengthen the effectiveness of LSCBs 

The requirement under Working Together to publish Serious Case Reviews
SCR publications  
Duty to publish SCRs
SCRs and the Independent Panel process

At-a-glance thematic SCR briefings highlighting the learning from Serious Case Reviews.

The regulations for undertaking Child Death Overviews are set out in Chapter 5 of Working Together

CDOP information and resources, here
Contact details for CDOPs  here
Adfam recently published Medications in Drug Treatment: Tackling the Risks to Children. This research found 20 Serious Case Reviews in the last decade involving the ingestion of drug treatment medicines by children; 17 of these were undertaken in 2008-13. An executive summary, and the full version of this report is available on this link   

 




 
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