Read the Press Release here
New Article on the Prime Minister's Review of LSCBs published in the Guardian
on 13th Jan 2016. Written by David N Jones and Maggie Blyth.
Terms of Reference
for the Review of LSCBs by Alan Wood.
AILC welcomes the Prime Minister's concerns for children as reported on 14th December and supports the objective of ensuring that children everywhere receive good quality care and protection. AILC is firmly commited to continue its support and improvement work with LSCBs and is in direct discussions with all stakeholders to address this -
read the press release here
MPs have launched an inquiry into police responses to missing children amid concerns that new reporting categories may expose young people to risks, including sexual exploitation. Read the article from Community Care here
AILC welcomes the recent report published by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England,
highlighting the extensive reality of child sexual abuse within the family
LSCB Chairs call for Systematic Risk Assessment of the Impact of Spending Review Cuts on Vulnerable Children and Families - at the AILC Annual Conference on 9-10 November.
Read press release here
A resolution was passed unanimously highlighting the safeguarding risks for Children within the Chancellor's 2015 Spending Review.
Read Resolution here
AILC Publishes its Annual Report for 2014/15 and Business Objectives for 2015/16. Read the report here
AILC Publishes NEW Reports
Two new reports from the Association of Local Safeguarding Board Chairs (AILC) provide vivid insights into the reality of local safeguarding practice and the role of LSCBs and their Chairs.
AILC's 'Review of LSCB Annual Reports' provides a structured analysis of last year’s annual reports by LSCBs, with examples of good practice, together with model templates for use by Safeguarding Boards. You can access this report here.
AILC has also published an independent analysis of Ofsted's reports of LSCB inspections, showing the key role of LSCB Chairs in challenging and leading improvements and identifying the elements of effective safeguarding arrangements. You can access this report here.
In his foreword to the review of the outcomes from the latest Ofsted Inspections, AILC Chair, David N Jones, expresses surprise that ‘not one of the inspections to date, within the current framework, has judged even one LSCB as ‘outstanding’. He continues in a press release: ‘can this really be because there is no outstanding practice, especially when international comparisons show that our arrangements are as good as the best and better than most?"
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"
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DfE funded research published on 'Assessing Parental Capacity to Change when Children are at the Edge of Care: an overview of current research experience'.