AILC welcomes the report published today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England,
Read the Press Release here
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.
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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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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'.
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.
The Association launched 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 the latest Webinar and to catch up on the recorded webinars for:
Governance and Partnership Working
Quality Assurance and Performance Management .
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
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
CONFRONTING CSE WITH EFFECTIVE SAFEGUARDING – THE CULTURAL AND LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE
Press Release Full Report
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.
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
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