We have been busy in AILC designing and launching a new interactive forum for you, to support networking, enhanced safeguarding and the exchange of experience such as new arrangements. Please click on Members, then Members Forum to see the first few questions inputted, to which you may wish to respond.
Please do input your own question or issue into the Interactive Forum - what is the knotty issue which your LSCB/MASA is dealing with currently, how can others help you with this? If most of you input a question in the forum this month, we will all have a wealth of information about what is topical or tricky across the country and how partnerships are dealing with this. This only takes a minute to write the question – the Forum is for Chairs and Business Managers, so don’t forget to log in. It’s a tool created for you and will only be as good as the information inputted!
As you know, we launched our new survey so that you will be able to see what is happening across the country in relation to local changes towards new safeguarding arrangements. This is for Chairs, Business Managers and the three safeguarding leaders – you will have already been requested to forward this to safeguarding leads and we have had a good response. There are a few individuals who have started the survey and then had to leave it before completing; we would be really grateful if as many as possible could complete this. The 'Charting the Changes' (CSWAct/WT18) Survey closes on Sunday, 23rd September at 23:45. We look forward to sharing the outcome of this with colleagues. Please do not hesitate to call or email with any questions or comments email@example.com 07880 209788.
‘Working Together’ and ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ Updates
Dfe have reissued 'Working Together' 2018 due to a very small error re Child Deaths.
Chapter 5 had a foot note on page 96 with an incorrect sentence in the July edition, which has now been replaced with the sentence below in the new August version (which can be found on the DfE website here https://www.gov.uk/topic/schools-colleges-childrens-services/safeguarding-children/latest );
"99. This will include the death of any new-born baby (of any gestation) who shows signs of life following birth, or where the birth was unattended, but does not include those (of any gestation) who are stillborn where there was medical attendance, or planned terminations of pregnancy carried out within the law."
The August WT18 version has removed the word “or”, which existed in the July version between “stillborn” and “where”.
Just to explain re links to this - if your LSCB has placed a link to the DfE website for this document on your LSCB website, it will automatically take the reader to the new Aug version, but if you have placed the actual July document anywhere/used paper documents etc, you will need to replace these.
AILC’s WT18 Briefing with Transition Timescales can be hound here. This includes a summary of key matters emboldened to act as a checklist when developing your new arrangements from LSCBs towards MASAs. (again, Member’s only content. Please ensure you sign in.)
‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ DfE guidance – to be implemented September 3rd.
A reminder to all LSCBs that they need to be assured – including by publicity, S175.S11 auditing – that their education establishments are all implementing the new equivalent safeguarding guidance. There are two linked DfE sets of guidance on safeguarding in education;
This is the comprehensive generic safeguarding guidance re safeguarding in schools which should be on LSCBs and schools’ websites. It includes a number of references to LSCBs including;
- Individual schools and colleges having an effective child protection policy. The child protection policy should describe procedures which are in accordance with government guidance and refer to locally agreed inter-agency procedures put in place by the LSCB
- Governing bodies and proprietors of all schools and colleges should ensure that their safeguarding arrangements take into account the procedures and practice of the local authority as part of inter-agency safeguarding procedures set up by the LSCB
- This should include understanding and reflecting local protocols for assessment and the LSCBs threshold document along with supplying information as requested by the LSCB
- Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that all staff undergo safeguarding and child protection training (including online safety) at induction. The training should be regularly updated. Induction and training should be in line with advice from the LSCB
- The School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009 require governing bodies of maintained schools to ensure that at least one of the persons who conducts an interview has completed safer recruitment training.23 Governing bodies of maintained schools may choose appropriate training and may take advice from their LSCB safeguarding in doing so. The training should cover, as a minimum, the content of this guidance
- The designated safeguarding lead should link with the local LSCB to make sure staff are aware of any training opportunities and the latest local policies on local safeguarding arrangements
Summary guidance which school leaders must ensure is read as a minimum by all school staff.
Both have been uploaded in AILC’s ‘Useful Resources’ section, here
Transitional Advice from DfE We have been asked to circulate the following guidance from DfE:
There have been a number of queries into the Department asking for clarification over how Local Safeguarding Children Boards relate to the National Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. In some cases it appears that the transitional guidance published alongside Working Together, 2018 has not been picked up. Please find the link here
Please note the first sentence of section 2.1 of ‘Working Together: transitional guidance’:
“LSCBs must continue to carry out all of their statutory functions, including commissioning SCRs where the criteria are met, until the point at which safeguarding partner arrangements begin to operate in a local area.”
The footnote to that sentence reads: “In addition to the guidance set out in this document, therefore, LSCBs should, while they continue to operate, continue to refer to Working Together 2015: chapter 3; chapter 4 (disregarding redundant references to notifiable incidents and the former national panel of independent experts on SCRs); and chapter 5.”
The final document on the gov.uk Working Together webpage is ‘Working together: letter from Edward Timpson’
Edward is the Chair of the new Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. He explains that the Panel expect:
- “Local Authorities to notify the Panel of any serious incident within five working days; and,
- Safeguarding Partners, or Local Safeguarding Children Boards where the new partnership arrangements are not yet in place, to undertake a rapid review into all serious child safeguarding cases promptly and complete this within fifteen working days of becoming aware of the incident.”
Guidance on rapid reviews can be found on page 8-9 of ‘Working Together: transitional guidance’. It states:
“When a serious incident becomes known to the LSCB, the LSCB should promptly undertake a rapid review of the case. The aim is to enable the LSCB to:
- gather the facts about the case, as far as they can be readily established at the time
- discuss whether there is any immediate action needed to ensure children’s safety and share any learning appropriately
- consider the potential for identifying improvements to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
- decide what steps they should take next, including whether to commission an SCR”
Early Adopters of new Multi-Agency Arrangements
The 17 successful bids identified and funded by DfE to adopt the new local safeguarding arrangements early and generate learning and test possible arrangements, opportunities and pitfalls, are:
Tameside; Calderdale; North Lincolnshire; York; Hertfordshire;
North and South of Tyne Strategic Safeguarding Forum (Northumberland, Gateshead, Newcastle on Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside & Sunderland);
Bexley, Greenwich & Lewisham;
Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea & Westminster;
Reading, West Berkshire & Wokingham;
Devon, Plymouth & Torbay; Wiltshire;
Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall & Wolverhampton;
Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire; Solihull; Trafford; and Salford.
Some are single local authority areas – others involve partners covering a wider footprint. Each bid will be working on one or two of the key challenges for MASAs and the implementation of the CSW Act reforms. The facilitator for the programme is NCB, who are currently conducting initial meetings with all the sites.
The Association is already in contact with NCB to ensure that learning is widely circulated. We hope this will be a significant session at Conference.
AILC’s A-Z of Effective Safeguarding Partnership - LSCB Examples
Is your LSCB represented in the A-Z Directory here?
You can search for information to help your LSCB with policies etc. within AILC’s 46 topics - against each is the name of the LSCB with information/policy documents etc. There are now 180 examples of these - a few of which are listed below. Please do submit further local examples or updates to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some of the recent uploads to the Effective Safeguarding Partnerships examples here are:
- CDOP Annual Report from West of England, including themes such as suicide
- Sheffield LSCB has written about their partnership approach to Licensing and safeguarding
- Sefton has compiled a one page/7-minute Briefing for practitioners on a recent SCR
- New animation aims to encourage children and young people to have their say at child protection conferences.A short animation available here, has been produced by the Cheshire East LSCB that explains what happens at a child protection conference and encourages children and young people to be involved.For more details contact Cheshire East here.
Please continue to send us details of new work and publications to share with other LSCBs and partners
SCRs and Appointment to National Pool of Reviewers
AILC continues to input in the development of SCRs and case reviews. Our joint work with the NSPCC provides an SCR Author list, as well as case review repository and SCR Briefings – you can see that latest SCRs submitted to NSPCC here. In next month’s Newsletter we will be informing you of the Triennial Review forthcoming survey of LSCBs on SCRs. For questions or comments, please contact either Christine Davies or Alex Walters via email@example.com
The National Panel has issued its first advertisement for reviewers to apply to be part of the national pool. Details can be found here.
Your National AILC Conference on 28th & 29th November 2018 at Crewe Hall
“Partnerships for Safeguarding Children”
Bookings are being taken for the Association’s national conference Partnerships for Safeguarding Children. This residential event held at Crewe Hall, Cheshire on 28/29 November 2018 will provide thought provoking content with extensive opportunity to address the developments towards new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements. We will of course be maintaining focus upon the important ideas and evidence around best practices for children.
In addition to board chairs, lay members and business manager delegates we welcome partners from police, health, local authorities and other key national and local agencies who contribute to the success of safeguarding arrangements.
The conference is an unrivalled opportunity for networking with colleagues throughout the country. The programme will include a range of plenary sessions and a good balance of structured workshops designed to promote discussion and engagement.
Crewe Hall has proved a very popular venue with previous delegates and for those intending to arrive the night prior to conference we intend to provide an informal engagement framework for those who want to take up this opportunity. Timely booking is advised as the accommodation at the venue is likely to be fully utilised. We have capacity at nearby accommodation should that be required.
We would be grateful if members would disseminate information about the conference to relevant partners to augment the communication routes we have utilised.
We look forward to welcoming you to this important national event. Booking, registration and accommodation details are available on the AILC website here
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