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February 2017


I am pleased to introduce AILC’s regular monthly Newsletter, I do hope you find this useful – your views are always welcome.

We compile this information through our staff and Board members gathering pertinent matters during each month; when you send us any suggested contributions from your LSCB or regarding national news we are delighted and include these so that it’s truly your Newsletter. May I urge all Chairs and Business Managers send their local news to either their regional directors, or to



Congratulations to York LSCB, Chair and partners - judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted in their recent review. You can find the report, published on 7th February, here.

The full report highlights the important role of police, [Police representation commendable, chief constable as statutory board member, other police reps active key members], and also the importance of schools – [Representation from education partners is extensive, including academies and independent schools].The role of the Chair Simon Westwood, who is an AILC Board member, was commended; [independent chair resolute in leadership of the board resulted in highly effective multi-agency partnership working]. Overall the report stresses the value of strong multi-agency partnership working in keeping children safe and the important of robust scrutiny and challenge. It praises the focus of the Board on understanding the perspectives of children and young people, as well as its contribution to setting local strategic priorities.


The Bill is now into the Report Stage in the HOC, to be followed by Third Reading, and prior to Royal Assent. Amendments continue to be submitted, including calls for personal social and health education to be made mandatory in all schools (a position that AILC supports) and for changes to the arrangements for secure accommodation and for refugee children. We are still concerned that there has been limited scrutiny of the local safeguarding arrangements. Although the Bill has progressed some distance, there is still the opportunity to influence, through feedback and discussion. AILC reps are attending a series of 4 meetings held by DfE in Sheffield and London, and has also holding its own meeting with DfE, and is working with ADCS, LGA and other key partners to agree common issues.

Since our last Newsletter, AILC has received a response from the Children’s Minister in relation to AILC’s submission, and will be taking this up particularly with regard to the need for school involvement, the need for a strong independent element to deliver scrutiny and challenge and the need to ensure that new arrangements are adequately resourced. We have revised our briefing note and would encourage Chairs to use this to start local discussions about future arrangements, click here to visit the Government Review Private Members page to download the Briefing Note.

AILC will be producing a framework with key national bodies that will support local partnerships in looking at how they might decide the best format for future arrangements.

You can see the latest progress of the Bill here.

AILC's submission last month to the Bill has been published on the Parliament website, click here, alongside 73 others including Liberty stating that the “Opt Out” clauses 2-9, “would allow the subversion of the rule of law and proper parliamentary process. It is entirely inappropriate for primary legislation to be amended by regulations made by the Secretary of State at the request of a local authority” and “creating a postcode lottery of legal protection for children’s rights.” You may have read that Professor Eileen Munro is now concerned about the implications of these exemption clauses.


AILC is increasingly sharing information through Twitter @AssocLSCBChairs and the website - see our recent tweet that AILC’s submission focused upon the “prime duty children’s interests; all partners equal footing; independent scrutiny; adequate resource”. What are your views? Chairs, Business Managers and LSCBs, Please do send your views on the Bill so that AILC’s discussions are well informed by your perspectives - to


Our Treasurer Chris Miller is working hard to ensure that child abuse is given proper recognition within the new data set being developed, alongside the various medical standards. Please send your views or questions to Chris via


Those Chairs with LSCBs yet to be inspected under SIF, and those willing to be Supporters/Mentors, please contact who will help you to make contact directly.

Our next analysis of the latest Ofsted reports, with themes for LSCBs, will be published in April 2017.



AILC has made a submission to the developing guidance on Neglect in the Deep Dive investigation by Inspectorates of multi-agency arrangements to help and protect children living with neglect. Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation will inspect the theme of Neglectin six local authority areasbetween May and December2017. Ofsted will publish a thematic overview report on this deep dive theme summarising the key findings from all six inspections once completed. The neglectguidanceis complimentary to the core JTAI framework published here.


AILC has now made contact with the Child Protection In Sport Unit and AILC will be compiling with CPSU a Top Tips for LSCBs on Sports shortly. Further resources can be found here.


Please do phone the Association on 07880 209 788 if you would like any help at all, or email if you have queries or comments.

I always welcome feedback on the Newsletter or the activity of the Association. Please contact me at


With best wishes,


David Ashcroft

AILC Chair

Association Phone 07880 209788

Follow us on Twitter @AssocLSCBChairs.

Newsletter - January 2017


A very Happy New Year to all Chairs, Board Managers and Partners.

This will be an exciting year for safeguarding – with changes in legislation, inspection, and funding all likely to affect most Boards. The Association is determined to represent multi-agency safeguarding effectively where and whenever we can. Whatever changes may come, we also need to ensure that existing safeguards for children and young people are working well – and that we continue to hold all partners to account for their work. The Association continues to be viable, active and passionate about our work – and we want to make sure that all Boards are supported in their critical work. Please help us develop our regional and local networks by working together, giving feedback, using our website and helping us to prioritise the most critical issues.



The Children and Social Work Bill is near finalisation - the last Committee stage in the House of Commons was on January 10th, and the last stages towards Royal Assent will be processed shortly. This is an important piece of legislation not least because it refers to theabolition of LSCBs.

The Association wrote to MPs and Key Stakeholders with initial views and the intention to submit last month, and in the New Year we made the formal submission, together with notifications regarding this.

AILC's submission was based upon the development of our key propositions as discussed at NovemberConference. I hope you find that the submission represents thenational voice of LSCBs - I sincerely welcome any comments.

The key elements of the submission, in addition to specifics regarding safeguarding arrangements, CDOPs and SCRs, are:

  • A prime duty to champion the interests of children and young people
  • A clear statement of the functions and obligations required for safeguarding, whatever structure or form they make take
  • Obligations and responsibilities on all partners, including schools and others, to work together on an equal footing
  • Independent scrutiny and challenge working with other local leaders and responsible officers, to provide collective leadership
  • Adequate authority and resources to fulfil the functions required in any local arrangements


17th January 2017 is the last day when LSCBs can submit their own comments on the Bill, see ‘Government Review of LSCBs’ in the “News” section of AILC’s Website for more information, and here for the Parliament website information, click here.AILCwould bevery pleased to receive copies of LSCB submissions so that we keep in touch with all views.


Chris Cook, Chair of Lincolnshire LSCB, has been awarded an OBE for his role in services to children. Upon receiving the award, Chris told AILC, "It was of course a complete surprise and I am delighted for receiving such recognition. Whilst I have received this honour I would like to pay tribute to the thousands of front line staff who work tirelessly to safeguard children. As far as Lincolnshire Board is concerned it has two golden nuggets in its audit and training programmes, the latter incorporating the work of our e safety officer which was subject of positive feedback in our recent JTAI."

You can find Lincolnshire's latest audit report on Domestic abuse, and its Training programme - see News, and 'Useful Resources', under 'Policy'.


Our last Newsletter referred to the early findings from our very successful Conference last year. The report for members is now available, thanks to all those who completed Feedback forms -see our website under Professional Development. Planning for this years’ Conference is already beginning and we are keen to involve Business managers as well as Chairs right from the start- please contact if you would like to be involved at all, or have particular suggestions.



SCR National Learning, from Haringey - Haringey Safeguarding Children Board has reviewed key learning from local and national serious case reviews and has identified some key learning for agencies across the partnership.

We've put the lessons in Poster Format so that settings can expose the messages to all staff. There are accompanying information sheets that can support managers and practitioners within settings to reflect on the issues raised. You can access their materials here.


Following a helpful suggestion from the Members' Meeting at the AILC Conference in November 2016, the Association would like to ask Chairs if they would be willing to act as supporters/mentors for Chairs with LSCBs still be inspected under SIF. If you are interested please contact, who will pass on your details to any LSCB Chairs who are about to undergo inspection for them to make contact directly. Alex Walters - Vice Chair.


AILC's Treasurer, Chris Miller is our lead for CDOP issues. The final report of the Child Death Review Database Development Project has just been published. You can find it on our News page. NHS England have indicated via the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) that: “A Child Death Review Database is planned to be commissioned and further details of the procurement process will be available on the HQIP website early in the New Year.” you require any further information about the CDR-DDP project you can contact:


...continues to be in the news. In our last Newsletter we reported that AILC had written to CPSU and the FA. We are now holding discussions with these groups about how we might work together to ensure safe arrangements. See our News page with its list of Safeguarding in Sports groups for your LSCB to use, and/or maybe to place on your LSCB website, and further resources can be found here.


The Children’s Society launched a new report, ‘Troubled Teens: A study of the links between parenting and adolescent neglect’. A former chair of the Association – Sue Woolmore – was on the advisory group for the research programme and her contributions to the development of the work have been described as invaluable. See our News page for the research link.

The scale and negative impact of parental neglect has become widely-acknowledged in relation to young children (e.g. in the development of early years support for families). But although there is evidence that neglect of adolescents – young people aged 11-17 – is also widespread and can have serious consequences, this topic has rarely been researched or directly responded to in practice. Please click here to follow this link to read the full report, a summary or the policy and practice briefing which accompanies the report.


DfE have asked us to alert LSCBs that someone in a safeguarding setting has been falsely presenting themselves to the public, including a local authority, as being connected with the DfE. In order to minimise the risk of any similar incidents in the future: "If someone presents themselves as a Department for Education Safeguarding Officer and you have any doubts whether this is in fact the case, you should follow your usual Local Safeguarding Children’s Board multi-agency arrangements."


Having launched the new website at the conference, we are now progressing the implementation of various features it offers. Inevitably, there have been a few technical hitches, but these are being worked through. We are also in the final stages of re-setting our approach to how we collect, collate and share evidence of "what works" which will lead to the replacement of the current effectiveness framework and exemplars, subject to Board agreement at their next meeting. This will complement the sites increased accessibility and features making it easier to locate and share evidence and examples. In this key stage of implementation and development, we welcome not only your patience, but your feedback and suggestions to Alison Thorpe on


Please do phone the Association on 07880 209 788 if you would like any help at all, or email if you have queries or comments.

I always welcome feedback on the Newsletter or the activity of the Association. Please contact me at

With best wishes,

David Ashcroft
AILC Chair
Association Phone 07880 209788
Follow us on Twitter @AssocLSCBChairs





I am delighted to include a wide variety of items in the first newsletter as the new Chair of AILC and I look forward to a challenging year when we will need to sustain the quality and relevance of all our work in safeguarding. We intend that the newsletter, also available through the website, will appear as a regular update on key issues.



The Children and Social Work Bill is now being considered by the House of Commons. It had its 2nd Reading on 5th December and is currently being considered through the committee stage, which is when most amendments and debate on the details will take place. This stage is scheduled to finish by 17 January 2017, following which guidance and implementation will be developed through to 2018*.

So far much attention has focused on the social work regulation sections of the Bill, the proposals for care leavers and adoption, and the innovation and discretion powers for children’s services to ask for dispensation from legislation (the exemption provisions). The Government has already responded to these areas with amendments and has insisted that these arrangements are not about the privatisation of children’s services, although they have been adamant that it is also the Government’s wish to see new models of provision.

The proposals for new local safeguarding arrangements have not received anything like the same degree of scrutiny, and yet will fundamentally alter the basis of multi-agency arrangements, and will bring in radical changes to Serious Case Reviews, CDOP and LSCBs.

The Association will be briefing MPs on our concerns about these proposals, based on the key propositions that we have set out, and which you endorsed strongly at the Sheffield Conference. While we recognise there is a need to overhaul, streamline and improve safeguarding, we do not accept the argument that the current system is broken or fails to protect children. In particular we will be stressing three key risks of the Bill’s proposals:

  1. Local safeguarding arrangements must involve all partners on an equal footing, not just the three agencies of LAs, Police and Health. Schools, housing agencies, health providers and the community and voluntary sector, criminal justice agencies, and others, are as fundamental to effective safeguarding practice and the protection of children as the three prime agencies named in the Bill;
  2. There must be a strong element of independent challenge and scrutiny built into new arrangements that can champion the rights and interest of children in the face of competing agency priorities - this is not set out in the Bill and it is not sufficient to assume that the three prime partners will share common objectives for safeguarding or for children’s well-being;
  3. The expertise, knowledge, skills and funding that ensure local safeguarding arrangements are effective must be sustained and the duty on all partners to contribute and cooperate to multi-agency working at both strategic and operational levels must be maintained. The Bill does not make these essential requirements clear. Local safeguarding arrangements must scrutinise and challenge new models of working: and we must rise to the challenge of doing this with rigour and impact.

The Association will be briefing MPs on our concerns about these proposals, based on the key propositions

The Association will be submitting its views to MPs over the next few weeks, and working with other national stakeholders, to ensure that the Bill does not weaken the fundamentals of strong multi-agency working: obligations on all partners; independent scrutiny and challenge; adequate authority and resource to fulfill the functions required.

The MPs briefing information will be circulated to you shortly. If you have contacts with your local MPs please be ready to brief them on the Association’s views.

Please let us know of individual MPs with an interest in child protection and welfare who we can ensure get the necessary information in this important stage of the debate.

We are not defending LSCBs as the default structure for local arrangements, but we are determined to point out how the current Bill undermines the core principles of effective safeguarding, and will weaken the capacity of local partners to work together to protect children. We believe there is a strong research and evidence base for these arguments, based on the tragic cases that have prompted previous reforms (from Colwell to Climbie, CSE, Baby Peter and Daniel Pelka); the learning from other SCRs, audits and inspection; AILC’s surveys and the views of partner agencies and professionals working together.

LSCBs may wish to submit their own comments on the Bill if they have views about abolition of LSCBs, or any aspects of the Bill - this must be done in the next three weeks,

* See ‘Government Review of LSCBs’ in the “News” section of AILC’s Website for more information

AILC launched its new website just before Conference- each week we review the News page which has all the latest information you need relating to LSCBs. Items which were previously News, and other documents for use in LSCBs can be found throughout the website particularly under Policy, Useful Resources click here.

If you are looking for any particular information, or have any feedback about the new website, please email or call 07880 209 788.


What did your LSCB Board members say in AILC's recent survey? 95% of respondents to AILC's survey said “there is a need for an independent role - within any strategic multi-agency safeguarding arrangements” see the report on AILC's website, and also the updated PowerPoint presentation for you to adapt/use with your Boards. Click here.

Some of the comments below:

"I think the independent element and more robustly, a person/persons with no local ties, is crucial to ensuring the safest space to challenge and robustly scrutinise without risk of collusion, corruption and covering up”

“Independent Chairs are vital - they facilitate discussions between agencies that wouldn't happen otherwise”

“Having been around for last 10 years of LSCBs those chairs that work the best are those who can stand up to the CEOs of the Local Authorities. Going back to the LA CEO lead is not the answer.”

An informed proactive independent Chair is key to future independent scrutiny.”


I wrote to you on 23rd November 2016 upon taking up the role of AILC Chair to thank all those attending conference, and noting the positive value of Business Managers contributions. We have also written to all our national stakeholders and sister organisations restating our core propositions and reinforcing the message and mandate from the conference. I am very pleased to say that Sally Lewis has been appointed as Conference Convenor for 2018 - do feedback any views to her via Sally will be bringing back proposals for next year’s event, and will be working with a wider group to develop these ideas and plan the event during next year.

We have completed an analysis of the event through various mechanisms - this report will be uploaded on our website shortly, under Professional Development. Meanwhile, here are some of the findings from Conference:

  • 86% of delegates rated the quality of the conference as Very Good or Good
  • 88% of delegates rated their Knowledge, skills and confidence as Very High or High after the conference

 "Workshops were excellent. Useful learning. I have noted several questions that I will pursue with my Boards”

“Some clear examples of practice I can take back and integrate into my boards work and approach”

“Excellent genuine proactive leadership shown by the Executive at a key time - have taken a wealth of guidance away with me”

“Networking has created excellent opportunities and learning”

Some of the things you asked us to do:

  • Leading and influencing national policy
  • More time for questions
  • Help Business Managers as well as Chairs to network and share practice


The ten current Directors (Chair and eight Regional), are now:

David Ashcroft Chair
Alex Walters Joint Vice Chair / Director - South East
Richard Burrows Joint Vice Chair / Director - North East
Chris Miller Treasurer / Director - Greater London
Andrew Mason Director - West Midlands
Jenny Myers Director - East Midlands
Rob Mayall Director - Yorkshire & Humberside
Sally Lewis Director - South West
Simon Westwood Director - North West

Vacancy Director – East of England

There is a vacancy for East of England. Regional Chairs have been invited to nominate themselves for the position. To the East of England Region, may we remind you that the deadline for nominations is
31st December 2016.

For further information about the AILC Board Directors, please see our website here.


Is your LSCB on Twitter? Most, but not all of you are! AILC follows all those with a Twitter account, and encourages the remaining few to register. AILC now has 1,075 followers and will regularly retweet your messages, to spread the word nationally about what your LSCB is doing. See @AssocLSCBChairs.


In November 2013 the NSPCC and Association of Independent LSCB Chairs launched the national case review repository. The aim was to provide a single place for published case reviews to make it easier to access and share learning at a local, regional and national level. The repository is accessible via the NSPCC Library online here, which has over 800 case reviews and inquiry reports dating back to 1945. For legal reasons, we need agreement from each LSCB to hold electronic copies of their case reviews commissioned after the 10th June 2010, for a period of five years after publication. We have already received permission from most LSCBs. In January 2017, the NSPCC will be re-contacting the remaining LSCBs, so that we can ensure the repository is as complete as it can be. If you know that you’re LSCB hasn’t yet given permission, or have a query about what permission means, please contact

The NSPCC Library and Information Service also sends out monthly updates of new case reviews added to the national collection. From January 2017 we will be using the LSCB contacts list held by the Association of Independent LSCB Chairs to ensure we have up-to-date details for all LSCBs. We will no longer be sending to individual email addresses. So we ask anyone monitoring generic LSCB email inboxes, to forward the email alert on to members. We hope that this will ensure that the update reaches more of you. Please contact if you have any queries.

The NSPCC also publish thematic briefings and are intending to undertake the following:

  • Probation sector
  • Parents with learning difficulties
  • Child mental health services
  • Harmful sexual behaviour

Please let us know if you have any other suggestions for thematic briefings and if you are interested in becoming a member of the virtual SCR Reference Group which support the Association’s workstream on SCRs. This is led, at Board level by Alex Walters at



Following the concerns reported in the national press, AILC has written to the FA and to CPSU to offer to work together. Meanwhile see on AILC's website here, the list of Sports organisations to put on your LSCB websites, click here.


Andrew Hall provides a useful weekly safeguarding briefing. The latest includes advice on recording honour based violence and Prevent tips. You can subscribe to his briefing here.


The NSPCC carried out a study of LSCBs in England and Wales to explore their learning and improvement processes and experiences. They interviewed business managers from 12 LSCBs about how they identify learning opportunities and drive improvement. This report discusses the findings of the research, with practice examples.

This research is relevant in light of the government's response to Alan Wood's independent review of the role and functions of LSCBs in England, You can download the report here


The Home Office have produced some useful materials to help public bodies in their duty to report modern slavery. The materials can also be downloaded here. From 1st November 2015, specified public authorities have had a duty to notify the Secretary of State of any individual encountered in England and Wales, who they believe is a suspected victim of slavery or human trafficking. This duty is intended to gather statistics and help build a more comprehensive picture of the nature and scale of modern slavery.

It is estimated that there were 10,000 - 13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013, but only 1,746 potential victims were referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in the same period. In 2015, this figure rose to 3,266 potential victims. The ‘duty to notify’ provision is set out in Section 52 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and applies to the main public authorities in England and Wales at the time of publication.


Time to listen - a joined up response to child sexual exploitation and missing children. Ofsted recently published a joint report with Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation on the multi-agency response to tackling child sexual exploitation over the past two years.

The report, click here, finds that child sexual exploitation can be tackled best when all partners take responsibility for their roles, while also working collaboratively, with strategic goals clearly identified, understood and agreed across agencies. The police must ensure a sufficiently senior person leads this work. Ofsted, Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and HM Inspectorate of Probation looked in depth at how local authorities, the police, probation services, Youth Offending Teams, health services and Local Safeguarding Children Boards are responding to children at risk of child sexual exploitation and those missing from home, school and care in Central Bedfordshire, Croydon, Liverpool, Oxfordshire, and South Tyneside. The report finds that good progress has been made since 2014 to tackle child sexual exploitation and support children who have been missing.

The inspectorates found evidence of improvement in the multi-agency response to tackling child sexual exploitation over the past two years. However, the report is clear that there can be no room for complacency and more can still be done to ensure all children receive consistently good support from all agencies.


IMR commissioned as part of SCR was not held by the council for the purposes of FOIA. On 11th October 2016, the Information Commissioner's Office issued a decision notice, finding that information prepared by Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council (council) as part of a serious case review (SCR), was held by or on behalf of the Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Board (WDSCB) and not by the council itself. The complainant had requested all communications held by the council in relation to a five year old boy who had been murdered by his father in 2012. The complainant also sought a copy of the individual management report (IMR) submitted by the council as part of the SCR into the circumstances of the child's death.

The council asserted that the information requested was held on behalf of the WDSCB, and was not held by the council for the purposes of Section 3(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). The council argued that there was a clear distinction between the WDSCB, and the council. The Information Commissioner (IC) accepted the council's submissions. Source: ICO decision notice: FS50628708 (11th October 2016).


ADCS Safeguarding Pressures research has provided evidence of trends in safeguarding activity and the

provision of services to children and their families in five phases spanning 2007/8 to 2015/16.Through each phase, significant increases in safeguarding activity have been reported together with the range of contributing factors, including austerity.

Phase 5, consisting of a main report and two special thematic reports on early help (to be published in early 2017) and unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children brings the evidence base up to date in the current context in which children’s services are operating.The link to the executive summary and full report can be found on AILC's website, click here.


Please do phone the Association on 07880 209 788 if you would like any help at all, or email if you have queries or comments.

I always welcome feedback on the Newsletter or the activity of the Association. Please contact me at

With best wishes


David Ashcroft
AILC Chair
Association Phone 07880 209788
Follow us on Twitter @AssocLSCBChairs

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