Newsletter - January 2017





CHAIR’S INTRODUCTION

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.

ASSOCIATION NEWS

THE CHILDREN & SOCIAL WORK BILL UPDATE

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

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE CHILDREN & SOCIAL WORK BILL

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.

OBE AWARDED TO AN LSCB CHAIR

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'.

AILC CONFERENCE REPORT

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 policy@lscbchairs.org.uk if you would like to be involved at all, or have particular suggestions.

NATIONAL POLICY NEWS

SERIOUS CASE REVIEWS

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.

MENTORING SUPPORT SCHEME FOR CHAIRS UNDERGOING INSPECTION

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 info@lscbchairs.org.uk, 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.

NATIONAL CDOP UPDATE

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.” www.hqip.org.uk.If you require any further information about the CDR-DDP project you can contact: jenny.kurinczuk@npeu.ox.ac.uk.

SAFEGUARDING IN SPORT

...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.

PARENTAL NEGLECT OF ADOLESCENTS

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.

FALSE IDENTITY RE DFE

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."

AILC - NEW WEBSITE

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 manager@lscbchairs.org.uk.

CONTACT THE ASSOCIATION

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

I always welcome feedback on the Newsletter or the activity of the Association. Please contact me at chair@lscbchairs.org.uk.

With best wishes,


David Ashcroft
AILC Chair

www.lscbchairs.org.uk
Association Phone 07880 209788
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