SAFEGUARDING IN SPORT
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.
SAFEGUARDING IN SCHOOLS BRIEFING
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.
NSPCC NATIONAL REVIEW OF LEARNING AND IMPROVEMENT
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
NEW MODERN SLAVERY INFO FROM THE HOME OFFICE
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.
CSE FINDINGS - OFSTED REPORT
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.
ICO DECISION NOTICE
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 PHASE 5
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.