The Children & Social Work Act Update
On 27th April 2017, just before the election was called, the Children & Social Work Act received the Royal Assent. You can find the Act here .
As well as provision for new local safeguarding arrangements to replace LSCBs; proposals for local and national practice learning reviews to replace SCRs and reforming CDOP, the Act contains important proposals on social work regulation, care leavers, the statutory inclusion of PHSE in schools and other measures.
Here is AILC’s understanding of the likely Timetable of Implementation, we will keep you updated as we receive further information from DfE and others:
Draft orders and regulations will be prepared for the minister after the election, and the revised guidance for ‘Working Together’ (plus anything else if it does not all come as one document) is being prepared and will be out for 12 week consultation in the Autumn. This was expected to be September 2017, but is now probably going to be a little later due to the election. The expectation is that local plans will be drawn up by April 2018 and agreed for implementation by April 2019, but that some jurisdictions may propose and have agreed new arrangements ahead of this. Further updates will be provided regularly by AILC.
AILC’s Chair, David Ashcroft, has just produced a PowerPoint presentation on Future Arrangements which he used at a recent conference. Members are welcome to use this and can find it here. It expands on the “Key Propositions” that the Association has been promoting.
AILC will be writing to DfE about key matters to be included in new arrangements, which we will share with members shortly, and also developing a framework of functions and fundamentals to help LSCBs decide the best format for future arrangements.
The Development of New Arrangements within LSCBs – Members Survey
Thank you to those Chairs who completed this recent survey. Richard Burrows and Sarah Webb have collated the responses and for the link to the survey, click here.
We hope this will help you to have a feel of where LSCBs are up to across the country with their views and developments. The report includes the findings that most LSCBs are currently Staying the Same, and that the feeling is mostly Somewhat Pessimistic. There are also some good examples of new developments and how Chairs and LSCBs would like national support. The issue of Elective Home Education was the most cited as a policy issue.
We will rerun the survey at the end of the summer to track whether things are changing – it feels important to build up a picture over time of how this is moving forward.
AILC’s Latest Analysis of Ofsted Reports re LSCBs
Our new analysis of Ofsted reports has been compiled and is now available to Chair members and contributing LSCB partnerships. This report shows that nearly half of LSCBs have been judged Good or Outstanding by Ofsted during the year 2016-2017. It also provides a summary of all comments regarding Chairs, LSCB themes and issues being highlighted by Ofsted, JTAI developments and areas for improvement.
The attributes of an effective Board, and the skills and contribution from an independent chair, provide very clear and important benchmarks for what needs to be built and sustained into new arrangements. The six reports we have published have shown a steady improvement in LSCBs and have reinforced that effective partnerships bring real benefits to safeguarding work. Click here.
AILC Mentoring Support Scheme for Chairs Undergoing Inspection/SCR Decision/Publication
Please do contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to offer to stand as, or be put in touch with a mentor to support re the SIF. This operates alongside the existing peer support for SCR decisions/publication scheme available to Chairs.
For an SCR challenge/support discussion, please contact your Regional Director or:
David Ashcroft email@example.com
Alex Walters firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Burrows email@example.com
AILC National Conference
Invitations for your National Conference on 21st & 22nd November 2017, will be with you shortly.
Thank you to the 40 Chairs and Business Managers who offered to contribute to the May consultation session regarding views about topics and speakers for our Annual Conference. We will update you on the outcome in the next Newsletter. Contact for any views is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new A-Z Resource for Safeguarding Partnerships is now mostly populated with recent examples of policies and ways of working from LSCBs –these are broken down into Process categories such as Governance and Subject categories such as Child Sexual Abuse. If you would like any help with these, or wish to offer more such examples to share with members only, do email@example.com.
Do you have examples of work your LSCB has undertaken or policies created which you can share (with membersonly) on AILCs website? Please send these to Sarah Webb firstname.lastname@example.org.