New LSCB Examples Available on our Website
Have you looked at the recently uploaded examples of LSCB work? Click on Resources, then Effective Safeguarding Partnerships to find tabs on 43 different subjects,orclickhere to access.
One such example is Safeguarding in Sport, York LSCB in conjunction with Yorkshire Sport Foundation has developed a handy benchmarking tool for LSCBs. As well as Cheshire East’s “Neglect Strategy 2017-2019”. You can see that there are examples from most LSCBs now for you to access, some of which you have submitted yourselves and others we have selected. We have inputted the Business Manager email addresses, if you would like us to input a different contact please do let us know.
Business Managers and Chairs…..if you would like any help accessing these examples or wish to suggest different subjects, and/or offer further examples to share with members only, please do firstname.lastname@example.org.
AILC Peer Challenge Discussion on SCR Decision/Publication
There is an existing peer support for SCR Decision/Publication Scheme and Chairs undertaking a peer challenge discussion are urged to complete a very simple one minute survey on our website, which will simply allow the process to be captured so AILC can capture and record the frequency. To access the survey you can find the link on the website underResources/SCR/Peer Support Survey.There is more information on the process of Peer Support atResources/SCR/Peer Support.
Chairs can obviously contact any other Chair to support them but you can also contact your Regional Director or the following:
David Ashcroft email@example.com
Alex Walters firstname.lastname@example.org
Richard Burrows email@example.com
NSPCC Repository of SCRs – Your Views
AILC are intending to develop and undertake a brief survey of members on the NSPCC Repository which has been in place for some years, the purpose will be to capture views on the helpfulness of the individual SCR briefings and the thematic briefings produced by the NSPCC and any recommendations for improvement. This will be undertaken in the summer. Please contact Alex Walters if you have any comments/suggestions on the content.
Can we also please remind all Chairs/LSCBs to submit your SCR to the NPCC Repository on publication. You can find the link on the website underResources/SCR/SCR Repository.
The Children & Social Work Act Update
We have uploaded the Children and Social Work Act on your website, together with the latest version of AILC's Briefing on Local Safeguarding Children Arrangements and a presentation on Future Safeguarding Arrangements, compiled by AILC's Chair, David Ashcroft, clickhere.
The Act was passed on 27thApril 2017. As well as provision for new local safeguarding arrangements, proposals for local and national practice learning reviews to replace SCRs and reforming CDOP, the Act contains important other measures on social work regulation, care leavers and the statutory inclusion of PSHE in schools. The timetable for implementation is outlined on our website at the above link - this will be regularly updated to help you keep informed.
The Development of New Arrangements within LSCBs – Members Survey
We made the findings available last month to members of our survey on views and developments across the country in relation to LSCBs and safeguarding arrangements, clickhere. The report outlines LSCB Chair’s views following the new CSW Act receiving Assent. The survey findings show that most LSCBs are currently staying the same, although the spectrum ranged from the “bemused and bewildered” to the “brave and the bold”, with a few already working towards improvements. One such LSCB Chair says:
"We should be clear of the added benefit of any change before making it. The driver should be effectiveness.”
Planned outcomes of the survey are to share information and analysis across the country, and contribute to the wider context of change and transition. Further surveys will be undertaken to share with you, across the period during which government implement the changes resulting from the new Act, expected to be up until April 2019.
AILC’s Latest Analysis of Ofsted Reports re LSCBs
AILC’s 6thAnalysis of Ofsted Reports was made available to Chair members and contributing LSCB partnerships last month, showing 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. Our next analysis will include the cohort of reports published by Ofsted from April onwards. Clickhere.
How are CAWNs(Child Abduction Warning Notices) working in your LSCB Area?
LSCB scrutiny of the work of the CSE team in Wiltshire identified the issue of CAWNs not being available to young people between 16-18yrs unless they are in care. It is felt that this may be an anomaly and somewhat restrictive in work to safeguard young people at risk of CSE. The Chair of WSCB, Mark Gurrey, has been in touch with Jeremy Oppenheim, Director of Safeguarding in the Home Office. There are no current intentions to change legislation but he is willing to hear what the experiences of this issue might be across the country. Could Business Managers/Chairs explore this in their area and see if other CSE teams are of the same view and whether therefore it is worth having a more formal conversation with the Home Office. Please email the WSCB Business Manager by 13thJuly 2017with any views/feedback toJulie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOU Work re NHSE
Many chairs will continue to be engaged in dealing with the different positions some partners such as NHSE, Cafcass, CRC’s and NPS have in maintaining their commitment as statutory board members. Chairs in the North East are responding to an approach from NHSE to develop a “Memorandum of Understanding” that would redefine how they maintain their status and participation, as statutory members. If this develops it is likely that the learning from this may have an impact for other chairs and partnerships as well as future arrangements. The contact for this area is AILC’s Vice Chair, Richard Burrows email@example.com
Robert Goodwill Replacing Edward Timpson as Children's Minister
Following the Children’s Minister losing his seat in the recent general election, Robert Goodwill is taking over.AILC has written to Anne Milton (Guildford) and Robert Goodwill (Scarborough and Whitby) as the two new Ministers of State at DfE, outlining the work of LSCBs, AILC and the importance of working together. CYPNow says:
“Goodwill, who started his career as a farmer, was first elected to Parliament in 2005. Following the 2010 General Election, which resulted in a coalition government made up of Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, Goodwill was made a Government Whip. He went on to become a Transport Minister in 2013 before moving to the Home Office as an Immigration Minister, last year. Earlier this year, while Immigration Minister, Goodwill prompted controversy when he announced the government’s intention to significantly reduce the number of lone child refugees it plans to accept from Europe under the Dubs Scheme.”