2Hertfordshire Children, Schools and Families Child Protection Unit Presenters:Jane StuartDeputy Head of Child ProtectionGail ValentineChild Protection Schools Liaison OfficerMel Leicester-EvansLocal Authority Designated Officer
3SEMINAR AIM AND OBJECTIVES The aim of this seminar is to:Develop and enhance Headteachers’ understanding of the role andfunction of the CSF Child Protection UnitBy the end of the seminar Headteachers will be able to:Demonstrate clarity about the Child Protection Conference processIdentify how the Child Protection Schools Liaison Team can supportschools to develop effective safeguarding arrangements and practiceEffectively respond to and manage allegations
4DELEGATE NEEDSWhat do you hope to learn byattending this seminar?
7THE CHILD PROTECTION CONFERENCE Where agencies most involved judge that a child maycontinue to or suffer significant harm, Local AuthoritySocial Care should convene a Child ProtectionConference.(Working Together to Safeguard Children DCSF 2010)
8THE CHILD PROTECTION CONFERENCE To enable those most involved with the child and familyand the family themselves, to assess all relevantinformation and plan how best to safeguard and promotethe welfare of the child.(Working Together to Safeguard Children DCSF 2010)
9THE CHILD PROTECTION CONFERENCE Should:Bring together and analyse all information.Consider all information shared including past and present information.Make a judgement about likelihood of the child suffering SIGNIFICANT harm in future.Agree future action, planned outcomes.What are the developmental needs of the child?What needs of the child are being met and how?What needs of the child are not being met and why?Are the parents able to respond appropriately to the child’s identified needs?Is the child being adequately safeguarded from harm, and are the parents able to promote the child’s health and development?What impact are family functioning (past and present) and history, the wider family and environmental factors having on the parent’s capacity to respond to their child’s needs and the child’s developmental progress?
10SCHOOL ROLE IN THE CHILD PROTECTION CONFERENCE Working Together to Safeguard Children (DCSF 2010)states those attending conferences should be therebecause they have a significant contribution to make,arising from professional expertise, knowledge of the childor family or both. At every conference there should beattendance by the Local Authority Children’s Social Careand at least two other professional groups or agenciesthat have direct contact with the child.
11THE EXPECTATION OF SCHOOLS No surprises. Any concerns should have already been shared with parents / carers (exceptions).Prepare a written report.Any reports shared in advance with parents / carers and CSF.Attend or organise an appropriate school representative with copies.Fully participate as a professional with expertise and knowledge of the child.Support the development of the plan, which should be specific, achievable and safe.Follow through the plan and review at each Core Group.
12CHILD PROTECTION UNIT’S ROLE Set up the Conference within 15 working days of final strategy meetings.Provide a venue, independent Chair and report writer.Manage the complex meeting considering needs of child, family and professionals.Separate discussions if needed.Distribute record and plan from the meeting within 10 working days.
13INDEPENDENT CHAIR’S ROLE Available for consultation from any professionals.Undertake a quality assurance role for the progress of the plan.Challenge the team if Core Groups are not held, plan not progressing, key worker not accessible and significant change without full consultation.Available to escalate concerns raised by other professionals.
14EXPRESSING CONCERNS CPSLO, Deputy Head or Head of Child Protection are available if you need to escalateany practice issues.
16SAFEGUARDING SUPPORT FOR SCHOOLS Child Protection Schools Liaison Officers:Safeguarding ConsultationsSafeguarding Children TrainingSafeguarding Audit/Quality Assurance
17SAFEGUARDING CONSULTATIONS Targeted Advice Service –CPSLO on duty to provide safeguardingconsultations to DSPsCopy of consultation ed to theDSP and recorded on TAS database/IntegratedChildren’s SystemCentralised, consistent and comprehensive
18SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN TRAINING Single Agency Safeguarding TrainingStage one trainingSchool staffOne course ‘Safeguarding Children’Refreshed every three yearsStage two trainingDSPs/HeadsThree courses: ‘One Day DSP’‘DSP Refresher’‘Reducing and Managing Allegations Against Staff’
19SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN TRAINING Completion ofsingleagency stage twosafeguarding training.Access inter-agencysafeguarding training.Provided or agreedby the HSCB.Refresh every two years.In addition to basic child protection training the designated member(s) of staffundertakes training in inter-agency working that is provided by, or tostandards agreed by, the Local Safeguarding Children Board, and refreshertraining at two yearly intervals to keep her or his knowledge and skills up todate (DCSF/Ofsted)
20SAFEGUARDING AUDIT/QUALITY ASSURANCE Safeguarding checklistSafeguarding visitSafeguarding signpostingSupport and challenge safeguarding practice
21HEADTEACHERS AND SAFEGUARDING Part of the school safeguarding team (DSP, Head and nominated Safeguarding Governor).Responsible for ensuring DSP role is allocated and safeguarding practice is implemented across the school.Accountable to Governing BodySafeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in EducationOfsted Section 5 briefing on safeguardingSafeguarding checklist
23LOCAL AUTHORITY DESIGNATED OFFICER Involved in the management and oversight of individual casesProvides advice and guidance to employers and voluntary organisationsLiaises with police and other agenciesMonitors the progress of cases to ensure they are dealt with as quickly as possible consistent with a thorough and fair process
24LADO MONITORING LADO monitors progress: Fortnightly or monthly Via strategy discussions / management meetingsThrough direct liaison with Police / Social care / DSM (employer)Police set target review dates:Within 4 weeks of Initial EvaluationFurther fortnightly or monthly reviews
25GUIDANCEWorking Together to Safeguard Children (DCSF 2010) and Appendix 5Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education – Chapter 5Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children Board Child Protection Procedures (2007) – Module 10
26APPLIES TO ALL ORGANISATIONS All organisations providing services for children orstaff or volunteers to work with or care forchildren, should operate procedures for dealingwith allegations which are compliant with theguidance in Working Together to SafeguardChildren (DCSF 2010) and Appendix 5
27CRITERIA The procedures cover all concerns where a person who works with a child has:Behaved in a way that has harmed, or may haveharmed a child,ORPossibly committed a criminal offence against or relatedto a child,Behaved towards a child / children in a way thatindicates ‘unsuitability’ to work with children
28ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Named Senior Officers (NSO)LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer)Designated Senior Managers (DSM)
29CONTACT DETAILS Frazer Smith Mobile: 07920283106 Office: 01992 556935 Mel Leicester-EvansMobile:LADOs WILL WORK ON A DUTY ROTA
30SEMINAR AIM AND OBJECTIVES The aim of this seminar is to:Develop and enhance Headteachers’ understanding of the role andfunction of the CSF Child Protection UnitBy the end of the seminar Headteachers will be able to:Demonstrate clarity about the Child Protection Conference processIdentify how the Child Protection Schools Liaison Team can supportschools to develop effective safeguarding arrangements and practiceEffectively respond to and manage allegations