Presentation on theme: "Safeguarding children in Essex- making a difference together"— Presentation transcript:
1 Safeguarding children in Essex- making a difference together Alison CutlerBusiness ManagerEssex Safeguarding Children Board
2 Aims Myths and legends about the ESCB Outline your role and responsibilities with regard to safeguardingHighlight some key themes both nationally and locally for Safeguarding Boards arising from Serious Case ReviewsOutline current key activities of the ESCBSet out how you can access further information
3 Responsibilities of ESCB Duties for LSCB’s are set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People 2013:‘To coordinate and ensure the effectiveness of what is done by agencies to safeguard and improve the welfare of children and young people.’
4 Responsibilities for all… And… for everyone…Effective safeguarding arrangements in every local area should be underpinned by two key principles:safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part; anda child-centred approach: for services to be effective they should be based on a clear understanding of the needs and views of children.
5 Responsibilities – what does this mean for LSCB? StrategicStatutory and voluntary sector partnersOversight and challengeSub committees – training, policies, performance, health executive forum, district councils, communicationsStatutory functions – Child Death Overview Panel, Serious Case Review PanelClosely working with other Boards and local partnerships
6 Responsibilities of the voluntary sector Paid and volunteer staff need to be aware of their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, how they should respond to child protection concerns and make a referral to local authority children’s social care or the police if necessaryEveryone who works with children - including teachers, GPs, nurses, midwives, health visitors, early years professionals, youth workers, police, Accident and Emergency staff, paediatricians, voluntary and community workers and social workers - has a responsibility for keeping them safe.
7 Responsibilities – what does this mean for the voluntary sector? Responsibilities for you include:Senior leadership responsibility for organisation’s safeguarding arrangementsStaff induction to include safeguardingSafe recruitment practices including DBS checksPolicy and procedures – SET proceduresClear policies on what to do in case of an allegation
8 Serious Case Reviews Statutory duty of the LSCB Set out in Working Together 2013Multi agencySystems approach – involving practitioners including the voluntary sectorEveryone plays a partPublishedLearning and impact on practice
9 Serious Case ReviewsRegulation 5 of the Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations sets out the functions of LSCBs. This includes the requirement for LSCBs to undertake reviews of serious cases in specified circumstances. Regulation 5(1) (e) and (2) set out an LSCB’s function in relation to serious case reviews, namely:5 (1) (e) undertaking reviews of serious cases and advising the authority and their Board partners on lessons to be learned.(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1) (e) a serious case is one where:(a) abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected; and(b) either — (i) the child has died; or (ii) the child has been seriously harmed and there is cause for concern as to the way in which the authority, their Board partners or other relevant persons have worked together to safeguard the child.
10 Key SCR themes Serious case reviews nationally: Failure to hear the voice of the childAssumptions – eg about injuries and perpetratorsRule of optimismDomestic abuse, substance misuse, neglect, mental health issuesPoor information sharingFocus on the adult not the childNot ‘thinking the unthinkable’
11 Key SCR themes Serious case reviews locally: Lack of assessment of significant adults especially malesDomestic abuse, mental health issues, substance misusePre birth assessmentsInformation sharing
12 ESCB actions…. 2 year 2015 – 17 Business Plan setting out priorities Training and learning – courses, conferences, e learningStay safe groups/partnership leads – closer linkages to the ESCB with issues affecting the ‘front line’Improved and updated website to include more informationRegional and national links to share best practice and learning
13 ESCB actions continued…. SCR process being reviewed to ensure best practice and maximum impactReview effectiveness of the Board and its sub groups – focus on learning, improvement and outcomesAudits, reviews and challengePartnership working and joint initiatives eg with the Safeguarding Adult Board
14 ESCB actions continued…. SET Policies and procedures being updated – go live 16 March 2015Child Sexual Exploitation – actions include newsletters, trainingPrevention of youth suicide – resource packVoluntary sector support and engagementInvolvement of young people
15 How can we support you?Training and learning – courses, conferences, e learningWebsite and bulletinsPolicies and proceduresLocal links – eg stay safe groups, practitioner forums, partnership leadsOngoing communication and conversations
16 Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility: for services to be effective each professional and organisation should play their full part