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1 London Borough of Harrow Childrens Access Team incorporating a Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub MASH Conference 15 February 2011 Dal Babu, Borough Commander, Harrow Police Gail Hancock, Divisional Director, Harrow Childrens Services

2 Child Protection 1973 Committee of Inquiry into the Care and Supervision Provided in Relation to Maria Colwell identified : …the lack of communication between the agencies who were aware of her vulnerable situation This included Social Workers, Police and Teachers This has been a constant theme in subsequent Serious Case Reviews

3 Munro Review climate of fear, blame and mistrust that seems to be endemic within the child protection system This undermines public confidence in the profession and puts children at greater risk We must look at ways of working better together

4 Sharing Information & Intelligence Professionals in Child Protection must trust each other to deal with information sensitively The MASH model supports all agencies to work together We all need to understand the value of every piece of intelligence

5 So what does this mean in Harrow? Nearly 800 stakeholders were consulted about a whole system review and re-design of Childrens Services The Harrow MASH was created as part of this process The stakeholder consultation provided invaluable feed back about improving services

6 Locating the MASH in Childrens Services Childrens Access Team incorporating a MASH Targeted Services Early Intervention Special Needs

7 The Team Childrens Access Team - Social Work Service Manager -Social Work Team Manager -Social Work Senior Practitioners, encompassing the CAF Co-ordinator role (x2) -Education Lead (qualified teacher status) -Senior Education Welfare Officer -Early Years Social Welfare Worker -Young Peoples Worker -Social Care Assistants -Business Support Officers (x4) -Family Information Service Officers (x2 WTE) MASH Partners Police & Intelligence Officers - Public Protection (x4) Health Navigator (PCT) Probation Officer (Integrated Offender Management Scheme) Vulnerable adults lead (rationalisation plans with ACS / POVA) Sessional Staff / Partners Educational Psychologist Child & Adolescent Mental Health Team Housing (young peoples lead)

8 CAT Features NEW CONTACTS & REFERRALS SPOC for new contacts & referrals Immediate information & advice Effective signposting Intelligence gathering & Information sharing Risk Identification & prioritisation Informed & timely decision making Clear referral pathways Improved coordination Evidence Based interventions

9 Governance LSCB LSCB Executive Strategic Management Board Joint Operational Team Steering Group Single Agency Management Teams

10 Work Flow… Review all new incoming contacts & referral circumstances – principle of proportionality Scrutinise data bases & undertake checks (Police, Council, Probation, Health - via the Health Navigator, Schools – via the Education Lead/SEWO etc…) Establish agreed / shared record of what is already known Identify risk & prioritise those most in need of protection Confirm CIN / vulnerable child thresholds & most appropriate pathway Transfer onto appropriate operational team (immediately, the same day & within 48 hours max for any non-urgent) Targeted, Early Intervention & Special Needs Services

11 Making it happen… Refurbishment of Civic Centre as the SPOC 1 golden number for new contacts & referrals Information sharing protocol for partners to support; ~ Information based risk assessment & decision making ~ Victim identification & harm reduction ~ Co-ordination of all safeguarding partners Co-location – eg; moving staff & partners from other sites

12 10,000 Volts Event Virtual joint training exercise to test the model Facilitated by Professor Jonathan Crego 10KV event held 23 September KV review convened 2 December 2011 Identified issues; Trust Information Sharing Child Centred Approach Joint Training

13 Why are Harrow so brilliant? Excellent relationships at a tactical level Excellent relationships between senior leaders in local child protection We admit when we get it wrong We learn from our failures We build on our success

14 The Way Forward… Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. Samuel Beckett Samuel Beckett We are different agencies with different cultures but we must succeed in protecting our children MASH is the Holy Grail!

15 Harrow Launch and Go Live Childrens Access Team & Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub Go live & launch of new operating model 27 February 2012

16 ANY QUESTIONS & COMMENTS?


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