Presentation on theme: "SSCB Multi-Agency Practitioner Forum 20th November 2013"— Presentation transcript:
1 SSCB Multi-Agency Practitioner Forum 20th November 2013 Safina NadeemEqualities Officer
2 Why is it important ?Legal framework e.g. Equalities Act 2010 , Human Rights, Children's Act 1989 & 2004• Organisational policy• HCPC code of practice (Health and care professions council)• Minimum Care StandardsInspections• Serious case reviews- lessons learntIt’s the right thing to do!
3 Why is it important to Safeguarding The changing demographics of Salford combined with what we know of the cultural practices of those emerging communities means that there is a growing number of 0-18 year olds that are vulnerable and need safeguarding for a variety of reasons
4 Cultural Practices and Safeguarding the most Vulnerable Forced MarriageFemale Genital MutilationWitch Craft & Spirit PossessionChild TraffickingUnaccompanied Children
5 Areas for improvementIn order to improve the quality of help and protection given to children and young people, the local authority and its partners should take the following action.Ensure the views of children and young people subject to child protection and safeguarding services are systematically sought and used to develop servicesEnsure that systematic consideration of equality and diversity is established with the work of Salford Safeguarding Children BoardOFSTED Inspection (November 2012)
6 What are the Board doing? Cultural Competence TrainingEquality & Diversity Awareness in SafeguardingSafeguarding Children with Disabilities trainingCommunity Impact Assessment SessionsDevelopment of ‘Equalities Challenge Panel’
7 Serious case review –Salford One of the key line of enquiriesWhether all agencies and professionals gave due and proper consideration to alldiversity issues, including ethnicity, religion, language, disability and cultural issues in the delivery of services
8 Key issues identified in the SCR “issues of ethnicity are not being considered as seriously as they should be. Nor are they recorded accurately or systematically”“Although the family had a complex ethnic make up many of the agencies involved with the family were either unaware of this dimension or had failed to record ethnicity accurately in their documentation. This contributed at least in part to issues of “identity” never being satisfactorily addressed”Although the family had a complex ethnic make up, many of the agencies involved with the family were either unaware of this dimension or had failed to record ethnicity accurately in their documentation. This contributed at least in part to issues of “identity” never being satisfactorily addressed
9 Recommendations from SCR Children’s services prioritise training on ethnicity, and cultural diversity to assist workers in achieving good quality, appropriate assessmentsAn annual report of the community’s diversity needs should be producedThe LSCB should ensure that all children’s records and assessment documentation, including the Common Assessment Framework has a record of ethnicity and that there evidence that issues of ethnicity and diversity are considered appropriately.
11 Equalities Challenge Panel Representation from Yemeni community, LGBT, Disability , SRFT, Equalities and Cohesion Team, SSCB
12 Examples of work Safeguarding in Madrassas Working with the BME NetworkParenting CoursesSomali Community
13 Challenges Ensuring work is all joined up Sharing good practice How best practice is captured?
14 Over to you!What are your experiences in work around E&D at present and what are some of the challenges?What do you see the role of the Equality Challenge Panel as? How do you think you can benefit from it?