London Child Protection Procedures: updated Part A now available
A multi-agency editorial panel, working with colleagues from Tri.x(appointed by London Councils following an open tendering process) have now completed the work on Part A of the London Child Protection Procedures, covering the Core child protection procedures. These are available to download at www.londoncp.co.uk.
The principles underlying this revision of the procedures have been to separate out procedures from practice guidance and to update the procedures in accordance with Working Together 2013 and other developments in social work practice. The editorial panel are now working on a fully revised section of practice guidance as Part B of the new Procedures. This section is accessible via the 'Part B' tab.
The contents in Part B is the same chapters, which were in the 4th edition of the London Child Protection Procedures and are currently being revised. The time table for the final Part B is to open a consultation of the revision during February 2014 with the publication of the final 5th edition by the end of March 2014.
The new 'London Threshold Document - Continuum of Help and Support' has been developed and is linked throughout Part A of these procedures. This document will form a part of the consultation process in Feburary 2014 and the final version will be part of the final 5th edition in March 2014.
2013 Safeguarding London Children's Conference
The 2013 London Safeguarding Children's Conference was held on Monday 9 December 2013. Agenda and presentations for the day can be found at http://www.londonscb.gov.uk/diary/2013_safeguarding_london_childrens_conference/
Winner of the London Safeguarding Children Award announced
An innovative project which supports young victims of sexual exploitation has won the London Safeguarding Children Award.
Merton Safeguarding Children Board’s Promote and Protect Young People initiative helped to improve the co-ordination of a range of specialist services to support victims of sexual exploitation and young people at risk. This reduced the number of young people who ran away from home or care; increased school attendance and helped victims to start to come to terms with what had happened to them and begin their recovery.
The charity Barnardo’s provided tailored support to victims of sexual exploitation as well as training to raise awareness among frontline professionals. The project also broke patterns of behaviour by perpetrators and disrupted organised gangs which groom and exploit young people.
The London Safeguarding Children Award showcases fresh ideas and best practice to improve child protection in the capital. Local authorities, health workers and the police nominated examples of their work, including projects with other agencies and charities.
The other shortlisted entries were:
• The Your Choice team in Westminster, helping to stop young people on the periphery of gangs from being drawn in further and also works with neighbouring boroughs to prevent cross-border gang violence.
• The Domestic Violence Intervention Project in Hackney, aiming to break the cycle of abuse and reduce the risk of young victims developing long term mental health issues, addiction and replicating abusive relationships when they become adults.
• The Helping Families programme in Ealing, designed for professionals working with parents who are facing a number of issues which may include isolation, substance misuse and difficult relationships which could mean their children are at risk of being taken into care.
• The Hounslow Quality of Care Assessment, aiming to cut through the chaos surrounding families with multiple needs and has led to specific ways to improve their daily lives and guide frontline workers through care proceedings.
The winner was announced and presented with their award at the London Safeguarding Children Board’s annual conference on 9 December.
The judging panel were Cheryl Coppell, Chair of the London Safeguarding Children Board, Amanda Edwards, Deputy Chief Executive at the Social Care Institute for Excellence and Sue Woolmore, Chair of the Association of Independent Local Safeguarding Children Board Chairs.
Making Mash Fit for London
The London MASH partnership held a MASH conference on Wednesday 13 November 2013. Agenda and presentations for the day can be found at http://www.londonscb.gov.uk/mash/.
Updated MASH information sharing advice issued
In September 2013, The London Safeguarding Children Board issued a revised MASH Information Sharing Agreement for local use. This has been updated to include specific advice around consent. The Board also issued a new Information Sharing Guidance booklet, aimed at practitioners and managers working in a multi-agency safeguarding hub. Both these documents are available to download via the links below:
Please see http://www.londonscb.gov.uk/mash/ for further information on MASH, including a range of helpful documents and the latest rollout schedule.
LSCB Performance Management Workshop - 12 June 2013
The London Safeguarding Children Board hosted a half day LSCB performance management workshop on Wednesday 12 June to discuss the performance management and quality assurance toolkit developed by the Eastern Region under their sector led improvement programme, and to consider the potential to adapt this work for London.
Outline for the day, handbook and presentations are available to download below:
Outline for the day and background information on the Quality Assurance Toolkit
LSCB Performance Management Handbook
Performance Management Workshop presentation by Chris Doorly & Carole Brooks
Eastern region - model LSCB outcomes framework
Working Together 2013: London SCB Briefing
New guidance on effective multi-agency working to safeguard children was released, representing a radical shift in the way that the child protection system would operate in England. This included a new approach to the oversight of serious case reviews, new guidelines for assessing the needs of vulnerable children, and a huge reduction in the level of national child protection guidance. The new guidance is available to download below:
The briefing below summarises the key points from the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children, released on 21 March 2013, highlighting any significant changes to existing guidance and considering the implications for London.
London SCB Briefing: Working Together 2013
Barnet LSCB produced a powerpoint presentation highlighting the main changes, which is available to download below:
London children in care research
London Councils undertook a small piece of research to identify the factors behind a fall in the number of children in care in London, which went against a national trend of increasing numbers of children looked after by local authorities.
The final report was published in February 2013, and is available to download in full at http://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/policylobbying/children/publications/lacanalysis.htm.
The study drew out significant differences in trends between Inner and Outer London, considered the impact of changes to the care arrangements for unaccompanied asylum seeking children, and highlighted the importance of a proactive strategy for ensuring that the local authority was looking after the right children at the right time. The report also found some evidence to suggest that a well resourced children’s services department was better able to provide a range of effective alternatives to care, supporting positive social work interventions to return children home safely and potentially generating long term savings without the need for lengthy and resource intensive care placements.