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2014 Safeguarding London's Children Conference

08 December 2014  8:45 - 16:30
Location: Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
Westminster
Broad Sanctuary | London | SW1P 3EE Google Map available

Cost:£150/£100 (charity/voluntary rate)

Contact:Nilam Taheem | Email: nilam.taheem@londoncouncils.gov.uk

The London Safeguarding Children Board's annual conference returns for 2014 on Monday 8 December. 

The conference is a forum for professionals, elected members and volunteers in all agencies who have specific responsibilities for safeguarding London’s children, and supporting them and their families. Given the topicality of the issues being discussed this will be an essential event for anyone working in the area of child protection.

Book your place on the conference now

In between keynote sessions our interactive workshop sessions will highlight some of the innovative practice already underway in London including:

  • understanding and meeting the health needs of adolescents at risk 
  • prosecuting child sexual exploitation – a London case study 
  • integrating services to safeguard adolescents– sharing what works and pitfalls to avoid
  • a whole community approach to tackling child sexual exploitation – multi agency and community work in Waltham Forest
  • parenting in adolescence – how to identify neglect and abuse and how to intervene effectively to support parents 
  • risk of self harm and suicide in adolescence – how to identify the risk and effectively support young people 
  • working together to safeguard young people who go missing – effective implementation of the Met’s ‘absent’ category

The Safeguarding London's Children Awards are also presented at this conference each year. The first ever multi-agency award for best practice in the capital is co-sponsored by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and judged by a panel of experts the award highlights the excellent work that takes place in local practice every day.

Click here for more information on these awards.

If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference please contact the Promotions Team: 020 7934 9944.

Rates

  • Standard delegate rate: £150 plus VAT 
  • Charities and voluntary sector organisations: £100 plus VAT
  • Groups discount: 10% for bookings of 5+ delegates booking on the same form

Please note that you can pay by purchase order or cheque. If you opt for paying by purchase order, you will need to upload a PDF of your purchase order during the booking process, so please have this ready.


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 have been 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.


Launch of The London Child Sexual Exploitation Operating Protocol 

On Monday 3rd February 2014 the Pan London Child Sexual Exploitation Protocol was launched.

This protocol has been developed and piloted over the last twelve months. It sets out how agencies will identify and address CSE: providing a standard and consistent response across London. Three key signatures to this document are; the MPS, London Children's Safeguarding Board and the Chair of the Local Safeguarding Children's Boards.

The full document can be found via this link http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Launch-of-The-London-Child-Sexual-Exploitation-Operating-Protocol/1400022286691/1400022286691


Tackling Child Sexual Exploitation: A Study of Current Practice in London

In autumn 2013, London Councils and the London Safeguarding Children Board commissioned a team of researchers from the University of Bedfordshire to map current responses to child sexual exploitation (CSE) across London. The study was conducted in October/November 2013. The findings are drawn from an in-depth quantitative survey (completed by 30 London boroughs and local safeguarding children boards) and eight semi-structured interviews with statutory and voluntary sector providers.

The report provides a snapshot of current responses to CSE across London, in relation to:
• Local scoping of the issue;
• Local policies and procedures;
• Training and awareness raising;
• Identification and early intervention (re. victims and perpetrators);
• Responding to cases of CSE (re. victims and perpetrators); and
• Overarching reflections on progress and challenges.

Although there is still much progress to be made, the report encouragingly demonstrates that significant work is underway within this field, with pertinent learning emerging from a number of different boroughs. Please follow the link below to download copies of the full report and an executive summary highlighting the main findings:

 Link to full report
• Link to exec summary


Mash having a positive impact on child protection in London 

The turnaround time for child protection cases judged as high or complex needs has almost halved in some areas since the London multi agency safeguarding hub (MASH) programme began in 2011, according to a new academic report from the University of Greenwich for London Councils.

A MASH co-locates a whole range of agencies, including police, local authority children’s social care, education, probation and health staff, to share information and spot emerging problems early, potentially saving lives. The MASH approach was first introduced by Devon County Council and has since been adopted across much of the UK, with London being one of the most comprehensive roll outs so far.

This first independent report into the effectiveness of MASH was commissioned across five local authority areas by the London Safeguarding Children Board (London SCB) and London Councils. It found that the mean turnaround time for cases initially assessed as level 3 (high or complex needs) nearly halved in some areas, from 2.5 days to just over 1.25 days. The turnaround time for referrals initially assessed as level 2 (low to vulnerable) halved from more than four and a half days to less than two and half days.

Cheryl Coppell, Chair of London Safeguarding Children Board, said: “The Mash approach has the potential to address some of the issues highlighted in serious case reviews. All the evidence in this report, the first of its kind, suggests that working in this way improves communication and breaks down professional boundaries, which can sometimes act as a barrier to information sharing.

Ian Smith, Director of Children’s Social Care in Lewisham, one of the boroughs sampled in the report, said:
“In Lewisham we have been particularly pleased with how well all the professionals have worked together to share information promptly so we can make appropriate decisions to provide the right support to children and their families. On some occasions it is only through the information that was gathered as the result of the MASH that enabled us to identify that children could be at risk of significant harm and take appropriate action to safeguard them. There is no doubt that MASH is helping us protect children.”

“Among the more significant findings is a reduction in turnaround time of referrals to safeguarding services at all levels of risk. This is a quantifiable improvement that makes children safer and is very encouraging.”

“London is an excellent example of how the model can significantly improve outcomes, with a Mash up and running in boroughs and the remaining areas set to follow.”

The report states, ‘One of the particularly beneficial impacts of the Mash on services to children was in the identification of children who would not have come to notice previously, but were now receiving a service.’

pdf icon MASH final report


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:

MASH information sharing agreement 
MASH information sharing guidance booklet

Please see http://www.londonscb.gov.uk/mash/ for further information on MASH, including a range of helpful documents and the latest rollout schedule.

Local Safeguarding Children Board contact details

Local Safeguarding Children Board contact details

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