London Protocol for the provision of local authority accommodation for children held in police custody
This Protocol aims to facilitate an improvement in outcomes for children held in police custody – a group of children who often end up in custody because of their vulnerability and who, whilst in custody, will be at a point of crisis. It seeks to facilitate this by supporting professionals involved in the transfer of children in custody to local authority accommodation to understand both their own roles and responsibilities and those of their colleagues and thereby to facilitate joint working. It also sets out how local areas should monitor the implementation of this Protocol and ensure that feedback develops and enhances local practice. The purpose of this protocol is to supplement the Home Office Concordat on Children in Custody. The Concordat forms the basis for this document and the London specific sections are highlighted.
Identifying and Safeguarding Girls at Risk of Female Genital Mutilation [FGM] – A Joint Social Work and Child Abuse Investigation Team [CAIT] Workshop
On Friday 23rd June the FGM Task and Finish Group of the London Safeguarding Children Board held a workshop for social work and CAIT FGM safeguarding champions. The National FGM Centre run by Barnardo’s and the Partnership Team at the Metropolitan Police Service lead on the organisation of the event, which aimed to achieve the following:
- To develop FGM Safeguarding Champions in children’s social care
- To identify the barriers to obtaining FGM Protection Orders in local authorities and ways to overcome them.
- Brief participants on the multi-agency work going on in London to prevent and prosecute FGM
- Brief participants on the National FGM Centre’s social work model and the guidance and risk assessment matrix they have developed
- Look at other harmful practices – with a particular focus on spiritual abuse/Witchcraft and Breast Ironing
- Identify actions that could be taken forward by the London Safeguarding Children Board to further safeguard girls from FGM
The presentations and information from the day are available below.
In addition, the link to the BBC Hardtalk debate on FGM [shown at the start of the workshop] is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV6UfEaZHBE
- FGM world prevalence map 2017
- List of FGM resources 23.6.17
- FGM local terminology 2017
- FGMPO – Application for Leave
- FGMPO – Application
- FGMPO legal presentation 23.6.17
- Family proceedings form C8
- FGM clinic leaflet for parents and children
- FGM clinic leaflet for professionals
- FGM clinic FGM info leaflet
Child Protection Procedures and Practice Guidance
The Procedures are available at: http://www.londoncp.co.uk
The London Child Protection Procedures are updated on a six monthly basis with the relevant changes to legislation, statutory guidance and local guidance. The most recent update took place on 31st March 2016.
The next update will be the 30th September 2016. Any comments or suggested changes for this update should be forwarded to Alison Renouf by August 2016.
If you have any queries regarding the London Child Protection Procedures please contact Alison Renouf, Board Manager for the London Safeguarding Children Board: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7934 9714.
Return Home Interview Seminar – 7 October 2016
On Friday 7 October, the Child Sexual Exploitation Task & Finish Group which reports to the London Safeguarding Children Board held a Return Home Interview Seminar. The seminar looked at developing best practice more generally and attendees were asked to consider whether there were any issues the CSE Task and Finish Group could take forward to support practitioners in their work.
Presentations for the day are available below:
Conference 21.3.16 – Safeguarding Children from Extremism
On Monday 21st March 2016, the Task and Finish Group which addresses the risks posed by extremism to children and young people held a half day conference at the QEII Centre in central London. The conference was attended by more than 140 professionals all of whom are involved in work to safeguard children from these risks. It showcased best practice and enabled the learning from this work to be shared across the capital. The speakers were all experts leading the way in this new safeguarding arena. Presentations from the day are available below:
Pan London Section 11 Audit Tools
The London Board facilitated work to introduce a degree of standardisation to the section 11 audit process in London. In 2012 this template tool, overview report and guidance notes were published following extensive consultation across London. Please note that these tools are presented as best practice, and their use is not mandatory for LSCBs.
Independent report into the Effectiveness of MASH
The London multi agency safeguarding hub (MASH) programme began in 2011. 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.
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. 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.’
Pan-London guidance and best practice templates
During 2012 and 2013 a pan-London operational group, chaired by D-Supt Richard Henson, the Met Police Project Lead for MASH, and with representation from NHS London, London Probation, London Councils and the London Safeguarding Children Board, produced a number of guidance documents and templates for local multiagency safeguarding hubs. These are available through the links below:
- The five core elements
- Consistency of the MASH Project
- MASH Police Process Chart
- MASH non police process chart
- RAG Rating
- MASH Premises checklist
- Health Job Description and Person Specification
- Youth Offending Service Job description and Person Specification
- Housing Job Description and Person Specification
- Children’s Social Care Job Description and Person Specification
- Education Job Description and Person Specification
- Probation Officer Job descripotion and person specification
- Terms of Reference – Local delivery Group Final
- MASH multi-agency FAQ
- MASH Governance Framework
- MASH Research Tool Kit V9
- MASH Info Sharing Guidance Final Version_opt
Culture and faith
The London Safeguarding Children Board commissioned a short film on child abuse linked to faith, belief and culture.
The video can also be accessed via this link http://youtu.be/HbLz9iaUkcg.
Competence Still Matters 2014- a multi agency safeguarding children training framework for London
A working group of the London Board’s training subgroup updated Competence Matters, the London Board’s multi-agency training framework, in line with the 2013 re-issue of Working Together to Safeguard Children. It is important to note that there have been further revisions of Working Together to safeguard Children since this document was produced, however, it still provides helpful guidance and hence continues to be available. Please follow the link below to download a copy.
The framework has been designed to assist all employers, voluntary organisations and LSCBs to meet the minimum requirements for the provision of safeguarding children training. It provides a framework for single and multi-agency training to enable professionals, volunteers, agencies, organisations and services to acquire the skills and knowledge to work effectively. It promotes consistency across the London boroughs for the delivery of such training whilst allowing for the degree of flexibility required to meet locally identified needs. Whilst the implementation of Competence Still Matters will not be mandatory, it represents a standard of good practice and will help LSCBs, Children’s Trusts and partner organisations fulfil their responsibilities as outlined in chapter 3 of Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013).