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Chair’s Foreword

I am delighted to have been appointed as the Independent Chair for the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).  In May I retired from being the Tri-borough (Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) Executive Director of Children's Services, having been in social work for about 40 years. In December 2015 I was appointed as the Commissioner for Children's Social Care in Birmingham. More recently the Secretary of State appointed me as the chair for the Adoption Leadership Board. These posts, like that of LSCB Chair, are part time.
I intend to do all that I can to work across the LSCB partnership to safeguard children and young people in Lambeth.  Engaging with the young people we seek to protect and in particular listening to the most vulnerable is a personal priority .
I am also aiming to get out and about, to get to know Lambeth better, and the issues that we need to address to better protect children and young people in the borough. If you think there is a service I might visit, or an event I might attend, please let me know.

I hope that you find this bulletin useful and would welcome any feedback.

Best wishes
Andrew Christie
Chair, Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board
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Contents

  • LSCB Priorities for 2016/17
  • Review of LSCBs
  • New Threshold chart
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) campaign
  • Private fostering
  • Pathways to harm, pathways to protection
  • Escalation policy
  • E-safety helpline
  • New Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance
  • Serious Case Review (SCR) child J  
  • LSCB training programme
  • Seen and Heard - Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) online training


LSCB priorities 2016/17

The LSCB has agreed its new priorities for 2016/17. These include

  • Getting Child Protection Right throughout the child’s journey  
  • Child Exploitation (including CSE, Missing and FGM)
  • Neglect 
  • Violence (including Domestic Abuse)
More information will be made available in the next e-bulletin.

Review of LSCBs

At the end of last year, the Government commissioned Alan Wood to carry out a review of the role and functions of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) within the context of local strategic multi-agency working. The Wood report was published in March 2016 and it sets out a new framework for improving the organisation and delivery of multi-agency arrangements to protect and safeguard children. Read the government's response to the report here. We will consider the implications for the LSCB arrangements in Lambeth.

New Threshold chart and guidance

Lambeth has a new Threshold chart with accompanying guidance to help professionals know what the right support is at the right time for children and young people. Threshold is the point at which a child or young person becomes eligible to access a particular level of service. The LSCB is offering training from October in using the threshold chart and applying correct thresholds. Read more

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

We are at the start of the summer school holidays when the numbers of girls taken outside of the UK to be cut increases. FGM is child abuse, illegal and it is mandatory for teachers and certain professions in health and social care to report "known" cases of FGM. The Department of Health launched a new campaign with useful information, a film and various links for members of the public and professionals. Also the first ever annual statistics for FGM from healthcare providers in England have just been published: 5,702 newly recorded cases of FGM were reported during the year April 2015 - March 2016 and 106 girls were reported as being aged under 18 at the time of their first attendance for FGM. Out of the cases where the age FGM was carried out was known, the most frequent age range was between 5 and 9 years old.
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Private Fostering

Are you aware of a child under 16 (18 if disabled) being looked after by someone other than a close relative for more than 28 days? This is considered as 'Private Fostering' and needs to be reported to Children Services so they can make sure the arrangement is safe for the child. 

Read More

Pathways to harm, pathways to protection: a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2011 to 2014 (click image to read)

New Escalation policy

Lambeth has a new escalation policy which explains

  • how concerns and cases should be escalated and
  • how any issues with the application of thresholds should be resolved
It is for use by all partners in relation to concerns about practice and inter-agency issues.

Serious Case Review (SCR) of Child J

Following the death of child J, a 14 year old girl who took her own life in the summer of 2014, a SCR was conducted by Lambeth. It involved various local authorities and the findings and key lessons from the review were published in March 2016. The LSCB has put an action plan together in response to the recommendations made in the review.
Read more

Keeping Children Safe In Education guidance

The Department for Education has published the new Keeping Children Safe In Education guidance which will apply from 5th September. This statutory guidance sets out what schools and colleges must do to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people under the age of 18 and all staff in schools and colleges should read part 1 of this guidance. The changes are laid out in Annex H; there are no major changes, but there are some areas that have greater emphasis than in the past such as the Prevent duty.

UK Safer Internet has launched a new e-safety helpline for professionals working with children and young people to advise on online safety issues professionals may face themselves such as protecting their professional identity and reputation; it also provides support on all issues the children may face online such as cyber-bullying, sexting and online gaming. The Helpline is open Monday-Friday 10am to 4pm for telephone queries which will be responded to within 3 hours during the office opening hours. The service also accepts emailed queries.

LSCB training

The new 2016/17 Training programme is available and the LSCB training courses can be booked through the Learning pool on the LSCB website. The LSCB has been facing difficulties recruiting a Training Manager and therefore some courses have had to be cancelled or rescheduled. All professionals and volunteers working with children in Lambeth are encouraged to attend the free LSCB training. The next training course Working Together to Safeguard children (level 2) is on 12th September. The LSCB provides a free online Level 1 Safeguarding training delivered by Kwango; more information on how to access this can be found in the Training section of the LSCB website.

CSE online training

Earlier this month the Children's Society together with the Department of Health launched Seen and Heard, a powerful, interactive e-learning course with an accompanying video. It helps professionals recognise and understand the signs of child sexual abuse or exploitation and how to make children feel able to speak about what is happening to them so they can get the protection and support they need. Although the training focuses on staff working in the health service, it is relevant to anyone who works with children. To register for the free e-learning course, go to http://learning.seenandheard.org.uk/
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