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Messages from the Safeguarding Board December 2015

Published: Monday, 11 January 2016

Key issues discussed at recent meeting of Enfield Safeguarding Children Board.

Signs of Safety

The board heard about significant progress toward the implementation of the Signs of Safety model in Enfield. The Project Plan has been presented to, and endorsed by, Enfield’s Departmental Management Team (DMT) and currently a number of briefing sessions are being delivered to teams across Enfield to raise awareness of the principles and processes behind the model. Funding has been secured and there is to be an initial pilot of three or four months. There is now a multi-agency steering group which is guiding the project towards implementation in the spring.

You can find out more about Signs of Safety by visiting their website.  If you and your team would like to know more about the model you should email Ineta, the project manager who will arrange a briefing for you.

Radicalisation and PREVENT

The board was given an update report on delivery of the PREVENT programme in Enfield, detailing the extensive work going on in schools around the risks of radicalisation; the delivery of WRAP (Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent) training to professionals; and the CHANNEL programme to which persons deemed potentially vulnerable to radicalisation are referred. The numbers of people receiving training in each borough is reported back to the Home Office. The board agreed that this important issue needs to remain on the agenda and revisited at the next meeting in February. There is a new chapter of the London Child Protection Procedures specifically on PREVENT, which will be discussed at the February board meeting.

Probation – London Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) Restructure

The board heard about significant changes in the way CRC is structured. The organisation is moving to an ‘offender cohort model’ with a view to improving performance and outcomes for service users. The new structure will not allow for physical presence of CRC representatives at the MASH (multi-agency safeguarding hub). A centralised hub is being developed that will take all requests. There was concern from board members at these new arrangements and how they might impact on the work of the MASH in Enfield. The CRC representative advised that a pan-London meeting of LSCB representatives is to be set up to allow wider consultation. An update will be provided the next time the ESCB meets in February.

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