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Messages from the Safeguarding Board November 2015

Published: Tuesday, 10 November 2015

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

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Mandatory Reporting

The Board noted the fact that Mandatory reporting for FGM came into force on 31st October 2015. The board endorsed the Government’s procedural information agreeing that regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in Enfield will use the 101 telephone number to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds to the police when required. The Board has adapted an FGM Mandatory Reporting Process Map. Health professionals can also download a process map specifically for NHS staff. Reports of FGM will be monitored by Enfield Police and the board will further discuss the process and its effectiveness in February 2016.

Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) 

The chair of CDOP presented a proposal to run a campaign with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to focus on supporting apprentices in the workplace.  The issue arose following a tragic accident in 2012 when a young man from Enfield was killed on a building site.  The aim would be to raise awareness with local companies, schools and colleges, about keeping young people safe in the workplace. The board offered broad support for the campaign but asked for additional information on the need to support apprentices and the CDOP chair was asked to check with colleagues in other boroughs to find out whether a need had been identified elsewhere. A further report will be brought back to the board in February 2016.

Child Protection Information Sharing System (CP-IS)

The CP-IS went live in September 2015. The system provides health professionals with prompt and easy access to key social care information that can help them to assess whether a child is at risk.

The project will link the IT systems of NHS unscheduled care to those used by social care child protection teams, so that information can be shared about three specific categories of child:

  • those with a child protection plan
  • those classed as looked after (i.e. children with full and interim care orders or voluntary care agreements)
  • any pregnant woman whose unborn child has a prebirth protection plan.

All NHS unscheduled care settings in Enfield have access to the system and it is being used to check the Child Protection and ‘Looked After’ status of children and young people.

The project lead will come back to the board in April 2016 to provide an update.

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