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Messages from the Safeguarding Board September 2015

Published: Friday, 09 October 2015

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

Member updates and priorities

At the Board this month all members were given the opportunity to talk for a few minutes about their roles as Safeguarding leads in the organisations and the issues they saw as current priorities. It was a good opportunity for board members to hear directly from one another and to discuss concerns. There was broad agreement that four key areas for us at the moment are: Gangs, Domestic Abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation and children and young people who go missing. A great deal of work is being undertaken across the borough to tackle these issues and it was agreed that we need to remain focused on them. This year’s Strategic Business Plan, which was signed off by the Board, reflects the focus on these four key areas

Signs of Safety

The Board heard a report on the plans for the implementation of the Signs of Safety model across children’s services in Enfield. Signs of Safety is an internationally recognised model for working with children and families. It provides a risk management framework which is child-centred and solution-focused, and includes a range of principles, disciplines, processes and tools to guide the work. It is a strengths-based model with clear risk analysis embedded within the assessment processes. In Enfield the plan is to start with a pilot which will run from January to March 2016, with a review during April and the full model implemented in May 2016. The Board endorsed the model and asked for further reports to be brought back as implementation progresses.

Serious Case Review Learning Event

The Serious Case Review for ‘CH’, which was carried out jointly with Haringey, was published in May of this year. A joint event, chaired by the Independent chairs of both Enfield and Haringey LSCBs, is being held on Friday 2nd October 2015 at North Middlesex University Hospital to discuss the case and to focus on the key learning points. Following the event a set of learning materials will be made available for single agency use and there will be training sessions as part of the ESCB training programme focusing on the SCR.

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