Pilot Ofsted Inspection.
In April Enfield Children’s Social were visited by inspectors from Ofsted for a pilot inspection of the new Inspection of Local Authority Children’s Services (ILACS) framework. letter. Ofsted concluded that the overall effectiveness of Children’s Services was Good. A small number of areas for improvement were identified.
The high level of demand through the Single Point of Entry (SPOE) was noted. The issue of parental consent for referrals needs to be considered, since a large number of referrals do not result in on-going work. An external agency are currently undertaking a review of SPOE and MASH processes. The review and its recommendations will be brought to the board in due course. An update on the post-inspection action plan will be brought to the board in September 2017.
You can read more about the inspection and download the letter here.
Serious Case Reviews (SCRs)
The publication of Enfield’s SCR into the tragic death of a young unaccompanied asylum seeking child will be published shortly. The review is complete and the recommendation, which focuses on communication between agencies emergency in response to emergency placements, has been implemented. The delay in publication is due to the fact that a coroner’s inquest is due to take place next week.
Board members also discussed a recent case in Hackney reported in the media where a mother died at home from an epileptic fit. Her 4-year-old child was alone with his mother’s body and subsequently also died. The school had tried unsuccessfully to make contact when the boy did not turn up at school.
Education colleagues reported that they were looking at Enfield procedures and processes for children who do not appear at school for several days and it was agreed that Enfield’s Children Missing Education protocol should be reviewed. The SCR subcommittee will further consider the findings and recommendations of the Hackney SCR.
Child Death Overview Panel (CDOP) Annual Report
A draft version of the CDOP annual report was circulated and discussed. Following the Alan Wood report and the Children and Social Work Act, CDOPs are due to be undergoing significant changes and will, in the future be be managed within Health; further details are awaited. ESCB will continue to be responsible for CDOP in the meantime. It is speculated that there may be one CDOP across North Central London which may be more meaningful in terms of helping to identify local issues and trends.
You can read more about the work of CDOP on the CDOP webpage